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    SONGS OF THE 20th CENTURY
    TOP 100

    The Radio 2 Songs of the Century chart was compiled by Paul Gambaccini and Kevin Howlett from various data including listeners' choices, the votes of songwriters and music experts, records and sheet music sales, and most radio performance statistics. It was first broadcast on Radio 2 at Easter 1999 and was repeated at Christmas that year.

    Key: m.= writer of the music; w.= writer of the words; the year shown relates to the date that the song was first published.

    1 YESTERDAY (Lennon/McCartney) 1965
    2 STARDUST (m.Carmichael/w.Parrish) 1929
    3 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER (Simon) 1970
    4 WHITE CHRISTMAS (Berlin) 1942
    5 UNCHAINED MELODY (m.North/w.Zaret) 1955
    6 IMAGINE (Lennon) 1971
    7 MY WAY (m.Francois/Revaux/Thibaut/w.Anka) 1969
    8 SUMMERTIME (m.Gershwin/w.Heyward) 1935
    9 OVER THE RAINBOW (m.Arlen/w.Harburg) 1939
    10 AS TIME GOES BY (Hupfeld) 1931

    11 SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES (m.Kern/w.Harbach) 1933
    12 YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE (m.Rodgers/w.Hammerstein II) 1945
    13 CANDLE IN THE WIND (m.John/w.Taupin) 1972
    14 RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (Marks) 1949
    15 HEY JUDE (Lennon/McCartney) 1968
    16 IN THE MOOD (Razaf/Garland) 1939
    17 ALEXANDER'S RAGTIME BAND (Berlin) 1911
    18 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (Mercury) 1975
    19 ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK (Freedman/De Knight) 1955
    20 OL' MAN RIVER (m.Kern/w.Hammerstein II) 1927

    21 EV'RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE (Porter) 1944
    22 BLOWIN' IN THE WIND (Dylan) 1963
    23 WE'LL MEET AGAIN (Burnett/Griffin) 1939
    24 I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE (Whitfield/ Strong) 1967
    25 WHEN I FALL IN LOVE (Heyman/Young) 1951
    26 HEARTBREAK HOTEL (Axton/Durden/Presley) 1956
    27 YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN' (Mann/Weil/Spector) 1965
    28 A WHITER SHADE OF PALE (m.Brooker/w.Reid) 1967
    29 MY HEART WILL GO ON (m.Horner/w.Jennings) 1997
    30 ST. LOUIS BLUES (Handy) 1914

    31 MY BLUE HEAVEN (m.Donaldson/w.Whiting) 1927
    32 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN (m.Coots/w.Gillespie) 1934
    33 NIGHT AND DAY (Porter) 1932
    34 SEPTEMBER SONG (m.Weil/w.Anderson) 1938
    35 STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN (Page/Plant) 1971
    36 MOONLIGHT SERENADE (m.Miller/w.Parrish) 1939
    37 WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD (Douglas/Weiss) 1968
    38 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU (Parton) 1974
    39 LET IT BE (Lennon/McCartney) 1970
    40 THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER (m.Kent/w.Burton) 1942

    41 BEGIN THE BEGUINE (Porter) 1935
    42 AMERICAN PIE (McLean) 1972
    43 MOON RIVER (m.Mancini/w.Mercer) 1961
    44 ALWAYS ON MY MIND (James/Carson/Christopher) 1972
    45 WITHOUT YOU (Ham/Evans) 1972
    46 HOUND DOG (w.Leiber/m.Stoller) 1953
    47 UNFORGETTABLE (Gordon) 1951
    48 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE (MacColl) 1957
    49 THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY (Simeone/Onorati) 1959
    50 BAKER STREET (Rafferty) 1978

    51 TENNESSEE WALTZ (Stewart/King) 1948
    52 HOTEL CALIFORNIA (Felder/Henley/Frey) 1976
    53 LILI MARLENE (Leip/Schultze/Connor) 1944(1915)
    54 MACK THE KNIFE (m.Weil/w.Brecht - English w.Blitzstein) 1928
    55 I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU (m.Warren/w.Dubin) 1934
    56 I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN (Porter) 1936
    57 SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME (m.G.Gershwin/w.I Gershwin) 1926
    58 THE POWER OF LOVE (Mende/DeRouge/Rush/Applegate) 1985
    59 GOD ONLY KNOWS (Wilson/Asher) 1966
    60 I BELIEVE (Drake/Graham/Shirl/Stillman) 1953

    61 I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU (Wonder) 1984
    62 CRAZY (Nelson) 1961
    63 DEEP PURPLE (m.DeRose/w.Parrish) 1934
    64 THE WIND BENEATH MY WINGS (Henley/Silbar) 1983
    65 STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER (Lennon/McCartney) 1967
    66 IT'S A LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY (Judge/Williams) 1914
    67 BLUE MOON (m.Rodgers/w.Hart) 1934
    68 ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE (m.Kern/w.HammersteinII) 1940
    69 LIKE A ROLLING STONE (Dylan) 1965
    70 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (m.Brown/w.Freed) 1929

    71 NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN (Hayward) 1967
    72 (I CAN'T GET NO) SATISFACTION (Jagger/Richard) 1965
    73 SEND IN THE CLOWNS (Sondheim) 1973
    74 WHAT'S GOING ON (Benson/Cleveland/Gaye) 1971
    75 STORMY WEATHER (m.Arlen/w.Koehler) 1933
    76 WALK ON BY (m.Bacharach/w.David) 1961
    77 THE FOLKS WHO LIVE ON THE HILL (m.Kern/w.Hammerstein) 1937
    78 KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING (m.Novello/w.Ford) 1915
    79 EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE (Sting) 1983
    80 WINTER WONDERLAND (m.Bernard/w.Smith) 1934

    81 KILLING ME SOFTLY WITH HIS SONG (Gimbel/Fox) 1973
    82 SOME ENCHANTED EVENING (m.Rodgers/w.Hammerstein II) 1949
    83 (SITTIN' ON THE) DOCK OF THE BAY (Redding/Cropper) 1967
    84 ROSES OF PICARDY (m.Wood/w.Weatherley) 1916
    85 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER (m.Bacharach/w.David) 1967
    86 LET ME CALL YOU SWEETHEART (Whitson/Friedman) 1910
    87 (EVERYTHING I DO) I DO IT FOR YOU (Adams/Kamen/Lange) 1991
    88 BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME (m.Gorney/w.Harburg) 1932
    89 THE WAY WE WERE (m.Hamlisch/w.A Bergman & M. Bergman) 1974
    90 A NIGHTINGALE SANG IN BERKELEY SQUARE (Maschwitz/Sherwin/Strachey) 1940

    91 SOMEWHERE (m.Bernstein/w.Sondheim) 1957
    92 TEA FOR TWO (m.Youmans/w.Caesar) 1924
    93 DON'T CRY FOR ME, ARGENTINA (m.Webber/w.Rice) 1977
    94 SOMETHING (Harrison) 1969
    95 THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT (m.Kern/w.Fields) 1936
    96 MACARTHUR PARK (Webb) 1968
    97 GEORGIA ON MY MIND (m.Carmichael/w.Gorrell) 1930
    98 SWEET ADELINE (m.Armstrong/w.Gerard) 1903
    99 TAKE FIVE (Brubeck) 1961
    100 STAND BY ME (Leiber/Stoller/King) 1961



    SONGS OF THE CENTURY
    BUBBLING UNDER 101 - 150


    101 THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME (m.G. Gershwin/
    w. I Gershwin)1937
    102 DANCING IN THE STREET (Stevenson/Gaye/Hunter) 1964
    103 CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE (WITH YOU) (Weiss/Creatore/Peretti) 1961
    104 THESE FOOLISH THINGS (REMIND ME OF YOU) (m.Strachey/Link/w.Marvell) 1936
    105 GOOD VIBRATIONS (Wilson/Love) 1966
    106 LAYLA (Clapton/Gordon) 1970
    107 GOODNIGHT IRENE (Ledbetter/Lomax) 1936
    108 A DAY IN THE LIFE (Lennon/McCartney) 1967
    109 WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR (m.Harline/w.Washington) 1940
    110 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? (Geldof/Ure) 1984

    111 NEL BLU DIPINTO DI BLU (VOLARE) (Modugno/Parrish/Migliacci) 1958
    112 RESPECT (Redding) 1965
    113 ALWAYS (Berlin) 1925
    114 I'M NOT IN LOVE (Stewart/Gouldman) 1975
    115 I AM THE WALRUS (Lennon/McCartney) 1967
    116 PENNIES FROM HEAVEN (m.Johnson/w.Burke) 1936
    117 OH, PRETTY WOMAN (Orbison/Dees) 1964
    118 IF I LOVED YOU (m.Rodgers/w.Hammerstein II) 1945
    119 PERFECT DAY (Reed) 1972
    120 PACK UP YOUR TROUBLES IN YOUR OLD KIT BAG AND SMILE, SMILE, SMILE (m.Powell/w.Asaf) 1915

    121 DON'T BE CRUEL (Blackwell/Presley) 1956
    122 THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN' (Dylan) 1964
    123 AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' (m.Waller/Brooks/w.Razaf) 1929
    124 THE CHRISTMAS SONG (Torme/Wells) 1946
    125 YOUR SONG (John/Taupin) 1970
    126 CHEEK TO CHEEK (Berlin) 1935
    127 BROTHERS IN ARMS (Knopfler) 1985
    128 STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT (Kaempfert/Snyder/Singleton) 1966
    129 SHE LOVES YOU (Lennon/McCartney) 1963
    130 VINCENT (McLean) 1971

    131 I'M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY (Williams) 1949
    132 DANCING QUEEN (Andersson/Ulvaeus/Anderson) 1976
    133 MOOD INDIGO (m.Ellington/Bigard/Mills/w.Parrish (uncredited) 1930
    134 ELEANOR RIGBY (Lennon/McCartney) 1966
    135 I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU (Porter) 1934
    136 MISTY (m.Garner/w.Burke) 1954
    137 WATERLOO SUNSET (Davies) 1967
    138 FOR ME AND MY GAL (m.Meyer/w.Leslie/Goetz) 1917
    139 BLUES IN THE NIGHT (m.Arlen/w.Mercer) 1941
    140 MR. TAMBOURINE MAN (Dylan) 1965

    141 GOD BLESS THE CHILD (Herzog/Holiday) 1941
    142 I'LL BE SEEING YOU ((m.Fain/m.Kahal) 1938
    143 MY GIRL (Robinson/White) 1965
    144 FIELDS OF GOLD (Sting) 1993
    145 BORN TO RUN (Springsteen) 1975
    146 THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA (Jobim/Gimbel/Moraes) 1964
    147 NO WOMAN NO CRY (Marley - credited to Ford) 1974
    148 PASSING STRANGERS ((Mitchell/Mann) 1957
    149 BLUE SKIES (Berlin) 1927
    150 YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND (King) 1971


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