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…
WE ARE FAMILY
This American girl group consisted of the Sledge sisters. The song is still a floorfiller at family gatherings. It was written and produced by Chic members Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers. The single topped the US Disco Chart and reached #1 in Canada. It peaked at #2 Pop in America and #5 in the UK.
Petula Clark made us all want to visit the locale, enough for record buyers all over the planet to turn the single into a smash. The British singer shot to #1 in America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Europe. On the British chart, the disc peaked at #2.
I LOVE TO LOVE
The UK vocalist never achieved success in America, but her disco pop track reached #1 in Britain and Top 10 in Europe, Australia and South Africa.
The smooth soul of its singer made this simple love song even more irresistible. It was re-issued in 1986 after being used in the Harrison Ford film 'Witness' and a Levi's jeans TV commercial, topping the Dutch chart and reaching #2 in the UK.
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
Released when the group's popularity was at its zenith, as the follow-up to global hit "Dancing Queen", the single made #1 in Europe, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand. On the UK chart, it peaked at #3.
CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU
The lead singer of the Four Seasons enjoyed some solo hits, this being one of his most enduring. It was written by the same team that created the group's hits: bandmate Bob Gaudio and producer Bob Crewe. The disc peaked at #2 in the US and Canada.
SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT
Every generation has a unique anthem. For the 1990s and grunge, it was provided by a Seattle band that ushered in a new era in alternative rock. This track topped charts in many European countries and New Zealand. It went Top 10 in America, Britain and Australia.
This is another of rock music's slow burners. It was the American musician's first chart entry, peaking at #25 in his homeland. The song made the Top 20 in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Over time, it has collected a wider audience. The track remains Joel's signature song, often sparking a sing-along.
One of Britpop's finest moments, laden with Beatlesque hooks, this single reached #1 in Australia, New Zealand and parts of Europe. It made the Top 10 in the UK, America and Canada.
Simon & Garfunkel
Used to great effect in the classic film 'The Graduate', this became the first rock song to collect the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. It went to #1 in America and Canada and reached the Top 10 in Britain, Europe and Australia.
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