It captured everything that was light, dreamy and angelic about The Beach Boys, yet stretched their template into new galaxies of sound. David Bowie – ‘Ashes To Ashes’ (1980, RCA). This listing is about songs which, in theory at least, ooze quality and have longevity. The White Stripes – ‘Seven Nation Army’ (2003, XL). A thousand karaoke versions cannot destroy this epic, vocally demanding ballad. - Randy Alpert - Ricky Walters - Ronald Lawrence - Sean Puffy Combs, Auteur : Amir Amor - Deleon Blake - Kesi Dryden - Leon Rolle - Piers Aggett - Rita Sahatçiu Ora - Roméo Testa - Yogesh Tulsiani, Auteur : Ari Levine - Bruno Mars - Khalil Walton - Khari Cain - Philip Lawrence, Auteur : Ben E. King - Jerry Leiber - Mike Stoller, Auteur : Damon Albarn / Compositeurs : Alex James - Damon Albarn - Dave Rowntree - David Rowntree - Graham Coxon, Auteur : Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo - Thomas Bangalter, Auteur : Caroline Ailin - Emily Warren - Ian Kirkpatrick, Auteur : Andy Taylor - John Taylor - Nick Rhodes - Roger Taylor - Simon Le Bon, Auteur : Jess Glynne - Ina Wroldsen - Jack Patterson - Janee Bennett, Auteur : Brian Burton - Damon Albarn - Jamie Hewlett / Compositeurs : David Jolicoeur, Auteur : Brian Higgins - Matthew Gray - Paul Barry - Steven Torch - Stuart Mclennan - Timothy Powell, Auteur : Shaznay Lewis - Susannah Melvoin - William Orbit, Auteur : Bernard Sumner - Gillian Gilbert - Peter Hook - Stephen Morris, Auteur : Bubbler Ranx - Glen Goldsmith - Oliver Jacobs - Peter Andre - Phillip Jocobs - Wayne Anthony, Auteur : Lukas Forchhammer - Morten Pilegaard - Morten Ristorp - Stefan Forrest, Auteur : Oladayo Olatunji - Richard Kylie Cowie - Rodney Hwingwiri / Compositeurs : Oladayo Olatunji - Richard Kylie Cowie - Rodney Hwingwiri, Auteur : Amanda Ghost - James Blunt - Sacha Skarbek, Compositeurs : Billy Steinberg - Chrissie Hynde - Pretenders - Tom Kelly, Auteur : Ari Levine - Brody Brown - Bruno Mars - Cee Lo Green - Philip Lawrence / Compositeurs : Bruno Mars, Auteur : Leroy Green - Ron Kersey / Compositeurs : Leroy Green - Tyrone Kersey, Auteur : Gerry Rafferty / Compositeurs : Gerry Rafferty - Graham Preskett, Auteur : Russell Jones / Compositeurs : Robert Diggs, Auteur : Charlotte Aitchison - Linus Eklöw - Patrik Berger, Auteur : Alanis Morissette - Glen Ballard, Auteur : Dua Lipa - Jason Dean - Joseph Kirkland - Larzz Principato - MNEK - Skyler Stonestreet, Auteur : Claydes Smith - D. Thomas - G. Brown - Joe Galdo - Lawrence Dermer - R. Westfield - Rafael Vigil - Robert Bell - Robert Spike Mickens - Ronald Bell, Auteur : Allee Willis - Danny Wilde - David Crane - Marta Kauffman - Michael Skloff - Phil Solem / Compositeurs : Allee Willis - Danny Wilde - Phil Solem, Auteur : Alex Grant - Bobby Simmons Jr. - Christine Dominguez - Jeremy Dussolliet - Justin Franks - Tim Sommers, Auteur : Jim Duguid - Matty Benbrook - Paolo Nutini, Auteur : Jim Morrison - John Densmore - Ray Manzarek - Robby Krieger, Compositeurs : Dave Greenfield - Hugh Cornwell - Jean-Jacques Burnell - Jet Black, Auteur : Arash Pournouri - Avicii - Cirkut - Etta James - Leroy Kirkland - Lukasz Gottwald - Pearl Woods - Tramar Dillard, Auteur : Arnold Hennings - Carlton Grant - Courtney Sills - Daron Jones - Kevin Lyttle - Marvin Scandrick - Micheal Keith - Quinnes Parker, Auteur : Cindy Wilson - Fred Schneider - Kate Pierson - Keith Strickland, Auteur : Dee Snider - Tom Werman / Compositeurs : Tom Werman, Auteur : Frank Anthony Iero - Gerard Arthur Way - Michael James Way - Raymond Toro - Robert Cory Bryar, Auteur : Tom Chaplin - Richard Hughes - Tim Rice-Oxley, Auteur : Jason Desrouleaux - Jonathan Rotem - Keidran Jones - Kisean Anderson - Theron Thomas - Timothy Thomas / Compositeurs : Jonathan Rotem - K. Smith, Auteur : Alice Cooper - Dennis Dunaway - Glen Buxton - Michael Bruce - Neal Smith, Auteur : Ian McCulloch - Les Pattinson - Pete De Freitas - Will Sergeant, Auteur : Chris Squire - Jon Anderson - Trevor Horn - Trevor Rabin, Auteur : Christopher Kenner / Compositeurs : Christopher Kenner, Auteur : Bernie Marsden - David Coverdale, Auteur : Chrissie Hynde - James Honeyman-Scott, Auteur : Brendon Urie - Ryan Ross - Spencer Smith, Auteur : Allan Clarke - Roger Cook - Roger Greenaway, Auteur : D'mitry Brill - Harbie Hancock - Kamaal Fareed - Kier Kirby - Towa Tei, Auteur : Dan Hawkins - Ed Graham - Frankie Poullain - Justin Hawkins, Auteur : Bernard Sumner - Ian Curtis - Peter Hook - Stephen Morris, Auteur : Chad Kroeger - Mike Kroeger - Ryan Peake - Ryan Vikedal, Auteur : Andrew James Wright - Calvin Houston Lewis, Compositeurs : Paul Godfrey - Ross Godfrey - Skye Edwards. ‘Last Nite’ amounted a three-minute, fifteen-second primer on all that is vital about American rock ‘n’ roll, a song that tingled the primordial nerve-centres in a way that – like the song says – all your girlfriends, grandsons and spaceship inhabitants could never understand. 18. Part of the beauty of a song is the way we share it, so I have tried to reflect that by celebrating songs everybody knows. Hank Williams (1951); DV: Norah Jones 2002. Equally outrageously, Newman casts himself as God contemplating his pitiful creation. That it is irresistibly singalong almost goes without saying. 22. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – ‘Into My Arms’ (1997, Mute). ‘Toxic’ reinvented popular dance music with its piercing strings, hip-hop beats, eastern flavour and a dangerous escapade with temptation. GREATEST OF ALL TIME HOT 100 SONGS The Twist. Prev; 1; Next; Jump to; Genre. 99 : Pat Benatar Love Is A Battlefield Love is a battlefield. Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life (1996, Epic). You want to raise your voice and sing along, yet Bowie’s abstract cut-up lyrics force you to invest the song with something of yourself just to make sense of the experience, and then carries you away to a place resonant with intense, individual emotion. Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II (1945); DV: Gerry and the Pacemakers 1963. These are the 100 greatest songs of my time. Stevie Wonder, Hank Cosby, Smokey Robinson (1967); DV: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.

Lonely man finds solace in the city, an anthem for every Londoner. 70. Arcade Fire – ‘Wake Up’ (2005, Rough Trade). Good Vibrations – ‘The Beach Boys’ (1966, Capitol). With all the frenzy and fire of a 21st Century Ramones, The White Stripes’ breakthrough indie stormer crash landed like a kung-fu punk alien, kicked fifty-eight shades of shite out of your stereo inside two minutes and flew straight off again. Lennon & McCartney (1970); DV: The Beatles (1970). Forties show tune famously transformed by the Merseybeat band into a soaring anthem of fraternal belonging. Discs). With her bare-bones cover of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’, Sinead O’Connor relegated the Purple One’s original version, an anecdotal footnote that only augments a weightier, worthier text. Anthem of consolation, inspired by Paul McCartney’s dream of a visit from his own mother, Mary.

Joe Sample/Will Jennings (1980); DV: Randy Crawford. Usurping Prince is no mean feat. In This Article: The song that has everything: desire and rejection, love and sex, God and man, failure and transcendence. Ben E King, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller (1961); DV: Ben E King. Celebrated as an anthemic rock recording, the spine-tingling melodic motifs, fascinating lyrical abstractions and dark, emotional core attest to Cobain’s desire “to write the ultimate pop song.”, Harrell/ Knowles/ Nash/ Stewart (2009); DV: Beyonce. New Order – ‘True Faith’ (1987, Factory).

Rage Against The Machine – ‘Killing In The Name’, Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five – ‘The Message’, The White Stripes – ‘Fell In love With A Girl’, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – ‘Into My Arms’, Buzzcocks – ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)’, The Clash – ‘(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais’, Marvin Gaye – ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life, Ike And Tina Turner – ‘River Deep, Mountain High’, The Beatles – ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, The Smiths – ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’, Arctic Monkeys – ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’. Pete Shelley’s ode to a love that’s more harmful than beneficial was simple and direct, almost to the point of being throwaway. 55. Some songs are not just sung, they are lived. Ray Davies sketches multitudes in a few simple lines, climbing to an ecstatic chorus. Swooning, swaying melody and mischievously defiant lyric sets the immediacy of musical escapism against ominous forces of reality. Read our community guidelines in full, The latest offers and discount codes from popular brands on Telegraph Voucher Codes, Simply the best: Dolly Parton, Prince, Kurt Cobain and Beyoncé, Sir Cliff Richard reveals he prayed for his accuser even though he doesn't know who he is, Aurora Orchestra, Kings Place, review: nourishing and radiantly optimistic, Matt Berninger interview: 'Artists want people to understand how complicated they are', Melody Gardot interview: 'God bless sexy women!

MGMT – ‘Time To Pretend’ (2008, Columbia). Robbie Williams/Guy Chambers (2002); DV: Robbie Williams. Voted NME’s greatest sad song ever, ‘Maps’ was a triumph of combining tear-strewn longing and fragility with roaring great riffs like The Wedding Present throwing themselves nobly into a volcano. Rolling Stone’s definitive list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

On a purely melodic and harmonic level, ABBA operated in a sphere beyond most pop songwriters. Show tune turned jazz standard, magically transforming a list of faults into a declaration of adoration. Vibrant distillation of everyday heartbreak and bafflement. Single-handedly changed the direction of rap by pointing out that, in 1983, the true sound of the streets wasn’t braggy MCs patting each other on the back for being awesome. Gentle character study of tap-dancing hobo and his dog, underpinned by issues of race and poverty on American streets, floating by on a melody infused with sadness. Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong (1966); DV Marvin Gaye (1968).

Elton John/Bernie Taupin (1971); DV: Elton John. Eminem – ‘Lose Yourself’ (2002, Shady/Interscope/Aftermath). An almighty, celestial wail-along, it’s the sound of God’s cry-wank and by far the most uplifting song ever to warn kids never to grow up because every hope and dream they hold dearest will crumble to a lifeless husk before their eyes the minute their first graduate loan demand drops on your doormat. Morrissey – ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’ (1988, HMV). 99. What follows is totally subjective, of course, but it is the nearest it is possible to get to the definitive "all-time best-ever" 'singles' (though, by our reckoning, the entries marked "(*)" have never been released as singles!). Stipe, Berry, Buck & Mills (1993); DV: REM. Witty, compassionate, inspirational song of confused, transgender love, boasting dazzling rhymes, exultant melody and explosive emotion. Punk rock’s most tenderly poisonous love song. But the way it makes us pogo in euphoric despair at the idiocy and folly of humanity has rendered it punk legend. Gesticulating, moonwalking, sharp-shooting Jacko, who is irrefutably not going out with a girl, even though she’s telling the world and its dog that he’s knocked her up. 33.