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:. Ask a group of songwriters 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 told 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 on 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. Ellie 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. Don Campbell. George Nooks. Sharing the Night. Burning Fire. My Love. Anthony Cruz. Natural Facts. Never Found a Love. This Time. It's a Shame. Delroy Wilson. Lonely Girl. Dennis Brown. Born a Woman. Sandy Posey. Long Lonesome Highway. Jon Hendricks. Michael Parks. Garden Party. Rick Nelson. I've Found Someone of My Own. The Free Movement. Black Pearl.
Billie Piper. Out Of Your Mind. I Turn To You. Melanie C. Kernkraft Zombie Nation. Time To Burn. Trancy Spacer. Feel the Beat. Ordinary World. Duran Duran. You Take My Breath Away.
Who The Hell Are You. Cheyne Coates. The Cougars. Standing on the Corner. The King Brothers. Hole in the Ground. Bernard Cribbins. Track Listing - Disc 4. Wichita Lineman. Glen Campbell. Moon River. Danny Williams. Going Out of My Head. Portrait of My Love. Matt Monro. I Who Have Nothing. You're My World. More Than I Can Say.
Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love.Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Hard to Find 45s, Vol. 60s and 70s Pop Classics - Various Artists on AllMusic - - The 19 singles collected on this set of s and.