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.
How did Smash Mouth’s song ‘All Star’ change the course of their careers and became one of pop radio’s most enduring hits?
Co-penned by Berry Gordy and Marv Johnson, ‘Come To Me’ became Motown’s first single, paving the way for the label’s world domination.
One of the most-played tracks on American radio, ‘You’re My Best Friend’ was penned by John Deacon and remains one of Queen’s most emotional songs.
When Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj joined forces on the powerhouse anthem ‘Bang Bang’, they proved three divas are better than one.
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 tender result of searing emotional heartbreak, ‘Stay With Me’ sounded like a classic from the off, ensuring Sam Smith’s legacy.
A song that captured the zeitgeist of the Moon landing, in 1969, ‘Space Oddity’ became David Bowie’s first hit and continues to influence society today.
The Beatles recorded three versions of ‘Revolution’, from an all-out rocker to an abstract collage, capturing the chaos and unrest of the summer of 1968.
A rare ABBA song recorded outside of Sweden, ‘Voulez-Vous’ emerged as a classic floor-filling disco track whose reputation has continued to grow.
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.
Capturing The Beatles as a visceral rock band, ‘Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey’ is one of their most spirited performances of 1968.
A hypnotic, hugely significant song, Howlin’ Wolf’s recording of ‘Spoonful’ became a blues staple recorded by everyone from Etta James to Cream and beyond.
“‘Demolition Man’ is the beast – he can’t help himself,” Sting said of a song recorded by everybody from Grace Jones to The Police.
One of the first songs recorded for “The White Album”, ‘Blackbird’ found Paul McCartney responding to the civil-rights movement of the 60s.
Recorded at the famed Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama, The Rolling Stones’ classic ’Brown Sugar’ topped the American Hot 100 on 29 May 1971.