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…
WIRED FOR SOUND
Whether played on small or tall speakers, this pop hit became a Top 5 hit in Britain and Australia for the perennial British pop music legend.
IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU
The Bee Gees wrote this song which, as performed by Yvonne Elliman, appeared on the 'Saturday Night Fever' soundtrack. Issued as a single the following year, it reached #1 in America and Canada as well as Top 10 in Britain and Australia. In 1993, a remake by Kim Wilde made the song a hit all over again.
The concept of falling for your best friend's partner proved universal enough to give the Australian singer / songwriter a #1 hit in his country of origin and in the USA.
IT WASN'T ME
Shaggy featuring Rikrok
The brazen denial offered by Shaggy was all wrong, but made the song irresistible as proven by its chart success. It reached #1 in America, Britain, Europe and Australia.
DON'T YOU WANT ME
The Human League
This song examines the powerplay between a couple from both perspectives. It also helped usher in the sound of synthpop. The single topped the charts in Britain, America, Canada and New Zealand.
Danger Mouse and CeeLo Green were Gnarls Barkley. The upbeat neo-soul track went to #1 in Britain, Europe and New Zealand. It peaked at #2 in America and Australia.
ALWAYS ON MY MIND
Pet Shop Boys
This song has been covered numerous times, most notably by Elvis Presley in 1972 and Willie Nelson in 1982. The Pet Shop Boys' remake made it a dance track. With lyrics that seem timeless, the song remains a touching favourite across many generations. The British duo's cover version was a #1 hit in the UK, Europe and Canada. It peaked at #4 in the U.S.A.
THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG
(IT'S IN HIS KISS)
Cher recorded a remake of the 1964 Betty Everett song for her 1990 film 'Mermaids'. The cover version made #1 in the UK, Europe, Israel and Zimbabwe.
YOU'RE SO VAIN
The identity of just who it is Carly Simon is singing about still remains a secret. Is it Warren Beatty? Mick Jagger (who sings background vocals on the track)? Or an unknown person? The mystery lingers decades after the single topped the charts in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It peaked at #3 in Britain.
This was the final American chart topping single by Elvis during his lifetime. The disc also topped the Australian chart. In the UK, it peaked at #2. In 1986, British trio The Fine Young Cannibals gave the song a new chart life.
Hear the songs as they are added to the playlist available on spotify: