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The Roots of Reggae

Reggae: Roots, Religion and Rhythm

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds …” ~ Bob Marley, Redemption Song

Most people familiar with the musical genre Reggae immediately associate the term with the legendary Bob Marley. For others, the characteristic beats might conjure up images of dreadlocked rastas, or even a portrait of the regal Haile Selassie, late Emperor of Ethiopia.

Where did Reggae come from? What are the musical roots of this style of music? How does it differ from related forms of popular music? What is the connection between Reggae and the Rastafari movement?

This article aims to shed some light on these questions, and the sometimes larger than life characters who popularized it.

What Is The Origin Of The Word “Reggae”?

As with the names of many musical styles, the origin of the word “reggae” is something not all fans or musicians agree on. There are at least four versions concerning the origin of the word.

[1] The 1967 edition of the Dictionary of Jamaican English defines reggae as more recent form of the word “rege”, as in rege-rege, a word that can mean either “rags, ragged clothing” or “a quarrel”.

[2] By the late sixties the word reggae was already being used in Kingston, Jamaica as the name of a slower dance and style of rocksteady. Bunny Lee, a well-known producer of the genre is also credited with creating a sound with an organ and rhythm guitar which sounded like “reggae, reggae”. He started using the word and soon the term became common amongst musicians of the time.

[3] According to Reggae historian Steve Barrow, Clancy Eccles (a Jamaican ska and reggae singer, songwriter, arranger, promoter, record producer and talent scout) altered the Jamaican patois word “streggae” (meaning “loose woman”) into reggae.

[4] It is also said that Reggae legend, Bob Marley, claimed that the word came from a Spanish term for “the king’s music”.

Ska, Rocksteady and Social Justice: The Ingredients of a New Musical Genre

Reggae first developed in Jamaica (especially Kingston) in the late 1960s from the musical genres of Ska and Rocksteady, while also being strongly influenced by traditional African musical styles.

Ska, which originated a decade earlier, combined elements of Caribbean mento and calypso with the Southern US musical styles of jazz and rhythm and blues. Like Ska, Reggae is based on a rhythm style characterized by regular chops on the off-beat. The tempo of Reggae is, however, generally slower than that found in Ska.

The sometimes hypnotic effect of Reggae stems to a large degree from the repetitious chord structures, with some songs being played in only one or two chords — one example is the Bob Marley and the Wailers song “Exodus”, which is almost entirely comprised of A-minor chords.

In terms of lyrical content, Reggae is often associated with the Rastafari movement. Many songs focus on faith, with regular references to religious figures and Biblical themes. Poverty, injustice and other social and political issues are also addressed. Songs about love and relationships are also amongst some of the most well-known and popular of the Reggae musical legacy.

Jamaica in the Sixties: The New Rhythm

After being a colony of first Spain and then Great Britain for more than 400 years, Jamaica slowly gained their independence. In 1958, it became a province in the Federation of the West Indies, a federation including all of the British West Indies. Jamaica attained full independence by leaving the federation in 1962.

At roughly the same time as Jamaica gained its independence, a trend became popular amongst the so-called “rude boys” of Kingston — they started deliberately playing their Ska records at half speed, preferring to dance slower to complement their tough image.

By the mid-1960s, this trend had caught on as many local musicians started slowing down the tempo of their Ska melodies, while still emphasizing the characteristic walking bass and offbeats. This slower sound became known as rocksteady. This style characterized popular Jamaican music until 1968, when musicians began to slow the tempo even more, while adding other musical effects like the organ shuffle pioneered by Bunny Lee.

The Wailers, started by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer in 1963, is the most well-known group of musicians to have made the transition through all three stages, from early Ska to Rocksteady and finally the Reggae sounds that became a worldwide phenomenon.

“Roots Reggae”: Music of the Natural Mystic

Although religious themes are common in mainstream Reggae, the lyrics of Roots Reggae are predominantly in praise of Jah (God). Other song themes include poverty, resistance to oppression, African unity, black nationalism, anti-racism, anti-colonialism, criticism of the political and socio-economic establishment known as “Babylon”, and the ideals of the Rastafari lifestyle. Many of Bob Marley’s and Peter Tosh’s songs can be called Roots Reggae.

Here’s a short list of songs that fall in the category of Roots Reggae:

  • “Natural Mystic”: Bob Marley and the Wailers (Exodus)
  • “The Heathen”: Bob Marley and the Wailers (Exodus)
  • “Zion Train”: Bob Marley and the Wailers (Uprising)
  • “Forever Loving Jah”: Bob Marley and the Wailers (Uprising)
  • “Africa Unite”: Bob Marley and the Wailers (Survival)
  • “Mystic Man”:Peter Tosh (Mystic Man)
  • “Jah Seh No”: Peter Tosh (Mystic Man)
  • “Moses – The Prophets”: Peter Tosh (Bush Doctor)
  • “Enter Into His Gates With Praise”: Johnny Clarke (Enter Into His Gates With Praise)
  • “Jah Jah We Are Waiting Upon You”: Johnny Clarke (Enter Into His Gates With Praise)
  • “Thank You Lord”: Horace Andy (You Are My Angel)
  • “Government Land”: Horace Andy (In the Light)

The Rastafari Movement: Religious Roots of Reggae

An attempt to summarize any belief system in a single article, much less in a single section, will always be hopelessly inadequate. So, instead of writing a few paragraphs in a feeble attempt to explain what the Rastafari movement is about, I’ll settle for a few important points.

  • The Rastafari movement regards Haile Selassie I, the former Emperor of Ethiopia, as God incarnate, called Jah or Jah Rastafari.
  • The name Rastafari comes from Ras (literally meaning “Head,” an Ethiopian title equivalent to Duke), and Tafari Makonnen, the pre-coronation name of Haile Selassie I.
  • The movement emerged in Jamaica among working-class and peasant Jamaicans in the early 1930s, arising from an interpretation of Biblical prophecy (Revelation 5:5) partly based on Selassie’s status as the only African monarch of a fully independent state, with the titles King of Kings and Conquering Lion of Judah.
  • Some estimates put the number of Rastafari faithful worldwide at more than one million . About five to ten percent of Jamaicans identify themselves as Rastafari.
  • Many Rastafarians follow an diet called Ital which is based on the dietary Laws of the Old Testament (no shellfish or pork, for example). Although there are different attitudes to the consumption of meat, many Rastafari maintain a vegetarian diet all of the time. Usage of alcohol is also generally deemed unhealthy, partly because it is seen as a tool of “Babylon” to confuse people.
  • The wearing of dreadlocks is very closely associated with the Rastafari movement, though not universal among, or exclusive to, its adherents. Reasons for allowing hair to grow naturally and, in the case of men, not to shave their beards, are also found in Old Testament religious laws. Dreadlocks have also come to symbolize the Lion of Judah (its mane) and rebellion against “Babylon”. It is also believed that the length of a Rasta’s dreadlocks is an indication of his wisdom.
  • Adherents of Rastafarian beliefs consider the smoking of cannabis (also known as “ganja” or “herb”) as a sacrament, a spiritual act, that cleans the body and mind, heals the soul, exalts the consciousness, facilitates peacefulness, brings pleasure, and brings them closer to Jah.
  • The colors associated with Reggae as well as the Rastafarian movement are the colors of the Ethiopian flag – red, gold and green, with a fourth color, black, sometimes added. Each color has its own significant meaning, and together they represent the Rastafari way of life: Red is for the blood of all living things; gold is for the sun and Jah’s light that shines on people; green represents the Earth, to which Rastas feel a special connection; and black represents the skin of the African people.

Other Reggae Sites/Pages

  • The Rhetoric of Reggae Music
    The Rhetoric of Reggae Music is a course offered at the University of Vermont. This web page is for the students enrolled in this course as well as for others on the web who are interested in this subject.
  • Bob Marley: The Official Site
    A tribute to the legendary Bob Marley exploring his life, music, and philosophy. Includes unseen photographs, essays, sound, video, and merchandise.
  • Reggae Festival Guide
    Online version of the popular Reggae Festival Guide magazine. A good place to start if you’re searching for reggae festivals around the world.
  • “Reggae” (Wikipedia article)
    “While sometimes used in a broader sense to refer to most types of Jamaican music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that originated following on the development of ska and rocksteady …”
  • “The Rastafari Movement” (Wikipedia article)
    “The Rastafari movement (also known as Rastafari, or simply Rasta) is a new religious movement that accepts Haile Selassie I, the former Emperor of Ethiopia, as God incarnate, called Jah or Jah Rastafari …”
  • BBC – Religion & Ethics – Rastafarian History
    “The Rastafari movement began in Jamaica during the 1930s following a prophecy made by Marcus Garvey, a black political leader. Garvey led an organisation known as the Universal Negro Improvement Association, whose intention was to unify blacks with their land of origin.”

Did You Know…

  • The 1972 film The Harder They Come, starring Jimmy Cliff, generated considerable interest and popularity for reggae music in the United States.
  • Eric Clapton’s 1974 cover of the Bob Marley song I Shot the Sheriff increased the global popularity of Reggae and acceptance of it as a musical phenomenon by the so-called “white rock world”.
  • As the UK punk rock scene was starting to take off in the second half of the 1970s, some punk DJs played reggae records during their DJ sets. Some punk bands, such as The Clash, The Slits, and The Ruts, incorporated reggae influences into their music.
  • The Reggae-organ shuffle is unique to this musical style. Typically, a Hammond organ-style sound is used to play chords with a choppy feel, known as the “bubble”. The organ sounds are typically played very low, and is often more felt than heard. Examples include the Bob Marley and the Wailers’ songs “Natural Mystic” and “Is This Love”.
  • Lovers Rock is a sub-genre of Reggae which originated in South London in the mid-1970s. It is characterized by a smoother, more commercial sound, with more apolitical lyrics.
  • Toasting is a style of chanting or talking over the music. It was first used by Jamaican DJs in the 1960s. By the late 1970s this product of the Jamaican music scene influenced the pioneers of a new genre that became known as hip hop or rap.

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Greatest Songs From The 2000s

I have a friend whose knowledge of popular music ends somewhere in 1975/’76. I’m in a somewhat similar situation, although my touch with popular trends stretches into at least the first half of the nineties. Somewhere during the beginning of the new millennium I did buy some new CD’s – mostly from artists and bands I had known from the nineties or earlier, but for the rest of this list I had to do some research. All songs were therefore hand-picked after they satisfied one qualification – I liked the tune (and in some cases, the lyrics).

2000

Dammit, I Changed Again – The Offspring – Conspiracy Of One
Hanging By A Moment – Life House – No Name Face
I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack with Sons Of The Desert – I Hope You Dance
It’s My Life – Bon Jovi – Crush
Living In Chaos – The Offspring – Conspiracy Of One
Ms Jackson – Outkast – Stankonia
Southside (Feat. Gwen Stefani) – Moby With Gwen Stefani – Southside (CDS)
Things Have Changed – Bob Dylan – Wonder Boys (Soundtrack)
Vultures – The Offspring – Conspiracy Of One
Yellow – Coldplay – Parachutes
You Spin Me ‘Round (Like a Record) – Dope – Felons And Revolutionaries

View the album and listen to the tracks

2001

Comfort Eagle – Cake – Comfort Eagle
Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) – Train – Drops Of Jupiter
Family Affair – Mary J. Blige – No More Drama
Get The Party Started – Pink – Missundaztood
Hella Good – No Doubt – Rock Steady
Ich Will – Rammstein – Mutter
Roy’s Toy – Jeff Beck – You Had It Coming

2002

Business – Eminem – The Eminem Show
Complicated – Avril Lavigne – Let Go
Empty Sky – Bruce Springsteen – The Rising
Further On (Up The Road) – Bruce Springsteen – The Rising
I Am Mine – Pearl Jam – Riot Act
Lose Yourself – Eminem – 8 Mile (Soundtrack)
Love Boat Captain – Pearl Jam – Riot Act
Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow – C’mon, C’mon
The Middle – Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American
The Seed (2.0) – The Roots – Phrenology
This Love – Marron 5 – Songs About Jane
Whenever, Wherever – Shakira – Laundry Service
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away – Eddie Vedder – I Am Sam (Soundtrack)

2003

Behind Blue Eyes – Limp Bizkit – Results May Vary
Clocks – Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head
Don’t Stay – Linkin Park – Meteora
Hey Ya – OutKast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Last To Know – Pink – Try This
Lying From You – Linkin Park – Meteora
Naughty Girl – Beyonce – Dangerously In Love
Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes – Elephant
Somewhere I Belong – Linkin Park – Meteora
Stacy’s Mom – Fountains Of Wayne – Welcome Interstate Managers
Such A Fool – 22-20s – 05/03
Trouble – Pink – Try This
Where Is The Love – Black Eyed Peas – Elephunk

2004

All These Things That I’ve Done – The Killers – Hot Fuss
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams – Green Day – American Idiot
Fatal – RZA – Blade: Trinity (Soundtrack)
Galang – M.I.A. – Arular
Jesus Walks – Kanye West – The College Dropout
Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand

2005

Feel Good Inc – Gorillaz – Demon Days
Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s – All That We Needed
Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani – Love.Angel.Music.Baby.
How To Save A Life – The Fray – How To Save A Life
Rock & Roll Queen – The Subways – Young For Eternity
Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson – Breakaway

2006

Apologize – OneRepublic – Dreaming Out Loud
Back To Black – Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
Better Days – The Goo Goo Dolls – Let Love In
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere
I Write Sins Not Tragedies – Panic! At The Disco – A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out
I’m Shipping Up To Boston – Dropkick Murphys – The Warrior’s Code
Rehab – Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
Say It Right – Nelly Furtado – Loose
Steady As She Goes – The Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldiers
Teenagers – My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade
Tonight – Reamonn – Wish
Welcome To The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade

2007

All Summer Long – Kid Rock – Rock ‘n’ Roll Jesus
Grace Kelly – Mika – Life In Cartoon Motion
I’ll Be Waiting – Lenny Kravitz – Is It Time For A Love Revolution
Never Again – Kelly Clarkson – My December
Paralyzer – Finger eleven – Them vs. Me vs. You
Piece Of Me – Britney Spears – Blackout
Ruby – Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby
Umbrella ft. Jay-Z – Rihanna – Good Girl Gone Bad

2008

Chasing Pavements – Adele – 19
Dopilsya – Ex-Sector Gaza – Rocknrolla (Soundtrack)
I Kissed A Girl – Katy Perry – One Of The Boys
I’m A Man – Black Strobe – Rocknrolla (Soundtrack)
Paper Planes – M.I.A. – Kala
Poker Face – Lady Gaga – The Fame
So What – Pink – Funhouse
Sweet Dreams – Beyonce – I Am… Sasha Fierce
Viva La Vida – Coldplay – Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends

2009

21 Guns – Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster
Broken – Livingston – Sign Language
Far From Home – Five Finger Death Punch – War Is The Answer

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Greatest Songs From The 1990s

The first half of the 1990s was dominated by grunge, Britpop, industrial rock and other alternative rock music. Rap and hip-hop continued it’s popularity, as did contemporary R&B. Other popular genres included pop punk, ska punk and nu-metal.

Electronic music saw the growth in popularity and further development of house and techno, with new genres appearing in the form of trance, drum and bass and trip hop. Eurodance and Europop, as well as contemporary country music added to the eclectic soundtrack of the decade.

1990

Inside Out – Traveling Wilburys – Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3
Moneytalks – AC/DC – The Razor’s Edge
Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’ Connor – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got
Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode- Violator
She’s My Baby – Traveling Wilburys – Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3
Your Own Sweet Way – The Notting Hillbillies – Missing … Presumed Having A Good Time

1991

Alive – Pearl Jam – Ten
All The Wrong Reasons – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Into The Great Wide Open
All This Time – Sting – The Soul Cages
Auberge – Chris Rea – Auberge
Black – Pearl Jam – Ten
Come As You Are – Nirvana – Nevermind
Crazy – Seal – Seal
Don’t Damn Me – Guns ‘n’ Roses – Use Your Illusion I
Emotional Truth – Tom Cochrane – Mad Mad World
Even Flow – Pearl Jam – Ten
Fading Like A Flower (Every Time You Leave) – Roxette – Joyride
Get Back Up – Tom Cochrane – Mad Mad World
Give In To Me – Michael Jackson – Dangerous
Hazard – Richard Marx – Rush Street
I Can’t Dance – Genesis – We Can’t Dance
Innuendo – Queen – Innuendo
Into The Great Wide Open – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Into The Great Wide Open
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Guns ‘n’ Roses – Use Your Illusion II
Learning To Fly – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Into The Great Wide Open
Life Is A Highway – Tom Cochrane – Mad Mad World
Lithium – Nirvana – Nevermind
Losing My Religion – R.E.M. – Out Of Time
Love To Hate You – Erasure – Chorus
Mad About You – Sting – The Soul Cages
Mustang Sally – Andrew Strong – The Commitments (Soundtrack)
Mysterious Ways – U2 – Achtung Baby
Nothing Else Matters – Metallica – Metallica
Pretty Tied Up – Guns ‘n’ Roses – Use Your Illusion II
Sinking Like A Sunset – Tom Cochrane – Mad Mad World
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana – Nevermind
Texarkana – R.E.M. – Out Of Time
The Big L. – Roxette – Joyride
The Show Must Go On – Queen – Innuendo
The Unforgiven – Metallica – Metallica
Two Princes – Spin Doctors – Pocket Full of Kryptonite

1992

99.9° F – Suzanne Vega – 99.9° F
Blood Makes Noise – Suzanne Vega – 99.9° F
Bullet In The Head – Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine
Countdown – Lindsey Buckingham – Out Of The Cradle
Creep – Radiohead – Pablo Honey
Friday I’m In Love – The Cure – Wish
Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon – Urge Overkill – Stull EP
Goin’ Out West – Tom Waits – Bone Machine
How Do You Do – Roxette – Tourism
I Don’t Wanna Grow Up – Tom Waits – Bone Machine
It’s My Life – Dr. Alban – One Love
Jesus Gonna Be Here – Tom Waits – Bone Machine
Layla – Eric Clapton – Unplugged
Murder In The Red Barn – Tom Waits – Bone Machine
No Rain – Blind Melon – Blind Melon
Stay – Shakespear’s Sister – Hormonally Yours
The Crying Game – Boy George – Single
The Future – Leonard Cohen – The Future
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite – R.E.M. – Automatic For The People
Under The Bridge – Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Unknown Legend – Neil Young – Harvest Moon
Viva Las Vegas – ZZ Top – Greatest Hits
War Of Man – Neil Young – Harvest Moonv
What God Wants, Part II – Roger Waters – Amused To Death
What’s Up – 4 Non Blondes – Bigger, Better, Faster, More!
When Heroes Go Down – Suzanne Vega – 99.9° F

1993

All Apologies – Nirvana – In Utero
Animal – Pearl Jam – Vs.
Heart Shaped Box – Nirvana – In Utero
Linger – The Cranberries – Everyone Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?
Livin’ On The Edge – Aerosmith – Get A Grip
Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits
Mr. Jones – Counting Crows – August And Everything After
Numb – U2 – Zooropa
Ordinary World – Duran Duran – Duran Duran
Rats – Pearl Jam – Vs.
Runaway Train – Soul Asylum – Grave Dancers Union
Somewhere over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Facing Future
Streets Of Philadelphia – Bruce Springsteen – Philadelphia (Soundtrack)
Strong Enough – Shryl Crow – Tuesday Night Music Club
Sweet Lullaby – Deep Forest – Deep Forest

1994

A Girl Like You – Edwin Collins – Gorgeous George
All Over You – Live – Throwing Copper
Bang And Blame – R.E.M. – Monster
Basket Case – Green Day – Dookie
Better Man – Pearl Jam – Vitalogy
Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden – Superunknown
Come Out And Play – Offspring – Smash
Corduroy – Pearl Jam – Vitalogy
Cornflake Girl – Tori Amos – Under The Pink
Everything Zen – Bush – Sixteen Stone
Flowers On The Wall – The Satler Brothers – Pulp Fiction (Sountrack)
Gotta Get Away – Offspring – Smash
Hold My Hand – Hootie & The Blowfish – Cracked Rearview Mirror
I Alone – Live – Throwing Copper
Immortality – Pearl Jam – Vitalogy
Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam – Nirvana – MTV Unplugged In New York
Lightning Crashes – Live – Throwing Copper
Loser – Beck – Mellow Gold
Missing – Everything But The Girl – Amplified Heart
Nitro (Youth Energy) – Offspring – Smash
Not The One – Offspring – Smash
Past The Mission – Tori Amos – Under The Pink
Run Around – Blues Traveler – Four
Self Esteem – Offspring – Smash
Shine – Collective Soul – Hints, Allegations And Things Left Unsaid
Sleeping In My Car – Roxette – Crash! Boom! Bang!
Something To Believe In – Offspring – Smash
The Man Who Sold the World – Nirvana – MTV Unplugged In New York
Train of Love – Neil Young – Sleeps With Angels
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth – R.E.M. – Monster
When I Come Around – Green Day – Dookie
Wild Night – John Mellencamp, Me’shell Ndegeocello – Dance Naked
Zombie – The Cranberries – No Need To Argue

1995

All I Really Want – Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
Bullet with Butterfly Wings – The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
California – Mylene Farmer – Anamorphosée
Chico’s Groove – The Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust
Common People – Pulp – Different Class
Country House – Blur – The Great Escape
Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory
Don’t Speak – No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom
Down By The Water – P.J. Harvey – To Bring You My Love
Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio – Dangerous Minds Soundtrack
Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman – New Beginning
If You Want My Love – The Smashing Pumpkins – The world Is A Vampire (Live Bootleg)
Kiss From A Rose – Seal – Batman Forever (Soundtrack)
Lemon Tree – Fool’s Garden – Dish Of The Day
Look To Your Orb For The Warning – Monster Magnet – Dopes To Infinity
Meet Ze Monsta – P.J. Harvey – To Bring You My Love
One Of Us – Joan Osborne – Relish
One Too Many Mornings – The Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust
Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage – Garbage
Paradise – Vaya Con Dios – Roots And Wings
Shy Guy – Diana King – Tougher Than Love
Stay With Me – Vaya Con Dios – Roots And Wings
The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead – Crash Test Dummies (featuring Ellen Reid) – Dumb & Dumber (Soundtrack)
The World I Know – Collective Soul – Collective Soul
Tonight, Tonight – The Smashing Pumpkins – The world Is A Vampire (Live Bootleg)
Wonderwall – Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory
Youngstown – Bruce Springsteen – The Ghost Of Tom Joad

1996

3 A.M. – Matchbox 20 – Yourself or Someone Like You
Bang Bang – ZZ Top – Rhythmeen
Black Fly – ZZ Top – Rhythmeen
Electrolite – R.E.M. – New Adventures In Hi-Fi
How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us – R.E.M. – New Adventures In Hi-Fi
I’m Outlived By That Thing – Crash Test Dummies – A Worm’s Life
In Your Mind – Johnny Cash – Dead Man Walking (Soundtrack)
Out Of The Darkness – Republica – Republica
Peaches – Presidents Of The United States Of America – Presidents Of The United States Of America
Quality of Mercy – Michelle Shocked – Dead Man Walking (Soundtrack)
Revolver – Rage Against The Machine – Evil Empire
Sunny Came Home – Shawn Colvin – A Few Small Repairs
The Fall of Troy – Tom Waits – Dead Man Walking (Soundtrack)
They Don’t Care About Us – Michael Jackson – HIStory: Past, Present And Future, Book 1
Walk Away – Tom Waits – Dead Man Walking (Soundtrack)
Who You Are – Pearl Jam – No Code

1997

Dammit – Blink-182 – Dude Ranch
Du Hast – Rammstein – Sehnsucht
Love Sick – Bob Dylan – Time Out Of Mind
Song 2 – Blur – Blur
My Own Summer (Shove It) – Deftones – Around The Fur
Torn – Natalie Imbruglia – Left of the Middle
Tubthumping (I Get Knocked Down) – Chumbawamba – Tubthumper
Walking On The Sun – Smash Mouth – Fush Yu Mang

1998

Blue Monday – Orgy – Candyass
Celebrity Skin – Hole – Celebrity Skin
Cowboy – Kid Rock – Devil Without A Cause
Given to Fly – Pearl Jam – Yield
Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) – Jay-Z – Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life
Have You Ever – The Offspring – Americana
I Think I’m Paranoid – Garbage – Version 2.0
Intergalactic – Beastie Boys – Hello Nasty
Northern Star – Hole – Celebrity Skin
Rosemary – Suzanne Vega – The Best of Suzanne Vega: Tried and True
Staring At The Sun – The Offspring – Americana
The Kids Aren’t Alright – The Offspring – Americana
Ultrasonic Sound – Hive – Devious Methods
Why Don’t You Get A Job? – The Offspring – Americana
Wishlist – Pearl Jam – Yield

1999

All The Small Things – Blink 182 – Enema Of The State
Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Eiffel 65 – Europop
Breathe – Faith Hill – Breathe
Corazon Espinado (Feat. Mana) – Santana – Supernatural
Desert Rose – Sting – Brand New Day
Dragula (Hot Rod Herman Remix) – Rob Zombie – The Matrix (Soundtrack)
Easily – Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Californication
Get On Top – Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Californication
Honey – Moby – Play
Livin’ La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin – Ricky Martin
Mambo Number 5 – Lou Bega – A Little Bit of Mambo
Migra – Santana – Supernatural
N 2 Gether Now – Limp Bizkit – Significant Other
Night Vision – Super Furry Animals – Guerilla
Parallel Universe – Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Californication
Put Your Lights On (Feat. Everlast) – Santana – Supernatural
Rock Is Dead – Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals
Sleep Now In The Fire – Rage Against The Machine – The Battle Of Los Angeles
Smooth (Feat. Rob Thomas) – Santana – Supernatural
Some Things Come From Nothing – Super Furry Animals – Guerilla
Stay With Me – RZA – Ghost Dog (Soundtrack)
The Bluest Eyes in Texas – Nina Persson – Boys Don’t Cry (Soundtrack)
Walking Through The Darkness – RZA – Ghost Dog (Soundtrack)
What’s My Age Again – Blink 182 – Enema Of The State

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Greatest Songs From The 1980s

My personal selection of (some of) the greatest songs from the 1980’s.

1980

Another One Bites The Dust – Queen – The Game
Ant Music – Adam and the Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier
Babooshka – Kate Bush – Never For Ever
Back In Black – AC/DC – Back in Black
Bankrobber – The Clash – Black Market Clash
Call Me – Blondie – American Gigolo (Soundtrack)
Coming In From The Cold – Bob Marley & the Wailers – Uprising
Forever Loving Jah – Bob Marley & the Wailers – Uprising
Funkytown – Lipps Inc – Mouth to Mouth
Happy New Year – ABBA – Super Trooper
Hungry Heart – Bruce Springsteen – The River
Let My Love Open The Door – Pete Townshend – Empty Glass
Magic – Olivia Newton-John with E.L.O. – Xanadu (Soundtrack)
Mirror In The Bathroom – The Beat – I Just Can’t Stop It
On The Road Again – Willie Nelson – Honeysuckle Rose (Music From The Original Soundtrack)
Rawhide (Theme) – The Blues Brothers – Blues Brothers (Soundtrack)
Romeo and Juliet – Dire Straits – Making Movies
Save Me – Queen – The Game
Sherry Darling – Bruce Springsteen – The River
Super Trouper – ABBA – Super Trouper
Video Killed The Radio Star – The Buggles – The Age Of Plastic
Watching the Wheels – John Lennon – Double Fantasy
Woman In Love – Barbra Streisand – Guilty
Xanadu – Olivia Newton-John with E.L.O. – Xanadu (Soundtrack)

1981

Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do) – Christopher Cross – Arthur (Soundtrack)
Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes – Mistaken Identity
Cambodia – Kim Wilde – Select
Chequered Love – Kim Wilde – Kim Wilde
Computer World, Part 2 – Kraftwerk – Computer World
Do You Feel My Love – Eddie Grant – Can’t Get Enough
Down Under – Men At Work – Business As Usual
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic – The Police – Ghost In The Machine
Green Door – Shakin’ Stevens – Shaky
Hold On Tight – E.L.O. – Time
I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll – Joan Jett & the Black Hearts – I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins – Face Value
It Must Be Love – Madness – Complete Madness
Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield – Working Class Dog
Juke Box Hero – Foreigner – 4
Kids in America – Kim Wilde – Kim Wilde
Man On The Moon – Ballyhoo – Man On The Moon
Mony Mony – Billy Idol – Don’t Stop
Pretty In Pink – Psychedelic Furs – Talk Talk Talk
Queen of Hearts – Juice Newton – Juice
Tainted Love – Soft Cell – Memorabilia
The Stroke – Billy Squier – Don’t Say No
Urgent – Foreigner – 4
Who Can It Be Now – Men At Work – Business As Usual
You’re So Good To Me – Hotline – Burnout

1982

Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra
Africa – Toto – Toto IV
Avalon – Roxy Music – Avalon
Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Too-Rye-Ay
Don’t Go – Yazoo – Upstairs at Erics
Don’t Pay The Ferryman – Chris de Burgh – Getaway
Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks – Bella Donna
Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant – Killer on the Rampage
Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
Gloria – Laura Branigan – Branigan
Heat Of The Moment – Asia – Asia
Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran – Rio
Hurts So Good – John Cougar Mellencamp – American Fool
I Ran (So Far Away) – A Flock Of Seagulls – Flock of Seagulls
It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls – Success
Jack and Diane – John Cougar Mellencamp – American Fool
Love Of The Common People – Paul Young – No Parlez
Mad World – Tears For Fears – The Hurting
Maneater – Daryl Hall & John Oates – H2O
Mickey – Toni Basil – Word of Mouth
More Than This – Roxy Music – Avalon
Only You – Yazoo – Upstairs At Eric’s
Our House – Madness – The Rise & Fall
Pass The Dutchie – Musical Youth – The Youth Of Today
Situation – Yazoo – Upstairs at Eric’s
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty – Bella Donna
Talk Talk – Talk Talk – The Party’s Over
The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats – Rhythm Of Youth
Valerie – Steve Winwood – Talking Back To The Night
White Wedding – Billy Idol – Billy Idol
Words – F.R. David – Words
You Can’t Hurry Love – Phil Collins – Hello, I Must Be Going!

1983

16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought Six – Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
All Time High – Rita Collidge – Octopussy OST
Baby Jane – Rod Stewart – Body Wishes
Beat It – Michael Jackson – Thriller
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson – Thriller
Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
Blue Monday – New Order – Singles
Chant Down Babylon – Bob Marley & The Wailers – Confrontation
Cum On Feel The Noize – Quiet Riot – Metal Health
Drop The Pilot – Joan Armatrading – The Key
Every Breath You Take – The Police – Synchronicity
Everything Counts – Depeche Mode – Construction Time Again
Faster Than The Speed Of Night – Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than The Speed Of Night
Flashdance (What A Feeling) – Irene Cara – Flashdance (Soundtrack)
Gimme All Your Lovin’ – ZZ Top – Eliminator
Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual
Hold Me Now – Thompson Twins – Into the Gap
I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues – Elton John – Too Low for Zero
I’m Still Standing – Elton John – Too Low for Zero
Islands In The Stream – Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton – Eyes That See in the Dark
Jump (For My Love) – The Pointer Sisters – Break Out
Jump Nyabinghi – Bob Marley & The Wailers – Confrontation
Let’s Dance – David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Love Is A Stranger – Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Making Love Out Of Nothing At All – Air Supply – Greatest Hits
Maniac – Michael Sembello – Flashdance OST
Moonlight Shadow – Mike Oldfield (vocals: Maggie Reilly) – Crises
New Song – Howard Jones – Human’s Lib
Nobody’s Diary – Yazoo – You And Me Both
Owner Of A Lonely Heart – Yes – 90125
Rainbow In The Dark – Dio – Holy Diver
Runaway – Bon Jovi – Bon Jovi
Separate Ways (World Apart) – Journey – Frontiers
Shadow On The Wall – Mike Oldfield (vocals: Roger Chapman) – Crises
She Bop – Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual
She Works Hard For The Money – Donna Summer – She Works Hard for the Money
Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2 – War
Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Swordfishtrombone – Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
That’s All – Genesis – Genesis
Tink Walks Amok – Frank Zappa – Man From Utopia
Two Suns In The Sunset – Pink Floyd – The Final Cut
Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & the Waves – Walking On Sunshine
We Had Love – The Scientists – Blood Red River
Wrapped Around Your Finger – The Police – Synchronicity

1984

99 Red Balloons – Nena – 99 Luftballons
Big In Japan – Alphaville – Forever Young
Dance Me To The End Of Love – Leonard Cohen – Various Positions
Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds – The Breakfast Club Soundtrack
Everything She Wants – Wham! – Make It Big
Footloose – Kenny Loggins – Footloose (Soundtrack)
Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters (Soundtrack)
Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A.
Hello – Lionel Richie – Can’t Slow Down
High On Emotion – Chris de Burgh – Man On The Line
Holding Out For A Hero – Bonnie Tyler – Footloose (Soundtrack)
I Wanna Know What Love Is – Foreigner – Agent Provacateur
I Wanna Rock – Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry
I Want To Break Free – Queen – Works
Jabulani – Hotline – Jabulani
Kiss – Tom Jones – Single
Loverboy – Billy Ocean – Suddenly
Master And Servant – Depeche Mode – Some Great Reward
No Surrender – Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A.
Oh Sherrie – Steve Perry – Street Talk
One Night In Bangkok – Murray Head – Chess O.S.T.
Rebel Yell – Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
Romancing the Stone – Eddy Grant – Going for Broke
Self Control – Laura Branigan – Self Control
Shout – Tears For Fears – Songs From The Big Chair
Smalltown Boy – Bronski Beat – The Age of Consent
Somebody – Bryan Adams – Reckless
Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams – Reckless
Sunglasses At Night – Corey Hart – First Offense
The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking, Part 10 – Roger Waters – The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking
The Wild Boys – Duran Duran – Arena
Together In Electric Dreams – Giorgio Moroder, Philip Oakey – Electric Dreams (Soundtrack)
We Belong – Pat Benatar – Tropico
We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry
What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner – Private Dancer
When Doves Cry – Prince – Purple Rain (Music from the Motion Picture)

1985

19 (Nineteen) – Paul Hardcastle – Paul Hardcastle [Very Best of 1983-2003]
A Good Heart – Feargal Sharkey – Feargal Sharkey
Be My Enemy – The Waterboys – This Is The Sea
Big Black Mariah – Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
Brothers in Arms – Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
Clap Hands – Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
Conga – Miami Sound Machine – Primitive Love
Jockey Full of Bourbon – Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
Johnny Come Home – Fine Young Cannibals – Fine Young Cannibals
Josephine – Chris Rea – Shamrock Diaries
Kyrie – Mr. Mister – Welcome To The Real World
Live Is Life – Opus – Life Is Life
Living In America – James Brown – Rocky IV (Soundtrack)
Living On My Own – Freddy Mercury – Mr. Bad Guy
Money for Nothing – Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
Part Time Lover – Stevie Wonder – In Square Circle
Rain On The Scarecrow – John Cougar Mellencamp – Scarecrow
Rhythm Of The Night – DeBarge – Rhythm of the Night
Road To Nowhere – Talking Heads – Little Creatures
Rock Me Amadeus – Falco – Falco 3
Secret – O.M.D. – Crush
Spanish Eddie – Laura Branigan – Hold Me
St Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion) – John Parr – St Elmo’s Fire OST
Take On Me – A-ha – Hunting High And Low
Tango Till They’re Sore – Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
Tarzan Boy – Baltimora – Living In The Background
The Pan Within – The Waterboys – This Is The Sea
Trumpets – The Waterboys – This Is The Sea
Walk of Life – Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
Wozani (Come!) – Hotline – Wozani
You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) – Dead Or Alive – Youthquake

1986

Addicted To Love – Robert Palmer – Riptide
American Storm – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Like a Rock
Atlantis Is Calling (S.O.S. For Love) – Modern Talking – Ready for Romance
Brother Louie – Modern Talking – Ready for Romance
Calling America – E.L.O. – Balance of Power
Change of Heart – Cyndi Lauper – True Colors
Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins – Top Gun (Soundtrack)
Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes – Paul Simon – Graceland
Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone) – Glass Tiger – Thin Red Line
Don’t Get Me Wrong – The Pretenders – Get Close
Don’t Leave Me This Way – Communards – Communards
Fight For Your Right – Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill
Haunt – Roky Erickson – Don’t Slander Me
I Just Died In Your Arms – Cutting Crew – Broadcast
If You Leave – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Pretty In Pink OST
In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel – So
Invisible Touch – Genesis – Invisible Touch
La Isla Bonita – Madonna – True Blue
Lessons In Love – Level 42 – Running in the Family
Let It Rock – Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
Livin’ On A Prayerk – Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
Love Missile F1-11 – Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Flaunt It
Missionary Man – Eurythmics – Revenge
No One Is To Blame – Howard Jones – Dream Into Action
No Sleep Till Brooklyn – Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill
Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna – True Blue
Princes Of The Universe – Queen – Kind of Magic
Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel – So
The Boy In The Bubble – Paul Simon – Graceland
The Finer Things – Steven Winwood – Back In The High Life
Thorn In My Side – Eurythmics – Revenge
Turbo Lover – Judas Priest – Turbo
Turn Me Loose – Loverboy – Loverboy
Two of Hearts – Stacey Q – Better Than Heaven
Under African Skies – Paul Simon – Graceland
Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles – Different Light
Why Can’t This Be Love – Van Halen – 5150
Wonderful Life – Black – Wonderful Life
You’re The Voice – John Farnham – Whispering Jack

1987

Beds Are Burning – Midnight Oil – Diesel & Dust
Behind The Wheel – Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses
Brilliant Disguise – Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel Of Love
Dirty Diana – Michael Jackson – Bad
Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House – Crowded House
Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac – Tango In The Night
Faith – George Michael – Faith
Got My Mind Set On You – George Harrison – Cloud Nine
Here I Go Again – Whitesnake – Whitesnake
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2 – Joshua Tree
Innocent When You Dream (78) – Tom Waits – Frank’s Wild Years
Love Removal Machine – The Cult – Electric
Luka – Suzanne Vega – Solitude Standing
Need You Tonight – INXS – Kick
Over The Hills And Far Away – Gary Moore – Wild Frontier
Paradise City – Guns ‘n’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction
Pop Goes The World – Men Without Hats – Pop Goes The World
Seven Wonders – Fleetwood Mac – Tango In The Night
Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson – Bad
Strangelove – Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses
Sweet Child O’Mine – Guns ‘n’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction
Talk Dirty To Me – Poison – Look What The Cat Dragged In
The Final Countdown – Europe – Final Countdown
Think About You – Guns ‘n’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction
Tougher Than The Rest – Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel Of Love
Unchain My Heart – Joe Cocker – Unchain My Heart
Weeping – Bright Blue – Yesterday Night
Wild Frontier – Gary Moore – Wild Frontier

1988

A Groovy Kind Of Love – Phil Collins – Buster (Soundtrack)
A Little Respect – Erasure – The Innocents
Copperhead Road – Steve Earle – Copperhead Road
Crash – The Primitives – Lovely
Cult Of Personality – Living Color – Vivid
Dangerous – Roxette – Look Sharp!
Desire – U2 – Rattle & Hum
Don’t Look Back – Fine Young Cannibals – Raw & The Cooked
End Of The Line – Traveling Wilburys – The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1
Ever Fallen In Love – Fine Young Cannibals – Raw & The Cooked
Fast Car – Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman
Fisherman’s Blues – The Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues
Fragile – Sting – … Nothing Like The Sun
Good Tradition – Tanita Tikaram – Ancient Heart
Handle With Care – Traveling Wilburys – The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1
Heading For The Light – Traveling Wilburys – The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers – Sunshine On Leith
Jane Says – Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking
Listen to Your Heart – Roxette – Look Sharp!
Margarita – Traveling Wilburys – The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1
Maxine – Traveling Wilburys – The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1
Orinoco Flow – Enya – Watermark
Punk Rock Girl – Dead Milkmen – Beelzebubba
She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals – Raw & The Cooked
Simply Irresistible – Robert Palmer – Heavy Nova
Sleeping Single – Roxette – Look Sharp!
Talkin’ Bout A Revolution – Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman
The Look – Roxette – Look Sharp!
Tweeter And The Monkey Man – Traveling Wilburys – The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1
Twist In My Sobriety – Tanita Tikaram – Ancient Heart
When Love Comes To Town – U2 – Rattle & Hum
When Will We Be Married – The Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues
Who Needs Information – Roger Waters – Radio K.A.O.S.
World Party – The Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues

1989

18 & Life – Skid Row – Skid Row
Another Day In Paradise – Phil Collins – But Seriously
California Blue – Roy Orbison – Mystery Girl
Closer To Fine – Indigo Girls – Indigo Girls
Crossroads – Tracy Chapman – Crossroads
Edie (Ciao Baby) – The Cult – Sonic Temple
Fire Woman – The Cult – Sonic Temple
Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Full Moon Fever
Gouge Away – Pixies – Doolittle
I Want It All – Queen – The Miracle
I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Full Moon Fever
Kinda I Want To – Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine
Like A Prayer – Madonna – Like A Prayer
Love Shack – The B-52s – Cosmic Thing
Lullaby – The Cure – Disintegration
Monkey Gone To Heaven – Pixies – Doolittle
Move On Down The Line – Roy Orbison and Friends – Black & White Night
Poison – Alice Cooper – Trash
Rockin In The Free World – Neil Young – Freedom
Sea of Love – Tom Waits – Sea Of Love (Soundtrack)
Sweet Soul Sister – The Cult – Sonic Temple
Tame – Pixies – Doolittle
The Road to Hell (Part 2) – Chris Rea – Road To Hell
We Didn’t Start The Fire – Billy Joel – Storm Front
Wicked Game – Chris Isaak – Heart Shaped World
You Got It – Roy Orbison – Mystery Girl

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Greatest Songs From The 1970s

Funk, jazz fusion and soul; disco from mid-decade on. Rock music remained popular, with punk rock blowing up the airwaves from the mid to latter part of the decade. Other popular styles included glam rock, hard rock, progressive rock, art rock and the heavy metal variety. Reggae music also hit the mainstream and, with all the other genres, added to the melting pot that was music in the 1970s.

Again, this is not meant as an encyclopedic list of popular songs across cultures and continents during the seventies. This is merely the playlist I compiled for my own auditory enjoyment.

Popular Genres in the 1970s, with a limited list of groups and artists

Acoustic Jazz: Dexter Gordon, Woody Shaw

Art Rock, Progressive Rock: Yes, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Rush, Genesis, King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Jethro Tull, The Moody Blues, Soft Machine, etc.

Country: Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Allman Brothers Band, etc.

Disco: Bee Gees, ABBA, Village People, Boney M, Donna Summer, KC and the Sunshine Band, etc.

Electronic Art Music: Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Tomita, Brian Eno, etc.

Electronic Instrumental Prog Rock: Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Can, Faust, etc.

Hip Hop: DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, etc.

Jamaican Reggae: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, etc.

Jazz-rock Fusion: Weather Report, Return to Forever, The Headhunters, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, etc.

Hard Rock, Heavy Metal: Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Who, Black Sabbath, UFO, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd; “shockster” metalists Alice Cooper, Blue Öyster Cult, and Kiss; guitar-oriented Ted Nugent and Van Halen, etc.

Minimalism: Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Michael Nyman, etc.

Punk Rock: Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, the Sex Pistols, The Clash, etc.

R&B, Motown: Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, etc.

Soft Rock: The Carpenters, Carole King, James Taylor, etc.

Synthpop: Yellow Magic Orchestra, etc.

1970

All Right Now – Free – Fire & Water
American Woman – The Guess Who – American Woman
Black Magic Woman – Santana – Abraxas
Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
Crucify Your Mind – Rodriguez – Cold Fact
Daughter Of Darkness – Tom Jones – I (Who Have Nothing)
I (Who Have Nothing) – Tom Jones – I (Who Have Nothing)
In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry – Electronically Tested
Inner City Blues – Rodriguez – Cold Fact
Instant Karma! – John Lennon – Single
Iron Man – Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Knock Three Times – Tony Orlando & Dawn – Single
Layla – Derek And The Dominoes – Layla And Other Assorted Love
Let It Be – The Beatles – Let It Be
Like Janis – Rodriguez – Cold Fact
Lola – The Kinks – Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One
Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Grows) – Eddison Lighthouse – Single
Moondance – Van Morrison – Moondance
Neanderthal Man – 10cc – Thinks: School Stinks
Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Neil Young – After The Gold Rush
Paranoid – Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Rich Folks Hoax – Rodriguez – Cold Fact
Roadhouse Blues – The Doors – Morrison Hotel
Sad Lisa – Cat Stevens – Tea For The Tillerman
Song From MASH (Suicide Is Painless) – The Mash – M*A*S*H Theme Song
Sweet Jane – The Velvet Underground – Loaded
Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Deja Vu
The Boxer – Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
This Is Not a Song, It’s an Outburst (Or, The Establishment Blues) – Rodriguez – Cold Fact
Up Around The Bend – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory
Waiting For The Sun – The Doors – Morrison Hotel
War – Edwin Starr – War & Peace
(Where Do I Begin) Love Story – Andy Williams – Love Story (Soundtrack)
Who Do You Love (Medley) – The Doors – Absolutely Live
Working Class Hero – John Lennon – John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

1971

Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers – Just As I Am
Aqualung – Jethro Tull – Aqualung
Bitterblue – Cat Stevens – Teaser And The Firecat
Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
Catch The Wind – Donovan – Catch The Wind
Chi Mai – Ennio Morriconi – Maddalena (Soundtrack)
Cross-Eyed Mary – Jethro Tull – Aqualung
Cry Baby – Janis Joplin and Full Tilt Boogie Band – Pearl
Fearless – Pink Floyd – Meddle
Get It On – T. Rex – Electric Warrior
Get It While You Can – Janis Joplin – Pearl
Hocus Pocus – Focus – Moving Waves
If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out – Cat Stevens –
I’m So Tired Of Being Alone – Al Green – Al Green Gets Next To you
Imagine – John Lennon – Imagine
It’s Too Late – Carole King – Tapestry
Locomotive Breath – Jethro Tull – Aqualung
Love Her Madly – The Doors – L.A. Woman
Maggie May – Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells A Story
Mamy Blue – Pop-Tops – Single
Man In Black – Johnny Cash – Man In Black
Me & Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin – Pearl
Moonshadow – Cat Stevens – Teaser And The Firecat
My Sweet Lord – George Harrison – All Things Must Pass
Peace Train – Cat Stevens – Teaser And The Firecat
Rock And Roll – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver – Poems, Prayers and Promises
Theme from Shaft – Isaac Hayes – Shaft Soundtrack
Vincent – Don McLean – American Pie

1972

A Horse With No Name – America – America
Can’t Keep It In – Cat Stevens – Catch Bull At Four
Children of the Revolution – T-Rex – Single
Crocodile Rock – Elton John – Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player
Easy Living – Uriah Heep – Demons And Wizards
Free Four – Pink Floyd – Obscured By Clouds (Soundtrack)
Heart Of Gold – Neil Young – Harvest
I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever) – Stevie Wonder – Talking Book
I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now
Lean On Me – Bill Withers – Still Bill
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
Listen To The Music – The Doobie Brothers – Toulouse Street
Mother And Child Reunion – Paul Simon – Paul Simon
Old Man – Neil Young – Harvest
Perfect Day – Lou Reed – Transformer
Popcorn – Hot Butter – Hot Butter
Rock & Roll – Gary Glitter – Gary Glitter
Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide – David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time) – Elton John – Honky Château
Sitting – Cat Stevens – Catch Bull At Four
Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple – Machine Head
Starman – David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealers Wheel – Stealers Wheel
Superstition – Stevie Wonder – Talking Book
The King Will Come – Wishbone Ash – Argus
Use Me – Bill Withers – Still Bill
Velvet Goldmine – David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
Virginia Plain – Roxy Music – Single
Walk on the Wild Side – Lou Reed – Walk on the Wild Side
Why Can’t We Live Together – Timmy Thomas – Why Can’t We Live Together
You’re So Vain – Carly Simon – No Secrets
Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

1973

Any Colour You Like – Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
Band On The Run – Paul McCartney & Wings – Band On The Run
Brain Damage – Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
Can The Can – Suzi Quatro – Can The Can
Candle In The Wind – Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet – Maria – Single
Cum On Feel The Noize – Slade – Sladest
Daniel – Elton John – Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player
Dream On – Aerosmith – Aerosmith
For You – Bruce Springsteen – Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Growin’ Up – Bruce Springsteen – Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ
I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love with You – Tom Waits – Closing Time
I’ve Got To Use My Imagination – Gladys Knight & The Pips – Imagination
Jean Genie – David Bowie – Alladin Sane
Jungle Boogie – Kool & the Gang – Wild and Peaceful
Killing Me Softly With His Song – Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly
La Grange – ZZ Top – Tres Hombres
Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On
My Friend The Wind – Demis Roussos – Forever And Ever
Nutbush City Limits – Ike & Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits
Personality Crisis – New York Dolls – New York Dolls
Piano Man – Billy Joel – Piano Man
Seasons In The Sun – Terry Jacks – Seasons in the Sun
Showdown – Electric Light Orchestra – On the Third Day (US version)
The Great Gig In The Sky – Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
The Peacemaker – Albert Hammond – The Free Electric Band
Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree – Tony Orlando & Dawn – Single
Time in a Bottle – Jim Croce – You Don’t Mess Around with Jim
Top Of The World – The Carpenters – A Song For You
Tuesday’s Gone – Lynyrd Skynyrd – (Pronounced ‘leh-‘nérd ‘skin-‘nérd)
Worse Comes To Worst – Billy Joel – Piano Man

1974

Annie’s Song – John Denver – Back Home Again
Brighton Rock – Queen – Sheer Heart Attack
Cat’s In The Cradle – Harry Chapin – Verities & Balderdash
Counting Out Time – Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Dark Lady – Cher – Dark Lady
Fox On The Run – Sweet – Desolation Boulevard
Jolene – Dolly Parton – Jolene
Mandy – Barry Manilow – Barry Manilow II
Radar Love – Golden Earring – Moontan
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Second Helping
The Air That I Breathe – Hollies – Hollies
The Loco-Motion – Grand Funk Railroad – Shinin’ On
You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet – Bachman Turner Overdrive – Not Fragile
You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker – I Can Stand A Little Rain

1975

’39 – Queen – A Night At The Opera
50 Ways To Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen – A Night At The Opera
Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) – The Four Seasons – Who Loves You
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do – ABBA – ABBA
It’s A Long Way To The Top – AC/DC – T.N.T.
Love of My Life – Queen – A Night At The Opera
Low Rider – War – Why Can’t We Be Friends?
Mozambique – Bob Dylan – Desire
No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley & The Wailers – Live!
Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac
Rock And Roll All Nite – Kiss – Dressed To Kill
Rock Me – ABBA – ABBA
Shining Star – Wind & Fire – That’s the Way of the World
Tangled Up In Blue – Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks
Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
You Ain’t Got A Hold On Me – AC/DC – High Voltage

1976

American Girl – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers –
Anarchy In The U.K. – The Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols
Blank Generation – Richard Hell and the Voidoids – Blank Generation
Blinded By The Light – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – The Roaring Silence
Blitzkrieg Bop – Ramones – Ramones
Blowin’ In The Wind – Joan Baez – From Every Stage
Daddy Cool – Boney M. – Take The Heat Off Me
Dancing Queen – ABBA – Arrival
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap – AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Do Ya – E.L.O. – A New World Record
Don’t Leave Me This Way – Thelma Houston – Any Way You Like It
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
Hotel California – The Eagles – Hotel California
Livin’ Thing – E.L.O. – A New World Record
Living Next Door To Alice – Smokie – Single
More Than A Feeling – Boston – Boston
Save Your Kisses For Me – Brotherhood of Man – Love and Kisses
Show Me The Way (Live) – Peter Frampton – Comes Alive
Somebody To Love – Queen – A Day At The Races

1977

A Fifth Of Beethoven – Walter Murphy – Saturday Night Fever (Soundtrack)
A Spaceman Came Travelling – Chris De Burgh – Spanish Train And Other Stories
Angelo – Brotherhood of Man – Images
Barracuda – Heart – Little Queen
Dog Eat Dog – AC/DC – Let There Be Rock
Dust In The Wind – Kansas – Point Of Know Return
God Save The Queen – The Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols
If I Can’t Have You – Yvonne Elliman – Saturday Night Fever (Soundtrack)
Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel – The Stranger
Lonely Sky – Chris De Burgh – Spanish Train And Other Stories
Lust For Life – Iggy Pop – Lust For Life
Mull of Kintyre – Wings – Single
Natural Mystic – Bob Marley & The Wailers – Exodus
Psycho Killer – Talking Heads – Talking Heads: 77
Staying Alive – Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever (Soundtrack)
The Passenger – Iggy Pop – Lust for Life
Uptown Top Ranking – Althea & Donna – Single
We Will Rock You – Queen – News Of The World
You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim) – Rod Stewart – Foot Loose & Fancy Free

1978

Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love – Van Halen – Van Halen
Armagideon Time – Willi Williams – Armagideon Time
Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty – City To City
Because The Night – Patti Smith Group – Easter
Candy’s Room – Bruce Springsteen – Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Changing Of The Guards – Bob Dylan – Street Legal
Damaged Goods – Gang of Four – Single
Darkness On The Edge Of Town – Bruce Springsteen – Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Dreadlock Holiday – 10cc – Bloody Tourists
Ever Fallen In Love (With Some You Shouldn’t’ve) – Buzzcocks – Live Bites
Factory – Bruce Springsteen – Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Grease – Frankie Valli – Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture
Heart of Glass – Blondie – Parallel Lines
Hong Kong Garden – Siouxsie and the Banshees – Single
Human Fly – The Cramps – Gravest Hits (EP)
I Am The Fly – Wire – Chairs Missing
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor – Love Tracks
James And The Cold Gun – Kate Bush – The Kick Inside
My Way – Sid Vicious – Single
Old Time Rock and Roll – Bob Seger – Stranger in Town
One Way or Another – Blondie – Parallel Lines
Rock Lobster – The B-52’s – The B-52’s
Roxanne – The Police – Outlandos d’Amour
Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits – Dire Straits
Teenage Kicks – The Undertones – Teenage Kicks EP
(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais – The Clash – The Clash
Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush – The Kick Inside
Y.M.C.A. – Village People – Cruisin’
You’re The One That I Want – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – Grease (Soundtrack)

1979

Africa Unite – Bob Marley & The Wailers – Survival
Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2 – Pink Floyd – The Wall
Bahama Mama – Boney M. – Oceans Of Fantasy
Breakfast In America – Supertramp – Breakfast In America
Cars – Gary Numan – The Pleasure Principle
Chiquitita – ABBA – Voulez-Vouz
Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd – The Wall
Death Or Glory – The Clash – London Calling
Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough – Michael Jackson – Off The Wall
Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) – Neil Young – Rust Never Sleeps
Hot Stuff – Donna Summer – Bad Girls
London Calling – The Clash – London Calling
My Sharona – The Knack – Get The Knack
One Step Beyond – Madness – One Step Beyond …
Refugee – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Damn The Torpedoes
Ring My Bell – Anita Ward – Songs of Love
Shadowplay – Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
She’s In Love With You – Suzi Quatro – Suzi… And Other Four Letter Words
She’s Lost Control – Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
The Eton Rifles – The Jam – Setting Sons
The Guns Of Brixton – The Clash – London Calling
Tragedy – Bee Gees – Spirits Having Flown
Tusk – Fleetwood Mac – Tusk

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Greatest Songs From The 1960s

The early sixties saw a continuation of the trends started in the fifties. Within a few years rockabilly, surfer rock and pop tunes made way for protest folk, blues rock and psychedelic rock.

This is not meant as a comprehensive list of all the greatest songs of the 1960s – you’ll find enough of those lists if you do a quick search. This is my personal collection of songs I listen to every time I load my 1960s playlist.

1960

Dreamin’ – Johnny Burnett – Dreamin’
Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool – Connie Francis – Single
Please Don’t Tease – Cliff Richard and the Shadows – Single
The Twist – Chubby Checker – Twist With Chubby Checker
Will You Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles – Tonight’s The Night

1961

Asia Minor – Kokomo – Single
(I Don’t Know Why) But I Do – Clarence Henry – You Always Hurt The One You Love
Comanche – The Revels – The Exiles (Soundtrack)
Funnel Of Love – Wanda Jackson – Single
Hit The Road Jack – Ray Charles – Single
More Than I Can Say – Bobby Vee – Single
Please Mr. Postman – Helen Shapiro – Please Mr. Postman

1962

Bustin’ Surfboards – The Tornadoes – Beyond The Surf
Limbo Rock – Chubby Checker – Limbo Party
Love Me Do – The Beatles – Single (Please Please Me, 1963)
Stand By Me – Ben E. King – Don’t Play That song
That Happy Feeling – Bert Kaempfert – A Swingin’ Safari
The Loco Motion – Little Eva – Locomotion

1963

Be My Baby – Ronettes – Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica
Da Doo Ron Ron – The Crystals – Single
Do You Want To Know A Secret – Billy J. Kramer – Single
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Hippy Hippy Shake – The Swinging Blue Jeans – Single
I Want To Hold Your Hand – The Beatles – Single
Louie, Louie – The Kingsmen – Single
Masters of War – Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash
Summer Holiday – Cliff Richard and the Shadows – Summer Holiday
Surf Rider – The Lively Ones – Surf Rider!
Sweets For My Sweet – The Searchers – Single
The Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini and His Orchestra – The Pink Panther Theme
Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer – Nat King Cole – Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer

1964

A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke – Ain’t That Good News
A Fistful Of Dollars – Ennio Morricone – A Fistful Of Dollars (Soundtrack)
All Day and All of the Night – The Kinks – Single
Do Wah Diddy – Manfred Mann – Single
Downtown – Petula Clark – Downtown
House Of The Rising Sun – The Animals – The Animals
I Shall Be Free No. 10 – Bob Dylan – Another Side Of Bob Dylan
Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters – Single
You Really Got Me – The Kinks – Kinks
You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling – The Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

1965

Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream – Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home
Catch The Wind – Donovan – What’s Bin Did and What’s Bin Hid
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – The Animals – Animal Tracks
Flowers On The Wall – The Statler Brothers – Flowers On The Wall
For A Few Dollars More – Ennio Morricone – For A Few Dollars More (Soundtrack)
Have Love Will Travel – The Sonics – Here Are The Sonics
In My Life – The Beatles – Rubber Soul
It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones – Along Came Jones
Maggie’s Farm – Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home
My Girl – The Temptations – The Temptations Sing Smokey
Nowhere Man – The Beatles – Rubber Soul
Play With Fire – The Rolling Stones – Out Of Our Heads
Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones – Out Of Our Heads
Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) – The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!
What The World Needs Now Is Love – Jackie DeShannon – This Is Jackie DeShannon
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away – The Beatles – Help!
The Trip – Kim Fowley – Single

1966

California Dreamin – The Mamas & The Papas – If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears
Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles – Revolver
For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield – Buffalo Springfield
God Only Knows – The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
Homeward Bound [Live] – Simon & Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
I Want You – Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde
I’m A Believer – The Monkees – More of the Monkees
Michelle – The Overlanders – Single
Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones – Aftermath
Secret Agent Man – Johnny Rivers – … And I Know You Wanna Dance
Sloop John B – The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ – Nancy Sinatra – Boots
Under My Thumb – The Rolling Stones – Aftermath
When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge – When a Man Loves A Woman
Wild Thing – The Troggs – Single
With a Girl Like You – The Troggs – Single
Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

1967

A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum – Procol Harum
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! – The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Bold As Love – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love
Break On Through (To The Other Side) – The Doors – The Doors
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison – Blowin’ Your Mind
Can’t Take My Eyes off You – Frankie Valli and The 4 Seasons – Single
I Think We’re Alone Now – Tommy James & The Shondells – I Think We’re Alone Now
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight – Bob Dylan – John Wesley Harding
I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
Jackson – Johhny Cash & June Carter – Single
Let’s Get Together – The Youngbloods – The Youngbloods
Love Is All Around – The Troggs – Single
Nights in White Satin – The Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed
Penny Lane – The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour
People Are Strange – The Doors – Strange Days
Respect – Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You
Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones – Between The Buttons
Run Run Run – The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) – Scott McKenzie – Single
Somebody To Love – Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
Spanish Rose – Van Morrison – Blowin’ Your Mind
Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour
Take It As It Comes – The Doors – The Doors
There’s A Kind Of Hush All Over The World – Herman’s Hermits – There’s A Kind Of Hush All Over The World
With A Little Help From My Friends – Joe Brown – Single

1968

A Hazy Shade of Winter – Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends
All Along The Watchtower – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland
Burning Of The Midnight Lamp – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland
Crimson And Clover – Tommy James & The Shondells – Crimson & Clover
Fakin’ It – Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends
Five To One – The Doors – Waiting For The Sun
Gypsy Eyes- The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland
Hey Jude – The Beatles – Single
I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye – In The Groove
I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin – Aretha Now
Il Est Cinq Heures, Paris S’éveille – Jacques Dutronc – Jacques Dutronc
Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones – Single
Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends
On The Road Again – Canned Heat – Boogie With Canned Heat
Piece Of My Heart – Janis Joplin – Cheap Thrills
Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun – Pink Floyd – A Saucerful Of Secrets
Son Of A Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield – Dusty In Memphis
Sunshine Of Your Love – Cream – Disraeli Gears
(Sitting On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding – The Dock Of The Bay
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly – Hugo Montenegro – Music From The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
The Way Young Lovers Do – Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
The Weight – The Band – Music From Big Pink
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland
With A Little Help From My Friends – Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends
Words – Bee Gees – Single
You Don’t Know Where Your Interest Lies – Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends

1969

Across The Universe – The Beatles – No One’s Gonna Change Our World
Aquarius, Let The Sunshine In – The 5th Dimension – The Age Of Aquarius
Codine Blues – The Charlatans – Single
Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker) – The Who – Tommy
Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Willy and the Poor Boys
Get Rhythm – Johnny Cash – Single
Give Peace a Chance – John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band – Single
Honky Tonk Women – The Rolling Stones – Single
Je T’aime,…Moi Non Plus – Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin – Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg
Jingo – Santana – Santana
Lisa Says – The Velvet Underground – [recorded 1969, released on VU, 1985]
Pinball Wizard – The Who – Tommy
Popcorn – Gershon Kingsley – Music to Moog By
Pretty Belinda – Chris Andrews – Single
Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head – B.J. Thomas – Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head
Sorry Suzanne – The Hollies – Single
Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky
Sugar Sugar – The Archies – Everything’s Archie
The Ballad Of John & Yoko – The Beatles – Single
Venus – Shocking Blue – At Home
Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) – Peter Sarstedt – Single
Who Do You Love – Quicksilver Messenger Service – Happy Trails

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Greatest Songs From The 1950s (and some earlier)

My personal selection of (some of) the greatest songs from the 1950′s – and a few even earlier than that. This is clearly not a comprehensive list. It’s a modest attempt to compile a list of songs I personally like giving a spin every now and then.

Pre-1950

1939: Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland – Wizard of Oz (Soundtrack)

1949: I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Hank Williams – Legend Lives Anew

1944: Where Did you Sleep Last Night – Led Belly – Single

1951

Shadrack – Louis Armstrong – The Strip OST

1954

Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets – Rock Around The Clock

1955

Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley – Single [Definitive Collection]
Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash – With His Hot And Blue Guitar
Tutti Frutti – Little Richard – Here’s Little Richard

1956

Be-Bop-A-Lula – Gene Vincent – Be-Bop-A-Lula
Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins – Single [Blue Suede Shoes: The Very Best Of Carl Perkins]
Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino – Blueberry Hill
Day-O (Banana Boat Song) – Harry Belafonte – Calypso
Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley – Single [Elv1s 30 #1 Hits]
I Walk The Line – Johnny Cash – With His Hot And Blue Guitar
Why Do Fools Fall In Love – Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers – The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon

1957

Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls of Fire
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley – Single [Elv1s 30 #1 Hits]
Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly – Buddy Holly
Wake Up Little Susie – The Everly Brothers – Wake Up Little Susie
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On – Jerry Lee Lewis – Sun 267 [Definitive Collection]

1958

C’mon Everybody – Eddie Cochran – The Eddie Cochran Memorial Album
Good Golly, Miss Molly – Little Richard – Little Richard [Very Best Of Little Richard]
Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry – Berry Is On Top
La Bamba – Richie Valens – Single [The Best Of Ritchie Valens]
Lonesome Town – Ricky Nelson – Lonesome Town
Rumble – Link Wray And His Ray Men – Single [Rumble: Best of Link Wray]

1959

Gypsy In My Soul – Charlie Byrd – Mr. Guitar
What’d I Say – Ray Charles – What’d I Say

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