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What makes a pop song a classic? A catchy melody, for sure. A beat that makes you want to move. Lyrics that speak to your heart and head. And a voice that catches your ear and holds your attention. The best pop songs contain all of these elements and more. Scientists at the University of London who have studied the psychology of pop music have identified three elements that make a song grab your attention:. Im Alone - The Powlers - The Powlers a group of Night Time Is The Right Time - Various - The Worlds Greatest Music Series: Pop Jazz (Volume 1) what makes a pop song great and you're likely to get a number of different answers.
Lamont Dozier, who wrote dozens of classic Motown songs, has Mustard Gas - The Darkest Of The Hillside Thickets - Great Old Ones interviewers that there's no secret formula—people like what they like.
Martin also notes, however, that musical tastes change over time. What becomes a smash hit in one era may not in another. Which didn't stop us from making one. Find out if your favorite tunes are on this list of what we consider the best pop songs of all time. At heart, "Take on Me" is just a simple synth-pop song. It became a No. Watch Video. The song became Chicago's first top 5 pop hit single in the U.
John Lennon himself stated that "Imagine" is as good as anything he wrote with the Beatles. The song remains one of the most powerful and poignant pleas for a peaceful world ever recorded. It reached the top 10 in both the U. However, Lena Horne's version of the song, which was included in the movie "Stormy Weather," is probably the best-known recording of this classic. Judy Garland singing the song was originally deleted from the movie, but Arlen and executive producer Arthur Freed lobbied to get it back in the film.
The version from the film remains the best-known recording, but other cover versions, particularly the one by Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, are well known. It had been rejected by at least 30 other recording acts. The duo's version topped the country chart, and also reached No.
Leonard Cohen's song "Hallelujah" first appeared Night Time Is The Right Time - Various - The Worlds Greatest Music Series: Pop Jazz (Volume 1) his album, "Various Positions. Buckley's recording, which is featured on his "Grace" album, has been recognized by many as one of the most beautiful and powerful records of all time. Since then, the song has become a contemporary pop standard that has been recorded and performed by a wide range of artists, including k.
Blue Sky" is arguably the best example of all the elements of group leader Jeff Lynne's style coming together. Awash in strings and with a pounding rock beat, "Mr. Blue Sky" expresses the pure joy of a sunny day with a heavily electronically manipulated vocal. The song is the fourth and final song that makes up the "Concerto for a Rainy Day" on the double album "Out of the Blue.
Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is an epic recording. At the time of its release, it was the most expensive song ever recorded. Notably, the song does not have a traditional chorus but instead is organized in distinct movements. It reached the top 10 in the U. Aretha Franklin's soul interpretation of the song was a top hit in Some consider the song to be a mini-symphony of sorts in multiple sections.
The simple, earnest love ballad ranks as one of the top love songs of all time. It became Elton John's first top 10 pop hit in the U. Keep Your Eye On Me - Various - Mod--The Early Years 112 Classic & Rare Tracks Goulding took the song to No. The song is a murder ballad detailing the crimes of a highwayman known as MacHeath.
Pop singer Bobby Darin recorded a version that hit No. It went on to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. His first two albums had been critically acclaimed but didn't sell particularly well. The song is essentially a passionate, heroic love letter to a girl named Wendy, which features such powerful imagery as "kids huddled on the beach in a mist" and "highways jammed with broken heroes.
Neither of his first two albums had even placed inside the top The song itself reached No. It was one of seven top 5 pop hit singles from the album "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation It eventually became a top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Madonna worked with producer William Orbit to put together this techno dance classic. It became the La Cagaste - Various - Traffic (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) song played in dance clubs for the year The accompanying video was inspired by the time-lapse photography in the film 'Koyanisqaatsi.
Madonna's classic "Like a Prayer" grew out of a concerted effort by the singer to record something more adult. She was inspired by the Roman Catholic belief in transubstantiation, by which the bread and wine in the Eucharist become literally the body and blood of Christ.
The song and accompanying video generated controversy, but the anthemic sound of "Like a Prayer" and its gospel backing chorus were enthusiastically received by fans, who turned it into a No.
The emotional power of the song earned a Grammy Award nomination for Song of the Year. The song went on to be a No. It is the legendary group's only No. New Order recorded it just two years after the group had risen out of the ashes of the postpunk band Joy Division, which fell apart when lead vocalist Ian Curtis died. The band incorporated influential elements from seminal dance artists Kraftwerk, Donna Summer, and Sylvester. The breakbeat production work of Arthur Baker in New York was also a strong influence.
The inch single became the biggest selling inch recording of all time. There was conflict over I Camaleonti - Viso DAngelo / Lei Aspetta Te decision, but it remains a stunning vocal tour de force. The song spent six weeks at No. Ultimately, however, the stars aligned, and the song became a worldwide pop smash, winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song as well as Grammy Awards for Record and Song of the Year.
However, when something so simple is done so perfectly, it becomes a classic. The other Beatles members were at first adamantly against including the song on an upcoming album because the sound was so different from their other work. They did veto its release as a single at home in the U. In the U. The biggest hit single by the band R.
The sound of the song is built around a mandolin hook. The song's title comes from a Southern colloquial phrase meaning to lose one's temper. Night Time Is The Right Time - Various - The Worlds Greatest Music Series: Pop Jazz (Volume 1) accompanying video was highly acclaimed. It went all Valentine - TPau - Bridge Of Spies way to No. The song has been the subject of cover versions by artists ranging from bluegrass band Nickel Creek to French-Israeli folk-pop artist Yael Naim.
According to Gaga, the collaboration with producer RedOne was just supposed to be experimental. The song nonetheless peaked at No. It has sold approximately 10 million digital copies worldwide and many consider it to be Gaga's signature recording. The accompanying music video received a Grammy Award, and it is recognized as one of the top music videos of all time. Stephen Sondheim, one of the most accomplished composers of stage musicals of all time, does not aim to write hit songs. 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 "day the music died," the famous line from the chorus, refers to the day that Buddy Holly died in in an airplane crash with Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Although McLean has stated that the plane crash inspired him to write the song, he has been tight-lipped about other specifics about the lyrics. However, many believe that such figures as the Byrds, Mick Jagger, and the Beatles are subjects mentioned in the song.
Vocal group the Association experienced its pop breakthrough with the top 10 hit "Along Comes Mary. However, pop fans felt differently and turned the ballad "Cherish" into a No.
The Rolling Stones topped the U. It has all of the components of a classic Rolling Stones hit, including Keith Richards' arresting guitar intro and Mick Jagger's distinctive preening vocals.
The song was recorded at the Chess Studios in Chicago. It topped both mainstream pop and adult contemporary radio charts. Rod Stewart's tale of a manipulative romance with an older woman is believed to be autobiographical. It became Stewart's first No. Rod Stewart has said he's not sure why it became such a big hit because it has no melody. The only significant pop hit single that Jimi Hendrix had was this cover of a Bob Dylan song. It was recorded for his album Night Time Is The Right Time - Various - The Worlds Greatest Music Series: Pop Jazz (Volume 1) Ladyland" and released only six months after Dylan's version.
The Hendrix interpretation is widely considered the superior take, and even Dylan has acknowledged that he now performs the song Jimi's way. Although Jon Bon Jovi did not like the original recorded version of "Livin' on a Prayer," a reworking of the song has turned into his band's signature hit.
It has become a favorite for jukebox singalongs and has sold more than 3 million digital copies.