A phenomenon upon release, ‘Desert Rose’ was an inspired fusion of Algerian folk music and contemporary electronica that became a high-water mark for Sting.
One of the building blocks of rock’n’roll, Willie Dixon’s ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ has been recorded by everyone from Muddy Waters to and Motörhead.
A wryly humourous piece of pop perfection, ‘I Can’t Dance’ filled dancefloors the world over with fans emulating its ironic video.
‘Holly Jolly Christmas’ remains a beloved holiday song, thanks in no small part to singer Burl Ives’ warm, mellow voice. It lights up Christmas every year.
Originally penned as a racy romance song about taking an unchaperoned sleigh ride, ‘Jingle Bells’ has become one of the most popular Christmas songs ever.
Jackson 5’s exuberant version of ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’ remains one the most uplifting Christmas songs of all time.
Now synonymous with Christmas, ‘I Have A Dream’ found ABBA creating a timeless ballad that pointed towards Benny and Björn’s musical-theatre work.
Written during a heatwave, ‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!’ became a holiday standard. Dean Martin’s version is impossible to beat.
With ‘Jingle Bell Rock’, Bobby Helms made one of the all-time great Christmas songs – one that was still entering the charts 60 years after it was recorded.
Recorded while Brenda Lee was still a teenager, ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ remains one of the greatest holiday songs of all time.
Artists have always tried to go one better than Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, the song that arguably defines the holiday season like no other.
“I wanted to write something that was stirring inside of me,” says The Band’s Robbie Robertson of his song ‘Up On Cripple Creek’.
With ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Queen recorded a song that broke all the rules, went on to break records, and continues to astonish in its audacity.
Beginning life as a song inspired by the Maharishi, John Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’ evolved to look at the insecurities and possessive nature of love.
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.