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…
MACK THE KNIFE
The song was first performed in 1928. Many have covered it since then, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald among them. The coolest version was a worldwide smash in 1959 for Bobby Darin. Along with winning the Grammy for Record of the Year, the single topped the American and British charts.
The touching song remains a concert staple for the Irish rock group. In Canada, the disc reached #1. It went Top 10 in America, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. The single raised funds for A.I,D.S. research.
BROWN EYED GIRL
Fun shoots out of the grooves of this upbeat track. It is Van Morrison at his most endearing. The single was a Top 10 hit in the U.S.A.
BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW
This dance track was the result of the Australian pop star flexing her muscle. Freed from the constraints of past recordings, Kylie Minogue grasped control of her career. The single peaked at #2 in Britain and #4 in Australia.
HE AIN'T HEAVY, HE'S MY BROTHER
This ballad is all about supporting each other and its message touched enough music fans to send the single up the charts around the planet. After it reached #1 in the UK, the disc went Top 10 in America and Europe.
DON'T STOP MOVIN'
S Club 7
The British group chalked up several hit singles with its bouncy and fresh pop sound. This track topped the British chart and peaked at #2 in Australia.
WHAT'S GOIN' ON
The uber-smooth soul vocalist re-invented himself as a social commentator with this landmark recording. In the US, the track went #1 Soul and #2 Pop.
BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP
This bouncy pop song gave the British group a Top 5 hit in the UK, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
In 1975, ABBA was finally embraced by music fans all over the world. This hit featured a gloomy undertone wrapped in a cheesy production. We were all drawn like moths to a flame; sending "S.O.S." to #1 in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The single peaked at #6 in Britain and #15 Stateside.
Rick James' music was described as 'punk funk'. this catchy song featured Motown labelmates The Temptations on background vocals. It topped the US Dance Chart and peaked at #3 R&B. The single proved especially popular in Europe. In 1990, MC Hammer sampled the song for his rap classic "U Can't Touch This".
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