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…
SON OF A PREACHER MAN
From its cool intro, this track is one of the defining moments of blue-eyed soul. The British pop singer cut the track in Memphis, one of the hotbeds of R&B music in the 1960s.It made the Top 10 in both the USA and Britain.
YOU CAN CALL ME AL
The lead single from 'Graceland' is a fun track that bounces along, interspersed with blasts from the horn section. This became a major solo hit for the former member of Simon & Garfunkel, going Top 5 in Britain, Australia, Canada, parts of Europe, New Zealand and South Africa.
TO SIR WITH LOVE
Lulu performed the title song from the film in which she co-starred with Sidney Poitier. The single topped the US chart for 5 weeks.
IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME
Diane Warren has written numerous hit songs, including this track, belted out by Cher. The single reached #1 in Australia as well as going Top 10 in Britain, America, Canada and New Zealand.
This single spent a record-breaking 14 weeks at #1 in Australia. The disc also topped the charts in the UK, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand and South Africa.
Rain, 1 boy, 1 girl and an umbrella: the ingredients that brought a couple together in this snappy pop single. Along with reaching #1 in Canada, the disc peaked in the Top 5 on the UK and US charts.
Men At Work
The song about Australia reached #1 there in late 1981. In the following year, it made the top in New Zealand and later in Canada. By early 1983, the single ruled the American and British charts before doing the same in many European nations. The song had people all over the globe singing about vegemite.
The Mamas & The Papas
The golden harmonies of The Mamas and the Papas shine on this pop nugget about the warmth of the West Coast. Written by 2 members of the group- John and Michelle Phillips (a married couple at the time) - it peaked at #4 in America. In 1997, a re-issue reached the Top 10 in the UK.
This global smash revealed a new direction for the pop singer. It was lifted off Spears' 'In The Zone' album and reached #1 in the UK, Canada, Europe and Australia.
RING OF FIRE
The Man In Black's remake of Anita Carter's original "Ring Of Fire" enjoyed 7 weeks at #1 on the US Country Chart. Mariachi horns augment the track.
Hear the songs as they are added to the playlist available on spotify: