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Written by Barry Kowal   
May 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM
INFORMATION FOR SONGS IN THE TOP 6000 Part VII
 
The song in the #198 position recorded by this performer who was born on April 30th, 1925 in Los Angeles (raised in Tyler,Texas)spent nine (9) weeks in the #1 position on Cash Box (US) Magazine's Singles chart and was the song that Billboard (US) Magazine ranked as the #1 single for the entire year of 1959.Between 1952 and 1991 no other song spent more time in the #1 position on the Cash Box (US) Magazine's Singles Chart.
  The song written by Jimmie Driftwood details the 1815 Battle of New Orleans from the perspective of an American fighting alongside Andrew Jackson against British forces, but the tone is lighthearted.
  In Billboard magazine's rankings of the top songs in the first fifty-five years of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2013, The song in the #198 position was ranked as the thirty-third best song overall and the number-one country song to appear on the chart.

  In 1993 The song in the #192 position performed by a recording act from Birmingham, England went to #1 on both Cash Box and Billboard Magazines singles chart in the USA,and to #1 in Canada,Australia and the UK on the singles chart.Spending six (6) weeks at #1 in Australia (ARIA),seven (7) weeks at #1 on Cash Box (US) Magazine's singles chart,eight (8) weeks at #1 in Canada (Canoe)and nine (9) weeks at #1 on Billboard Magazine's (US) singles chart.

  The song in the #190 position performed by this woman who was born on March 27th,1970 in Greenlawn,Long Island,New York was Billboard Magazine's (US) #1 single for the entire year of 2005.It spent 14 weeks in the #1 position on the Billboard Singles Chart. Only one other song has spent a longer period of time in the #1 position on the Billboad Magazine's Singles Chart. It was also Billboard Magazine's #1 song of the decade.

  This New York City duo in the #185 position have a song that spent six (6) weeks in the #1 position on the Billboard (US) Magazine's Singles Chart and the song that was the song that Billboard Magazine (US) ranked as the #1 single for the entire year of 1970 and the #2 song for the entire decade of the 1970s.Also,the song 
at position #185 was the fourth (4th) biggest song for the entire year of 1970 in the UK and the second (2nd) biggest song for the entire year of 1970 in Australia.Further,the song at position #89 is the title track from the album that Billboard Magazine (US) and the Official Chart Company (UK) ranked as the #1 album for the 
entire year of 1970.The Official Chart Company (UK) also ranked the album as the #1 album for the entire year of 1971.
  This song's recording process exposed many of the underlying tensions that eventually led to the breakup of the duo after the album's completion.Most notably.Paul has repeatedly expressed regret over his insistence that Art sing this song as a solo,as it focused attention on Art and relegated Paul to a secondary position.
Art initially did not want to sing lead vocal,feeling it was not right for him."He felt I should have done it,"Paul revealed to Rolling Stone in 1972.
    Art said that the moment when he performed it in Madison Square Garden in 1972 was "almost biblical." In recent performances on the "Old Friends" tour, the duo have taken turns singing alternate verses of the vocal.
   Rolling Stone Magazine in 2004 ranked the song at position number 47 on The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

  Born on February 4th,1975 in Sydney,Australia is the recording act who sings the song at position #180.This song at position #180 spent eleven (11) weeks at the #1 position on Billboard Magazine's (US) Airplay Chart and was the second (2nd) biggest song for the entire year of 1998 according to Billboard Magazine's (US) year-end airplay chart. Further,it was the #2 song for the entire year of 1998 according to Radio and Records (US) Magazine and was the #4 song for the entire year of 1998 according to Rolling Stone Magazine (US edition).
  The song in the position at #180 was written by Scott Cutler,Anne Preven,Rusty Anderson and Phil Thornalley during a demo session in 1991.The lyrics were written by Preven while the guitar parts were arranged by Anderson.Thornalley produced the session.It was first released by the band Ednaswap from their debut album Ednaswap (1995).It was their second single from that album, after "Glow". 
  The video of the song was rated the second best video of all time by MTV Italy.

  A native of British Columbia,Canada has the song in the #176 position.The song was recorded by Daniel Powter who was born on February 25th,1971 and grew up in Vernon, which is located in the Okanagan Valley region of the Canadian Province of British Columbia. He had the song that Billbard Magazine ranked as the #1 single for the entire year of 2006 titled which is the song at position #176.
   The music video to the song in the #176 position was directed by Marc Webb and features two single people,a male (Jason Adelman) and a female (Samaire Armstrong),
waking and going about their daily schedule.The video shows this happening over a three-day period, but makes no distinction between the days apart from the different clothing worn for each day.The main event is the two adding graffiti to the same wall,separately,on each day, culminating in the completion of a heart.At the end of the video,life mirrors the image created on the wall, with the boy offering the soaking wet girl a red umbrella in the pouring rain,as a cab stops for them.Parts of it were shot in a split-screen.Throughout the video,Powter is shown with his tuque,playing his piano.The Metro Red Line subway in Los Angeles was used during the shooting of this video and prominently featured throughout.The area where the two meet and add the graffiti on the wall is on the mezzanine level of Pershing Square Station in downtown Los Angeles.

  The song at position #175 is a song that kicks ass. The song is by a recording act who was born on April 22nd,1950 in Beckenham,Kent,England.The song at position #175 is off the album "Frampton Comes Alive" and is considered the best "Live" album of all-time.The album spent ten (10) weeks in the #1 position on 
Billboard Magazine and was the #1 album for the entire year of 1976 according to both Cash Box (US) and Billboard (US) Magazine.
   The song at position #175 was recorded recorded live on November 22,1975 at the State University of New York's Plattsburgh Memorial Hall.The song is also featured in the popular rhythm game,Guitar Hero 5.
   The song was written in the early seventies with members of the singer of the song at position #175's band,then called "Frampton's Camel".The song was originally about waking up with a hangover with the opening lyrics being "Well,woke up this morning with a wine glass in my hand".The song at position #175 is considerably longer (over fourteen minutes on Frampton Comes Alive!) and features a number of instrumental solos.Most famously,the singer of the song at position #175 used the talk box,an effects pedal which redirects a guitar's sound through a tube into the performer's mouth,allowing the guitar to mimic human speech.
   The title of the song is "Do You Feel Like We Do",although the lyrics read "Do you feel like I do?".Only after the keyboard solo in the Frampton Comes Alive! 
version does Frampton sing "Do You Feel Like We Do." He then sings "Do You Feel Like We Do" through the talk box in the midst of his extended talk box guitar solo.

  The song in the #172 position is a twelve-bar blues song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and originally recorded by Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton in 1952 (see the song at position #3956).Other early versions illustrate the differences among blues,country and rock and roll in the mid 1950s.The 1956 remake by the king of rock & roll is the best known version. 
  The king of rock & roll's first,apparently not very successful,appearance in Las Vegas, as an ?extra added attraction?,was in the Venus Room of the New Frontier from April 23 through May 6,1956.Freddie Bell and the Bellboys were the hot act in town,and the king of rock & roll went to the "Sands" to take in their show.The king 
of rock & roll not only enjoyed the show,but also loved their reworking of the song in the #172 position and asked Freddie if he had any objections to him recording his own version.By May 16 the king of rock & roll had added the song in the #172 position to his live performances.The song was done as comic relief,and the king of rock & roll based the lyrics,which he sometimes changed,and "gyrations" on what he had seen at the "Sands".The song always got a big reaction and became the standard closer.Drummer D.J. Fontana put it this way."We took that from a band we saw in Vegas,Freddie Bell and the Bellboys.They were doing the song kinda like that.We went  out there every night to watch them.He'd say: "Let's go watch that band.It's a good band! That's where he heard the song in the #172 position,and shortly thereafter 
he said:"Let's try that song".
    The king of rock & roll first performed the song in the #172 position to a nation wide television audience on The Milton Berle Show on June 5, 1956,his second appearance with Berle.By this time Scotty Moore had added a guitar solo,and DJ Fontana had added a hot drum roll between verses to the song.The king of rock & roll appeared for the first time on national television without a guitar.Before his death,Berle told an interviewer that he had told the king of rock & roll to leave his guitar backstage."Let 'em see you, son", advised Uncle Miltie.An upbeat version ended abruptly as The king of rock & roll threw his arm back.Then began to vamp at 
half tempo,"You ain't-a nuthin' but a ...,cuh-crying all the time." "You ain't never caught a rabbit..." A final wave signaled the band to stop.The king of rock & roll pointed threateningly at the audience,and belted out,"You ain't no friend of mine."The king of rock & roll's movements during the performance were energetic and 
exaggerated.The reactions of young women in the studio audience were enthusiastic,as shown on the broadcast.Over 40,000,000 people saw the performance and the next day controversy exploded.Berle's network received many letters of protest.The various self appointed guardians of public morality attacked The king of rock & roll in the press.TV critics began a merciless campaign against the king of rock & roll making statements that; he had a "caterwalling voice and nonsense lyrics",he was an "influence on juvenile deliquency", and began using the nickname "Elvis the Pelvis".The king of rock & roll next appeared on national television singing the song in  the #172 position on the July 1 Steve Allen Show.Steve Allen wrote:"When I booked The king of rock & roll,I naturally had no interest in just presenting him 
vaudeville-style and letting him do his spot as he might in concert.Instead we worked him into the comedy fabric of our program...We certainly didn't inhibit the king of rock & roll then-notorious pelvic gyrations,but I think the fact that he had on formal evening attire made him,purely on his own,slightly alter his 
presentation."As Allen was notoriously contemptuous of rock 'n' roll music and songs such as the song in the #172 position,he smirkingly presented the king of rock & roll" with a roll that looks exactly like a large roll of toilet paper with, says Allen,the 'signatures of eight thousand fans' "and the singer had to wear a 
tuxedo while singing an abbreviated version of the song in the #172 position to an actual top hat-wearing basset hound.Although by most accounts The king of rock & roll was a good sport about it,according to Scotty Moore,the next morning they were all angry about their treatment the previous night.
   The morning after the "Steve Allen Show" performance,the studio version was recorded for RCA Victor by the king of rock & roll's regular band of Scotty Moore on lead guitar (with The king of rock & roll usually providing rhythm guitar),Bill Black on bass, D.J. Fontana on drums and backing vocals from the Jordanaires.The 
king of rock & roll recorded this version along with "Don't Be Cruel" and "Any Way You Want Me" on July 2, 1956 at RCA's New York City studio.The producing credit was given to RCA's Steve Sholes,however the studio recordings reveal that the king of rock & roll produced the songs (as well as most of the RCA recording sessions) himself,which is verified by the band members.The king of rock & roll insisted on getting the song exactly the way he wanted it,recording 31 takes of the song.Don't Be Cruel (G2WW-5936) was the flip side of the the song in the #68 position single (G2WW-5935),released on July 13, 1956.Both sides of the record topped the charts independently,a rare feat.The single also topped all three extant Billboard charts:pop,country & western and rhythm & blues the first record in history to do so.
   On September 9,1956 with the song topping the US charts,the king of rock & roll performed an abbreviated version of The song in the #172 position  on the Ed Sullivan Show hosted by Charles Laughton.After performing "Ready Teddy", he introduced the song with the following statement,?Friends, as a great philosopher once said...? The king of rock & roll's first time on the Sullivan show was an event that drew some 60 million TV viewers. During his second Sullivan Show appearance on October 28,1956 he introduced the song thusly (although unable to keep a straight face). ?Ladies and gentlemen, could I have your attention please.Ah, I?d like to tell you we?re going to do a sad song for you.This song here is one of the saddest songs we?ve ever heard.It really tells a story friends. Beautiful lyrics.It goes something like this.? He then launched into a full version of the song.The king of rock & roll was shown in full during this performance.Again,the king of rock & roll drew more than 60 million viewers.
 The song in the #172 position sold over 4 million copies in the United States on its first release.It was the king of rock & roll's best selling single and starting in July 1956,it spent a record eleven weeks at #1.It stayed in the #1 spot until it was replaced by "Love Me Tender",also recorded by the king of rock & roll.
   In March, 2005, Q magazine (UK) placed the song in the #172 position on this list at number 55 in its list of the Q Magazine's 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #19 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time-the highest ranked of the king of rock & roll's eleven entries.The song in the #172 position was also recorded by 5 country singers in 1953 alone,and over 26 times through 1964.From the 1970s onward, the song has appeared,or is heard,as a part of the soundtrack in numerous motion pictures, most notably in blockbusters such as "American Graffiti","Grease","Forrest Gump","Lilo & Stitch","A Few Good Men" (film) and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull".

  This rock group from Belfast,Northern Ireland holds the #171 position.The song at position #171 was the #5 song for the entire year of 2006 on Canada's digital chart. The song is from the album "Eyes Open" which was the #1 album for the entire year of 2006 in the UK and the four #4 album for the entire year of 2007 in 
Australia.As of 10 January 2010 the song at position #171 had spent 96 weeks on the official UK Top 75 Singles Chart and 138 weeks in the Top 100 and has sold 505,000 copies just in the UK,despite missing the Top 5.
  Lead singer,of the group who holds the #171 position,Gary Lightbody wrote the song,sober after a binge of white wine,in the garden of producer Jacknife Lee's Kent cottage.The song has "Lightbody" singing a plain melody over sparse guitars,which has an ever-building crescendo.
     He stated it was his "purest love song".The phrase "Chasing Cars" came from Lightbody's father,in reference to a girl Lightbody was infatuated with,"You're like a dog chasing a car.You'll never catch it and you just wouldn't know what to do with it if you did."
     The song was first heard on the band's 2005 "Final Straw Tour",when they began playing it,along with two other newly written songs ("Your Halo" and "It's Beginning to Get to Me") they had intended to release on their upcoming album.Since then,the composition of the song was changed slightly,and most of the lyrics were 
rewritten.
     The song at position #171 became very popular in the USA when it was played during an episode on the TV show "Grey's Anatomy".

   The song at position #170 is just phenomenal. It is one of the biggest selling singles of all-time in the UK. In 2002 according to "www.hart87,freeserve.co.uk/top100.html" which ranked by sales all the songs on the UK singles charts from 1952-2002,ranked at #2 the song that is at position #170.
The song they ranked at #1 is yet to come in the Top 6000. And the song at position #41 on this list ripped off of the song at position #170.
   The song at position #170 was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 to raise money for relief of the 1984-1985 famine in Ethiopia.

    The song in the #159 position is by a recording act who was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25th,1947 in Pinner,Middlesex,England. In the USA only the Beatles and Elvis Presley have been more successful than the recording act at position #159 as far as charting on the singles chart is concerned. The song in the #159 position was never released as a single. But as I previously stated this list is compiled by 
computing information from both single and album charts. The song at position #159 was off the album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" which was both Billboard (US) and Cash Box (US) Magazine's #1 album for the entire year of 1973. And the song at position #159 received the highest score of any song off that album by primarily receiving points from the positions that it placed on all-time charts from various rock stations.
  The song in the #159 position is the opening song on the double album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road".The first part of the song,"Funeral for a Friend",is an instrumental created by the singer of the song in the #159 position while thinking of what kind of music he would like at his funeral.This first half segues into 
"Love Lies Bleeding." In the Eagle Vision documentary,"Classic Albums:Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", the singer of the song in the #159 position said the two songs weren't written as one piece,but fit together since "Funeral For A Friend" ends in the key of A,and "Love Lies Bleeding" opens in A,and the two were played as one elongated piece when recorded.The grandiose,fugue-style introduction to "Funeral For A Friend" was performed on A.R.P. synthesizer by the album's engineer,David Hentschel,who  the singer of the song in the #159 position recalled overdubbed track after track of music and synthetic atmospheric effects until the mini-opus was complete.
    The song in the #159 position was too long for a single release,but got plenty of airplay on FM stations that were predisposed toward rock epics.The whole piece together is just over eleven minutes long.

  The song at position #156 was the first song to reach #1 in the UK where there was no physical copy of the song.It reached #1 in the UK in April of 2006 strictly through "downloads".
  The song at position #156 is a musical collaboration between Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo.
  The song was leaked in late 2005,months before its regular release, and consequently received massive airplay on BBC Radio 1 in the United Kingdom,most notably by radio DJ Zane Lowe,who also used the song in TV ads for his show.When it was finally released in March 2006,it became the first single to top the UK charts on download sales alone.The song remained at number one on the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks (which no other song had achieved in over ten years,and was only surpassed by Rihanna's "Umbrella" in July 2007) before the band and their record company decided to remove the single from UK stores so people would "remember the song fondly and not get sick of it."In spite of this deletion, the song became the UK's best selling single of 2006.
  The song won a 2007 Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance, and was also nominated as "Record of the Year".
  The song at position #156 also reached number one of the single charts in Ireland, Denmark,Canada,New Zealand,Austria,Hungary and Switzerland and reached #2 in Norway, USA, Australia and Italy.
   This Seattle grunge band holds down the #154 position with another phenomenal song. In 1999 Q-Magazine in the UK ranked this song (from a poll) as the #1 song of all-time.Also radio station JJJ (Australia) ranked this song as the #1 song for the entire year of 1991 and in the year 2000 JJJ ranked the song as the #1 song of all-time. The song at position #154 is off the album titled "Nevermind" which was the album that Billboard Magazine ranked as the #3 album for the entire year of 1992. In addition in 2002 Rolling Stone Magazine (US) ranked the album "Nevermind" as the second (2nd) biggest album of all-time.

   The song in the #154 position was Written by Kurt Cobain,Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl and produced by Butch Vig,the song uses a verse-chorus form where the main four-chord riff is used during the intro and chorus to create an alternating loud and quiet dynamic.
   In a January 1994 Rolling Stone interview, the group that sings the song at position #154's frontman Kurt Cobain revealed that the song in the #154 position was an attempt to write a song in the style of the "Pixies",a band he greatly admired. He explained:
   " I was trying to write the ultimate pop song.I was basically trying to rip off the
   Pixies.I have to admit it.When I heard the Pixies for the first time,I connected with
   that band so heavily that I should have been in that band or at least a Pixies cover
   band.We used their sense of dynamics,being soft and quiet and then loud and hard. " 
Cobain did not begin to write The song in the #154 position until a few weeks before recording started on the group's second album,"Nevermind",in 1991.When he first  presented the song to his bandmates,it comprised just the main riff and the chorus vocal melody,which bassist Krist Novoselic dismissed at the time as "ridiculous."In response,Cobain made the band play the riff for "an hour and a half."In a 2001 interview,Novoselic recalled that after playing the riff repeatedly, he thought,"'Wait a minute.Why don't we just kind of slow this down a bit?'So I started playing the verse part.And Dave (started) playing a drum beat."As a result,it is the only song on Nevermind to credit all three band members as authors.
    Cobain came up with the song's title when his friend Kathleen Hanna,at the time the lead singer of the Riot Grrrl punk band "Bikini Kill",spray painted "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his wall.Since they had been discussing anarchism,punk rock,and similar topics,Cobain interpreted the slogan as having a
revolutionary meaning.What Hanna actually meant,however,was that Cobain smelled like the deodorant "Teen Spirit",which his then-girlfriend Tobi Vail wore.Cobain later claimed that he was unaware that it was a
brand of deodorant until months after the single was released.
    The song in the #154 position received many critical plaudits,including topping the "Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics' poll and winning two MTV Video Music Awards for its music video,which was in heavy rotation on music television.The song was dubbed an "anthem for apathetic kids" of Generation X,but the band grew 
uncomfortable with the success and attention it received as a result.In the years since Cobain's death,listeners and critics have continued to praise the song in the #154 position as one of the greatest rock songs of all time.

  The song in the #150 position was the #1 song for the entire year of 1977 in both Australia and the
UK.Spending ten (10) weeks at the #1 position in Australia and nine (9) weeks in the #1 position in the UK.
  The song was written by Paul of the fab four and bandmate Denny Laine in tribute to the picturesque Kintyre peninsula in Argyll and Bute,Scotland,where the singer of the song in the #150 position had owned a home and recording studio since the late 1960s,and its headland or "mull".
  The song was this groups biggest hit in the United Kingdom where it became a Christmas number one,and was the first single to sell over two million copies in the UK.

  The song in the #148 position,by this performer who was born on May 14th,1936 in the borough of the Bronx in New York City, spent fourteen (14) weeks in the #1 position on Radio Station WMGM from New York City. No other song stayed in the #1 position for a longer period of time on WMGM.The song also spent nine (9) weeks at the #1 spot on Billboard (US) Magazine's Singles Chart and no song between 1956 and 1976 stayed in the #1 position for a longer period on Billboard's Singles Chart.The song in the #148 position was both Radio Station WINS (from New York City) and Cash Box Magazine's #1 single for the entire year of 1959.Further,Radio station WCBS-FM from New York City ranked this song as the #1 song of the millennium.
  The song in the #148 position was originally known as "Die Moritat von Mackie Messer".It was composed by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht for their music drama "Die Dreigroschenoper",or, as it is known in English,"The Threepenny Opera". It premiered in Berlin in 1928. The song has become a popular standard.
  A moritat (from mori meaning "deadly" and tat meaning "deed") is a medieval version of the murder ballad performed by strolling minstrels In The Threepenny Opera,the moritat singer with his street organ introduces and closes the drama with the tale of the deadly Mackie Messer,a character based on the dashing highwayman Macheath in John Gay's The Beggar's Opera.The Brecht-Weill version of the character was far more cruel and sinister, and has been transformed into a modern anti-hero.The play opens with the moritat singer comparing Macheath (unfavorably) with a shark,and then telling tales of his robberies, murders, rapes, and arson.

  According to Oz net the song at position #145 by this Los Angeles rock band was the third (3rd) best song for the entire year of 2004 in Australia (ARIA). Further according to Top40-charts.com it was the #8 song for the entire year of 2004 in the UK and the #8 song for the entire year of 2004 on Radio Station C-100 from 
Halifax,Nova Scotia,Canada. It was also the #4 song for the entire year of 2004 on Radio And Records (US) Magazine. The song at position #145 is from the album "Songs About Jane" which was ranked as the sixth (6th) biggest album for the entire year of 2004 by ARIA (Australia).The BBC ranked this album as the #4 album for the entire year of 2004.The song also reached #1 in Ireland.
  The song at position #145 is noted for its music video which stars Kelly Preston.The song is about the singers' love for a girl who is emotionally damaged and the relationship is forbidden as she's already spoken for but he can't ever leave her as he's so in love with her.When the band was commissioned to perform at the 
AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony for George Lucas,this song was chosen in tribute to Lucas' children,mainly his oldest daughter.The song at position #145 is also playable in rhythm game Band Hero.

  The song at position #144 spent three (3) weeks in the #1 position in Canada,four (4) weeks at #1 in the USA (Cash Box Magazine),five (5)weeks at #1 in the UK,six (6) weeks at #1 on radio station CHUM from Toronto & eight (8) weeks at #1 in Australia.The song at position #144 was the third (3rd) biggest song for the
entire year of 1965 in both the UK and Australia, the #5 song for the entire year of 1966 in the USA (both Cash Box and Billboard Magazine). The performance of the song at position #144 on the Canadian and CHUM charts (because of the amount of points the song received for attaining these positions) is the primary reasons why this song ranks so high on this chart. For the entire year of 1966 the song at position #144 was the #2 song in Canada and the #1 song on Radio Station CHUM from Toronto,Ontario,Canada..In addition the British website www.hart87,freeserve.co.uk/top100.html which was ranking the 100 best songs in the UK between 1952-2002 ranked this song as the 32nd best song between 1952 and 2002.
  Paul of the fab four wrote the words to the song at position #144 and music to the verses and the chorus,with lyrics that "might have been personal" and thus a reference to his relationship with Jane Asher.Paul of the fab four then took the song to John of the fab four: "I took it to John to finish it off and we wrote the middle together."According to John of the fab four,he "did the middle eight." With its intimations of mortality,John of the fab four's contribution to the twelve-bar bridge contrasts typically with what John of the fab four saw as Paul's cajoling optimism.As John of the fab four told Playboy in 1980, "You've got Paul of the fab 
four writing, 'We can work it out / We can work it out'?real optimistic, y'know, and me, impatient: 'Life is very short, and there's no time/For fussing and fighting,my friend.'"Based on those comments,some critics overemphasized Paul of the fab four's optimism,neglecting the toughness in passages written by Paul,such as "Do I have to keep on talking untilI can't go on?". Lennon's middle shifts focus from Paul of the fab four's concrete reality to a philosophical perspective in B minor,illustrating this with a waltz-time section suggested by George of the fab four that leads back to the verse,possibly meant to suggest tiresome struggle. 
Music critic Ian MacDonald said,"[John of the fab four's] passages are so suited to his Salvation Army harmonium that it's hard to imagine them not being composed on it.The swell-pedal crescendos he adds to the verses are,on the other hand,textural washes added in the studio,the first of their kind on a fab four record and signposts to the enriched sound-palette of Revolver."Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher described the song as the song that defines The fab four.

   The recording act who sings the song at position #142 is from Orange County,California and the song stayed at #1 for sixteen (16) weeks on the Airplay Chart on Billboard (US) Magazine and was the #1 song for the entire year of 1997 on Billboard Magazine's (US) year-end airplay chart and was Radio And Records (US) 
Magazine's #1 song for the entire year of 1997. The song at #142 was also the #7 single for the entire year of 1997 in both Australia & the UK. This song is from the album "Tragic Kingdom" which was Billboard Magazine's #2 album for the entire year of 1997.
    The song at position #142 was released as the third single from the band's second album "Tragic Kingdom" in 1996.The song is presumed to be about the break up of Gwen Stefani's seven-year relationship with group bassist Tony Kanal.
  Despite the song's popularity,the song at position #142 did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100 (as rules of the times required commercial singles for charting and one was not issued for the song),but it reached number one in the UK, Sweden, Netherlands, Switzerland,Norway New Zealand and Australia.It also reached #2 in Austria.The song at position #142 is arguably the group's biggest hit and was nominated for the "Song of the Year" and "Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal? at the Grammy Awards of 1998.

   The song at position #138 was by a recording act who was born on February 11th,1940 in Sommerville,Massacusetts.The song at position #138 got as high as it did on this list primarily because of two succesful appearances on the singles charts in the US & Canada. On October 20th,1962 the song at position #138 began a two week run (during Halloween) at the #1 position on Billboard (US) Magazine's singles chart and on the same day began a three (3) week run at #1 on the Cash Box Magazine's singles chart. The song was re-released eleven (11) years later in the USA and on both magazines the song reached the Top 10. However, in Canada the song was even more successful. On October 15th,1962 the song at position #138 went to #1 for a week in Canada then again for three (3)more weeks on August 4th,1973. The song managed to spend seven (7) weeks at #1 in Australia beginning on October 11th,1973.In Canada the song at position #138 was the #8 song for the entire year of 1973 and in Australia it was the second (2nd) biggest song for the entire year of 1973.
  The singer of The song at position #138 was an aspiring actor who sang with a band called The Cordials at night while going to auditions during the day.One night,while performing with his band,the singer of The song at position #138 did a monologue in imitation of horror movie actor Boris Karloff while performing 
The Diamonds',"Little Darlin'".The audience loved it and fellow band member Lenny Capizzi encouraged the singer of The song at position #138 to do more with the Karloff imitation.
   The singer of The song at position #138 and Capizzi composed The song at position #138 and recorded it with Gary S. Paxton,Leon Russell,Johnny McCrae,Rickie Page and Terry Berg, credited as "The Crypt-Kickers".The song was partially inspired by Paxton's earlier novelty hit "Alley Oop",as well as by the Mashed Potato dance  craze of the era.A variation on the Mashed Potato was danced to the song at position #138,in which the footwork was the same but monster gestures were made with the arms and hands.Mel Taylor, drummer for "The Ventures" claimed to play on this,and that fact is repeated many places, including Taylor's "N.Y. Times" obituary.
   The song at position #138 is narrated by a mad scientist whose monster,late one evening,rises from a slab to perform a new dance.The dance becomes "the hit of the land" when the scientist throws a party for other monsters.The producers came up with several low-budget but effective sound effects for the recording.For example,the sound of a coffin opening was imitated by a rusty nail being pulled out of a board.The sound of a cauldron bubbling was actually water being bubbled through a straw,and the chains rattling were simply chains being dropped on a tile floor.The singer of The song at position #138 also impersonated horror film actor Bela Lugosi as Dracula with the lyric "Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?"

     The song in the #136 position by this British rock band reached #1 in the UK,USA & Canada spending seven (7) weeks in the #1 position on Cash Box (US) Magazines Singles Chart and eight (8) weeks in the #1 position on Billboard (US) Magazine's Singles Chart. On both Cash Box and Billboard Magazines the song at position #136 was the #1 song for the entire year of 1983. Also in Canada this song was the #1 song for the entire year of 1983.
   The song in the #136 position was written during the collapse of Sting's marriage to Frances Tomelty;the lyrics are the words of a sinister,controlling character,who is watching "every breath you take; every move you make".
    Sting said:"I woke up in the middle of the night with that line in my head,sat down at the piano and had written it in half an hour.The tune itself is generic,an aggregate of hundreds of others,but the words are interesting.It sounds like a comforting love song.I didn't realise at the time how sinister it is.I think I was 
thinking of Big Brother,surveillance and control.
    Sting later said he was disconcerted by how many people think the song is more positive than it is.He insists it's about unrequited love (the song was written at the time he and his then wife divorced),about the obsession with the lost lover,the jealousy and surveillance that followed."One couple told me 'Oh we love that song;it was the main song played at our wedding!' I thought,'Well,good luck.'"When asked why he appears angry in the music video Sting told BBC Radio 2,"I think the song is very, very sinister and ugly and people have misinterpreted it as being a gentle,little love song."
   According to the Back to Mono box-set book,the song in the #136 position is said to be influenced by a Gene Pitney song titled "Every Breath I Take". The song is composed in Classical rondo form with its ABACABA structure.The lyrics are very similar to the opening lines of a short story by science fiction author Judith Merrill
titled "Whoever You Are".The chorus appears to borrow heavily from the Leo Sayer track, "More Than I Can Say", recorded a couple of years before.The lyrics "Every breath I take,every move I make" appear in the song "D'yer Mak'er" by Led Zeppelin,recorded ten years earlier in 1973.
  Sting won "Song of the Year" and "The Police" won "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" at the Grammy Awards of 1984 for the song in the #136 position.The song ranked #84 on the 2004 Rolling Stone Magazine list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and #28 on Billboard's Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs in 2013.

  The song at position #134 is by the king of Rock &roll.The song at position #134 spent seven (7) weeks in the #1 position on the Billboard (US) Magazine's singles chart.Billboard (US) Magazine ranked this song as the #1 song for the entire year of 1956 and was ranked as the #7 song for the entire year of 1956 in the UK. In a survey conducted in 1994 the song at position #134 premised upon chart action was ranked as fourteenth (14th)biggest song of all-time in the USA and the 41st biggest song of all-time in the UK.In 1982 radio station WKY from Oklahoma City ranked this song as the 19th best song of all-time.Further in July of 1976 Billboard 
Magazine (US) ranked the song at position #134 as the 31st best song between 1955 and 1975. In 1999 Q-Magazine in the UK ranked this song as the 49th best song of all-time.
   Inspired by the suicide of a young man who left a note with the line,"I walk a lonely street",songwriters Tommy Durden,then a steel-guitarist in "Smiling Jack Herring and his Swing Billies",and Mae Boren Axton,a teacher in Jacksonville, Florida,wrote the song at position #134 in thirty minutes in 1955.She was Hoyt Axton's mother,and also a publicist for Hank Snow whose manager,Colonel Tom Parker,would later also manage Presley.
   So sure that the song would be a hit,Axton presented it to the king of rock & roll's then manager,Bob Neal,and insisted it would be his first million-seller.On November 10,1955,upon hearing the demo for the first time,the king of rock & roll agreed and promised to record the song.Axton offered the king of rock & roll a 
third of the royalties if he made the song his first single release from his new label,RCA.The king of rock & roll first performed the song in Swifton,Arkansas on December 9,1955 and declared it his "first hit".

    The song in the #130 position is the combination of a Flamenco guitar duo from Seville,Spain and the Bayside Boys Mix from Miami. In the USA on Billboard Magazine's chart this song spent fourteen (14) weeks in the #1 position.Only one other song in the entire history of Billboard Magazine has spent more time in 
the #1 position. The song in the #130 position is the song on Billboard Magazine (US) and Cash Box (US) Magazine that is the #1 single for the entire year of 1996.Also,the song at position #130 was the song that ARIAA (Australia) ranked as the biggest song for the entire year of 1996.It also is the best selling debut 
single of all time in the U.S. It was ranked the "#1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder of all Time" by VH1 in 2002.The song uses a type of clave.The song ranked at #7 on Billboard's All Time Top 100 in 2013.
   The song was originally recorded in 1992, and released in 1993 as a rumba. This was the first of six versions of the song that can be associated to Los Del Rio.Another version,a new flamenco rumba pop fusion theme with fully Spanish lyrics,attained significant success in Spain and Mexico.It also became popular in Puerto Rico because of its use as an unofficial campaign theme song for then-governor Pedro Rossell?,who was seeking reelection under the New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico's ticket.Being the base for many cruise ships,many visitors to the island were constantly exposed to the song during their stay in Puerto Rico.This may explain how the song spread to?and became a smash hit in?cities with sizable Latino communities in the United States,particularly Miami and New York City.After being remixed by the Bayside Boys and having English lyrics written and added by Grammy nominated producer Carlos de Yarza,it became a worldwide hit in mid-1996.During its heyday,the song was played frequently at professional athletic games,rallies,conventions and other places.In 1996, many believe a world record for group dancing was set,when a crowd of 50,000 people danced the Macarena in Yankee Stadium in New York City.The song made such an impact that during the Democratic National Convention in 1996,Al Gore humorously performed his version of the song in the #130 position by standing completely still while the song played.
   The song in the #130 position remained popular through 1996,but by the end of 1997,its popularity had diminished greatly.The song also broke records at the time by remaining in the Hot 100 chart for 60 weeks.The Bayside Boys remix includes a sample from Yazoo (also known in the United States as Yaz)track Situation-the laughter of Yazoo vocalist "Alison Moyet".

  The song at position #123 spent 12 weeks in the #1 position on the Billboard Singles Chart.For the entire year of 1999 this was the #1 song on both Billboard and Radio And Records Magazines in the USA.The song at position #123 is from the album "Supernatural" which is both Rolling Stone Magazine's and Canada's #1 
album for the entire year of 2000. Also,the album was ranked by Billboard (US) Magazine as the #2 album for the entire year of 2000 and was the #5 album for the year of 2000 in Australia (ARIA).In 2013 Billboard Magazine ranked the song at position #123 as the second (2nd) best song between 1958 and 2013.Billboard Magazine ranked this song as the number-one rock song in the history of the chart.The song won three Grammy Awards,including "Record of the Year","Song of the Year",and "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals".It spent a record-breaking ten consecutive weeks at the top of the VSpot Top 20 Countdown,a record that held up until the Dixie Chicks broke it in 2006.According to Billboard's Hottest Hot 100 Hits by Fred Bronson,this is the number-one song of The Nineties (2003).A cover version of the song is included in the Wii version of Samba de Amigo.Escape the Fate also recorded a cover version of the song for the compilation album Punk Goes Pop 2,released on March 10,2009.
    The singer of the song at position #123 wrote this song for his wife,Marisol Thomas. The pair married in 1999,after meeting backstage in 1998.Of Puerto Rican origin,she was the inspiration behind lines such as, "My mu'equita,my Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa".The singer of the song at position #123 stated in interviews that the  phrase "Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa" was inspired by the 1972 Elton John song Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters,which includes references to the 1961 Ben E. King song Spanish 
Harlem (song).

  This R&B vocal group from New Haven,Connecticut recorded the song at position #120 after lead singer Fred Paris wrote the song and then recorded it in the basement of Saint Bernadette Catholic School in New Haven .Marty Kugell produced the song,with Nate Schwartz assisting.It was originally released as a B-Side 
(to "The Jones Girl", a play on the Mills Brothers' 1954 hit,"The Jones Boy") on Kugell's "Standord Records" label. 
  The song became a multimillion seller.Radio Station WINS from New York City ranked this song as the #1 song for the entire year of 1956. Some claim it is the most requested song of the 1950s.It is ranked #90 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of "the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" in 2004. (Clearly, one of the primary 
reasons why the song became such a standard was its inclusion in the highly influential 1959 LP "Oldies But Goodies" on Original Sound.)
    The song at position #120 is one of two songs that may lay claim to being the origin of the term doo-wop.The plaintive "doo wop, doo wah" refrain in the bridge has often been suggested as the origin of the term doo-wop to describe that musical genre.(The other contender for the honor is "When You Dance" by The "Turbans", in which the chant "doo-wop" can be heard.)

  The song in the #119 position,recorded by an artist who was born on November 27th,1942 in Seattle,is off of Billboard Magazine's (US) biggest album for the entire year of 1968 titled "Are You Experienced".According to Radio Station KICK from Casper,Wyoming the song at the #56 position ranked as the fourth (4th) best rocker on their list of the 1000 Best Rockers of All-time (2000 edition).Further,two times according to Radio Station KISW from Seattle the song at the #56 position ranked as the second (2nd) best rocker on their list of the 1000 Best Rockers of All-time (1990 & 1996 edition).In March 2005,Q magazine (UK) ranked the song in the 
#56 position at number one in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks."Rolling Stone magazine" placed the song at #17 in their "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."Australian music TV channel MAX placed the song in the #119 position at #17 on their 2008 countdown Rock Songs: Top 100. Reportedly,the song came into being after the singer of the song in the #119 position's manager Chas Chandler heard the singer of the song in the #119 position playing the riff backstage and suggested that he write lyrics to go with it.There is some dispute about the lyrics:supposedly written in the dressing room of the Upper Cut Club on Boxing Day 1966,Chandler claims that the lyrics were never cut in any way (though he admits that this was doing on general principle with the singer of the song in the #119 position's lyrics),while he stated that the original song contained much more text.

A female R&B trio out of Atlanta has the song in the #106 position with a song from 1999 that went to #1 for four (4) weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 (USA),and spent seven (7) weeks at #1 in Australia (ARIA).It was the #2 single (by my calculations) for the entire tear of 1999 on Billboard Magazine.The song also went to #1 in 
Canada (Much Music) Ireland and New Zealand.It reached #3 in the UK and the Netherlands.The song in the #106 position also earned the group their second Grammy nomination for "Record of the Year" but lost to Santana's "Smooth".  
   The song in the #106 position was Written by producer Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs and group member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes along with Tameka Cottle and Kandi Burruss (both from the group Xscape),the track lyrically explains "scrubs" as reference to a slang term for a man who is (for the most part)jobless,lacking a car,
lacking money and otherwise described to have virtually no ambition or class.There were two versions of the song:the album version (which was released to radio),and a "Main Mix" with a rap by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. The latter mix was featured in the music video for the song.

  Born on September 30th,1935 is the artist who sings the song in the #103 position.The song in the #103 position is from "West Side Story".This album spent 54 weeks in the #1 position on the album charts of Billboard Magazine. No other album has ever spent a longer period of time in the #1 position on Billboard Magazine's Album Chart. The artist who sings the song at position #103 won Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
   The name "Maria" is spoken or sung in the song approximately 29 times.It begins in B major and then modulates to E-flat major.The song is widely known for its use of the melodic interval of a tritone.
   Born Vito Farinola on June 12th,1928 in Brooklyn,New York is the recording act that occupies the #101 position. The song in the #101 position is from "My Fair Lady".This album spent 480 weeks on the album charts of Billboard Magazine. Only two other albums have spent a longer period of time on Billboard 
Magazine's Album Chart.

  The song at position #101 is sung in the musical by the character Freddy Eynsford-Hill,who was portrayed by John Michael King in the original production.In the 1964 film version,it was sung by Bill Shirley,dubbing for actor Jeremy Brett.
  The song at position #101 has been recorded by a variety of other performers,including 
Harry Connick, Jr.,Lawrence Welk,Frank Chacksfield,Bobby Darin,Dean Martin,Nat King Cole, Holly Cole,Marvin Gaye,Perry Como,Ray Reach,Gene Pitney,Earl Grant,Dennis DeYoung,Quincy Jones,David Whitfield,Nancy Wilson,Diane Marino,Ilse Huizinga,Matt Dusk,Richard Clayderman,Chelsea Krombach,Masha Qrella,Ricki Lee Jones,Mr Hudson & The Library, and Vocal Spectrum.
  The song at position #101 was featured in a series three episode of the BBC One sitcom "My Family",and in the first episode of AMC's "Mad Men".In the movie Blast  from the Past,Brendan Fraser's character,Adam,sings a verse to Alicia Silverstone's character,Eve.It was also sung by the character Tony,played by Nicholas Hoult,in the first episode of Channel 4 teen drama "Skins".

  Born Michael Lee Aday on September 27,1947 in Dallas,Texas is the artist who sings the song in the #100 spot.This song spent five (5) weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 beginning November 6,1993.The  song was composed and written by Jim Steinman.
  Along with the USA the song reached #1 in 27 other countries including Australia,Canada,UK,New Zealand,Austria,Belgium,Germany,Ireland,Netherlands,Norway,Sweden 
and Switzerland. 
   The song at #100 was the best-selling single of 1993 in the UK.The song earned the singer of this song a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance,Solo.
  The last six verses of the song feature a female vocalist who was credited only as "Mrs. Loud" in the album notes.She was later identified as Lorraine Crosby,from North East England.She does not,however, appear in the video,in which her vocals are lipsynched by Dana Patrick.The singer of the song in the #100 position promoted  the single with American vocalist Patti Russo performing the live female vocals.

   This Seattle duo at position #98 has the song that US Billboard Magazine ranked as the #1 song for the entire year of 2013 in their year-end edition on December 28th,2013.In 2013 the song spent six (6) non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 beginning the week ending February 2nd,2013.
  The duo of this song comprises Ben Haggerty born on June 19,1983 in Seattle and Ryan Lewis born on March 25,1988 in Spokane,Washington.
  Despite being released on Haggerty's independent label with distribution by ADA,the song at position #98 was a sleeper hit.Along with the US Billboard Hot 100 
the song peaked at number one in the United Kingdom,Ireland,Canada,France,Denmark,Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand,and has since sold over 7 million copies in the USA alone. In 2014,the single won two Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.
  The music video to the song has garnered over 565 million views on YouTube.The video was nominated at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards for Video of the Year.

  The recording act at position #95 was the first "American Idol".She was born on Saturday,April 24th,1982 in Burleson,Texas.The song at position #95 reached #1 on the Much Music Chart (Canada) on March 18th,2005 and was Much Music's #10 song for the entire year of 2005.It was also the fourth (4th) biggest song for the entire year of 2005 according to both Billboard (US) Magazine's Singles & Airplay chart and ranked as the #1 song for the entire year of 2005 by Radio and Records (US) Magazine.The song also reached #1 in Indonesia (the country with the fourth (4th) largest population in the world).In the UK  it reached number five and 
remained on the chart until the second quarter of 2006.Further,the song at position #95 gets the high ranking it does more so because of the album the song is on.The song is off the album titled "Breakaway" which was the third biggest album for the entire year of 2005 in both Canada (Canoe) and the UK.In Australia (ARIA) 
this album was the second (2nd) biggest album for the entire year of 2005 and it was the second (2nd)biggest album for the entire year of 2004 on Billboard (USA) Magazine.The song at position #95 was the second US digital download to sell over one million copies.At the 48th Grammy Awards,in 2006,the recording act at position #95 received a Grammy Award for the song in the category of "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance".The song at position #95 charted at #97 in Blender magazine's 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born.In August 2009,the song was ranked at number 21 in "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s" by Pitchfork Media.In December 2009, the song was listed as number 18 in Rolling Stone's "100 Best Songs of the Decade".
   The song at position #95 is written and produced by Max Martin and Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald.The song was released as the first single from the recording act at position #95's second album titled "Breakaway" in the US and Australia and was released as the second single in Europe.Its lyrical concept concerns a failed 
relationship in which the protagonist later expresses relief about the breakup.The recording act at position #95,who sought interest in a more rock-oriented image,wanted to alter the song's original composition to allow more drums.The song has a pop punk influence in drums and guitar riffs.
    The song at position #95's music video depicts the revenge on a boyfriend.It begins with the recording act at position #95 sitting on a couch,removing and holding a heart shaped locket.She then proceeds into the bathroom,where she fixes her face in the mirror, then opens the medicine cabinet.She then begins to throw 
the contents all over the bathroom,squirting the toothpaste into the sink.She then enters the walk-in closet,where she snips one strap from every top,destroying her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend's clothes.She then proceeds to destroy the closet,throwing clothes and hangers everywhere, singing in a pile of them.She rips open a pillow in the bedroom and throws the contents everywhere.She picks up a picture frame,tips over a CD rack,throws artwork across the room.Inside the picture frame is a photo of a boy and girl.The recording act at position #95 then slams the photo face down into a glass table,shattering the table.She then puts a hat 
low over her face and walks out of the apartment,only to see the boy and girl in the picture from the apartment walking down the street together.She smiles,lowers the hat,and walks the other way.The song ends as the couple walks into the destroyed apartment,with the closing scene showing the locket swinging.When the chorus of the song is being played for this video,the video then shows the recording act at position #95 wearing a formal type of clothing (all black) and performing on stage,with a rock band behind her,to a crowd of fans.When the line "Since U Been Gone" is being sung,the fans (and The recording act at position #95 herself)jump to the beat of the chorus.This part of the video is also used for the bridge of the song,just before the final chorus.The video won "Best Female Video" and "Best Pop Video" at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards.

  The song at position #93 is by an artist who was born Alecia Beth Moore Hart on September 8th,1979 in Abington Township,Montgomery County,Pennsylvania off her fifth studio album.This song had sold over 4 million downloads in the USA.
  The song was written by the singer at position #93,Max Martin and Shellback while production was handled by Martin.  The song was recorded in 2008 at Maratone Studios in Stockholm,Sweden and the House of Blues Studios in Los Angeles,California,USA. 
  The song at position #93 went to #1 in the USA,UK,Canada,Australia,Austria,Czech Republic,Germany,New Zealand,Ireland,Israel and Switzerland.In Finland,Slovokia and Sweden it peaked at #2.

  The song at position #91 in April of 2014 only peaked at #5 (spending 5 weeks there) on the US Billboard Hot 100.However,this song is not at position #91 for it's performance on the single charts;it is at #91 for the chart performance of the album the song is on.It?s from an album that spent 13 weeks at the top of the
Billboard 200.The album has spent 36 weeks in the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 as of publication (August 16,2014).This album a soundtrack to a Disney movie has sold over 3 million copies.This album also went to #1 in Canada,UK,Australia,Argentina,China,Ireland,Japan and New Zealand.It peaked at #2 in Italy and South Korea.
   The song at position #91 received much critical acclaim,including an Academy Award win for Best Original Song and a Critics' Choice Award for Best Song,as well as a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Song.

  Born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll on February 9th,1977 in Barranquilla,Columbia is the artist who sings the song at position #90. The song at position #90 spent nine (9)weeks in the #1 position in Australia (ARIA). According to Media Base (USA) this was the second biggest song for the entire year for 2006.In Australia (ARIA) the song at position #90 was the third biggest song for the entire year of 2006.Radio Station CHUM (Toronto,Canada)ranked this song also as the #3 song for the entire year of 2006. And according to Canada's Digital Tracks Survey the song at position #90 was the second (2nd) biggest song for the entire year of 2006 and in the UK this song was the #1 song for the entire year of 2006.
   The song at position #90 is a Latin pop song based in a salsa and Cumbia.The song is a remake of Wyclef Jean's 2004 song "Dance Like This" (which featured Claudette Ortiz and appeared on the soundtrack to Dirty Dancing:Havana Nights)and takes some of its instrumentation from Jerry Rivera's "Amores Como El Nuestro" (which was also used for Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz's hit single "D?j? Vu (Uptown Baby)") and lyrics from Dominican composer Luis Dias' "Carnaval (Baila en la Calle)".
  The singer of the song at position #90 wrote some parts of the new version,and co-produced the song.The song was released as the second single from one of the singer of the song at position #90's second English speaking album titled "Oral Fixation Vol. 2" in 2006. 

   A New York City based female R&B/rap group has the #88 song on this list with a cover of a song that went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for Roberta Flack twenty-three (23) years prior.On June 8,1996 the song at position #88 began a five week occupation of the top spot on the UK singles chart.Also in 1996,the song 
spent seven weeks at #1 in Australia (ARIA). According to the Original Chart Company this song was the #1 song for the entire year of 1996 in the UK and according to ARIA (Australia) it was the #2 song for all of 1996.
    Lauryn Hill sings the lead vocals on this song.The title to the song at position #88 is slightly different from the title of the Roberta Flack version.This version sampled the 1990 song "Bonita Applebum" by A Tribe Called Quest from their debut album "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm". ATCQ 
themselves had sampled the riff from the song "Memory Band" found on the self-titled album of a little-known 1960s psychedelic soul Chicago band called "Rotary Connection".The group who sings the song at position #88's single was so successful that the track was 'deleted' and thus no longer supplied to retailers whilst 
the track was still in the Top 20 so that attention could be drawn to the next single 'Ready or Not'.Propelled by the success of the this track,the version by Flack was remixed in 1996 and topped the Hot Dance Club Play chart.In 2008,the song at #88 on this list was ranked at #25 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop 
and #44 on its list of the "100 Greatest Songs of the 90s".
  This song was released on 2 CD singles in the UK.

  The week ending December 31,1966 saw the song at position #86 begin a seven (7) week run at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100.The UK/USA group formed in LA  consisted of Peter Halsten Thorkelson born February 13,1942 in Washington,DC,Robert Michael Nesmith born December 30,1942 in Houston, 
George Michael "Micky" Dolenz, Jr. born March 8th,1945 in LA,and David Thomas "Davy" Jones born December 30,1945 in Openshaw,Manchester,Lancashire,England-died February 29,2012 in Stuart,Florida,USA.
   Neil Diamond composed the song at position #86. In the USA this song was the biggest-selling record for all of 1967.Because of 1,051,280 advance orders,it went gold within two days of release.It is one of the fewer than forty all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) physical copies worldwide.
   The song was No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for four weeks beginning January 15,1967.
   In 2008,this song ranked No. 1 on Dallas station KLUV 98.7FM's Top 500 Memorial Day Countdown,as voted on by the listeners.The song is listed at No. 57 on Billboard's All Time Top 100 in 2013.
   The song at position #84 spent twelve (12) weeks at #1 beginning the week ending June 22,2013 on the US Billboard Hot 100.American Top 40 ranked this song by this trio as the #1 song for the entire year of 2013.The song also reached #1 in the UK,Canada,Australia,New Zealand, Ireland,Spain,Germany,the Netherlands and Poland,as well as the top ten in Belgium,Denmark,Lithuania,France,Iceland,Italy,Portugal and Switzerland.

  The song at position #84 sold over 5 million copies in just 22 weeks in the US and 6 million in 29 weeks,
faster than any other song in digital history.Internationally,the single was the best-selling digital single of 2013 and is currently the second best-selling digital single of all time,behind The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling". It was the second best-selling song of 2013 in the US and the best-selling song of 2013 in the UK.
As of March 2014,the song became one of the best-selling singles of all time,with sales of 14.8 million.In April 2014,the song at position #84 was revealed as the most downloaded song in UK chart history.
   The music video for #84 was released on March 20, 2013,and was made in two versions;the first video features models Emily Ratajkowski,Jessi M'Bengue and Elle Evans being topless,the second features them covered.On March 30, 2013 the topless version of the video was removed from YouTube for violating the site's terms of service regarding nudity,though it was later restored,but flagged as inappropriate.The song's lyrics and music video has also proved controversial with some groups,with claims that it is misogynist and promotes date rape.This has led to the song being banned at universities and other institutions in the United Kingdom and prompted a rebuttal from one member of the trio who sang the song at position #84.
    On July 28, 2013,the song at position #84 broke the record for radio audience previously held by Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" in 2005.A press release from Interscope said as of the last week in July 2013 the track reached more than 242.65 million listeners.The single was nominated for two Grammys at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards,including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

   The song at position #81 is another song that got to where it was not from the song's performance on the single's chart but because of the album the song was on. The song at position #81 is from the Beatle's "White album".In 1994 a British magazine compiled a list of the 1000 best albums of all-time and the "White Album" ranked at #15.In 1991 radio station KXRX from Seattle ranked the "White Album" as the 20th 
best album of all-time.On December 31st,1990 radio station KZOK from Seattle ranked the "White Album" as the third (3rd) best album of all-time and in the year 2000 Rolling Stone Magazine (US) ranked the "White Album" as the #5 album of all-time.The song at position #81 was a number 1 hit in Australia.
   The song at position #81 was written by John Lennon and attributed to Lennon/McCartney.The song was released in two distinctly different incarnations,the slow "Revolution 1",released on The Beatles (AKA the "White Album"),and the faster,electric "Revolution" (sometimes referred to as "Revolution 2"),released as the B-side to "Hey Jude".The song also exists as an early acoustic demo recorded in May 1968,which is closer to the single version.A third connected piece written by Lennon is the heavily experimental "Revolution 9",which appeared on the same side of the White Album as "Revolution 1".Although "Revolution 1" was the first to be recorded,it was released after the song at position #81.
   Lennon wanted the initial,slower version to be released as a single but the other band members said it was too slow for a single.Lennon,slightly irritated,resolved to remake the song in a version as loud and raucous as anything the Beatles had released,and he led the band through the faster recording which ended up backing "Hey Jude".The song at position #81 featured distorted guitars and an electric piano solo by session musician Nicky Hopkins.The distorted guitar sound was achieved by putting the guitars through the recording console,which causes the channel to overload and create a fuzz sound.
   The musical form is a simple rock and roll chord progression,but the highly processed elements and hyperbolic approach distinguished the track from nearly anything that had come before;the sound of the song at position #81 is often cited as presaging heavy metal.
   The song at position #81 later appeared on the 1970 Hey Jude compilation album,created for the US market,and on other compilations.It was remixed for the 2006 remix album "Love".In the album,it transitions into the song "Back in the U.S.S.R.".

  The song in the #80 position was the fifth (5th) biggest song for the entire year of 2004 on Much Music (Canada), the second (2nd) biggest song for the entire year of 2003 on Radio and Records (USA) Magazine and the biggest song for the entire year of 2004 in the UK. On December 13th,2003 the song at the #80 position began a nine (9) weeks run in the #1 position on the Billboard Magazine's (US) Singles Chart.The song in the #80 position is a song written and produced by Andre 3000.The song takes influence from funk and rock music.A music video was produced featuring Andre 3000 as eight different versions of himself,playing on comparisons to The Beatles by mimicking their 1964 performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.The song received praise from contemporary music critics,and it won a Grammy Award for 
Best Urban/Alternative Performance at the 46th Grammy Awards.
   The song in the #80 position was named the 20th most successful song of the 2000s,on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.The song popularized the phrase "shake it like a Polaroid picture" in popular culture,and the Polaroid Corporation used the song to revitalize the public's perception of its products.
  Born on October 25th,1984 in Santa Barbara,California is the singer of the song at position #79.This song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 beginning the week ending December 18th,2010.The song was recorded in 2009 at Roc the Mic Studios in New York City. 

   The song at position #79 is from the singers third studio album who co-wrote the song with its producers,StarGate and Sandy Vee,with additional writing from Ester Dean,making this the only single and one of seven songs from this album to not be co-written or produced by Max Martin and Dr. Luke.The song is a self-empowerment anthem with inspirational lyrics and was considered by the singer of song #79 as an important song for her.
    The song at #79 received mostly positive reviews from music critics,with some noting its catchy melody and danceable beat and comparing it to songs by English band "Coldplay".Not only did the song reach the top spot on Billboard Hot 100,it also the top five on 20 charts around the world.The song was released on 
October 18,2010 by Capitol Records as the third single from the album.As of December 2012,the song has sold over 6 million copies in the US alone,making the singer of #79 the only artist with three songs topping the 6 million mark.It is also the best selling song that was a third single or older,that wasn't a part of a 
re-release.On the week ending of January 8, 2011, the song at position #79 sold 509,000 digital downloads in the US,which is the fifth highest amount ever sold by a female artist behind Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (623,000),Kesha's "Tik Tok" (610,000),Katy Perry's own "Roar" (557,000),tied with Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" (509,000) and the sixth highest sales week overall.The song is the third consecutive number-one single of the same album;the last female singer who achieved this was Monica in 1998.
    An accompanying music video,directed by Dave Meyers, was released on October 28, 2010.It portrays the singer of #79 singing and dancing around Budapest,with interspersed scenes of young people becoming confident in themselves.An open casting call for the music video drew an unprecedented 38,000 applicants.On MuchMusic's top 50 videos of 2010, the video to #79 reached the top position.The music video was said to be a more upbeat take on Christina Aguilera's message in "Beautiful".It was nominated for three awards at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, eventually winning one of those,the Video of the Year, the main and final award.The song at position #79 was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards. On January 5, 2012, this song was elected the fifth most 
played single on U.S. radio during 2011 by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems,with 509,000 plays.

  The song at position #78 is the highest ranking song for the king of rock & roll. It was #1 for the entire year of 1960 in Australia (David Kent).It was the #2 for the entire year of 1960 in both the UK and the USA (Cash Box).In Canada it was the #4 song for the entire year of 1960.On October 8,1960 it began a seven (7) week 
run at #1 on the Australian charts.The song at position #78 spent nine weeks at #1 in the UK (eight (8) weeks at #1 in 1960,then back to #1 45 years later in 2005).In both Canada & the USA (Billboard) the song at position #78 spent five (5) weeks in the top spot.
   The melody of the song is borrowed from the Italian standard,"'O Sole Mio", but the inspiration for it came from the song,"There's No Tomorrow",recorded by U.S. singer, Tony Martin,in 1949.
    In the late 1950s,while stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army,the king of rock & roll heard Martin's recording and put to tape a private version of the song.Upon his discharge,the king of rock & roll requested that new lyrics be written especially for him,a job that was undertaken by the songwriting duo of 
Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold,with a demo by David Hill.  Barry White heard this song in 1960 when he was in jail for stealing tires.The song had such an impact on White,that it convinced him to pursue a career in music.

  The song at position #76 by this recording act who was born in Saginaw,Michigan is from 1984.The song at position #76 spent eight (8) weeks at #1 in Australia (ARIA) and ten (10) weeks at #1 in Canada but only three (3) weeks at #1 in both the UK and the artists native USA (Billboard Hot 100).The song at position #76 was the #1 song for the entire year of 1984 in Canada,#2 for all of 1984 in Australia (Barry Kowal) and #3 for all of 1984 in the UK.This song is from the movie "Woman In Red" starring Gene Wilder.The song also reached #1 in the Netherlands,Austria,Germany,Ireland,Italy,Norway,New Zealand,Sweden,Switzerland and France.
   The song at position #76 is written,produced and performed by the singer of the song at position #76.The midtempo song expresses how simply telephoning someone to tell them you love them can make even a very unremarkable day rewarding.It is one of the singer's most simplistic and sentimental songs,and with its quintessentially mid-1980s synthesizers and drum machines is very different from his more organic and experimental 1970s music.For those reasons it was deprecated by critics.However,it was one of the singer's most commercially successful singles to date.On June 27, 2009, two days after the death of his friend Michael Jackson,he was at a public event and changed the words to the song so that it said:'Michael knows,I'm here, and I love you'.While singing,his voice cracked several times and at the end of the song he pointed to the sky and quietly said 'We love you Michael'...

   The song in the #72 position by this Brisbane,Australia duo is the highest ranking song in the Top 5000 by a native born Australian. Australians have habits of calling some people who are born in foreign countries as Australian.Nicole Kidman was born in the USA but Aussies call her Australian,Keith Urban was born in 
New Zealand but Australians call him Australian,Naomi Watts was born in the UK but Aussies say she is Australian. The list goes on and on. However, at position #36 on this list you will find a gal who was not born in Australia but again the Aussies will swear to the world that she is Australian.
  On January 17th,1998 the song at position #72 became the #1 song on Billboard (US) Magazine's Singles Chart knocking Elton John's "Candle In The Wind (97)" out of the #1 position. The song at position #72 went to #1 for eight (8) weeks on the Australian (ARIA) singles chart. In the United Kingdom the song at position #72 was the #4 song for the entire year 1998, in the USA (Billboard) it was the #1 song for the entire year of 1998 and in Australia (ARIA) it was the #1 single for the entire year of 1997.Further,the song comes off the album "Savage Garden" which was the #1 album for the entire year of 1997 in Australia.The song also reached #1 in Canada and reached #2 in Austria,Norway, Ireland & Sweden.In 1998, the song was certified a Gold single in France,for sales of 200,000 copies.In May 2001 the Australian Performing Right Association (APRA),as part of its 75th Anniversary celebrations,named the song in the #72 position as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time.In 2013,the song in the #72 position on this list was listed at #35 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.
  The song in the #72 position was Written by bandmates Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones,the song is a reworking of an older song of theirs called "Magical Kisses" and was the third single from their self-titled debut album.The song is considered to be the best song throughout the run of the duo.
   There were two videos made for the song in the #72 position.One of them was filmed in the Sacre-C?ur area of Paris,said to be the most romantic city in the world.
It was directed by Adolfo Doring.The Japanese release,available elsewhere on import,was actually a special,album-length disc comprising 14 rare tracks,featuring three versions of the title song,along with three bonus remixes,six rare B-sides and two acoustic live versions.
   There are two distinct versions of the song.One was released on the Australian album release,whereas the other version was on the US release.This version composed in 1996 features a drum-machine track instead of the more acoustic-sounding music in the Australian version.The US version also featured on their 2005 greatest hits,
"Truly Madly Compeletely".
    In 1998 it was the main song from the soundtrack of the movie Music from "Another Room",starring Jude Law and Gretchen Mol.

     The recording act at position #70 is a female dance sextet from Los Angeles along with a Jamaican rapper.The song at position #70 spent seven (7) weeks in the #1 position on the Australian (ARIA) singles chart and was the #1 song for the entire year of 2005 in Australia. Further Billboard (US)Magazine's year-end Sales Chart ranked the song at position #70 as the third (3rd) biggest song for the entire year of 2005.And the song was the #4 song for the entire year of 2005 in the UK.The song also reached #1 in Canada,New Zealand,Ireland,Norway,Switzerland,Belgium and Germany.It also reached #2 in the Netherlands.
   The song at position #70 was produced by Cee-Lo Green.It was released in 2005 as the lead single from the studio album PCD.The song at position #70 speaks about  a girl teasing a guy that she is hotter than his girlfriend.
   Even though the song was not well received by critics,commercially it was a major hit.The song contains an interpolation of Sir Mix a Lot's Swass.It was originally recorded by Ava Denara (Tori Alamaze) in 2004.This song was initially offered to the Sugababes and later Paris Hilton,but both declined.

  The recording act that sings the song at position #69 is based out of Vancouver,British Columbia,Canada.The song at position #69 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 #69 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 #69 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.
  This female dance-pop vocal group from the UK holds down the #68 position.The song at the #68 position spent seven (7)weeks in the #1 position in the UK,nine (9) weeks in the #1 position in Australia and four (4)weeks at #1 in the USA (Billboard).The song also reached #1 in Belgium,Netherlands,Finland,France,Germany,New Zealand,Norway,Sweden, Switzerland,Canada (Much Music) and Ireland.In both Australia and the UK the song at position #68 is the #1 song for the entire year of 1996.The song at position #68 is off of an album titled "Spice".This album is the album that Billboard Magazine (US) ranked as the #1 album for the entire year of 1997.This album was the fifth biggest album for the entire year of 1997 in Canada,the third (3rd)biggest album of 1997 in Australia and the second (2nd) biggest album from the entire year of 1997 in the UK.By the end of 1996 the song at the #68 position had topped the charts in 22 nations,and by March 1997 this number had climbed to 31,before it became the best-selling single by a female group in the history of recorded sound,selling over 7 million copies worldwide.

   The song at the #68 position was written by the group,Richard Stannard and Matt Rowe for the group's debut album titled "Spice".
   The song at the #68 position is an uptempo pop song with a touch of hip-hop,rap and dance music;the lyrics are a demand of sincerity,with a feminist message of choosing friends over relationships,the song became an iconic symbolism of female empowerment and the most emblematic song of the Girl Power philosophy.Despite receiving mixed reviews from music critics,the song won Best British-Written Single at the 1997 Ivor Novello Awards and Best Single at the 1997 BRIT Awards.
   The recording act who sings the song at the #64 position was born on October 2nd,1946 in New Rochelle,New York. The song at position #64 spent six (6) weeks at #1 on radio station WABC from New York City,five (5) weeks at #1 in Canada and 4 weeks at #1 in Australia and both Cash Box (US) and Billboard (US) Magazines singles chart.

     The song at position #64 was the fourth (4th) biggest song for the entire year of 1972 in Canada. In Australia and according to Billboard Magazine this was the #3 song for the entire year of 1972. Radio stations CHUM from Toronto and WABC from New York City along with Cash Box Magazine (US) ranked this song as the #1 song for the entire year of 1972. Billboard Magazine (US) also ranked this song as the #7 song for the entire decade of the 1970s.In 1983 Radio Station CKY from Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada ranked this song as the #3 song of all-time.Radio station Mix 94 from Perth,Australia in 1999 ranked this song at position #64 as the fifth (5th) biggest song of all-time. In 2007 Mix 94 from Perth then ranked the song at position #64 as the #1 song of all-time.The album this song was on also had success. The album has the same title as the song at position #64. This album was the #3 album for the entire year of 1972 on Cash Box Magazine and the #2 album for the entire year of 1972 on Billboard Magazine.
  The song is a recounting of "The Day the Music Died" ? the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly,Ritchie Valens,The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.),and the pilot, Roger Peterson.The importance of the song at the #64 position to America's musical and cultural heritage was recognized by the Songs of the Century 
education project which listed the song as the number five song of the twentieth century.Some Top 40 stations initially played only side two of the single,but the song's popularity eventually forced stations to play the entire piece.the song at the #64 position is the recording act who sings the song at the #64 position's signature song.
   The song is well known for its cryptic lyrics that have long been the subject of curiosity and speculation.Although the recording act who sings the song at the #64 position dedicated the the album the song at position #64 is on to Buddy Holly,none of the musicians in the plane crash are identified by name in the song itself.When asked what the song at the #64 position meant,the recording act who sings the song at the #64 position replied, "It means I never have to work again.
"Later,he more seriously stated, "You will find many interpretations of my lyrics but none of them by me... sorry to leave you all on your own like this but long ago I realized that songwriters should make their statements and move on,maintaining a dignified silence." The recording act who sings the song at the #64 position 
has generally avoided responding to direct questions about the song lyrics ("They?re beyond analysis.They?re poetry.") except to acknowledge that he did first l learn about Buddy Holly's death while folding newspapers for his paper route on the morning of February 3,1959 (the line "February made me shiver/with every paper I'd deliver").He also stated in an editorial published on the 50th anniversary of the crash in 2009 that writing the first verse of the song exorcised his long-running grief over Holly's death.
     Despite this,many fans of McLean,amongst others,have attempted an interpretation;at the time of the song's original release in late 1971,many American AM and FM rock radio stations released printed interpretations and some devoted entire shows discussing and debating the song's lyrics,resulting in both controversy and intense listener interest in the song.Some examples are the real-world identities of the "Jester", "King and Queen", "Satan", "Girl Who Sang the Blues" and other characters referenced in the verses. Also Ritchie Valens,Buddy Holly and, The Big Bopper are often thought to be referred to as The Father,Son and,The Holy Ghost.
   Notable references are based on interpretations of the song by Bob Dearborn and Jim Fann.
   Ritchie Valens 
   The Big Bopper 
   Buddy Holly 
   The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost 
   Mar?a Elena Holly - his widowed bride 
   "(Who Wrote) The Book of Love" - The Monotones 
   "Lonely Teenager" - Dion 
   "(White Sport Coat and a) Pink Carnation" - Marty Robbins 
   Bob Dylan - the jester 
   Elvis Presley - the king 
   Connie Francis/Little Richard-the queen 
   James Dean 
   Vladimir Lenin/John Lennon - read a book of Marx 
   Karl Marx 
   The Beatles - The Quartet 
   "Helter Skelter" - Charles Manson 
   "Eight Miles High" - The Byrds 
   "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" - (The Marching Band) - The Beatles 
   The Space Race - "A generation lost in space" 
   The Rolling Stones - Jack Flash and "moss grows fat on a Rolling Stone" 
   Mick Jagger - Satan 
   Hell's Angels 
   Altamont Free Concert 
   Janis Joplin - Girl Who Sang the Blues
 
   The recording act who sings the song at position #63 was born on Christmas Day in 1971 in London,
England.This was a song that got to where it got not by the song's performance on the single's chart but because of the album that the song at position #63 is on's performance on the album charts.The song is off the album titled "No Angel" which was Billboard (US) Magazine's #7 album for the entire year of 2001,the #2 album for the entire year of 2001 in Australia (ARIA) and the biggest album for the entire year of 2001 in the UK.The album spent seven (7) weeks at #1 in the UK.
  The song at position #63 made its first appearance in 1998 on the soundtrack of "Sliding Doors",although it was not released as a single until early 2001.Samples from the track were featured in the song "Stan" by Eminem (see #83 on this list);a rare example of a song becoming a hit after the track which sampled it.The singer of the song at position #63 wrote the song as a tribute to her boyfriend,entertainment lawyer Bob Page;they got engaged in 2001 but split the following year.
  The song reached #1 in Austria,New Zealand,Spain,Switzerland and Russia.The song also reached #2 in Canada (Much Music) and #3 in Greece. 

   Born on Thursday,November 21,1985 in Mission,British Columbia,Canada is the singer who sings the song at position #60.This song spent nine (9) weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 beginning the week ending June 23,2012.It was the song that Billboard ranked as the #2 song for the entire year of 2012 in the magazine?s December 29,2012 issue.The song was recorded in 2011 in Richmond,British Columbia,Canada. The song was written by the singer of the song and Tavish Crowe as a folk song,but its genre was modified to pop following the production by Josh Ramsay.
  The song at position #60 is an upbeat teen pop track that draws influences from dance-pop and disco.Lyrically, the track alludes to the inconvenience that a love at first sight brings to a girl who hopes for a call back from a crush.
  The song at #60 received generally positive reviews from contemporary critics,who praised its composition and clever lyrical content. This song has attained commercial success worldwide,along with the USA it has reaching number one in Australia,Canada,Czech Republic,Denmark,Finland,France,Hungary,Ireland,
Luxembourg,New Zealand,Poland,Slovakia,Switzerland and the United Kingdom,while peaking inside the top three in Austria,Belgium (Flanders & Wallonia),Germany,Israel,Japan,Netherlands,Norway and Sweden.After reaching the top position on the Canadian Hot 100,Jepsen became only the fifth Canadian artist to do so in her home country since 2007.In the United States,the track reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Pop Songs chart.The song is the first number one by a Canadian female artist on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since 2007's "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne.Further in the entire history of the US Billboard Hot 100 (going back to August of 1958) no Canadian has had a song that has spent more time at #1 than the song at position #60.
  The song at #60 was nominated for two Grammy Awards,for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 55th Annual ceremony,but lost to 
"We Are Young" by "Fun" and the live performance of "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele,respectively.On December 11, 2012, this song was named Song of the Year for 2012 by MTV.In its 2012 Year-End issue, Billboard magazine ranked this song at #2 in the Digital Songs and Canadian Hot 100 charts,in each case behind "Somebody That I Used to Know",by Gotye featuring Kimbra.The song was also ranked number one by the Village Voice's annual Pazz and Jop poll,which compiles the votes of music critics from all over the United States.The song was the best-selling single worldwide in 2012,selling over 10 million copies in that year alone, and the best-selling single on the iTunes Store in 2012.With worldwide sales of over 13 million copies as of May 2013,the song at position #60 was the best-selling digital single of 2012,and is also one of the best-selling digital singles and one of the best-selling singles of all time,with sales in the 10-14.99 million bracket. 
 
   The song at position #59 is another phenomenal song by this British super-rock group. In 1998 Radio Station KICK from Casper,Wyoming ranked this song as the #1 song of all-time. In 1999 the song at position #59 ranked as the #2 song of all-time on Radio Station KICK. In 1980 Record World Magazine (USA) ranked this song as the #1 song for the entire year of 1980.This song spent four (4) weeks at the #1 position on Billboard (US) Singles Chart.The song at position #59 also spent five (5) weeks at #1 in the UK and six (6) weeks at the #1 position in Canada. This song is from the album "The Wall".This album spent 15 weeks at #1 on (US) Billboard Magazine and was the album that both Billboard (US) and Cash Box (US) ranked as the #1 album for the entire year of 1980.In 2002 Rolling Stone Magazine ranked this album as the 31st biggest album of all-time.
  The song at position #59 is a protest song against rigid schooling in general and boarding schools in particular,which has led to the song being banned in South Africa during the apartheid regime.The single,as well as the album "The Wall",were banned in South Africa in 1980 after the song was adopted by supporters of a nationwide school boycott protesting racial inequities in education.
  In the album version of The Wall,the song at position #59 segues from "The Happiest Days of Our Lives", with a trademark Roger Waters scream.The song has strong drums,a well-known bass line and distinctive guitar parts in the background with a smooth,yet edgy guitar solo.The song also features a group of school children for lead vocals in the second verse:as the song ends,the sounds of a school yard are heard,along with the teacher who continues to lord it over the children's lives by shouting such things as "Wrong! Do it again!" which somehow sounds mocking,and "If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding! How can you have any pudding if you don't eat yer meat?!", and "You! Yes! You behind the bikesheds! Stand still, laddie!", all of it dissolving into the dull drone of a phone ringing and ending with a deep sigh.
   For the song at position #59,the group needed a school choir,and producer Bob Ezrin requested that sound engineer Nick Griffiths find one.Griffiths approached 
music teacher Alun Renshaw of Islington Green School,around the corner from their Britannia Row Studios.Though the school received a lump sum payment of ?1000, there was no contractual arrangement for royalties from record sales.Under a 1996 UK copyright law,they became eligible for royalties from broadcasts,and after royalties agent Peter Rowan traced choir members through the website Friends Reunited and other means,they lodged a claim for royalties with the Performing Artists' Media Rights Association in 2004.Rowan estimated that each student would be owed around $200.

   A pop-rock group from Glasgow,Scotland performs the song at position #56. This song was a cover of a song originally done by the British rock band the Troggs in 1968 (see position #3257). This is the highest ranking song for a Scotish recording act.The song at position #56 spent six (6) weeks at #1 in Australia (ARIA) and fifteen (15) weeks at #1 in the UK. Only the song at position #6 has spent more time in the #1 position in the entire history of the UK singles charts than the song at position #56. This song was the #7 song for the entire year of 1994 in Canada.This song was the song that ARIA (Australia) ranked as the #1 song for the entire year of 1994. This song was also the #1 song for the entire year of 1994 in the UK.The song at position #56's success was fuelled by its appearance in the movie "Four Weddings and a Funeral"."We did everybody's head in in the summer of 1994," commented the band's frontman,Marti Pellow exactly a decade later.This led to some radio stations banning the song.The band themselves eventually took the decision to delete the record from sale.Nevertheless,Pellow said,"I still think it's a brilliant record.Its strength is its sheer simplicity.Any band would give their eye teeth to have a hit record like that.I'm very proud of it."  Reg Presley famously spent some of the proceeds,which he received for composing the song,on crop circle research.He also bought a new home.

    A beautiful woman who was born Eileen Regina Edwards on Saturday,August 28th,1965 in Windsor,
Ontario,Canada (raised in Timmins,Ontario) had the third (3rd) biggest album for the entire decade of the 1990s according to Billboard Magazine (US).From that album titled "Come On Over' comes the song at position #53.This song also spent seven (7) weeks in the #2 position in Australia (ARIA).
  The song was written by Robert John "Mutt" Lange and the singer of the song at position #53.The song was named Foreign Hit of the Year at the 2000 Danish Grammy Awards.
  The music video for the song at position #53 was shot in the Mojave Desert at El Mirage Dry Lake and Barstow,California.It was directed by Paul Boyd and shot on November 3rd and 4th in 1998;it was released on December 2,1998.It depicts the singer of the song at position #53 hitchhiking in the middle of the desert,in a hooded leopard skin outfit (though in some scenes the hooded outfit is open,showing a matching sports bra),and being approached by several men offering her a ride out of the desert.These include a man in a 1957 Chevy Bel Air,on a motorcycle,in an army jeep,a tanker truck,and on a Friesian horse.One of the men was played by male model John Devoe,who previously appeared in her "You're Still the One" video.The video won the Video of the Year award at the Canadian Country Music Awards and the MuchMoreMusic Award at the 1999 MuchMusic Video Awards. 

  Born Cherilyn Sarkisian on May 20th,1946 in El Centro,California is the recording act who occupies the #52 position.This song spent seven (7) weeks in the #1 postion on the UK singles chart and was the #1 single for the entire year of 1998 in the UK.The song at position #52 is also the song that Billboard Magazine ranked as the #1 single for the entire year of 1999.
  The song at position #52 won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording and was also nominated for "Record of the Year".
  The song at position #52 is noted for its use of the Auto-Tune pitch-correction software on the singer's vocals to create a peculiar sound effect,sometimes referred to as the "Cher effect".

   The song at position #50 is another phenomenal song. The artist of the song at position #50 was born on October 9th,1940 in Woolton,Liverpool,England.Virgin Radio (from the UK) in 2002 and Radio Station Mix 94 FM (Perth,Australia)in 1999 both ranked this song as the #1 song of all-time. In 1999 Q-Magazine (UK) ranked the song at position #50 as the #2 song of all-time. Had this Top 6000 been compiled with only UK charts or only Australian charts or only UK & Australian charts this song would be in the Top 10. But the Yanks and the Canadians have knocked this song out of the Top 10. This song did not perform poorly in the US or Canada the song just didn't perform as well as it did in the UK or Australia.Since the songs at positions #50 is not in the Top 10 that means someone else will be occupying a position in the Top 10.
   The song is one of three of the singer of the song at position #50's solo songs,along with "Instant Karma!" and "Give Peace a Chance",in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.Rolling Stone ranked the song at position #50 as the 3rd greatest song of all time in their editorial The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004.
    The song's refrain may have been partly inspired by Yoko Ono's poetry in reaction to her childhood in Japan during World War II.According to The "Guardian",primordial versions of the song's refrain can be found in her 1965 book "Grapefruit",where she penned lines such as, "imagine a raindrop" and "imagine the clouds dripping."
  In a 1980 interview with David Sheff for Playboy magazine,the singer of the song at position #50 remarks on the message of the song at position #50.
         Sheff: On a new album, you close with "Hard Times Are Over (For a While)". Why?
         The singer of the song at position #50: It's not a new message: "Give Peace a  Chance" ? we're not                  being unreasonable. Just saying "give it a chance." 
With the song at position #50 we're asking,"can you            imagine a world without countries or  religions?" It's the same message over and over. 
And it's positive.
   Ono indicated that the lyrical content of the song at position #50 was "just what John believed? that we are all one country,one world,one people.He wanted to get that idea out."In addition,the content of the song at position #50 was inspiration for the concept of Nutopia:The Country of Peace,created in 1973.The singer of the song at position #50 included a symbolically mute "anthem" to this country on his album "Mind Games".
Also,inspiration for Yoko's Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland came from words in the second verse:Imagine all the people living life in peace.
     In the book "Lennon in America",by Geoffrey Giuliano,The singer of the song at position #50 commented that the song at position #50 was an "anti-religious,anti-nationalistic,anti-conventional,anti-capitalistic song,but because it's sugar-coated,it's accepted."

    The song at position #48 is phenomenal. Radio Stations WOR-FM (1968),KFRC (1986),KYA (1986),KXRX (1991) ranked this song as the #1 song of all-time. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ranked this song as the #2 song of all-time (#1 is higher on this list).Canadian Radio Station CKY (1983) ranked the song at 
position #48 as the fourth (4th) biggest record of all-time.This song is a reverse twist to the song at position #50. Had this list been a compilation of charts from only the US or only Canada or only the USA & Canada this song would definitely be in the Top 10 of all-time. But because of the Brits & Aussies this song is 
not in the Top 10. This song did not perform poorly in the UK or Australia it just didn't perform as well as it did in the US or Canada.So,since the songs at positions #50 & position #48 are not in the Top 10 that means some other songs will be occupying a position in the Top 10.In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine placed 
the song at position #48 in the second spot on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time,while in 2006 it was added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
  The song at position #48 was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and produced by Andrew Loog Oldham.The number is noted for Richards's three-note guitar riff which opens and drives the song,and for the lyrics,which include references to sexual intercourse and a theme of anti-commercialism.The latter in particular caused the song to be "perceived as an attack on the status quo".
  Keith Richards states that he came up with the guitar riff for the song in his sleep, waking up in the middle of the night,recording the riff and the words "I can't get no satisfaction" on a cassette recorder and promptly falling back to sleep.He would later describe the tape as:"two minutes of 'Satisfaction' and 40 
minutes of me snoring."He and Jagger finished writing the song at the "Jack Tar Harrison Hotel" in Clearwater,Florida in May 1965.Jagger wrote most of the lyrics-a statement about the rampant commercialism that the Rolling Stones had seen in the USA.
  Richards was concerned that the riff sounded too much like Martha and the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street".Jagger later said: "It sounded like a folk song when we first started working on it and Keith didn't like it much,he didn't want it to be a single, he didn't think it would do very well... I think Keith thought it was a 
bit basic.I don't think he really listened to it properly.He was too close to it and just felt it was a silly kind of riff."Jagger has also pointed out that the title lyrics closely resemble a line from Chuck Berry's "30 Days".(Berry's lyric is "If I don't get no satisfaction from the judge".)
  The Rolling Stones first recorded the track on 10 May 1965 at Chess Studios in Chicago - a version featuring Brian Jones on harmonica.The group re-recorded it two days later at RCA Studios in Hollywood,with a different beat and the Gibson Maestro fuzzbox adding sustain to the sound of the guitar riff.Richards envisioned redoing the track later with a horn section playing the riff:"this was just a little sketch,because, to my mind,the fuzz tone was really there to denote what the horns would be doing." The other Rolling Stones,as well as manager Andrew Loog Oldham and sound engineer Dave Hassinger eventually outvoted Richards and the track was selected for release as a single.The song's success boosted sales of the Gibson fuzzbox so that the entire available stock sold out by the end of 1965.

    The song at position #44 is by a recording act who was born Marshall Mathers on October 17th,1972 in Kansas City. The song at position #44 spent 12 weeks in the #1 position on both the USA (Billboard Magazine) and Australia's (ARIA) singles chart. Further,for the entire year of 2002 the song at position #44 was the #1 song for the entire year of 2002 in the UK.
  The song was written by Marshall Mathers during a break of the filming of ?8 Mile?.He recorded it in a portable studio on the set,recording all three verses in one take.The sheet on which he wrote the song appears in 8 Mile in a scene where his character is writing while riding the bus.This sheet was sold on eBay for $10,000.
   The song's lyrics explicitly sum up the background info about Marshall Mathers's character in 8 Mile,B. Rabbit,with the first verse summing up much of the plot of 
the movie.
   The song's general production style is similar in scope to the track "'Till I Collapse" from The Eminem Show (released before 8 Mile).Both tracks begin with an interlude punctuated by a piano,followed by a gradual introduction of the beat, accompanied by a spoken introduction by Eminem.Both tracks also prominently feature a bass loop and some guitar elements.
  The song at position #44 went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Original Song (the first time a rap song ever won this award),upsetting the favored song "The Hands That Built America" by U2.It is rumored that Marshall Mathers who was not present at the award ceremony believing he would not win for a rap song was 
sleeping at the time the award was announced.This was the first time in 14 years the winner of the Best Original Song category was not performed at the ceremony.Luis Resto,one of the song's co-writers had attended the ceremony and accepted the award instead."He's creative,he has symphonies in his head," Resto said at the lectern about Marshall Mathers.The American Film Institute later ranked the song at position #93 on their list of the 100 Greatest Songs from American Films.At the Grammy Awards of 2004,the song at position #44 became Eminem's second career nomination for Record of the Year (following "Without Me"),and the first rap song ever to be nominated for "Song of the Year". It won Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song, which was a brand new category at the time.This was the most 
awards won by a single rap song in one year.At #166,the song at position #44 on this list is the highest ranked of the three songs from the 21st century featured in the 2004 List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (joining "Stan" at #290).Outkast's "Hey Ya!" was the other, at #180.The magazine later ranked the song the twelfth best of the decade.The song was the 51st best-selling single of the 2000 decade in the UK.
  Reaching #1 in a record 24 charts worldwide,the song at position #44 is the most successful rap song of all time.Along with the USA,UK and Australia the song at position #44 reached #1 in Belgium,Canada
(MuchMusic),Denmark,Finland,Greece,Hungary,Ireland,Italy,New Zealand,Norway,Romania,Sweden,
Switzerland & the Netherlands.The song is ranked 4th in the 100 greatest songs of the past 25 years by VH1.The song also ranked #93 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs.
The song was named the fourth best song of the decade by the Complex Magazine.
    In March 2009,the song at position #44 topped the 2 million mark in digital downloads in the United States,becoming the second oldest song to hit that sales level.To date this song has been downloaded 2,702,000 times in the United States alone.It also became Marshall Mathers' first song to reach 2 million digital downloads as a lead artist.In the same year the single was named the 28th most successful song of the 2000s on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade and the seventh most successful song of the decade in Australia.

   Born Curtis James Jackson III in Jamaica,Queens,New York City,New York,USA 0n July 6,1975 is the singer who has the song at position #42. Beginning the week ending March 8,2003 this song began a nine (9) week run at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100.This song was at #1 on the Hot 100 when the USA began their illegal 
invasion of Iraq.In the December 26,2003 issue of Billboard the song at position #42 ranked as the #1 song for the entire year of 2003. The song was produced by Dr. Dre and had co-production from Mike Elizondo.The singer of the song at position #42,Dr. Dre and Elizondo wrote this song.The track was released in January 2003 as the album's lead single and it was positively received by music critics.The song has since sold over 2,000,000 copies.Along with the USA the song at #42 went to  #1 in the Canada,Australia,New Zealand,
Denmark,Germany,Ireland and Switzerland. The song peaked at #3 in the UK (Official Chart Company).For the year of 2003 this song ranked at #3 for the entire year of 2003 in Ireland, at #4 for the entire year of 2003 in New Zealand and #5 for the entire year of 2003 in Australia.
  At the 46th Grammy Awards,the song at position #42 was nominated for Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song.The song's music video won Best Rap Video and Best New Artist at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.In 2009, the single was listed at number 24 in Billboard's Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.It was listed at number 13 in Rolling Stone's "Best Songs of the Decade". In 2010, it was ranked 448th in the Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.
  Curtis starred in the 2005 movie ?Get Rich Or Die Tryin?.

     The song at position #41 spent four (4) weeks at #1 on the US Billboard (USA) Hot 100,five (5) weeks at #1 on Cash Box (USA) Magazine,two (2) weeks at #1 in both the UK & Canada and nine (9) weeks at #1 in Australia.The song at position #41 was the #1 single for the entire year of 1985 on Cash Box Magazine (USA) and the #1 single for the entire year of 1985 in Australia.
   The song at position #41 is a charity single originally recorded by a supergroup in 1985.The song at position #41 was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie,
and co-produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian for the album of the same name. Following Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" project in the UK,an idea for the creation of an American benefit single for African famine relief came from activist Harry Belafonte (a Pisces),who along with fundraiser Ken Kragen,was instrumental in bringing the vision to reality.Several musicians were contacted by the pair,before Jackson and Richie were assigned the task of writing the song.Following several months of working together,the duo completed the writing of the song at position #41 one night before the song's first recording session,in early 1985.The last recording session for the song was held on January 28, 1985.The historic event brought together some of the most famous artists in the music industry at the time.

   The song at position #40 by this LA hip-hop group spent six (6) week in the #1 position in both the UK & Australia. This song was also the #1 song for the entire year of 2003 in both the UK & Australia. In addition on Radio and Records (USA) Magazine it was the #3 song for the entire year of 2003.
   Following the commercial failures of their previous albums and singles,there was doubt over whether the group who performs The song at position #40 would continue to record together.A&R executive Ron Fair approached them and suggested a crossover to a more mainstream pop sound.will.i.am in particular resisted the idea for fear that they would be seen as sellouts.However,after discussions and some writing sessions the idea was pursued.Shortly after Christmas 2001,will.i.am created a loop and a guitar part that he liked.Taboo and Apl.de.ap also heard the track and were able to write similar lyrics over it.Justin Timberlake was allegedly introduced to the band by new band member Fergie,and got a chance to hear the track that will.i.am created.Impressed with the music,Timberlake helped write and sing the chorus.Timberlake was in the midst of promotion of his solo album titled "Justified",and his label Jive Records was concerned about overexposure.The group who performs the song at position #40 were worried as that had been the original point of this song,to get some assistance from an established pop star.A compromise was reached eventually in which Jive gave clearance for the vocals of Timberlake to be released on the song.However, Timberlake would not appear in the song's music video nor would he be credited on the song as an artist.
   The song at position #40 was written by Will.I.Am,Taboo, apl.de.ap,Ron Fair, P. Board,
G. Pajon Jr, M. Fratantuno, and J. Curtis and co-produced by will.i.am and Ron Fair.In this anti-war pacifist anthem,the group lament on various worldwide problems.Many issues are discussed, which include but are not limited to terrorism,U.S. government hypocrisy, racism,war,intolerance and greed.Some view this song as an anthem against the War on Terror and the 2003 invasion of Iraq since it was released shortly after the invasion began.
   The song was rewarded with nominations at the 46th Grammy Awards in 2004 for Record of the Year and Best Rap/Song Collaboration.

  On February 28th,2004 the song at position #39,recorded by this R&B singer who was born Usher Raymond on October 14th,1978 in Dallas, began a twelve (12) week occupation of the #1 position on Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 and was both Billboard Magazine and Canada's (Canoe) #1 single for the entire year of 2004.The song ranked #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.The singer of the song at position #39 performed the song at position #39 at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2008 as runway soundtrack.The song won Best Rap/Song Collaboration at the 47th Grammy Awards.
  The song at position #39 was written by American songwriters and producers Lil Jon,Sean Garrett,Patrick J. Que Smith, Ludacris, Robert McDowell and James Elbert "LRoc" Phillips.The song was remixed with Tego Calder?n. It features a three-note beat that continues throughout the track.

   Although one half of the recording act who sings the song at position #36 was born on September 26th,1948 in Cambridge,England,Australians will swear up and down that she's an Australian. Giving the Aussies the benefit of the doubt this is the highest position in the Top 6000 to be occupied by an Australian. The other half of the duo is a Yank who was born on February 18th,1954 in Englewood,New Jersey. The song at position #36 reached #1 on the Billboard (US) Singles Chart,went to #1 for two (2) weeks in Australia,for four (4) weeks on Radio Station CHUM from Toronto,Canada and nine (9) weeks at #1 in the UK.Radio station WKBW from Buffalo,New York ranked the song at position #36 as the #1 song for the entire year of 1978. Further,this song was the #1 song for the entire year of 1978 in both Australia and the UK. The song at position #36 is from the album "Grease" an album that on July 29th,1978 began a twelve (12) week run at the 
#1 position on the Billboard (US) album chart. This album was the #2 album for the entire year of 1978 on both Cash Box (US) and Billboard (US) Magazine and the #1 album for the entire year of 1978 in Australia.
   The song written by John Farrar.The song at position #36 also reached #1 in Austria,Germany,Ireland,New Zealand,Norway,Switzerland,Sweden and the Netherlands.

  This female pop vocal trio that consists of three sisters from Cordoba,Spain holds down the #34 position. The group got it's name from their father who was known as "The Tomato". Although this song peaked only at position #54 on the Billboard (US) singles chart it managed to reach #1 on the Latin chart in the USA (Billboard).This song however on the singles chart did reach #1 in the UK and spent three (3) weeks at #1 in both Canada and Australia.The song at position #34 was the fourth biggest song for the entire year of 2003 in Canada,the #2 song for the entire year of 2002 in the UK and the #1 song for all of 2002 in Australia.The song at position #34 was also the Dutch best-selled single of the Decennium 2000-2010.
   The song tells the story of a pimp-like "afro-gipsy, rastafari" character named Diego who walks into a crowded nightclub at midnight,and the DJ, as he sees Diego walk in,plays the "twelve-o'clock anthem", "the song he desires most", which happens to be the 1979 rap hit "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang.The first verse of Rapper's Delight:"I say the hip hop, the hippie...",pronounced phonetically in Spanish the way it would sound to someone who does not understand English,becomes the chorus of this song.Although technically meaningless and sometimes referred to as gibberish,the chorus is a more-or-less phonetic pronunciation of the first verse almost in its entirety.
               I said a hip hop, the hippie, the hippie 
                 Asereje ja de je de jebe 
               do the hip hip hop, a you don't stop 
                 tu de jebere sebiunouva 
               the rockin' to the bang bang boogie say up jumped the boogie 
                 majabi an de bugui 
               to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat 
                an de buididip? 
The song had a distinctive accompanying dance known as "The Ketchup Dance".The song is performed in 180 beats per minute and in the key D# minor.
  Along with reaching #1 in the UK,Australia,Canada and the Netherlands the song at position #34 went to #1 in Austria,Belgium,Finland,France,Germany Greece,Hungary,Ireland,Italy,New Zealand,Norway,
Romania,
Spain,Sweden,Switzerland and Denmark.It was also the #1 swong for all of 2002 in France,Belgium and Switzerland and the #2 song for the entire year of 2002 in Austria.

  The recording act at position #33 was born on Thursday,September 27th,1984 in Napanee, Ontario,Canada. The song at position #33 was ranked by ARIA (Australia) as the #8 song for the entire year of 2002. The Canadian Airplay chart ranked the song as the fourth (4th) biggest record for the entire year of 2002. According to Radio and Records (US) Magazine this was the second (2nd) biggest song for all of 2002. But Rick Dee's (USA) survey ranked the song at position #33 as the #1 song 
for the entire year of 2002.Like the song at position #37 the song at position #33 gets to where it is mostly because of the chart performance of the album that the  song is off of.The song is from the album "Let Go" which was the #4 album for the entire year of 2003 in the UK,the #2 album for the entire year of 2003 in Australia.Further the album "Let Go" was the #1 album for the entire year of 2002 in the USA (Billboard & Rolling Stone Magazines) and in Canada (Canoe).
  The song at position #33 was written by the recording act at position #33 and The Matrix (Scott Spock,Lauren Christy and Graham Edwards) and produced by The Matrix.
  The song was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.It ranked at number 197 in Blender magazine's "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born".Billboard Magazine ranked the song at #83 of the 'Top 100 Singles of the Decade' and Rolling Stone Magazine readers voted it the 8th Top single of the decade.
  The recording act at position #33 performed the song at position #33 on a number of television shows including TRL and "Good Morning America" as well as award shows such as the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards,Billboard Music Award and the first annual Los Premios MTV Latinoam?rica.In 2007 the recording act at position #33 performed her hit for the fifth season of reality show Dancing with the Stars (U.S. TV series).
   The song at position #33 also reached #1 in Mexico,New Zealand,Venezuela,Canada, Australia and Norway.It also spent eleven (11) weeks at #1 on the Billboard (US) Contemporary hit radio Chart (which tracks air play on the radio) and thirteen (13) weeks at #1 on the Billboard (US) Adult Contemporary chart.

  Born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. on August 1,1963 in Compton,California is the singer of the song at position #30.The song is from the movie 'Dangerous Minds' starring Michelle Pfeiffer.This song spent three (3) weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 beginning the week ending September 9th,1995.The song also went to #1 on 
Cash Box (USA) Magazine?s single chart for three (3) weeks beginning the week of September 16,1995.
Further,the song spent thirteen (13) weeks at #1 on the Australian (ARIA) charts beginning October 16th,1995. On Billboard,Cash Box and Australia?s ARIA chart it was the #1 single for the entire year of 1995. In the 
United States,the single spent twelve weeks in the top two of the US Billboard Hot 100,of which three were spent at #1 and nine at #2,putting this song at position #30 in joint fourth place for the most weeks spent at #2 by a single in the chart's history. In Australia since 1977 the song at position #30 has spent more 
time at #1 than any other song.
   The singer of the song at position #30 was awarded a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance,two MTV Video Music Award's for Best Rap Video and for Best Video from a Film and a Billboard Music Award for the song/album.The song was voted as the best single of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll.
   It sampled the chorus and music of the song "Pastime Paradise" by Stevie Wonder (1976).The song was also listed at number 79 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All-Time in 2013.In 2008,it was ranked number 38 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.
   This song has sold over 5 million copies in the U.S., UK, and Germany alone,and at least 5.7 million worldwide,making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.
   The Artis Leon has performed this song live at the Billboard Music Awards with L.V. and Stevie Wonder,at the Grammy Awards with L.V., and also with Dutch singer 
Trijntje Oosterhuis.
  Along with the USA and Australia this song peaked at #1 in Austria,Belgium,Canada,Denmark,
Finland,France,Germany,Ireland,Italy,Netherlands,New Zealand,the UK,Noeway,Sweden and Switzerland.

  Born on February 25,1943 in Liverpool,England (died November 29,2001 in LA) is this former "Beatle" who has the song at position number 28.With this song he was the first former "Beatle" to have a #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and also the last (see position #1112).This song originally charted in December of 1970 in the US,Canada,Australia,New Zealand and the UK;topping the US Billboard Hot 100 for five (5) weeks beginning the week ending December 26th,1970.However,upon his death this song was re-released in the UK and Canada and went to number one in both countries,four weeks in Canada and for a week in the UK. This is a primary reason for this song placing so high in the Top 6000.
  The song at position #28 was Record World Magazine's (USA) #1 song for the entire year of 1971.Also in 1971 it was the UK?s biggest selling single and according to the UK (Oz Net) was the number one single for the entire year of 1971.
   The song also reached #1 in Australia,New Zealand,Austria,Begium,Netherlands,France,Germany,
Ireland,Italy,Norway,Spain,Sweden and Switzerland.The song peaked at #3 in apartheid South Africa and peaked at #4 in Japan.
  This Beatle wrote this song in praise of the Hindu god Krishna,while at the same time intending the lyrics to serve as a call to abandon religious sectarianism,through his deliberate blending of Hebrew "hallelujah"s with chants of "Hare Krishna" and Vedic prayer.The recording features co-producer Phil Spector's Wall of Sound treatment and heralded the arrival of the former Beatle's much-admired slide guitar technique?described by one biographer as being "musically as distinctive a  signature as the mark of Zorro".

     The song at position #26 was written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney in the basement of a house owned by the family of Jane Asher (actress girlfriend of Paul McCartney).The song was meant to have an American gospel sound. Lennon & McCartney wanted to have a song that would break the American market. Brian Epstein felt it would too and when Epstein flew to New York in November of 1963 he got Brown Meggs (director of eastern operations for Capitol Records) to agree to an American release of this song at position #26. The song was released on January 13th,1964 and on February 1st,1964 when the song at position #26 became the #1 single on the Billboard (US) Singles chart it got labelled as "the song that changed the course of popular music".The song at position #26 spent five (5) weeks in the  #1 position in the UK and Australia,seven (7) weeks at #1 on Billboard (US) Magazine and eight (8) weeks in the #1 position on Cash Box (US) Magazine & in Canada.In the UK this song at position #26 was the #5 song for the entire year of 1963,it was the #2 song for all of 1963 in Australia,the #2 song for all of 1964 in Canada & the #1 song for the entire year of 1964 on both Cash Box and Billboard Magazines in the USA.Radio station WKY from Oklahoma City and radio station WGY from Schenectady,New York both ranked this song as the #1 song for all of 1964. Further WKY ranked the song as the #1 song for the entire decade of the 1960s.In 1976 Billboard (US) Magazine ranked the song at position #26 as the sixth (6th) biggest song for the period between 1955 & 1975. In the year of 2000 Rolling Stone Magazine (US edition) ranked this song as the sixth (6th) best record of all-time rock & roll.The British website www.hart87,freeserve.co.uk/top100.html which was 
ranking the 100 best songs in the UK between 1952-2002 ranked this song as the fourteenth (14th) best song between 1952 and 2002. The album that the song at position #26 was on also had some success.The song at position #26 was from the album "Meet The Beatles". This album was the #5 album for the entire year of 1964 on Billboard Magazine and was ranked by Cash Box (US) Magazine as the #1 album for the entire year of 1964.This album on February 15th,1964 began an eleven (11) week occupation of the #1 position on Billboard Magazine's album chart.

  Born Peter Gene Hernandez in Honolulu,Hawaii on Tuesday,October 8,1985 is the recording act who sings the song at position #23.This song spent six (6) weeks at #1 on the US Billboard beginning the week ending December 22nd,2012.This was the singer?s third number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100.
  The singer of the song at position #23 is the son of Peter Hernandez and Bernadette "Bernie" San Pedro Bayot (born August 14, 1957,in Manila,died June 1, 2013 in Honolulu).His father is of half Puerto Rican and half Ashkenazi Jewish (from Ukraine and Hungary) descent,and is originally from Brooklyn,New York.The singer's mother immigrated to Hawaii from the Philippines as a child,and was of Filipino descent,with distant Spanish ancestry.His parents met while performing in a show,where his mother was a hula dancer and his father played percussion.At the age of two,he was nicknamed "Bruno" by his father,because of his resemblance to legendary professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino.
     The song at position #23 is from this singer's second studio album titled "Unorthodox Jukebox". It was released as the lead single from the album on October 1, 2012. The song was written by the singer of the song,Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine of The Smeezingtons,and produced by Mark Ronson,Jeff Bhasker,
Emile Haynie and The ?Smeezingtons?.The song at position #23 contains influences of new wave,funk and reggae rock.The song's lyrics are about the rapturous feelings brought about by a relationship infused with positive emotion as well as euphoria from sex.
  The song at position #23 was well received by most critics,some of whom complimented his different musical direction,his vocals were praised,being called "smooth" and "sweet," while its sound was lauded,with the song being called "interesting" and a "musical evolution". While some critics noted influences from various bands,mainly The Police,the singer of the song at #23 stated that The Police influenced him to write the song.The single charted inside the top ten in over twenty countries,including Canada where it topped the Canadian Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks. #23 was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of  America (RIAA).
    The song's music video was shot by director Cameron Duddy and by the singer of the song at position #23,in which he is seen amusing with his bandmates by doing things like smoking,drinking beer and playing games.The singer performed this song on television shows such as Saturday Night Live and The X Factor and included it on The Moonshine Jungle Tour and at his Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show set lists.The song won several awards and received three Grammy nominations.The song has been covered by various recording artists, including Leona Lewis and Bastille.
  The song at position #23 also went to #1 in Hungary,Mexico (Airplay),Lebanon,Poland,Slovakia and Venezuela.This song peaked at #2 in the UK,Denmark and Israel.

    The song at position #21 never charted as a single. It got to where it was primarily because of the album it was off of. Certain rock radio stations did rank this song in their all-time countdown. In 1986 rock radio station KRQR from San Francisco ranked the song at position #21 as the third (3rd) biggest rocker of all-time.
In 2000 rock radio Station KICK from Casper,Wyoming ranked the song at position #21 as the third (3rd) biggest rocker of all-time.In 1971 several musicologist  gathered and declared this song as the best arranged song of all-time. The song at position #21 is the last song on side 2 of the album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". On July 1st,1967 this album began a fifteen (15) weeks run at the #1 position on Billboard Magazine's album chart. Of all the Beatles albums this album has spent the most amount of time at #1 on the Billboard (US)album charts. This album was both Cash Box (US) and Billboard (US) Magazine's #1
album for the entire year of 1967.In 1994 the BBC did a poll and ranked this album as the #1 album of all-time. Four (4) years later the BBC ranked the album at #2.In 1991 Radio Station KXRX in Seattle ranked this album as the #1 album of all-time.In 2002 Rolling Stone Magazine ranked this album as the #3 album of all-time.
  The final track on the group's album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,the song at position #21 is credited to Lennon/McCartney,the song comprises distinct segments written independently by John Lennon and Paul McCartney,with orchestral additions.While Lennon's lyrics were inspired by contemporary newspaper articles,McCartney's were reminiscent of his youth.The decisions to link sections of the song with orchestral crescendos and to end the song with a sustained piano chord were made only after the rest of the song had been recorded.
   The supposed drug reference in the line "I'd love to turn you on" resulted in the song initially being banned from broadcast by the BBC.In 2004,Rolling Stone Magazine ranked the song at position #21 at number 26 on the magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
  There is some dispute about the inspiration for the first verse.Many believe that it was written with regard to the death of Tara Browne,the 21-year-old heir to the Guinness fortune and close friend of Lennon and McCartney,who had crashed his Lotus Elan on 18 December 1966 when a Volkswagen pulled out of a side street into his path in Redcliffe Gardens,Earls Court,London.In numerous interviews,Lennon claimed this was the verse's prime inspiration.However,George Martin believes that it is a drug reference (as is the line "I'd love to turn you on" and other passages from the song) and while writing the lyrics Lennon and McCartney were imagining a stoned politician who had stopped at a set of traffic lights.
   The description of the accident in the song at position #21 was not a literal description of Browne's fatal accident.Lennon said, "I didn't copy the accident.Tara didn't blow his mind out,but it was in my mind when I was writing that verse.The details of the accident in the song ? not noticing traffic lights and a crowd forming
at the scene ? were similarly part of the fiction."
   The final verse was inspired by an article in the "Daily Mail" in January 1967 regarding a substantial number of potholes in Blackburn,a town in Lancashire. However, Lennon had a problem with the words of the final verse,not being able to think of how to connect "Now they know how many holes it takes to" and "the Albert 
Hall".His friend Terry Doran suggested that they would "fill" the Albert Hall.
   McCartney provided the fourth verse of the song,a short piano piece he had been working on independently,with lyrics about a commuter whose uneventful morning routine leads him to drift off into a dream.He had written the piece as a wistful recollection of his younger years,which included riding the bus to school,smoking,and going to class.The line "I'd love to turn you on",which concludes both verse sections,was according to Lennon, also contributed by McCartney;Lennon said "I had the bulk of the song and the words,but he contributed this little lick floating around in his head that he couldn't use for anything."

  The recording act at position #18 was born on August 9th,1963 in Newark,New Jersey (died February 11th,2012 in LA). She is the daughter of Cissy Houston and a cousin of Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick.This song at position #18 gets to where it is for its performance on both the singles and albums chart. The song at position #18 spent ten (10) weeks in the #1 position in both Australia & the UK and fourteen (14) weeks at #1 in the USA (Billboard Magazine). Only one song has spent more time at #1 on the Billboard singles chart. Further,the song also spent thirteen (13) weeks at #1 on Cash Box (US) Magazine which is the longest that any song stayed at the #1 position in the entire history of the Cash Box Magazine's single chart. The song at position #18 according to Billboard Magazine (US) and ARIA (Australia) this was the #2 song for the entire year of 1993 and it was the #1 song for the entire year of 1993 on Cash Box (US) Magazine and in the UK.
In addition the British website www.hart87,freeserve.co.uk/top100.html which was ranking the 100 best songs in the UK between 1952-2002 ranked this song as the 36th best song between 1952 and 2002. The song is off the album "THE BODYGUARD" which was the #2 album for the entire year of 1993 in Australia (ARIA) and in the USA (Cash Box and Billboard Magazine) it was the #1 album for the entire year of 1993. Further,Billboard Magazine ranked this album as the #2 album for the entire decade of the 1990s.This album spent twenty (20) weeks in the #1 position on Billboard Magazine. Only eight (8) albums have spent more time at #1 on Billboard Magazine's Album chart.
  The song at position #18 was written by singer-songwriter Dolly Parton in 1973.In 1992,the recording act who sings the song at position #18 recorded the song for the soundtrack to The movie "The Bodyguard",her film debut.The singer of the song at position #18 originally intended to record Jimmy Ruffin's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" as the lead single for the film.However,when it was discovered the song was to be used for "Fried Green Tomatoes",the singer of the song at position #18 then requested a different song and her co-star Kevin Costner brought her Linda Ronstadt's 1975 version of the song at position #18 from her album "Prisoner in Disguise".The singer of the song and producer David Foster re-arranged the song as a soul ballad.Her record company did not feel a song with an a cappella introduction would be as successful;
however,the singer of the song at position #18 and Costner insisted on retaining the a cappella intro.The tenor saxophone solo was played by Kirk Whalum.The singer of the song at position #18's recording is not the only version of the song featured in the movie.In a scene where she dances with Kevin Costner,a version by John Doe can be heard playing on a jukebox.

   The recording act at position #16 originally formed in 1971 in Middlesex and London in the UK around the nucleus of a band called "Smile" which had included Brian May & Roger Taylor.After the band disolved they began a new project,first recruiting vocalist Freddie Mercury (who suggested the name "Queen" for the new group).After nearly (6) six months of auditions,they selected John Deacon as their bass player and began actively to rehearse.So the original line-up of the recording act that sings the song at position #16 was:Freddie Mercury  born Frederick Bulsara on September 5th,1946 in Zanzibar,Tanzania on lead vocals & keyboards,Brian May born on July 19th,1947 in Hampton,Middlesex,England on guitar,Roger Meadows Taylor on July 26th,1949 in Kingslynn,Norfolk,England on drums and John Deacon born on August 19th,1951 in Leicester,England on bass guitar.
   The song at position #16 is a song written by Freddie Mercury and originally recorded by the band at position #16 for their 1975 album "A Night at the Opera".Freddie Mercury wrote most of the song at position #8 at his home in Holland Road,Kensington,in West London.The song's producer,Roy Thomas Baker,related how Mercury once played the opening ballad section on the piano for him:"He played the beginning on the piano,then stopped and said,'And this is where the opera section comes in!' Then we went out to eat dinner." Guitarist Brian May says the band thought that Mercury's blueprint for the song was "intriguing and original,and worthy of work."Much of the group's material was written in the studio according to May,but this song "was all in Freddie's mind" before they started.Music scholar Sheila Whiteley suggests that "the title draws strongly on contemporary rock ideology,the individualism of the bohemian artists' world,with rhapsody affirming the romantic ideals of art rock."Commenting on bohemianism,Judith Peraino said that "Mercury intended... (this song) to be a 'mock opera,'something outside the norm of rock songs,and it does follow a certain operatic logic: choruses of multi-tracked voices alternate with arialike solos,the emotions are excessive,the plot confusing."
   Recording began at Rockfield Studio 1 near Monmouth on 24 August 1975,after a 3-week rehearsal in Herefordshire.During the making of the track,an additional four studios:Roundhouse, SARM (East),Scorpion, and Wessex?were used.[9] According to some band members,Mercury mentally prepared the song beforehand and directed the band throughout. Mercury used a Bechstein "concert grand" piano, which he played in the promotional video and the UK tour.Due to the elaborate nature of the song,it was recorded in various different sections,held together merely by a drum click to keep it in time.May,Mercury, and Taylor sang their vocal parts continually for ten to twelve hours a day.The entire piece took three weeks to record,and in places featured 180 separate overdubs.Since the studios of the time only offered 24-track 
analogue tape,it was necessary for the three to overdub themselves many times and "bounce" these down to successive sub-mixes.In the end, eighth-generation tapes were used.The various sections of tape containing the desired submixes had to be spliced (cut with razor blades and assembled in the correct sequence using adhesive tape).May recalled placing a tape in front of the light and being able to see through it,as they had been recording so intensely.
    The song is in the style of a rock opera,and has a very unusual musical structure for a piece of popular music. Its six different sections have no chorus but both a cappella and heavy metal arrangements. Despite this, it was released as a single and became a huge commercial success.In addition,the song is widely hailed as the quartet at the #16 position's magnum opus,and it marked a decisive point in the band's career and setting the quartet on the way to become one of the world's most popular music groups.The single was accompanied by what is generally cited as a groundbreaking music video (in 1975 termed as a "promotional video") which helped establish the visual language of the modern music video. The song was included in all of the group that sings the song at position #16's subsequent live concert performances and still enjoys great popularity around the world.
  The song at position #16 was recorded over three (3) weeks by the band and producer Roy Thomas Baker. Recording began at Rockfield Studio 1 near Monmouth in the UK on August 24, 1975, after a 3-week rehearsal period in Herefordshire.During the making of the track, a further four studios-Roundhouse, SARM (East),Scorpion, 
and Wessex -were used.According to some band members, Mercury had worked out the entire song in his head and directed the band through the song.
   Brian May, Mercury and Roger Taylor sang their vocal parts continually for ten to twelve hours a day, resulting in 200 separate overdubs.Since the studios of the time only offered 24-track analogue tape, it was necessary for May, Mercury and Taylor to overdub themselves many times,and "bounce" these down to successive sub 
mixes. In the end, eighth generation tapes were being used.The tapes had passed over the recording heads so many times the normally opaque tapes could be seen through, as the oxide layer was beginning to wear off.The various sections of tape containing the desired sub mixes would have to be cut with razor blades and reassembled together in the correct sequence using adhesive tape, a process known as splicing.
    A backing track of the grand piano (Mercury), bass guitar (John Deacon) and drums (Taylor) was recorded first. The band used many instruments to produce the song, including a Fender Precision Electric Bass, May's Red Special electric guitar, Ludwig Drums, timpani and a Paiste Gong. Mercury used a Bechstein "Concert" 
Grand Piano, the same he'd later play in both the promotional video and the UK Tour. When it was finished it was the most expensive single ever made and remains one of the most elaborate recordings in music history.
    When Mercury wanted to release the single in 1975, it had been suggested to him that, at 5 minutes and 55 seconds, it was far too long and would thus never be a hit. But Mercury gave a copy of the single to friend and London DJ Kenny Everett, informing him (with a wink and a nod) that it was for him personally, and that he 
must never play it on air. Mercury's plan worked, as Everett did just the opposite, teasing his listeners by playing bits and pieces of the song throughout his show. 
    Ultimately, Everett would go on to play the song as many as fourteen times in a single day.From then on, every major radio station played the song in full. The track proved popular and was released with "I'm in Love with My Car" as the B-side.
   From the time the song at position #16 was released to the public, there has been speculation regarding the meaning behind the song's lyrics. One common misconception is that the song is a first-person account of an AIDS victim, even though it was written more than a decade before Freddie Mercury contracted HIV,
and seven years before HIV was even recognized as a virus.Some believe the lyrics are about a suicidal murderer hunted by demons,or depict the events just preceding an execution, pointing to Albert Camus's novel "The Stranger" as a probable source of inspiration. Some even believe the lyrics were only written to fit with the music, and have no meaning at all. As evidence, Kenny Everett quoted Mercury as claiming the lyrics were simply "random rhyming nonsense."
    Mercury was famously evasive when asked about the song's meaning. Unlike the other members of the group at position #16, who often talked about the inspiration behind the songs they had written,Mercury disliked analysing his own material,and preferred listeners to construct their own personal
interpretations.What is known is that the song had an especially personal connection for Mercury,which was confirmed by the band's other members. Following the single's release, Mercury was quoted as 
saying:" It's one of those songs which has such a fantasy feel about it.I think people should just listen to it,think about it, and then make up their own minds as to what it says to them...
'Bohemian Rhapsody' didn't just come out of thin air. I did a bit of research although it was tongue-in-cheek and mock opera. Why not?" 
      However when the band released a Greatest Hits cassette in Iran a leaflet in farsi was included with translation and explanations of the lyrics. There the recording act at position #16 states that the song at position #16 is about a young man who has accidentally killed someone and,like Faust,sold his soul to the devil.On the night before his execution he calls for God in Arabic,"Bismillah", and with the help of angels regains his soul from Shaitan.
   The song is composed of six distinct sections - introduction, ballad, guitar solo, opera, rock and an outro. This format, replete with abrupt changes in style, tone, and tempo, was unusual to rock music at the time. An embryonic version of this style was done by the quartet at #16 themselves in "My Fairy King". That song, 
along with "Liar" and "March of the Black Queen" were also written by Mercury and are noted for their musical similarities to "Bohemian Rhapsody."
   In the introduction (0:00-0:48) the song begins with close four-part harmony a cappella introduction in "B-flat", which is entirely multi track recordings of Mercury. The lyrics question whether life is "real" or "just fantasy" before concluding that there can be "no escape from reality." After 15 seconds, the grand piano 
enters, and Mercury's solo voice alternates with the chorus. The narrator introduces himself as "just a poor boy" but declares that he "need(s) no sympathy" because nothing matters: chromatic side-slipping on "easy come, easy go" highlight the dream-like atmosphere. The end of this section is marked by the bass entrance and the familiar cross-handed piano vamp in "B-flat".
  In the ballad section(0:48-2:36) the grand piano continues the 2-bar vamp in B-flat. Deacon's bass guitar enters playing the first note, and the vocals change from harmony to an impassioned solo performance by Mercury. The narrator explains to his mother that he has "just killed a man," and with that act thrown his life away.The chromatic bass line brings about a modulation to E-flat. Here Taylor's drums enter (1:19), and the narrator makes the second of several invocations to his "mama"  in the new key, reusing the original theme. The narrator explains his regret over "making you cry" and urging mama to "carry on" "as if nothing really matters." A truncated phrase connects to a repeat of the vamp in B-flat. As the ballad proceeds into its second verse,the narrator shows how tired and beat down he is by his actions (as May enters on guitar and mimics the upper range of the piano 1:50). May sends "shivers down my spine" by scratching the strings on the
other side of the bridge. The narrator bids the world goodbye and prepares to "face the truth" admitting "I don't want to die / I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all." Another chromatic bass descent brings a modulation to the key of "A", and the "Opera" section.  In the guitar solo section (2:36-3:02),as Mercury sings the rising line "I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all," the band builds in intensity, leading up to 
a guitar solo by May that serves as the bridge from ballad to opera. May's solo continues to build intensity, but,once the bass line completes its descent establishing the new key, the entire band cuts out abruptly at 3:02 except for quiet "A" Major quaver chords on the piano: the "opera" has begun. In live 
performances,the stage would go dark and all the members of the band would walk offstage and allow the entire opera section to play from the recording, as it was impossible for them to perform it live,due to the extensive overdubbing.
   According to Roy Thomas Baker in the opera section (3:02-4:07)" Every time Freddie came up with another 'Galileo', I would add another piece of tape to the reel... That section alone took about three weeks to record, which in 1975 was the average time spent on a whole album. " 
  A rapid series of rhythmic and harmonic changes (E-flat major to F minor to A major, among others) introduces a pseudo-operatic midsection, which contains the bulk of the elaborate vocal multi-tracking, depicting the narrator's "descent into hell". While the underlying pulse of the song is maintained, the dynamics vary greatly from bar to bar, from only Mercury's voice accompanied by a piano, to a multi-voice choir supported by drums, bass, piano and a timpani.
      The choir effect was created by having May, Mercury, and Taylor sing their vocal parts continually for ten to twelve hours a day, resulting in 180 separate overdubs. According to Roger Taylor, the voices of May, Mercury and himself combined created a wide vocal range: "Brian could get down quite low, Freddie had an 
incredibly powerful voice through the middle, and I was good at the high stuff." This was useful as the band wanted to create "a wall of sound, that start down and go all the way up".
      The band used the bell effect for lyrics "Magnifico" and "Let me go". Also, on "Let him go",Taylor singing the top section carries his note on further after the rest of the "choir" have stopped singing. Lyrical references in this passage include Scaramouche, the fandango, Galileo,Figaro and "Bismillah," as rival factions 
fight over the narrator's soul. The introduction is recalled with the chromatic inflection on "I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me." The section concludes with a full choral treatment of the lyric "Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me!", on a block B-flat major chord.
     Roger Taylor famously tops the last note with a Bb6, or B-flat in the sixth octave, a note in the soprano range. Taylor used falsetto to reach the note, a common practice for countertenors.
    The operatic section leads into an aggressive heavy metal musical interlude with a guitar riff that was written by Mercury. During group sing alongs (including a famous scene in the film Wayne's World),it is traditional to "headbang" during this passage. At 4:14, a double-tracked Mercury sings angry lyrics addressed to an unspecified "you," accusing him/her of betrayal and abuse and insisting "can't do this to me, baby." Three ascending guitar runs follow, which May described as something he had to "battle with" when performing the song live. Mercury then plays a similar run on the piano.
    In the outro section (4:55-5:55) after Mercury plays ascending octaves of notes from the "B" flat mixolydian scale, the song then returns to the tempo and form of the introduction. A guitar accompanies the chorus "ooh, oh yeah, oh yeah". The guitar is played through an amplifier designed by John Deacon, affectionately 
nicknamed the "Deacy Amp". Mercury's line "Nothing really matters..." appears again. The final line, "Any way the wind blows," is followed by the quiet sound of a gong.
  The promotional video for the song at position #16 is often cited as being the first music video.Though some artists,including this group(for example, Killer Queen already had a music video),had made video clips to accompany their songs,it wasn't until after the success of the song at position #16 video that it became regular practice for record companies to produce promo videos for their artists' single releases.These videos could then be shown on television shows such as the BBC's Top of The Pops,without the need for the artist to appear in person.A promo video also allowed the artist to have their music broadcast and accompanied by 
their own choice of visuals,rather than dancers such as Pan's People performing a routine to the song.This video has been widely hailed as the first true pop promo,launching the MTV age.
    The video for the single was directed by Bruce Gowers, using ideas from the band members. It was created to allow the band to be on tour and appear "live" on the BBC's Top of the Pops. The piano used by Freddie Mercury in the video was also used by Paul McCartney to record "Hey Jude".Shot in just over four hours on the band's rehearsal stage, it cost ?4500 to produce,using an outside broadcast truck owned by one of the band's managers. All the special effects were done during the recording. The effect of the face zooming away was accomplished by simply pointing the camera at a monitor, thus giving visual feedback, a visual glare, analogous to audio feedback. In the original version of the video an apparent editing glitch led to the piano part being briefly double-tracked out of sync with itself, but this was corrected in later releases.
  The record at position #16 ranks this high primarily due to it's two (2)appearances on the singles chart. In the USA this song was ranked by Billboard Magazine as the #18 song for the entire year of 1976. Then in 1992 the song reached the #2 postion on the Billboard singles chart. Up in the great white north (Canada) in 1976 the song went to #1 for two (2) weeks. The eigth (8th) biggest song of all-time also went to #1 for two (2) weeks in Australia, then in 1992 it reached #2 in Australia.The song was the sixth (6th) biggest song for the entire year of 1976 in Australia.But this song had it's biggest success in the UK. Like "The Twist" at 
position #14 was the best song when it came to chart performance in the USA,well the song at position #16 is the best song when it comes to chart action in the UK. 
    The record at position #16 is the only single to have been a UK Christmas Number 1 twice (in a single recording),first in 1975/1976,and then in 1991/1992 (as a double-A single with "These Are the Days of Our Lives") following the death of Mercury.On November 29th,1975 the song at position #8 began a nine (9) week occupation of the #1 position.Then the song returned for another five (5) week visit to the #1 position on December 21st,1991. Only two songs in the rock era (the song at position #6 and the song at position #56) have spent more time in the #1 position in the UK.However,this song at position #8 was the #1 song for the entire year of 1975 in the UK and the #6 song for the entire year of 1992 in the UK.It is also the only UK single ever to sell a million copies on two separate occasions and is placed third in the official list of the best-selling singles in the UK.In 1977, only two years after its release, The record at position #8 was named 'The Best Single Of The Last 25 Years' by BPI. The British website www.hart87,freeserve.co.uk/top100.html which was ranking the 100 best songs in the UK between 1952-2002 ranked this song as the 3rd best song between 1952 and 2002. In November of 1999 I was in London and I was watching the BBC and an entertainment program declared the song at position #8 as the #1 song for the entire millenium.The song at position #8 also went to #1 in Belgium,Netherlands,New Zealand and Ireland.  
   The song consistently ranks highly in media reader polls of "the best singles of all-time".In 2002, it came first in the Guinness Hit Singles poll of the greatest  UK singles of all-time, as well as 10th in a BBC World Service poll to find the world's favorite song. In 2000 it came second to "Imagine" by John Lennon in a 
Channel 4 television poll of The 100 Best Number 1s in the UK. It has been in the top 5 of the Dutch annual "Top 100 Aller Tijden" ("All-Time Top 100 Singles") since 1977, reaching #1 eight times.In the annual "Top 2000" (maintained since 1999) it has, until 2005, been #1 every year. In 2005, it went down one place to #2, 
only to reclaim #1 in 2006 again.For popularity comparison: the 2005 edition of the top 2000 was listened to by more than 60% of the total Dutch populace.
  The song enjoyed renewed popularity in 1992 as part of the soundtrack to the film Wayne's World.In connection with this, a new video was released, inter cutting excerpts from the film with footage from the original Queen video, along with some live footage of the band.
  On the Made in Heaven video documentary "Champions of the World", Mike Myers talked about his horror at finding out that the record company had mixed clips from Wayne's World with Queen's original video, and his fear that this would upset the band. Myers himself said "they've just whizzed on a Picasso". As a result, he asked the record company to tell Queen that the video was not his idea, and that he apologised to them. He then said that, later, Queen sent a reply simply saying "Thank you for using our song", which shocked Myers, who said it should be more like him telling Queen "Thank you for even letting me touch the hem of your garments!"
  The final scene of the video was notable, where a pose of the band from the video from the original song at position #16?s clip "morphs" into an identically-posed 1985 photo, first featured in the "One Vision" video. This re-release (with The Show Must Go On as a double-A side) hit #2 in the US in 1992, sixteen years after the original 1976 US release.
  In 2004 the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
  As of 2004, the song at position #16" is the second most played song on British radio, after Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale".
In 2004 the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
  As of 2004, the song at position #16 is the second most played song on British radio, after Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale".
  At first the quartet avoided the club circuit,preferring to play at colleges,often only for invited guests at venues such as the College of Estate Management Hall.Eventually they moved into the Marquee Club.They struggled for two years until producers Roy Thomas Baker and John Anthony,who heard a demo tape,decided they wanted to work with the quartet.Audition tapes were brought to many record companies,but it was EMI that finally signed a contract with the band.Chosen "Melody Makers" band of the year in a 1974 poll,the quartet hit big in the UK with their first single "Seven Seas of Rhye",but didn't chart in the USA until the release of their 
second 45, "Killer Queen" which reached #12 in May of 1975.

    The recording act at Position #14 was born Ernest Evans on October 3rd,1941 in Andrews,South Carolina but he was raised in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania. One time he was a chicken plucker.But Ernest got started with his entertainment career by doing impersonations of famous singers.
  The phenomenon of "The Twist" started in 1958 with a Detroit group known as "Hank Ballard & The Midnighters".They were best known for an R&B hit that was banned by many radio stations in the early 50s titled "Work With Me Annie". The groups first pop hit was "Teardrops On Your Letter". The flipside of that single was a song 
Ballard had written after seeing some teenagers do a new dance in Florida known as "The Twist".The melody to "The Twist" is the same melody as that of the 1955 
R&B hit by the Drifters titled "What'Cha Gonna Do.
  The DJs played the "A" side and "The Twist went mostly unnoticed,until the dance spread across the USA.When it became the hottest dance on Dick Clark's American Bandstand,Clark suggested that Danny & The Juniors record a cover version.When they didn't come up with anything,Clark called some friends at Philadelphia's most successful record company "Cameo-Parkway", and made a suggestion of who should record the song.
  It had been December of 1958 when Dick Clark and his then-wife Bobbie went to Cameo records to find someone to record an audio "Christmas card" they would send to their friends.Cameo had a new artist named Ernest Evans,who impressed Dick Clark with his ability to impersonate other singers,especially Fats Domino.Ernest recorded a song called "The Class" which Dick used for his Christmas card.Evans had been nicknamed "Chubby" by a friend who came into the produce market where he used to work,and Bobbie Clark added the last name "Checker" as a take-off of "Fats Domino".
  "The Class" was such a hit with Clark's friends,that Cameo-Parkway released it as a commercial single in the spring of 1959.The novelty was the singer who has the song at position #14's first Hot 100 entry,peaking at number 38.
  So Ernest was recruited to record a new version of "The Twist".It took him 35 minutes to do three (3) takes, backed by a vocal group known as the Dreamlovers.He then made several appearances on "American Bandstand" giving "Twist" lessons and promoting his single.On August 1st,1960 "The Twist" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 49.
   Hank Ballard was floating in a pool in Miami,Florida the first time he heard Ernest Evan's song on the radio. It was so carefully copied note for note from the original version that Hank Ballard thought he was listening to himself on the radio.While many people thought Ballard was cheated out of a hit record by the cover 
version,he has since expressed his gratitude to the artist who sings the song at position #14 and Dick Clark-as the writer of the song.Ballard's royalties over the years have amounted to a nice sum.
  Society columnist "Cholly Knickerbocker" mentioned that Prince Serge Obolensky was seen dancing the twist at Manhattan's Peppermint Lounge and suddenly it was a worldwide sensation,drawing the elite to discotheques to twist the night away.
   Because of the dance's new found acceptance Ernest Evans was invited to sing "The Twist" on the "Ed Sullivan Show" on October 22nd,1961,prompting a re-release of the single.A full page ad in Billboard Magazine said it all:"The Twist" dance rage explodes into the adult world! This time around it was the adults buying the single and they bought enough copies to return it to the Billboard Hot 100 on November 13th,1961 and send it all the way to #1 on January 13th,1962.
   The song at position #14 charted two times in the UK. It was the 87th biggest song for the entire year of 1962 in the UK and the 24th biggest song for the entire year of 1975 in the UK.The song also charted in both 1960 &1962 in Australia.
     Along with "The Twist" being the most successful single of all-time on Billboard Magazine (US) it was also the most successful single of all-time on Cash Box Magazine (USA).Also according to radio station CHUM from Toronto,Canada the song at position #14 is the most successful charting single in CHUM singles chart history.  In Canada the song at position #14 was the #1 song for the entire year of 1962. 
   In terms of chart performance on Billboard Magazine's singles Chart the song at position #14 is the most successful single of all-time.It is the only record to go to #1 in two (2) separate chart runs-first in September of 1960,for one week,and again in January of 1962 when it was number one for two (2) weeks.It was on the 
Billboard singles chart for a cumulative total of 38 weeks. 

   Between 1962 and 1998 at least one British recording act each year reached the #1 position in the USA on either Cash Box or Billboard Magazine. As a matter of  fact in the year of 1965 thirteen (13) of the 26 songs that reached the #1 position on Billboard Magazine's singles charts were British recording acts. 
Then for over eight (8) years  between January 17th,1998 and March 11th,2006 not one British recording act occupied the #1 position on the singles chart of Billboard Magazine.On March 11th,2006 a man who was born James Blount on February 22nd,1977 in Tideworth,Hampshire,England reached #1 on Billboard Magazine's singles chart with the song at position #13 on the Top 5000.The song at position #13 spent five (5) weeks at #1 in both the UK & Canada. In the UK this song was the #1 song for the entire year of 2005 and the #1 song for the entire year of 2006 in Canada.Oz net ranked the song at position #13 as the #2 song for the entire year of 2005.And Billboard Magazine ranked the song as the fourth (4th) best song for the entire year of 2006. Not only was the single successful but the album this song came off of was very successful. The album was titled "Back To Bedlam".In both Australia and the United Kingdom "Back To Bedlam" was the #1 album for the entire year of 2005.For the entire year of 2006 this album was the #1 album in Canada and the #5 album in the USA (Billboard Magazine). This album spent eight (8) weeks in the 
#1 position in Canada.

  The song at position #12 by this "blue-eyed soul" duo gets to where it is because of two appearances of this song on the singles chart. The song first charted in the summer of 1965.Then twenty-five years later in 1990 this song appeared in a movie titled "Ghosts" (which starred Patrick Swayze,Demi Moore & Whoopi Goldberg) and the song was re-released. In the USA the song peaked at #4 the first time in 1965 on the Billboard singles chart and then peaked at #13 in 1990.In Canada the song spent two (2) weeks in the #1 position on radio station CHUM from Toronto in 1965 and then peaked at #5 on the Canadian singles charts in 1990.In Australia the song peaked at #3 on the Australian singles charts in 1965 and then spent six (6) weeks in the #1 position in 1990.In the UK the song peaked at #14 on the UK singles chart in 1965 and then spent four (4) weeks in the #1 position in 1990. In 1965 the song at position #12 was the fifth (5th) biggest song for that entire year on radio station CHUM from Toronto,Ontario,Canada.Further, this song was the #1 song for the entire year of 1990 in both Australia (ARIA) and the UK.In 1999 Radio Station MIX 94 from Perth,Australia ranked the song at position #12 as the second (2nd) biggest record of all-time.
  The song at position #12 originally became popular in 1955 with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret.In 1955,North used the music as a theme for the obscure  prison film "Unchained",hence the name.Todd Duncan sang the vocals for the film soundtrack. 

    A typical record industry executive picking up the July 9th,1955 issue of Billboard Magazine might have taken notice of the new number one single on the "Best Sellers In Store Chart" and then moved on to more pressing news stories of the day. Then it would have been difficult to imagine that the song at #10 of 
all-time created a dividing line between all that came before and all that was to follow.Many musicologists consider the song at position #10 as the song that began rock & roll.
  The recording act at position #10 is not credited with inventing the term "rock & roll". That credit goes to disc jockey "Alan Freed" who coined the term from the 1947 R&B hit "We're Gonna Rock,We're Gonna Roll" by Bill Moore. What the artist at position #10 did was bring rock & roll to the consciousness of the world.The lead 
singer of this sextet did not reach the stratospheric heights of Elvis Presley (probably because at the time the big recording industry were looking for someone younger to push rock & roll)but he will always be known as the "father of Rock & Roll"
  The lead singer of this sextet at #10 was born William John Clifton Haley Jr. In Highland Park,Michigan on July 6th,1925. His father was a textile worker,played the banjo and his mother was a piano teacher who sometimes played organ in a neighborhood Baptist church.When he was seven,the family moved to Wilmington,Delaware,and soon after he was playing his own home made cardboard guitar.
  Answering an ad in Billboard Magazine the lead singer of the sextet at position #10 was hired as a yodeller for the Downhomers.He left the group to become a disc jockey at WSNJ in Bridgeport,New Jersey.In 1948 he moved to WPWA in Chester,Pennsylvania,where he formed a singing group,the 4 Aces of Western Swing.He disbanded them in 1949 and started the Saddlemen. In 1952 they recorded "Rock This Joint" a song which blended a country sound with rhythm and blues. The Saddlemen became the Comets. The Comets consisted of Billy Williamson (guitar),Joey D'Ambrosio (sax),Johnny Grande (piano),Marshall Lytle (bass) and Billy Gussak (drums). In 1953 their first hit "Crazy Man,Crazy" went to #15 on Billboard and is considered by some to be the first rock & roll record to ever make the chart.
   In 1954 the lead singer of the sextet at position #10 and Jimmy Myers (a New York publisher) went to see Milt Gabler at Decca Records. Gabler singned the lead singer of the sextet at position #10 and his Comets immediately and on April 12th,1954 they went into the studio to record two tracks: "Thirteen Women" and the song in the #10 position on the Top 5000.
   The song at position #10 is a 12-bar-blues-based song written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers (the latter under the pseudonym "Jimmy De Knight") in 1952.Myers offered the song to Sonny Dae & His Knights,a novelty all-white musical group led by Italian-American Paschal Vennitti.The group's subsequent recording, on the Arcade Records label (owned by the lead singer of this sextet at position #10's manager,Jack Howard),was a regional success,although it sounded very different from what The recording act of the song at position #10 would later record.In 1954 the song was only mildly successful. It was the recording act at position #10's cover version of Joe Turner's "Shake,Rattle & Roll" that hit the top 10 and made the recording act at position #10 stars. Two more top 20 hits followed "Dim Dim The Lights" and "Mambo Rock".
  In 1955 Jimmy Myers had not given up on the song at position #10. To promote the song,he sent copies to everyone he could think of in Hollywood. In the Northern Hemisphere spring of 1955 MGM released a movie titled "The Blackboard Jungle" which starred Glenn Ford & Sidney Potier. In the movie Glenn Ford plays a high school teacher who is confronted by violent students. The song heard during the opening and closing credits was the song at position #10.Many versions of the story behind how the song at position #10 was chosen for Blackboard Jungle circulated over the years.Recent research,however,reveals that the song was chosen from the collection of young Peter Ford,the son of "Blackboard Jungle" star Glenn Ford and dancer Eleanor Powell.The producers were looking for a song to represent the type of music the youth of 1955 was listening to,and the elder Ford borrowed several records from his son's collection,one of which was the song at position #10 and this was the song chosen.
   This song created a sensation.There were riots in theaters.Clare Booth Luce denounced the film as degenerate,causing it to be pulled from the Venice Film festival.The song was re-released and went straight to #1 and rock & roll had begun.
   During the 1970s the lead singer of the recording act at position #10 shortened his performances of the song at position #10,dropping one verse and the second instrumental break from most performances.
However,his last known recorded performance of the song,at a November 1979 command performance for Queen Elizabeth II was a complete version.Following the lead singer of the recording act at position #10's death in February 1981,a number of major tributes involving the song at position #10 occurred.That fall,a TV special marking the 30th anniversary of American Bandstand saw an all-star "supergroup" perform the song (accompanied by 1950s-era footage of the recording act at position #10).In 1982,the lead singer of the recording act at position #10's original recording was given the Grammy Hall of Fame Award.An excerpt from the recording was included in the lead singer of the recording act at position #10's Golden Medley",a hastily-compiled single in the "Stars on 45" mould which made the UK record charts in 1982,reaching number 50.In 1989,the lead singer of the recording act at position #10's original Decca recording was incorporated into the "dance mix" single "Swing The Mood",credited to Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers, but legal considerations forced the album version to substitute a patchwork of re-recordings from the 1950s and 1960s (in the lead singer of the recording act at position #10's case,a 1968 version of the song at position #10 recorded for Sonet Records). Since "Swing the Mood" was still on the sales charts going into 1990,this means that the song at position #10, in one way or another,appeared on UK or US sales charts in five consecutive decades.
    The song at position #10 is often cited as the biggest-selling vinyl rock and roll single of all time. The exact number of copies sold has never been audited;however, a figure of at least 25 million was cited by the Guinness Book of World Records in its category "Phonograph records: Biggest Sellers" from the early
1970s until the 1990s, when the advent of compact discs led to Guinness discontinuing the category. Guinness consistently listed the song at position #10 as having the highest claim of any pop music recording,coming second in sales only to Bing Crosby's 1942 recording of "White Christmas",which was also listed as having sold 25 million copies with a further estimated 100 million copies sold in other versions.
Sales figures as high as 35 to 40 million have been cited in various reference books and by media,as have lower numbers in the 15-22 million range,whilst a "more than 30 million copies" figure was quoted by Star, as early as 1983,on back cover page of Swenson's book. A frequently used piece of promotion regarding the song is that it is said to be playing somewhere in the world every minute of the day.
    The United States House of Representatives also recognized the 40th anniversary of the composing of the song at position #10 with a special statement by 
Rep. Robert A. Borski of Pennsylvania,which was read into the Congressional Record on March 31, 1993.
   The song at position #10 spent eight (8) weeks in the #1 position on Billboard Magazine.The record was also no.1 for seven weeks on the Cashbox pop singles chart in 1955. The song made five (5) appearances on the singles chart in the UK.In the UK the song at position #10 reached number 17 on the pop charts in January 1955,four months before it first entered the US pop charts.(Coincidentally,it reached the same position as was reached by the Beatles' first single,"Love Me Do", in 1962).The song re-entered the UK charts to reach number one to begin a three week run on November 25th,1955.Then after a three-week break returned there for a further three weeks in January 1956.It re-entered the charts again in September 1956,reaching number 5. The song was re-issued in 1968,when it made number 20,and again in 1974,when it reached number 12. According to Cash Box (US) Magazine the song at position #10 was the #1 song for the entire year of 1955.
   The British website www.hart87,freeserve.co.uk/top100.html which was ranking the 100 best songs in the UK between 1952-2002 ranked this song as the 31st best song between 1952 and 2002. In another poll by another British periodical in 1994 ranked this song as the #1 song of all-time.Radio station WCBS-FM from New York City ranked this song as the #4 song for the millennium.In 1981 radio station WKY from Oklahoma City,Oklahoma ranked the song at position #10 as the #1 song for all-time.

         The song at position #9 is not at that position for the song's performance on the singles chart but for the album the song is off of's performance on the album charts.
         The recording act at position #9 was born Alanis Nadine Morissette on June 1st, 1974 in Ottawa,Ontario,Canada.She is a Canadian and a naturalized US citizen.
      The recording act at position #5 was born to a French-Canadian father named Alan and Hungarian mother named Georgia.Alanis has a twin brother Wade,and an older brother, Chad. 
    In 1986, Alanis had her first stint as an actress: five episodes of the children's television show "You Can't Do That on Television". Using money she saved from that role, she released an independent single "Fate Stay with Me" with a B-side, "Find the Right Man". She appeared onstage with the Orpheus Musical Theatre Society in 1985 and 1988.During her high school years, Morissette attended Glebe Collegiate Institute in Ottawa.
    At a New York City audition, Morissette landed a spot on Star Search, a popular American talent competition on which she used her stage name, Alanis Nadine.Morissette flew to Los Angeles to appear on the show, but lost after one round.
   In 1990, Alanis signed with MCA Records Canada and was an opening act on the Canadian leg of rapper Vanilla Ice's tour. Leslie Howe produced her full-length debut album, Alanis, which was released in 1991. At the time, Morissette dropped her stage name and was credited simply as "Alanis". The dance-pop album, which was only released in Canada, went double platinum, and its first single, "Too Hot", reached the top twenty on the Canadian RPM singles chart. Subsequent singles "Walk Away" and "Feel Your Love" reached the top forty and were played frequently on CHR radio stations.
    During the ages fourteen to eighteen,Alanis suffered from anorexia and bulimia nervosa,catalysed by "hardcore" professional pressure and managerial demands from her work towards making her first album. She recalled returning to the studio to re-record some vocals, only to be told "I actually wanted to talk to you about your weight. You can't be successful if you're fat." She lived on a diet of carrots, black coffee, and Melba toast, and her weight fluctuated by fifteen to twenty pounds.She subsequently began therapy, which she called "a long process to un-program. I try to remember, whatever my body is, it's perfect the way it is."
        In 1992,Morissette was nominated for three (3) Juno Awards: "Single of the Year", "Best Dance Recording" (for "Too Hot"), and "Most Promising Vocalist (Female)" (which she won). In the same year, she released her second album named "Now Is the Time"; it featured the top forty single "An Emotion Away", and attempted to move slightly away from her first album's dance-pop sound."Now Is the Time" sold less than half the number of copies of her first album, and, with her two-album deal with MCA Canada complete, she was left without a major label contract.
     During this period, Morissette dated Dave Coulier of television's "Full House" fame.In 1993,she appeared in the film "Just One of the Girls" starring Corey Haim.
     In 1993, Alanis moved from Ottawa to Toronto. Living alone for the first time in her life, she met with a bevy of songwriters, but the results frustrated her.A visit to Nashville a few months later also proved fruitless. Morissette began making trips to Los Angeles and working with as many musicians as possible,in the 
hopes of meeting a collaborator. During this time, she met producer and songwriter Glen Ballard.
     According to Ballard,the connection was "instant", and within thirty minutes of meeting each other they had begun experimenting with different sounds in Ballard's home studio. Ballard and Morissette penned their first song together, called "The Bottom Line". The turning point in their sessions was the song "Perfect", 
written and recorded in twenty minutes. Morissette improvised the lyrics on the spot, while Ballard played guitar. The version that appeared on "Jagged Little Pill",Morissette's next album, was the only take the pair recorded. Ballard and Morissette recorded the songs on "Jagged Little Pill" literally as they wrote the tunes. 
According to Alanis, Ballard was the first collaborator who encouraged her to express her emotions. By the spring of 1995, Alanis had signed a deal with Maverick Records.
   As she later revealed,during her stay in L.A.,a thief confronted and robbed her on a deserted street,although he did not take the writing and brainstorming notes in her purse;they were the scribblings that soon made up "Jagged Little Pill".Alanis subsequently developed an intense and general angst,which manifested in 
random daily panic attacks,including on planes. She checked herself into a hospital and attended psychotherapy sessions,but with no improvement. She focused all her inner problems on the soul-baring lyrics of the album for her own health. According to Morissette,Ballard was the first collaborator who encouraged her to express her emotions.
   Maverick Records released Morissette's first international album, "Jagged Little Pill", in 1995.Scott Welsh, Morissette's manager and long-time friend, and executives at Maverick expected the album to sell at very best around 250,000 copies.The album debuted at number 118 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart, but the 
situation changed quickly when a Los Angeles DJ from an influential radio station began playing "You Oughta Know", the album's first single.The song instantly garnered attention and a subsequent music video went into heavy rotation on MTV and Much Music (Canada). "Flea" of the Red Hot Chili Peppers plays bass on the track,
along with then-bandmate Dave Navarro on guitar.
   "You Oughta Know" is a Grammy-winning song written by both Alanis and Glen Ballard, and was produced by Ballard.The song,the lyrics of which describe Morissette's fouled relationship with an unnamed lover,introduced her harsh,angst-ridden lyrics to the public.   The music video to "You Oughta Know" was directed by Nick Egan and features a dimly lit Morissette hitchhiking across a desert.Morissette has reimagined the song numerous times,most recently on her 2005 album "Jagged Little Pill Acoustic", which featured mellowed vocals and chord progressions; the lyrics, however, were not softened.This is widely considered Morissette's most recognizable song.
   A common rumor about "You Oughta Know" is that it was written about Morissette's one-time boyfriend Dave Coulier of the television sitcom "Full House". According to ABC (USA)News,"Alanis revealed that her angst-ridden hit "You Oughta Know" was about her relationship with Coulier." The Urban Legends Reference Pages have not endorsed this rumour as true,and in fact there are other celebrities who have been rumoured to be the lover in the song,including:Bob Saget,Coulier's co-star on "Full House"(appearing on the Opie & Anthony show on radio station WNEW from New York City on June 28, 2006, Saget denied ever having a relationship with Morissette and tended to agree with speculation that the song was about Coulier).Hockey player Doug Gilmour of the Toronto Maple Leafs is another possibility. When Keith Olbermann used to work for the ESPN program SportsCenter,he would say during Toronto highlights relating to Gilmour, "Here's this for Alanis's pain." Another possibility is hockey player Mike Peluso of the New Jersey Devils,actor Matt LeBlanc, who appeared in the video for Morissette's single "Walk Away" (1991) and musician Leslie Howe, the producer of Morissette's first two albums in the early 1990s.In 1997 the Boston Herald reported that Coulier "admitted the lines are very close to home". Especially the one about "an older version of me" and bugging him in "the middle of dinner". He said she used to do that all the time."
  The topic of the song is discussed in an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm". Morissette told star Larry David who the song is about (then David to a disappointed friend),but the audience never hears who Morissette said the song was about.In one of the "Jay and Silent Bob" promos created for MTV, Jay told Silent Bob that he was the boyfriend that inspired the song. Jay told the story of the break up, and after he finished "Silent Bob" wiped a tear from his eye while Jay laughed at him 
confessing to have been lying the whole time.Alanis appeared with the two as "God," in the 1999 film Dogma.
    On an AL-TV special "Weird Al" Yankovic joked that he and Morissette "used to date. I
especially liked it when we went to the movies", a reference to the songs lyric about Alanis performing oral sex in a theater. Yankovic included the song in his
polka medley "The Alternative Polka", on his 1996 album Bad Hair Day. A parody of the song by Lounge act Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine appeared on 
the 2005 album Aperitif for Destruction. The Killing Moon covered the song for the Punk Goes... series on the album Punk Goes '90s.
  The mystery surrounding the song brought comparison to Carly Simon's "You're So Vain". In October of 2008, Morissette reiterated her refusal to identify the 
subject,commenting to a CanWest News Service journalist,"Well, I've never talked about who my songs were about and I won't,because when I write them they're written 
for the sake of personal expression.So with all due respect to whoever may see themselves in my songs, and it happens all the time,I never really comment on it 
because I write these songs for myself, not other people."
     "You Oughta Know" has an aggressive tone and has piercing vocals.It reached number one on the Billboard magazine's Modern Rock Tracks chart in the U.S. and charted at number four in Australia and number twenty-two in the United Kingdom. Launching Morissette's career, and the album, "Jagged Little Pill" to the top,the coarse language, violent revenge scenarios, and piercing vocals were a jolt to mainstream pop music. "You Oughta Know" was not eligible for the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1995 because a retail single was not released, but it reached number thirteen on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and the top ten on the Top 40 Mainstream chart. A live version of the song, recorded at the 1996 Grammy Awards ceremony on February 28, was a B-side on the retail single for "You Learn", and Billboard credited the single's Hot 100 number-six peak position to "You Learn"/"You Oughta Know".The song at position #9 was ranked #12 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's in  December 2007.
   Many people may argue with me that "Ironic" is the most successful track off of "Jagged Little Pill". This is very important because position #9 actually belongs to the album "Jagged Little Pill".So when this happens I can not put the whole album in to position #9 so I just place the most successful track from the album in 
that position. Although "Ironic" did rank higher on the Billboard singles chart it made only one appearance as opposed to two (2) appearances by "You Oughta Know". The song also got higher rankings on the all-time charts of various rock stations. Also "You Oughta Know" scored more points from my calculations which is the determining factor.So "You Oughta Know" is the song that will represnt the album "Jagged Little Pill" at position #9.
     After the success of "You Oughta Know", the album's other hit singles helped send Jagged Little Pill to the top of the charts. "All I Really Want" and "Hand in My Pocket" followed, by "Ironic". "You Learn" and "Head over Feet", the fifth and sixth singles, respectively, kept ?Jagged Little Pill? in the top twenty on the Billboard (US) 200 for over a year.
   According to the RIAA, Jagged Little Pill is the best-selling debut album of all time by a female artist, with over fourteen million copies sold in the U.S. By 2009, the album had sold 33 million units worldwide making it one of the best-selling albums of all time .In 1998,Q magazine (UK) readers voted Jagged Little Pill 
the nineteenth greatest album of all time.In Ireland, when the album "Under Rug Swept" was released in 2002, Jagged Little Pill re-entered the album chart on February 21 at number seventy-two and reached number #19 on March 7th.It took nine (9) weeks for it to be dropped from the chart again.
   Morissette was attacked for collaborating with producer and supposed image-maker Ballard,although she was responsible for all of "Jagged Little Pill's" lyrics and much of the album's music.The album was nominated for six Grammy Awards in 1996, and Morissette won "Best Female Rock Vocal Performance" and "Best Rock Song" for"You Oughta Know", and "Best Rock Album" and "Album of the Year" for "Jagged Little Pill".
   Later in 1996, Morissette embarked on an (18) eighteen month world tour in support of "Jagged Little Pill", beginning in small clubs and ending in large venues. Taylor Hawkins, currently with the Foo Fighters, was the tour's drummer. The video "Jagged Little Pill, Live", which chronicled the bulk of the tour, won a 
1998 Grammy Award for "Best Music Video, Long Form".
      In the USA,UK,Canada and Australia "Jagged Little Pill" ranked as the #1 album for the entire year of 1996.The album spent twelve (12) non-consecutive weeks at #1 in the USA (on both Billboardand Cash Box Magazine's album charts) and 23 weeks at #1 on the Canadian album charts.Along with reaching #1 in the US & Canada the album "Jagged Little Pill" recahed #1 in the UK,Belgium,Netherlands,Finland,New Zealand,Sweden and Australia. In Australia it was the #3 album for the entire decade 
of the 1990s.In the USA (according to chart action) it was the most successful album for the entire decades of the 60s,70s, 80s & 90s.Further,in Canada it is the most successful album of all-time according to chart performance.
   Alanis has influenced female singers and singer-songwriters in the 2000s such as Kelly Clarkson,Michelle Branch, Pink and Avril Lavigne.

   The recording act at position #8 formed in July of 1968 after the rock group "The Yardbirds" disbanded.Left with the ownership of the group's name and several concert obligations to fulfill,Jimmy Page assembled a new group known at first as "The New Yardbirds".Beginning at first with John Paul Jones,a good friend and a 
leading British session musician.Page rounded out the line-up by recruiting Robert Plant and John Bonham from the "Band Of Joy". So the new group consisted of Jimmy Page born on January 9th,1945 in Heston,
Midlands,England at lead guitar,Robert Plant born on August 20th,1947 in Birmingham,Englland at lead vocals and harmonica,John Paul Jones (a.k.a. John Baldwin) born on January 3rd,1946 in London on bass and keyboards and John "Bonzo" Bonham born on May 31st,1947 in Birmingham,England on drums. Once assembled the quartet changed it's name to Led Zeppelin at the suggestion of Page's friend Keith Moon of "The Who".
  Almost immediately the group traveled to the USA,touring the country,singing with Atlantic records,and recording their first album Led Zeppelin I.During the next three years they followed with Led Zeppelin II,III and IV,and placed a number of singles on the charts.By this time their albums were selling in the millions within 
days of release.
  In December 1970 the group at position #8 began recording the song at position #8 at Island Records' new Basing Street Studios in London. The song was completed by the addition of lyrics by Plant during the sessions for Led Zeppelin IV at Headley Grange, Hampshire,England in 1971.The complete studio recording was released on Led Zeppelin IV in November 1971.
  The song's instrumentals were written by Jimmy Page "over a long period, the first part coming at Bron-Yr-Aur one night".Page always kept a cassette recorder around, and the idea for the song at position #8 came together from bits of taped music.
   The first attempts at lyrics, written by Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant next to an evening log fire at Headley Grange, were partly spontaneously improvised and Page claimed, "a huge percentage of the lyrics were written there and then".Jimmy Page was strumming the chords and Robert Plant had a pencil and paper. Plant later said that suddenly, "my hand was writing out the words, "There's a lady who's sure, all that glitters is gold, and she's buying a stairway to heaven.I just sat there and looked at them and almost leapt out of my seat." Plant's own explanation of the lyrics was that it "was some cynical aside about a woman getting 
everything she wanted all the time without giving back any thought or consideration. The first line begins with that cynical sweep of the hand ... and it softened up after that."
   The song is a multi-movement suite. A quiet introduction featuring acoustic guitar and three recorders (ending at-2:15) gradually moves into to a slow electric middle section (2:16-5:37),before the faster hard rock final section (5:49-end). Page stated that the song "speeds up like an adrenalin flow".
   Written in the key of "A" minor and mainly in common time the song opens with an arpeggiated,hybrid-picked guitar chord progression with a chromatic descending bassline A-G#-G-F#-F. John Paul Jones contributed overdubbed wooden bass recorders in the opening section (he used a Mellotron, and later, a Yamaha CP70B Grand Piano and Yamaha GX1 to synthesize this arrangement in live performances)and a Hohner Electra-Piano electric piano in the middle section.
   The sections build with more guitar layers, each complementary to the intro with the drums entering at 4:18. The bridge to the solo consists of shifting time signatures (3/4 to 4/4 to 5/4 to 4/4 to 7/8) before dropping back into common time for the solo and ending. The extended Jimmy Page guitar solo in the song's 
final section was played for the recording on a 1958 Fender Telecaster (an instrument he used extensively with the Yardbirds) plugged into a Supro amplifier although in a "Guitar World" interview Page also claims, "It could have been a Marshall, but I can't remember".Three different solos were recorded with Page agonizing about deciding which to keep.The other guitar parts were played using a Harmony acoustic guitar and Fender Electric XII (12-string); both can be heard on the left and right recording channels respectively. For live versions, Page switched to using a Heritage Cherry Gibson EDS-1275 6/12 Doubleneck guitar. The final progression  is a i-VII-VI (natural minor) progression (Am G F), a mainstay of rock music.
   The opening guitar cadence took influence from a song called "Taurus" by the band called "Spirit" with whom the recording act position #8 were acquainted in their opening days.Further,the opening chord progression and verse in "Stairway to Heaven" are nearly identical to the 1968 instrumental "Taurus".In the liner notes to the reissue of Spirit's 1968 eponymous debut,songwriter Randy California mentions the fact that Jimmy Page took special interest in "Taurus".Prior to his death in 1997,Randy California was often asked about it in interviews, to which he typically responded that he did not consider the "Stairway" intro to be a rip-off, but simply a "reworking" of his song".
  The recording act position #8 was the opening act for Spirit's 1968 tour.While nobody in Led Zeppelin has ever cited influence from the track, the band was known to incorporate bits of the "Spirit" song "Fresh Garbage" into their early concert medleys, and Jimmy Page has said that his use of a theremin was inspired by seeing Randy California use one.
  The inaugural public performance of the song at position #8 took place at Belfast's Ulster Hall on March 5th,1971.Bassist John Paul Jones recalls that the crowd was unimpressed: ""They were all bored to tears waiting to hear something they knew".
    Following the first performance,the song at position #8 was performed at every Led Zeppelin concert until the band's breakup after drummer John Bonham's death in 1980.The song was played again by the surviving members of Led Zeppelin at the Live Aid concert in 1985; at the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary party in 1988, with Jason Bonham on drums;and by Jimmy Page as an instrumental version on his solo tours. Teasingly, the first few bars were played alone during Page and Plant tours,
only to be morphed into other songs. Plant cites the Live Aid performance as the most unusual performance of the song ever, "with two drummers while "Duran Duran" 
cried at the side of the stage - there was something quite surreal about that."
  Critics of rock and roll songs(and of Led Zeppelin in particular)have alleged that a backmasked message is recorded into "Stairway to Heaven." The message, which allegedly occurs during the middle section of the song ("If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now..."), is purported to contain Satanic references:
Oh here's to my sweet Satan.The one whose little path would make me sad, whose power is Satan.He will give those with him 666.There was a little toolshed where he made us suffer,sad Satan.
The controversy originated from a prominent Baptist, who, in 1982, preached on the radio that "Stairway to Heaven" contained subliminal backward messages.This theory was later primarily advanced by Michael Mills, Jacob Aranza, and Jeff Godwin, who offered detailed analyses of the hidden meanings of both the "backwards" and actual lyrics. In 1982, the Consumer Protection and Toxic Materials Committee of the California State Assembly held a hearing on backmasking in popular music, during which "Stairway to Heaven" was played backwards.William Yarroll,a self-identified neuroscientist,claimed that "Stairway to Heaven," when played backward, contains a similar message:"I sing because I live with Satan. The Lord turns me off   there's no escaping it. Here's to my sweet Satan, whose power is Satan. He will give you 666. I 
live for Satan.Other versions of the alleged message include "Here's to my sweet Satan, no other made a path. For it makes me sad. Whose power is Satan? Oh, my number,666", and "Oh, here's to my sweet Satan. The One whose little path has made me sad. Whose power is Satan? Oh, my number, 666".  
   The recording act at position #8 has for the most part ignored such claims; for years the only comment came from Swan Song Records which issued the statement:
"Our turntables only play in one direction forwards". Zeppelin producer Eddie Kramer confirmed this, calling the allegations "totally and utterly ridiculous. Why would they want to spend so much studio time doing something so dumb?"Robert Plant expressed frustration with the accusations in an interview: "To me it's very sad,because "Stairway to Heaven' was written with every best intention, and as far as reversing tapes and putting messages on the end, that's not my idea of making music."
   The song's length precluded its release in full form as a single. Despite pressure from Atlantic Records the band would not authorise the editing of the song for single release, making "Stairway to Heaven" one of the most well-known and popular rock songs never to have been released as a single. It did, however, appear as a promotional disc in the United States, on an Australian acoustic EP, and in the 1990s as a 20th anniversary promo book.Jimm Page has himself commented on the song's legacy:
   The wonderful thing about the song at position #8 is the fact that just about everybody has got their own individual interpretation to it,and actually what it meant to them at their point of life.And that's what's so great about it.Over the passage of years people come to me with all manner of stories about what it meant 
to them at certain points of their lives.About how it's got them through some really tragic circumstances ... Because it's an extremely positive song, it's such a positive energy,and, you know, people have got married to (the song).
   The song at position #8 is the biggest-selling single piece of sheet music clocking up an average of 15,000 copies yearly.Further,it places where it does in the Top 5000 because of the rankings the song has received from many all-time charts on various rock stations and other sources. Radio Station WNEW from New York City in 1996 ranked this song as the #1 rocker of all-time.In 1986 Radio Station KRQR from San Francisco ranked this song as the #1 rocker of all-time.In 1996 Radio Station KISW from Seattle ranked this song as the #1 rocker of all-time.In 1999 Radio Station KICK from Casper,Wyoming ranked this song as the #1 rocker of all-time.In 2004,Rolling Stone magazine put it at number 31 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.The song was voted #3 in 2000 by VH1 on its list of the  100 Greatest Rock Songs.In 2002 "The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame" ranked this song as the #1 rocker of all-time.The song at position #8 is the most requested and most played song on FM radio stations in the United States,despite never being released as a single.It still continues to top radio lists of the greatest rock songs,as well as topping a recent "Guitar World" poll.Not only has this track had success but so has the album this song is off of which is Led Zeppelin IV. The album spent 259 weeks on the Billboard (US)Album charts.In 1990 radio station KXRX from Seattle ranked the album "Led Zeppelin IV" as the best album of all-time.

   The recording act at position #7 is one of the superstars of pop music.He is known as the "king of pop". The recording act at position #7 was born on August 29th,1958 in Gary,Indiana and died at fifty (50) years of age in Los Angeles on June 25th,2009.Him & his brother formed the quintet known as the "Jackson Five". When the singer at position #7 was five years old the "Jackson Five" played their first professional gig at a Gary,Indiana night club.They were only paid eight (8) US dollars but the coins and bills tossed on the stage totaled over $100 (US).They travelled in their VW van to neighbouring cities, including Chicago.
   In 1969 Gary Indiana's mayor Richard Hatcher,brought the Jackson Five to the attention of Diana Ross,who was visiting the city to give a concert.She was so impressed with the group that she contacted Motown president Berry Gordy Jr.,and arranged for them to be signed. The Jackson Five debuted with four (4) consecutive #1 singles on Billboard Magazine.
  The singer of the #7 song began his solo career in 1971 with a song titled "Got To Be There" which peaked at #4 on Billboard (US) Magazine in December of 1971,followed by a remake of Bobby Day's "Rockin' Robin" which went to #2 on Billboard Magazine's singles chart in April of 1972. In October of 1972 he became one of the youngest solo male recording acts to have a #1 single on Billboard Magazine when the title track to the movie titled "Ben" went to the top.   
  The song at position #7 went to #1 on the Billboard singles chart  on April 30th,1983 chart just one week after another song by the recording act at position #7 titled "Billie Jean" finished a seven (7) week run at the #1 position.Since 1954 that one-week gap between number one records is the shortest any act has 
had other than the Beatles in 1964 when they went one better and actually replaced themselves at the #1 position.Two weeks earlier on April 16th,1983,the song at position #7 on the Top 6000,moved to position #5 on the Billboard singles chart and "Billie Jean" was at #1 for it's seventh (7th) week, this was the first time in 
the 1980s that an artist simultaneously had two hits in the top five. Only four recording acts accomplished this feat in the decade of the 70s:Donna Summer ("Hot Stuff" & "Bad Girls"),Linda Ronstadt ("It's So Easy" & "Blue Bayou"),Bee Gees ("Stayin' Alive" & "Night Fever") and Olivia Newton-John ("Hopelessly Devoted To You" & "SummerNights").
   The song at position #7 was written by the singer of the #7 song for his "Thriller" album.Co-producer Quincy Jones had wanted to include a rock 'n' roll song, though the singer of the #7 song reportedly had never previously shown an interest in the genre.The singer of the #7 song later said of the song at position #7,
"I wanted to write a song, the type of song that I would buy if I were to buy a rock song... That is how I approached it and I wanted the kids to really enjoy it"the school kids as well as the college kids."Upon hearing the first recorded vocals,Jones stated that it was exactly what he was looking for.Rock guitarist Eddie 
Van Halen, lead guitarist of hard rock band Van Halen,was then requested to add a guitar solo.
  Album oriented rock stations that couldn't find room on their playlists for most black artists felt comfortable playing the song at position #7 even before it was released as a single,thanks to the searing solo guitar work of hard rock's premier guatarist "Eddie Van Halen".
  Eddie Van Halen almost missed the opportunity to work with the artist at position #7,because of a telephone that wasn't working properly.Intermittent equipment problems resulted in two calls in a row where Eddie couldn't hear the party on the other end.By the third call,Eddie was aggravated enough to utter a couple of 
expletives into the mouthpiece. Eddie said he heard "This is Quincy Jones". Van Halen said "I'm sorry,I get so many crank calls that I didn't know". Quincy Jones said "You know,there's this song we'd like you to do,are you up for it?"
  Van Halen was definetly up for it.So much that he accepted no pay for his contribution to the song."I did it as a favor", the musician later said. "I was a complete fool,according to the rest of the band,our manager and everyone else.I was not used.I knew what I was doing-I don't do something unless I want to do it."Van Halen 
recorded his contribution following Jones and the singer of the song at position #3 arriving at the guitarist's house with a "skeleton ?version" of the song.Fellow guitarist Steve Lukather recalled,"Initially, we rocked it out as Eddie had played a good solo?but Quincy thought it was too tough.So I had to reduce the distorted 
guitar sound and that is what was released."The song was among the last four completed for Thriller;the others were "Human Nature", "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" and "The Lady in My Life".
  On the record,right before Van Halen's guitar solo begins,a noise is heard that sounds like somebody knocking at a door.It is reported that the knock was a person walking into Van Halen's recording studio.Another story has claimed that the sound was simply the musician knocking on his own guitar.The lyrics of the song at  position #7 are about defeat and courage,and have been described as a "sad commentary on human nature".The line "don't be a macho man" is said to express the singer 
of the song at position #7's dislike of violence,whilst also referencing the childhood abuse he faced at the hands of his father Joseph.The song is played in the key of E minor at a moderately fast tempo of 132 beats per minute.In the song,the singer's vocal range is B3 to D5. 
    The artist at position #7 had vocals that matched Van Halen's guitar playing for intensity.During the making of the album that this song is off of the recording act who does the performance went through very rigorous vocal training.
  The uncredited guitarist who whipped out the fluttering,squealing solo on this ode to macho cowardice was Eddie Van Halen.The aerodynamic metal flight pumped crossover fuel that would boost the success of "Thriller"?a gimmick the singer of the song at position #7 would flog later with spots from Slash and Carlos Santana.Without the Van Halen precedent,there might have been no collaboration of Run-DMC and Aerosmith on the 1986 rap/rock version of "Walk This Way".
  Adding to the popularity of the song at position #7 was the $160,000. (US) video that the recording act of the song created and vbank rolled after CBS refused to finance it.Bob Giraldi directed the video.The theme of the song is about two gangs coming together to rumble and the singer's objective is to tell them to turn the 
other cheek. It's like the singer was saying "Hey, man, don't fight! These guys are your brothers!"
   The singer of the #7 song and "Dream Girls" assistant choreographer Michael Peters fashioned the dance sequences in the video.The choreography won praise from Bob Fosse and Gene Kelly.Fred Astaire said "He is a wonderful mover.He makes these moves up himself and it is just great to watch.I think he just feels that way when he is singing those songs..."
   The video was the singer of the song at position #7's first treatment of black youth and the streets.Both the song at position #7 and Thriller are notable for their "mass choreography" of synchronized dancers.The video included around 80 genuine Los Angeles gang members?to add authenticity to the production?and 18 
professional dancers.Inspired by the Broadway musical "West Side Story",The video's featured choreography opened up many job opportunities for dancers in the USA.
   The music video opens with the news of a fight circulating at a diner.This scene repeats itself at a pool hall,where gang members arrive via foot,forklift,and out of sewers.The camera cuts to a scene of the singer of the song at position #3 lying on a bed,contemplating the senseless violence.The singer leaves the room upon hearing the commotion caused by the rival gangs.Donning a red leather J.Parks brand jacket,The singer of the song at position #7 dances his way through the diner and pool hall,towards the fight.Arriving at the scene,where a knife fight is taking place between the two gang leaders,the singer breaks up the fight and launches into a dance routine.The video ends with the gang members joining him in the dance,agreeing that violence is not the solution to their problems.
   In a "Rolling Stone Magazine" review, Christopher Connelly describes the song at position #7 as the best song on "Thriller",adding that it "ain't no disco AOR track".He notes of the "nifty dance song","Jackson's voice soars all over the melody,Eddie Van Halen checks in with a blistering guitar solo,you could build a 
convention center on the backbeat".Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine states that the song is both "tough" and "scared".Robert Christgau claimed that the song,in which Eddie Van Halen "wends his night in the service of antimacho",is the "triumph and the thriller".Slant Magazine observed that the song was an 
"uncharacteristic dalliance with the rock idiom".Stylus expressed amazement that Van Halen performed a rock guitar solo on a R&B record.The track also won praise from Jackson biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli,who stated that the song was "rambunctious".
   The song at position #7 has been cited as one of the most successful,recognized, awarded and celebrated songs in the history of pop music;both the song and video had a large impact on pop culture.The song is said to be a "pioneer" in black rock music,and is considered one of the cornerstones of the Thriller album.
Eddie Van Halen has been praised for adding "the greatest guitar solo",aiding the song at position #7 into becoming one of the biggest selling singles of all time.
  The song at position #7 spent three (3) weeks at #1 on the Billboard Singles chart and in Canada.The song also claimed the top spot in Spain,New Zealand and The Netherlands.The song ranked as the #5 song for the entire year of 1983 by Billboard (US) Magazine.Radio station WYNY from New York City ranked this song as the #7 song for the entire year of 1983.In Canada this song was the #6 song for the entire year of 1983.In 1983 radio station CKY from Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada ranked the song at position #3 on the Top 5000 as the 27th biggest song of all-time.In the year 2000 Rolling Stone Magazine (US edition) ranked this song as the 22nd biggest song of all-time.Further,the song at position #3 was ranked as the world's fourth (4th) favorite song in a 2005 poll conducted by Sony Ericsson.Over 700,000 people in 60 different countries cast their votes.
    The song at position #7 at the 1984 Grammy Awards earned The singer of the song at position #7 two of a record eight awards; Record of the Year and Best Rock Vocal Performance.The Billboard Video Awards recognised the video to the song with 7 awards; Best Overall Video Clip,Best Performance by a Male Artist,Best Use of Video to Enhance a Song,Best Use of Video to Enhance an Artist's Image,Best  Choreography,Best Overall Video and Best Dance/Disco 12".The short film video was ranked 
by "Rolling Stone" as the number one video,in both their critic's and reader's poll.The video also won two American Music Awards and the song was inducted into the Music Video Producers Hall of Fame.The single was certified gold,a few months after its release,for shipments of at least one million units.In 1989,the standard format single was re-certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America,based on the revised sales level of one million units for platinum singles.The total number of digital sales in the US, as of March 2009, stands at 668,000.  
  Although the single fared well on the charts. The song at position #7 is not there because of the song's performance on the singles charts but primarily because of the performance of the album that the song is off of's performance on the album chart. The album titled "Thriller" was the #2 album for the entire year of 1983 in Canada.The UK ranked the album as the #1 album for the entire year of 1982 and a British magazine in 1994 ranked the album as the #14 album of all-time.In Australia and the USA (both Billboard & Cash Box) the album "Thriller" was the #1 album for the entire year of 1983. Further, Australia also ranked the album as the #3 album for the entire year of 1984,also Cash Box (US) also ranked the album as the #2 album for the entire year of 1984 and Billboard (US) again ranked the album as the #1 album for the entire year of 1984. The album sold over 30 million copies world wide and the album spent 37 weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts which is longer than any album since 1963.
 
      The recording act who sings the song in the #6 position was born on Thursday, November 5th,1959 in Kingston,Ontario,Canada.His father worked for the British & Canadian military and then the United Nations so between the ages of 6 and 12 the singer of the song at the #6 position lived in many different countries 
including Israel,Portugal and Austria.When he returned to Canada he was ready to rock & roll.In 1976 he joined the band Sweeny Todd and became the lead singer.
     In 1977 the artist who sings the song at position #6 met Jim Vallance (formerly of the rock band named "Prism") by chance in a Vancouver, music store,unaware that quickly they would form a writing partnership.
Before long Bachman Turner Overdrive,Prism and Ian Lloyd were recording Adams-Vallance songs.
   At first the singer of the #6 song thought he and Vallance would form a duo but he soon realized that his older more conservative partner was happier working behind the scenes.They sent out many demo tapes before A&M records offered the recording act at position #6 one dollar to record four (4) songs.The artist 
couldn't find anyone else to give him a break so he accepted the offer.His first single was "Let Me Take You Dancing" which was a hit in the discos.Originally the song was written as a pop song.Then the song was remixed in New York and jacked up to a million beats a minute.The singer of the #6 song said "I remember 
getting the tape in the mail;I just about fell off my face".
  The lack of attention the singer of the song in the #6 position received on his self-titled debut album tempted him to title his second album "Bryan Adams Hasn't Heard Of You Either",but ultimately it was titled "You Want It-You Got It".The album produced his first hit "Lonely Nights". Then in 1983 he released his next album titled "Cuts Like A Knife" which peaked at #7 in Canada and #8 in the USA (Billboard Magazine). His following album that was released a year later in 1984 titled "Reckless" went to #1 in the USA for two (2) weeks & in Canada for four (4) weeks. In 1985 he was a superstar. 
The singer of the #6 song in the Top 5000 won Juno awards in 1983,1984,1985,1986,1987,1997 and 2000.
   In 1991 the idea of a song to promote the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves came late in the making of the film.Michael Kamen had originally wanted the song to be as if it were Maid Marian singing to Robin Hood.He offered it to Kate Bush,Annie Lennox and Lisa Stansfield but they all turned it down.
David Kerschenbaum of Morgan Creek Records invited Bryan Adams whom he had worked with in the early 1980s at A&M Records to write the song based on the score from Michael Kamen.Initially,Adams was to write the lyrics for another artist to perform,but it was decided that he should perform the song after 
writing it with Waking up the Neighbours producer Mutt Lange.The pair recorded the song in Mayfair Studios in London.
    Oddly, neither Kamen nor the film company were happy with the song and tried at length to have Adams change it due to Adams and Lange writing an entirely different melody to the theme, but Adams refused. As a result, the song ended up buried at the very end of the film credits. The last laugh was had when the song 
entered most of the charts in the world at number 1 and stayed there for an unprecedented amount of time.
   The song is credited to Adams, Lange, and Kamen, and is played over the film's credits. A&M Records were at first reluctant to have the song appear on the film soundtrack, which was released through Morgan Creek, but the success of the record benefited both companies.
   The song at position #6 was the last of three songs added to "Waking up the Neighbours", the album obviously benefited from the success of the lead single - the song proved to be a hit throughout the world. The song at position # was the #1 song for the entire year of 1991 in the USA (both Cash Box and 
Billboard Magazines).In the U.S. it sold three million singles, making it the second-best-selling song after "We Are the World" by "USA for Africa" at position #41, and it also broke the record for longest run at number one on the Hot 100 Single Sales Chart, becoming the best-selling single in the USA for 17 weeks.The song won a Grammy Award Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in the Grammy Awards of 1992, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song .The song at position #6 was the #1 song for the entire year of 1991 in Canada,in Australia and the UK.
   In the UK, the song at position #6 sold over 1.2 million copies, making it the best selling single in the UK since Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 
in 1984. he success of the single led to "Waking up the Neighbours" enjoying pre-order sales of 200,000.The British website www.hart87,freeserve.co.uk/top100.html which was ranking the 100 best songs in the UK between 1952-2002 ranked this song as the 18th best song.The song in the #6 position spent seven (7) weeks in the #1 position in the USA (Billboard), ten (10) weeks at #1 in Australia (ARIA),twelve (12) weeks at #1 in Canada and sixteen (16) weeks at #1 in the UK from July 7th,1991 (holding Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy" at number two for six consecutive weeks).No song in the entire history of the UK singles chart has spent as much time in the #1 position as the song at position #6 in the Top 6000.The song ranked at #18 on Billboard's All Time Top 100 in 2013.Subsequently,the song has been covered by countless singers around the world.
     Elsewhere the song reached number one in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Austria,Switzerland, Finland,
Norway,Sweden,France,Ireland,Italy,Poland and Denmark. The success of the single led to pre-order sales of a million for the album "Waking up the Neighbours" throughout Europe. The album went on to sell 15 million copies around the world due in part to the song but also due to other singles.
 
  The recording act at position #5 was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986 in New York City.She was the eldest child of Italian American parents Joseph and Cynthia Germanotta (ne Bissett).She learned to play piano from the age of four,went on to write her first piano ballad at 13 and began performing at open mike nights by age 14.At the age of 11,Germanotta attended Convent of the Sacred Heart,a private Roman Catholic school.An avid thespian in high school musicals,Germanotta portrayed lead roles as "Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls" and "Philia" in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum".She described her academic life in high school as "very dedicated,very studious, very disciplined" but also "a bit insecure" as she told in an interview,"I used to get made fun of for being either too provocative or too eccentric,so I started to tone it down.I didn?t fit in, and I felt like a freak".Acquaintances dispute that she did not fit in school."She had a core group of friends;she was a good student.She liked boys a lot,but singing was No. 1",recalled a former high school classmate.Referring to her "expressive,free spirit",the singer at position #5 told "Elle" magazine she is left-handed!"
  At age 17,Germanotta gained early admission to the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.There she studied music,and improved her songwriting skills by composing essays and analytical papers focusing on topics such as art,religion,social issues and politics.Germanotta lived in a NYU dorm on 11th Street but felt that she was more creative than some of her classmates."Once you learn how to think about art,you can teach yourself," she said. By the second semester of her sophomore year,she withdrew from the school to focus on her musical career.Her father agreed to pay her rent for a year,on the condition that she re-enroll for Tisch,if she was unsuccessful."I left my entire family, got the cheapest apartment I could find,and ate shit until somebody would listen," she said.
     Germanotta had initially signed with Def Jam Recordings at the age of 19,after Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman and CEO L. A. Reid heard her singing down the hallway from his office.After three months,she was dropped from Def Jam,although they introduced her to songwriter and producer RedOne,whom they also managed.The first song she produced together with Redone was "Boys Boys Boys",a mash-up inspired by M?tley Cr?e's "Girls, Girls, Girls" and AC/DC's "T.N.T.".She moved into an apartment on the Lower East Side,and from there she started the Stefani Germanotta Band with some friends from NYU.They recorded an EP of their Fiona Apple?esque ballads,at a studio underneath a liquor store in New Jersey,becoming a local fixture at the downtown LES club scene.She began taking drugs soon after,while performing at burlesque shows.Her father did not understand the reason behind her drug addiction and could not look at her for several months.Music producer Rob Fusari,who helped her write some of her earlier songs,compared her vocal style to that of Freddie Mercury.Fusari helped create the moniker Gaga,after the Queen song "Radio Ga Ga".One day, Germanotta was in the process of trying to come up with a stage name, when she received a text message from Fusari that read "Lady Gaga".He explained,"Every day,when Stef came to the studio,instead of saying hello,I would start singing 'Radio Ga Ga'.That was her entrance song. Lady Gaga was actually a glitch when Fusari typed 'Radio Ga Ga'in a text and it did an autocorrect so somehow 'Radio' got changed to 'Lady'.Germanotta texted me back,"That's it."After that day,she was Lady Gaga.She?s like, "Don?t ever call me Stefani again".Throughout 2007,Gaga collaborated with performance artist Lady Starlight,who helped create her onstage fashions.The pair 
began playing gigs at downtown club venues like the "Mercury Lounge","The Bitter End", and the "Rockwood Music Hall",with their live performance art piece known as "Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue".Billed as "The Ultimate Pop Burlesque Rockshow", their act was a low-fi tribute to 1970s variety acts.In August 2007, Gaga and Starlight were invited to play at the American Lollapalooza music festival.The show was critically acclaimed,and their performance received positive reviews.Having initially focused on avant-garde, and electronic dance music, Gaga found her musical niche when she began to incorporate pop melodies and the vintage glam rock of David Bowie and Queen into her music.
     Gaga while performing at a bar,Fusari sent the songs he produced with Gaga to his friend,producer and record executive Vincent Herbert.Herbert was quick to sign her to his label Streamline Records,an imprint of Interscope Records.She credited Herbert as the man who discovered her,adding "I really feel like we made pop history,and we're gonna keep going". Having already served as an apprentice songwriter under an internship at Famous Music Publishing,which was later acquired by Sony/ATV Music Publishing,Gaga subsequently struck a music publishing deal with Sony/ATV.As a result,she was hired to write songs for Britney Spears,and labelmates New Kids on the Block,Fergie,and the Pussycat Dolls.While Gaga was writing at Interscope,singer-songwriter Akon recognized her vocal abilities,when she sang a reference vocal for one of his tracks in studio.He then convinced Interscope-Geffen-A&M Chairman and CEO Jimmy Iovine to form a joint deal,by having her also sign with his own label Kon Live Distribution,and later called her his "franchise player". Gaga continued her collaboration with Redone,by working with him in the studio for a week on her debut album,spawning the future singles "Just Dance" and "Poker Face".She also joined the roster of Cherrytree Records,an Interscope imprint established by producer and songwriter Martin Kierszenbaum,after co-writing four songs with Kierszenbaum including the single "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)".
   The song at position #5 although rather succesful is at position #5 primarily for both the success of the album titled "The Fame" and the song "Poker Face". 
    In 2008, Lady Gaga had relocated to Los Angeles,working closely with her record label to finalize her debut album "The Fame".It was released on August 19,2008 by Interscope Records.She combined a lot of different genres on the album,from Def Leppard drums and hand claps to metal drums on "urban tracks.The main theme of the songs is about how anyone can feel famous like a celebrity.Gaga worked with several producers on the album;mainly RedOne,Martin Kierszenbaum and Rob Fusari.The songs are mostly inspired by Gaga's love of fame in general,and deals with the intricacies of a rich and famous lifestyle,visualized by her.Musically,the album drew inspiration from '80s electropop and synthpop while incorporating dance music and clear hooks.The album received mostly positive reviews, with critics commending Gaga's ability to discover a melodious hook and comparing her vocal abilities to those of Gwen Stefani.In the United States the album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 and topped the Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart.
   On December 2,2009,"The Fame" was nominated for six Grammy Awards and won Best Dance Recording for "Poker Face".The album was nominated for Album of the Year,and won the Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards.On February 16,2010, it won Best International Album at the 2010 BRIT Awards.
   In Canada,the album reached number-one,and has been certified triple platinum by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) for shipment of 240,000 copies, and sold 390,000 copies.The album debuted at number six,and peaked at number two in New Zealand as well as being certified double platinum.In Australia,the album debuted at twelve and peaked at three.The album has been certified three times platinum in Australia,by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipments of 210,000 copies."The Fame" debuted in the United Kingdom at number three.After spending ten weeks in the top ten,it replaced Ronan Keating's "Songs for My Mother" at the top position.Since then,the album spent four consecutive weeks at the number-one spot.It has been certified four-times platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipment of 1.2 million copies.Including sales of the Deluxe The Fame Monster Edition,the album has sold approximately 1,647,000 copies in the UK as of March 5,2010.In Ireland,the album entered the charts at number eight,and in its fifth week climbed to number-one for two consecutive weeks.In mainland Europe,the album peaked at number one on the European Top 100 Albums,the Austrian Albums Chart and the German Album Chart.It also reached the top twenty in Belgium,the Czech Republic,Denmark,Finland,Greece,Hungary,Italy,the Netherlands,Norway,Poland,Russia and Switzerland.Worldwide,the album has sold eight million copies.
   Off "The Fame" album "Poker Face" was inspired by Gaga's boyfriends who enjoyed gambling,and also dealt with her personal experience of bisexuality;her fantasies about women while having sex with men,thus representing her "Poker face".
  "Poker Face" was released as the album's second single in late 2008 for some markets and in early 2009 for the rest of the world.The song is an uptempo dance song following in the footsteps of her previous single "Just Dance" but has a darker musical tone.The main idea behind the song is bisexuality and was a tribute by Gaga to her past boyfriends."Poker Face" has been well-received by the critics most of whom have praised the robotic hook and the chorus.The song has attained worldwide success,topping the charts in more than seventeen countries including the United States,United Kingdom, Australia,New Zealand,Canada and many European countries."Poker Face" is also the most downloaded song in the British chart history;and one of the most successful songs of the 21st century to date.The accompanying music video for the song portrays Gaga singing it in various costumes and playing strip poker in a mansion.Gaga performed the song for the eighth season of the television show American Idol as well as the Fame Ball and Monster Ball tours.The live performances included an electronic version and an acoustic version, which she played on the piano.It was nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the 52nd Grammy Awards and won the Grammy for Best Dance Recording.Rolling Stone ranked it number ninety-six (96) on their list of 100 Best Songs of the 2000s decade.
  "Poker Face" was written by Lady Gaga and RedOne,Lady Gaga stated that the main idea behind the song was sex and gambling.In an interview with UK's Daily Star, Gaga noted of the song,"It's about a lot of different things.I gamble but I?ve also dated a lot of guys who are really into sex and booze and gambling,so I wanted to write a record my boyfriends would like too."In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine,when asked about the meaning of the line "bluffin' with my muffin",Gaga explained that it really was a metaphor for her vulva.She explained,"Obviously,it's my pussy's poker face!I took that line from another song I wrote but never released,called 'Blueberry Kisses.'It was about a girl singing to her boyfriend about how she wants him to go down on her,and I used the lyric.Then Gaga sings "Blueberry kisses,the muffin man misses them kisses".
  During her Fame Ball Tour performance at Palm Springs,California,on April 11,2009,Gaga explained to the crowd the true meaning behind the term "Poker Face" used in the song.She suggested that the song dealt with her personal experience with bisexuality.The idea behind the song was to be with a man but fantasizing about a woman,hence the man in the song needs to read her "Poker Face" to understand what is going through her mind.
    The song has sold five million paid digital downloads in the United States according to Nielsen Soundscan,making Gaga the first artist in digital history to top the five million mark in paid downloads with two songs,the first being "Just Dance".In Canada,the song debuted at number forty-one on the Canadian Hot 100.On the chart dated December 13, 2008, "Poker Face" ascended to the number one spot and then spent nine non-consecutive weeks at the top.The song was certified six times platinum by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) for paid digital downloads of 240,000."Poker Face" entered
the Australian charts at number twenty-six,and in its seventh week peaked at number one. "Poker Face" has shipped over 420,000 copies in Australia,earning six-times platinum certification by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).In New Zealand,the song debuted on the Official Chart at number twenty-one.In its sixth week,it peaked the chart spending ten consecutive weeks at number one."Poker Face" was certified two times platinum after twenty-seven weeks on the chart,selling over 30,000 copies,according to the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ).
  "Poker Face" debuted at number thirty on the UK Singles Chart.On the chart issue dated March 22, 2009,"Poker Face" climbed to number one,thus giving Gaga her second consecutive UK number one single.According to The Official Charts Company,"Poker Face" is the most downloaded song in Britain,since the download chart was introduced in 2004.As of December 2009 the song has sold 900,000 downloads there.It became the biggest selling digital single in the UK,followed by Gaga's debut single "Just Dance".The song was awarded The Record of the Year in the UK in 2009.In Italy the song debuted at number nineteen (19) and peaked at number two.The song has also reached that peak in a number of European countries including Austria,Belgium(Flanders and Wallonia),Denmark,Finland,France,
Germany,Ireland,Netherlands,Norway,Swedenand Switzerland.The single also peaked on the Billboard European Hot 100 Singles Chart and was on the top for sixteen weeks making it the longest running single in the chart.Worldwide the song has sold 9.8 million digital copies.
  Madonna told Rolling Stone that she sees "(her)self in Lady Gaga".In response to the comparisons between herself and Madonna,Gaga stated:"I don't want to sound presumptuous, but I've made it my goal to revolutionise pop music.The last revolution was launched by Madonna 25 years ago".Gaga was nominated for a total of nine awards at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards,winning the award for "Best New Artist", while her single "Paparazzi" won two awards for "Best Art Direction" and "Best Special Effects."In October 2009,Gaga received Billboard magazine's Rising Star of 2009 award.She attended the Human Rights Campaign's "National Dinner" on October 10, 2009,before marching in the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. In 2009 she performed at The 2009 Royal Variety Performance where Gaga met and sang for Queen Elizabeth II. Gaga was chosen as of one the '10 Most Fascinating People of 2009' by Barbara Walters during Walters' annual ABC News special.In May 2010,Time magazine included Gaga in its annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.
         Gaga performed the song for the eighth season of the television show American Idol as well as the Fame Ball and Monster Ball tours.The live performances included an electronic version and an acoustic version,which she played on the piano.The song at position #5 was nominated for both "Song of the Year" and "Record of the Year" at the 52nd Grammy Awards and won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.Rolling Stone ranked it number ninety-six (96) on their list of 100 Best Songs of the 2000s decade.In October 2011,NME placed it at number 103 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years.
 
   The recording act that occupies the #4 position is considered by many to be the greatest rock & roll band of all-time.There is voluminous material on the history of this group so I'll just give you a very truncated version. The group that occupies position #4's contribution to pop music and their influence on the culture of the 1960s and 1970s are beyond estimation. 
  The group at position #4's story began in Liverpool,England during the late 1950s,when school friends John Lennon and Paul McCartney found a band to play "skiffle" music in local clubs.At first calling themselves "The Quarrymen",they had several names-including Johnny & The Moon Dogs,The Moonshiners,Long John & The Silver Beatles-before settling on "The Beatles". By 1960 the group was composed of John,Paul,George Harrison,Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best and ranked as one of the top bands in Liverpool playing "beat" music.In 1960 & 1961 they made two extended trips to Hamburg,Germany,between which they continued to advance their reputation by playing at such clubs as "The Casbah" and the legendary "Cavern".It was during the Hamburg period that they developed their unique sound.Upon, their return home from the second trip,several big changes occurred.
  On January 1st,1962 one of the biggest blunders occurred in rock history. The band at position #4 auditioned for Decca records and were rejected for a contract. Instead Decca chose "Brian Poole & The Tremeloes". Then Stu Sutcliffe left the group to settle in Hamburg with a local girl;he was to die one year later of a brain hemorrhage.Next John, Paul and George decided to release drummer Pete Best in favour of a fellow named Ringo Starr whom they had met playing in Hamburg with Rory Storm & The Hurricanes.So upon their return to Liverpool the quartet looked like it would look for the next eight (8) years with:John Winston Lennon born on October 9th,1940 in Woolton,Liverpool,England on guitar, James Paul MccArtney born on June 18th,1942 on bass,George Harrison born on February 25th,1943 in Wavertree,Liverpool,England on lead guitar and Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) born on July 7th,1940 in Dingle,Liverpool,England.
   Finally the quartet found when they returned to Liverpool that their reputation had preceded them and that they were the rage of the entire Merseyside area.The excitement attracted the attention of Brian Epstein,whose family owned a Liverpool retail record operation,and he went one night to the Cavern to hear them.Epstein became the groups manager,and his direction was an important factor in their rise to fame.
    Epstein worked with the group to create a more clean-cut image.Late in the summer of 1962,after several companies had turned them down,he got the quartet a recording contract with Parlophone.Epstein subsequently died on August 27th,1967. The group's first record "Love Me Do" was issued in October of 1962 and went to #17 on the UK charts.That song was followed by "Please,Please Me" and "From Me To You" which was the quartet's first number one in the UK.Many Americans don't know this but "From Me To You" was the first song by this group to be released in the USA.It only peaked at #116 on August 3rd,1963 on Billboard's "Bubbling Under" chart. Most Americans don't recall the Beatles until five months later when they released "I Want To Hold Your Hand".Between January and April of 1964 the quartet at position #4 placed seventeen (17) songs in the Billboard (US) Hot 100.The immediate aftereffect became known as the "British invasion" as the US market was flooded with material by other English artists.Much of it was successful and eclipsed many established American acts. 
  During the next six (6) years the group at position #4 had one of the most extraordinary careers in the annals of show business.They had many fantasic albums and 21 number one singles on the Billboard (US) charts. The first record released on the quartets' own "Apple" label was the group's most successful chart single. It stayed at #1 longer than any of the 21 #1s the group had on the Billboard Magazine's singles chart.On the date it reached #1 it set two records. It was the longest song to ever go to #1 (7 minutes & 11 seconds) at that time. The second one is for the song's entry position on the Hot 100.It entered the chart at number 10 on September 14th,1968.The highest dedbutcharting single on the Hot 100 at that time. 
  There have been many guesses as to the identity of the person Paul McCartney is addressing in the song at position #4.And there are many answers.
  One such answer came from Paul McCartney,in a 1973 interview with Paul Gambaccini for the BBC and Rolling Stone."I happened to be driving out to see Cynthia Lennon.I think it was just after John and she had broken up,and I was quite mates with Julian.He's a nice kid,Julian.And I was going out in me car just vaguely singing this song and it was like 'Hey Jules' I don't know why ,'Hey Jules' It was just this thing,you know,'Don't make it bad/Take a sad song...'And then I just thought a better name was Jude.A bit more country and western for me.In other words,it was just a name.It was just like 'Hey Luke' or 'Hey Max' or 'Hey Abe' but Jude was better."
   John Lennon had his own thoughts about "Hey Jude," and he revealed them to David Sheff in a 1980 "Playboy Magazine" interview:He said it was written about Julian.He knew I was splitting with Cyn and leaving Julian then.He was driving to Julian to say hello.He had been like an uncle.And he came up with 'Hey Jude.' But I always heard it as a song to me. Now I'm sounding like one of those fans reading into it...Think about it:Yoko had just come into the picture.He is saying,'Hey Jude'-'Hey John.' Subconsciously,he was saying,go ahead leave me.On a conscious level,he didn't want me to go ahead.
   Others have suggested that Paul was speaking about himself,offering self-consolation after breaking up with Jane Asher.In a September,1968,interview with Jonathan Cott for "Rolling Stone Magazine." John spoke about what was then the groups brand new single:"Well when Paul first sang 'Hey Jude' to me-or played me the little tape he'd made of it-I took it very personally.Ah,it's me! I said.It's me.He says,no,it's me."
  Julian Lennon discovered the song had been written for him almost twenty years later.He 
remembered being closer to McCartney than to his father:"Paul and I used to hang about quite a bit?more than Dad and I did.We had a great friendship going and there seems to be far more pictures of me and Paul playing together at that age than there are pictures of me and my dad."
   The song at position #4 begins with McCartney singing lead vocals and playing the piano.The patterns McCartney plays are based on three chords: F, C and B-flat (I, V and IV);[2] the second verse adds accompaniment by guitar and a single tambourine. The main chord progression is "flipped on its head" for the coda, as the C chord is replaced by E-flat.Writer Tim Riley notes,"As Ringo offers a restrained tom-tom and cymbal fill,the piano shifts downward to add a flat seventh to the tonic chord,making the downbeat of the bridge the point of arrival ('And any time you feel the pain')." At the end of each bridge, McCartney sings a brief phrase ("Na-na-na na . . .") and plays a piano fill which leads to the next verse; the phrase McCartney sings serves to "reorient the harmony for the verse as the piano figure turns upside down into a vocal aside." Additional details, such as tambourine on the third verse and subtle harmonies that accompany the lead vocal,are added to sustain the interest of the listener throughout the four-verse, two-bridge song.
          The verse-bridge structure of the song persists for approximately three minutes,after which the band leads into a four-minute long coda. During the coda, the rest of band, backed by an orchestra that also provides backing vocals,repeat the phrase "Na-na-na na" followed by the words "Hey Jude" until the song gradually fades out."Time magazine" described the coda as "a fadeout that engagingly spoofs the fadeout as a gimmick for ending pop records."Riley notes the repeated chord progression of the coda (I-flat VII-IV-I) "answers all the musical questions raised at the beginnings and ends of bridges,"for "The flat seventh that pose dominant turns into bridges now has an entire chord built on it." This three-chord refrain allows McCartney "a bedding (. . .) to leap about on vocally",as he ad-libs his vocal performance for the rest of the song. Riley concludes that the song "becomes a tour of Paul's vocal range: from the graceful inviting tones of the opening verse, through the mounting excitement of the song itself, to the surging raves of the coda."
  John helped Paul complete the song at Paul's house on July 26th,1968.The following Monday,they rehearsed it with George Harrison and Ringo Starr at Abbey Road.The group recorded 25 takes of the song at position #4 at Abbey Road Studios in two nights,29 July and 30 July 1968.These were mostly rehearsals, however,as they planned to record the master track at Trident Studios to utilize their eight-track recording machine (Abbey Road was still limited to four-tracks).One take from 29 July is available on the Anthology 3 CD.The master rhythm track was recorded on 31 July at Trident.Four takes were recorded; take one was selected. The song was completed on 1 August with additional overdubs including a 36-piece orchestra for the song's long coda,scored by George Martin.The orchestra consisted of ten violins, three violas, three cellos, two flutes, one contra bassoon,one bassoon, two clarinets, one contra bass clarinet, four trumpets, four trombones, two horns,percussion, and two string basses.While adding backing vocals, The group asked the orchestra members if they would clap their hands and sing along to the refrain in the song's coda. Most complied (for a double fee),but one declined, reportedly saying "I'm not going to clap my hands and sing Paul McCartney's bloody song!"
  Ringo Starr almost missed his drum cue. He left for a toilet break - unnoticed by the other Beatles - and The Beatles started recording. In 1994, McCartney said, "Ringo walked out to go to the toilet and I hadn't noticed. The toilet was only a few yards from his drum booth, but he'd gone past my back and I still thought he was in his drum booth. I started what was the actual take,and the song at position #4 goes on for hours before the drums come in and while I was doing it I suddenly felt Ringo tiptoeing past my back rather quickly, trying to get to his drums. And just as he got to his drums, boom boom boom,his timing was absolutely impeccable."
   Between 2:56 and 2:58 of the song, someone can be heard to say, "Hit the wrong chord!", followed by, "Oh, fucking hell!" There is some dispute as to who said this. According to sound engineers Ken Scott and Geoff Emerick it was McCartney, and it was Lennon's idea to leave the mistake in the final mix. "'Paul hit a clunker on the piano and said a naughty word,' Lennon gleefully crowed, 'but I insisted we leave it in, buried just low enough so that it can barely be heard. Most people won't ever spot it?but we'll know it's there.'"However, in the book "Recording The Beatles", engineer Malcolm Toft recalls,"Barry Sheffield engineered the song at position #4',but I mixed it... John Lennon says a very rude word about halfway through the song.At 2:59 you will hear a 'whoa' from him in the background. About two seconds later you will hear,'fucking hell!' This was because when he was doing a vocal backing, Barry sent him the foldback level (headphone volume) too loud and he threw the cans on the ground and uttered the expletive.But, because it had been bounced down [mixed] with the main vocal,it could not be removed. I just managed to bring the fader down for a split second on the mix to try to lessen the effect." Others argue that the voice is Ringo Starr's.
  The song at position #4 clocked in at seven minutes and eleven seconds. The only other chart-topping song worldwide in the 1960s that ran over seven minutes was Richard Harris' "MacArthur Park".In the UK,where "MacArthur Park" did not top the chart,the song at position #4 remained the longest number-one hit for nearly a quarter of a century, until it was surpassed in 1993 by Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)", which ran seven minutes fifty-eight seconds as a single.
   The flipside of "Hey Jude" was the fourth recorded version of "Revolution" (song #41 on the Top 5000), a song that John wrote about the student riots in the USA and Europe during the summer of 1968.
   Upon the release of the song at position #4 single, ?Time Magazine? contrasted it with its B-side "Revolution".?Time? wrote, "The other side of the new disk urges activism of a different sort" as McCartney "liltingly exhorts a friend to overcome his fears and commit himself in love." Music analyst Alan Pollack praised the song at position #4 saying, "it's such a good illustration of two compositional lessons?how to fill a large canvas with simple means, and how to use diverse elements such as harmony,bassline,and orchestration to articulate form and contrast." He also said it is unusual for a long song because it uses a "binary form that combines a fully developed,hymn-like song together with an extended,mantra-like jam on a simple chord progression."Pollack described the song's long coda and fadeout as "an astonishingly transcendental effect,"while Unterberger observed, "What could have very easily been boring is instead
hypnotic".John Lennon said "Hey Jude" was "one of his (Paul's) masterpieces.
   On November 30th.1968 NME reported that sales for the song at position #4 had reached nearly six million copies worldwide.The song at position #4 became the biggest-selling debut release for a record label ever, selling an estimated eight million copies worldwide and topping the charts in eleven countries including Austria,Australia,Norway, the USA,the UK,Canada and Switzerland.
   The song at position #4 was nominated for the Grammy Awards of 1969 in the Record of the Year,Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal categories.It won the 1968 Ivor Novello Award for "A-Side With the Highest Sales".In the NME 1968 Readers' Poll, he song at position #4 was named the best single of the year.In 2001,the song at position #4 was inducted into the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Grammy Hall of Fame.In 2004,it was ranked number 8 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.It came in third on Channel 4's list of 100 Greatest Singles.The Amusement & Music Operators Association ranked "Hey Jude" the 11th-best jukebox single of all time.
   The song at position #4 spent nine (9) weeks at the #1 position on Billboard Magazine.No song between 1956 and 1976 spent more time in the #1 position on Billboard Magazine. In the UK the song only spent two weeks at #1.In Canada,the song at position #4 spent three (3) weeks in the #1 spot.But in Australia the song spent 15 weeks at #1 which is longer than any other song in the entire history of the Australian singles charts. In the USA (both Cash Box and Billboard),Canada and Australia this song was the #1 song for the entire year of 1968. Radio station CKLW in Windsor,Ontario,Canada ranked the song at position #4 as the #1 song for the entire decade of the 1960s.In 1982 radio station WNYC in New York City ranked the song as the #1 song of all-time.In 1999 Radiostation Mix 94 from Perth,Australia ranked the song at position #4 as the seventh (7th) biggest song of all-time.In 2001 Virgin Radio in the UK counted down the 500 best songs of all-time and
ranked this song as the third (3rd) best song of all-time.

   The #3 song is by a band that got their name taken from Georgia (US) bluesmen "Pink Anderson & "Floyd Council". The group at #3 formed as an R&B band in London in 1965.The members of the band consisted of Syd Barret on lead guitar to be replaced by David Gilmour who was born on March 6th,1947 in Cambridge,England on vocals & lead guitar,Roger Waters born on September 6th,1947 in Surrey,England on vocals & bass,Rick Wright born on July 28th,1945 in London on keyboards and Nick Mason born on January 27th,1945 in Birmingham,England on drums.The band evolved into a highly innovative "underground" group in the vein of the mid-1960s "San Francisco sound."In 1967 they became the first British rock band to use a light show as part of their act and achieved wide acclaim in Britain with their album releases of "Piper at The Gates of Dawn" and "A Saucerful Of Secrets". During this time they also came to the attention of US audiences with their release of their Pink Floyd albums on Capitol's Records subsidiary Tower label.
  In 1969 the recording act at #3's albums began appearing on Capitol's affiliate Harvest,including "Ummagumma,"Atom Heart Mother","Relics" and "Meddle".Although these records were best sellers,Pink Floyd became widely known for the many films that utilize the group's music,including "Let's Make Love In London","The Committee","The Valley", "Zabriskie Point" and "Pink Floyd". This group is one of the most visual acts in all of rock,continually presenting new special effects.With supreme craftsmanship and imagination they fit together drome effects,intricate rhythmic patterns,sound collages and ultra-progressive rock.Their touring equipment includes approximately eleven tons of sound and light devices.
  On March 17th,1973 the album that the #3 song of all-time is off of entered the Billboard (US) Magazine's album chart at #95.This album is a concept album by this British progressive rock band. It is notable for its use of Musique concrete and philosophical lyrics, something that would eventually become a trademark of Pink Floyd's music. The album was a landmark in rock music, as it featured radio-friendly songs such as "Money", "Time", "Us and Them", and "Brain Damage/Eclipse". Some music critics use the album as a point of reference in determining between "classic" blues rock and the then-new genre of electronic music.
    "The Dark Side of the Moon" explores the nature of the human experience. For example, "Time" deals with aging and the overwhelmingly fast approach of death. "Money" deals with materialism with tongue-in-cheek lyrics and wealth-related sound effects. "Us and Them" deals with conflict,ethnocentrism, and the belief that a person's self is "always in the right."
    The decision to tackle individual parts of life in an album-length concept work is said to have been conceived during a band meeting in Nick Mason's kitchen around late 1971. This album was recorded by the band and engineer Alan Parsons at Abbey Road Studios between June 1972 and January 1973, the album sessions made use of the most advanced techniques available for recording instruments and sound effects in rock music at that time. Along with the conventional rock band instrumentation, Pink Floyd added prominent synthesisers to their sound as well as some unconventional noises: an assistant engineer running around the studio's echo chamber (during "On The Run"), myriad antique clocks chiming simultaneously (as the intro to "Time"),and a specially-treated bass drum made to sound like a human heartbeat. The heartbeat is most audible as the intro and the outro to the album, but it can also be heard underneath most of the album.The song "Time" and "On The Run" has the low thudding underneath the rest. Roger Waters wrote all of the lyrics in the album and created the early demo tracks in a small garden shed-turned-recording studio at his home. It was in there he also created the intro to "Money" by experimenting with dropping a range of monetary objects.
      Another novelty found on "The Dark Side of the Moon" is the metronomic sequence of sound effects played during "Speak to Me" and "Money." This was achieved by labouriously splicing together recordings of ringing cash registers, clinking coins, tearing paper, and buzzing counting machines onto a two-track tape loop (later adapted to four tracks in order to create a unique "walk around the room" effect in quadrophonic presentations of the album). Due to the sonic experimentation on the album, many songs on "The Dark Side of the Moon" (particularly "On the Run") required every member of the band to operate the faders simultaneously in order to mix down the intricately assembled multitrack recording.
     Pink Floyd also perfected the use of other studio techniques such as the doubletracking of vocals and guitars (allowing David Gilmour to harmonise flawlessly with himself),flanging effects, odd trickery with reverb and the panning of sounds between channels. To this day,audiophiles use "The Dark Side of the Moon" as a reference standard to test the fidelity of audio equipment despite the fact that it was originally mixed from third-generation tape with Dolby noise reduction.
    All four members of Pink Floyd, which included David Gilmour,Nick Mason,Roger Waters, and Richard Wright, had some form of participation in the writing and production of the album, which is a rarity among later Pink Floyd albums. However, it is the first of five consecutive Pink Floyd albums with lyrics completely credited to Roger Waters.
   Waters created the early demo tracks at his Islington home in a small recording studio he had built in his garden shed.Parts of the new album were taken from previously unused material;the opening line of "Breathe" came from an earlier work by Waters and Ron Geesin, written for the soundtrack of The Body, and the basic structure of "Us and Them" was taken from a  piece originally composed by Wright for the film Zabriskie Point.The band rehearsed at a warehouse in London owned by The Rolling Stones, and then at the Rainbow Theatre. They also purchased extra equipment, which included new speakers, a PA system, a 28-track mixing desk with four quadraphonic outputs, and a custom-built lighting rig. Nine tonnes of kit was transported in three lorries; this would be the first time the band had taken an entire album on tour, but it would allow them to refine and improve the new material,which by then had been given the provisional title of The Dark Side of the Moon (an allusion to lunacy, rather than astronomy). 
   Although "The Dark Side of the Moon" was the planned title of the album, upon the discovery that the band "Medicine Head" was to release an album of the same name in 1972, the year prior to The Dark Side of the Moon's release, the band changed the album's title to "Eclipse: A Piece for Assorted Lunatics". However, the "Medicine Head" album flopped, so Pink Floyd was able to revert to the original title without trouble.
   On February 17,1972,more than a year before its release,at the Rainbow Theatre in London "Dark Side of the Moon: A Piece for Assorted Lunatics,as it was then known,was performed in the presence of an assembled press ,and was critically acclaimed.Michael Wale of The Times described the piece as "... bringing tears to the eyes. It was so completely understanding and musically questioning." Derek Jewell of The Sunday Times wrote "The ambition of the Floyd's artistic intention is now vast." Melody Maker was, however, less enthusiastic: "Musically, there were some great ideas, but the sound
effects often left me wondering if I was in a bird-cage at London zoo."The following tour was praised by the public. The new material was performed live, in the same order in which it would eventually be recorded,but obvious differences between the live version, and the recorded version released a year later, included the lack of synthesisers in tracks such as "On the Run", and Bible readings that were later replaced by Clare Torry's non-lexical vocables on "The Great Gig in the Sky".
    On most CD pressings, a barely-audible orchestral version of The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" is audible after "Eclipse", playing very faintly over the heartbeats that close the album. It is unknown why this was included, but it may have been the consequence of a mastering error. The bootleg recording "A Tree Full of Secrets" includes an amplified, re-processed version of this oddity, which allows it to be heard clearly. This is not found on the original vinyls.
     Clare Torry in the 1970s during the recording of "The Dark Side of the Moon" did the vocals for "The Great Gig in the Sky", which are intended to make the listener think of death. However,in 2004 she sued EMI and Pink Floyd for songwriting royalties, claiming that she co-wrote "The Great Gig in the Sky" with keyboardist Richard Wright. She was originally paid 30 pounds for Sunday studio work. The High Court concluded that Torry was correct but the terms of the lawsuit have yet to be decided.On Pink Floyd's 2006 live DVD P*U*L*S*E, Torry is credited with the vocal composition for "The Great Gig in the Sky" segment.
     Snippets of dialogue between and over the top of the songs are also featured on the
recording. Roger Waters devised a method of interviewing people, whereby questions were printed on flashcards in sequential order and the subject's responses were recorded uninterrupted. The questions related to central themes of the album such as madness, violence, and death.Participants were commandeered from around Abbey Road, placed in the darkened studio in front of a microphone, and told to answer the questions in the order which they were presented. This provoked some surprising responses to subsequent questions. For example, the question "When was the last time you were violent?" was immediately followed by "Were you in the right?"
    Recordings of road manager Roger "The Hat" Manifold were the only ones obtained through a conventional sit-down interview because the band members could not find him at the time and his responses (including "give 'em a quick, short, sharp shock..." and "live for today, gone tomorrow, that's me...") had to be taped later when the flashcards had been lost. Another roadie, Chris Adamson, was on tour with Pink Floyd at the time and recorded his explicit diatribe that opens the album ("I've been mad for fucking years, absolutely years, over the edge for yonks...").
     Pink Floyd's executive road manager Peter Watts (father of actress Naomi Watts) contributed the repeated laughter during "Brain Damage" and "Speak to Me." The monologue about "geezers" who were "cruisin' for a bruisin'" and the often-misheard "I never said I was frightened of dying" (during the middle of "The Great Gig in the Sky") came from Peter's wife, Myfanwy Watts.
   The responses "And I am not frightened of dying, any time will do I don't mind. Why should I be frightened of dying, there's no reason for it you've got to go some time" (during "The Great Gig in the Sky") and closing words "there is no dark side of the Moon really... as a matter of fact it's all dark" (over the "Eclipse" heartbeats) came from the Abbey Road Studios' Irish doorman at the time, Gerry Driscoll. Paul and Linda McCartney were also interviewed, but their answers were considered too cautious for inclusion. McCartney's bandmate Henry McCullough contributed the famous line "I don't know, I was really drunk at the time." (Apparently in answer to the question "Why does anyone do anything?", which immediately preceded it.)
     Alan Parsons engineered the album while on staff at Abbey Road. He once said in an interview that he swapped shifts with colleagues in order to work on the whole project.
      The gatefold sleeve of the original LP version.The "Great Pyramids of Giza" Poster.The "concert" poster that came with the original LP version.The album was originally released in a gatefold LP sleeve bearing George Hardie's iconic refracting prism on the cover. Inside were two posters, one bearing pictures of the band in concert with the words PINK FLOYD broken up and scattered about, and the other being a slightly psychedelic image of the Great Pyramids of Giza taken on infrared film. Also included was a sheet of stickers of the pyramids. In 1991, the refracting prism album cover was #35 on Rolling Stone's 100 greatest album covers of all time list.In 2003 VH1 declared that The Dark Side of the Moon had the fourth-greatest album cover of all time,and in 2009 listeners of the UK radio station Planet Rock voted the packaging the greatest album cover of all time..
    "The Dark Side of the Moon" deals conceptually with the pressures of modern life that can drive normal human beings to insanity: materialism, the increased pace of life and travel, the encroachment of old age and death, and the inhumanities of society and armed conflict.Each side of the album is a continuous piece of music. The five tracks on each side reflect various stages of human life,beginning and ending with a heartbeat, exploring the nature of the human experience,and (according to Waters) "empathy". "Speak to Me" and "Breathe" together stress the mundane and futile elements of life that accompany the ever-present threat of madness,and the importance of living one's own life?"Don't be afraid to care".
   These themes are not just delivered by words but are suggested with the sounds of the album.For example, the sound of an aeroplane crash in the track "On The Run" can represent a fear of flight (Wright suggested this could bring fear of death for some). "Time" discusses how quickly life can and will slip by those who are unaware of it and uses actual alarm bells to wake the listener at the beginning of the track. "The Great Gig in the Sky," which had a working title of "The Mortality Sequence," comments on the nature of death as a sad state of being, evidenced by the sounds of the screaming woman throughout this generally instrumental track. The lyrics and sound effects of "Money" flippantly endorse greed for ironic effect, and states that it is "the root of all evil today." "Us and Them" deals with interpersonal conflict, the insanity of warfare and xenophobia.It also addresses the isolation of the depressed with the symbology of conflict and the use of simple dichotomies to describe personal relationships.The meaning of "Any Colour You Like" is not as clear as the other songs,but it is thought to represent the fear of taking risks when making choices.The song title came from an answer frequently given by a studio technician to questions put to him: "You can have it any colour you like," which was a reference to Henry Ford's (apocryphal) description of the Model T: "You can have it any color you like, as long as it's black." "Brain Damage" reaches out to the outsiders ("lunatics")who may be the only people that recognise society's faults. It is also about their former member Syd Barrett, who was forced to leave the band due to mental illness. Finally,"Eclipse" describes the true essence of a person through the impact they have left on others.
  Precursors to the The Dark Side of the Moon concept can be found in many of Pink Floyd's earlier works. The band had previously performed a conceptual piece, The Man and the Journey,based on the everyday life of a man during their 1969 European tour. Roger Waters' lyrical obsession with insanity was in part precipitated by the departure of Syd Barrett (a founding member of Pink Floyd) following his mental collapse. Perhaps most important to the gestation of The Dark Side of the Moon is the song "Echoes" from "Meddle," which also deals with interpersonal relationships using progressive ambient music.
  When the album is played simultaneously with the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, numerous images from the film appear to synchronise with the music and lyrics. All band members (save one) have firmly stated that the phenomenon is a coincidence. This effect has often been called Dark Side of the Rainbow.
   Some of the profits from "The Dark Side of the Moon" were invested in the making of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The members of Pink Floyd were reportedly huge Monty Python fans, to the point of interrupting recording sessions to watch the Flying Circus.
  The Dark Side of the Moon is widely hailed by many critics and fans as Pink Floyd's magnum opus, and is generally considered their definitive album. On Cash Box Magazine (US),in Canada & the UK this was the #1 album for the entire year of 1973. In Australia it was the #3 album for the entire year of 1973 and the # nine (9) album for the entire year of 1974.In 1990 Radio station KZOK from Seattle ranked "The Dark Side Of The Moon"as the second biggest album of all-time only to be surpassed by "Led Zeppelin IV". In 1991 Radio Station KXRX from Seattle ranked "The Dark Side Of The Moon" to also be the #2 album of all-time only to be surpassed by the Beatles' "Sgt.Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band". In 1994 a marketing company in the UK ranked "Dark Side Of The Moon" as the #6 album of all-time in a list comprising all genres of music which included heavy metal, live albums,greatest hits,compilations,indie,soul,rap,folk,country,latin,world & grunge. In 2006 it was voted "My Favourite Album" by viewers and listeners to the Australian
ABC.NME (UK) readers voted the album eighth in their 2006 "Best album of all time" online poll,and in 2009 Planet Rock listeners voted the album the "greatest of all time".The album is also number two on the Definitive 200 Albums of All Time,a list made by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers "in celebration of the art form of the record album".It came 29th in The Observer's (UK) 2006 list of "The 50 albums that changed music",and 37th in The Guardian's (UK) 1997 list of the "100 best albums ever",as voted for by a panel of artists and music critics.In 1990,Australian radio listeners voted it the best album to make love to,and in 2002,Rolling Stone Magazine (US) heralded "The Dark Side of the Moon" as the 11th greatest album of all time."The Dark Side of the Moon" spent 741 weeks on the USA-based Billboard 200 album chart,the longest duration in history.The second longest running album "Johnny's Greatest Hits" by Johnny Mathis only spent 490 weeks on the chart.Not even close.The album also peaked at #1 in New Zealand.
  "The Dark Side of the Moon" is one of the best-selling albums of all time worldwide, and the 20th-best-selling album in the United States. Though it held the #1 spot in the USA (Billboard) for only one week, it spent a total of 741 consecutive weeks, approximately fifteen years, on the list until April 23, 1988 only to be removed by a rule change. To this day, it occupies a prominent spot on Billboard's Pop Catalogue Chart, reaching #1 when the 2003 hybrid CD/SACD edition was released and sold 800,000 copies in the U.S. alone. On the week of May 5, 2006, "The Dark Side of the Moon" achieved a combined total of 1,500 weeks on the Billboard 200 and Pop Catalogue charts.In the UK it is the sixth-best-selling album of all time.
   Sales of the album worldwide total over 45 million as of 2010, with an average "on a slow week" of between 8,000 and 9,000 copies and a total of 400,000 in the year of 2002 making it one of the 200 best-selling albums of that year nearly three decades after its initial release. It is estimated that one in every fourteen people in the U.S. under the age of fifty owns or owned a copy of this album. According to an August 2, 2006 Wall Street Journal article, although the album was released in 1973, it has sold 7.7 million copies since 1991 in the U.S. alone and continues to log 9,600 sales per week domestically.
   The LP was released before platinum awards were introduced by the RIAA on January 1, 1976,and it initially only received a gold disc. However, after the introduction of the album on CD, "The Dark Side of the Moon" would eventually be certified platinum in on February 16,1990. On April 6, 1998,the RIAA certified the album at 15x platinum, denoting sales of fifteen million in the United States alone - making it their second biggest-selling album there."Time","Money" and "Us and Them" remain radio call-in request favourites, with "Money" having sold well as a single in its own right.
   In 1979 "The Dark Side of the Moon" was released as a remastered LP by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL). It has since been re-released several times on CD. MFSL remastered and re-released the album again in CD form, and the album was again re-released later as a remastered CD as part of the 1992 box set "Shine On." The 1992 remaster was then re-released by itself as a 20th Anniversary box set edition with postcards.
  "The Dark Side of the Moon" was re-released as a 30th anniversary hybrid Super Audio CD with a 5.1 channel DSD surround sound version remixed from the original 16-track studio tapes. Some surprise was expressed when longtime producer James Guthrie was called in to mix the new surround mix rather than the original LP engineer, Alan Parsons who had already produced a definitive Quadraphonic mix shortly after the original album was released.This 30th anniversary edition won four Surround Music Awards in 2003. The Dark Side of the Moon was also re-released in 2003 on 180-gram virgin vinyl and included reprints of the original posters and stickers that came with the original vinyl release, along with a new 30th anniversary poster.
 However, being Pink Floyd?s "Dark Side Of The Moon" is no longer #1 that means the entry on the top 6000 will be the most successful track from the album which is ?Money?
        Roger Waters and David Gilmour stated that the song titled "Money" had been composed primarily in 7/8 time;it was composed in 7/4,[3] according to Gilmour 
in an interview with Guitar World magazine in 1993.
   The song changes to 4/4 time for an extended guitar solo.The first of three choruses which comprise the solo was recorded using real-time double tracking.Gilmour played the chorus nearly identically in two passes recorded to two different tracks of a multi-track tape machine.The second chorus is a single guitar.The doubled effect for the third chorus was created using automatic (or "artificial") double-tracking (ADT).
  One of Gilmour's ideas for the solo section was that,for the second chorus of the solo,
all reverb and echo effects would be completely off (referred to as "dry"),creating the sense of just four musicians playing in a small room. For this "dry" chorus, all musicians played softly and subtly, with Gilmour's solo, now one single guitar, playing very sparsely.Then, for the third chorus, the dynamics would suddenly rise, with heavy use of reverb and echo (a "wet" sound), additional rhythm-guitar parts in the background, and the drums becoming heavy and almost chaotic.The form and chord progression are based on the standard twelve-bar blues in the key of B minor, with the vocal melody and nearly all of Gilmour's soloing based on the pentatonic and blues scales.Two twelve-bar verses are followed by a twenty-bar instrumental section that features a blues-style tenor saxophone solo (played by Dick Parry) along with keyboard, bass and drums and a further two-bar intro in 4/4 leading to the guitar solo, which is structured like a twelve-bar blues,but doubled to a twenty-four-bar length.
   The lyrics are briefly referenced in the film Pink Floyd ? The Wall,when the protagonist,Pink is caught writing poems in class by his teacher.The teacher snatches
the poem from him and reads it in a very sarcastic,demeaning manner,practically encouraging Pink's classmates to laugh.The poem is a verse of lyrics to "Money".
      The demo tracks for the song,including some of the sound effects,were recorded in a makeshift recording studio Roger Waters had in his garden shed.As recorded by the band, the song has a "bluesy, transatlantic feel", unlike Waters' original demo version, which he later described as "prissy and very English". As heard on Classic Albums: Pink Floyd ? The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon, the demo is in G-sharp minor, as opposed to the B minor of the final version.
     The instrumental jam was a collaborative effort,with Gilmour overseeing the time change as well as his own guitar and vocal work, and Richard Wright and Nick Mason improvising their own parts. Dick Parry contributed the tenor saxophone solo that precedes the guitar solo. Gilmour's input is also discernible in the final mix,which features contrasting "wet" sections, with thick reverb and delay effects, and "dry" sections.In particular,during the second chorus of the guitar solo,all the reverb and delay effects are suddenly pulled out,creating a much smaller and more intimate virtual space.To produce the distinctive piercing high notes that distinguish the final chorus of his solo, Gilmour played a customized Lewis guitar with twenty-four frets, allowing a full four-octave range.
   One of the most distinctive elements of "Money" is the rhythmic sequence of sound effects that begins the track and is heard throughout the first several bars.This was created by splicing together recordings Waters had made of clinking coins,a ringing cash register,tearing paper,a clicking counting machine and other items to construct a seven-beat effects loop.It was later adapted to four tracks in order to create a "walk around the room" effect in the quadraphonic mix of "The Dark Side of the Moon".
   In the video Classic Albums:Pink Floyd?The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon, engineer Alan Parsons described the recording of the band's initial backing track 
for the song:They used the sound-effect tape loop as a sort of metronome,but Parsons gradually faded out the loop before the vocals started. As the song progressed,the band gradually sped up, yet later, between the second verse and the saxophone solo, Parsons briefly raised up the volume of the effects loop, and just by coincidence,it turned out to fit the beat.After this point,the loop is not heard again.
  In 2008, Guitar World magazine listed Gilmour's solo on "Money" as #62 among readers' votes for "The Greatest 100 Guitar Solos".The song also was ranked #69 on the list of "The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time" of Rolling Stone.
  Before I close on a more personal note.I have been to many rock concerts. I have seen some of the heavyweights of Rock & Roll in concert like "Led Zeppelin","Rolling Stones","The Who","Queen","Van Halen","Bryan Adams,"AC/DC,"U2","Inxs","Ozzy Osbourne", "Grateful Dead","Bob Dylan","Red Hot Chili Peppers","Def Leppard"and some mediocre rock recording acts like "Motley Crue","Righteous Brothers","Proclaimers","Living Colour", "Joan Jett & Blackhearts","Robert  Plant","Bachman Turner Overdrive","REO Speedwagon","ZZ Top","Jefferson Starship","Sting","Crests","Drifters","Silverchair","Peter Gabriel and many others. And I hate to admit this as a US citizen but I must tip my hat off to the Canadians (even though they implicitly insult Americans every time they slap that flag on their backpacks). I must tip my hat to the Canadians because of all the rock concerts I've been to the best one I saw was on Canada Day (July 1st) in 1994 in Winnipeg,Canada when I saw "Pink Floyd" perform on their "Division Bell" tour. The lights and the effects were just awesome.Good reason why "Pink Floyd is at #1".Further,anybody who's been to a "Pink Floyd" concert would agree with me.Especially if like me you had the opportunity to enjoy a good smoke while watching the concert.

     
  The song at a position #2 has a good reason for being where it is.It is the reason Pink Floyd is no longer at #1.It is by a singer who born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins on May 5,1988 in Tottenham,Greater London,England This song at position #2 received some success going to #1 in the US,UK,Ausralia and Canada.As a matter of fact US Billboard Magazine ranked this song as the #1 single for the entire year of 2011.In 2013 this song ranked at #31 of all-time (1958-2013) on Billboard's Magazine.In Canada this song was #3 for the entire year of 2011 and in Australia (ARIA) it was number five (5) for the year 2011.However,in her native UK (OCC) this song was only #9 for the entire year of 2011.
  Although unlike #1 this song is not where it is for it's performance on the single charts.It is where it is because of the performance of the album this song is off of.The album the song in position #2 is off of spent 23 weeks at #1 in the UK,24 weeks at #1 in the USA (since 1963 only "Rumors" and "Thriller" spent more time at #1),32 weeks at #1
in Australia and 35 weeks at #1 in Canada (Canoe/Billboard).The album (hands down) was the #1 album of 2011 in the the US (Billboard),UK,Canada and Australia.Further that in Canada and the USA it not only was the #1 album for 2011 but also the #1 album for all of 2012.In the UK it was the #2 album for 2012 and in Australia in 2012  it was the #3 
album of the year.Still further on Billboard (US) the album ranked at #21 on the 2013 year-end countdown.Now you should know why Pink Floyd is no longer #1.
   The album song at #2 is off of is the second studio album by this English recording artist.It was released on January 24th,2011 in most of Europe,and on February 22,2011 in North America,it was named after the age of the singer during its production.The album shares the folk and Motown soul influences of her 2008 debut album 19,but was further inspired by the American country and Southern blues music to which she had been exposed during her 2008?2009 North American tour.Composed in the aftermath of the singer's separation from her partner,the album typifies the near dormant tradition of the confessional singer-songwriter in its exploration of heartbreak,self-examination and forgiveness.
 The singer of the song at position #2 began writing the album in April of 2009,when still involved in the relationship that subsequently inspired the record.Dissatisfied with once again portraying herself as the musical tragedian of her debut,she had intended to compose a more upbeat and contemporary follow-up.However,studio sessions ended prematurely due to a lack of inspiration.She resumed production immediately after the breakdown of her relationship,channelling her heartbreak and depression into her songs.The singer collaborated with various songwriters and producers,including Columbia Records co-president Rick Rubin,Paul Epworth,Ryan Tedder,Jim Abbiss, and Dan Wilson.
 Praised by critics for its understated production,vintage authenticity and the singer's vocal performance,the album defied the modest commercial expectations of her indie record label XL Recordings and became a sleeper hit in 2011.The album topped the charts in more than 30 countries including New Zealand,Argentina,Belgium,Brazil,Croatia,Czech Republic,
Denmark,theNetherlands,Finland,France,Germany,Hungary,Ireland,Italy,Mexico,Norway,Poland,Scotland,Slovenia,South Africa,Sweden and Switzerland.The album went to #2 in Spain and Russia. Along with this album being the number one album of 2011 in the US,UK,Australia and Canada.It was also the #1 album for the entire year of 2011 in New Zealand,Belgium,
Netherlands,France,Germany,Ireland,Poland,South Africa and Switzeland.Also along with the album being the number one album of the year for all of 2012 in the USA and Canada.It was the number one album for all of 2012 in Argentina,Austria,Belgium,Denmark,Netherlands,
France,New Zealand and Switzerland.In Belgium it was the #8 album for 2013.This album appeared in the 2012 edition of the Guinness World Records;The United Kingdom's best-selling album of the 21st century,its 23-week tenure atop the UK Albums Chart is the longest by a female solo artist.In the United States, the album was certified Diamond. Singles "Rolling in the Deep", "Someone like You" and "Set Fire to the Rain" became worldwide number-one hits,while "Rumour Has It" and "Turning Tables" charted in the top 20 across Europe and North America.
     Globally, this was the biggest selling musical release for both 2011 and 2012,and helped revitalise lagging sales of the United States and UK music industry. By July 2014 the album had sold 30 million copies worldwide. Critics hailed the album as a shift from the overtly sexual and musically bombastic status quo,and attributed its success to its deeply autobiographical yet universal songs. Shortlisted for the 2011 Mercury Prize,this album won the 2012 Grammy Award for Album of the Year and the BRIT Award for British Album of the Year.

  The song at position #2 is the most successful track from this album.The song was written by the singer of the song at position #2 and Paul Epworth.The singer herself describes it as a "dark blues-y gospel disco tune".The largest crossover hit in the United States from the past 25 years,the song gained radio airplay from many different radio formats.It was first released on November 29th,2010 as the lead single from her second studio album in digital download format.The lyrics describe the emotions of a scorned lover.
  In an interview with the singer of the song at position #2 she expressed her initial reservations prior to meeting with Paul Epworth due to their divergent musical styles,but characterised their collaboration as "a match made in heaven."She also credited Epworth for her increased vocal confidence,stating, "He brought a lot out of me. He brought my voice out as well?there's notes that I hit in that song at #2 that I never even knew I could hit." According to reviewer Bill Lamb, the song at position #2 features "martial beats,pounding piano keys and chanting backing singers".The singer's vocals have been described as having a "hint of Wanda Jackson's dirty-blues growl".According to Nadine Cheung from AOL Radio Blog the song is "sung from the perspective of a scorned lover, who is finally able to see the light,but despite regretful sentiments,
reconciliation is not an option here.The song at position #2 is written in the key of C minor,in common time with a tempo of 105 beats per minute.The accompaniment uses open fifths,in a progression of C5?G5?B?5?G5?B?5. The singer's voice spans from B?3 to D5,the highest note sung using the head voice.
  The song was reportedly inspired by a Nashville-schooled US tour bus driver,and composed by Epworth and the singer of the song at position #2 in a single afternoon following her breakup with her boyfriend.
  The song at position #2 was acclaimed by music critics and represented a commercial breakthrough for this singer,propelling her to international success.The song reached number one in 11 countries and the top five in many more regions.It was Adele's first number-one song in the United States,reaching the top spot on many Billboard charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 where it was number one for seven weeks.By February 2012, this song had sold over 7,600,000 copies in the United States,making it the highest selling digital song by a female artist in the US,the second best-selling digital song in the US and her best-selling single outside her native country,topping her previous best-selling "Chasing Pavements".Worldwide,it was the fifth best selling digital single of 2011 with sales of 8.2 million copies,later going on to sell over 14 million copies.The song spent 65 weeks on the US Billboard chart,making the song at that time the fourth most weeks spent on the chart,tying the place with Jewel with her double single "Foolish Games"/"You Were Meant for Me".
   In July 2011,the video was nominated for seven MTV Video Music Awards nominations,making it the most nominated music video of the year. The video won three awards:Best Editing,Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction.On February 12,2012,the song at position #2 received three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year,Song of the Year and Best Short Form Music Video.Critics and music publications ranked the song highly on their end-of-year lists.
   The song at position #2 is the fourth song to top the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles chart and to win both Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in the same year, after "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel in 1970/1971, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack in 1972/1973, and "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes in 1981/1982.  
  The big question is! Will this song be #1 of all-time on my chart in 2019 when I do the Top 6500 of all-time count down.Only time will tell!!!!!
 
    The last time I compiled an all-time list was in 2010.In the past four year many advancements have been made for LGBT people.As of June 28,2014,sixteen countries (Argentina,Belgium,Brazil,Canada,Denmark,
France,Iceland,Netherlands,New Zealand,Norway,Portugal,Spain,South Africa,Sweden,United Kingdom,Uruguay) and several sub-national jurisdictions (parts of Mexico and the United States) allow same-sex couples to marry. The law in Luxembourg will come into force on January 1 2015.Polls in various countries show that there is rising support for legally recognizing same-sex marriage across race, ethnicity,age,religion,political affiliation and socioeconomic status.
  Now LGBT people make another advancement.For 60 years of rock & roll the number one song is by an LBGT singer.After spending 12 years at #2 on the all-time hit list "Sir Elton John" finally moves into the penthouse with the biggest selling single of all-time "CANDLE IN THE WIND '97".
        The recording act at position #1 is the second most successful solo recording act of all-time next to Elvis Presley.He was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947 in the northwest London suburb of Pinner, Middlesex, near Watford in England. He was born at home in the modest council house at 55 Pinner Hill Road that was the home of his maternal grandparents, with whom his newlywed parents, Stanley and Sheila Dwight, were living at the time.When the young family was better established, they purchased a nicer, semi-detached house around the corner at 111 Potter Street.Reginald was educated at nearby Pinner County Grammar School until he dropped out at the age of 15 to pursue a career in the music industry.
     The two defining issues of the recording act at position #2's early childhood were music and the lack of love he received from his father.Years later, when Stanley Dwight was on his deathbed and requested a final visit from his rock star son,Reginald refused to meet with him.
    Reginald has stated that his wild stage costumes and performances were his way of letting go after such a restrictive childhood. Extending this idea,it is likely that the excesses and addictions of his personal life had some basis in these childhood issues. Additionally,Reginald's ceaseless ambition to succeed, manifested even today by a nearly endless touring schedule, may well be grounded in the desire of every child to "prove" himself in the eyes of an unaproving parent.
    Both of Reginald's parents were musically inclined, his father having been a trumpet player with a semi-professional big band that played military dances. The Dwights were avid record buyers,exposing the boy to all the popular singers and musicians of the day.Reginald remembers being immediately hooked on rock and roll when his mother brought home records by Elvis Presley and Bill Haley and his Comets in 1956.
    With the help of mother Sheila and stepfather Fred "Derf" (Fred spelled backwards) Farebrother,Reginald Dwight became a weekend pianist at the nearby Northwood Hills pub, playing on Friday,Saturday and Sunday nights. The crowd was often rough sometimes an unruly patron would dump a pint of beer into Reginald's piano and the youngster had to work hard to please them. He played everything from Jim Reeves country songs ("He'll Have to Go") to Irish folk numbers ("When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"), decades-old ditties ("Beer Barrel Polka"), hits of the day ("King of the Road"), and songs he had written himself. He received a modest, steady income and substantial tips. "During that whole period, I don't think I ever missed a gig", he said later. He also did a stint with a short-lived group called the Corvettes rounded out his time.
      In 1964, Dwight and his friends formed a band called "Bluesology". By day, he ran errands for a music publishing company; he divided his nights between solo gigs at a London hotel bar and working with "Bluesology". By the mid-1960s,"Bluesology" was backing touring American soul and R&B musicians like The "Isley Brothers", "Major Lance", "Doris Troy" and "Patti LaBelle and The Bluebelles". In 1966, the band became musician Long John Baldry's supporting band and began touring cabarets in England.
     After failing lead vocalist auditions for "King Crimson" and "Gentle Giant", Dwight answered an advertisement in the "New Musical Express" placed by Ray Williams, then the A&R manager for Liberty Records. At their first meeting, Williams gave Dwight a stack of lyrics written by Bernie Taupin, who had answered the same ad. Dwight wrote music for the lyrics, and then mailed it to Taupin, and thus began a partnership that continues to this day. In 1967, what would become the first Elton John/Bernie Taupin song, "Scarecrow", was recorded; when the two first met, six months later, Reginald Dwight had changed his name to Elton John, by deed poll, in homage to "Bluesology" saxophonist "Elton Dean" and "Long John Baldry".
    Empty Sky, Elton John's 1969 debut album, went largely unnoticed.The team of John and Taupin joined Dick James's DJM Records as staff songwriters in 1968, and over the next two years wrote material for various artists, like Roger Cook and Lulu. Taupin would write a batch of lyrics in under an hour and give it to John, who would write music for them in half an hour, disposing of the lyrics if he couldn't come up with anything quickly. For two years, they wrote easy-listening tunes for James to peddle to singers.
     Their early output included an entry for British song for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1969,called "Can't Go On (Living Without You)" It came sixth of six songs.
      During this period Elton also played on sessions for other artists including playing piano on The Hollies' "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" and singing backing vocals for "The Scaffold".
    On the advice of music publisher Steve Brown, John and Taupin started writing more complex songs for John to record for DJM. The first was the single "I've Been Loving You" (1968), produced by Caleb Quaye, former "Bluesology" guitarist. In 1969, with Quaye, drummer Roger Pope, and bassist Tony Murray, John recorded another single, "Lady Samantha," and an album, "Empty Sky". Despite good reviews, none of the records sold well.
    Elton and Taupin now enlisted Gus Dudgeon to produce a follow-up with Paul Buckmaster as arranger. "Elton John" was released in the spring of 1970 on DJM Records/Pye Records in the UK and Uni Records in the USA, and established the formula for subsequent albums; gospel-chorded rockers and poignant ballads. The first single from the album, "Border Song," only made the US Top 100 peaking at #92. After the second single "Your Song" made the US Top Ten, the album followed suit. Elton's first American concert took place at The Troubadour in Los Angeles (his introduction was provided by Neil Diamond), in August, backed by ex-Spencer Davis Group drummer Nigel Olsson and bassist Dee Murray. Kicking over his piano bench Jerry Lee Lewis-style and performing handstands on the keyboards, Elton left the critics raving, and drew praise from fellow artists such as Quincy Jones and Bob Dylan.
    In the spring of 1970,Elton was recruited to provide piano and backing vocals on "Back Home",the song recorded by the England football squad which was about to depart to Mexico for the World Cup finals.
    "Elton John" was followed quickly with the concept album Tumbleweed Connection in October 1970,which reached the Top Ten on the Billboard 200. A frenetic pace of releasing two albums a year was now established.
   The live album 17-11-70 (11-17-70 in the US) showcased Elton's talent as a rock pianist and father of piano rock. Taped at a live show aired from A&R Studios on WPLJ-FM in New York City, and introduced by disc jockey Dave Herman, it featured extended versions of John/Taupin's early compositions that illustrate the gospel and boogie-woogie influences on John's piano playing.It also featured much interaction between John,bassist Dee Murray, and drummer Nigel Olsson. During the magnum opus 18:20 version of "Burn Down the Mission", the band interpolates Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's "My Baby Left Me" and a full rendition of The Beatles' "Get Back" before a rampaging conclusion.
   Elton and Taupin then wrote the soundtrack to the obscure film "Friends" and then the album "Madman Across the Water", the latter reaching the Top Ten and producing the hit "Levon", while the soundtrack album produced the hit "Friends".
      Elton John's sixth album, "Madman Across the Water" in 1972, marked the final piece of what would become known as the Elton John Band fell into place, with the addition of Davey Johnstone (on guitar and backing vocals). Murray, Olsson, and Johnstone came together with Elton and Taupin's writing,Elton's flamboyant performance style, and producer Gus Dudgeon to create a hit-making chemistry for the next five Elton John albums. Known for their instrumental playing, the members of the band were also strong backing vocalists who worked out and recorded many of their vocal harmonies themselves, usually in Elton's absence.
       The band released Honky Chateau, which became Elton's first American number 1 album, spending five (5)weeks at the top of the charts and spawning the hit singles "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time)" and "Honky Cat".
     The 1973 pop album "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player" came out at the start of 1973,and produced the hits "Crocodile Rock" and "Daniel"; the former became his first U.S. number one hit. (Ironically this, like his other famous 1970s solo hits, would be popular in his native land but never top the UK Singles Chart; this achievement would have to wait two decades.) Both the album and "Crocodile Rock" were the first album and single, respectively on the consolidated MCA Records label in the USA, replacing MCA's other labels including Uni.
  "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", a double album considered by many to be Elton John's best album,followed later in 1973. It gained instant critical acclaim and topped the chart on both sides of the Atlantic. It also temporarily established Elton John as a glam rock star. It contained the US Number 1 hit "Bennie and the Jets", along with the popular and praised "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road","Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting", "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding", "Grey Seal" (originally recorded and released in 1970 as the B-side to the UK-only single, "Rock and Roll Madonna")and "Candle in the Wind".
  For the next two decades Elton John's success continued.But twenty four (24) years later in 1997 one song from the "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" album titled "Candle in The Wind",a song with music by Elton and the lyrics by Bernie Taupin,was suddenly resurrected.The lyrics of the song are a sympathetic portrayal of the life of Marilyn Monroe (the song's opening line "Goodbye Norma Jean" refers to Monroe's real name) and condemn exploitation by those around her,using the metaphor of a candle extinguished prematurely after the loneliness of her final years. The single release of the original song reached number eleven (11) on the UK charts and #6 on the Australian singles chart in early 1974, and a live recording with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 1986 reached number (5) five in 1988 in the UK and it reached #6 in the USA (Billboard).
  On August 31,1997 Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris,France.The news immediately shocked Elton John,as he and the Princess had been very good friends:he had also lost another good friend,the fashion designer Gianni Versace, earlier in the summer,and had attended his funeral with Diana.As a result of these deaths, John sank into a deep depression, and considered not going to the funeral due to the emotional trauma.In the end, he decided to attend after receiving support from other friends. Following the recovery,John decided he wanted to pay a tribute to Diana: with that in mind, he contacted his veteran writing partner,Bernie Taupin.Due to the confusion created by a message John left on Taupin's answering machine in which he asked Taupin to write a lyric similar to "Candle in the Wind", Taupin rewrote that song.George Martin was contacted to help produce the song,and added a string quartet,(Peter Manning,Keith Pascoe,Levine Andrade and Andrew Shulman) and woodwind(Pippa Davies,flute) to help balance the recording.
      On September 6, 1997, John sang the song at the funeral of his friend Diana, Princess of Wales in Westminster Abbey, London having rewritten the lyrics with Taupin to try to reflect the grief that many felt at the loss of the Princess. He changed the opening lyrics from "Goodbye Norma Jean,though I never knew you at all," were adapted to "Goodbye England's rose, may you ever grow in our hearts." In fact, most of the lyrics were adapted to suit the circumstances of Diana's life and death, but a notable and poignantly ironic omission was the line, "Even when you died, the press still hounded you..." which was replaced with the lyric, "Even though we try, the truth brings us to tears..."
   "Candle in the Wind 1997", produced by George Martin, was released on September 13, 1997 as a double A-side with "Something about the Way You Look Tonight", entering at #1 in the UK (4th UK #1) and instantly became the fastest-selling single in the UK, selling 658,000 copies in the UK on that day alone, over 1.5 million copies in its first week, becoming the fastest-selling record of all time in the UK charts.It also remained at number one for five (5) weeks in the UK. In October it became John's ninth U.S. number one single,where it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks,and is the best-selling single in Billboard history and the only single ever certified Diamond in the U.S.
   "Candle in the Wind 1997" topped the German Singles Chart for seven weeks,the Australian ARIA Charts for six weeks reached number one in Japan,Canada,France and 
music charts around the world.
   The 1997 version won John the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 40th Grammy Awards ceremony in 1998.The lyrics of the earlier version of "Candle in the Wind", written by Bernie Taupin.
   According to the Recording Industry Association of America,with certified sales,this song is "the best-selling single of all time."The Guinness World Records 2009 
states that the song is "the biggest-selling single since UK and US singles charts began in the 1950s,having accumulated worldwide sales of 33 million copies".
    This song spent six (6) weeks at #1 in Australia.It also becoming the first song in history to reach the top in each of the four major countries in the music industry: USA,Japan,United Kingdom and Germany.The song also went to #1 in Austria,Belgium,the Netherlands,Finland,New Zealand,Denmark,Spain,Austria,France,Ireland,Italy,Norway,Sweden, Switzerland and Canada. It is estimated that at the peak of sales,almost six copies of the single were sold per second.
   In the USA,UK,Canada and Australia "Candle In The Wind (97) was the #1 single for the entire year of 1997.In the USA "Candle In The Wind (97) spent 14 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Singles Chart a record for a male solo artist.Only one other song has spent more time at #1 on the Billboard Singles Chart.The song eventually sold 4.86 million copies in the UK, overtaking "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by "Band Aid" to be certified as the best-selling single of all time in the UK.It also sold over 11 million copies in the U.S. (again the all-time best-selling single) after receiving advance orders of nearly 9 million,and was number one in most countries around the world (In Canada,it spent three years in the top 20 with 46 non-consecutive weeks at the top spot).No song has spent more time at #1 on the singles chart in Canada.However, the song's unusual chart performance in Canada has also been explained as a structural factor;due to the relative lack of CD singles available for sale in Canadian stores,in some weeks the song was able to chart on sales of less than 100 copies across the entire country.
     As a testament to the song at position #1's success,it is estimated that at the
peak of sales,almost six copies of the single were sold across the world per second.
In total, over 37 million copies were sold around the world,making it the best-selling
single of all-time worldwide,although it should be noted that this sales figure takes
into account only CD-singles and was released after the era of the traditional single 
had effectively ended;Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" remains the biggest-selling
traditional vinyl single. All artist and composer royalties and record company profits
were donated to the Diana,Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
    John publicly performed "Candle in the Wind 1997" only once, at the funeral of Diana,Princess of Wales in Westminster Abbey on September 6,1997.Though he continues to sing the original 1973 version of the song at his concerts,John has repeatedly turned down requests to perform the 1997 version.He refused even when asked to do so for the memorial Concert for Diana in July 2007,having vowed never to perform it again unless asked by Diana's sons.The song has never been released (or re-released) on any of his other albums or compilations,not even on the 1997 Diana Princess of Wales: Tribute album (an official 2-CD release sanctioned by Diana's family that included other artists such as Celine Dion and Rod Stewart)..
   Candle In The Wind is also the name of a 1941 play by Maxwell Anderson.


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