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Top-10 Pop Songs Ever

Updated: Apr 13



The reason why people choose something is usually more insightful than what their choice is. For instance, what about the choice of household pets? Which makes a better pet: a cat or a dog?


  • Cats are finicky while dogs are loyal.

  • Dogs don't scratch furniture but require baths and walks.

  • Cats sometimes bite or scratch guests but won’t slobber on them.

  • Cats kill mice and eat bugs in the house, while dogs eat the TV remote.

  • Cats do their business outside, but you must let them in and out all hours of the day and night.

Dog owners want a friend.

Cat owners want a walking, autonomous home decoration.


Guest of cat owner: “Oh, look at the pretty cat.”


But this isn’t what this post is about.


I wish to offer you something almost as important as your choice of pets: My Top-10 list of pop songs ever. But first, I’ll provide you with the criteria I used to select these songs. Without the reasons why, the list isn’t as meaningful.


Criteria for the Top-10 pop songs ever


  1. Bands, not soloists. Songs sung by soloists like Taylor Swift and Billy Idol are fabulous, but if I chose from those numbers, my Top-10 list would really be my favorite solo artists. Thus, I’m limiting the list to pieces performed by bands.

  2. Only one band per piece, else the list would be my favorite bands.

  3. Top-10 songs are selected only by how they sound, not how the performers looked or acted, how psychotic they were in real life, or even how good or bad their music videos were.

  4. Emphasis on longevity. A truly exceptional song retains its relevancy for many years.

  5. Tightness. Is every part of the melody, harmony, lyrics, and rhythm vital, and does every part enhance the other parts?

  6. Complexity is not required. Some of these songs are exceptionally simple.

  7. Above all, if I hear the song on the radio will I stop changing stations? When I arrive at my destination, will I keep the car engine running until the song ends?


Top-10 pop songs ever

As you listen to these songs on YouTube, turn on closed captioning if it’s available. I’ve listed my Top-ten songs in order of their publication date.


  • Soul Vaccination (Tower of Power, 1973) How could anyone not like this song? See lyrics. I love the word, “Honkypox.”

  • Don’t Fear the Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult, 1976) Mysterious, about the foolishness of fearing the inevitability of death.

  • Play that Funky Music (Wild Cherry, 1976) Song was inspired by a fan asking that very question: Are you going to play any funky music?

  • Dreams (Fleetwood Mac, 1977) What’s astonishing about this song is it consists of exactly two chords. This song demonstrates how much can happen with the simplest of harmonies. Check out this video.

  • Brick House (The Commodores, 1977) Tight sound. Nothing missing, nothing left over.

  • Uncle Albert (Wings, 1977). McCartney said it’s reflective of an apology for his moving far away from his parents and siblings and not visiting them often enough.

  • Too Much Time on My Hands (Styx, 1981) A timeless warning for every youth. See lyrics.

  • Tom Sawyer (Rush, 1981). About teenagers. A portion of the song is in 7/8 time. Ten points for you if you can hear it. See lyrics.

  • Walking on Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves, 1983)

  • Independent Women (Destiny’s Child, 2000) I dare you to try to do anything else while listening to this song.


Runners-up

Just to show you that I’m reasonable, here is a list of my runners-up.


  • Good Vibrations (The Beach Boys, 1966) Their songs are too short. I feel cheated because just when I get into them, they end.

  • Diamonds are Forever (Shirley Bassey, 1971) isn’t a pop song but the title song to the movie Diamonds are Forever. It’s sung by a soloist, not a band, but it’s so darn good! See lyrics.

  • Frankenstein (Edgar Winter Group, 1972) Unique and without lyrics.

  • Kashmir (Led Zeppelin, 1975) One of the most epic guitar riffs in rock band history, with its superimposed 3/4 and 4/4 time signature. I wish the song were more varied.

  • Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen, 1975) This deserves to be in my top 10, but it’s played so often and is so well known that it has lost its appeal. I’ll move it up to the Top 10 after I haven’t heard it for a while.

  • More Than a Feeling (Boston, 1976) A great song. Check out this video if you want to be even more impressed.

  • Come Sail Away (Styx, 1977). That song and Too Much Time on My Hands are the best.

  • Barracuda (Heart, 1977) Tight song. Every note is needed, there is nothing extra. See Lyrics. The song was written in one day after the two lead singers were treated rudely by a sleazy journalist.

  • Working for the Weekend (Loverboy, 1981) Total exuberance.

  • Never Gonna Let You Go (Sergio Mendes, 1983) I love it, but it’s sung by an artist and not a band, thus not meeting the Top-10 criteria. It contains twenty-two modulations subtly crafted not to sound like they’re there. If you want to be impressed, watch this video.

  • Let’s Hear It for the Boy (Deniece Williams, 1984) Easily the happiest song ever written, but it’s sung by an artist and not by a band.

  • That Thing You Do (The Wonders, 1996) It's great song, but it’s performed by a fictional band. The song is from the movie of the same name. Watch the movie! You’ll love it.

  • Believer (Imagine Dragons, 2017) Positive message of overcoming pain and adversity.


Do you know of better pop songs that I've forgotten? Please let me know so my life can be even better. Together, we can help make the world a better place.


So long as you know the right songs.

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That's a tough call considering the rich history of pop music! With countless iconic tracks from different eras and artists, curating a list of the all-time best pop songs is quite the challenge. It'll be interesting to see which timeless classics and modern hits make the cut on this list. Music truly holds the power to evoke nostalgia and connect generations through its diverse melodies and beats! It's worth noting that songs that hit the top should definitely use the best spotify promotion services.

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I liked the song that is number 5 on your first list. I want to try to remix this song, but first I need to convert it to mp3 so I can work on the audio. For this purpose, my friend advised me the best mp3 converter for mac and one of these days I will try to create my first remix!

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J.J. Richardson
Nov 29, 2023
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Sounds great. I hope you succeed with it and make it even better.

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