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…
This is still hailed as one of the most significant dance tracks in history. It has been remixed and re-issued numerous times and is still the best selling 12" disc of all time. The single has topped the UK Indie Chart and Billboard's Dance Chart. The 1988 remix made #1 in New Zealand.
The fact that people still pore over this song's verses for hidden meanings, demonstrates the power of the performer's songwriting skill. Not even its length (8.33) could detract from its appeal. The rock classic climbed to #1 in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In Britain, it peaked at #2. Madonna's remake reached #1 in the UK, Europe and Australia in 2000.
YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE
Gerry & the Pacemakers
This song was created for the musical 'Carousel'. In 1963, it was recorded by British group Gerry & The Pacemakers. It has since been adopted by the Liverpool Football Club. The remake shot to #1 in Britain and Australia. Further covers (The Crowd in 1985 and Robson & Jerome in 1996) have returned the song to the top of the UK chart.
THEME FROM NEW YORK, NEW YORK
In the 1977 film 'New York, New York", Liza Minelli belted out the title song. Frank Sinatra covered it for his 'Trilogy: Past Present Future' album. It soon became one of his signature songs.
BE MY BABY
No one has sounded so innocent and sexy simultaneously on a disc. Ronnie Bennett nails the vocal, surrounded by Phil Spector's Wall Of Sound. Their marriage was a disaster, but this girl group tune remains a defining moment. The single peaked at #2 in America and #4 in Britain.
THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL
The group was known for its Europop, but the 4 Swedes also knew how to execute a heartwrenching track. This song remains one of the most affecting break-up songs of all-time. Agnetha Faltskog's dramatic delivery heightens the drama and emotion throughout. The single topped the charts in Britain, various European nations and South Africa. It also made #1 on the US Adult Contemporary Chart.
Bursting with elements of funk, soul and hip hop, this track was an upbeat toe-tapper. Produced and written by Outkast's Andre 3000, the song topped charts in America, Canada, Australia and Scandinavia. In the UK, it reached #3.
Prince & the Revolution
This track gained more airplay the closer the end of the 20th century loomed. It was de rigueur when the year 1999 finally arrived and fears regarding Y2K mounted. The single topped the US Dance Chart. It peaked at #2 in Australia. A 1985 re-issue did the same in Britain.
SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME
With Ben E. King on lead vocals, this seminal R&B classic soared to #1 on the US Pop and Soul Charts. In Britain, the disc peaked at #2. Over many decades, the song has been covered by artists as diverse as Dolly Parton and Michael Bublé.
This was the title track from history's best selling studio album. By the time this was issued, it was the 7th single lifted off the classic LP. Michael Jackson was at the zenith of his popularity. The song's award-winning music video remains a benchmark. "Thriller" reached #1 in some European countries. It also made the Top 10 on America, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
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