The folks marketing the new HD — high definition — radio broadcasts have inundated us with lists in the past couple of weeks. Here’s one that fits their industry: BMI’s 100 most played rock/pop songs of the 20th century.
I don’t have any problems with this list, except I think they should have called it the top 100 most played “soft rock” songs of the 20th century, because not many of these would make the play list of a “classic” rock station.
Or at least the ones to which I listen.
Anyway, here’s the top 10 and bottom five of the top 100. Forgive me if you get any of these tunes stuck in your head for the rest of the day:
BMI’s 100 Most Played Rock/Pop Songs of the 20th Century
1 The Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
2 The Association – Never My Love
3 The Beatles – Yesterday
4 Ben E. King – Stand By Me
5 Otis Redding – Dock Of The Bay
6 Simon and Garfunkel – Mrs. Robinson
7 Johnny Rivers – Baby, I Need Your Loving
8 Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind
9 The Police – Every Breath You Take
10 Roy Orbison – Oh Pretty Woman
96 Gilbert O’Sullivan – Alone Again, Naturally
97 The Beatles – And I Love Her
98 Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
99 Charlie Rich – Behind Closed Doors
100 The Everly Brothers – Bye Bye Love
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