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851-The Animals-The House of the Rising Sun.

1964-Number 1 single.

Best Bit-At 1.38.As a traditional Folk song recorded by a Electronic Rock band, this song has been described as the first ever ‘Folk Rock’ hit.’

The House of the Rising Sun’ is a traditional Folk song sometimes called ‘Rising Sun Blues.’ Like many classic Folk ballads, the song has uncertain authorship,which is probably one of the reasons why it has been recorded so many times, as an artist doesn’t have to pay royalties on it.There are several schools of thought as to what the ‘Rising Sun’ was, but it was probably a place of gambling, drinking, and prostitution, in New Orleans, U.S., around 1860. The oldest known recording of the song under the title ‘Rising Sun Blues’ dated back to 1933, by Clarence Ashley, and Gwen Foster.

The Animals were formed in 1963 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and were active until 1969, reforming with differing lineups on several occasions down the years.The original classic lineup was Eric Burdon (see also best songs 756,) Alan Price, Chas Chandler (1938-1996,) Hilton Valentine, and John Steel.

Bob Dylan recorded his first version of the song for his 1962 self titled debut Album, using a Folk arrangement. It is said that on hearing this song on the radio,he was inspired to buy an electric guitar, and the rest is history.

‘And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy, and God knows I’n one.’

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852-Crown Heights Affair-Galaxy of Love.

1978-Number 24 single.

Best Bit-At 5.21.Yes, it is totally out of this world.

The band were originally formed in 1967, by then bassist, Donnie Linton, and went by the name of ‘Ben Iverson and the Nue Dey Express.’ Before the release of their self titled debut Album in 1974, they changed their name to Crown Heights Affair, Crown Heights being a neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.,where they originated from.

Personnel changes occurred in 1975, along with a change of record label, as they moved to ‘De-Lite Records,’ also the home of Kool and the Gang.They would go on to record a further eight studio Albums until they split in 1983.They never achieved a top 40 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but in the UK they achieved three with ‘You Gave Me Love’ being their most successful, peaking at Number 10, in 1980.

The lyrics to ‘Galaxy of Love’ are a promise by the narrator, that if they stick by him, he not only can offer them the world, but the Galaxy as well.

‘Ladies and Gentlemen the Captain has turned off the no smoking, and seat-belt signs for your convenience, we are travelling at twice the speed of light, and are entering Warp Factor 3.’

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853-Da Hool-Meet Her at the Love Parade.

1998-Number 15 single. When remixed, and re-issued in 2001 it peaked at Number 11.

Best Bit-At 2.48.Instrumental hits could be counted on the fingers of one hand back in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, but with the emergence of Electronic Dance Music in the 1990’s, lyricists could no longer take their jobs for granted.

Da Hool is the stage name of the music producer Frank Toniczek, who was born inĀ 1968 in Bottrop, Germany. This song first charted around the world in 1997, and 1998, heavily aided by the Nalin & Kane remix. In 2001 the song became a hit again, when being remixed by Northern Irish music producer Fergie.

The songs title pays tribute to the ‘Love Parade,’ which was a German electronic dance music festival, and parade. The Love Parade was first held in 1989, in West Berlin, Germany, it was conceived as a political demonstration for peace, and international understanding through love, and music.The event grew year on year, with similar events taking place in other countries, including Roundhay Park in Leeds, England, in 2000.In 2010 the German event took place in Duisburg, with an alleged 1.4 million people in attendance, in an incident on an overcrowded ramp, leading from a tunnel, 21 people were killed, and a further 500 injured in a crush, this led to the festival organisers cancelling all future events.

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854-Cult-She Sells Sanctuary.

1985-Number 15 single.In 1993 the song was re-released on two different CD singles, with several mixes, once again it reached Number 15.

Best Bit-At 1.02.The wonderful low key intro. only serves for greater anticipation, as you await that big bang on the drum.For even greater anticipation, try the long version, you get an extra 43 seconds of anticipation.

The Cult were formed in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, in 1983 by Ian Astbury, (vocals,) Billy Duffy (lead guitar,) Ray Mondo (drums,) and Jamie Stewart (bass,) the band have had many different members over the years, with this songs writers, Astbury, and Duffy, being the only constants.

Ian Astbury had been in a band in the early 1980’s called Southern Death Cult, and when he joined forces with Billy Duffy, they changed the name to Death Cult, and finally just Cult. Before meeting Astbury, Billy Duffy had started his career as a member of the short lived Punk band The Nosebleeds, in 1976, whose lead singer was Morrissey, who would later form The Smiths.

When asked what the song ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ is about, Ian Astbury explained,’Sex, plain, and simple, it’s about sex, I’ve had sex, and I’m very proud of that fact.’

‘And the fire in your eyes keeps me alive, inside her you’ll find sanctuary.’

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855-Big Joe Turner-Shake, Rattle and Roll.

1954-Has never charted in the UK.

Best Bit-At 2.16.Make no mistake,’A one eyed cat peepin’ in a seafood store’, is no children’s story.

‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’ is considered to be the first major ‘Rock and Roll’ hit.This original version by Big Joe Turner was Number 1 on the Billboard R&B chart in June 1954, and reached Number 22 on the Billboard singles chart. Bill Haley & His Comets(see also best songs 628) recorded their version in June 1954, and the song peaked at Number seven on the Billboard singles chart, eventually going on to become a million selling record.

Big Joe Turners (see also best songs 257) version of the song has ‘raunchy’ lyrics, which were modified by Haley so that the song would receive more airplay,but he kept the line,’A one eyed cat peepin’ in a seafood store,’ presumably because he had been blind in one eye since childhood.

Big Joe Turner (1911-1985) was one of the most important figures in the development of Rock and Roll, he was a ‘Blues’ singer who shaped the genre by using more uptempo beats. According to the American songwriter Doc Pomus,’Rock and Roll would never have happened without him.’

‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’ was written by Jesse Stone (1901-1999) using the pseudonym Charles E. Calhoun.This was not the first time that the songs title had been used, because in 1910, Vaudeville performer ‘Baby’ Franklin Seals published ‘You Got to Shake Rattle and Roll,’ a Ragtime tune, about gambling with dice.

‘Way you wear those dresses, the sun comes shinin’ through. I can’t believe my eyes, all that mess belongs to you.’

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856-Eric B. & Rakim-Paid in Full (Coldcut Seven Minutes of Madness remix.)

1987-Number 15 single.

Best Bit-At 2.06.Each and everyone of these 1000 songs is a ‘journey into sound’, please make sure you always have a listen, you might hear something you like.

‘Paid in Full’ is taken from the debut Album of the same name, released in 1987, and seen by many music critics as a turning point in the development of Hip-Hop music.Eric Barrier (Eric B,) and William Griffin (Rakim) met in Long Island, New York, U.S., in 1986, The 10 songs on the ‘Paid in Full’ Album helped mark the beginning of heavy sampling on Hip-Hop records, and it was also noted that Rakim’s vocal delivery was less ‘shouty’ than was often heard on Rap records, he was also praised for his more thoughtful lyrics, which led him to become a major influence on future generations.

This version of the song is different from the Album version, as it is the ‘Coldcut’ remix. Coldcut (see also best songs 754) are the duo of Matt Black, and Jonathan More, who originate from London, England.They took the original version of ‘Paid in Full,’ and added many more samples, including ‘Im Nin’ Alu,’ by the Israli singer Ofra Haza (1957-2000.) Further audio they sampled include the voices of James Brown, and Humphrey Bogart, as well as the very famous intro,’This is a journey into sound,’ spoken by the actor Geoffrey Sumner (1908-1969,) taken from a 1958 Album called ‘A Journey Into Stereo Sound.’

‘Thinkin’ of a master plan, ’cause ain’t nuthin’ but sweat inside my hand.’

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857-Johnny Cash-Man in Black.

1971-Has never charted in the UK.

Best Bit-At 2.26. Definitely not a dedicated follower of fashion.

‘Man in Black’ is a ‘protest song,’ written in 1971 by Johnny Cash, for his 38th overall Album release, of the same name.The lyrics are a protest statement against the poor people, by wealthy politicians, mass incarceration, and the war in Vietnam.Cash states that until there is justice he will only wear black, and following this song’s release, he gained the nickname ‘Man in Black.’

By 1971 Cash (see also best songs 428) had already worn black on stage for many years. It started out in the early days, when Cash and his band were constantly on tour, and couldn’t afford new outfits, so they mixed and matched their wardrobes,and since black hid the dirt the best, that was what they wore.

Johnny Cash (1932-2003) was born J.R.Cash in Kingsland, Arkansas, U.S. into a family of poor cotton farmers. His mother wanted to call him John, and his father wanted Ray, so ‘J.R.’ was the compromise, he changed his name to John when he enlisted in the United States Air Force.

‘Ah, I’d love to wear a rainbow everyday, and tell the world that everything’s OK,’ but I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back, ’till things are brighter, I’m the man in black.’

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858-Rihanna featuring Drake-What’s My Name?

2011-Number 1 single.

Best Bit At 1.27.She’s Robyn Rihanna Fenty, and he’s Aubrey Drake Graham.

‘What’s My Name’ was co-written and produced by Mikkel S. Eriksen, and Tor Erik Hermansen, who are both Norwegian, and have worked together as ‘Stargate,’ since 2001.Together they have written, or produced 10 Billboard Number 1 singles to date, six of which have been in collaboration with Rihanna. Another of the songwriters is Ester Dean, who has co-written hits for many of the most successful artists of the 21st Century, including Beyonce, Chris Brown, and Sean Paul, she also provides backing vocals on this song.The Rap on the track is provided by Drake (see also best songs 1043 and 921,) of whom Rihanna said,’We’ve always been trying to work together, and the minute he heard it he said,’I know exactly what I’m going to do, I love it,’ and he did it like three days later.

‘When the song went to Number 1 in the UK in January 2011, Rihanna became the first ever female solo artist to achieve Number 1 singles, in five consecutive,years.

‘Hey boy I really wanna see if you can go downtown with a girl like me.’

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859-Wheatus-Teenage Dirtbag.

2000-Number 2 single.

Best Bit-At 3.17.If your schooldays are meant to be the happiest, then your in for some tough times ahead.

Wheatus were formed in Northport, New York, U.S. in 1995 by Brendan B.Brown, his brother Peter, and Rich Liegey, the group are still active with Brendan as the one constant.The bands derives it’s name from the nickname ‘wedus,’ given to the Brown brothers by their father, when they were children.

Brendan B.Brown got the idea for the song from a very famous incident that shocked America in the Summer of 1984.In the woods behind the house where a 10 year old Brown lived, on Long Island, there was a so called ‘Satanic, drug induced ritual teen homicide,’ the person who committed the crime was called Ricky Kasso (1967-1984,) who was arrested wearing an ‘AC/DC’ -T-shirt. Brown recalls that his parents, his teachers, and the police, all thought that he was a Satan worshipper, because he was in to bands such as AC/DC, and Iron Maiden.

Brown has said that ‘Teenage Dirtbag’s’ chorus is an act of defiance. On the subject of the songs continued popularity, he recalled his father’s words,’Every teenager has to go through that,’being an outsider,’thing,at least a little bit, so that story is still the same for people, even if it’s 30 years after I went through it.’

‘I’ve got two tickets to Iron Maiden, baby, come with me Friday, don’t say maybe.’

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1973-Number 1 single.

Best Bit-At 1.40.The song’s so good, he’s lost for words.

The Sweet were formed in 1968 in London, United Kingdom, the best known lineup comprised,Brian Connolly (1945-1997,) Mick Tucker (1947-2002,) Steve Priest (1948-2020,) and Andy Scott. Connolly left the band in 1979 to pursue a solo career, and the the band officially split in 1981.

‘Blockbuster’ gave the Sweet their only UK Number 1, but they did have five Number 2 singles,like the majority of the Sweet’s hit singles this was written by the legendary song writing team of Nicky Chinn, and Mike Chapman (see also best songs 773-686 and 402.)’Blockbuster’ was released a month after David Bowie had released his UK Number 2 single ‘The Jean Genie,’ on the same record label,’RCA,’ and the guitar riffs of both songs are identical. Neither party ever commented accusingly about the similarities, and that maybe because the riff is also identical to that used by the Yardbirds, on their 1964 cover version of Bo Diddley’s song, ‘I’m a Man.’

The songs lyrics tell the tale of a man called ‘Buster,’ who women find irresistible, in order to stop him taking your woman, you must block him.’

‘Does anybody know the way, did we hear someone say,’We just haven’t got a clue what to do.”