Top 10 Pop Songs of All Time

Even if some of us loathe to admit it, we all like a good pop song. They are the tunes we find ourselves singing in the shower or humming under our breath on the bus to work. And if we think no one is watching, these are the songs that actually make us get up and boogie around the kitchen. Here then are our picks for the Top 10 Pop Songs of All Time.

10. Hips Don’t Lie. Shakira

While Spanish speakers were already way ahead of us on this one, Hips Don’t Lie made everyone fall in love with the Colombian superstar. The song became one of the most popular tracks of the entire decade, thanks to Shakira’s distinctive vocals, the catchy chorus and the blistering Latin rhythm which created a lively, thumping mix most of us had never experienced before. The tune is the true definition of a ‘worldwide hit’ reaching Nr. 1 in a staggering 55 countries and setting the record for the fastest selling single to reach one million digital downloads. And it’s a well-deserved reward. The song is original, fresh and a whole lot of fun.

 

9. Poker Face. Lady GaGa

Love or hate Lady GaGa, we can’t deny she creates some wickedly memorable tunes. After a strong début with Just Dance, GaGa released Poker Face and we fell in love all over again. And while we can certainly dance to the song, it also highlights GaGa’s darker sound. Something that makes her stand out from the other pop stars. Complete with europop synthesisers, robotic sounding vocals and a memorable chorus, the track’s accompanying video also introduced the world to the artist’s obsession with the bizarre. Having sold over 30 million copies, Poker Face is now one of the best-selling singles of all time. A claim which it certainly deserves.

 

8. Wannabe. Spice Girls

Already a Summer hit in Europe in 1996, this song hit the North American shoreline in the Winter of ‘97 and spread across the US like a plague. The lyrics follow a theme of independence and the song quickly became an anthem for ‘girl power’ throughout the world. And while the Spice Girls never quite matched this level of success again, they didn’t have to--they’d already entered the Zeitgeist and left a lasting impression.

 

7. California Girls. Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dog

By the end of the 2000’s, Katy Perry wasn’t the most famous pop star in the world. But she was well on her way. And it was this single, which topped in May of 2010, that effectively demonstrated that a new start had emerged. Of course, the vibrant music video bolstered Perry’s image, but California Girls is still a quintessential Summer hit and it featured one of the most commercially viable hip-hop artists. The song is a reminder that classic pop songs are all about having fun.

 

6. Bye-Bye-Bye. In Sync

Released just days into the new century, Bye-Bye-Bye was a bit of a holdover from the teen craze which rocked the world in the late 90’s. Complete with an earworm of a chorus and unforgettable music video, the single was one of In Sync’s best songs and it solidified them as contenders for boy band crown. Two years after this release, In Sync were no more. But the break up spawned a fantastic solo career for Justin Timberlake, and with hits like Mass Attracts and Sexy Back, Timberlake has gone on to prove he has an almost legendary talent.

 

5. Girls Just Wanna’ Have Fun. Cyndi Lauper

At the time, Girls Just Wanna’ Have Fun was renowned for having a distinctive feminist approach, but the song was actually written and first performed by a man named Robert Hazard in 1979. After altering some of the lyrics (with Hazard’s approval) Lauper’s début single shot her to instant fame. With the help of its classic music video, this song reached the top spot in 10 countries and became a feminist anthem. It’s an instantly recognisable piece, from the very first synthesised notes, and Lauper’s energetic vocals carry a sense of fun throughout the entire song, while still retaining a powerful stance. It was a tricky balancing act, but Lauper pulled it off perfectly, creating one of the most memorable songs of the 1980’s.

 

4. I Will Always Love You. Whitney Houston

First released as a country single in the 70’s by its writer, Dolly Parton, Houston’s R&B infused version became one of the greatest cover songs in music history. Houston showcases her powerhouse vocals throughout the song, reaching heights that other singers can only dream of and proving herself to be one of the greatest vocalists of all time. The song was a massive commercial success, spending a then-record 14 weeks at Nr. 1, and was certified 4 x platinum only two months after its release in 1992.

 

3. Baby One More Time. Britney Spears

By the end of the 1990’s, Britney Spears was just an ambitious 16-year-old former Mouseketeer in the age of pop groups like Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls and In Sync. But all that changed for the Princess of Pop with the release of this solo powerhouse of a song. It reached Nr. 1 in every country that it charted and singled out Britney as a cultural phenomena, helping to pave the way for other teen pop solo artists like Mandy Moore and Christina Aguilera. A true nineties classic.

 

2. Vogue. Madonna

With Vogue, the Queen of 80’s Pop proved that her transition into the new decade would be as smooth as butter. Released in March of 1990, this song peaked at the top of the charts in over 30 countries. Influenced by the disco styles of the 70’s, Madonna created a fantastic dance house track that helped to establish what dance music would become throughout the decade. The song made Madonna cool again and came with one of the best music videos of all time.

 

1. Billie Jean. Michael Jackson

Admit it. Even if you are not a fan of Michael Jackson, you love this song! With the groovy opening notes of the bass to the sharp sounds of the synthesiser, Billie Jean screams classic. The song is instantly recognisable and insanely memorable. Jackson commands the song. From the powerful chorus and his signature vocal hiccup spread throughout the tune. The song has something for everyone. Whether it be the stellar production, the wicked guitar solo or even Jackson himself with his confident, dominating lyrics. Often considered to be the best pop song of all time, Billie Jean is a timeless classic and arguably one of Jackson’s greatest achievements.

 

Agree or disagree? What’s your favourite pop song of all time? Drop us a line and let us know what tune keeps you humming along, even if you hope you’ll never have to admit it in public!

 

 

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