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…
I THINK I LOVE YOU
The Partridge Family
It can occur to you in an instant; that realization that you have fallen in love. Enough record buyers related to that experience to send this single to the top of the American, Canadian and Australian charts.
NEVER TEAR US APART
This track was lifted off the Australian group's 1987 album 'Kick'. The majestic love song possesses an enduring quality, reaching a climax with the explosive sax solo. It was a Top 10 hit in Australia, USA, Europe and Canada.
British boy band Take That enjoyed a string of #1 hits but failed to gain critical credibility. Robbie Williams quit the group and launched a solo career. His first 4 singles fared well, but it was "Angels" that made everyone sit up and take notice. This was a stupendous single, worthy of all the accolades it attracted. It reached #4 in Britain and charted high in many European territories.
Simon & Garfunkel
The sweeping epic from the duo's classic 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' opus peaked in the Top 10 all over the world. Sprinkled throughout is the catchy line: "lie-la-lie".
NO MORE TEARS
(ENOUGH IS ENOUGH)
Donna Summer &
Donna Summer had been at pains to prove that she was more than a disco artist. Barbra Streisand wanted to show her versatility in yet another musical genre. This powerhouse pairing is an empowering song of defiance.
AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Written by Motown couple Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, this duet was one of the gems cut by 2 of the label's soloists. Gaye of course went on to greater impact in the 1970s, but Terrell's life ended tragically soon after. Her collaborations with Gaye have retained their magic over the decades since.
LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY
This upbeat song was featured on the 'Footloose' film soundtrack. It combined elements of dance, pop and R&B, lifting it into the Top 3 in America, Britain and Australia. The song also earned an Academy Award nomination.
Lifted to classic status by the "Woo Hoo" chant featured throughout, the track reached #2 in the UK.
I JUST WANT TO BE YOUR EVERYTHING
At the time of this single's release, Barry Gibb possessed the magic touch. It seemed everything he penned turned to gold. The Bee Gees were to dominate the US (and the world's) charts. He wrote this sweet love song for his younger brother, the first of Andy's solo hits. It made #1 in America, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Canada and Austria.
THE POWER OF LOVE
Jennifer Rush not only recorded the original version of this mighty ballad, she co-wrote it. Her interpretation topped charts in Britain, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The song's appeal was universal enough to see it return as a remake by Celine Dion in 1993. Along with topping the Australian and Canadian charts again, this cover version made #1 in America.
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