Sunday, December 31, 2017

Pop Culture Madness: Songs of the Year, 1898-2017

Originally posted 4/12/2019.

Pop Culture Madness bills itself as having charts which reflect continued popularity of songs, not just what was popular in its time. As such, their choices for best songs each year are often songs which never hit #1 on the charts. They have annual charts dating from 1955 to the present. With lists for 1900-1919 and another for the 1800s, that span can be stretched back to 1898.

  • 2017: Ed Sheeran “Shape of You
  • 2016: The Chainsmokers with Halsey “Closer
  • 2015: Walk the Moon “Shut Up and Dance”
  • 2014: Taylor Swift “Shake It Off
  • 2013: Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines
  • 2012: Psy “Gangnam Style
  • 2011: LMFAO with Lauren Bennett & Goon Rock “Party Rock Anthem
  • 2010: Katy Perry “Firework

  • 2009: Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling
  • 2008: Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
  • 2007: Cupid “Cupid Shuffle”
  • 2006: Justin Timberlake “Sexyback
  • 2005: Gwen Stefani “Hollaback Girl”
  • 2004: Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris “Yeah!
  • 2003: Beyoncé with Jay-Z “Crazy in Love
  • 2002: Kelly Clarkson “A Moment Like This”
  • 2001: Mr. C the Slide Man “Cha-Cha Slide”
  • 2000: The Baha Men “Who Let the Dogs Out”

  • 1999: Smash Mouth “All Star”
  • 1998: Aerosmith “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”
  • 1997: Aqua “Barbie Girl”
  • 1996: Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta “The Grease Megamix”
  • 1995: Rednex “Cotton Eye Joe”
  • 1994: Shery Crow “All I Wanna Do”
  • 1993: Haddaway “What Is Love?”
  • 1992: Sir Mix-a-Lot “Baby Got Back”
  • 1991: Natalie Cole with Nat “King” Cole “Unforgettable”
  • 1990: Marcia Griffiths “Electric Slide (Electric Boogie)”

  • 1989: The B-52’s “Love Shack”
  • 1988: Def Leppard “Pour Some Sugar on Me”
  • 1987: Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer”
  • 1986: Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, & Stevie Wonder “That’s What Friends Are For”
  • 1985: Starship “We Built This City”
  • 1984: Michael Jackson “Thriller”
  • 1983: The Weather Girls “It’s Raining Men”
  • 1982: The Sugarhill Gang “Apache (Jump on It)”
  • 1981: Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’”
  • 1980: AC/DC “You Shook Me All Night Long”

  • 1979: Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
  • 1978: Donna Summer “Last Dance”
  • 1977: Abba “Dancing Queen
  • 1976: Wild Cherry “Play That Funky Music”
  • 1975: KC & the Sunshine Band “Get Down Tonight”
  • 1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd “Sweet Home Alabama
  • 1973: Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On
  • 1972: Gary Glitter “Rock and Roll Part 2”
  • 1971: James Taylor “You’ve Got a Friend”
  • 1970: The Jackson 5 “I’ll Be There

  • 1969: The Foundations “Build Me Up Buttercup”
  • 1968: Otis Redding “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay
  • 1967: Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
  • 1966: Frank Sinatra “Summer Wind”
  • 1965: The Righteous Brothers “The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody
  • 1964: The Beatles “Twist and Shout”
  • 1963: Boots Randolph & His Combo “Yakety Sax (Benny Hill Theme)”
  • 1962: Dick Dale “Misirlou”
  • 1961: Etta James “At Last”
  • 1960: Chubby Checker Chubby Checker “The Twist

  • 1959: Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife
  • 1958: The Champs “Tequila”
  • 1957: Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock
  • 1956: Elvis Presley “Don’t Be Cruel”/“Hound Dog
  • 1955: Tennessee Ernie Ford “Sixteen Tons”
  • 1954: Bill Haley & His Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock
  • 1953:
  • 1952:
  • 1951: Tommy Edwards “It’s All in the Game”
  • 1950:

  • 1949: Vaughn Monroe “Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)
  • 1948: Art Mooney “I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover
  • 1947: Nat “King” Cole “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
  • 1946: Johnny Mercer “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah”
  • 1945: Les Brown with Doris Day “Sentimental Journey
  • 1944: Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra “Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)”
  • 1943: Alfred Drake “Oklahoma!”
  • 1942: Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers & the John Scott Trotter Orchestra “White Christmas
  • 1941: Artie Shaw “Stardust
  • 1940: Cliff Edwards “When You Wish Upon a Star

  • 1939: Judy Garland “Over the Rainbow
  • 1938: Seven Dwarfs “Whistle While You Work”
  • 1937: Count Basie “One O’Clock Jump
  • 1936: Bing Crosby “Pennies from Heaven
  • 1935: Shirley Temple “On the Good Ship Lollipop”
  • 1934: Guy Lombardo “Winter Wonderland”
  • 1933: Dick Powell “The Gold Digger’s Song (We’re in the Money)”
  • 1932: Fred Astaire “Night and Day
  • 1931: Ted Lewis “Just a Gigolo”
  • 1930: Ben Selvin “Happy Days Are Here Again

  • 1929: Louis Armstrong “When You’re Smiling”
  • 1928: Bertolt Brecht “Mack the Knife
  • 1927: Nick Lucas “I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover
  • 1926: Vincent Lopez “Show Me the Way to Go Home”
  • 1925: Ben Bernie “Sweet Georgia Brown”
  • 1924: Al Jolson “California, Here I Come”
  • 1923: Paul Whiteman “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise”
  • 1922: Al Jolson “April Showers
  • 1921: Marion Harris: “I Ain’t Got Nobody”
  • 1920: Al Jolson “Swanee

  • 1919: Al Bernard “St. Louis Blues
  • 1918: Ernestine Schumann-Heink “Danny Boy”
  • 1917: Douglas Furber & A. Emmett Adams (writers) “The Bells of St. Mary’s”
  • 1916: Harry B. Smith & Victor Herbert “You Belong to Me”
  • 1915: John McCormack “It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary
  • 1914: Kenneth J. Alford (aka Frederick Joseph Ricketts) (writer) “Colonel Bogey March”
  • 1913: Chauncey Olcott “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
  • 1912: Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan “I’m Going Back to Dixie (aka ‘I Want to Be in Dixie’)”
  • 1911: Victor Herbert “March of the Toys”
  • 1910: Evan Williams “Because”

  • 1909: Haydn Quartet Haydn Quartet “Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet
  • 1908: Billy Murray with Haydn Quartet “Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  • 1907: Billy Murray “Harrigan”
  • 1906: Billy Murray “You’re a Grand Old Flag (aka “The Grand Old Rag”)
  • 1905: Billy Murray “Yankee Doodle Boy
  • 1904: Billy Murray “Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis
  • 1903: Dan Quinn “The Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous”
  • 1902: Edward Elgard (writer) “Pomp and Circumstance”
  • 1901: Charles H. Loomis, Allan M. Hirsch, & G.L. Atwater Jr. (writers) “Yale Boola! (March and Two Step)”
  • 1900: Paul Dresser (writer) “Give Us Just Another Lincoln”

  • 1899: Cal Stewart “Uncle Josh in Society”
  • 1898: Billy Golden “Bye Bye My Honey”

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