Adele‘s ‘Someone Like You’ is one of the most heartbreaking breakup love songs of all time. Adele‘s moving ballad became an international success in 2011, and it’s up there as one of the best (if a tad sad) love songs ever written and recorded. Adele co-wrote ‘Someone Like You’ with American singer-songwriter Dan Wilson, who was previously the frontman of the band Semisonic.
‘Someone Like You’ was a huge success, topping the charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the United States, as well as reaching the top ten in many other countries.
Australian band Men at Work broke out in the early 1980s to become one of the biggest pop acts in the world. Their quirky hits “Down Under” and “Who Can It Be Now?” and accompanying music videos were ubiquitous in ’81 and ’82. Surprisingly, following the parade of hits and massive success, the group disbanded in 1986 after releasing only three albums.
Few song openings are as recognizable as The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.” Mick Jagger’s ad-libbing over that jaunty rhythm is at the same time groove-inducing and foreboding. The slow-building song has gone down as one of the best songs in history, never mind just in rock ‘n’ roll.
The fiendish track can be traced back to the Soviet Union-era satire The Master and Margarita, written by Mikhail Bulgakov. The complex work was a meditation on the omnipresent battle between good and evil as seen through the lens of Joseph Stalin’s dictatorship.
The satan-centric lyrics got the band accused of devil worship—as did many rock bands in the ’60s and ’70s. Despite the lyrics, Jagger has claimed the song is more about the darker nature of man than celebrating the devil.
M is the British musician Robin Scott, who wrote, produced and sang lead on this track. M is very much a one-hit wonder in America, where this was his only chart single. He hit #33 in the UK with a follow-up song called “Moonlight and Muzak,” and a 1989 remix of “Pop Muzik” made it to #15 there. M went on to collaborate with Oscar-winner Ryuichi Sakamoto on some lesser-known pop music.
This was the first Ronettes song produced by Phil Spector and released on his label, Philles Records. It exemplified Spector’s “Wall Of Sound” production technique, where he layered lots of instruments and used echo effects. The Ronettes were Veronica (Ronnie) Bennett, her sister Estelle Bennett and their cousin Nedra Talley. “Be My Baby” was recorded at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood, California on July 5, 1963.
Yellow was Coldplay’s first major hit, released in the summer of 2000. It was how the Coldplay name spread around the world as one of the new bands to watch. And it is also one of the most characteristic and particular singles of the English band. For that peculiar way of singing that Chris Martin has and for the simple beauty of the song, which is remembered and hummed still today, years later.
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