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2006-01-24
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Top 100 Pop songs since 1963

Posted on Sunday, November 19 @ 13:32:33 CET by Macphisto
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U2 came in at #8 with With Or Without You on the MTV /Rolling Stone list of Top 100 Pop Songs since 1963...

(RollingStone.com) -- When we sat down to plan this special issue with MTV last June, we took the arrival of the Beatles in America as the starting point of the modern pop era. Everything else was up for grabs. Five Rolling Stone editors and a crew of MTV programmers, producers and researchers traded lists, opinions, barbs and everything but blows in trying to narrow down a wide range of popular music to the final 100. MTV was sorry to see video pioneers Duran Duran get cut; Rolling Stone was pulling for more soul, particularly Gladys Knight and the Pips' "Midnight Train to Georgia." And, believe it or not, both sides were a little sorry to see Kajagoogoo's one and only hit, 1983's "Too Shy," bite the dust early on.

That's because pop honors the ephemeral just as much as the lasting. Pop songs can be trivial and they can be awesome - often at the same time. They can change the world, or they can make you change the radio dial. They make rules and they break them, they play with our emotions, they trigger memories and arguments, and just when you're sure they'll never go away, they disappear. Love them or hate them, they are instantly recognizable, which may be the only thing that Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up in Blue" (No. 49) and Culture Club's "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" (No. 73) have in common.

The Pop 100 is a true collaboration. In it, you will find songs that never appeared on MTV because they were made nearly twenty years before the age of video, songs like the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" and the Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go." And you'll also find songs from bands that never appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone, like Depeche Mode and Hanson. You'll also find the inside stories on the making of these songs. And in the spirit of pop radio, if you get to a song you don't like, stick with it - another one's coming up in a couple of minutes.

Contributors: Anthony Bozza, Anthony DeCurtis, Matt Diehl, Jenny Eliscu, David Fricke, Matt Hendrickson, Greg Kot, Tom Moon, Ann Powers, Parke Puterbaugh, Austin Scaggs, Rob Sheffield, Richard Skanse, David Thigpen, Mim Udovitch, Barry Walters, David Wild

1 The Beatles Yesterday 2 The Rolling Stones (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 3 Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit 4 Madonna Like a Virgin 5 Michael Jackson Billie Jean 6 The Beatles I Want To Hold Your Hand 7 Aretha Franklin Respect 8 U2 With or Without You 9 The Jackson 5 I Want You Back 10 The Backstreet Boys I Want It That Way 11 The Eagles Hotel California 12 The Supremes Where Did Our Love Go 13 Guns n' Roses Sweet Child O'Mine 14 The Rolling Stones Brown Sugar 15 John Lennon Imagine 16 Sinead O'Connor Nothing Compares 2 U 17 Stevie Wonder Superstition 18 R.E.M. Losing My Religion 19 Madonna Vogue 20 Bob Dylan Like a Rolling Stone 21 Van Morrison Brown Eyed Girl 22 Michael Jackson Beat It 23 Roy Orbison Oh, Pretty Woman 24 Marvin Gaye What's Going On 25 Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time 26 Fleetwood Mac Go Your Own Way 27 Prince When Doves Cry 28 Hanson MMMBop 29 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody 30 Elton John Your Song 31 Santana (featuring Rob Thomas) Smooth 32 Otis Redding (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay 33 The Who My Generation 34 Alanis Morissette Ironic 35 Bruce Springsteen Born to Run 36 TLC Waterfalls 37 Naughty by Nature O.P.P. 38 David Bowie Changes 39 Goo Goo Dolls Iris 40 Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You 41 Creedence Clearwater Revival Proud Mary 42 The Police Every Breath You Take 43 The Rolling Stones Miss You 44 Abba Dancing Queen 45 Eric Clapton Tears in Heaven 46 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles Tracks of My Tears 47 Van Halen Jump 48 Pearl Jam Jeremy 49 Bob Dylan Tangled Up in Blue 50 Prince Little Red Corvette 51 The Temptations Just My Imagination 52 Paul McCartney Maybe I'm Amazed 53 George Michael Faith 54 Red Hot Chili Peppers Under the Bridge 55 'N Sync Bye Bye Bye 56 Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive 57 The Go-Go's Our Lips Are Sealed 58 The Wallflowers One Headlight 59 Stevie Wonder You Are the Sunshine of My Life 60 Billy Joel Just the Way You Are 61 R.E.M. The One I Love 62 Madonna Papa Don't Preach 63 The Beatles In My Life 64 Elton John Bennie and the Jets 65 The Cars Just What I Needed 66 Cyndi Lauper Time After Time 67 Eminem My Name Is 68 Garbage Only Happy When It Rains 69 Depeche Mode Just Can't Get Enough 70 Beach Boys Good Vibrations 71 The Ramones I Wanna Be Sedated 72 Tom Petty Free Fallin' 73 Culture Club Do You Really Want to Hurt Me 74 Elton John Tiny Dancer 75 Sly and the Family Stone Hot Fun in the Summertime 76 Radiohead Creep 77 Al Green Let's Stay Together 78 Green Day Longview 79 Janet Jackson Nasty 80 LL Cool J I Need Love 81 No Doubt Don't Speak 82 Michael Jackson Rock With You 83 Foreigner I Want to Know What Love Is 84 Oasis Wonderwall 85 Cheap Trick Surrender 86 The Human League Don't You Want Me 87 The Pretenders Brass in Pocket (I'm Special) 88 Wyclef Jean Gone Till November 89 Wham! Careless Whisper 90 Brandy and Monica The Boy Is Mine 91 Blackstreet (Featuring Dr. Dre) No Diggity 92 AC/DC You Shook Me All Night Long 93 The Bee Gees Stayin' Alive 94 Blink-182 All the Small Things 95 Chic Good Times 96 Def Leppard Photograph 97 The B-52's Love Shack 98 Fine Young Cannibals She Drives Me Crazy 99 Biz Markie Just a Friend 100 Soft Cell Tainted Love



U2 / With Or Witout You

With or without you' had a really strong melody, and any time we tried to do something traditional with it, it sounded too sweet and sentimental," says the band's bassist, Adam Clayton, remembering the song's birth during the Joshua Tree sessions. "Bono kept saying, 'Leave it,' but it didn't sound like a song we wanted on the album. So we went the opposite way and tried to fuck it up." Under the guidance of producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, Clayton turned up his bass, Edge explored a new, ambient approach to guitar solos and Larry Mullen Jr. experimented with an electronically enhanced drum kit. "We thought, 'We're never going to get that on the radio,'" says Clayton.

In fact, Bono viewed the song as part of a trilogy, with two tracks, "Luminous Times (Hold On to Love)" and "Walk to the Water," that sound more like outtakes from a Patti Smith-Sam Shepard jam session than million-selling anthems. Those tracks never made it onto The Joshua Tree, and Bono was soon telling interviewers that "With or Without You" could never be understood without them.

It's fitting that the song that made the Irish troubadours the biggest rock act of the 1980s is a musical tangle with lyrics that could mean anything. Those words, which might be about Jesus, marriage, U2's audience or the group itself, contained enough catchphrases - "You give yourself away," "I can't live with or without you" - to become putty in listeners' minds. That melody blazed through, though, like a neon sign pointing toward heaven. Radio instantly flipped over the song and shot it to the top.

"With or Without You" propelled The Joshua Tree to the same spot and contributed to making U2's tour the top grosser of the year. "It was very unexpected," Clayton says with a chuckle. "Suddenly our complexions got better. People didn't want tips anymore. We didn't have to buy jeans anymore."

As for those puzzling lyrics, Clayton confesses he could never pin them down, either. "The truth is, it's all those things - God, romance, the fans, the band," he says. "But when you've got the title, 'With or Without You,' that says everything, actually. You don't need much more."

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