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…
YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE
David Crawford penned and produced this disco smash for the American soul singer. It topped the US Soul Chart and reached #2 in Britain. A remake by Kym Mazelle in 1997 went Top 20 in Britain.
Pete Townshend crafted one of rock's most enduring anthems. Lead singer Roger Daltrey "stutters" some of the lyrics on this #2 British chart smash. The single made the Top 10 in Canada, Australia and Europe.
The Australian singer / actress covered this Ednaswap song. Her remake topped charts in Europe and Canada. The disc peaked at #2 in the UK and Australia.
HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE
The disco-tinged ballad was included on the 'Saturday Night Fever' film soundtrack. Written by the trio, it made #1 in America, Brazil, Chile, Canada and parts of Europe. The single also reached #3 on the British and Australian charts. In 1996, a remake by Take That shot to #1 in the UK, Japan and Israel.
IT'S RAINING MEN
The Weather Girls
The mighty power of vocalists Martha Wash and Izora Armstead generated this US Disco Chart #1 hit. The song had been rejected by other performers before being offered to the duo. In Britain, the track peaked at #2. A sequel was recorded by Wash with RuPaul ion 1998. Geri Halliwell's cover went to #1 in the UK and in some European nations 3 years later.
LIVIN' LA VIDA LOCA
This upbeat track launched the Latin Pop phenomenom as the 1990s neared its end. It made a star of the Puerto Rican entertainer, going to #1 in America, Britain, Canada, parts of Europe and in New Zealand.
The former Supremes lead singer never sounded cooler than on this funky/ disco hit. Its beat was concocted by Chis supremos Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. The track revitalized Ross' image and shot to #1 in the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. On the UK chart, the single peaked at #2.
Built around the catchy musitron solo performed by co-writer Max Crook, Del Shannon helped finish the writing of this classic that topped the American, British and Australian charts.
Like The Beatles before them, ABBA produced many diverse tracks during a brief run. "Chiquitita" featured a Latin-American flavour which propelled it to #1 in Europe, Mexico, Costa Rica, Rhodesia, New Zealand and South Africa. The single also peaked at #2 in the UK.
The 1st solo outing for George Michael was credited to Wham! featuring George Michael in some territories. Both members of Wham! wrote the ballad. The single reached #1 in America, the UK, Australia and several other countries.
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