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…
VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR
The song foresaw the advent of MTV. Today, we recognize the death of radio has a number of accomplices, but this remains an example of a cheesy yet enduring pop nugget.
YOU’RE THE VOICE
The single was a massive success for Australian singer John Farnham. His powerful vocal and a blast of bagpipes helped propel the song beyond Australia, reaching the Top 10 in Britain and Europe.
With references to Princess Grace of Monaco and Freddie Mercury, Mika made a splash on the world charts. The retro feel of the song drew influence from Elton John, Scissor Sisters and Queen among others.
Songwriter Jimmy Webb was a great source of material for recording artist Glen Campbell. This pop crossover single made the Top 3 on the US Pop, Country and Adult Contemporary charts.
The Hanson trio all had a hand in composing their successful debut single. We may still not comprehend what the hell a 'mmmbop' is, but the cute song has withstood the test of time.
Due to the explicit title, this song was re-named "Forget You" in order to gain radio play. Either way, it is an incredibly catchy funk / pop hybrid that saw it dominate the Top 5 around the planet.
Originally issued in 1957, the single (co-written by Berry Gordy) peaked at #6 in Britain. The American R&B star died in 1984. Re-released 2 years later with a claymation video, the song topped the UK chart.
The songwriting / production team of Lamont Dozier and brothers Eddie & Brian Holland created a treasure trove of pop hits for the Motown label. Many artists recorded H/D/H songs. The main beneficiary was The Supremes. The trio enjoyed an impressive string of #1 hits from the hitmaking team.
I DON’T FEEL LIKE DANCING
Despite the title, it's hard not to at least tap your feet along with this upbeat pop song. Dominated by a camp vibe, the record inevitably topped charts all over the world.
While the bulk of The Beatles' recorded output was contributed by John Lennon / Paul McCartney, George Harrison delivered some breathtaking tracks too. This was a love song inspired by his then wife Pattie Boyd. It is one of the most covered Beatles songs, proof of its lasting quality.
Hear the songs as they are added to the playlist available on spotify: