Roll your hands down a piano, from the high notes to the low, and you’ve mastered the intro to the most perfect pop song ever written. Feel free to congratulate yourself, although don’t get carried away – you’ve still got three minutes and 49 seconds of Abba’s Dancing Queen to learn, and trying to replicate the sheer joy and exuberance packed into that brief space of time may prove somewhat trickier. It’s 40 years since the Swedish band released their masterpiece (fans of The Winner Takes It All might beg to differ, but does your great auntie leap out of her seat quite as quickly to that?). Back then, it hit No 1, not just in Sweden and Britain, but in countries as diverse as Mexico, New Zealand, Belgium, South Africa and the US, where it was their only chart-topper. It’s no mystery why – Dancing Queen is beautifully produced: catchy and euphoric, the perfect backdrop for a song that encapsulates the carefree bliss of youth. Certainly, … [Read more...] about Why Abba’s Dancing Queen is the best pop song ever
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50. John Fahey The First Noel Tiring of the fact that no one wanted to buy albums of experimental American primitive guitar music, but they bought White Christmas every year, John Fahey recorded an album of Christmas instrumentals. It was, by a margin, his bestselling record. Atypical of his work, but beautiful. 49. The Sonics Don’t Believe in Christmas The Sonics believed some folks liked the taste of straight strychnine, so of course they didn’t believe in Christmas. What happened when they stayed up late to try to catch a glimpse of Santa? “Well, sure enough, don’t ya know / The fat boy didn’t show.” Cheeky so-and-sos. 48. Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler Christmas Day (I Wish I Was Surfing) Sounding much more like Ash than Emmy the Great – and the loudest, most raucous thing on their 2011 Christmas album – this is a song that sounds joyous, but is really about the desire to escape, to anywhere that isn’t cold. So long as … [Read more...] about The 50 greatest Christmas songs – ranked!
Last month the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser resigned from St Paul's Cathedral, saying he could imagine Jesus being born at the Occupy camp. This month, the jeans-and-T-shirt-wearing reverend is on our panel of Christmas song judges – tasked with finding the perfect piece of festive pop by giving marks out of 10 to six yuletide hits. Also on the panel are: hitmaker Mike Batt, who wrote David Essex's A Winter's Tale (and, er, The Wombles' Wombling Merry Christmas); Emma Hornby, senior lecturer in music at Bristol University; and Christmas party-planner-to-the-stars Firgas Esack. Here's what they thought. The rough-and-ready classic Fairytale of New York, by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl Batt: One of the best Christmas songs, because it sounds like a real person telling a real story, which is refreshing. There's a natural cynicism in Shane MacGowan's voice but it's gone here, which says a lot. The song's also stopped from being mawkish by the grittiness of the insults. Any … [Read more...] about The Xmas factor: what makes a great Christmas song?
The blockbuster movie revolution of the 1980s didn't just put a rocket up box office receipts - it ushered in a golden age of film theme songs. Escaping from the dour, art school sensibilities of the 70s, the 80s brought brash, action packed classics with equally exhilarating soundtracks. No self-respecting 80s movie was complete without a power ballad or an uplifting anthem - often accompanied by a high energy training montage scene. Many of these anthems transcended the films for which they were written to become some of the best loved songs of all time. So let's take a moment to remember the best 1980s movie songs. You do remember them, don't you? Question -1 of 16 Score -0 of 0 Which movie features the songs Who's Johnny by El DeBarge and Come and Follow Me by Max Carl and Marcy Levy WarGames Police Academy Short Circuit Batteries Not Included Next question Thanks for taking part in this quiz You scored Replay quiz Enjoyed this quiz? Want to challenge yourself … [Read more...] about Ultimate 80s movie song quiz: How many of these awesome anthems can you remember?
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