It breaks one’s heart omitting so many songs from a tiny top ten list of all times. This list is a journey of sixty years from the nineteen fifties to the present. Each song perhaps has been the favourite of a decade. In the fifties it was Chubby Checker and in the sixties perhaps all the songs of the Beatles. Unfortunately we can take only take one from each artiste or we would be doing injustice to the other great singers and groups of all time.
1. Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock
The song was released on September 24, 1957. The song was written Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It was released along with the movie of the same name. The song was a number one hit in both the USA and the UK. The song because of its sales equal to four million copies is ranked as double platinum. It is known as one of the songs that shaped Rock and Roll.
2. Chubby Checker – Twist
Chubby Checker introduced his version of the Twist on the Clay Cole Show. The recording of the song was a super hit for the singer. It started a new dance system called the Twist which became popular all over the world. The song was released in July 1960. The song topped the Billboard twice. It has been said that before the Twist was introduced by Chubby Checker adults refrained from dancing on the floor to music loved by teenagers. The song changed all that; everyone was dancing, all over the world to it.
3. Beatles — Yesterday
This song was recorded for the Beatles Album Help in 1965. The song has a record 1600 versions. The song has been credited to the team of Lennon and McCartney although it was only written by Paul McCartney.. It has been voted the best song of the twentieth century. It has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of fame. Actually the song had been finished in a preliminary version but it was never considered for the next two albums released Beatles for Sale and A Hard Day’s Night.
4. Rolling Stones — Satisfaction
This song was released in 1965 by the English band, The Rolling Stones. The song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. This song gave the Rolling Stones their first hit in the Unites States of America in the form of a number one. It became a number one in the UK later in the year.
5. Simon & Garfunkel — Bridge over troubled water
This was released on January 26, 1970 and was soon the Billboard number one hit. It won the Grammy for the Best Album and the song of the year in 1971. The album was a great testimony to the partnership of this singing duo. They produced many memorable songs together after this before branching off into solo careers.