Original Mix, Acid Worldwide ... Top 100: UK Apple Music. Also, note that dates listed are the dates the songs reached No 1. 1 in the U.S. in early 1973. The result is as compelling a single as 1961 produced. NAV, One Too Many - Keith Urban & P!nk, See Nobody - Wes Nelson & Hardy Caprio. Their debut single, "Crazy," became one of the most acclaimed pop hits of the decade. 14 on the pop singles chart, but its social and political overtones were perfect for the times. arrived on Top of the Pops in June 1979: two synth players, Gary Numan looking puzzled, as if he didn’t understand how a song with no chorus had become a hit. It’s got a classic belting “may-ee!” (that’s “me” in millennial pop terms) and without it, you wouldn’t have Sound of the Underground – or, even, possibly, whisper it, Toxic. "Moon River" was composed by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer for the film "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Unstoppable … Lil Nas X performs at the Grammys in January. By the end of the 14-day session, the band and producers were reportedly “ready to murder” each other. Thirty-six years on, their debut single still pulses with beguiling ambiguity – a heady rush of lust, naivety, disco and opaque references to Lenin. The result was the first No. This version was a top 5 pop hit, and it returned to the charts in 1990 after being included on the soundtrack to the film "Ghost." As such, it is very much open to discussion, which we heartily encourage in the comments section. The uptempo, thumping dance mix combined with a massive pop hook makes "You Should Be Dancing" one of the catchiest records of all time. ‘I’m special’ … Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. Tricky Stewart and The-Dream wrote "Umbrella" with Britney Spears in mind. Dr. Alfred, Let Me Be Your Fantasy Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is an epic recording. The song's memorable line, "Shake it like a Polaroid picture," was later used by that company in its advertising. Like many early rock and roll hits, it was a major success on the R&B chart as well. Rebecca Nicholson, With not only its flagrant innuendo, but its wide-open synths, and swooning, psychedelic disco structure, the song was a complete wildcard – and the band performing it even more so. MARTEN HØRGER, CamelPhat, It reached the top 10 in the U.S. on two different occasions. Take it off the alcopop-splashed CDJs and back into headphones and you can newly appreciate its mastery, with the liveness of Nile Rodgers’ guitar and Pharrell’s conversational charm. 3 on the charts. The match of deadpan vocal delivery with an aggressive electronic hook is unforgettable. That double negative gives his confusion away as he tries to come to terms with seeing his girl out with another guy, but it’s no use: “I wanna die.” In a Top 100 full of savagely unhappy yet upbeat songs, this is the most emotionally dissonant of all. But as ersatz as their ardour was, the duo’s debut UK single was charged with a perfect evocation of the frantic emotional tumult that rages in every closeted, yearning teenager’s head. Original Mix, Monster feat. 1 on the pop chart in the U.S., and that is "Rock Around the Clock." The Canadian group The Band toured with and recorded "The Basement Tapes" with Bob Dylan before releasing their debut album, "Music From Big Pink." The song remains one of the most powerful and poignant pleas for a peaceful world ever recorded. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although it is far from the Electric Light Orchestra's (ELO) biggest commercial success, "Mr. Blue Sky" is arguably the best example of all the elements of group leader Jeff Lynne's style coming together. And a voice that catches your ear and holds your attention. "Don't Speak" topped pop radio airplay charts for nearly four months. Few people know that Cher was among the background singers on "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," one of the most definitive examples of producer Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" recording technique. It won three Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and received a Grammy Award for Record of the Year. AP, On first listen, the song seemed deceptively featherweight. Prime members enjoy fast & free shipping, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video and many more exclusive benefits. 1 in the U.K., the first song to do so in 10 years, and reached No. Umbrella needs swagger and Rihanna had it in spades, turning a stunted beat and a lyric that’s pretty dorky on paper into one of pop’s great come-ons. The ballad "I Want It That Way" is seen by many as one of the ultimate boy band singles. This protest against rigid schooling that was included on Pink Floyd's opus "The Wall" was one of the most surprising hit songs of all time. That final chorus line, “with somebody who loves me”, is so emphatic in knowing she deserves happiness, creating a paradoxically euphoric song about being lonely. Kleu Remix, New Generation It is a daily chart release. "Respect" was originally written and recorded by R&B legend Otis Redding in 1965. However, through its course, the singer ranges nearly two-and-a-half octaves, soaring to high notes that are exhilarating to hear. Although not a success in its initial 1992 release, Radiohead's "Creep" became the band's breakthrough hit single when re-released the following year. Updated Saturday Mornings. The best pop songs have a catchy melody, clever lyrics, and a certain something. The song was written by Irving Berlin as a nostalgic musing about an old-fashioned Christmas. A pop cultural tour de force, "Mrs. Robinson" became a No. Oliver Heldens, Volkoder, If you want a No 1 that captures his early, feral power, this is it. Alaia & Gallo, Roly-Poly (VIP) Laura Barton, Here, Gaye would establish himself as the bad boy of Motown, both a figurehead for rising anti-Vietnam sentiment and archetype of the socially conscious songwriter. Richard Williams, It was the Specials’ biggest hit and one of the biggest-selling singles of 1981. One of the all time great riffs, made from only two notes, powers the garage-band energy as the group’s lust builds to a ferocious head. The song was the lead single for Stevie Wonder's "Talking Book" album and hit No. Instead, Dave and Fredo use steady, perfectly calibrated flows to set themselves apart from the London MCs one generation above them, set to minimalist trap. Harburg. Most beautiful of all is Seal: half activist, half oracle. BBT, After a fitfully successful start, this was the song to turn the Kosovan-British pop singer into a global star. 1 hit in the U.S. "Blue Monday" is one of the most influential pop records of all time. Sung with insouciant cool by the recently divorced Nancy Sinatra, however, it became something else entirely: camp but tough, funny but fierce, completely irresistible. Stevie Nicks says she wrote "Dreams" in the studio in about 10 minutes. Her later recording with her band the Blackhearts became a huge success at home in the U.S. Find out if your favorite tunes are on this list of what we consider the 100 best pop songs of all time. Lyrically, the song emerged out of a conversation between Cee Lo and Danger Mouse. Ramon Tapia Extended Mix, That Jazz Feeling It was nominated for Grammy Awards for Song and Record of the Year and won a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. The sound of the song is built around a mandolin hook. 2 on the pop singles chart and remains Bob Dylan's biggest hit. BBT, Ah, the song of the summer. But it was Whitney Houston's dramatic rendition of the song for the soundtrack to the film "The Bodyguard," in which she also starred, that became one of the biggest pop hits of all time. However, the emotional power of "Send in the Clowns," from the musical "A Little Night Music," attracted the attention of a wide range of performers, including the legendary Frank Sinatra. The intense bluesy sound with a slow rock-and-roll beat was a radical change from Elvis Presley's earlier recordings. What is the dark secret she is harbouring? And yet, even though this song is utterly ridiculous, it is also utterly brilliant – the way the synth melody steps up before pirouetting down is eternally replayable, and Rod’s charisma is, sorry, a bit sexy.