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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
315-Dinah Washington-What A Diff’rence a Day Makes.
1959-Has never charted in the UK.
Best Bit-At 0.15.I love connecting the musical timelines,for many she follows Bessie Smith(see best songs 345) and Billie Holiday(see best songs 624) and forms the bridge between them and Aretha Franklin(see best songs 644 and 366.)
This song was originally written in 1934 in Spanish by the Mexican songwriter Maria Grever(1885-1951.) she wrote over 800 songs and her popularity reached Latin America,Europe and The United States. In the same year English lyrics were written by Stanley Adams(1907-1994) and the most successful early recording was by the Dorsey Brothers.
Dinah Washington(1924-1963) was born Ruth Jones in Tuscaloosa,Alabama,she was primarily a Jazz vocalist but her talents allowed her to perform to the highest standards in many other genres including ‘Blues’ and Traditional Pop Music.’
Her life ended prematurely at the age of 39.She killed herself by accident mixing drugs and alcohol,which was confirmed by the mortician.
‘What a difference a day made 24 little hours.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
316-Roxy Music-Street Life.
1973-Number 9 single.
Best Bit-At 0.25.The groups name was partly an homage to the titles of old cinemas and dance halls and partly a pun on the word rock.
Bryan Ferry had named the band Roxy originally,but after learning of an American band with the same name he changed the name to Roxy Music.
Bryan Ferry CBE was born in 1945 in Washington,County Durham,England,he formed Roxy Music in 1970.
Ferry,like his contemporary David Bowie influenced a generation with both his music and appearance.Alongside writing for and fronting Roxy Music he also had a very successful solo career(see also best songs 721.)
Street Life is the opening track from Roxy Music’s third Album ‘Stranded,’it was the first song that fellow co-founder of the band Brian Eno had not been a part of because of his recent departure.
‘Education is an important key,but the good life’s never won by degrees.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
317-Justin Timberlake-Can’t Stop The Feeling.
2016-Number 2 single.
Best Bit-At 0.59.You may not have heard about this songs writer Max Martin,but after Lennon and McCartney he has the most Number 1 singles successes on Billboard,currently standing at 22.
Max Martin(see also best songs 870 and 824) was born Martin Sandberg in Stockholm,Sweden in 1971,he has written and produced dozens of hit singles for many of the 21st Centuries biggest artists, he cites Abba as a major influence.
‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ was also co-written by Johan Schuster better known by his working name of Shellback(see also best songs 373) and the songs vocalist Justin Timberlake.
The song was written for the soundtrack of the 2016 American computer animated musical film ‘Trolls’ and has to date sold over 6 million copies worldwide.
‘I got that sunshine in my pocket, got that good song in my feet.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
318-Bronski Beat-Smalltown Boy.
1984-Number 3 single.
Best Bit-At 0.30.In these slightly more enlightened times of 2019 and hopefully beyond this songs message does not quite resonate the way it did back in 1984 when it was ground breaking and very brave.
The song addresses key issues in 1980’s ‘LGBT’ culture.It also addresses family rejection for being homosexual and homophobia in British society.
The Bronski Beat were formed in 1983 by Jimmy Somerville,Steve Bronski and Larry Steinbachek who died in 2017,all three band members were gay.
The trio were unhappy with the way the gay community were portrayed and sought to be more outspoken and political.They went some way to achieving their goal with the release of their debut Album ‘The Age Of Reason’ in 1984.
‘You leave in the morning with everything you own in a little black case.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
319-The Beatles-Yesterday.
1965-The song was not released as a single in the UK until 1976 when it reached Number 8.
Best Bit-At 0.57.It’s the most covered Pop song in the world ever with over 3000 different versions.
By 1965 McCartney and Lennon were predominantly writing their own songs, although they continued to credit all The Beatles output to Lennon/McCartney(see also best songs 599.)
This song was Paul’s,who claimed that one morning he tumbled out of bed and this tune was in his head,the working title was ‘Scrambled Eggs’ until he wrote the lyrics months later.
Paul McCartney always had a problem with the writing credits on The Beatles songs as they stated Lennon/McCartney,he felt his name should appear first,especially on the songs that he wrote.
‘Why she had to go I don’t know she wouldn’t say.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
320-U2-One.
1992-Number 7 single.
Best Bit-At 2.43.Just a couple of accolades,the Irish radio station ‘Today FM’ voted this song the best Irish song ever and the line ‘One life,with each other,sisters,brothers’ was voted the UK’s favourite song lyric in a poll by music channel VH1.
‘One’ was written in 1991 for U2’s Achtung Baby Album with lyrics by Bono(see also best songs 766.)The song has been the subject of many different interpretations,but in 2005 Bono explained to Rolling Stone magazine,’It’s a father and son story.I tried to write about someone who was coming out and was afraid to tell his father.It’s a religious father and son,I have a lot of gay friends and I’ve seen them screwed up from unloving family situations.’
‘We’re one but we’re not the same,well we hurt each other then we do it again.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.

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You’re everywhere and nowhere baby
That’s where you’re at
Going down a bumpy hillside in your hippy hat
Flying across the country and getting fat
Saying everything is groovy
When your tyres are flat.

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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
321-Glenn Miller Orchestra-Chattanooga Choo Choo.
1941.Has never charted in the UK.There was no UK chart until 1952.
Best Bit-At 2.37.This was the first song ever to be presented with a Gold Disc for selling over 1 million copies.
‘Chattaooga Choo Choo’ was written for the 1941 movie ‘Sun Valley Serenade’ by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren.
Glen Miller and his Orchestra(see also best songs 808) appeared in the film performing the song along side vocalists Tex Beneke, Paula Kelly and the vocal group The Modernaires.
Gordon and Warren(see also best songs 877-775 and 396) got their inspiration for the song while travelling on the ‘Southern Railway’s Birmingham Special’ train.The train which inspired them,a wood burning steam locomotive belonging to the Cincinnati Southern Railway is now a museum artefact.
‘You leave the Pennsylvania Station ’bout a quarter to four,read a magazine and then you’re in Baltimore.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
322-Lou Rawls-You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine.
1976-Number 10 single.
Best Bit-At 2.12.Lou Rawls(1933-2006) recorded over 60 Albums,he also had a substantial acting career,he was also a voice over in cartoons and appeared in commercials.In 1980 he started the charity the ‘Lou Rawls Parade of Stars Telethon’,an annual event which raised over US$200 million,
I don’t know what he did in his spare time though!
By 1976 Philadelphia International Records had taken over from Tamla Motown as the worlds Number 1 producer of quality Soul Music.
As I have stated before in this countdown,it was the songwriting talents of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff who were responsible,for this song and at least 3000 others(see also best songs 896-648-604 and 571.)
‘Oh,I’m not braggin’ on myself baby,but I’m the one who loves you and there’s no one else.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
323-Leftfield featuring John Lydon-Open Up.
1993-Number 13 single.
Best Bit-At 2.32.When two of Electronic Dance Music’s most innovative artists team up with a ‘National Treasure’ there is a fairly good chance of something special occurring.
Leftfield were formed in 1989 by Neil Barnes and Paul Daley,they were very influential in the evolution of Electronic Dance Music in the 1990’s,the term ‘Progressive House Music’ was coined to define their style.
They were known for using many different guest vocalists on their songs and felt that John Lydon would suit this one.
As Johnny Rotten he had been the lead singer of the Sex Pistols(see best songs 576) between 1975-1978,before going on to form Public Image Ltd(see best songs 967) from 1978-1993.
‘Burn Hollywood burn,taking down Tinseltown.’
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