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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
218-The Beatles-In My Life.
1965-Never released as a single in the UK.
Best Bit-At 2.10.John Lennon showing off his vocal versatility as he goes all falsetto on us.
This was a technique he also used on ‘Revolution'(You know it’s gonna be alright) and in ‘Imagine'(living life in peace,you-oh-oh-oh you may say I’m a dreamer.)
As with nearly all Beatles songs the writing credits were shared as Lennon/McCartney,(see also best songs 599-319 and 238)but this one was mainly John.
‘In My Life’ was released on The Beatles 1965 Album Rubber Soul,the songs producer George Martin contributed the piano solo,which was sped up to sound like a harpsichord.
Lennon(see also best songs 927-599-473 and 456) had originally written the lyrics based on a bus route he used to take in Liverpool,naming sites seen along the way,including Penny Lane and Strawberry Field.Those original lyrics are now on display at The British Library.Lennon later thought the original lyrics were ‘ridiculous,’ he reworked the words in to a more personal account of his past memories and present situation.
‘There are places I remember all my life though some have changed.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
219-The Stooges-No Fun.
1969-Has never been released as a single in the UK.
Best Bit-At 3.16.The Three Stooges were fun,but these four Stooges were ‘No Fun.’
The Stooges were an American Rock band formed in 1967 in Ann Arbor,Michigan by singer Iggy Pop,guitarist Ron Asheton,drummer Scott Asheton and bassist Dave Alexander.Even though they initially achieved very little commercial success with their first two Albums they are regarded as one of the most influential bands of all time and a precursor to Punk Rock.
Their self titled debut Album released in 1969 was produced by John Cale OBE who was a founding member of the Velvet Underground(see also best songs 401.)
‘No Fun’ was covered by the Sex Pistols in 1977 as the ‘B’ side of their single Pretty Vacant,bringing the song to the attention of a whole new generation.
Iggy Pop(see also best songs 701) the bands flamboyant lead singer and frontman is the only surviving member of the original lineup.His on stage act included smearing himself in peanut butter,or sometimes raw meat and occasionally revealing his genitalia,he is also generally regarded as the person who invented ‘stage diving.’
‘No fun to be alone,now hang on,don’t you let me go.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
220-Celine Dion-My Heart Will Go On.
1998-Number 1 single.
Best Bit-At 3.24.’But now you know there was a man named Jack Dawson and that he saved me…in every way that a person can be saved.’
‘My Heart Will Go On’ was written for the 1997 American romance and disaster film ‘Titanic,’ it is a fictionalised account of the sinking of the ‘RMS Titanic’ in 1912.
The music for this song and also the films score was written by James Horner who by 1997 had already scored for dozens of other films and television programmes including his breakthrough success with ‘The Lady In Red’ in 1979.He died in 2015 when the aircraft he was piloting crashed in Los Padres National Forrest,California.
The lyrics were written by Will Jennings(see also best songs 588) who has worked with and written for many of the worlds top artists.Other notable songs he has written include ‘Up Where We Belong’ and ‘Didn’t We Nearly Have It All.’
‘My Heart Will Go On’ has become Celine Dion’s signature tune.With worldwide sales of over 20 million copies it is the best selling single by a female artist in history and the seventh best overall.
‘Every night in my dreams I see you,I feel you,that is how I know you go on.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.

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Even at the age of ten smart Kevin was a smart boy then
He always beat me at Subbuteo
‘Cause he flicked to kick and I didn’t know.
His mother bought him a synthesiser
Got the Human League into advise her
Now he’s making lots of noise
Playing along with the art school boys.

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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
221-George Benson-Breezin.’
1976-Has never charted in the UK.
Best Bit-At 0.31.’Because I’m bad,I’m bad come on you know and the whole world has to answer right now.Just to tell you once again who’s bad.’
Breezin’ was the title track of George ‘Bad’ Benson’s 1976 triple platinum selling Album,it marked a change in style to a more commercial Jazz Funk style,by 1979 he would move into Soul and Funk working with Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton.
The song was written by the late Bobby Womack who had provided The Rolling Stones with their first UK Number 1 in 1964 with ‘It’s All Over Now.’
George Benson was not the first artist to record Breezin’ that honour went to Hungarian Jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo in 1970.In 1977 Szabo complained to the audience about Benson’s success with Breezin’ during a show at the Catamaran Hotel in San Diego. Szabo indicated that he had recorded the song before Benson and accused Benson of having plagiarised his arrangement.He expressed disdain for Benson’s success with his arrangement that he himself had created.
Incidentally both the Szabo and Benson versions were both produced by Tommy LiPuma who passed away in 2017 at the age of 80.
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
222-The Smiths-There Is A Light That Never Goes Out.
1986.The song was not released as a single until 1992 when it reached Number 25.
Best Bit-At 1.03. Morrissey and The Smiths are the ultimate ‘Marmite’ band.I always feel sorry for those who cannot appreciate the raw emotion in the lyrics and the laying bare of the soul.The words of Morrissey make him unique in Popular Music.
The music was written by Johnny Marr,it was inspired by The Rolling Stones version of the Marvin Gaye song ‘Hitch Hike.’In turn Morrissey had always been a big fan of James Dean and inspiration for the lyrics came from Dean’s role in the 1955 film ‘Rebel Without A Cause.’
In the song Morrissey(see also best songs 940 and 673) is the passenger being driven by the person he loves.As the pair drive Morrissey begs the driver not to take him home since he isn’t welcome at home anymore and being there makes him feel depressed.He begs the driver to take him somewhere exiting. Morrissey is so in love with the driver at that moment that he says that even if a double-decker bus was to crash into them and kill them instantly,it would be a privilege to die by their side.
‘And if a ten ton truck kills the both of us to die by your side well the pleasure the privilege is mine.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
223-Ralph McTell-Streets Of London.
1974-Number 2 single.
Best Bit-At 0.38.Some people of a certain age may know him better for ‘Alphabet Zoo’ and ‘Tickle on the Tum.’
In the 1980’s Ralph McTell wrote and played songs for both of those children’s television programmes.
McTell was born Ralph May on December 3rd,1944 in Croydon,London.He modelled his guitar playing on Blues artists such as Robert Johnson which led a friend to suggest he change his professional name to McTell. He was also named Ralph after the acclaimed composer Ralph Vaughan Williams as his father Frank was employed as his gardener before World War 2.
McTell originally recorded Streets Of London in 1969 but left it off his debut Album ‘Eight Frames A Second’ because he considered it too gloomy,it was legendary producer Gus Dudgeon who persuaded him to include it on his second Album release,’Spiral Staircase.’
The song was inspired by McTell’s experiences busking and hitchhiking throughout Europe,especially in Paris.He was originally going to call the song Streets Of Paris,but there was already a song called ‘The Poor People Of Paris.’The song contrasts the common problems of everyday people with those of the homeless,lonely,elderly,ignored and forgotten members of society.
‘So how can you tell me you’re lonely and say for you that the sun don’t shine.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
224-Dionne Warwick-Walk On By.
1964-Number 9 single.
Best Bit-At 1.42.’I honestly believe that if I’d sneezed on my next record,then Cilla would have sneezed on hers too.’
The words of Dionne Warwick venting her frustration that UK record labels preferred to release Warwick’s American hits in Britain sung by British singers.
Marie Dionne Warwick was born December 12.1940 in Orange,New Jersey.Her sister is Dee Dee Warwick,her cousin was Whitney Houston and her aunt is Cissy Houston.She is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most charted female vocalist of all time with 56 of her singles making the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962-1998.
Her big breakthrough came after Burt Bacharach heard her singing backing vocals,he was impressed enough to ask her to sing lead on recently written Bacharach and Hal David compositions.(see also best songs 902-832-815-740-644-376.)
‘So let me hide the tears and the sadness you gave me when you said goodbye.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
225-Jennifer Holiday-And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.
1982-Number 32 single.
Best Bit-At 2.27.Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ is a song from the Broadway Musical ‘Dreamgirls’ with lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger.
In the musical the song was sung by Jennifer Holiday who was portraying the character of Effie White a singer with the girl group ‘The Dreams.’The song was regularly staged to thunderous applause and many critics cited it as the highlight of the show.
In 2006 the musical was made in to a film starring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce and Eddie Murphy.In the film the song is performed by former American Idol winner Jennifer Hudson who also received critical acclaim for her rendition. Coincidentally both versions by Holiday and Hudson only reached a peak of Number 32 in the UK chart,Holiday in 1982 and Hudson in 2009.
‘Tear down the mountains,yell,scream and shout,like you can say what you want,I’m not walking out.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
226-Nat King Cole-Unforgettable.
1951-Has never charted,there was no UK chart until 1952.
Best Bit-At 2.21.In January 1964 Cole(see also best songs 988 and 327) made one of his final television appearances on The Jack Benny Program,he was introduced as ‘the best friend a song ever had.’
Unforgettable was written by Irving Gordon,his other hits include the ‘almost novelty’ songs ‘Mister Mississippi’ a hit for Patti Page and ‘Delaware’ recorded by Perry Como.Gordon has also been credited with writing the legendary baseball comedy routine performed by Abbott and Costello,’Who’s on First,’although others have also claimed authorship.
In 1991 musical director Joe Guercio had the idea of mixing Cole’s original 1951 recording with a new version recorded by Cole’s daughter Natalie.The remixed version reached Number 19 in the UK and at the ’34th Annual Grammy Awards’ won ‘Song Of The Year’
‘That’s why darling it’s incredible that someone so unforgettable thinks that I am unforgettable too.’
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