We are all in love with songs that remind us of past times. In the following article, we have decided to include the top 10 songs of all time. The list is totally subjective one.
“You’re the One That I Want” – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John (1978)
The people’s love for this song is easy to explain: the film musical “Grease” was an original love story about high school students. In the lead roles – incendiary and still very thin Travolta and radiating positive Newton-John. The latter, by the way, is the granddaughter of Nobel Prize winner in physics Max Born and the most successful Australian singer in the history of the sound industry: more than 100 million albums sold.
“Gangsta’s Paradise” – Coolio (1995)
This emotional rap number, remade from Stevie Wonder’s 1976 soul masterpiece “Pastime Paradise”, became the theme song for a teen drama about a white teacher (Michelle Pfeiffer) in a ghetto school, Dangerous Minds.
The film grossed a record $179 million at the worldwide box office in 1995, and the song won a whole bunch of awards, from the Grammy to the MTV Video Music Awards.
“I Gotta Feeling” – Black Eyed Peas (2009)
The only song in the top ten that appeared in the 21st century became the main party anthem of the late 2000s. Numerous American TV shows contributed to the popularity of this creation by David Guetta: from Oprah Winfrey’s program for housewives to the NBC sitcom for connoisseurs of subtle New York humour Studio 30.
“Hey Jude” – The Beatles (1968)
The song dedicated to Julian Lennon is seven minutes long. This fact did not prevent her from spending nine whole weeks at the top of the American hit parade. Yes, British actor Jude Law’s parents were Beatle fans – we don’t need to explain why this one is so obvious.
“Macarena” – Los Del Rio (1996)
Why in the summer of 1996 the entire population of the planet was carried away by dancing to a song performed by two Seville pensioners is still a mystery. The choreography, by the way, was not invented by them, but by a dancer from New York, Mia Fry.
“Macarena” was especially popular in the Czech Republic: the dance was taught in strip plastic classes, and “Macaroni”, a parody of the hit performed by the Smurfs, sounded on the waves of Prague radio stations.
“I Want to Hold Your Hand” – The Beatles (1963)
Thanks to the single “She Loves You”, which went on sale in August 1963, mass hysteria for four guys from Liverpool began in all corners of Western Europe.
Thanks to the single “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, released in the fall of that year, Beatlemania swept over the Western Hemisphere. Incidentally, I Want to Hold Your Hand is the title of Robert Zemeckis’ 1978 comedy about the Beatles’ first visit to America.
“We Are the World” – USA for Africa (1985)
USA for Africa is a charity project initiated by two megastars of the 80s: Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson. Wanting to help the famine-stricken Ethiopia, they composed a song that was eventually recorded by 43 popular artists at once (including Bob Dylan, Diana Ross and Bette Midler).
The release of the single “We Are the World” helped the authors of the song to transfer tens of millions of dollars to the accounts of humanitarian organizations in Africa.
“(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” – Bryan Adams (1991)
As in the case of “I Will Always Love You”, the popularity of the opus of the Canadian Adams (by the way, today he makes a living from photography) was influenced by the film – romantic fairy tale “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”, for the soundtrack of which the song was created.
“(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” was even nominated for an Oscar, but the tearful ballad lost out to “Beauty and the Beast” – the title theme of the best cartoon about the vicissitudes of love.
“I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston (1992)
While recording the soundtrack for The Bodyguard, her big-screen debut, the soul diva turned Dolly Parton’s quiet country hit, as an English journalist once wrote, into “a song that broke hearts and windows.”
“Candle in the Wind” – Elton John (1997)
When, in 1973, John released a single with a cloying ballad about Marilyn Monroe, the critics categorically did not like it and, most importantly, did not cause much enthusiasm among the public. It received only 11th place in the British hit parade.
But in 1997, when John decided to re-release the song as a charity single for the foundation of Princess Diana, who had just died in a car accident, everything went very differently: the song took first place in the charts of all countries.