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Published by Barry Philips · February 7 at 1:00 PM · 

THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
47-Queen and David Bowie-Under Pressure.
1981-Number 1 single.
Best Bit-At 2.38.If you behave yourself you can listen to Under Pressure,but if your naughty I’m gonna make you listen to Ice Ice Baby.
The songs title is very apt because when two of Pop Music’s greatest legends collaborate you can only hope for something very special,while deep down knowing when you hear it you will probably be disappointed.I remember being in awe the first time I heard it and over the years it only gets better,it’s a fitting tribute to both David Bowie(see also best songs 807-440-334-302-209-186 and 118) and Freddie Mercury(see also best songs 918-615-208 and 126.)
According to Queen bass player John Deacon,Freddie Mercury did most of the songwriting on this,although everyone contributed.The iconic bass riff however was written by Deacon and was first used on a song called ‘Feel Like,’Queen were never happy with the results so modified the riff with help from Bowie for use in Under Pressure.Brian May recalled that the sessions for the song between Queen and Bowie at times became very strained with them both having different ideas,May said,’David had a vision in his head and it’s quite a difficult process and someone has to back off and eventually I did back off,which is unusual for me.’
The lyrics deal with how pressure can destroy lives,but love can be the answer.
The song gave Queen their second UK Number 1 after ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’it became Bowie’s third chart topper after ‘Space Oddity’ and ‘Ashes to Ashes.’
”Cause loves such an old fashioned word and love dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night.’
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Published by Barry Philips · February 6 at 1:00 PM · 

THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
48-BLACKstreet featuring Dr.Dre and Queen Pen-No Diggity.
1996-Number 9 single.
Best Bit-At 3.16.’Diggity’ is urban slang meaning ‘absolutely’ or ‘for sure.’
This song is the crowning glory of American singer/songwriter Teddy Riley who is credited with the creation of the ‘New Jack Swing’ music genre,which is a fusion of R&B and Hip-Hop.Artists who Riley has worked with include Michael Jackson,Bobby Brown and Doug E.Fresh.
This is the song nobody wanted,but when it took off there were several regretting that decision.The beat of the song was written by Dr.Dre(see also best songs 564-544-482 and 128) who used a sample of ‘Grandma’s Hands’ a 1971 song by Bill Withers,Dr.Dre sold the beat to Teddy Riley.The song was offered to the R&B band ‘Guy’ who turned it down,it was then offered to ex Guy lead singer Aaron Hall but he also refused it.Riley then offered the song to the band BLACKstreet a group he helped put together back in 1992.
Between BLACKstreets’ sung verses are three Rap verses performed by Dr.Dre,Teddy Riley and Queen Pen who was a protege of Teddy Riley and signed to ‘Interscope’ the same record label as BLACKstreet.
‘No Diggity’ tells the tale of a man who becomes infatuated with a high class hooker,it can only end in tears.
‘She’s got class and style,street knowledge by the pound.’
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This is the 3rd highest placed Rap song on this countdown.YOUTUBE.COMBlackstreet ft. Dr. Dre, Queen Pen – No Diggity (Official Video)Music video by Blackstreet performing No Diggity. (C) 1996 Interscope…

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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
49-Vera Lynn-(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover.
1942-Has never charted in the UK.There was no UK chart until 1952.
Best Bit-At 2.20.If you’re waiting to see Bluebirds don’t hold your breath.
Vera Lynn(see also best songs 172) is the proud holder of many UK and Billboard chart records.She was born Vera Margaret Welch in East Ham,Essex,England on the 20th March,1917.At her current age of 102 she is the oldest living person to have had a UK Number 1 with ‘My Son,My Son,’ which topped the chart in 1954.When the first UK chart was released in November 1952 she had three songs in the top 15.In 2009 at the age of 92 she became the oldest living artist to top the UK Album chart with ‘The Very Best of Vera Lynn,’ and in 2017 she released the compilation,’Vera Lynn 100′ to commentate her centennial year,it charted at Number 3 making her the first centenarian to have an Album in the charts.In America in 1952 she had a Number 1 on Billboard with ‘Auf Wiederseh’n,Sweetheart,’this made her the first ever foreign artist to top their chart.
‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ was composed by Walter Kent(1911-1994) with lyrics by Nat Burton(1901-1945.) The song was written about a year after the Royal Air Force and German aircraft had been fighting over southern England,including the White Cliffs of Dover,in the Battle of Britain.In America the song was a hit for Kate Smith(1907-1986) in 1942, the first recording of the song was by the Glen Miller Orchestra in November 1941.There are also a further two verses to the song which do not feature in any of the other hit versions,including The Righteous Brothers 1966 Number 21 hit and the Robson & Jerome 1995 Number 1 remake.
‘There’ll be love and laughter and peace ever after,tomorrow when the world is free.’
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This is the highest placed pre Rock ‘N’ Roll era song on this countdown.YOUTUBE.COMVera Lynn The White cliffs of DoverFor readers of CanKiwi2’s “Alternative Finland” website (http://www.alternativefinland.com) and CanKiwi2s Finnish Winter War…

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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER
50-Eddie Cochran-C’mon Everybody.
1959- Number 6 single,when re-released in 1988 it reached Number 14.
Best Bit-At 1.37.Teenagers must always have their own new music that the previous generations will detest.Remember when a 75 year old tells a teenager that the music he listens to is rubbish,he was told the same thing by someone sixty years ago.
Eddie Cochran(see also best songs 422) was born Ray Edward Cochran October 3,1938,in Albert Lea,Minnesota,U.S.,he was only 21 years old when he was killed in a car crash on April 17,1960.The taxi he was travelling in lost control and crashed in to a lamppost,no other vehicle was involved.At the moment of impact Cochran who was seated in the centre of the backseat threw himself over his fiancee Sharon Sheeley to shield her,he was thrown out of the car when a rear passenger door opened in the collisions force,he died from severe head injuries.
During his lifetime he only released one Album called ‘Singin’ to My Baby’ in 1957,but after his death the remainder of his music has been released on many compilations including his posthumous UK Number 1 single ‘Three Steps to Heaven.’ In 1988 following the use of ‘C’mon Everybody’ in a Levi’s Jeans commercial the song once again became a hit.
‘C’mon Everybody’ was co-written by Cochran and his manager Jerry Capehart(1928-1998,) they also teamed up to write ‘Summertime Blues.’
‘Well my baby’s number one,but I’m gonna dance with three or four.’
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This is the 2nd highest placed Rock ‘N’ Roll song on this countdown.YOUTUBE.COMC’mon Everybody Eddie Cochran HQ {Stereo}Stereo Remix by Chris Turner / Video Edit by Smurfstools 1959….#6…

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Published by Barry Philips · February 3 at 4:00 PM · 

THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER

COMING NEXT THE BEST 50

This is how the top 50 songs breakdown.
2010-2020- 1 song
2000-2009- 3 songs
1990-1999- 6 songs
1980-1989- 9 songs
1970-1979- 21 songs
1960-1969- 7 songs
1950-1959- 2 songs
1940-1949- 1 song

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Published by Barry Philips · February 3 at 1:00 PM · 

THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
51-Beatles-Strawberry Fields Forever.
1967-Number 2 single.
Best Bit-At 0.10.Whenever John Lennon was stressed or needed a break,he would go to his ‘Happy Place,”Strawberry Field.’
Strawberry Field was the name of a Salvation Army children’s home close to John Lennon’s childhood home in Woolton,a suburb of Liverpool.One of Lennon’s childhood treats was to attend the garden party held each summer,where a Salvation Army brass band played, but John’s aunt Mimi did not like him going there as she felt he would mix with the wrong crowd.When John and his aunt would argue about him going John would say’What are you going to do,hang me?’Hence the line in the song,’Nothing to get hung about.’
Lennon wrote the song at a very difficult time in his life,the Beatles had just agreed to quit touring and there was no new music planned,all four members were pursuing solo projects with Lennon in Spain filming for the movie ‘How I Won the War,’he was also having problems bonding with the other cast members.
‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ signified a major change in the Beatles musical style,at first confusing the contemporary Pop audience and music critics alike,in time the song would become highly influential on the emerging psychedelic rock genre.The songs promotional film which nowadays would be called a video is also considered groundbreaking(see also best songs 927-599-473-456-319-238-218-168-141 and 80.)
The song was released as a double ‘A’ side with the McCartney written ‘Penny Lane’ on the other side,as was the norm both songs were credited to Lennon/McCartney.The song stalled at Number 2 in the UK behind Engelbert Humperdincks’ ‘Release Me,bringing to an end a run of eleven consecutive Number 1 singles in the UK.
‘Living is easy with eyes closed,misunderstanding all you see.’
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This is 3rd highest placed Beatles song on this countdown.YOUTUBE.COMThe Beatles – Strawberry Fields ForeverMusic video by The Beatles performing Strawberry Fields Forever. © 2015 Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group) /…

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Published by Barry Philips · February 2 at 1:00 PM · 

THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
52-Metallica-One.
1989-Number 13 single.
Best Bit-At 4.38.The song is about someone who has lost all four limbs,is blind and unable to speak and is in constant pain…but apart from that,mustn’t grumble.
‘One’ is an anti-war song,it was written by Metallica band members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich(see also best songs 730.) A soldier in World War 1 is severely wounded when a landmine blow his arms and legs off,he is also blinded and left unable to speak.Lying in a hospital bed his only way of communicating is by jolting,he spells ‘kill me’ in Morse code.
The lyrics are based on the 1939 novel ‘Johnny Got His Gun’ by Dalton Trumbo which is about World War 1.In 1971 it was made in to a movie,this songs video uses images and monologues from the film.Metallica had to pay royalties for using the movie clips which were proving to be very expensive,so instead of pulling the video or continuing to pay,when it came to re-negotiate the license they bought the rights to it which have now been made available on DVD.
The song starts with battle themed sound effects including an artillery barrage and a helicopter flying during a confrontation in World War 1, but this must be put down to artistic licence as helicopters were not invented until 1936.
‘I can’t remember anything,can’t tell if this is true or dream.’
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The countdown continues tomorrow at 1.0.pm.YOUTUBE.COMMetallica – One [Official Music Video]One [Official Music Video] From the album “…And Justice For All” Director: Bill Pope and Michael Salomon Filmed in December 1988 in Long Beach,…

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Published by Barry Philips · February 1 at 1:00 PM · 

THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
53-The Chemical Brothers-Hey Boy Hey Girl.
1999-Number 3 single.
Best Bit-At 0.41.There are only nine words in this song,and you’ll still get it wrong.
In Pop Music the mishearing of lyrics is very commonplace.What is actually being sung is ‘Hey girl,’B’ boy,’a b-boy is someone who does breakdancing which is an athletic style of ‘Street Dance’ which originated outside of dance studios in any available open spaces such as parks and schoolyards,breakdancing originated in the early 1970’s in New York City.
The vocal sample ‘Hey girls b boys superstar DJ’s here we go is taken from the 1984 Old School Hip Hop song ‘The Roof Is on Fire’ from Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three.The song also samples the track ‘I Sit on Acid’ from ‘Lords of Acid.’That bands founding member ‘Praga Khan’ confronted The Chemical Brothers over the drum programming used in ‘Hey Boy Hey Girl’ which he claimed was identical to ‘I Sit on Acid.’The Chemical Brothers response was,’Everyone steals from everyone.’
The Chemical Brothers(see also best songs 300) are Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons they formed in 1989 in Manchester,England.To date they have achieved two UK Number 1 singles and six UK Number 1 Albums.Their latest Album release ‘No Geography’ in 2019 met with unanimous critical acclaim.
‘Hey girls b boys superstar DJ’s here we go.’
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There are still 7 more songs from the 1990’s to come.YOUTUBE.COMHey Boy Hey GirlProvided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Hey Boy Hey Girl · The Chemical Brothers Surrender ℗ 1999 Virgin Records Ltd. Released on:…

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Published by Barry Philips · January 31 at 1:00 PM · 

THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
54-Sinead O’Connor-Nothing Compares 2 U.
1990-Number 1 single.
Best Bit-At 0.10.In the original version by Prince he sings ‘It’s been 7 hours and 13 days,’Sinead has suffered two days longer.
Sinead O’Connor has said,’I did meet him(Prince) a couple of times.We didn’t get on at all,in fact we had a punch up.He summoned me to his house and it’s foolish to do this to an Irish woman,he said he didn’t like me saying bad words in interviews,so I told him to f… off.He got quite violent.I had to escape out of his house,he packed a bigger punch than me.’
By the mid 1980’s Prince(see also best songs 884-487 and 85) was wanting to release more music than his record label would let him,so to get around this he created a new band called ‘The Family,’this song first appeared as an Album track on The Family’s self titled debut from 1985.
The songs video is one of the most recognisable in Pop Music.Towards the end of the song two tears roll down O’Connor’s face.She said the tears were real,she did not intend to cry but then thought,’I should let this happen,’she explained that the tears were triggered by thoughts of her mother who died in a car accident in 1985.
‘I went to the doctor and guess what he told me? He said girl you better try to have fun no matter what you do.’
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THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
55-System of a Down-Chop Suey!
2001-Number 17 single.
Best Bit-At 2.11.As the old saying goes,’It’s heads down and I’ll see you at the other end.’
System of a Down are a Heavy Metal group formed in 1994 in Glendale,California by lead vocalist Sej Tankian who was born in Beirut,he is a songwriter and the bands lead vocalist. Daron Malakian was born in Hollywood,California he is also a songwriter for the group and guitarist.The other founding member is Shavarsh Odadjian,who was born in Yerevan,Armenian SSR,Soviet Union,he also is a writer for the group and a multi instrumentalist.Andy Khachaturian,the bands drummer was a member until leaving in 1997 and was replaced by John Dolmayan. They have released five studio Albums,three of which debuted at Number 1 on Billboard,although they are still officially together they have not released any new music since 2005.
‘Chop Suey’ is taken from the bands second Album ‘Toxicity’ released in 2001.The songs co-writer Daron Malakian explained,’The song is about how we are regarded differently depending on how we pass.If I were to die from drug abuse,they might say I deserved it because I abused dangerous drugs,hence the line,I cry when angels deserve to die.’The lyrics,’Father,into your hands I commend my spirit,’ and ‘Why have you forsaken me,’ are a reference to Jesus’ death on the cross,as according to the Gospels,it was one of the seven things Jesus said while he was dying.
‘Why’d you leave the keys upon the table,here you go create another fable.’
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There are four more songs from the 21st Century still to come on this countdown.YOUTUBE.COMSystem Of A Down – Chop Suey!System of a Down’s official music video for ‘Chop Suey!’. Click to listen to System of a Down on Spotify:…