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…
NOTHING COMPARES 2 IU
Prince penned the track, but a remake by the controversial Irish artist turned it into a timeless gem. As well as making #1 in America and Britain, it topped the charts in Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Some songs are like wine. They improve with age. This track from the British pianist's 'Madman Across The Water' LP has gained momentum over the years. Its inclusion in the film 'Almost Famous' helped expose it to a younger audience. They love it as much as those that first heard it in the 1970s.
YOU KEEP ME HANGIN' ON
Another magical Motown tune created by hit-makers Holland / Dozier/ Holland. The girl group reached #1 in America and made the UK Top 10. The following year, a rock version by Vanilla Fudge returned the song to the American Top 10. Kim Wilde's remake in 1986 shot to #1 in the USA, Canada and Australia. It peaked at #2 in Britain.
The catchy beat was the brainchild of male members Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. It topped the US Pop and R&B charts. The song is one of the most sampled tracks, most famously on the 1979 pioneering rap hit "Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang.
GROOVE IS IN THE HEART
The American dance band was a one-hit wonder, but scored an Australian #1 as well as peaking at #2 in Britain and #4 in the USA.
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME
The bouncy Europop song proved popular the world over. On the British, European and Mexican charts, the disc occupied the chart summit. In America, it peaked at #3.
KISS ON MY LIST
Hall & Oates
Daryl Hall and John Oates re-tweaked their blue-eyed soul sound by adding more pop hooks for the duo's 'Voices' album. This American #1 single kicked off a new and more lucrative string of hits for the pair.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast
The cult film's famous track has remained a favourite. In 1980, it was issued as a single and reached #1 in Australia. Creator Richard O'Brien is featured sharing lead vocal duties on the song.
I GOT YOU BABE
Sonny & Cher
The couple delivered a hippie anthem that topped charts in America, Britain, Canada and New Zealand. A remake by UB40 and Chrissie Hynde 20 years later ruled the charts in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
LIVE AND LET DIE
Paul McCartney & Wings
The title song from one of the Roger Moore-led Bond films is still cherished as one of the franchise's best. George Martin, the Beatles' producer, was enlisted to produce the recording. The single was a Top 10 smash in America, Britain, Canada and Australia.
Hear the songs as they are added to the playlist available on spotify: