Lashonde Lavelle Christian
August 12, 2020
4 Minutes
It is 2020. Despite the year though, there exists just a bunch of songs that we can’t seem to ever grow out of. Whether its from hearing our parents listen to it, or having it as background music from movies, we sing and hum them, even when we barely get the words right.
Fun beats and a good rhythm, these songs have indeed aged like fine wine. Unable to list em’ all, we’ve managed to narrow some of the best ones down. So here it is, the 20 songs that we think, have remained evergreen in spite of time.
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#1 I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston

Sung by the late Whitney Houston, this song was released 33 years ago in 1987. The song won best pop female vocal performance at the 30th Grammy Awards and it was also used in Jennifer Garner’s 13 going on 30. The singer started her singing career in 1983, and went down being known as one of the top female vocal pop powerhouses of all time.

#2 Dancing Queen by Abba

Known as one of the band’s best hits, Dancing Queen was released in the year 1976 and in Sweden. The disco music hit quickly rose on charts after its release, and went on to become the group’s only number one hit in the US. Getting over 408 million views on YouTube, the song also reached the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015.

#3 Nothing Else Matters by Metallica

A newer song than the previous two, this song came out in 1992. Soon after the song gained traction, it was featured as a playable track in the music video game Guitar Hero: Metallica. Becoming a staple in the group’s live performances, the song was said to have been written for an ex-girlfriend of lead singer James Hetfield.

#4 Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi

Livin’ on a Prayer initially graced us in 1986. Performed by the infamous group known as Bon Jovi, it was one of their top hits together with songs like ‘Always’ and ‘It’s My Life’. The song was also performed live in tribute to all the casualties of the tragic 9/11 scene in New York, 2001.

#5 Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns n’ Roses

Releasing in 1988, this song was the band’s only number one single in the US. The song was initially over 5 minutes, but the guitar part solo of the song was cut off about a minute or so for the radio edit version.The song was said to have been for lead singer Axl Rose’s girlfriend.

#6 Respect by Aretha Franklin

Respect came out in 1965 and became famous two years later in 1967. It was originally released by American recording artist Otis Redding in 1965, but then in 1967 it became Aretha Franklin’s signature song. The song became one of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by the Rolling Stones magazine.

#7 Let it Be by The Beatles

The title track of the band’s album 'Let it Be', this song was released in 1970. The album was the group’s final album before one of the group members decided to part ways. It was also their final single. The idea of the song came about when member Paul McCartney had a dream about his late mother, Mary who passed from cancer.

#8 Imagine by John Lennon

A song with such deep meaning, Imagine came out in 1971. The lyrics of the song asks us to imagine what a world without borders, separation and attachment to material possessions would look like. According to the late John Lennon, finding the right words to the song was a collaboration with his wife Yoko Ono.

#9 Hotel California by Eagles

One of the most sought-after songs, Hotel California came out in the year 1976. Telling a story with its lyrics, many have speculated its meaning behind it. In an interview the group revealed that the song was about the upper-class life in the US. The song also got the title ‘the song that shaped rock and roll’ from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

#10 Stayin’ Alive by Bee Gees

From the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, Stayin’ Alive was released in 1977. It was one of the group’s greatest songs and also made it to the Rolling Stones’ 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Competing with the Beatles, and just one step behind Whitney Houston, this song became one of group’s best hits.

#11 Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

This song was written by member of Queen, Freddy Mercury and was featured on their 'A Night at the Opera' album, in 1975. The song was such a hit that by the end of January 1976, the song had sold over a million copies. It only soared from then, because just two years ago, in 2018, the song became one of the most streamed song of the 20th century.

#12 Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley

A 1956 song, Love Me Tender was actually an adaptation from a civil war ballad known as 'Aura Lee'. When he sang that song, Elvis was only 21 years old. The song went on to be featured on numerous films. About a month before the release, Elvis performed the song on The Ed Sullivan Show in the same year.

#13 Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin

Released toward the end of 1971, this song has been regarded as one of the most popular rock songs of all time. Combining progressive, hard and folk rock, the song was performed at almost every concert by the group. However, the song which was out in 1971, didn’t become as famous until two years later in 1973.

#14 I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing was performed in the year 1998 for the film Armageddon. It was their only song to be a number one single,and it stayed at the top for four whole weeks. Written by Diane Warren, the song was inspired by an interview she conducted with James Brolin and Barbara Streisand.

#15 What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

This Louis Armstrong famous was initially released in 1967 but performed poorly in the US. It was then re-released again in 1988, and this time quickly rose on the charts. Despite the fact that Armstrong didn’t come from a very together family, with a dad who abandoned the family and a mom who had to resort to prostitution to make ends meet, he had an endearing ability to bring people together.

#16 I Feel the Earth Move by Carole King

Released in 1971, this pop song was one of the most listened to songs at the time and is still evergreen up to today. Besides its upbeat tempo, this song’s feel was debated by many. Some perceived it was bluesy and warm, while others thought it was more of raunchy and sexually aggressive.

#17 Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds

This song which came out in 1985, became the number one song in the US, when it was used as the opening and closing for the film The Breakfast Club. It was their only song to be number one and it stayed that way for three weeks. The whole song was recorded in a single afternoon, and was then sung in movies like Not Another Teen Movie (2001) and Pitch Perfect (2012), and TV series Glee.

#18 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun was released in 1979 by Robert Hazard, but it was made famous in by Cyndi Lauper in 1983. Upon gaining fame, it was quickly recognized as a feminist anthem and became a worldwide hit. In fact, this one song alone has been covered by over 30 artists.

#19 Total Eclipse of The Heart by Bonnie Tyler

This 1983 song was Billboard’s number 6 song during that time. It sold over 6 million copies worldwide and in 2015 it was voted as the nation’s third favourite 1980’s song. According to Tyler, the song was about someone who wanted to love so badly that she just lay in complete darkness.
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#20 Push it: Salt-N-Pepa

Salt-N-Pepa gave us this pop rap hit in 1987. The two-girl group broke down barriers when they started exploring a very male dominated industry. However, they kept going and before they knew it, the song was one very radio station. As the song climbed charts, many thought it to be about sex, although that was never the case. Together, they were such icons that during Halloween 2016, RnB star Beyonce and her family dressed as them!