With ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Queen recorded a song that broke all the rules, went on to break records, and continues to astonish in its audacity.
A novelty song that defines Halloween, ‘Monster Mash’ was recorded by Bobby “Boris” Pickett in less than an hour. It got banned by the BBC but refuses to die.
Soundtracking the collapse of peace-and-love idealism, ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ remains one of The Rolling Stones’ most potent songs.
With ‘Sun City’, Little Steven pulled together a diverse group of musicians to release a protest song as Artists United Against Apartheid.
Reflecting a world that “seemed to be going to hell”, The Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’ song found the band at the peak of their powers.
A dark song about a serial murderer, ‘Midnight Rambler’ was written while The Rolling Stones were on holiday in a “very beautiful hill town” in Italy.
Continuing Loretta Lynn’s bold trend of saying the unsayable, ‘Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)’ was a landmark song in country music.
Treading a fine line between majestic camp and all-out cheese, ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!’ keeps pop titans like Cher and Madonna coming back time and again.
Described by Merle Haggard as a song “about people who were not being noticed”, ‘Okie From Muskogee’ “still speaks to conditions going on in this world”.
With George Harrison’s songwriting blossoming during the ‘Abbey Road’ sessions, ‘Here Comes The Sun’ emerged as a standout song from the album.
One of the most pervasive hits of 90s alt.rock, Live’s ‘Lightning Crashes’ launched the band to fame and struck a sensitive collective nerve
Taking a stand against millennial anxieties, Sting’s ‘Brand New Day’ is suffused with an optimism that ensures the song’s continued relevance.
The Beatles’ most-covered song, ‘Yesterday’ has inspired a movie of the same name, and remains a high-water mark in The Beatles’ career.
Both a euphoric floor-filler and a call to arms, Martha And The Vandellas’ ‘Dancing In The Street’ remains a prime example of Motown’s 60s pop perfection.
A confident step forward, ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’ was a deeply personal Sam Smith statement that helped fans to share in their emotions.