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Sunday, April 4, 1999

BBC 100 Favourite Songs of the Century

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Paul Gambaccini invited the public and music personalities to submit their choices for the best songs of the century and then broadcast the results over BBC Radio 2 over Easter weekend, 1999. The list only lists song titles. The DMDB has included the act for the highest-ranked version of the song according to the DMDB.

1. Yesterday…The Beatles (1965)
2. Star Dust…Artie Shaw (1941)
3. Bridge Over Troubled Water…Simon & Garfunkel (1970)
4. White Christmas… Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers (1942)
5. Unchained Melody…The Righteous Brothers (1965)
6. Imagine…John Lennon (1971)
7. My Way…Frank Sinatra (1969)
8. Summertime…Billie Holiday (1936)
9. Over the Rainbow… Judy Garland (1939)
10. As Time Goes By…Dooley Wilson (1943)

11. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes…Paul Whiteman with Bob Lawrence (1933)
12. You’ll Never Walk Alone…Frank Sinatra (1945)
13. Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)…Elton John (1997)
14. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer…Gene Autry (1949)
15. Hey Jude…The Beatles (1968)
16. In the Mood…Glenn Miller (1939)
17. Alexander’s Ragtime Band…Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan (1911)
18. Bohemian Rhapsody…Queen (1975)
19. (We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock…Bill Haley & the Comets (1954)
20. Ol’ Man River…Paul Robeson (1928)

21. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye…Benny Goodman with Peggy Mann (1945)
22. Blowin’ in the Wind…Bob Dylan (1963)
23. We’ll Meet Again…Vera Lynn (1954)
24. I Heard It Through the Grapevine…Marvin Gaye (1968)
25. When I Fall in Love…The Lettermen (1961)
26. Heartbreak Hotel…Elvis Presley (1956)
27. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’…The Righteous Brothers (1964)
28. A Whiter Shade of Pale…Procol Harum (1967)
29. My Heart Will Go On…Celine Dion (1997)
30. St. Louis Blues…Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong (1925)

31. My Blue Heaven…Gene Austin (1927)
32. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town…Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters (1947)
33. Night and Day…Fred Astaire with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra (1932)
34. September Song…Walter Huston (1939)
35. Stairway to Heaven…Led Zeppelin (1971)
36. Moonlight Serenade…Glenn Miller (1939)
37. What a Wonderful World…Louis Armstrong (1967)
38. I Will Always Love You…Whitney Houston (1992)
39. Let It Be…The Beatles (1970)
40. There’ll Be Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover…Kay Kyser (1941)

41. Begin the Beguine…Artie Shaw (1938)
42. American Pie…Don McLean (1971)
43. Moon River…Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn (1961)
44. Always on My Mind…Willie Nelson (1982)
45. Without You…Harry Nilsson (1971)
46. Hound Dog…Elvis Presley (1956)
47. Unforgettable…Natalie Cole with Nat “King” Cole (1991)
48. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face…Roberta Flack (1970)
49. The Little Drummer Boy…Harry Simeone Chorale (1958)
50. Baker Street…Gerry Rafferty (1978)

51. Tennessee Waltz…Patti Page (1950)
52. Hotel California…Eagles (1976)
53. Lili Marlene…Perry Como (1944)
54. Mack the Knife…Bobby Darin (1959)
55. I Only Have Eyes for You…The Flamingos (1959)
56. I’ve Got You Under My Skin…Ray Noble (1936)
57. Someone to Watch Over Me…Gertrude Lawrence (1927)
58. The Power of Love…Celine Dion (1993)
59. God Only Knows…The Beach Boys (1966)
60. I Believe…Frankie Laine (1953)

61. I Just Called to Say I Love You…Stevie Wonder (1984)
62. Crazy…Patsy Cline (1961)
63. Deep Purple…Larry Clinton with Bea Wain (1939)
64. Wind Beneath My Wings…Bette Midler (1989)
65. Strawberry Fields Forever…The Beatles (1967)
66. It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary…John McCormack (1915)
67. Blue Moon…Glen Gray with Kenny Sargent (1935)
68. All the Things You Are…Tommy Dorsey with Jack Leonard (1939)
69. Like a Rolling Stone…Bob Dylan (1965)
70. Singin’ in the Rain…Cliff Edwards (1929)

71. Nights in White Satin…The Moody Blues (1967)
72. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction…The Rolling Stones (1965)
73. Send in the Clowns…Judy Collins (1975)
74. What’s Going On…Marvin Gaye (1971)
75. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin’ All the Time)…Ethel Waters (1933)
76. Walk on By…Dionne Warwick (1964)
77. The Folks Who Live on the Hill…Guy Lombardo (1937)
78. Keep the Home Fires Burnin’…James F. Harrison (1915)
79. Every Breath You Take…The Police (1983)
80. Winter Wonderland…Guy Lombardo (1934)

81. Killing Me Softly with His Song…Roberta Flack (1973)
82. Some Enchanted Evening…Perry Como (1949)
83. Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay…Otis Redding (1968)
84. Roses of Picardy…Lambert Murphy (1918)
85. I Say a Little Prayer…Aretha Franklin (1968)
86. Let Me Call You Sweetheart…Peerless Quartet (1911)
87. Everything I Do I Do It for You…Bryan Adams (1991)
88. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?...Rudy Vallee (1932)
89. The Way We Were…Barbra Streisand (1973)
90. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square…Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle (1940)

91. Somewhere…Marni Nixon (1961)
92. Tea for Two…Marion Harris (1925)
93. Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina…Madonna (199)
94. Something…The Beatles (1969)
95. The Way You Look Tonight…Fred Astaire (1936)
96. MacArthur Park…Richard Harris (1968)
97. Georgia on My Mind…Ray Charles (1960)
98. Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart)…Haydn Quartet (1904)
99. Take Five…Dave Brubeck Quartet (1999)
100. Stand by Me…Ben E. King (1961)


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