Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE 200 MOST ESSENTIAL
Sometimes it’s a hook, a gimmick or an irresistible sound. Whatever that special ingredient is, it elevates a track to pop perfection.
Here are 200 unforgettable examples of songs with that wow! factor…
Synth pop met hard rock on this smash from the American group. The single reached #1 in America and Canada. It also made the Top 10 in Britain, Europe and Australia.
I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER
The beautiful voice of Dionne Warwick added so much to this classic from the songbook of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. This version went Top 10 on the US Pop and R&B charts. It has been covered numerous times since and appears on many film soundtracks.
After scoring a worldwide hit with the R&B classic "Billie Jean", the world's hottest pop star at the time unleashed this smash. The single topped the US, European and Canadian charts. It also raced to the Top 3 in Britain and Australia.
The Archies was a fictitious band that was the subject of an animated TV series entitled "The Archie Show". This single was catchy enough to top the US, UK, Canadian and Eurpoean charts.
The British duo gave an R&B song originally recorded by Gloria Jones a synth pop makeover that shot to #1 in Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It reached the Top 10 in America, Europe and New Zealand.
This rock 'n roll classic was a remake. Chubby Checker turned it into a dance craze that was so popular in America, the single was catapulted to #1 in 1960, only to return to the top again in 1962.
Queen & David Bowie
Two titans of British rock joined forces to create one of the greatest collaborations ever. Bowie and Queen's Freddie Mercury egged each other on vocally. The result was a #1 hit in Britain and a Top 10 smash in Europe, Canada and Australia.
BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER
Simon & Garfunkel
The title track from the American duo's classic LP, it proved a tonic for the upheaval experienced during the 1960s. Its soothing and reassuring tone was timely. The epic ballad reached #1 in America, Britain, Canada and New Zealand.
ALL NIGHT LONG (ALL NIGHT)
This Motown hit topped the US Pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary charts. It also reached #1 in Australia. On the UK chart, the single peaked at #2.
I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE
The singer's soulful vocal made this remake Motown's best selling single of the 1960s. On both sides of the Atlantic, the disc resided at #1.
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