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…
This wasn't the British piano player's 1st single, but everyone sat up and took notice of Elton John when "Your Song" was unleashed. His no frills restrained vocal brings Bernie Taupin's heartfelt lyrics to the fore. It broke John around the world, making the Top 10 in America, the UK, Canada and some European countries.
Carole King and Gerry Goffin wrote this for a babysitter they employed. Little Eva's version topped the US and Canadian charts and peaked at #2 in Britain. In the mid-70s, Grand Funk's cover was a North American #1. It became a hit again in 1987-89 for Kylie Minogue. Her remake was #1 in Australia, Europe, Japan, Peru and South Africa. In the UK and America, it went Top 3.
LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD
Mike Chapman applied his Midas touch to this 80s highlight, giving the female rocker her biggest hit. The single reached #1 in Australia and went Top 10 in Europe, America, Canada and New Zealand.
THAT'S THE WAY (I LIKE IT)
K.C. & the Sunshine Band
This disco classic fused sexual innuendo with a dance beat. That "uh-huh, uh-huh" chant was anything but innocent. As well as topping the American and Canadian charts, the disc was a Top 10 hit in the UK, Europe, Australia and South Africa.
VOLARE (NEL BLU DIPINTO DI BLU)
It only finished 3rd at the Eurovision Song Contest, but has since become its most covered song. The original reached #1 in America and Australia. It collected the inaugural Grammy Awards for Record and Song of the Year: a rarity for foreign language recordings. The Italian song can still be heard at weddings and other events.
YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND
Carole King penned the song and included it on her top selling album 'Tapestry'. James Taylor released a remake and scored the hit. His version reached #1 in America and went Top 5 in Britain and Canada. It has been covered numerous times since by a vast array of other artists, demonstrating the universality of its message.
EYE OF THE TIGER
This is the ultimate motivational track. It was used to maximum effect in the film 'Rocky III'. The song's punch is perfect for the gym or any workout. By the end of the song, you are invincible. It motivated enough shoppers to buy the track, lifting it to #1 in America, Britain, Canada, Australia, Japan, parts of Europe and in South Africa.
I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO
The group was wavering after its Eurovision triumph. Many had written off ABBA; prematurely as it turns out. "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" reversed the worrying trend. It was first a #1 hit in Australia, paving the way for the Swedes' next smash hit "Mamma Mia".
Irene Cara was known in acting circles before this hit song, primarily due to her role in TV's "Roots: The Next Generation" in 1979. The following year, she was cast in the box office hit musical 'Fame', for which this was the title song. The track reached #1 in various European countries and, as a re-release in 1982, in the UK. It earned the Oscar and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
I FEEL LOVE
This track was created to preview what music would sound like in the future. Producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte could not have been any more prophetic. The song has influenced many developments in electronic dance music, from Hi-NRG to techno. "I Feel Love" reached #1 in Britain and Australia. It was a Top 10 hit in North America.
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