Sunday, April 4, 1999

BBC: 100 Favourite Songs of the Century

BBC:

100 Favourite Songs of the Century

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.

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

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

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

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

41. Artie Shaw “Begin the Beguine” (1938)
42. Don McLean “American Pie” (1971)
43. Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn “Moon River” (1961)
44. Willie Nelson “Always on My Mind” (1982)
45. Harry Nilsson “Without You” (1971)
46. Elvis Presley “Hound Dog” (1956)
47. Natalie Cole with Nat “King” Cole “Unforgettable” (1991)
48. Roberta Flack “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (1969)
49. Harry Simeone Chorale “The Little Drummer Boy” (1958)
50. Gerry Rafferty “Baker Street” (1978)

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

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

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

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

91. Marni Nixon “Somewhere” (1961)
92. Marion Harris “Tea for Two” (1925)
93. Madonna “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” (1997)
94. The Beatles “Something” (1969)
95. Fred Astaire “The Way You Look Tonight” (1936)
96. Richard Harris “MacArthur Park” (1968)
97. Ray Charles “Georgia on My Mind” (1960)
98. Haydn Quartet “Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart)” (1904)
99. Dave Brubeck Quartet “Take Five” (1999)
100. Ben E. King “Stand by Me” (1961)


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