Mikes 100+ Essential Pop from the 50s to Now!

Black soul singer Isaac Hayes performs at the ...
Isaac Hayes performs at the International Amphitheater in Chicago via Wikipedia

Back in the saddle. Actually, it’s back on a chair. This is the first time in a while I’ve really sat down in front of my laptop for more than a few minutes. The culprit? A bad cold leading into the Christmas rush, and a bona fide fever just after it.

During my malaise I started reminiscing about all the great music I’ve loved as a kid to now. I was born in ’62 but had a lot of older brothers and sisters. So I know 50s stuff too. That’s why this retrospective goes from the 50s to now. It’s not what you’d hear in the TimeLife ads. Well, maybe some of it, for sure. But it’s more about what touched me personally. That’s why it’s called Mike’s 100+ Essential Pop from the 50s to Now!

I started the list hoping to keep it to 100. But there just had to be some overflow. The Beatles, Stones, Elvis, Elton John, Bowie, Dylan and Neil Young are purposely played down, because, hey, we all know they’re great, and I was hoping to bring out some golden oldies that otherwise might have been forgotten.

Many more tunes could be added… actually, I’ll have to add some more because I don’t think there’s anything in here much past the 90’s, with the exception of TobyMac. And I do like some new stuff. Problem is, I usually hear it on the car radio and miss the song title and artist name… ah getting old, to think all pop radio was once on the tip of my tongue… 🙂

Mike’s 100+ Essential Pop from the 50s to Now! (mindless computers! add 100 after 99…)

  1. Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
  2. She’s Got the Devil in her Heart – Beatles
  3. Ruby Tuesday – Rolling Stones
  4. Light my fire – Doors
  5. Sonny – Hose Feliciano
  6. People are Strange – Doors
  7. Baby Love – Dianna Ross and the Supremes
  8. Walking After Midnight – Patsy Cline
  9. Move it on Over – Hank Williams
  10. Rock around the Clock – Bill Hailey and the Comets
  11. Hound Dog – Elvis
  12. Roll over Beethoven – Chuck Berry
  13. Rock and Roll Music – Chuck Berry
  14. Mr. Tambourine man, Byrds
  15. So Happy Together, Turtles
  16. Mellow Yellow – Donavan
  17. Eight Days a Week – Beatles
  18. White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
  19. It’s Nature’s Way of telling you – Spirit
  20. Lovely to See you Again – Moody Blues
  21. Story in your eyes – Moody Blues
  22. Tuesday Afternoon – Moody Blues
  23. Dear Diary – Moody Blues
  24. Paved Paradise – Joni Mitchell
  25. We are Stardust – CSNY
  26. The Times they are a Changin – Dylan
  27. The Weight – The Band
  28. The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down – The Band
  29. No time left for you – Guess Who
  30. I can see clearly now the rain has gone – Johnny Nash
  31. Raindrops keep falling on my head – B. J. Thomas
  32. Alone again, naturally – Gilbert O’Sullivan
  33. Little Boxes – Pete Seeger
  34. Like a Rolling Stone – Dylan
  35. Hotel California – Eagles
  36. I’m not in Love – 10cc
  37. Rich Girl – Hall and Oats
  38. Yellow Submarine – Beatles
  39. Silly Love Songs – Wings
  40. Listen to what the Man said – Wings
  41. Live and Let Die – Wings
  42. Let em in – Wings
  43. Band on the run – Wings
  44. Singalong Junk – Paul McCartney
  45. Your love is Lifting me Higher – Rita Coolidge
  46. Octopus’ Garden – Beatles
  47. Rocket Man – Elton John
  48. Daniel – Elton John
  49. 21st Century Schizoid Man – King Crimson
  50. Communication Breakdown – Zep
  51. Whole lotta love – Zep
  52. We Won’t Get Fooled Again – Who
  53. Baba O’Riley – Who
  54. Who are You – Who
  55. Midnight Train to Georgian – GNPips
  56. Rikki don’t lose that number – Steely Dan
  57. Lowdown – Boz Scaggs
  58. Feels So Good – Chuck Mangione
  59. Breezin’ – George Benson
  60. Touch – John Klemmer
  61. Piano Man – Billy Joel
  62. Captain Jack – Billy Joel
  63. Moving up – Billy Joel
  64. Vienna Waits for You – Billy Joel
  65. Too late – Carole King
  66. You’ve Got a Friend – Carole King
  67. So far away – Carole King
  68. Fire and Rain – James Taylor
  69. Wandering – James Taylor
  70. How Sweet it is – James Taylor
  71. Home by another way – James Taylor
  72. Saturday in the Park – Chicago
  73. Let it Be – Beatles
  74. Stairway to Heaven – Rolling Stones
  75. Time Keeps on Slippin – Steve Miller
  76. The Joker – Steve Miller
  77. Leroy Brown – Jim Croce
  78. Time in a Bottle – Jim Croce
  79. Peace Train – Cat Stevens
  80. Arc of a diver – Steve Winwood
  81. Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson
  82. Fame – Bowie
  83. Micro Kid – Level 42
  84. Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics
  85. People are People – Depeche Mode
  86. Staying Alive – BeeGees
  87. I will survive – Donna Summer
  88. Hearts of Fire – EWF
  89. Theme from 2001 – Deodato
  90. You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette
  91. Salisbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
  92. Planet Claire – B52s
  93. Roundabout – Yes
  94. Close to the Edge – Yes
  95. I get up I get down – Yes
  96. I know what I like (in your wardrobe) – Genesis
  97. Justified and Ancient – KLF
  98. Space Oddity – Bowie
  99. Starman – Bowie
  100. No more blue horizons – China Crisis
  101. Cisco Kid – War
  102. Papa was a rolling stone – Temptations
  103. I’m a Stranger Here – 5 Man Electrical Band
  104. Signs – 5 Man Electrical Band
  105. You’re so vain – Carly Simon
  106. Tell Me Why – Neil Young
  107. I feel the Earth Move – Carole King
  108. One of these nights – Eagles
  109. If – Bread
  110. Diary – Bread
  111. School – Supertramp
  112. Bloody Well Right – Supertramp
  113. Girlfriend – Supertramp
  114. Goodbye Stranger – Supertramp
  115. Give a little bit – Supertramp
  116. Take the Long Way Home – Supertramp
  117. Asylum – Supertramp
  118. Sweet City Woman – Stampeders
  119. Painted Ladies and a bottle of wine – Ian Thomas
  120. The Sound of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel
  121. Cecelia – Simon and Garfunkel
  122. Bridge over troubled water – Simon and Garfunkel
  123. Kodachrome – Paul Simon
  124. Snowbird – Ann Murray
  125. If you could read my mind – Lightfoot
  126. In the early morning rain – Lightfoot
  127. Love will keep us together – Captain and Tenille
  128. Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
  129. Avalon – Roxy
  130. I Zimbra – Talking Heads
  131. Once in a Lifetime – Talking Heads
  132. Message in a bottle – Police
  133. Mysterious Ways – U2
  134. One – U2
  135. Wildflower – Skylark
  136. Spinning Wheel – Blood, Sweat and Tears
  137. Toby Mac – Lose my soul
  138. Living in this world – Guru (Jazzmatazz)
  139. Never Stop – Brand New Heavies
  140. Minute by Minute – Doobies
  141. Black Water – Doobies
  142. Heaven is 10 zillion light years away – Stevie Wonder
  143. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  144. Brain Damage – Pink Floyd
  145. The Wall – Pink Floyd
  146. Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether – Alan Parsons Project
  147. I wouldn’t want to be like you – Alan Parsons Project
  148. What’s the Buzz – Jesus Christ Superstar
  149. Herod’s Song – Jesus Christ Superstar
  150. Shanghai Noodle Factory – Traffic
  151. Mr. Fantasy – Traffic
  152. Paperback Writer – Beatles
  153. Watching the Wheels – Lennon
  154. Happy Xmas (War is Over) – Lennon and Ono
  155. You can’t always get what you want – Stones
  156. While You See a Chance– Winwood
  157. Lucky Man – ELP
  158. Little Wonder – Bowie
  159. Redemption Song – Bob Marley
  160. Coming in from the cold – Bob Marley
  161. Theme from Shaft – Isaac Hayes
  162. Something in the Air – Thunderclap Newman
  163. Isn’t it a Pity – George Harrison
  164. Your Song – Elton John
  165. Michelle Branch and Santana – Game of Love
  166. Don’t Worry – Appleton
  167. All you need is love – Beatles

3 thoughts on “Mikes 100+ Essential Pop from the 50s to Now!

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  1. I’ve shamelessly nicked your list! Born in 61, and nearly every song on your list strikes a chord. Now to go search out the titles to add to my playlist. Thanks for taking the time. And for the memories. 🙂


  2. Great! Glad that my protracted fever wasn’t a total waste of time. Btw, I’ve just added a few more. Traffic, more by Billy Joel and Jim Croce. Now that I’ve exploded the list… why not just keep going!

    Rock on… 🙂


  3. amazing list..
    Music has a mystic manner of being able to take you instantly back to a specific place and time in your past
    I will definitely vote them, for one reason…. THEY’RE AWESOME


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