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Written by Barry Kowal   
Nov 20, 2018 at 09:30 PM

 Welcome to the Top 2000.

  The song at #2000 is the first remake of the song. This song makes two more appearances in the Top 2000.The song was originally released in 1970 and was Cash Box Magazine's #1 single for the entire year of 1970.That version of the song is yet to come.The song was remade again in 2003 that version too is yet to come in the countdown.

  A 1978 cover of the song at position #1998 is yet to come in the countdown.The song at position #1998 is a rock song written by Ray Davies and performed by his band.It was released as the group's third single,in August 1964,and reached number 1 on the UK singles chart the following month,staying there for two weeks.It was the group's breakthrough hit,and established them as one of the top British invasion acts in the United States,reaching Number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 later in the year.The song at position #1998 was an early hit song built around power chords (parallel 5ths and octaves),and was heavily influential on later rock and roll musicians, particularly in the heavy metal genre.American musicologist Robert Walser wrote that it is,"the track which invented heavy metal"while critic Denise Sullivan of Allmusic writes,the song at position #1998 remains a blueprint song in the hard rock and heavy metal arsenal.

   Rolling Stone magazine placed this song at number 82 on their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time and at number 4 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time in 2004.In early 2005,the song was voted the best British song of the 1955-1965 decade in a BBC radio poll.In March 2005,Q magazine (UK) placed it at number 9 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.In 2009 it was named the 57th Greatest Hard Rock Song by VH1.

     Born on March 20th,1942 in LA is the singer of the song at position #1997 with his one and only entry in the top 6500.For the week ending October 13,1958 this song peaked at #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100. This singer was discovered by Hawaii entrepreneur Kimo Wilder McVay while he was living in Honolulu, Hawaii,attending Punahou School.In 1958 he wrote and recorded this song;a song that was named after his then five-year-old sister.

    This singer holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Missouri in Columbia.He was a professor and head of the Marketing Department at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.

    The song at position #1981 topped the Canadian singles chart (Ted Kennedy) for the week of October 6,1973.The song also went to #1 just south of the border and in Norway and Sweden.The single was the first international release from this singer's album of the same title as the song at position #1981. The song tells the story of a young woman who is half white and half Cherokee.The song describes the troubles she faced,and the racism she experienced.White people often called her "Indian squaw" and the Native Americans never accepted her as one of their own,telling her that she was "white by law." The singer of the song at position #1981 herself is part Cherokee.

   The song at position #1976 is a remake of a song done twenty (20) years earlier.That earlier version of the song went to #1 for two (2) weeks in  the UK beginning March 3,1979 and is yet to appear on this list.The song at position #1976 was released as a double A-side with "Heartbeat".It debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart before climbing to the top spot,achieving platinum status.A dance step of putting both hands parallel to the sides of the head became the trademark move of this British group.This song has sold more copies than all three previous singles by the group at position #1976 combined.This song spent eighteen weeks in the Top 20 and thirty weeks on the chart in total.According to my calculations it was the #1 single for the entire year of 1999 in the UK. 

   On July 24,1979 the song at position #1975 began a four (4) week run in the #1 spot on Radio Station WABC from New York City.The song was also ranked at #2 on radio station WABC's year-end countdown for 1979.The inspiration for the singer at position #1975 to write the song came after one of her assistants was offended by a police officer who thought she was a street prostitute.A rough version of the song had originally been written a couple of years before its release.Neil Bogart,upon hearing it,wanted her to give it to Cher for her upcoming album.She refused and put it away for a couple of years.

  Born on September 12,1933 in Houston,Texas (USA's 4th largest city) is the singer who has the song at position #1972. This is his one and only entry in the top 6500.The song reached #2 on the US Cash Box Singles Chart and peaked at #3 on March 20,1965 for two weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100.On March 1, 2013, at 79 this singer died from complications of back surgery in Inglewood,California.

   The song at position #1968 was the #1 song in the UK for the entire year of 1965.This song was written by lyricist Frank Capano and composer Billy Uhr in the 1930s.The singer at position #1968 is best known as a comedian.The song at position #1969 spent 24 weeks in total on the chart, with five (5) of them at number 1. The song sold over a million copies in the UK becoming one of the biggest selling British singles of all time.In 2002 according to the website www.hart87, it was listed as the 19th best selling of all time in the UK with sales of 1,521,000.

   On November 8,1967 the song at position #1966 began a two (2) week run at the Top of the UK Singles Chart.This is a song written by Tony Macaulay and John MacLeod.Part of the song was written in the same bar of a Soho tavern where Karl Marx was supposed to have written "Das Kapital".The lyrics are a plea that an unnamed subject not break up with the singer.In 1967 the song was released as the group at position #1966's debut single. When it was first released it went nowhere.Luckily BBC's newly founded Radio 1 were looking to avoid any records being played by the pirate radio stations and they looked back at some recent releases that the pirate stations had missed.The song at position #1966 was one of them.The single then took off.The song also reached #1 on the Canadian RPM magazine charts on February 10,1968.

The song at position #1957 topped the Cash Box Magazine's Singles chart for the week of April 2,1966.The song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards during their 1965 tour of the United States.The song was recorded during the "Aftermath" sessions between December 3 and 8 in 1965 at RCA Recording Studios in Hollywood,California,at the conclusion of their fourth North American tour.The song talks of a difficult,spoiled girl who cannot appreciate life.Mick Jagger says he came up with the title first,and then wrote the lyrics around the title.The hypnotic riff Brian Jones is playing during the verses pays a tribute to Bo Diddley's song "Diddley Daddy",Diddley being a major influence on the group at position #1957's style.The song is also well-known for Bill Wyman's so-called "dive-bombing" bass line at the end of the song.Like many of this groups early recordings,this song has only been officially released in mono sound.A stereo mix of the song has turned up in private and bootleg collections,however.This was one of three songs ("I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "As Tears Go By" being the other two) the group performed on their Ed Sullivan Show appearance in 1966,their first color broadcast on U.S. television.The Monkees' Song, "Your Auntie Grizelda",written in 1966, was influenced by this song.Tom Verlaine,lead guitarist and songwriter of "Television", noted that hearing this song during his adolescence inspired him to pick up the guitar.

  The song at position #1954 is a remake of a song done twenty (20) years earlier.The singer of the song at position #1954 also sings in the twenty (20) year earlier version. That 1972 version is in the Top 200.In 1992,the singer of the song at position #1954  was invited to play for the MTV Unplugged series.His subsequent album,Unplugged,featured a number of blues standards and his new "Tears in Heaven." It also featured an "unplugged" version of the song at position #1954.The new arrangement slowed down and reworked the original riff and dispensed with the piano coda.This version climbed to #12 on the U.S. pop chart but failed to chart in Britain. In 1992,it won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song,beating out "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana,one of the ten biggest upsets in Grammy history,according to Entertainment Weekly.The singer of the song at position #1954 only half-joked that he had rearranged the song in a slower,acoustic version because he was getting too old to play the demanding electric guitar riff very well.In 2003,The Allman Brothers Band began playing the song in concert.Warren Haynes sang the vocal,Gregg Allman played the piano part,and Derek Trucks played Duane Allman's guitar parts during the coda.The performances were seen as a tribute not only to Allman,but also to producer Tom Dowd, who had died the previous year.

  Born Timothy Zachery Mosley on March 10,1972 in the capital city of Richmond. This Virginian at #1933 makes seven (7) appearances in the Top 6500 but never as a solo act. Timbaland appears in a trio at #1933 and he also appears in a trio one (1) more time in the Top 6500. In that trio he appears along side Justin Timberlake & Nelly Furtado.He also appears as part of a quartet along side of Keri Hilson,D.O.E. & Sebastian.He does a duet with Nelly Furtado,a duet with Justin Timberlake,a duet with Katy Perry and in another recording he sings along side the Colorado rock band OneRepublic.He appears three (3) times in the Top 500 and one time in the Top 200.He has worked with Justin Timberlake,Nelly Furtado,Katy Perry, Keri Hilson and X Factor winner Leona Lewis on past and upcoming projects.He has also produced tracks for Mariah Carey,Wyclef Jean,Missy Elliott,Keshia Chante and Jay-Z's upcoming albums.Timbaland also produced Chris Cornell's 2009 album "Scream".

   The song at position #1930 by this Santa Monica,California group is the song that Radio Station WABC from New York City ranked as the #1 song for the entire year of 1974 in their year-end countdown.The song at position #1930 is considered the first disco record to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States,though some consider this distinction to go to "Love's Theme" by Love Unlimited Orchestra (earlier that same year) or even The Sound Of Philadelphia (TSOP) by MFSB.The song at position #1930 was written by Waldo Holmes,who also wrote the Blacula songs.The song at position #1930 was first featured on this group's 1973 album,"Freedom for the Stallion" (an edited version later appeared on certain editions of the band's follow-up album,1974's "Rockin' Soul").It and was released as the second single from the album in early 1974 to follow-up Stallion's title song,which had peaked at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100. Initially, the song at position #1930" appeared as though it would flop,as months went by without any radio airplay or sales activity.Not until the song became a disco/club favorite in New York did Top 40 radio finally pick up on the song, leading the record to finally enter the Hot 100 and zip up the chart to #1 in July of 1974.The record also reached the top 10 in the United Kingdom.It is a heavy airplay favorite on oldie and adult-contemporary stations today.

  The song features a lead vocal by Fleming Williams,who left the group shortly after the song was recorded.According to The Billboard Book of Number One Hits by Fred Bronson,the lone female member of the group,H. Ann Kelly,had originally been pegged to sing lead,but this idea was discarded out of fear that groups with female lead singers were less commercially viable.The song also features an important post-Motown performance of James Jamerson.

  This band from Portland,Oregon at position #1929 spent two (2) weeks at #1 on Cash Box Magazine's singles chart beginning January 11,1964.According to one of the Billboard year end charts (Top 100),it ranked the song at #1929 as the #1 song for the entire year of 1963.Radio Station CKLW from Windsor,Ontario,Canada ranked this song as the #6 for the entire decade of the 1960s.The song was also ranked as the #19 song of all-time on New York City Radio Station WOR-FMs 1968 all-time countdown.

   The song at position #1926 by this Canadian (born on April 7,1908 in Toronto/died February 9, 1976)spent nine (9) weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 beginning February 22,1960 and was the song that Radio Station KIMN from Denver ranked as the #1 song for the entire decade of the 1960s.It remains the longest-running number-one instrumental in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.It reached number two in the UK. It hit number one in Italy under the title "Scandalo Al Sole".The artist won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1961 for his recording.This was the first movie theme and the first instrumental to win a Record of the Year Grammy.The artist re-recorded the song twice-first, in 1969,as a female choral version, then, in 1976, as a disco version titled "Summer Place 76".

  The song at position #1908 is a remake of a song done 34 years earlier by a native Bostonian.That song is yet to come in the Top 6500.The song at position #1908 is from the group's second album and it went to #1 in the UK.The band at position #1908 consists of Tom Fletcher (lead vocals and guitar), Danny Jones (lead vocals and guitar),Dougie Poynter (backing vocals and bass guitar) and Harry Judd (drums).They are managed by Prestige Management and were signed to the Island Records label from their 2004 launch until December 2007, before creating their own label,"Super Records".The band rose to fame after fellow pop band Busted helped launch them by inviting them to tour in March 2004. The band's name originates from Marty McFly,the main character of the Back to the Future trilogy.

  The song at position #1905 is a cover of the 1967 song at position #1974.It is the only fab 4 cover to ever reach #1 in the USA.

Welcome to the 1800s.

  The song at position #1898 is a song that Record World Magazine ranked as the #1 song for the entire year of 1975.The song was written by the singer of the song and Bernie Taupin as a favour to the singer's,tennis star Billie Jean King.King was part of the Philadelphia Freedoms tennis team.The song features orchestral arrangements by Gene Page.This song plays in Philadelphia's Franklin Institute IMAX Theater before every show to express the city's love for freedom and impact on shaping the country.

      The song at position #1897 was the first song to be played on MTV on August 1,1981.Group member Trevor Horn has said that his lyrics were inspired by the J. G.Ballard short story "The Sound-Sweep",in which the title character'a mute boy vacuuming up stray music in a world without it-comes upon an opera singer hiding in a sewer.He also felt "an era was about to pass." The theme of the song is thus nostalgia, which is also echoed in the tone of the music. (The vocals are initially limited in bandwidth,giving a "telephone" effect typical of early broadcasts.) The lyrics refer to a period of technological change in the 1960s,the desire to remember the past and the disappointment that children of the current generation would not appreciate the past.In the 1950s and early 1960s,radio was an important medium for many,through which "stars" were created.

   The song was written by Horn,Geoff Downes and Bruce Woolley.Horn has claimed that Woolley was primarily responsible for the musical content,while Horn wrote most of the words.Woolley was responsible for the addition of the words 'put the blame on VTR'.The first version was recorded by Woolley & the Camera Club (with Thomas Dolby on keyboards) for his album "English Garden", which was a hit in Canada.The Buggles later recorded the song and it reached number one on the UK charts for the week of October 20,1979,the first-ever number one for the Island Records label.It also would top the Australian charts and stayed there for seven (7) weeks.

  The song at position #1877 is a remake of a song done seventeen (17) years earlier by a female Motown group.That version is yet to come in the countdown.The song at position #1877 reached number-one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks beginning in January of 1983.This song became the singer of the song at position #1877's first number-one solo hit in the UK and peaking two positions higher than the original song did in that country,the song reached number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100.Although the singer of the song at position #1877 had previously done covers as album tracks (of Genesis' "Behind the Lines" and The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" on Face Value), this song was the first cover he released as a single.The singer of the song at position #1877's version was the first track on the very first "Now That's What I Call Music CD" in the UK. On the second repeat of the chorus,he replaces "How Much More Can I Take" with "How Much More Must I Take."

  A new wave group from Guildford,Surrey,England with members Howard Smith,Edward Bazalgette and Steve Smith have the song at position #1866.This is their one and only entry in the top 6500. This song peaked at #1 in Australia (Kent Music Report) for two weeks beginning June 23rd,1980.The song also went to #1 on radio station CHUM from Toronto,Canada.The song also reached #3 in the UK (Official Charts Company, #4 in Ireland and #9 in New Zealand.
  "Turning Japanese" was believed to euphemistically refer to masturbation-i.e. the act causing the man to squint and therefore resemble a Japanese's person's eyes or possibly,referencing the British slang word "Jap's eye" (the urinary meatus) and the act of turning referring to the process of masturbation-but the song's author David Fenton denied that claim in an interview on VH1. "It could have been (turning) Portuguese, Lebanese, anything that fitted with that phrase.It has nothing to do with the Japanese." "The first time the idea of masturbation came up was when we were touring America. It was written about that 'turning Japanese' was an English phrase for masturbation, which it wasn't."
  Guitarist Rob Kemp went on to say, "It's a love song about somebody who had lost their girlfriend and was going slowly crazy, turning Japanese is just all the cliches of our angst... turning into something you never expected to."

   On February 20,1989 the Scottish duo consisting of identical twin brothers,Charlie and Craig Reid who were born March 5,1962 in Leith with their song at position #1854 began a four (4) week in the #1 spot on the Australian singles chart.
 The song is popular in Scotland,where at Hampden Park,every time the national football team scores,the song is played and sung along to by Scotland fans.This also occurs at Murrayfield Stadium when the Scotland rugby union team scores a try.The song receives a similar kind of following at darts events when played as a "walk on" tune for Scottish player Robert Thornton.It was featured on the soundtrack to the 1993 film "Benny & Joon", when one of the film's stars, "Mary Stuart Masterson", kept on playing "Sunshine on Leith" while filming the movie and the filmmakers took special notice of this song in particular.As a result the original music video was re-edited with clips from the film. The inclusion of the song on the popular film helped popularize the song in the United States,where it is mistakenly but commonly regarded as a 1990s song,despite being recorded and released in 1988 in the UK.
   In 2006, the song was featured as a running gag on the "Family Guy" season 4 episode "You May Now Kiss the... Uh... Guy Who Receives".The song was also the theme song for the Swedish TV-show,"High Chaparall".It was also featured repeatedly in the "How I Met Your Mother" episode "Arrivederci, Fiero" as a "cassingle" of the song becomes stuck in the tape deck of Marshall Eriksen's Pontiac Fiero,and remains there for the duration of 1994 to 2007.It was featured once again in "How I Met Your Mother" in the Season 5 episode "Duel Citizenship" as the roadtrip music for Ted and Marshall.

  The song at position #1840 is a remake of a song done twelve (12) years earlier.That earlier version of the song is in the Top 1000.The singer of the song at position #1840 was born on September 26,1964 in Carlisle,Cumberland,England. Born in Carlisle she was raised from the age of four in Tenterden, Kent, England.She represented the United Kingdom in 2000 at Eurovision in Stockholm.       The song at position #1840 peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and garnered frequent airplay on CHR and AC radio.It also reached #5 in the UK Singles Chart after being re-issued in 1995.

  The song at position #1838 by this R&B group from Jersey City,New Jersey is the song that Radio station WABC from New York City ranked as the #1 song for the entire year of 1976 in the station's year-end coutdown.The song was written by this groups' member Winfred "Blue" Lovett. The original demo of the song was recorded with The Manhattans backing band,"Little Harlem." After hearing a tape of the recording,producer/arranger Bobby Martin decided to re-record the song with MFSB at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia.Released as a single,in both a version that included a mid-song rap spoken part (aimed toward the R&B market) and one that omitted it (aimed toward the pop market), over a year later,the song became a world-wide hit for the group.

  The song at position #1833 is a remake of a song done eighteen (18) years earlier.That 1974 version is a solo recording done by half of the recording act at position #1833.The 1974 song is in the Top 1000.The pair had performed the song at the Live Aid concert in 1985.Recorded live at a concert at Wembley Arena,London on March 25,1991 (EJs 44th birthday) when EJ was a surprise guest for George,the duet became a massive hit on both sides of the Atlantic.It was released later that year and reached number one on the UK singles chart for two weeks in December 1991 and a single week on the US Billboard Hot 100 in February 1992.

  The footage used for the music video of the song was taken from a "live" concert in Chicago with 70,000 fans."The video was actually shot over several days," confirms Michael Pagnotta,George's publicist."It was shot in an airline hangar in Burbank where George had been rehearsing; EJ came in for a night and they ran through the song a couple of times.Then the song was filmed in its entirety live in Chicago in the middle of October as part of that Cover to Cover tour,and when EJ came out from the wings,that place went crazy."It appears on EJ's "Love Songs" compilation. The proceeds from the single were divided among ten (10) different charities for children, AIDS and education.

  The song at position #1810 by this Motown recording act is the song that Billboard Magazine ranked at #2 for the entire year of 1965.Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland-Dozier-Holland,the song is one of the most well-known Motown tunes of the 1960s.The song finds lead singer Levi Stubbs,assisted by the other three singers and The Andantes,pleadingly professing his love to a woman:"Sugar pie, honey bunch/ I'm weaker than a man should be!/.../I'm a fool in love,you see."Like most of his lead parts,Stubbs' vocals are recorded in a tone that straddles the line between singing and shouting,similar to the tone of a black Baptist preacher.The melodic and chordal progressions are very similar to the Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go".
  Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #415 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004.The song has been covered extensively since 1965,including versions done for several television commercials.

  A pop rock band formed in Colorado Springs,Colorado,USA places the fourth of six entrees in the Top 6500 at position #1805.The band has two more songs both in the Top 200. The band consists of lead vocalist Ryan Tedder,guitarist Zach Filkins, guitarist Drew Brown,bassist and cellist Brent Kutzle,drummer Eddie Fisher and keyboardist Brian Willett. The song was digitally released in Australia on April 14,2014, and was serviced to contemporary hit radio in the United States on May 6 as the fifth overall single from the album "Native".

  Welcome to the 1700s.

  The song at position #1777 was covered twenty-nine years later.The cover version went to #1 for three (3) weeks beginning August 29,1987.The 1987 version of the song at position #1777 is in the Top 1000.This Song is a Mexican folk song, originally from the state of Veracruz.Influenced by Spanish flamenco and a traditional mambo Latin ryhthm,the song uses the violin,jarana jarocha,guitar,and harp.Lyrics to the song greatly vary,as performers often improvise verses while performing.However,versions (such as those by musical groups Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and Los Pregoneros del Puerto) have survived because of the artists' popularity and have become the "definitive" versions.The traditional aspect of the song at position #1777 "lies in the tune itself,which remains the same through all versions.The name of the dance,which has no direct English translation,is presumably connected with the Spanish verb bambolear,meaning "to shake" or perhaps "to stomp".
   The traditional of this song was often played during weddings in Veracruz,where the bride and groom performed the accompanying dance.Today this wedding tradition is mostly lost,but the dance survives through the popularity of ballet folklorico.The dance is performed in much the same way,displaying the newly-wed couple's unity through the performance of complicated,delicate steps in unison as well as through creation of a bow from a liston,a long red ribbon,using only their feet.The "arriba" (literally "up") part of the song suggests the nature of the dance,in which the footwork,called "zapateado",is done faster and faster as the music tempo accelerates.The repeated lyric,"Yo no soy marinero, soy capitan" (lit: "I am not a sailor, I am a captain"),refers to Veracruz's marine locale and the husband's promise that he will remain faithful to his wife.

  Born on Christmas Day,1958 in Buckhorn,Ontario,Canada is the singer who has the song at position #1770.The song was written by Canadian songwriters Christopher Ward and David Tyson.This song went to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks beginning the week ending March 24,1990.This song reached #2 in both the UK (Official Chart Company) and New Zealand singles chart.It also reached #3 in Australia (ARIA). This song was one of four selected to be covered on the CBC Television reality television show "Cover Me Canada".This is this singers second and final appearance in the top 6500.

  The song at position #1765 is a remake of a song done sixteen (16) years earlier by a Dutch group. Both versions of the song topped the Billboard Hot 100.The 1970 version is yet to come in the countdown.The song at position #1765 had been a part of this group's repertoire for several years before they actually recorded it.The team's three members, Sara Dallin,Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward,had the idea of turning the song into a dance music tune,but they met with resistance from their producers at the time,Steve Jolley and Tony Swain.The group brought the idea to the production trio of Stock Aitken Waterman,and it became the group's first collaboration with them.Dallin,Fahey and Woodward had nearly completed recording their third album titled "True Confessions" with Jolley and Swain.Stock,Aitken and Waterman also resisted the idea because they believed that the song would not make a good dance record.After persistence by the women,SAW relented and the result was a worldwide smash.This song not only went to number one in the U.S.,but also went to #1 in Canada,Australia,New Zealand,Switzerland, Mexico and South Africa.It hit number two in Germany and Hong Kong and was a top ten success in Italy,Austria,Belgium,Finland,France,Netherlands,Sweden,Venezuela,Norway, Portugal,Spain and their native UK (#8 on UK Singles Chart).It also went to number one for two weeks on the U.S. Dance chart.

  The song at position #1763 is a cover of a song done ten (10) years earlier.That version is in a higher position in the Top 6500.The song at position #1763 was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 (USA) for three weeks during 1978.The singer's recording,which was included as part of the "MacArthur Park Suite" on her double album Live and More,was eight minutes and forty seconds long on the album.The shorter seven-inch vinyl single version of the song was her first single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100.The 18-minute musical medley "MacArthur Park Suite" incorporated the songs "One of a Kind" and "Heaven Knows". This medley was also sold as a 12" (30 cm) vinyl recording,and it stayed at number one on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart for five weeks in 1978.The versions of this medley in Live and More and in the 12" recording are notably different in choices of the lengths of the slices of the two accompanying songs.This song was not included on the compact disc version if Live and More because there as not room for it on one CD. However,the song is available on her The Dance Collection CD that appeared in 1987.

  A singer born in Jacksonville,Florida on June 6,1939 makes his one and only appearance in the top 6500 at position #1759,with a song that peaked at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for two (2) weeks beginning June 26,1961.On radio station 77 WABC from New York City this song spent six (6) weeks at number one beginning June 21,1961.The song was number one on WABC when the very popular DJ "Dan Ingram"debuted airing on the station.
   Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones covered this song for his 1976 solo album "Stone Alone".
  The song was sung regularly by Bruce Springsteen as a show closer on his "Born to Run" tours and his "Darkness Tour".He also sung it when appearing at the Hammersmith Odeon London '75 concert,and he performs it in the 1979, "No Nukes" film.

  In 2009 the singer of the song at position #1759 released a new album titled "Let Them Talk" and toured the UK as a special guest of Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings.More recently, in 2010, this singer contributed duet vocals on the song "Umbrella In My Drink" on Southside Johnny's album "Pills and Ammo".

  The song at position #1745 spent four (4) weeks in the #2 position in Australia in 1999. This Dutch based music group plays this song in A-flat major.The video features all four members of the group travelling various destinations in the USA in a 1960s style mini-bus ("Vengabus"), where they end up in a nightclub.The group consists of two boys and two girls,Kim Sasabone,Denise Post-Van Rijswijk,Donny Latupeirissa and Robin Pors.

The song at position #1736 by this Chicago native (born December 1, 1933 died January 6, 2006)is the song that Radio Station CKLW from Windsor,Ontario,Canada ranked as the #1 song for the entire year of 1976 in their year-end countdown."The song at position #1736 written by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff is a song performed on this singer's 1976 album "All Things in Time". The song reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the R&B and Easy Listening charts. It reached #1 on radio station WABC from New York City and it was the song the station ranked at #3 in their year-end countdown.The single also reached number four (4) on the Billboard dance chart.It was the first big hit for Philadelphia International to feature the reformulated MFSB,after many of the original members left Gamble and Huff for better opportunities. The song started the singers' live shows from 1977 on.

  The single went on to sell over a million copies and was certified gold by the RIAA.The song at position #1736 has been covered by singers Michael Buble,Laura Pausini reggae legend John Holt and most recently the Dub Pistols (who use a sample of John Holt's version) on their "Speakers and Tweeters" album.This song was also featured on The "Proud Family Soundtrack".It can also be heard in the films,The Hot Chick (2002),Guess Who (2005),Disturbia (2007),Ice Age:Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009),Pokemon: Mewtwo Returns (2000),and on the TV sitcom That 70's Show (1998-2006).

  On February 13,1993 the song at position #1735 by a Belgian-Dutch music group began a five (5) week run at the Top of the UK Singles chart.The song at position #1735 became notable outside its usual fanbase for its repetitive lyrics.The word "no" appears in the UK radio edit of the track 72 times and hence it was thus parodied by Spitting Image as "No Lyrics".Nonetheless,in 1993 in an NME interview, Mark E Smith of "The Fall" claimed it was one of his favourite songs.Like previous releases,the UK version of the single removed all of the raps from Raymond Slijngaard,leaving just Anita Dels' vocals.One word from the rap was kept,the word 'Techno' (from the line "I'm making techno and I am proud") which was looped and repeated during the middle of the song,turning the line into "Techno! Techno! Techno! Techno!" and giving the song an extra vocal hook.Like many artists in 2000,the group who does the song at position #1735  released the Millennium editions of their more popular tracks.It featured underground sounding trance remixes by some well known producers from Belgium,Japan & the U.K.It had little success in the charts due its non-commercial approach.

  At the same time the song at position #1731 was on the US charts there was another version of the same 1954 song on the charts.That other version is in the Top 1000 of this list.This song is a popular song from the 1953 musical "Kismet" and is credited to Robert Wright and George Forrest.Like all the music in that show,the melody was based on music composed by Alexander Borodin,in this case,the "Gliding Dance of the Maidens,"from the Polovetsian Dances.Richard Kiley and Doretta Morrow (Man of La Mancha and The King and I) performed the song in the original cast of "Kismet".Vic Damone and Ann Blyth performed the song in the 1955 film.It was not until 1955 that "Kismet",and thus the songs from the show,came to London.Keely Smith,Ray Conniff,Wes Montgomery, George Shearing,Curtis Counce,Isaac Hayes,Sun Ra, The Supremes (for their album I Hear A Symphony),Sarah Brightman,and Saint Etienne have also recorded cover versions of this standard.The song was also featured in the video game Jikkyo Oshaberi Parodius for the PlayStation. Not only did it appear as background music in Parodius,it was also featured in Ape Escape 3 on the Saru-Mon's (Immobile) Castle stage.
   In the 1999 film,"Breakfast of Champions", based on the book of the same name by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.,the song is used as a recurring motif.

  The song at position #1707 by little Kylie Minogue spent six (6) weeks at #1 in Australia beginning March 14,1988.This song is a pop]dance song.The song was written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman for Minogue's debut album "Kylie" in 1988.The song was released as the album's second single.It was a commercial success,reaching the top ten on the majority of the charts it entered,and along with Australia it reached number one in the United Kingdom (five weeks). The song became the highest selling single in Australia in 1988 and was named "Record of the Year" by the Japanese Phonographic Record Association.Do you feel lucky enough to know what song is at position #1707.

Welcome to the 1600s.

    The song at #1685 would be covered in the same year by a famous Seattle guatarist. That cover version from later in 1968 is within the Top 1000 of this list.Several reviewers have pointed out that the lyrics in "The song at position #1686" echo lines in the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 21, verses 5-9:Prepare the table,watch in the watchtower, eat,drink: arise ye princes,and prepare the shield./For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go set a watchman,let him declare what he seeth./And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen,a chariot of asses,and a chariot of camels;and he hearkened diligently with much heed./...And,behold,here cometh a chariot of men,with a couple of horsemen.And he answered and said,Babylon is fallen,is fallen,and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.
    Commenting on the songs on his album John Wesley Harding,in an interview published in the folk music magazine Sing Out! in October 1968,the singer of the song at position #1685 told John Cohen and Happy Traum: "I haven't fulfilled the balladeers's job.A balladeer can sit down and sing three songs for an hour and a half... it can all unfold to you.These melodies on John Wesley Harding lack this traditional sense of time.As with the third verse of "The Wicked Messenger",which opens it up,and then the time schedule takes a jump and soon the song becomes wider... The same thing is true of the song at position #1685,which opens up in a slightly different way,in a stranger way, for we have the cycle of events working in a rather reverse order."
   The unusual structure of the narrative was remarked on by English Literature professor Christopher Ricks,who commented that the song at position #1685 is an example of the singer of the song at position #1685's audacity at manipulating chronological time:"at the conclusion of the last verse,it is as if the song bizarrely begins at last,and as if the myth began again."
   Critics have described the singer of the song at position #1685's version as a masterpiece of understatement.In Andy Gill's words:"In Dylan's version of the song,it's the barrenness of the scenario which grips,the high haunting harmonica and simple forward motion of the riff carrying understated implications of cataclysm;as subsequently recorded by Jimi Hendrix, ... that cataclysm is rendered scarily palpable through the dervish whirls of guitar."
   Others have been more critical of the singer of the song at position #1685's achievement.Dave Van Ronk,an early supporter and mentor of the singer of the song at position #1685,made the following criticism of the song: That whole artistic mystique is one of the great traps of this business,because down that road lies unintelligibility. The singer of the song at position #1685 has a lot to answer for there,because after a while he discovered that he could get away with anything-he was the singer of the song at position #1685 and people would take whatever he wrote on faith.So he could do something like this song which is simply a mistake from the title on down:a watchtower is not a road or a wall,and you can't go along it.

   A song that went to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for two (2) weeks beginning on February 8,1960 is the song at position #1682.This is one of the saddest songs of the decade of the 1960s.

  From 1974 The name of the UK Band that included Paul Rodgers is also the name of the song at position #1656 and also the same name as the album the song is off of. The song was co-written by the group's lead singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke,the song's meaning comes from the movie of the same name featuring Jeff Bridges and Barry Brown.The introductory three chords of the song are also in the movie.It is one of the few songs where the artist,album and song names are the same.Other examples include Black Sabbath, Blue Murder,Bad Religion,Visage,Motorhead,Iron Maiden,Metal Church,Minor Threat, Europe, Great Lake Swimmers,Another Black Day,Talk Talk,Bang Camaro,Wilco,Deicide,and Hellyeah.
   Timothy McVeigh,the terrorist responsible for the April 19,1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City,was quoted as saying as he fled the site of the bombing that he thought of a specific lyric, "...dirty for dirty," heard towards the end of the song. Many websites describe this,but confuse that short phrase within a song as the title for another song.
   This song is also heard in the 2006 episode of The CW series Supernatural,titled "Scarecrow". It can also be heard on an episode of The Simpsons where Ned Flanders moves to a new town and becomes a "rebel" by keeping an untrimmed mustache.Tori Amos performed the song at a number of concerts in 1994 and 1996.In the beginning of the final book of his Dark Tower series,The Dark Tower,Stephen King quotes the lines "I was born 6-gun in my hand,Behind a gun I'll make my final stand".

  In 1966 a triple murder happened in a Paterson,New Jersey bar.A professional boxer (born on May 6,1937 in Clifton,New Jersey was convicted of this triple murder and spent 19 years in the New Jersey penal system.In November of 1985 US District Court Judge Haddon Lee Sarokin in Newark,New Jersey granted his petition for a "writ of Habeas corpus" and set aside his convictions.In 1975 "Robert Allen Zimmerman" wrote a song about this professional boxer and the events surrounding his murder conviction and placed the song on his 1976 "Desire" album.That song is at position #1640.
  This boxer died from cancer at the age of 76 on April 20th,2014 in Toronto,Canada. 
  The recording act that sings the song at position #1630 is based out of Vancouver,British Columbia,Canada.The song at position #1630 spent 11 weeks in the #1 Position in Canada (Canoe).The song was the #1 song for the entire year of 2005 in Canada and the #8 song for the entire year of 2005 in the USA (Billboard). The song at position #1630 is off the album titled "All The Right Reasons". This album was the biggest album for the entire year of 2005 in  the USA (Billboard) and the fifth biggest for the entire year of 2005 in Canada (Canoe). Further, the album was the #6 album for the entire year of 2005 in Australia (ARIA) and the #3 album for all of 2008 in the UK.
  The song at position #1630 is an up-tempo track reminiscent of country music.The music video for the song was filmed in Hanna,Alberta,Canada hometown to the majority of the band.
    The music video begins with Chad Kroeger,the video's protagonist,walking along a lonely,sparsely populated street,holding up a photograph of himself and Nickelback's producer Joey Moi (who is referred to in the line "what the hell is on Joey's head?").As the song progresses to the line "This is where I grew up," he walks to a rusty mailbox, addressed as number 29025.As he speaks of sneaking out,the camera does not show the house itself but does show a view from the inside looking out at him,possibly suggesting someone else lives there now.He continues walking and comes to Hanna High School, announcing,"This is where I went to school."He and his three other band members enter the gym with their gear and put on a seemingly impromptu concert alone.During the chorus, two band members go to an old junkyard and reminisce about a field where the rest of the band and their girlfriends are partying.Another experiences a similar event near an abandoned train yard,seeing his old girlfriend (most likely Kim, who was "the first girl I kissed") run near the tracks and kiss his younger self.The camera then switches to flashbacks of various people ("I miss that town,I miss the faces") As the video ends,the flashback people get in their cars to go home as the band finishes the song.The video was directed by Nigel Dick.

   A song by this LA band from 1982 has the song at #1627.The song was written by the group's primary songwriter,David Paich.This song has been widely misunderstood to refer to the band member Steve Porcaro's defunct relationship with the actress Rosanna Arquette. However,this was actually just a coincidence.The rest of the song had already been finished,and Paich needed a name that fit well into the chorus.The music video features Cynthia Rhodes as the lead dancer and a young Patrick Swayze as one of the male dancers.They would reunite as members of the cast of the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing.
  The song is the opening track from the group's 1982 album Toto IV.This song won the Record of the Year Grammy Award in the 1983 presentations.The song was also nominated for the Song of the Year award.In musician circles,the song is known for its highly influential half-time shuffle,as well as a blowing ending guitar solo played by guitarist Steve Lukather.The song peaked at #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks.

  A song from 1988 that went to #1 on July 9th for two (2) weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 by Robin Zander and his Illinois band is the #1624 song.The song was first offered to English singer Elkie Brooks,who turned it down.Written by Bob Mitchell and Nick Graham, the song was initially released on the group who sings the song at position #1624's "Lap of Luxury" album.The song reached number one on the USA Billboard Hot 100 in 1988 when issued as a single;it also reached number one in Australia.The success of the song brought the group out of a years-long commercial slump and back into music industry prominence.
  According to lead vocalist Robin Zander,"The band was very skeptical about performing this song live,because we only liked to perform songs written by us.However,a young man from,oh, I don't know,somewhere,confirmed to us after a show in Florida about a week after the song was released that the song was great and,get this, would be a #1 single.As we joked about the guy's prediction,we later realized whoa! This guy was right.I thank him for that."

  The song at position #1620 gets remade thirty-eight (38) year laters by a middle aged woman from Scotland.The 2009 version is in the Top 100 of this list.The song at position #1620 is off of an album that radio station KZOK from Seattle in 1991 ranked as the fourth (4th) best album of all-time titled "Sticky Fingers".
   In the liner notes to the 1993 "Rolling Stones collection Jump Back:The Best of The Rolling Stones", Mick Jagger states,"Everyone always says this was written about Marianne Faithful but I don't think it was;that was all well over by then.But I was definitely very inside this piece emotionally."Keith Richards wrote the melody and came up with the phrase "Wild Horses".
    Originally recorded over a three day period at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama during December 2-4 in 1969,the song was not released until over a year later due to legal wranglings with the band's former label.Along with "Brown Sugar" (in the Top 500 on this list),it is one of the two Rolling Stones compositions from "Sticky Fingers" over which Allen Klein co-owns the rights along with the Stones.It features session player Jim Dickinson on piano,Keith Richards on electric guitar,and Richards and Mick Taylor on acoustic guitars.Keith Richards uses Nashville Tuning,in which the EADG strings of the acoustic guitar are replaced by strings which are tuned one octave higher.
  In 2007,Mick Jagger's longtime girlfriend,Jerry Hall named "Wild Horses" as her favorite Rolling Stones song.Rolling Stone Magazine ranked this song at #334 in its "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list in 2004.

  The song at position #1618 is a cover of a song done four (4) years earlier.The 1968 version of the song topped the Canadian singles chart (Ted Kennedy) for the week of September 2,1968 and is in the Top 1000 of this list. 

  The artist at position #1606 makes his one and only entry in the Top 6500. It was released on February 15,2000 as the second single from the artist's 1999 solo debut studio album "Unleash The Dragon".This song garnered four Grammy nominations and numerous other awards.The song peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100.The song was a major success worldwide as well,reaching the top ten throughout European charts and reaching number three in the United Kingdom,Netherlands and Denmark.The song also topped the charts in New Zealand.

  Irish singer,a former "One Direction" member makes his one and only entry in the Top 6500 at position #1601. The song was written by him along with Alexander Izquierdo, John Ryan,Julian Bunetta,Ruth Anne Cunningham and Tobias Jesso Jr., while the production was handled by Bunetta.It was serviced to US contemporary hit radio on May 9,2017 as the second single from his debut solo album Flicker (2017). 
    #1601 peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart and number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100,becoming his highest-charting single in those countries.

Welcome to the 1500s.

  The German recording act at position #1598 covers a song done by a British recording act twenty-three (23) years earlier.The 1979 version of the song is in the Top 1000.The song at position #1598 is a single by a techno band.It was taken from their second singles compilation album "Push the Beat for this Jam (The Singles 98-02)",it reached number 1 in several European countries,including Norway and Ireland, as well as number 1 in Australia in 2002.The song at position #1598 reached number 2 in the UK,their highest ever charting single beating the number 18 peak of "Back in the U.K." in 1996.It has been certified gold by the BPI,selling over 400,000 copies and was the 9th best selling single of 2002 in the UK.

  The song at position #1588 by this Brooklyn,New York born singer was Cash Box Magazine's #5 song for the entire year of 1960.The song reached #1 on the US & Canadian singles charts.This song is a novelty song telling the story of a shy girl wearing a revealing polka dot bikini bathing suit at the beach,who in the first verse is too afraid to leave the locker where she has changed into the aforementioned swimwear;in the second,she has made it to the beach but sits on the sand wrapped in a blanket;and in the closing verse,she has finally gone into the ocean,but is too afraid to come out,and stays immersed in the water-despite the fact that she's "turning blue",to quote the song's lyrics-to hide herself from view.It was written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss and first released in June 1960 by the singer of the song at position #1349 with orchestra conducted by John Dixon.The song also made the top 10 in other countries,including #8 on the UK Singles Chart.Trudy Packer recited the phrases beginning with "One, two, three, four" -i.e. "Tell the people what she wore", heard at the end of each verse before the chorus; and "Stick around, we'll tell you more",heard after the first chorus and before the start of the second verse.

  The song at position #1587 spent seven (7) weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 beginning June 17,1978 and was the song that Billboard Magazine ranked as the #1 song for the entire year of 1978 on the magazine's year-end countdown.The singer of the song at position #1587 was born on March 5,1958 in Manchester, Lancashire, England and died on March 10,1988 in Redcliffe,Australia.He became the first solo artist in the history of the U.S. pop charts to have his first three singles hit the number-one spot.The song was written by the singer and his brothers (Barry,Maurice and Robin Gibb) in Los Angeles,while the trio of brothers were working on the film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."And one night," the singer of the song at position #1587 would recall,"while we were relaxing,we sat down and we had to start getting tracks together for the album" (also titled with the same name as the song at position #1587 which would eventually hit #7 on the U.S. album charts). "So we literally sat down and in ten minutes,we had a group going,(singing) the chorus part.As it says underneath the song,we all wrote it,the four of us." While he would have three more Top 10 hits in the U.S.,this would be his final chart-topping hit in the USA.
  The singer of the song at position #1587 died on March 10,1988,just five days after his 30th birthday as a result of myocarditis,an inflammation of the heart muscle due to a recent viral infection.

  The song at position #1576 is from the 1980 soundtrack to the movie "Urban Cowboy".The singer of this song was born on November 20,1947 in Wichita,Kansas,U.S.A.

  At position #1569 is a song by a Swedish synthpop duo and a British recording artist (who has another song in the top 6500 at position #3507). The song at position #1569 was released in May 2012 as a digital download in Sweden,where it peaked at number two on the singles chart.The song would not be released in the USA until 2013 peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.However the song went to #1 in the UK and #3 in Australia (ARIA}. In July 2013 American rock band "Titus Andronicus" posted an eight-minute cover of the song with added lyrics.The same month,American singer Robin Thicke performed a stripped down cover version during a performance on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.

  Beginning September 25,2004 the song at position #1550 by this Swedish recording act began a five (5) week run at #1 in the UK (the longest run of any single that 
year).This song was the #2 song for the entire year of 2004 in the UK.This song is a song performed by a Swedish DJ,producer and a previous member of "Swedish House 
Mafia".The single received moderate sales success and topped several record charts.The song is partly known for its music video,which features women and one man performing aerobics in a sexually suggestive manner.
  The song is a dance music track based on a re-recorded sample of Steve Winwood's 1982 song "Valerie".When the singer of the song at position #1550 presented the 
track to Winwood,he was so impressed with what the singer of the song at position #1550 had done,he collaborated with him and re-recorded the vocals to fit the track better.The original version of the song was initially mistaken as a release by Together (a collaboration between Thomas Bangalter and DJ Falcon),due to Falcon's use of the song in DJ sets and an advance pressing credited to Falcon and Bangalter.Until January 2005,the singer of the song at position #1550 held the record for selling the lowest number of singles for a number-one chart position in the UK in any particular week:This song sold 23,519 copies when it returned to the top of the charts on October 17, 2004.This record was broken once again by himself only a week later on October 24, 2004,with the single selling 21,749 copies that week.
   The song entered the German singles chart at number one in early November 2004,and also repeated this feat in the Republic of Ireland.In Australia,the song debuted and peaked at #2.The song has been sampled in Chris Brown's song "Pass Out" released on his 2009 album "Graffiti".

  The song at position #1544 by this Dutch band reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970. However,it was not the first song with that title to reach #1 on the 
Billboard Hot 100. Eleven years earlier a different song with the same title went to #1.The 1959 song with the same title as the song at position #1544 is at a higher position on the Top 6500 of this list.The song's lead vocals are performed by Mariska Veres.The song's music and lyrics are written by Robbie van Leeuwen,the band's guitarist,sitarist and background vocalist,who also produced the song. Van Leeuwen used "The Banjo Song" on Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod,a 1963 album by The "Big 3" with Mama Cass Elliot on vocals,as main inspiration.
   The song would hit #1 again on the US Billboard Hot 100 when three sexy gals from London do a cover of the song at position #1544.

  The song at position #1541 sort of gets remade again thirty-four (34) years later by a Michigan rocker.The 2008 version of the song is in the Top 500 of this 
list.The song at position #1541 was recorded at Studio One in Doraville,Georgia,using just Ed King as bassist,Wilkeson and drummer Burns to lay down the basic backing track.Ed King used a Marshall amp belonging to Allen Collins.The guitar used on the track was a 1972 Fender Stratocaster.However,King has said that the guitar was a pretty poor model and had bad pickups,forcing him to turn the amp up all the way to get decent volume out of it. This guitar is now displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland,Ohio.
   The famous "Turn it up" line uttered by Ronnie Van Zant in the beginning was not intended to be in the song.Van Zant was just asking producer Al Kooper and engineer Rodney Mills to turn up the volume in his headphones so that he could hear the track better.
   The song at position #1541 was written as an answer to two songs,"Southern Man" and "Alabama" by Neil Young,which dealt with themes of racism and slavery in the 
American South."We thought Neil was shooting all the ducks in order to kill one or two," said Ronnie Van Zant at the time.The following extract shows the Neil Young 
mention in the song:
  Well I heard mister Young sing about her  
  Well, I heard ole Neil put her down
  Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
  A Southern man don't need him around anyhow

Ronnie Van Zant's musical response,however,was also controversial,with references to Alabama Governor George Wallace
(a noted supporter of segregation) and the Watergate scandal:

In Birmingham, they love the governor (boo boo boo)
Now we all did what we could do
Now Watergate does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you?
Tell me the truth

In 1975,Van Zant said: "The lyrics about the governor of Alabama were misunderstood.The general public didn't notice the words 'Boo! Boo! Boo!'after that particular line,and the media picked up only on the reference to the people loving the governor." "The line 'We all did what we could do' is sort of ambiguous," Al Kooper notes "'We tried to get Wallace out of there' is how I always thought of it."Journalist Al Swenson argues that the song is more complex than it is sometimes given credit for,suggesting that it only looks like an endorsement of Wallace. "Wallace and I have very little in common," Van Zant himself said, "I don't like what he says about colored people." The final line of the song indicates that it may be against racial discrimination: "My Montgomery's got the answer." This is a reference to the Montgomery Bus Boycott,which led to a Supreme Court decision declaring Alabama's racial segregation laws for buses unconstitutional.
 In 1976,Van Zant and the band supported Jimmy Carter for his presidential candidacy, including fundraising and an appearance at the Gator Bowl benefit concert.At the end of the song, Alabama is also referred to as where "the governor's true."

  On February 15,1969 the San Francisco based recording act at position #1525 began a four (4) week run in the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100.Radio station KIMN from Denver ranked this song as the twenty-fifth (25th) biggest song for the entire decade of the 1960s.
   The song is one of Sly Stone's pleas for peace and equality between differing races and social groups,a major theme and focus for the band.The group featured 
caucasians Greg Errico and Jerry Martini in its lineup,as well as females Rose Stone and Cynthia Robinson; making it the first major integrated band in rock 
history.The group's message was about peace and equality through music,and this song reflects the same.
   Unlike the band's more typically funky and psychedelic records,this song is a mid-tempo number with a more mainstream pop feel.Sly,singing the main verses for the song, explains that he is "no better/and neither are you/we are the same/whatever we do."
    Sly's sister Rose Stone sings bridging sections that mock the futility of people hating each other for being tall,short,fat,skinny,white,black,or anything else.The bridges of the song contain the line "different strokes for different folks," which became a popular catchphrase in 1969.
    For the chorus,all of the singing members of the band (Sly, Rosie, Larry Graham, and Sly's brother Freddie Stone) proclaim that "I am everyday people," meaning that each of them (and each listener as well) should consider himself or herself as parts of one whole,not of smaller,specialized factions.
   Bassist Larry Graham contends that the track featured the first instance of the "slap bass" technique,which would become a staple of funk and other genres.The 
technique involves striking a string with the thumb of the right hand (or left hand, for a left-handed player) so that the string collides with the frets,producing a metallic "clunk" at the beginning of the note.Later slap bass songs-for example, Graham's performance on "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)" - expanded on the technique, incorporating a complementary "pull" or "pop" component.
   This song was included on the band's classic album Stand! (1969), which sold over three million copies.It is one of the most covered songs in the band's 
repertoire,with versions by Aretha Franklin,The Staple Singers,Joan Jett (a modest hit in the year of 1983),The Supremes & The Four Tops,Peggy Lee,Belle & Sebastian 
and Pearl Jam, among many others.Dolly Parton's previously unreleased 1980 cover of the song was included as a bonus track on the 2009 reissue of her 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs was also prominently featured in a series of television commercials for Toyota automobiles in the late 1990s and most recently for Smarties candy in 2008.Rolling Stone ranked this song at #145 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.This song is prominently featured in the opening sequence of the 2008 romantic comedy film Definitely, Maybe.The lead character,Will Hayes (played by Ryan Reynolds),calls it his "perfect song" for that particular day.It can also be heard in the film "Purple Haze".

  The song at position #1506 by these three sexy Brits (Natasha Maria Hamilton:DOB 7/17/82 in Liverpool,England,Elizabeth Margaret McClarnon:DOB 4/10/81 in Liverpool,England and Jenny Frost:DOB 2/22/78 in Prestwich,Greater Manchester, England) is a remake of a song performed by a Jamaican group in 1967 then covered in 1981 by a New York based new wave group.The 1981 version is in the Top 1000 of this list.The song at position #1506 went to #1 in the UK beginning September 3,2002.The song was #10 in the UK for the entire year of 2002 and #8 for the entire year of 2002 in the land "Down Under".It also went to #1 in New Zealand.
  The song at position #1506 was originally written by John Holt and performed by The Paragons in 1967 with John Holt as lead singer.Although originally released as an A-side in Jamaica on the Treasure Isle label it was relegated to the B-side of the "Only a Smile" single for UK release a few months later.The song features the violin of "White Rum" Raymond and was popular in Jamaica and became popular amongst West Indians and skinheads in the UK when a deejay version by U-Roy was released in 1971.The song went mainly unnoticed in the rest of the world until it was rediscovered in 1980 when it became a US/UK no.1 hit for the band who has the version of this song that is in the Top 1000.

  The song at #1503 by this southern California girl band began a four (4) week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot100 beginning December 20,1986 and was the song that Billboard Magazine ranked as the #1 song for the entire year of 1987 on their year-end countdown. Liam Sternberg wrote the song at position #1503 after seeing people on a ferry walking awkwardly to keep their balance,which reminded him of figures in Ancient Egyptian reliefs.The opening lyrics state,"All the old paintings on the tombs/They do the sand dance don't you know".The reference to the sand dance possibly refers to a music hall routine performed by Wilson,Keppel and Betty where Wilson and Keppel danced around in the postures portrayed on the reliefs wearing the fez while Betty watched.
   Sternberg offered his song to Toni Basil,who turned it down.David Kahne,the producer of the album "Different Light",took the song to the group who recorded the song at position #1503 who then agreed to record it.Kahne had each member of the group sing the lyrics to determine who would sing each verse,with Susanna Hoffs,Vicki Peterson and Michael Steele each singing lead vocals on a verse in the final version.

  Welcome to the Top 1500.

 The song at position #1499 by an electronic music group from Oldham,Greater Manchester,England is a remake of a song from "Saturday Night Fever" done eighteen(18)years earlier. The 1978 version is in the Top 300.The version at position #1499 was the #1 song for the entire year of 1996 in Canada,the #2 song for the entire year of 1995 in Australia (ARIA) and #40 for the entire year of 1995 in the group's native country the UK.

  The song at position #1498 by this Swedish duet went to #1 on the singles charts in the USA,Canada and Australia.It was also the #1 song for the entire year of 1989 in Canada and #3 for the entire year of 1989 in Australia (David Kent).While still unknown outside of Sweden,the duet at position #1498 released their second album titled "Look Sharp!" With the success of the first two singles from the album,they toured Sweden again.When the song at position #1498 was about to be released in Sweden as the third single,an American exchange student named Dean Cushman returned from Sweden and urged radio station,KDWB in Minneapolis,to play the song at position #1499. From there,the song spread on cassette copies to other radio stations.With the song's radio success,EMI quickly released the song at position #1498. Suddenly,the group had a #1 scoring single in the United States,and the record wasn't even released.When "Look Sharp!" was finally released,it was able to debut on the U.S. album charts at #50,an unusual feat at the time for a newcomer artist,and later scored #23,eventually staying on the charts for 71 weeks.

  Born on March 11,1950 in New York City the recording act at position #1478 makes his one and only appearance in the Top 6500.The song at position #1478 went to #1 for two weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100 beginning September 24,1988. It became the first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  The song at position #1465 would be covered twenty-four (24) years later.That version is in the Top 1000.The version at position #1465 topped the singles chart in the UK.The song at position #1465 is from the 1985 album titled "Youthquake".The original cut was over four minutes long and was edited for the album.The unedited version was released on an '80s CD called Monster '80s Volume Two.This song was the first UK number-one hit for the Stock Aitken Waterman production trio.Released in November 1984,the record reached number one in March 1985,taking seventeen weeks to get there.
 In the US, it peaked at #11 in September of that year.The video to the song was directed by Vaughan Arnell and Anthea Benton.The strings were based on Richard Wagner's classical piece Ride of the Valkyries.

   The song at position #1449 by this female native Motown recording act who was born on May 13th,1943 places her one and only song in the top 6500.This song peaked for two weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 beginning the week ending May 16th,1964.The song was written by Smokey Robinson.
  More than via any straight forward remake, "My Guy" has had its highest profile since the artist at position #1449's original through its appearance on the soundtrack of the Whoopi Goldberg film Sister Act (1992) in a rendition which substitutes "My Guy" with "My God", transforming the song into a faux-gospel number. In 1999, the song at position #1449 was inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame.
   In 2008,the Los Angeles-based rock group "Warpaint" performed a version of the song on their EP Exquisite Corpse (EP) under the title "Billie Holliday".
     After a long battle with cancer the singer of the song at position #1204 died in Los Angeles on July 26,1992,at the age of 49.After her funeral,which included a eulogy given by her old friend and former collaborator Smokey Robinson,she was laid to rest in Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

   An instrumental by a British orchestra leader and jazz musician. (born on January 30,1911,died:May 12,1981)from 1954 is at position #1438. The song features the orchestra leaders' soprano saxophone solos between verses. 

  The Irish boy band with their 2005 hit at position #1432 went to #1 in the UK for two (2) weeks beginning on November 12th and it was the ninth (9th) best song for the entire year of 2005 in the UK according to the Official Chart Company.The song at position #1432 was written by Secret Garden's Rolf Lovland and the lyrics by Brendan Graham.The song has now been covered more than 125 times.The song was originally written as an instrumental piece and titled "Silent Story." The melody is based on a traditional Irish tune (especially the opening phrase of its chorus),the Londonderry Air,which is best known as the usual tune to the 1910 song Danny Boy.Lovland approached Irish novelist and songwriter Brendan Graham to write the lyrics to his melody after reading Graham's novels.It was originally released on the 2002 "Secret Garden" album "Once in a Red Moon," with the vocals sung by Irish singer Brian Kennedy,and sold well in both Ireland and Norway.Originally, Brian Kennedy was supposed to follow "Secret Garden" on their Asian tour in 2002,but fell ill,and could not attend.He was replaced by Norwegian singer Jan Werner Danielsen,who also later recorded the song together with "Secret Garden",but it was never released.

  The song at #1427 by this Atlanta,Georgia,USA duo has the same title as another song that went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 although it is another song.The 1984 #1 song of the same title by a Pasadena,California rock band is yet to come in the countdown.
   The members of the recording act who perform the song at position #1427 were only 12 and 13 years old when they recorded this hit song.The song was written by Treach of "Naughty By Nature",and produced by "Jermaine Dupri",This song was the fastest selling single in fifteen years and stayed on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks.The recording act who performs the song at position #1427's debut album "Totally Krossed Out", which features the song at position #1427 sold over four million copies.It also reached number one in Australia and New Zealand,and number 2 in the United Kingdom,held off the top by KWS' cover song "Please Don't Go".This song kept En Vogue's "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" from the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with the song peaked at number 2.
   The song samples The Honeydrippers' "Impeach The President", Ohio Players' "Funky Worm" and Jackson 5's "I Want You Back";The recording act who performs the song at position #1427 later toured Europe together with Michael Jackson.At the beginning of their song they dissed another kid group "Another Bad Creation" when Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly said "don't try to compare us to another bad little fad".The original song's introduction contained a sample of ABC's song "Playground" which was followed by a scratching sound giving the effect that their record was being taken off to play the song at position #1427.This was soon removed due to copyright infringement.
  This song  at position #1427 ranked number 75 on "VH1's 100 greatest songs of the 90's",and number two on their "Child Stars" Top 10 list.

    The song at position #1426 topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of June 9,1990 and was the song that Billboard Magazine (USA) ranked as the #1 song for the entire year of 1990.The song won the Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for 1990.At the Grammy Awards of 1991,the song received a nomination for Song of the Year.This song also peaked at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart.
  The recording act that formed at Wesleyan University in Middletwown,Connecticutt at position #1410 took a nineteenth (19th) century African-American spiritual and made the song that Billboard Magazine (USA) ranked as the third (3rd)biggest song for the entire year of 1961 on Billboard's year-end singles countdown.From September 4-18 in 1961 the song at position #1410 topped the Billboard Hot 100.The song also went to #1 in the UK,Canada and Australia.

    The song at position #1410 was first noted during the American Civil War at St. Helena Island,one of the Sea Islands of South Carolina.It was sung by former slaves whose owners had abandoned the island before the Union navy would arrive to enforce a blockade.Charles Pickard Ware,an abolitionist and Harvard graduate who had come to supervise the plantations on St. Helena Island from 1862 to 1865,wrote the song down in music notation as he heard the freedmen sing it.Ware's cousin,William Francis Allen reported in 1863 that while he rode in a boat across Station Creek,the former slaves sang the song as they rowed.

  Welcome to the 1300s.

  First appearing solo at #4009 he now reappears at #1356 with his sixth of twelve (12) appearances in the Top 6500.He also appears in two more trios;one along side 
Twista and Jamie Foxx and the other along side Keri Hilson & Ne-Yo.He appears in four duets;one with Estelle,one with Katy Perry,one with Jay-Z and the other with 
Jamie Foxx.The other five appearances are solo in the countdown.Four of those twelve (12) songs are in the Top 1000.

  The song at position #1351 was co-written and recorded by a reggae artist born Cecil Campbell on October 9,1957 in Saint Mary,Jamaica.He makes his one and only 
appearance in the top 6500.This song peaked at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 beginning the week ending December 17,1994.
  Cecil Campbell has also written a book on the history of Port Royal, and a play titled "Runnings".
  His entertainer name means "mountain of the true God".

  The song at position #1349 by this Aquarian (born February 3,1947 in Astoria,Queens, New York)is the song that Cash Box Magazine ranked as the #3 song for the entire year of 1972.On Christmas Day,1971 the song began a three (3) week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.The song also reached the top of the single charts in Canada and Australia.
   Many listeners detected innuendo in the lyrics,with the key in its lock symbolizing sexual intercourse,or in phrases like "I go pretty far" and "I been all around the world". The singer of the song at position #1349 has acknowledged the possibility of reading sexual innuendo in the song:
  "This song I wrote in about fifteen minutes one night.I thought it was cute;a kind of old thirties' tune. I guess a key and a lock have always been Freudian symbols,and pretty obvious ones at that.There was no deep serious expression behind the song,but people read things into it.They made up incredible stories as to what the lyrics said and what the song meant.In some places,it was even banned from the radio.My idea about songs is that once you write them,you have very little say in their life afterward.It's a lot like having a baby.You conceive a song,deliver it,and then give it as good a start as you can.After that,it's on its own.People will take it any way they want to take it."

  This LA alternative rock,post grudge band has the song at position #1343. The band was formed by Alex Band (vocals) and Aaron Kamin (guitar) when Kamin was dating Band's sister.This song topped the US Billboard Adult Top 40 for 23 weeks; the second longest running number one in the chart's history.It was named the number 1 song of the decade on the Adult Pop Charts by Billboard magazine.

  The song at position #1342 was the UK's #3 song for the entire year of 1975 and the #25 song for the entire year of 1976 in the UK,spending four (4) weeks at #1 in that country.In Australia it was #13 for the entire year of 1975.
   The song at position #1342 is a song written by Gavin Sutherland in 1972 and recorded at various times by Sutherland's group,the "Sutherland Brothers",and then the amalgamated Sutherland Brothers and Quiver.The singer of the song at position #1342 recorded the song at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals,Alabama for his 1975 album "Atlantic Crossing". The single returned to the UK top ten a year later in 1976 when used as the theme music for the BBC documentary series "Sailor",about HMS Ark Royal,and made a minor chart appearance when re-released as a charity single after the Zeebrugge ferry disaster in 1987.Having been a hit twice, it remains the singer of the song at position #1342's biggest-selling single in the UK.
  The music video was shot in New York Harbor in 1975 and credited with a 1978 completion date;it also was one of the first to be aired on MTV when it launched on August 1, 1981.However,despite the singer of the song at position #1342's great popularity in the United States,the song never climbed higher than number 58 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  The singer of the song at position #1342 performed the song at the Concert for Diana (a concert in memory of Diana,Princess of Wales,who had died 10 years earlier)at Wembley stadium on July 1,2007.In the British sitcom "Keeping Up Appearances",the band was playing this song as Hyacinth and Richard were trying to make it to the Queen Elizabeth 2.The melody has been used for the chant "No One Likes Us - We Don't Care".

   On October 19th,1965 the song at position #1333 began a four week run at #1 on radio station WABC (at that time the most listened to station in the USA) from New York City.The song also spent a week at #1 on the Cash Box (USA) singles chart.The song was written by American songwriters Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell. The song was sang by three gals based out of Jamaica,Queens,New York;with Barbara Harris (born August 18, 1945,Elizabeth City,North Carolina) sang lead,Barbara Parritt (born October 1,1944, Wilmington,North Carolina) and June Montiero (born July 1, 1946,Queens,New York).
  Linzer and Randell based the melody of the song on the familiar "Minuet in G major" (BWV Anh. 114) from J.S. Bach's Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach.One key 
difference is that the "Minuet in G major" is written in 3/4 time, whereas the song at position #1333 is arranged in 4/4 time. Although often attributed to Bach 
himself, the "Minuet in G major" is now believed to have been written by Christian Petzold.

Australian "Vanessa Amorosi" has the song at position #1325 with a song that was popular in Australia at the close of the 20th century in December of 1999.The song at position #1325 was also released internationally and reached the Top 10 in the United Kingdom,and throughout Europe and South East Asia shortly after her Olympics performances,but subsequent releases met with little success.For her service to music she was later awarded the Australian Centenary Medal by the Government of Australia.
     The song at position #1325 was an anthemic dance track that reached #6 in Australia (ARIA),and with its positive lyrics,became an unofficial theme song for 
various cultural events.It remained in the ARIA (Australia) Top 50 Singles Chart for over six months after its release.
     The song had four different music videos.The first was released in Australia in 1999 and followd by the Australian Millennium version;the other two for the UK and Germany respectively in 2000.

  The British group with a female drummer (unique for 1964) at position #1312 topped the UK singles chart for two (2) weeks beginning August 27,1964 and was the the #14 song for the entire year of 1964 in the UK and #8 for the entire year of 1964 in Australia (Jimmy Barnes).
  The song at position #1312 was this groups' debut single and biggest hit.It was composed by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley,who had made contact with the group who 
records the song at position #1312 (then playing under the name of either The Sherabons or The Sheratons) in the Mildmay Tavern in Islington,England where they played a date.Shortly afterwards the group was granted an audition with indie record producer Joe Meek,and they played the two songs Howard and Blaikley had just given them.Meek decided to record them there and then.After the recording session the group called themselves "The Honeycombs",but it is unclear who invented this name.
  Conspicuous in the song at position #1312 is the prominent part of the drums that carry the song.Their effect was enhanced by making the members of the group stamp their feet on the wooden stairs to the studio.Meek recorded the sound with five microphones he had fixed to the banisters with bicycle clips.For the finishing touch someone beat a tambourine directly onto a microphone.The recording was somewhat sped up,reportedly to Dennis D'Ell,the singer's grief,who regretted that he could not reproduce this sound on stage.

   At position #1306 this Parisian band makes its one and only appearance in the Top 6500. A one-time musical collaborative effort consisting of producers Thomas 
Bangalter,Alan Braxe and vocalist Benjamin Diamond released their only single on 20 July 1998. The song was one of the highest-selling singles of the year in the 
United Kingdom,where it debuted at number two in August 1998 and maintained the position for two weeks.The song peaked at #2 in Canada and #4 in Australia.In August of 1988,the song also spent two weeks atop the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.The song uses a sample of the song "Fate" by Chaka Khan.  

  The song at position #1302 by this Toronto recording act was the song that Billboard Magazine ranked as #3 for the entire year of 1957 in the magazines year-end countdown. It was ranked at #6 for the entire year of 1957 for Cash Box Magazine (USA).This song was written by Maurice Williams with both melody and doo-wop accompaniment strongly emphasizing the clave rhythm,and was first released during 1957 as a rhythm and blues song by The Gladiolas.The original members of the group that sings the song at position #1302 were Dave Somerville (lead),Ted Kowalski (tenor),Phil Levitt (baritone),and Bill Reed (bass).

  Welcome to the 1200s.

  The song at position #1284 is a remake of a song that charted twenty-two (22) years earlier.The 1972 version is yet to come in the countdown.

  This native Jewish Philadelphian born on May 5,1922 with her song at position #1272 has the #1 single for the entire year of 1954 on both Cash Box and Billboard Magazine.On May 26,1954 this song at position #1272 began a nine (9) week run at #1 on the Billboard singles chart.The song also spent a week at #1 in the UK and five (5) weeks at the top of the Australian singles chart.This song was written by Edith Lindeman and Carl Stutz. Lindeman was the leisure editor of the Richmond Times-Despatch and Stutz a disc jockey from Richmond,Virginia,USA.
   For the singer of the song at position #1272 her UK hit making days were over almost before they had begun.Without any further chart presence there,she became the first of the UK one-hit wonders.

     The song at position #1234 by this Englishman (born on January 19,1949 in Batley,Yorkshire died on September 26,2003 in Paris,France) was the #1 song in Australia for the entire year of 1988 according to David Kent & Jimmy Barnes.On September 19th,1988 it began a five (5) week run at #1 on the Australian (ARIA) singles chart.It also reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.The song at position #1234 features one of the most memorable video clips of the 1980s,directed by Terence Donovan.It is the first track on the album Heavy Nova.In 1989,the singer of the song at position #1234 won a second Grammy for the song at position #1234,which was later featured in the Tony Award-winning musical "Contact".Along with "Addicted to Love" and "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On",this song is among the singer of the song at position #1234's most recognized songs,partly because of the iconic '80s music videos by renowned British fashion photographer Terence Donovan, featuring mannequin-like women surrounding the singer of the song at position #1234.  The song is also well-known to boxing fans as the entrance music for heavyweight Ross "Simply Irresistible" Kent.

  This LA blues-rock band makes its' second and final entry in the top 6500 at position #1233. This song has been called a "rural hippie anthem".It became one of the group's biggest hits and best-known songs. As with their previous other entry in the top 6000, the song was adapted from a 1920s blues song and sung in a countertenor-style by Alan Wilson.
  The members of the group consisted of Larry "The Mole" Taylor, Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra,Harvey "The Snake" Mandel,Dale Spalding and John Paulus.

  The song at position #1231 is a song by a Nashville,Tennessee,USA rock band and was the first single released from their 2010 album "Come Around Sundown".The song,along with its accompanying music video,premiered on September 8,2010 on the bands' website. The following day,it received its official radio premiere on Australian radio and debuted on US Alternative Radio on September 13.The song was released on US iTunes on September 14 and released at a later date in remaining countries.
   The song was nominated for the 53rd Grammy Awards in two categories: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Rock Song.The song is used in the films "I Am Number Four" and "Boyhood".
  The song peaked at #5 in Ireland,peaked at #7 in the UK,peaked at #3 on the US Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart and peaked at #1 on the US Billboard Alternative Songs chart.

  The singer-songwriter at position #1224 has a song from his debut studio album,"Justified" (2002).He co-wrote the song with its producers,The Neptunes (consisting of Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams).Jive Records released the track on April 8,2003 as the third single from "Justified".Originally intended to be featured on Michael Jackson's tenth studio album Invincible (2001),Jackson rejected the song along with several other tracks,which were instead given to the artist for his debut album.It is an uptempo,disco groove,soul infused song containing influences from Jackson and Stevie Wonder.
  The song peaked at #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and went to #1 in Australia (ARIA).

   The song at position #1216 was released as the lead single from the group's fourth studio album "Taller In More Ways" (2005).Composed by Dallas Austin and the recording act,it was inspired by an infatuation that group member Keisha Buchanan developed with another artist.Musically,the song is an electropop and R&B song with various computer effects.
  The song at position #1216 on October 2,2005 began a three week run at #1 on the UK (OCC) weekly single charts.Along with the UK the single peaked at number one in Austria,Ireland,New Zealand and the United Kingdom and reached the top 
five across Europe and in Australia. It was nominated for Best British Single at the 2006 Brit Awards.

   Born Joanna Noelle Blagden Levesque on December 20,1990 in Brattleboro, Vermont,USA (raised in Foxborough,Massachusetts,USA) is the singer who sings the song at position #1214.She makes her second and final appearance in the top 6500.This song peaked at #2 on the single charts in the UK,Australia and New Zealand.
  The singer of the song at position #1214 has expressed her displeasure with the song, and most of her debuted self-titled album,for its overall pop sound however she is grateful it put her on the musical map. When she would perform the song at her most recent concerts,she would arrange it to the point of being almost unrecognizable,adding jazzier instrumentation to the verses and heavier guitars or double bass drumming to the bridge.The song appears in the 2004 PlayStation 2 karaoke game Karaoke Revolution Volume 3. On her 2011 tour,this artist would open her set with her band playing the intro of "Dropkick Murphys" "I'm Shipping Up To Boston" which would then segue into the song at position #1214.

   The song at position #1206 spent three weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot
100 beginning September 1,2012.The singer co-wrote the song with its producers, 
Max Martin and Shellback.The song was released as the lead single from the album titled "Red" on August 13, 2012,by Big Machine Records.Its lyrics depict the singer's frustrations at an ex-lover who wants to re-kindle their relationship. Rolling Stone magazine named the song the second best song of 2012 while it took the fourth spot in Time's end-of-year poll.The song received a Grammy Award nomination for Record of the Year.It also received a People's Choice Awards nomination for Favorite Song of the Year.

The song at position #1205 is a rhythm and blues-style song written and recorded by the American jazz and jump blues bandleader/pianist Buddy Johnson and His Orchestra in 1953.Called an "R&B anthem",the song has a big-band arrangement.The Rolling Stones covered the song in 2016 for their album Blue & Lonesome, for which it was released as the lead single on October 6, 2016.The album went to #1 for the week of December 9,2016 in the UK.The single hit #1 on the US Billboard Digital Blues Songs Chart on October 18,2016.

  Welcome to the 1100s. 

    A song that was the theme song to a very popular 1990s sitcom is at position #1198.This is this LA pop-rock group's one and only appearance in the top 6500. The group consisted of members,Phil Solem born July 1,1956, in Duluth,Minnesota, U.S.A. and Danny Wilde born June 3,1956,in the US state of Maine.

  The song at position #1196 was the song that Billboard Magazine ranked as the #1 song for the entire year of 1986.On January 18th,1986 the song began a four (4) week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.This song was #1 when the space shuttle Challenger exploded on January 28,1986.
   The song at position #1196 is a 1982 song written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager and introduced by Rod Stewart for the soundtrack of the film "Night 
Shift".However, the version at position #1196 is the most popular version.The song was a one-off collaboration released as a charity single in the United Kingdom and the United States in 1985,it was recorded as a benefit for American Foundation for AIDS Research,and raised over US$3 million for that cause.In 1988,the Washington Post wrote,"So working against AIDS,especially after years of raising money for work on many blood-related diseases such as sickle-cell anemia,seemed the right thing to do.'You have to be granite not to want to help people with AIDS,because the devastation that it causes is so painful to see.I was so hurt to see my friend die with such agony,' the singer of the song at position #1196
remembers. 'I am tired of hurting and it does hurt.'"
  The song won the performers the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal,as well as Song of the Year for its writers,Bacharach and Bayer Sager.The song at position #1196 also listed at #71 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of all time in 2013.

   On April 21,1973 the song at position #1194 by this New York City recording act began a four (4) week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.For the entire year of 1973 this song was #1 single for the entire year of 1973 in the USA (Billboard),Canada, Australia and the UK. 
   The origin of the idea of a yellow ribbon as a token of remembrance may have been the 19th century practice that some women allegedly had of wearing a yellow ribbon in their hair to signify their devotion to a husband or sweetheart serving in the U.S. Cavalry}and the song "'Round Her Neck She Wears a Yeller Ribbon" which later inspired the John Wayne movie "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon,is a reference to this.The symbol of a yellow ribbon became widely known in civilian life in the 1970s as a reminder of an absent loved one,either in the military or in jail that they would be welcomed home on their return.
    The story of a convict who had told his love to tie a ribbon to a tree outside of town is an American folk tale,dating to before 1979.In October 1971,newspaper 
columnist Pete Hamill wrote a piece for the New York Post called "Going Home." In it,he told a variant of the story,in which college students on a bus trip to the 
beaches of Fort Lauderdale make friends with an ex-convict who is watching for a yellow handkerchief on a roadside oak in Brunswick,Georgia.Hamill claimed to have 
heard this story in oral tradition.In June 1972,nine months later,Reader's Digest reprinted "Going Home." Also in June 1972,ABC-TV aired a dramatized version of it in which James Earl Jones played the role of the returning ex-con.A month-and-a-half after that,Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown registered for copyright a song they called the song at position #1194. The authors said they heard the story while serving in the military.Pete Hamill was not convinced and filed suit for 
infringement.One factor that may have influenced Hamill's decision to do so was that,in May 1973,the song at position #1194 sold 3 million records in three weeks. When the dust settled,BMI calculated that radio stations had played it 3 million times: seventeen continuous years of airplay.Hamill dropped his suit after folklorists working for Levine and Brown turned up archival versions of the story that had been collected before "Going Home" had been written'.

  The song by JLo at position #1183 was spending four (4) weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on Tuesday,September 11th,2001.The song at position #1183 is the name of two songs by JLo.One is the song taken from her second studio album, J.Lo (2001), and the other is "I'm Real (Murder Remix)",which features rapper Ja Rule of The Inc. Records (formerly known as Murder Inc. Records),included on the special edition of J.Lo, Lopez's remix album, J to tha L-O!: The Remixes (2002), and Ja Rule's third studio album,Pain Is Love (2001). The remix contains an interpolation of the Mary Jane Girls' 1983 song "All Night Long" written by Rick James.Both versions reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on September 8, 2001.Ja Rule had been brought in after the moderate U.S. performance of "Play", the second single from J.Lo. Singer Ashanti (also on The Inc.) also provided backing vocals on the Murder Remix.The two songs are essentially different songs with the same title.
   Despite the success of "I'm Real", there was a bit of controversy over the use of the single's sample and the structure of the song.The song contains an uncredited sample from Yellow Magic Orchestra's 1978 version of Martin Denny's 1959 song "Firecracker" (while the remix on the other hand officially interpolates the Mary Jane Girls' 1983 song "All Night Long").There have been reports that the "Firecracker" sample was originally planned to be used for Mariah Carey's "Loverboy". According to the music publisher of "Firecracker", Carey called to license a sample of the song which had never been sampled before and within a month Lopez called to do the same.Carey felt that former husband and music executive at Sony Music (Columbia Records), Tommy Mottola, was interfering with her career by arranging for the sample to go to Lopez. Upset by the conduct of Lopez and her ex-husband, Carey featured a reference to the song on her single "Loverboy",her first single released by her then-record company, Virgin Records. The verse can be heard in Da Brat's rap section,where she sings, "Hate on me, much as you want to, you can't do what the fuck I do,bitches be, emulating me daily" over the melody of "Firecracker".The word "bitch" was used in the song, but when the song aired on the radio, the word "bitch" was deleted and the song was cut down to three minutes and fifteen seconds long.
   Irv Gotti,who produced the remix of "I'm Real" featuring Ja Rule, openly admitted during an interview with XXL magazine that Mottola contacted him with instructions to create a song that sounded exactly like a song he had made with Carey for the Glitter soundtrack entitled "If We" also featuring Ja Rule.
    Furthermore,some in the African American community were outraged by Lopez's use of the word "nigga" in the Murder Remix.

    The song at position was #1164 by this Chicago band was the the #1 song for the entire year of 1979 in Canada.On December 1st,1979 the song began a six (6) week run at #1 on the Canadian (Ted Kennedy) singles Chart.Further,on December 8th,1979 the song began a two (2) week run at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100.The track also reached #6 in the UK.The song at position #1164 was the lead single from the group who sings the song at position #1164's 1979 triple-platinum album "Cornerstone". The song was this group's first,and only,U.S. number-one single.The song was written by member Dennis DeYoung as a birthday present for his wife Suzanne.The finished track was recorded as a demo with just DeYoung and the groups other members John Panozzo and Chuck Panozzo playing on the track,with DeYoung singing all of the harmonies himself.
   The song was not originally intended to be one of the groups tracks,but the group's members James "J.Y" Young and Tommy Shaw convinced DeYoung to put the song on "Cornerstone".As a result,DeYoung's demo was placed on "Cornerstone" with Shaw overdubbing a guitar solo in the song's middle section.VH1 ranked it the second most "softsational" soft rock song of all time.

  The song at position #1146 is by Spain's DJ Sammy.He does a cover of a 1985 Bryan Adams song.The version by Bryan Adams is at position #1163.The song in the #1146 position was the second single off the album of the same name and reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100.It re-entered the chart on the week of November 17,2007.This version was sampled by Nina Sky in their 2009 hit,"Beautiful People".On October 28,2009,over seven years after its release,the song at position #1146 was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over 500,000.
She's climbing a stairway to....

  The song at position #1161 was the song that Billboard Magazine ranked as the #3 song for the entire year of 1958.The song was popular when Elvis was being 
drafted.It was Presley's eleventh number-one hit in the United States.The song also peaked at number four on the R&B charts in the USA.

  Born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson On October 25,1984 in Santa Barbara,California is the singer who has the song at position number 1154.She has had a total of nine 
number ones on the US Billboard Hot 100 and this is one of them. This song at position #1154 is title track to the second album in US Billboard chart history to have five number ones singles from one album (after Michael Jackson's 1987 album "Bad"),the first by a female to achieve this milestone and the third album in Billboard history to produce eight top five hits. 

  When the song at position #1138 was on the charts the same song was on the charts but by another artist.That other song is yet to come in the countdown.The version at #1138 reached #1 in the UK.

  The song at position #1136 was written by two (2) college students from Lincoln,Nebraska and was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon.The song spent six (6) weeks on the Top of the Billboard Hot 100 from July 12,1969-August 23,1969.The song was written by Rick Evans in 1964 and originally released on a small regional record label (Truth Records) in 1968.A year later,an Odessa,Texas radio station popularized the disc,which RCA Records quickly picked up for nationwide distribution.
  This song (Exordium and Terminus)" opens with the words "In the year 2525,If man is still alive,If woman can survive,They may find...". Subsequent verses pick up the story at 1010-year intervals from 2525 to 6565.Disturbing predictions are given for each selected year.In the year 3535,for example, all of a person's actions,words and thoughts will be preprogrammed into a daily pill.Then the pattern as well as the music changes, going up a half step in the key of the song,after two stanzas,first from A flat minor,to A minor,and, then,finally, to B flat minor,and verses for the years 7510,8510 and 9595 follow.The song has no chorus.Amid ominous-sounding orchestral music,the final dated chronological verse is,In the year 9595, I'm kinda wonderin' if Man is gonna be alive. 
He's taken everything this old Earth can give, and he ain't put back nothing, whoa-whoa..., 
The summary verse concludes:
Now it's been 10,000 years, Man has cried a billion tears, 
For what, he never knew. Now man's reign is through. 
But through eternal night, The twinkling of starlight. 
So very far away, Maybe it's only yesterday. 
Then the song effectively "starts over" with the first verse again and then fades out, leaving open the possibility that "we went through this before," and life is now at the start of another cycle.The overriding theme,of a world doomed by its passive acquiescence to and overdependence on its own overdone technologies,struck a resonant chord in millions of people around the world in the late 1960s.The song describes a nightmarish vision of the future as man's technological inventions 
gradually dehumanize him.It includes a colloquial reference to the Second Coming (In the year 7510,if God's a-coming, He ought to make it by then.),which echoed the zeitgeist of the Jesus Movement.
   The song also references examples of technologies that were not fully developed but were known to the public in 1969,such as robots,as well as future technology 
that would come into existence long before their prediction in the song,the science of test tube babies and genetic selection by parents of their future children.Such a concept had been explored in a few science fiction novels but had not yet,for the most part,been mentioned in the mainstream media until this song was released in 1969.
  It is unusual for a recording artist to have a number one hit and then never have another chart single for the rest of their career.This song actually gave this duo this status twice:they remain the only act to do this on both the U.S. and UK singles charts.  

  Song at position #1134 by this Philadelphia native born Antonia Christina Basilotta on September 22,1943 went to #1 on the singles chart in the USA,Canada and Australia.It was the #6 song for the entire year of 1982 in Australia (David Kent).The singer of the song at position #1134 has received Platinum and Gold Discs in the USA,United Kingdom, Australia,Canada,Philippines and France.The song at position #1134 was installed in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as one of the groundbreaking singles of the 1980's.She was given tribute at The Choreographers Carnival: Monsters of Hip-Hop Masters of Movement,and in Portraits of America's Great Choreographers.She was featured in the "Museum of Modern Art Calendar of Artists" and on the cover of Dance Magazine.

    For the week of November 3rd in 1979 a band from the UK fronted by Robin Scott topped the Billboard Hot 100 with the song at position #1132.The song also topped 
the singles charts in Australia and Canada.
  Robin Scott describes the genesis of the song at position #1132 this way:
   I was looking to make a fusion of various styles which somehow would summarize thelast 25 years of pop music.It was a deliberate point I was trying to make.Whereas rock and roll had created a generation gap,disco was bringing people together on an enormous scale.That's why I really wanted to make a simple,bland statement,which was,'All we're talking about basically (is) pop music.

    The recording act who sings the song at the #1130 position is the youngest female solo artist to ever have a #1 single on Billboard Magazine's (US) Singles Chart.She was 15 years and one month.The music was written by Frank Pourcel (using the pseudonym J.W. Stole) and Paul Mauriat (using the pseudonym Del Roma).It was adapted by Arthur Altman. The English lyrics were written by Norman Gimbel.The song is a translation of the French language tune "Chariot" recorded a year earlier by Petula Clark,which hit #1 in France and #8 in Belgium and earned Clark a gold record. (Clark's Italian and German recordings of the song were also major hits.)
  The song is featured prominently at the end of the 1992 film Sister Act, where it was performed by the nuns' chorus for the Pope.

  The song in the #1108 position recorded by a recording act who was born on April 1st,1932 in El Paso,Texas (died:December 28,2016 in LA) was the song that Cash Box Magazine (US) ranked as the #1 song for the entire year of 1957. The song in the #1108 position is a popular song with music by Jay Livingston and lyrics by Ray Evans.It was published in 1957 and debuted in the film "Tammy And The Bachelor".It was nominated for the 1957 Academy Award for Best Original Song.
  Olivia Newton-John has stated that her performance of "Hopelessly Devoted to You" in the movie Grease is inspired by the singer of the song at position #1108's performance of the song at position #1108 in the movie "Tammy and the Bachelor".

  The song at position #1106 was Cash Box Magazine's #1 single for the entire year of 1963.The song at position #1106 is a popular song written by Kal Mann (under the pseudonym Jon Sheldon) and Billy Strange.An instrumental version was first recorded by The Champs in 1961.

 The Boston based band at position #1084 places their second and final entry into the Top 6500.It is the fifth track and third single from the band's 1990 LP 
Pornograffitti. It is a ballad built around acoustic guitar work by Nuno Bettencourt and the vocals of Gary Cherone (with harmony vocals from Bettencourt). The song is a detour from the funk metal style that permeates the band's records. As such,it has often been described as "a blessing and a curse" due to its overwhelming success and recognition worldwide, but the band ultimately embraced it and plays it on every show.
  On June 8,1991 the song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for a week.The song also went to #1 in Canada,Belgium,Netherlands and New Zealand.It peaked at #2 in Australia and the UK.

A group from New Providence,The Bahamas places their second and final of two entrys in the Top 6500 at position #1078.Originally written by Anslem Douglas (titled "Doggie") for the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival season of 1998,it was covered by producer Jonathan King who sang it under the name Fat Jakk and his Pack of Pets.He brought the song to the attention of his friend Steve Greenberg,who then had the group at position #1078 cover the song.The song became the band's first hit in the United Kingdom and the United States and it gained popularity after appearing in Rugrats in Paris:The Movie and its soundtrack album.
    The song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart,as well as topping the charts in Australia and New Zealand and reached the Top 40 in the United States.It was Britain's fourth biggest-selling single of 2000 and went on to become one of the highest-selling singles of the decade not to reach number-one.The track went on to win the Grammy for Best Dance Recording on the 2001 Grammy Awards.The song was the subject of a major lawsuit over copyright ownership that was settled.In 2019 a documentary about the creation of the song was the surprise hit of the SXSW music festival in Austin,Texas,USA.

  The song in #1074 position,which was recorded by a singer who was born on January 6th,1940 in Washington,D.C.,was radio station WABC in New York City's #1 song for the entire year of 1975.The song at position #1076 also peaked at #9 on the Australian Singles Chart (Kent Music Report) and #3 in the UK.
   While in New York City to make an album,the singer of the song at position #1074 was inspired to record this song after his music partner,Charles Kipps,watched patrons do an elegant dance called "the hustle" at the Adam's Apple club.The sessions were done at New York's Media Sound with pianist McCoy,bassist Gordon Edwards,drummers Steve Gadd and Rick Marotta,keyboardist Richard Tee,guitarists Eric Gale and John Tropea,and orchestra leader Gene Orloff.Producer Hugo Peretti brought in piccolo player Philip Bodner to play the lead melody.

Two native New Yorkers of Italian extraction are at position #1073.The song is a show tune from the 1937 Rodgers and Hart musical "Babes In Arms",in which it was 
introduced by former child star Mitzi Green.This song is a spoof of New York high society and its strict etiquette (the first line of the verse is "I get too hungry for dinner at eight...") and phony social pretensions.It has become a popular music standard.
  The song appears in the film version of "Babes In Arms" (1939) in an instrumental version only.
  The two native New Yorkers at position #1073 recorded a version of this song for the male singer's 2011 album Duets II.The artist praised the female's performance in the song,saying that she is a real "jazz lady". They performed the song live on ABC's Thanksgiving special dedicated to,written,directed,produced and hosted by the female singer at position #1073.They were the opening number,singing next to an old piano in a casual obscure room.The male singer said, "I see in the female a touch of theatrical genius,she is very creative and very productive,I think as time goes on she might be America's Picasso.I think she's going to become as big as Elvis Presley."The song,even though not officially released,got to enter the Japan Hot 100 chart,where it managed to reach the top 40.It also entered the top 200 extension to the UK Singles Chart.

  The recording act at #1071 has eight (8) songs in the Top 6500.Two song are in the Top 500 and one song is in the Top 200.He was born John Royce Mathis on September 30,1935 in Gilmer,Texas and raised in San Francisco.He is the the fourth (4th) of seven (7) children to Clem Mathis and his wife,Mildred Boyd,and is of both African-American and Caucasian ancestry.One of the last in a long line of traditional male vocalists who emerged before the 1960s,he concentrated on romantic jazz and pop standards for the adult contemporary audience through to the 1980s.Tarting his career with a flurry of singles of standards,he became more popular as an album artist,with several dozen of his albums achieving gold or platinum status,and over 60 making the Billboard charts. According to the Recording Industry Association of America,he has sales of over 17 million certified units in the United States.According to British recordings chart historian and music writer Paul Gambaccini,he has recorded over 130 albums and sold more than 180 million records worldwide. 

The song at position #1060 is a song by a Norwegian musical duo (their only entry in the Top 6500). Produced by William Wiik Larsen ("Will IDAP"),the song was 
initially released as a digital download single in Norway on April 12,2013,credited to the duo's previous name Envy,and became a hit in various nordic countries,including Norway,Sweden,Denmark and Finland.
  Upon being released internationally and following the duo's name change,the song attained commercial success in various other countries,reaching number one in
Canada,New Zealand,the United Kingdom and the top five in Australia and the United States,among other nations.
  The song at position #1050 by this 29 year old Pennsylvania Sagittarian was the song that Billboard Magazine ranked as #9 for the entire year of 2009.It was #2 for the entire year of 2009 in Canada and ranked at #17 for all of 2009 in Australia (ARIA).The song at position #1050 was co-written by the singer of the song at position #1050 and Liz Rose and produced by Nathan Chapman with the singer of the song at position #1050's aid.It was released by Big Machine Records as the third single from the singer's second studio album titled "Fearless".The singer of the song at position #1050 was inspired to write this song after overhearing a male friend of hers arguing with his girlfriend through phone call;she continued to develop a story line afterward.The song contains many pop music elements and its lyrics have the singer of The song at position #1050 desiring an out-of-reach love interest.
  Critical reception for the song at position #1050 was average to mixed.At the 52nd Grammy Awards,the song received nominations for the Grammy Awards for Song of the Year,Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.The song became the singer of the song at position #1050's best-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 to date and gained the largest crossover radio audience since Faith Hill's "Breathe" did in 2000.The single was certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
   The song's accompanying music video was directed by Roman White.The video features the singer of the song at position #1050 portraying two characters,a nerd (the protagonist) and a popular girl (the antagonist),while American actor Lucas Till acts as the male lead.The protagonist is in love with Till's character but does not tell him;his girlfriend,the antagonist,betrays him and does not like the protagonist.In the conclusion,the singer of the song at position #1050,as the nerd,and Till reveal their love to each other and kiss.The video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards,but during her acceptance speech,rapper Kanye West interrupted,protesting in support of Beyonce Knowles.The incident caused a reaction in the media,with most people coming to the singer of the song at position #1050's defense.The song was performed live at numerous venues,including the 2009-10 Fearless Tour,where it was the opening number.It was covered by various artists, including Butch Walker.

   The song at position #1020 by this Petaluma,California singer (who was born on November 20, 1942 in Malden,Massachusetts)was the song that Cash Box Magazine ranked as the #1 single for the entire year of 1970.The singer of the song at position #1020 had previously been a member of psychedelic jug band "Dr. West's Medicine Show and Junk Band".When they split up he won a solo contract with producer Erik Jacobsen,who had previously worked successfully with The Lovin' Spoonful.He was inspired to write this song after watching Porter Wagoner on TV singing a gospel song.The singer of the song at position #1020 later said :"I thought,'Yeah, I could do that,'knowing nothing about gospel music, so I sat down and wrote my own gospel song.It came easy.I wrote the words in 15 minutes." The song at position #1020 contains lyrics about the afterlife,making several references to Jesus. However,the singer of the song at position #1020,who is Jewish,stated that he had no particular religious intentions with the song.
  The singer of the song at position #1020 recorded his first solo album with Jacobsen for Reprise Records.The song's arrangement came together in the studio in San Francisco where lead guitarist Russell DaShiell,bass player Doug Killmer and drummer Norman Mayall worked with him.According to one source and to DaShiell,the singer of the song at position #1020 used a Fender Telecaster with a fuzz box built into the body to generate the song's characteristic guitar sound.The resulting sound was an innovative and compelling combination of gospel and psychedelic rock music,with loud drums, distorted electric guitar,clapping hands and tambourines.The production team brought in the Stovall Sisters, an Oakland-based gospel trio,to sing backing vocals.Because of its unusual lyrics and style,the record company was initially reluctant to issue it,but was finally released as a single after two other singles from the album had poor sales.

  A Pasadena,California rock band whose lead singer was born on October 10th,1955 in Bloomington,Indiana has the song at position #1010.This song spent five weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 beginning the week ending February 25th,1964.The song also peaked at #1 in Canada and Italy.It peaked at #2 in Ireland and Australia.
  This song is the band's most popular and instantly recognizable composition,perhaps because its sound embodies the key aspects of both of the two genres of popular music most associated with the 1980s in America: synth-driven pop and "arena"-style metal. It was inspired by famed martial artist Benny Urquidez,of whom the lead singer was a student. The song changed the future and style of this group from being a predominantly hard rock band to one of more radio-oriented popular music.
  Other members of this group included Michael Anthony,Alex and Eddie Van Halen who was married to actress Valerie Bertinelli.In 1985 Sammy Hagar would replace the lead singer of the group on this song.

  The song at position #1006 by this North Carolina native (born February 10,1937) would be covered by a New York City recording act twenty-three (23) years later and is yet to come in this countdown. The 1996 version of the song at position #832 is in the Top 100 of this list.
   After singer/songwriter Lori Lieberman saw Don McLean singing his composition "Empty Chairs" in concert,she wrote a poem titled "Killing Me Softly with His Blues".It became the basis for the song written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox.Lori Lieberman was the first to record Fox and Gimbel's song,in 1971.However,the version at position #1006 was much more popular. The song at position #1006 won three Grammy Awards:Song of the Year,Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Female Performer.In 1999 the song at position #1008's version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 

    The UK pop/rock band based out of London at position #1003 places six (6) songs in the Top 6500.Two (2) in the top 1000 and one song in the Top 500.

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