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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
194-Elvis Presley-Can’t Help Falling In Love.
1962-Number 1 single.
Best Bit-At 1.01.During the late 1960’s and early 1970’s this was nearly always the song Elvis would finish his concerts with.It was also the very last song he ever performed live,at his concert in Indianapolis at Market Square Arena on June 26,1977.
‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ was written for the 1961 film Blue Hawaii starring Elvis Presley(see also best songs 954-664 and 442,) in the film Presley actually sings the song to the grandmother of the girl he is dating.
The song was co-written by Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore who in the 1970’s would form the ‘H and L’ record label.home of The Stylistics and Van McCoy.The songs other writer was George David Wiess(see also best songs 767.)
The song has also been successful in the UK for UB40 who took their version to Number 1 in 1993.Andy Williams hit Number 3 with the song in 1970 and The Stylistics did a Disco version which peaked at Number 4 in 1976.
‘Like a river flows surely to the sea,darling so it goes,somethings are meant to be.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
195-The Impressions-People Get Ready
1965-Has never charted in the UK.
Best Bit-At 1.54.In the words of George Michael,’Because I gotta have faith,faith,faith,I gotta to have faith,faith,faith.’
From a religious point of view the lyrics encourage believers to hang on to their faith as a peaceful afterlife is promised,it also promises that those who have done wrong will be punished.The civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. named ‘People Get Ready’ the unofficial anthem of the Civil Rights Movement in America,and often used the song to get people marching or to calm and comfort them.
The Impressions were founded as ‘The Roosters’ in Chattanooga,Tennessee in 1958,this songs writer Curtis Mayfield(see also best songs 719) joined shortly after when the band moved to Chicago.
On August 13,1990,Mayfield became paralysed from the neck down after stage lighting equipment fell on him at an outdoor concert in New York.He died from complications of type 2 diabetes on December 26,1999.
‘So people get ready there’s a train comin,’you don’t need no baggage,you just get on board.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
196-Leonard Cohen-Suzanne.
1967-Has never charted in the UK.
Best Bit At-1.00.In 1967 Cohen had become disillusioned with his lack of financial success as a writer,so he decided to go to America to pursue a career as a Folk music singer/songwriter and for that we all say ‘Hallelujah.’
Leonard Cohen was born September 21,1934 in Montreal,Quebec,Canada,he died November 7,2016 at the age of 82.
‘Suzanne’ started out life as a poem Cohen wrote in 1966,it first gained recognition when recorded by Judy Collins in the same year.Cohen recorded his version of the song for his debut Album ‘Songs Of Leonard Cohen’ released in 1967,it was also his debut single.
The songs lyrics were inspired by Cohen’s platonic relationship with a dancer called Suzanne Verdal. Cohen reminisces of the times they spent together by the harbour in Montreal and the walks they would take around Old Montreal past the church of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours where sailors were blessed before heading out to sea.
‘And you want to travel with her and you want to travel blind.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
197-Glen Campbell-Rhinestone Cowboy.
1975-Number 4 single.
Best Bit-At 0.53.Artists who made the wearing of Rhinestones on their stage attire famous include Elvis Presley,Liberace and Neil Diamond,although of course Diamond was much more comfortable in blue jeans.
Glen Campbell(see also best songs 846) first heard this song on the radio while touring Australia,he identified with the songs subject matter,decided to learn it and on his return to the United States approached his record label,’Capital’ and told them of ‘a great new song.’
The song he had heard on the radio was written and performed by singer/songwriter Larry Weiss whose version had made little commercial impact.The song is about a Country singer struggling to make it big and it reflected Weiss striving to make it in his songwriting career.
For Campbell this was a very important song,it came at a time when the hits had dried up,he hadn’t been in the higher reaches of the charts since 1972.The story of the faded star who perseveres in the song held a lot of meaning for him.
‘There’ll be a load of compromisin’ on the road to my horizon,but I’m gonna be where the lights are shinin’ on me.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
198-Eagles-Hotel California.
1977-Number 8 single.
Best Bit-At 4.19.A Five Star Hotel.
The Eagles(see also best songs 505) were formed in 1971 in Los Angeles by Glen Frey,Don Henley,Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner,Frey died in 2016 at the age of 67.Two of their Albums,’Their Greatest Hits'(1971-1975′) and ‘Hotel California’ became two of the three biggest selling Albums in the United States by 2006.
Hotel California has become the Eagles signature song,the guitar solo was voted by the readers of the British music magazine ‘Guitarist’ to be the greatest of all time in 1998 and like many a good lyric the songs subject is open to interpretation.The most likely scenario is that the song is about materialism and excess.California is used as the setting but it could relate to anywhere in America.Don Henley has said,’It’s a song about the dark underbelly of the American Dream,it’s a song about a journey from innocence to experience.’
‘You can check out anytime you like,but you can never leave.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
199-Johnny Cash-Don’t Take Your Guns To Town.
1958-Has never charted in the UK.
Best Bit-At 0.32. You’ve heard of a boy named Sue,well this ones called Bill.
Johnny Cash was born February 26,1932 in Kingsland,Arkansas,U.S. and died September 12,2003,with sales of over 90 million Albums and singles he is one of the worlds most successful artists.He is the only artist to have the honour of being inducted into the Country Music,Rock ‘N’ Roll and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.
His actual birth name was J.R.Cash,but when he began performing he changed it to Johnny Cash,(see also best songs 857 and 428.)
In 1958 after leaving Sam Phillips’s ‘Sun Records’ he signed a contract with Columbia records and released his third studio Album,’The Fabulous Johnny Cash,’from where this song is taken.
‘Don’t Take Your Guns To Town’ tells the story of a young cowboy who ignores the pleas of his mother not to get in to a gun fight,he goes into town,starts drinking,which in turn leads to the young mans death.
‘A young cowboy named Billy Joe grew restless on the farm,a boy filled with wanderlust who really meant no harm.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
200-Simon & Garfunkle-The Boxer.
1968-Number 6 single.
Best Bit-At 2.53.On June 3rd,2016 at his concert in Berkeley,California,Paul Simon stopped singing partway through ‘The Boxer’ to announce in one sentence the breaking news.’I’m sorry to tell you this in this way,but Muhammed Ali passed away.’ He then finished the song with the last verse.
‘The Boxer’ was written by Paul Simon(see also best songs 529) and was released on Simon & Garfunkle’s fifth and final studio Album.’Bridge Over Troubled Water.’
The lyrics are mainly autobiographical and were written during a time when the duo felt their work was being unfairly criticised.The lyrics discuss poverty and loneliness in New York City,while the final verse is an observation of a boxer who despite the effects of ‘every glove that laid him down or cut him till he cried out,I am leaving,I am leaving-”but”,the lyrics continue,the fighter still remains.’
Paul Simon has said,’I think I was reading the Bible around that time.That’s where I think phrases such as ‘workman’s wages’ and ‘seeking out the poorer quarters’ came from.That was biblical,I think the song was about me,everybody’s beating me up and I’m telling you now I’m going to go away if you don’t stop.’
‘In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.

COMING NEXT THE BEST 200.

With 800 songs gone and just 200 to go I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who has taken time out to read ,like,share or listen to any of the wonderful songs I have had the greatest pleasure in researching and writing about.I can assure you that any interest shown or comments made are very much appreciated.
I know that there have been many ‘best of’ lists produced over the years,but where I strive to be different is in the variety.
I have tried to present the very best in each genre of Popular music and also cover every decade from the 1920’s to the present day.
So now we get to the really exciting bit,the best 200 songs in the world ever.
What is the best pre Rock ‘N’ Roll era song?
What is the best song of the 1960’s?
What is the best Heavy Metal song?
What is the best Xmas song?
What is the best song so far this century?
WHAT IS THE BEST SONG IN THE WORLD EVER?

Please stay with me over the next 200 days,feel free to comment and make sure you take time to listen to each song,you never know you might just hear something you like.

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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
201-Rambler Trio featuring Arthur Smith-Guitar Boogie.
1945-Has never charted.There was no UK chart until 1952.
Best Bit-At 1.22.’I guess you guys aren’t ready for that,but your kids are gonna love it.’
Many songs (and some feature in this countdown) hold claims to being the very first ever Rock ‘N’ Roll song and this one has very strong claims.The songs writer Arthur Smith was born in 1921 in Clinton,South Carolina,he died in 2014.Smith created this ‘new sound’ from ‘Boogie-Woogie,’ a style of music that developed in African-American communities in the 1870’s,but became very popular in the 1920’s.Boogie Woogie was always played on the piano but Smith’s use of a guitar as lead instrument led to a new genre of music that would become known as ‘Hillbilly Boogie.’
In 1959 Bert Weedon(1920-2012) recorded his version of the song and renamed it ‘Guitar Boogie Shuffle,’he became the first British guitarist to have a UK top ten single. In 1957 Weedon had written a book about learning to play the guitar,the book was called ‘Play A Day,’it went on to become a major influence on many leading British musicians including John Lennon,Paul; McCartney,Brian May,Eric Clapton,Pete Townshend and many,many more.
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
202-The 5th Dimension-Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In.
1969-Number 13 single.
Best Bit-At 0.36.Astrologers have denounced the lyrics as ‘astrological gibberish’ noting that Jupiter forms an astrological aspect with Mars several times a year and the Moon is in the 7th house for two hours every day.I say the lyrics should be treated as poetic licence.
‘Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In’ is a medley of two songs originally featured in the 1967 musical ‘Hair.’ with lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot.
It was the songs producer Dayton ‘Bones’ Howe who had the ideas for a medley as the two songs on their own were too short for release as a 7inch single.The music on the song is played by the session musicians collectively known as ‘The Wrecking Crew'(see also best songs 978-846-811-744-672-660-527-486-262) with Hal Blaine who died on March 11,2019 on drums.
The 5th Dimension were formed in 1966 in Los Angeles,California,two of the original line up of the five,Billy Davis Jr. and his wife Marilyn McCoo went on to score a Billboard Number 1 in 1976,(see best songs 572.)
‘Let the sunshine,let the sunshine in,oh let it shine c’mon.’
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