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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
456-John Lennon & Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir-Happy Xmas(War Is Over.)
1972-Number 4 single and again peaking at Number 2 in 1980.
Best Bit-At 3.07.Lennon claimed an inspiration for writing the song,(presumably tongue in cheek) was that he was ‘sick of White Christmas.’
Lennon(see also best songs 473-599 and 927) and Yoko Ono spent a lot of time in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s working on promoting peace.In 1969 they put up billboards in major cities around the world that said ‘War is over'(if you want it.)
Happy Xmas(War Is Over) is essentially a protest song against America’s involvement in the Vietnam War and was a way of elaborating upon the themes of social unity and a continuation of the earlier billboard campaigns.
At the start of the song Ono whispers ‘Happy Christmas Kyoko’ then Lennon whispers ‘Happy Christmas Julian,’they are the children from their previous relationships.
The song was produced by Phil Spector,who had already had a lot of previous experience making Christmas songs,(see best songs 820.)
‘A very Merry Xmas and a happy New Year lets hope it’s a good one without any fear.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
457-Bing Crosby-White-Christmas.
1942-There was no UK chart until 1952,since then it’s highest chart peak has been Number 5 in 1977.
Best Bit-At 2.37.Today’s Christmas gift to you is ‘THE BEST SELLING SONG IN THE WORLD EVER.’
In the 1940’s there was no actual listing of best selling songs,so with sales of over 33million in the modern era Elton John’s ‘Candle In The Wind,’ his tribute to Diana,Princess Of Wales is the official highest,but research by ‘The Guinness World Records’ in 2007 concluded that White Christmas has now sold more than 100million copies,with at least 50million being sung by Bing Crosby(see also best songs 934.)
The writer of the song was Irving Berlin,born Israel Beilin on May 23rd,1888,he died at the age of 101 on September 29th,1989.He was a Russian Jew who moved with his family to America at the age of five,he is perhaps the most celebrated songwriter of the 20th Century,other compositions of his include ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band,”Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better,’)’Cheek To Cheek,’Easter Parade,’God Bless America’ and many ,many more.
‘May your days be merry and bright and may all your Christmases be white.’
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“White Christmas” is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. According to the Guinness Book of World Records
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458-Pearl Jam-Alive.
1991-Number 16 single.
Best Bit-At 3.39.The lyrics are about a boy who finds out his father is actually his stepfather and his real father is dead and to top it all off his actual mother ‘comes on to him,’-and you thought you were having a bad day!
The music was written by Stone Gossard the bands bass player and the lyrics by vocalist Eddie Vedder. The first verse about the boy finding out about his father is drawn from Vedder’s real life experiences,but the second verse about incest is pure fantasy.
The extended guitar solo at 3.39 is ranked among the very best according to many critics,(‘Guitar World’ and ‘Total Guitar.’) it is played by the bands lead guitarist Mike McCready.
‘Son she said have I got a little story for you.’
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459-Bee Gees-New York Mining Disaster 1941.
1967-Number 12 single.
Best Bit-At 0.29.A very clever piece of marketing had everyone thinking this was the new single from The Beatles.
The song is about a miner trapped beneath the surface who wants to contact his wife,there was no such event and the lyrics are totally fictional.There was no mining disaster in New York in 1941,but there was one in McIntire,Pennsylvania which killed six people.The song though is probably inspired by the Aberfan tragedy in South Wales in 1966.
Promos of the song were distributed to radio stations with a blank label and the suggestion that it was an English group whose name began with the letter ‘B’,many DJ’s thought it was a new Beatles song and played the track constantly
The Bee Gees have admitted that The Beatles were a big influence on their early career.In turn this song was an influence on David Bowie’s 1969 song ‘Space Oddity’ in style, arrangement and lyrics,as ‘Space Oddity’ is also about a trapped man who is soon to die.
‘I keep straining my ears to hear a sound maybe someone is digging underground.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
460-The Doors-Alabama Song(Whiskey Bar.)
1967-Never released as a single in the UK.
Best Bit-At 0.55.It seems like The Doors like their Whiskey like they like their women….hopefully at least sixteen years old.
This is a cover version of a German Opera song written in 1925 by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht.It first appeared in the 1927 play ‘Little Mahagonny’ and next in the 1930 controversial German Operetta ‘The Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahogany.’The original version from ‘Little Mahagonny’ was sung by Lotte Lenya the wife of Kurt Weill.
In this cover version by The Doors the verse beginning ‘Show me the way to the next little Dollar’ is omitted and the line ‘Show us the way to the next pretty boy’ is changed to ‘Show me the way to the next little girl.’
In 1980 a version by David Bowie charted in the UK at Number 23.
‘Oh moon of Alabama it’s time to say auf Wiedersehen.
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They’ve got cars big as bars
they’ve got rivers of gold
but the wind goes right through you
It’s no place for the old
when you first took my hand
on a cold Christmas Eve
you promised me Broadway was waiting for me

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461-Azealia Banks featuring Lazy Jay-212
2012-Number 12 single.
Best Bit-At 2.17.Don’t listen to the video if your easily offended,or even if your not so easily offended.
Azealia Banks is an American Rapper,singer and songwriter from Harlem,New York City.
The song is named after the area code 212 which covers the area of Harlem.It samples the track ‘Float My Boat’ which is a House Music song from Belgium born brothers Jef and Toon Martens under the alias Lazy Jay,Jef also produced the song.
Banks said about the song ‘It’s about the journey to fame and stardom,hey I can be the answer,she’s real ambitious,I can do this.’
The video cost $30 to make and is closing in on 200million views.
‘Ayo,ayo i heard you ridin’ with the same tall tale,tall tale.’
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462-Earth Wind & Fire with The Emotions-Boogie Wonderland.
1979-Number 4 single.
Best Bit-At 1.38.What do all these titles have in common?
‘Oogie Oogie’-‘Reggae Woman’-‘Bugle Boy’-‘Get Up And’-‘Jungle’-‘I Love To’-‘Yes Sir I Can’-‘Blame It On The’-
Yes you can Boogie to all these and many many more.
The song is inspired by the 1977 movie ‘Looking For Mr Goodbar’ which stars Diane Keaton as a lost soul who goes to clubs every night to dance away her misery.
It was co-written by Jon Lind and Allee Willis,she was also the co-writer of ‘September'(see best songs 916) and the theme from ‘Friends,”I’ll Be There For You,’
Earth Wind & Fire were joined on the song by The Emotions who are four sisters from Chicago,Pamela,Sheila,Wanda and Jeanette.They have been performing together since 1961 and achieved their greatest success in 1977 when ‘Best Of My Love’ spent five weeks at Number 1 on Billboard,it was written and produced by the late Maurice White founder of Earth Wind & Fire.
‘Sounds fly through the night,I chase my vinyl dreams to Boogie Wonderland.’
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463-Guns N’ Roses-Sweet Child O’ Mine.
1989-Number 6 single.
Best Bit-At 0.01.Reading between the lines I get the impression that Slash feels these lyrics are too soppy for a Guns N’ Roses song.
I am sure that a lot of the best guitar riffs are created quite by chance.Slash was messing around as the band warmed up and with input from the other band members their most successful song was created.
Axl Rose’s lyrics are about his fiancee at the time Erin Everly the daughter of Don Everly of the Everly Brothers.
In 2015 an article by the Australian music writer Nathan Jolly noted similarities between ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and a 1981 song from the Australian Band called Australian Crawl with their song ‘Unpublished Critics.’Duff McKagan bass player with Guns N’ Roses found the similarities between the songs ‘stunning’ but said that he had not previously heard ‘Unpublished Critics.’
‘She’s got a smile it seems to me reminds me of childhood memories’
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464-Kaiser Chiefs-I Predict A Riot.
2005-Number 9 single.
Best Bit-At 2.17.Probably the best song to include Yorkshire Dialect since ‘On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at.’
The Kaiser Chiefs are an English Indie Rock band formed around Leeds and it’s surrounding areas in 2000.They took their name from the South African football club Kaizer Chiefs which was the previous team that ex-Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe had played for.
I Predict A Riot tells of the perils of being on the streets of Leeds late at night,although it could apply to any big city.The song thrives on it’s Yorkshire heritage with the use of pronouns such as ‘thee’ and ‘thou,’ words that are still in use to some extent in areas of Yorkshire to this day.
‘Watching the people get lairy it’s not very pretty I tell thee.’
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