What makes a pop song an immortal classic? A catchy melody and memorable lyrics that speak to your heart, mind, and body. Such songs have the elements of drums driving you through life’s highs and lows. Based on these facets, here is our list of the 5 top songs of all time.
Prince and the Revolution: When Doves Cry (1984)
From the opening scene, where we see a silhouette of Prince standing over his bathtub coughing up items, he didn’t want anyone noticing underwater. “When Doves Cry” is undoubtedly one of the most memorable moments for any music video from that golden era. The catchy tune helped establish him as an overnight superstar. Moreover, it served as an introduction to what would be called Purple Rain many years later.
Mariah Carey: Fantasy (1995)
“Fantasy” is one of the most iconic pop songs in music history. It was released at a time when Mariah Carey’s popularity peaked. It became her second song to debut atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart only behind “Hero.” The track combines many genres like R&B and light hip-hop that was popular during its release year. Many people view this as an effortless blend, which makes it such a success among listeners today.
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Impressions: People Get Ready (1965)
“People Get Ready” by Curtis Mayfield was a gospel-influenced classic that broke through the pop charts in 1965. The song only reached No. 14 on the chart, but its social and political overtones were perfect for what would become known as “The Sixties.” It has been covered repeatedly by many artists, including Bob Dylan and Dionne Warwick. However, it is most popular with young people today because of appearances in movies like Shrek 2 (2004), where Donkey sings this tune to encourage Fiona’s escape from Duloc Castle. It’s after Prince Charming jilts her at their wedding ceremony without explanation or apology.
Bill Haley and His Comets: Rock Around the Clock (1954)
One of the most significant discussions in rock-and-roll history has been what is actually considered the first song to come from this genre. With so many different sources, there can be no lack of disagreement on such a subject. However, one piece that cannot be debated is who had their tune reach No. 1 on pop charts for at least three weeks–“Rock Around The Clock.” Initially released in 1954, Chuck Berry’s timeless gem helped pave the way into what would soon become rock music. Its future endeavors decades later with artists like Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson taking over radio waves throughout America.
Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z: Crazy in Love (2003)
Beyonce’s solo debut away from Destiny’s Child was one of the most anticipated pop events in 2003. Her first single, “Crazy in Love,” with its powerful hook, peaked at No. 1 on both U.S. and U.K. charts for eight weeks straight. The song features Beyoncé blending an early 1970s soul feel with a hip-hop attitude that made it impossible to turn off your speakers when this track played out loud. Every lyric she sings is about being a woman who is crazy because her man can make her do anything he wants.
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