Can You Name These Classic Songs From Only Their Lyrics?

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When it comes to music from the 1950s to the 1970s, genres like rock, new wave, soul, and disco, dominated the airwaves. Artists like The Beatles, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, and Simon & Garfunkle had us grooving to their sweet melodies. Singers like Donna Summers, Al Greene, and Percy Sledge had people dancing up a storm.

How well do you remember the lyrics to some of their most popular songs? Could you rock it in an old-time disco? Let's find out!

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1. “What you want, baby I got it... all I'm asking is for a little"...

Atlantic Records /
  1. Just A Friend – Mario
  2. Respect – Aretha Franklin
  3. If You’re Not the One – Daniel Bedington
  4. Old Town Road – Lil Nas X
Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” was originally written for Otis Redding in 1965. When Franklin added the “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” chorus, it earned the artist two Grammy Awards in 1968.
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2. “Gallileo, Gallileo Gallileo, Gallileo Gallileo Figaro, magnifico”

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  1. Best of You – Foo Fighters
  2. In the End – Linkin Park
  3. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  4. Come with Me – Sean Combs
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a rock song by the British band, Queen. The six-minute-long song, which contains an operatic passage, soon became the best-selling song of all time.
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3. “Then I saw her face, now I'm a believer, not a trace of doubt in my mind”

Billboard /
  1. 7 Rings – Ariana Grande
  2. By The Way – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  3. The Game of Love – Carlos Santana
  4. I’m a Believer – The Monkees
“I’m a Believer” is a 1966 chart-topping song by The Monkees. Not many people know that the song was composed by a fellow musician, Neil Diamond.
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4. "And more, much more than this, I did it my way”

Lemonreader /
  1. Praying For Time – George Michael
  2. Frank Sinatra – My Way
  3. Bring Me to Life – Evanescence
  4. 21 Questions – 50 Cent
“My Way” is a popular song released in 1969 by Frank Sinatra. The song was such a hit that it was later performed by Elvis Presley and the Sex Pistols,’ Sid Vicious.
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5. “You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life"

Vytautas Kielaitis /
  1. Lose My Breath – Destiny’s Child
  2. MMMBop – Hanson
  3. We Will Rock You – Queen
  4. Dancing Queen – ABBA
Swedish pop group ABBA released the single “Dancing Queen” in 1976. It immediately became a worldwide hit. Despite being released long before YouTube existed, the video has over 397 million views.
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6. "Sweet Caroline, good times never seemed so good"

Irishgerh /
  1. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  2. Adore You – Harry Styles
  3. I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
  4. Ride With Me – Nelly
“Sweet Caroline” was a song written and performed by Neil Diamond. The singer later admitted that the song was inspired by John F. Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline.
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7. "You ain't never caught a rabbit, and you ain't no friend of mine”

Susan Schmitz /
  1. Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
  2. A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
  3. Gimmie The Light – Sean Paul
  4. Shallow – Bradley Cooper
“Hound Dog,” released in 1952, is a twelve-bar blues song by Big Mama Thornton. The song has been recorded over 200 times by different artists; the most well-known is Elvis’ 1956 version.
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8. “Ooh-ooh, bet you wondered how I knew, 'bout your plan to make me blue”

Jennifer Larsen Morrow /
  1. Juice – Lizzo
  2. Hero – Enrique Iglesias
  3. I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
  4. U Remind Me – Usher
The Mowtown song, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” was recorded by Marvin Gaye in 1968 despite being released two years before by The Miracles.
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9. "She said, love don't come easy, but it's a game of give and take"

Jack de Nijs /
  1. Don’t Cha – Pussycat Dolls
  2. Frozen – Madonna
  3. Taki Taki – DJ Snake
  4. You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes
“You Can’t Hurry Love” is a 1966 song recorded by The Supremes. Sixteen years later, when Phil Collins recorded the song, the song reached the top of the UK Singles charts.
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10. “There's a lady who's sure, all that glitters is gold, and she's buying a"...

Jim Sammaria /
  1. Lady Marmalade – Christina Aguilera
  2. Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day
  3. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
  4. Everybody – Backstreet Boys
Led Zeppelin released its hit song, "Stairway to Heaven" in 1971. It's since become known as the "most famous rock song of all time."
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11. “There is a house in New Orleans, they call the Rising Sun”

Richard William Laws /
  1. House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
  2. If You Come To Me – Atomic Kitten
  3. The Real Slim Shady – Eminem
  4. No More I Love You – Annie Lennox
“The House of the Rising Sun,” also called “Rising Sun Blues,” is a traditional folk song famously covered by the British band, The Animals. The song tells the story of a life gone wrong in New Orleans.
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12. “I see you come down on the scene, Oh foxey, you make me want to get up and a scream”

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  1. I’m a Believer – Smash Mouth
  2. Foxy Lady – Jimi Hendrix
  3. The Boy is Mine – Monica
  4. Hung Up – Madonna
Released in 1967, “Foxy Lady” is a psychedelic rock song by Jimi Hendrix. The song became one of the rocker’s best-known songs.
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13. “I'd be safe and warm If I was in L.A., California dreamin' On such a winter's day”

CBS Television /
  1. California Dreamin' – The Mamas & the papas
  2. Karma Police – Radiohead
  3. Photograph – Nickelback
  4. La Tortura – Shakira
“California Dreamin” was first recorded by Barry McGuire, but it became famous when the Mamas and the Papas released a version in 1965.
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14. “Two, three, four, tell the people what she wore!”

Mike Flippo /
  1. Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini – Brian Hyland
  2. My Type – Saweetie
  3. Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
  4. Milkshake – Kelis
“Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” is a 1960s Brian Hyland song that sold a million copies in the US alone. The song was later translated into French and German.
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15. "If I don't see a ribbon round the ole oak treeI, I'll stay on the bus, forget about us"

Ken Hurst /
  1. Tie a Yellow Ribbon – Tony Orlando & Dawn
  2. Let Me Go – 3 Doors Down
  3. Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz
  4. Bad Day – Daniel Powter
“Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” is a 1973 song by the group Tony Orlando and Dawn. The song was often associated with the 2014 Hong Kong Protests.
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16. "Ain't no valley low, ain't no river wide enough baby"

Motown Records /
  1. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross
  2. I Like It – Cardi B
  3. Party for Two – Shania Twain
  4. Black Betty – Spiderbait
First recorded by Marvin Faye and Tammi Terrell in 1967, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was later recorded by the face of the Supremes, Diana Ross, in 1970.
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17. “Everybody was kung-fu fighting, those kicks were fast as lightning"

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  1. Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas
  2. Candy Shop – 50 Cent
  3. Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi
  4. Lonely No More – Rob Thomas
The disco track “Kung Fu Fighting” was released by Carl Douglas in 1974. Did you know that the song was recorded in less than 10 minutes? It only took the band two takes!
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18. "She said, I'd like to know what you want with me, I said, Money, honey”

Billboard /
  1. Honey – Mariah Carey
  2. Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw
  3. Money Honey – The Drifters
  4. Who Let the Dogs Out – Baha Men
Written by Jess Stone, “Money Honey” was sung by Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters in 1953. The song tells the story of a man asking his lover to help him pay his rent.
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19. “Come on baby, let's do the twist, take me by my little hand, and go like this”

S. Kuelcue /
  1. My Happy Ending – Avril Lavigne
  2. The Twist – Chubby Checker
  3. Money, Money, Money – ABBA
  4. Fallin’ – Alicia Keys
“The Twist” is an American pop song originally recorded by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters in 1959, and then by Chubby Checker in 1960. Chubby’s version started a dance craze.
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20. "Wouldn't it be nice if we were older, then we wouldn't have to wait so long?"

Capitol Records /
  1. Barbie Dreams – Nicki Minaj
  2. Wouldn’t It Be Nice – Beach Boys
  3. Whenever, Wherever – Shakira
  4. Hot In Here – Nelly
“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” is a song written and performed by the American band, the Beach Boys on their 1966 album, Pet Sound. The song was written by the band’s co-founder about a couple being too young to be married.
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21. “Singing my life with his words, killing me softly with his song”

We hope /
  1. Lose Yourself – Eminem
  2. Killing Me Softly – Roberta Flack
  3. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
  4. Get Your Freak On – Missy Elliot
“Killing Me Softly with His Song,” became a number-one hit in 1973 when Roberta Flack released her version of the 1971 song. The song was later covered by The Fugees.
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22. "Lean on me, when you're not strong, and I'll be your friend I'll help you carry on"

Colombia Records /
  1. Lean On Me – Bill Withers
  2. Eastside – Halsey
  3. This Kiss – Faith Hill
  4. Mambo No.5 – Bon the Builder
“Lean on Me” is a popular soul song that was released in 1972 on Bill Wither’s second album. It was his only single to go No.1 on the US Singles charts.
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23. "These boots are made for walking, and that's just what they'll do, one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you"

Johan Oomen /
  1. These Boots are Made for Walking – Nancy Sinatra
  2. Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down
  3. The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
  4. Waiting On the World to Change – John Mayer
“These Boots Are Made for Walking’” is a hit song recorded by Nancy Sinatra in 1965. The song was later covered by Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Jessica Simpson.
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24. "I can see clearly now the rain is gone, I can see all obstacles in my way"

Northfolo /
  1. Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
  2. We Belong Together – Mariah Carey
  3. I’m a Slave 4 U – Britney Spears
  4. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
“I Can See Clearly Now” was recorded by Johnny Nash and released in 1972. In 1993, Jamaican artist Jimmy Cliff covered the track. It was later featured in the movie Cool Runnings.
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25. “Cause I try and I try and I try and I try, I can't get no, I can't get no”...

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  1. Inside You Heaven – Carrie Underwood
  2. Because of You – 98 Degrees
  3. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
  4. You and Me – Lifehouse
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” was released by the English rock band, The Rolling Stones. At first, the song was only played on pirate radio stations because it was deemed “sexually suggestive.”
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26. "You know you make me wanna (Shout!), kick my heels up and (Shout!)”

Kraft74 /
  1. Call on Me – Eric Prydz
  2. Welcome to My Life – Simple Plan
  3. Spice Up Your Life – Spice Girls
  4. Shout – The Isley Brothers
Released in 1959, Shout is a popular song by the Isley Brothers. Fun fact: the song was written in response to Jackie Wilson’s “Lonely Teardrops.”
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27. "Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive, well now, I get low and I get high"

Robert Sullivan /
  1. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
  2. Vision of Love – Mariah Carey
  3. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
  4. This Is the Night – Clay Aiken
“Stayin’ Alive” was written and performed by the Bee Gees for the 1977 Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. Fun fact: the song was used to train medical professionals in CPR.
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28. “When a man loves a woman, can't keep his mind on nothing else”

Gene Pugh /
  1. When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge
  2. Incomplete – Backstreet Boys
  3. Believe – Cher
  4. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
First recorded by Percy Sledge in 1966, “When a Man Loves a Woman” is a soul song that topped two Billboard charts in the 1960s. Bette Midler and Michael Bolton also recorded the song, both of which topped the charts.
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29. "Then I saw mommy tickle Santa Claus, underneath his beard so snowy white"

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  1. Release Me – Wilson Phillips
  2. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jimmy Bond
  3. If Tomorrow Never Comes – Ronan Keating
  4. Angel – Shaggy
Who doesn't think of Christmas time with this mid-20th century classic? "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" may be on the raunchy side, but it sure captures our holiday spirits!
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30. “I'll be there with a love that's strong, I'll be your strength, I'll keep holding on”

CBS Television /
  1. Numb – Linkin Park
  2. I’ll Be There – The Jackson 5
  3. Bonnie & Clyde – Beyoncé
  4. U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer
“I’ll Be There” was the first song released on The Jackson 5’s third album. Since the song’s release, it has been covered by several artists, including Mariah Carey and Green Day.
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31. “In the misty morning fog with our hearts a thumpin', and you, my brown eyed girl”

Van Morrison /
  1. In My Feelings – Drake
  2. You Rock My World – Michael Jackson
  3. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  4. Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
“Brown Eyed Girl” is a 1967 classic rock song by Van Morrison. Despite being extremely popular, the song spent only 16 weeks on the charts, peaking at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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32. “Darling you send me, honest you do, honest you do, honest you do, whoa”

RCA Victor Records /
  1. You Send Me – Sam Cooke
  2. Yellow – Coldplay
  3. Dear Mama – Tupac Shakur
  4. Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson
“You Send Me” is a 1957 record by American singer Sam Cooke. Did you know that, on the B-side of the original single, was his other hit song, “Summertimme”?
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33. “You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain, too much love drives a man insane”

MauriceSeymour /
  1. Do I Make You Proud – Taylor Hicks
  2. Show Stopper – Danity Kane
  3. Stan – Eminem
  4. Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
“Great Balls of Fire” is a 1957 song recorded by rock and roll singer Jerry Lee Lewis. In its first 10 days of being released, the song sold over a million copies.
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34. "Lookin' for some hot stuff baby this evenin,' I need some hot stuff baby tonight"

Donna Summers /
  1. Hot Stuff – Donna Summers
  2. This Is How a Heart Breaks – Rob Thomas
  3. Try Again – Aaliyah
  4. Dance, Dance – Fall Out Boy
“Hot Stuff” is a song by Donna Summers, which was released in 1979. The Grammy Award-winning song can be found on her seventh studio album, Bad Girls.
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35. “Yeah, there was a funky singer, playin' in a rock and roll band”

Pressmaster /
  1. Hole in the Head – Sugababes
  2. X Gon’ Give It to Ya – DMX
  3. Vogue – Madonna
  4. Play that Funky Music – Wild Cherry
“Play That Funky Music” was recorded and released by the band Wild Cherry in April 1976. It wasn’t until September that year that the song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
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36. "Lovin' you whether, whether times are good or bad, happy or sad"

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  1. Independent Women – Destiny’s Child
  2. Real to Me – Brian McFadden
  3. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  4. Barbie Girl – Aqua
“Let’s Stay Together” is Al Green’s 1972 hit single. The song is currently listed as the 60th greatest song on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
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37. “From the early, early mornin' till the early, early night, when I caught Miss Molly rockin' at the house of blue light”

Anna Bleker /
  1. Good Golly, Miss Molly – Little Richard
  2. Stupid Girls – Pink
  3. Shackles – Mary Mary
  4. Unfaithful – Rihanna
“Good Golly, Miss Molly” is a rock ‘n’ roll song recorded by Little Richard. The song quickly became a hit, peaking at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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38. "When tears come down, like falling rain, you'll toss around and call my name”

WSM radio /
  1. I’m Sprung – T-Pain
  2. Intergalactic – Beastie Boys
  3. Your Cheatin’ Heart – Hank Williams
  4. Turn the Page – Metallica
Hank Williams’ 1952 song, “Your Cheatin’ Heart” became one of country music’s most iconic songs. A little-known fact is that the song was written about Hank’s first wife.
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39. “Why do you build me up? Buttercup baby, just to let me down, and mess me around"

sirtravelalot /
  1. Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
  2. How Do I Live – LeAnn Rimes
  3. What You Waiting For? – Gwen Stefani
  4. Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
“Build Me Up Buttercup”, released in 1968, was The Foundations’ first big hit. Since then, the song has been used in several movies and television shows.
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40. “Say, love me or leave me and let me be lonely, you won't believe me but I love you only"

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  1. London Bridge - Fergie
  2. Love Me or Leave Me - Nina Simone
  3. Complicated – Avril Lavigne
  4. This is America – Donald Glover
“Love Me or Leave Me” was written in 1928 by Ruth Etting. In 1958, singer Nina Simone recorded the song, adding it to her debut album, “Little Girl Blue.”
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41. "I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound, everybody look what's going down"

KRLA Beat /
  1. SexyBack – Justin Timberlake
  2. The Hand That Feeds – Nine Inch Nails
  3. Drowning – Backstreet Boys
  4. For What It’s Worth (Stop, Hey What’s That Sound) - Buffalo Springfield
“For What It’s Worth (Stop, Hey What’s That Sound)” was recorded by Buffalo Springfield in 1966. Soon after, the song became associated with protests against the Vietnam War.
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42. "Sometimes I wonder what I'm a-gonna do, but there ain't no cure for the summertime blues"

Ninian Reid /
  1. Bandit – Juice Wrld
  2. Rich Girl – Gwen Stefani
  3. Rock You Like A Hurricane – Scorpions
  4. Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
“Summertime Blues” was written and recorded by Eddie Cochran. The song was later performed by: The Who, Alan Jackson, and Jimi Hendrix.
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43. “She's in the mood, no need to break it, got the chance, I oughta take it”

Pickwick Records /
  1. Beautiful Day – U2
  2. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
  3. Little Queenie – Chuck Berry
  4. Love Lies – Khalid
Artist Chuck Berry wrote and recorded “Little Queenie” in 1959. Berry would go on to perform the song in the movies, Go, Johnny Go! (1959) and Hail! Hail! Rock’ n’ Roll (1987).
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44. “People writing songs that voices never share, and no one dare, disturb the sound of silence"

Christian Bertrand /
  1. In Those Jeans – Ginuwine
  2. Dancing with a Stranger – Sam Smith
  3. The Sound of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel
  4. Calling All Angels – Train
American music duo, Simon & Garfunkel, released the song, “The Sound of Silence” in October 1964. The song took band member, Paul Simon almost a year to write.
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45. “My love must be a kind of blind love, I can't see anyone but you"

We hope /
  1. I Only Have Eyes for You – The Flamingos
  2. In The 80’s – Crazy Frog
  3. My Sacrifice – Creed
  4. The Middle – Maren Morris
“I Only Have Eyes for You,” was specifically written for the 1934 film, Dames. The song was recorded by The Flamingos in 1959, and it became the song’s most successful version.
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46. "Some people like to rock, some people like to roll, but movin' and a groovin' gonna satisfy my soul”

Capital Records / Commons.
  1. All the Stars – Kendrick Lamar
  2. Wherever You Will Go – The Calling
  3. Let’s Have A Party – Wanda Jackson
  4. Bye Bye Bye – NSYCC
“Let’s Have a Party” is a 1957 song which was recorded by Elvis Presley for the movie, Loving You. Wanda Jackson recorded it a year later, and it soon became a hit!
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47. "Once I had a love and it was a gas, soon turned out had a heart of glass"

Private Stock Records /
  1. Heart of Glass – Blondie
  2. Every Breath You Take – The Police
  3. Ms. Jackson – OutKast
  4. With or Without You – U2
“Heart of Glass” is a song by the new wave band, Blondie, which was released in 1979. The song was written in 1974 with the title “Once I Had a Love.”
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48. “Is this a lasting treasure, or just a moment's pleasure, can I believe the magic in your sighs”

Universal Attraction /
  1. Gangsta Lovin’ – Eve
  2. Irreplaceable – Beyoncé
  3. Happier – Marshmello
  4. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles
“Will You Love Me Tomorrow” was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and recorded by the Shirelles. It was the first song by an all-Black girl group to reach number one.
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49. “I rock to the east, she rock to the west, but she's the girl that I love the best"

Bruce Yeung /
  1. Circles – Post Malone
  2. Tutti Frutti - Little Richard
  3. Red Dirt Road – Dunn
  4. Sucj Great Heights – The Postal Service
Recorded in 1955, "Tutti Frutti" was written and performed by Little Richard. The song became his first major record.
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50. “Love is a burning thing, and it makes a fiery ring"

Colombia Records / Commons.
  1. Pieces of Me – Ashlee Simpson
  2. Candle in the Wind – Elton John
  3. Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
  4. Love Don’t Cost a Thing – Jennifer Lopez
“Ring of Fire” was performed by Johnny Cash and featured on his 1963 album, The Best of Johnny Cash. The song was originally recorded by one of the writer’s sisters.
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