What is the 1 Pop- rock song of all time?

Who doesn’t love The Beatles? The Beatles started it back in the 60s and passed the torch of keeping pop alive to the likes of Elvis Presley and while that too might be too told for you, we’ve included all-time favourites to our top lists. 

 

1. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black



Ranked as the #98 best song of the 2000’s, “Back to Black” details the harsh reality Winehouse faced after her then-boyfriend, Blake Fielder-Civil, ended their relationship to return to his ex-girlfriend.

The titular “black” to which Winehouse goes back refers to the dark moments of depression and the reliance on alcohol to cope with her heartache. Winehouse commented on the depressing period of time during a 2007 interview with CNN, saying:

I was drinking a lot – not anything terrible, I was just tryna forget about the fact that I had finished this relationship.

The song was released as the third single from the 2006 album of the same name, and, as of July 2015, has sold over 350,000 copies in the United Kingdom alone.

 

2. David Bowie - Heroes 

‘Heroes’ captures not only the zenith of Bowie’s fabled Berlin years but quite possibly artistry as a whole. After being burnt out from the music industry, which was coupled with a burning disdain for Los Angeles, Bowie retreated from the west coast and moved to Berlin in 1976. There, he rediscovered his musical mojo, he rented a cheap apartment above an auto-repair shop and return to the familiar settings that had produced his first great works.

Brian Eno made the move to Berlin with

 Bowie
 and worked on his albums LowHeroes, and Lodger which, as a body of work, were much more experimental and less commercial than Bowie’s previous LPs but met with vast critical acclaim.

Undoubtedly, ‘Heroes’ remains one of Bowie’s greatest feats. This song tells the story of a German couple who are so determined to be together despite the political climate of the day that was preventing them and, in that desperation, they meet every day under a gun turret on The Berlin Wall.

Bowie was inspired by an affair between his legendary producer Tony Visconti and backup singer Antonia Maass who, it is said, would kiss “by the wall” in front of Bowie as he looked out of the Hansa Studio window. For a creative mind like the Thin White Duke, the imagery was tyoo tempting to resist.

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3. Stevie Wonder - I just called to say i love you.

"I Just Called To Say I Love You" is Stevie Wonder's best-selling single worldwide, and also one of his most maligned. The song is about a guy who calls his special someone with a simple message of love. It's very sweet, but to many, it crossed over to sickly.

Wonder had moved to a more middle-of-the-road, adult contemporary sound when he released the song. His early hits like "Superstition" and "Higher Ground" were often filled with funk, but in the '80s, songs like this one and "Part-Time Lover" had a smoother sound, resulting in big hits, but disappointment for those hoping for a classic Wonder groove. Wonder though, stood by the song, often playing it at live shows throughout his career.

4. Stevie Wonder: 'Superstition' (1972)

Stevie Wonder originally wrote "Superstition" for guitarist Jeff Beck. However, at the insistence of his management, Wonder recorded it himself. The song showcases Wonder's exploration with a funkier sound and the use of innovative arrangements of synthesizers and horns. The song was the lead single for Stevie Wonder's "Talking Book" album and hit No. 1 in the U.S. in early 1973.

 

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5. Bob Dylan: 'Like a Rolling Stone' (1965)

"Like a Rolling Stone" is no doubt a pop music epic, which Bob Dylan originally wrote as a short story. At more than six minutes long, its length is nearly unheard of for any pop song, then or now. Its lyrical meaning has been hotly debated over the years, but in the end what really matters is the power of Dylan's poetry and Al Kooper's organ work, which overlays the song like a gathering storm. The song reached No. 2 on the pop singles chart and remains Bob Dylan's biggest hit.

 

 

6. Beatles: 'Hey Jude' (1968)

"Hey Jude," the Beatles' biggest pop hit single, began as a song written by Paul McCartney titled "Hey Jules," It was meant to comfort a young Julian Lennon while his parents were going through a divorce. With a four-minute fade, "Hey Jude's" length made it one of the longest No. 1 pop hit singles of all time. The song earned Grammy Award nominations for Record and Song of the Year.

 

 

 

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7. The Police: 'Every Breath You Take' (1983)

Sting's tale of creepy obsession in "Every Breath You Take" is the biggest hit single in the U.S. by The Police. Although some view it as a love song, at the core it is about pernicious stalking. "Every Breath You Take" won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year and topped the pop singles charts in both the U.S. and U.K.

8. Barbra Streisand: 'The Way We Were' (1973)

"The Way We Were" is considered one of the greatest movie songs of all time. The American Film Institute included the reflective ballad on their all-time list of movie songs, ranking it No. 8. It also took home both a Golden Globe and Academy Award. The song was Barbra Streisand's very first No. 1 pop hit and her first visit to the top 10 in three years.

 

 

 

9. Aretha Franklin: 'Respect' (1967)

"Respect" was originally written and recorded by R&B legend Otis Redding in 1965. However, it is Aretha Franklin's 1967 version that has become definitive and a signature song for her. The showstopping "R-E-S-P-E-C-T / Find out what it means to me" line is unforgettable. The song went to No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts and won two Grammy Awards for Best R&B recording and Best R&B Female Vocal Performance.

 


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