Best Popular Songs of the 20th Century

I am compiling a list of 5 of the greatest songs of each decade. This list will evolve I'm sure and change based on my mood. If you have suggestions, please let me know.


St Louis Blues by William Christopher Handy (1914)



Whispering by Paul Whiteman (1920)

Heebie Jeebies by Louis Armstrong (1926)

Me & My Shadow by Whispering Jack Smith

I Wanna Be Loved by You by Helen Kane (1928)

Taking a Chance on Love by Ethel Waters



It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) by Duke Ellington (1932)

Cross Road Blues by Robert Johnson (1937)



Nuages by Django Reinhardt (1940)

Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin (1945)



Mona Lisa by Nat King Cole (1950)

Sh-boom by The Crew Cuts (1954)

Wake Up Little Susie by The Everly Brothers (1957)

So What by Miles Davis (1959)



Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles (1961)

Twist and Shout by by Phil Medley and Bert Russell (Released by The Isley Brothers in 1962)

The Times They Are a-Changin' by Bob Dylan (1964)

Yesterday by Paul McCartney and John Lennon (1965)

Strangers in the Night by Frank Sinatra (1966)

What a Wonderful World by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss (Released by Louis Armstrong in 1967)

Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix (1967)

Is That All There Is by Peggy Lee (1969)

Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin (1969)



I'll Be There by Berry Gordy, Jr. (1970)

Imagine by John Lennon (1971)

Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie (1972)

Superstition by Stevie Wonder (1972)

School's Out by Alice Cooper (1972)

Layla by Eric Clapton (1972)

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (1976)

Dancing Queen by ABBA (1976)

Stayin Alive by The Bee Gees (1977)

Just What I Needed by The Cars (1978)

Beast of Burden by The Rolling Stones (1978)

The Rose by Bette Midler (1979)



Whip It by Devo (1980)

9 to 5 by Dolly Parton

Once in a Lifetime by David Byrne and Brian Eno (1980)

Rapper's Delight by The Sugarhill Gang (1982)

Purple Rain by Prince (1983)

Billy Jean by Michael Jackson (1983)

Blister in the Sun by The Violent Femmes (1983)

Hot for Teacher by Van Halen (1984)

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking for by U2 (1987)

Fast Car by Tracy Chapman (1988)

Love Shack by The B52's (1989)

Free Falling by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (1989)

Classic Girl by Jane's Addiction (1989)



Groove Is in the Heart by Dee-lite (1990)

Under the Bridge by The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1990)

Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana (1991)

Losin My Religion by R.E.M. (1991)

Unforgiven by Metallica (1992)

So What-cha' Want? by The Beastie Boys (1992)

Nothin' But a G Thang by Dr. Dre (1992)

I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton (1974) [Re-released by Whitney Houston in 1992]

One by U2 (1992)

Creep by Radiohead (1993)

Basketcase by Green Day (1994)

Interstate Love Song by Stone Temple Pilots (1994)

Don't Speak by No Doubt (1996)

Angel by Sarah Maclachlan (1997)

Mo Money Mo Problems by Biggie Smalls and Puff Daddy (1997)


The New Millenium

8 Mile Road by Eminem

Sweetest Thing by U2

Dirt Off Your Shoulder by Jaz Z

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i think you should add
careless whisper by wham in the 1980s and we will rock you in 1970s
and u can also consider songs like
highway to hell-ac/dc
like a virgin-madonna in thwe 80s