VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: Do You Agree?

The Music Mix, as you know, is a tiny bit fond of lists. Today, however, VH1 did the work for us by sending out the complete set from their recently rerun countdown of ’80s one-hit wonders, and while nothing beats a hungover Saturday spent in the company of Kajagoogoo, Timbuk 3 and J.J. Fad, we have some… objections. Click through to the jump to see the full list and our response.

VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the ’80s:

01 Dexys Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen” (pictured)  
02 Flock of Seagulls “I Ran (So Far Away)”
03 A-Ha “Take On Me”  
04 Tommy Tutone “867-5309 / Jenny”
05 Soft Cell “Tainted Love”  
06 Toni Basil “Mickey”  
07 Modern English “I Melt With You”  
08 Bow Wow Wow “I Want Candy”  
09 Kajagoogoo “Too Shy”  
10 Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax”  
11 Gary Numan “Cars”  
12 Animotion “Obsesssion”  
13 Thomas Dolby “She Blinded Me With Science”  
14 Big Country “In A Big Country”
15 Devo “Whip It”
16 Nena “99 Luft Balloons”
17 Men Without Hats “The Safety Dance”  
18 Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock “It Takes Two” 
19 Dead or Alive “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”  
20 Rockwell “Somebody’s Watching Me  
21 Twisted Sister “We’re Not Gonna Take It”  
22 Michael Sembello “Maniac”  
23 Eddy Grant “Electric Avenue”  
24 Edie Brickell & New Bohemians “What I Am”  
25 Musical Youth “Pass the Dutchie”  
26 Cutting Crew “I Just Died In Your Arms”
27 Stacey Q “Two of Hearts”  
28 John Parr “St. Elmos Fire (Man In Motion)”  
29 Madness “Our House”  
30 The Vapors “Turning Japanese” 
31 Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry Be Happy” 
32 Quarterflash “HardenMy Heart”
33 John Waite “Missing You”  
34 The Waitresses “I Know What Boys Like”
35 Tom Tom Club “Genius of Love” 
36 Weather Girls “It’s Raining Men”  
37 Lipps, Inc. “Funkytown”
38 Bruce Willis “Respect Yourself”
39 Matthew Wilder “Break My Stride”  
40 The Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star”  
41 Billy Vera “At This Moment”  
42 Timbuk 3 “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”  
43 Shannon “Let the Music Play”  
44 Wall of Voodoo “Mexican Radio”
45 Robbie Nevil “C’est La Vie”  
46 Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands To Yourself”  
47 Pretty Poison “Catch Me I’m Falling”  
48 Yello “Oh Yeah”
49 Philip Bailey (w/ Phil Collins) “Easy Lover”  
50 Neneh Cherry “Buffalo Stance” 
51 After the Fire “Der Kommissar”
52 Mary Jane Girls “In My House” 
53 Taco “Puttin’ On the Ritz”  
54 Chris DeBurgh “Lady in Red”  
55 Johnny Kemp “Just Got Paid”  
56 Til Tuesday “Voices Carry”  
57 Jermaine Stewart “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off”  
58 Don Johnson “Heartbeat”
59 The Outfield “Your Love”  
60 Nu Shooz “I Can’t Wait”
61 E.U. “Da Butt”
62 XTC “Dear God”
63 Oran “Juice” Jones “The Rain” 
64 Robbie Dupree “Steal Away”  
65 Boomtown Rats “I Don’t Like Mondays”  
66 The Jeff Healy Band “Angel Eyes”  
67 Martika “Toy Soldiers”
68 Peter Schilling “Major Tom”  
69 T’Pau “Heart And Soul”
70 Harold Faltermeyer “Axel F”  
71 Jack Wagner “All I Need”  
72 Swing Out Sister “Breakout”  
73 Paul Hardcastle “19”  
74 Information Society / “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)”  
75 Bertie Higgins “Key Largo”  
76 J.J. Fad “Supersonic” 
77 General Public “Tenderness”  
78 Aldo Nova “Fantasy”  
79 Alannah Myles “Black Velvet”  
80 Eddie Murphy “Party All The Time”  
81 Josie Cotton “Johnny Are You Queer?”  
82 Red Rider “Lunatic Fringe”  
83 Paul Lekakis “Boom Boom Boom Let’s Go Back to My Room”
84 The Church “Under The Milky Way”  
85 Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers “Tomorrow People”  
86 Patrice Rushen “Forget Me Nots”  
87 Vixen “Edge Of A Broken Heart”
88 Nik Kershaw “Wouldn’t it Be Good”  
89 Rodney Dangerfield “Rappin’ Rodney”  
90 Haircut 100 “Love Plus One”  
91 Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson “Friends And Lovers”  
92 Frank Stallone “Far From Over”
93 L.A. Guns “The Ballad of Jayne”
94 Club Nouveau “Lean On Me”  
95 Midnight Oil “Beds are Burning”
96 The Fabulous Thunderbirds “Tuff Enuff”
97 Will To Power “Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird”
98 Buckner & Garcia “Pac-Man Fever”  
99 Michael Damian “Rock On”  
100 Clarence Clemons (and Jackson Browne) “You’re A Friend Of Mine”

First of all, what’s up with all the actor novelty hits?? Rodney Dangerfield, Jack Wagner, Bruce Willis, Don Johnson, Frank Frickin’ Stallone. I mean, if there can only be one song called “Heartbeat,” don’t go with Mr. No Socks Miami Vice — that honor truly belongs to Taana Gardner, whose 1981 disco hit is the basis for not only Ini Kamoze’s “Here Comes the Hotstepper” (one-hitter: ’90s edition, we salute you!), but has also been sampled by De La Soul, DMX, and KRS One:

Also lookin’ good today, lookin’ good in every way? Neneh Cherry, who is technically a two-hit wonder; 1989’s “Kisses On the Wind” went to no. 8. And that super-stoopid “Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird” medley from Will to Power could surely be replaced by Murray Head’s camp-tacular “One Night in Bangkok,” no? Love and Rockets’ no. 3 goth-gasm, “So Alive”? Or perhaps Johnny Hates Jazz’s “Shattered Dreams”? It peaked at no. 5, twice as high as the Lesser Stallone’s Staying Alive theme song. Speaking of Franks, Frank Zappa’s only top-40 hit, “Valley Girl,” is sadly absent. Like, whatever.

But you tell me, readers — Anything else on this list you find grody to the max? Or are you down with all 100?

Credits (“Adrian Boot/Retna Ltd.”)

By Leah Greenblatt Updated April 07, 2009 at 10:00 PM EDT

Music Promotion Erich Mrak Girls

Toronto-based pop/hip hop artist Erich Mrak is constantly experimenting with new, emotive ways to express his inner self to music. Having released 8 singles to date and several official music videos, Erich will release new single “Girls” on June 23, 2020. “Girls”, an upbeat departure for Mrak, is the first single from upcoming full-length album “Glimpse”.

“Girls” was one of the last songs we produced for “Glimpse”, and the initial production of the song started with myself, and Phil playing melodies on an upright piano on the live floor. 

Initially “Girls” was titled “Boys” and eantered around the dynamic of a close female friend of mine going through heartbreak. While the context of “Girls” centres around a recent heartbreak, the core message of the song lies in the supportive dynamic friendship plays in encouraging someone they can do better. – Erich Mrak

“Girls” was influenced by artists like Post Malone, Tame Impala and The 1975, with it’s guitar heavy production, processed vocals and lyrics derived from interpersonal relations.

“Girls” was recorded at Revolution Recording, Toronto. Initial production, and writing for “the track began in July, 2019 during a heatwave midway through a three day session. It was almost left unfinished due to it being too upbeat in contrast to earlier material recorded between 2017 – 2019. The revisions of “Girls” led to a dramatic shift towards a more pop oriented sound on “Glimpse”.

“Girls” is out today on all platforms.

Stream on Spotify.

Stream on Soundcloud.


Social Media links :
• Official Website: https://www.erichmrakmusic.com/
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErichMrakMusic
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErichMrakMusic
• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erichmrak/
• YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbuT...
• Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/70fgY...
• SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/erichmrakmusic

Song writing / producer credits:
Performed by Erich Mrak.
Written by Erich Mrak & Phil Hotz.
Produced by Phil Hotz.
Mixed by Brandon Unis & Phil Hotz.
Mastered by Brad Smith.

Artist Name: Erich Mrak
Location: Toronto, ON
Release Title: Girls
Release Date: June 23rd
Label: Independent
Musician Names/Instruments: Erich Mrak
Producer Name(s): Phil Hotz
Similar/RIYL: Post Malone, The 1975, Tame Impala.
Genre(s): Pop.

Press Quotes:
“The thing I enjoy most about Mrak is how his music paints a large picture of the
mood of the song”.
 – Acronym

“An extremely personal song, “I Don’t” hears Mrak reflecting on past
experiences, channelling specific memories into a song”
. – Exclaim!

“Mrak makes every effort to achieve sonic perfection on each track”. – Tattoo.com

“It’s almost like Mrak is creating his own genre and if this is the case, what a
wonderful genre it would be”. 
– YourEDM

“Erich Mrak easily joins the wave of euphoric Alt-Electro singers and
songwriters such as James Blake”. 
– Neon Music

 “Erich Mrak has a distinct sound that reminds me of Post Malone or Mac Miller,
mixed with an electronic vibe”.
 – Noiseporn

“Mrak crosses the bridges of love, late nights and early mornings, plus more”. – The Source Magazine

“Mrak’s emotive vocal presence meshes nicely with a variety of electronic
 – Obscure Sound

Artist Biography:
Beginning to write lyrics at the age of 7, and recording his first full song at 13, Erich has continued to practice, and refine his sound since an early age. Born in Ottawa, based in
Toronto since 2013, Erichʼs influences come from where heʼs been, and where he currently is. Over production that is made up of two main genreʼs, pop, and hip-hop, Erich
displays a combination of the two with a genuine delivery, penning songs that are relatable, with message.

Recently amassing over 400,000 streams collectively on various singles, and completing his album, “Glimpse”, Erich shows no signs of slowing down. Outside of the album, Erich’s most recent achievements lie in the practice of piano since the start of the quarantine. Erich has been recording live performance covers in his living room, intending to release them between single releases over the next few months.

The Best Selling Singles in The World

The top 30 best selling records ever


This list of the 30 best selling singles in the world reveals three Christmas hits, three charity singles, four film theme songs, novelty records and artists from Japan, Germany, Africa, Italy, Sweden, the UK and US. 

ABBA ‘Fernando’
Estimated sales 10m. Released 1975

Composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus the song carried the working title of ‘Tango’. ‘Fernando’ was not originally released as an ABBA song but as a solo single by band member Anni-Frid Lyngstad – featured on her 1975 solo album Frida ensam. The English version, with completely different lyrics presents a vision of nostalgia for two veterans reminiscing in old age about a lost battle in which they participated.

Roger Whittaker ‘The Last Farewell’
Estimated sales 11m. Released 1975

British folk singer Roger Whittaker hosted a radio programme in the UK in 1971, and would invite listeners to send their poems or lyrics in and he would attempt to make songs out of them. Ron A. Webster, a silversmith from Birmingham sent Whittaker his poem entitled ‘The Last Farewell’, and this became one of the selections to appear on the radio programme. It was subsequently recorded and featured on Whittaker’s 1971 album New World in the Morning. Released as a single ‘The Last Farewell’ went to number one in 11 countries including the US. 

Mills Brothers ‘Paper Doll’
Estimated sales 11m. Released 1943

The Mills Brothers (originally known as the Four Kings of Harmony) were an African-American jazz and pop vocal quartet who made more than 2,000 recordings that sold more than 50 million copies. ‘Paper Doll’ has been named one of the Songs of the Century and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 

George McCrae ‘Rock Your Baby’
Estimated sales 11m. Released 1974

Written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band, ‘Rock Your Baby’ was one of the landmark recordings of early disco music and was also one of the first records to use a drum machine – an early Roland rhythm machine. The backing track for the record was recorded in 45 minutes as a demo. The chord progression of John Lennon’s ‘Whatever Gets You thru the Night’, released a few months later, bears a great resemblance to the one found in ‘Rock Your Baby’ and Lennon later admitted to using the song as an inspiration. 

Carl Douglas ‘Kung Fu Fighting’
Estimated sales 11m. Released 1974

‘Kung Fu Fighting’ was originally meant to be a B-side recorded quickly in the last ten minutes of studio time in only two takes. The song, which uses the quintessential Oriental riff, a short musical phrase that is used to signify Chinese culture was released as a single in 1974 on the cusp of a chopsocky film craze. The follow-up ‘Dance the Kung Fu’ did not crack the Top 40.

Cher ‘Believe’
Estimated sales 11m. Released 1998

Lifted from her twenty-second album of the same name, it became her fourth number one single and made Cher the oldest female artist (at the age of 52) to perform this feat. The song featured a pioneering use of the audio processing software Auto-Tune to create a deliberate vocal distortion, which became known as the ‘Cher effect’. ‘Believe’ also was ranked as the number-one song of 1999 by Billboard and became the biggest single in her entire career.

Band Aid ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’
Estimated sales 11.5m. Released 1984

Written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in reaction to television reports of the 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia. It was recorded in a single day on 25 November 1984 by Band Aid. The record became the fastest selling single in UK chart history, selling a million copies in the first week alone and passing three million sales on the last day of 1984. The supergroup consisting mainly of the biggest British and Irish musical acts at the time included, BonoSimon Le BonStingPaul WellerGeorge MichaelPhil Collins, Spandau Ballet and others. 

Village People ‘Y.M.C.A.’
Estimated sales 12m. Released 1978

The group’s name refers to New York City’s Greenwich Village, at the time known for its large gay population. The characters in the group were a symbolic group of American masculinity and macho gay-fantasy personas. Upon its release, the YMCA threatened to sue the band over trademark infringement. The song (and dance) has remained popular at parties, sporting events, weddings, and functions ever since. In 2009, ‘Y.M.C.A.’ set a Guinness World Record when over 44,000 people danced to Village People’s live performance of the song at the 2008 Sun Bowl game in El Paso, Texas.

Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman ‘Time to Say Goodbye’
Estimated sales 12m. Released 1996

Following a football accident, Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma, becoming completely blind at age 12. This single was first released in 1995, topping the charts in France, where it became one of the best-selling singles of all-time. A second version of the song, sung partly in English, released in 1996 as ‘Time to Say Goodbye’, paired Bocelli with British soprano Sarah Brightman, and achieved even greater success, topping charts all across Europe, including Germany, where it became the biggest-selling single in history.

The Beatles ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’
Estimated sales 12m. Released 1963

With advance orders exceeding one million copies The Beatles ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ would have gone straight to the top of the British charts on its day of release (29 November 1963) had it not been blocked by the group’s first million seller ‘She Loves You’, their previous UK single. A week later it reached the top of the charts and became the first instance of an act taking over from itself at number one in British chart history. ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ was also the group’s first American number one hit and starting the British invasion of the American music industry.

Gene Autry ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’
Estimated sales 12.5. Released 1949

The song was first sung by crooner Harry Brannon on New York City radio in early November 1949, before Gene Autry’s recording hit number one in the US charts during Christmas 1949. The song was first suggested as a ‘B’ side for a record Autry was making and Autry rejected the song. His wife later convinced him to use it.

Trio ‘Da Da Da’
Estimated sales 13m. Released 1982

‘Da Da Da I Don’t Love You You Don’t Love Me Aha Aha Aha’ (usually shortened to ‘Da Da Da’) is a song by the German band Trio. The song became a hit in Germany and over 30 other countries, selling 13 million copies worldwide. The song gained further chart success in when it was featured in a US Volkswagen commercial. 

Kyu Sakamoto ‘Sukiyaki’
Estimated sales 13m. Released 1963

This song by Japanese crooner Kyu Sakamoto, was first released in Japan in 1961. The song topped the charts in several countries, including the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963. Sukiyaki refers to a Japanese hot-pot dish with cooked beef, does not appear in the song’s lyrics, nor does it have any connection to them; it was used only because it was short, catchy, recognizably Japanese, and more familiar to English speakers. Sakamoto, along with 519 others on board the flight, was killed in the crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123 on 12 August 1985; the deadliest single-aircraft accident to date. His number one hit song had lyrics which translate to ‘Happiness lies beyond the clouds’ and ‘Happiness lies up above the sky’.

Prince Nico Mbarga ‘Sweet Mother’
Estimated sales 13m. Released 1976

Prince Nico Mbarga, was a highlife musician, born to a Nigerian mother and a Cameroonian father in Abakaliki, Nigeria. ‘Sweet Mother’ remains one of the most popular songs in Africa and was voted Africa’s favourite song by BBC readers and listeners in 2004. Prince Nico Mbarga was killed in a motorcycle accident on 24 June 1997. 

Gloria Gaynor ‘I Will Survive’
Estimated sales 14m. Released 1978

American singer Gloria Gaynor is best known for the disco era hits ‘I Will Survive’, ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ and ‘I Am What I Am. ‘I Will Survive’ is also frequently recalled as a symbol of female strength and as a gay anthem. In 2016, the Library of Congress deemed Gaynor’s original recording to be ‘culturally, historically, or artistically significant’ and selected it for preservation in the National Recording Registry.

Scorpions ‘Wind of Change’
Estimated sales 15m. Released 1991

This power ballad by the German rock band Scorpions holds the record for the best-selling single by a German group. It was released just after the failed coup that would eventually lead to the collapse of the Soviet Union. The song topped the charts in Germany and across Europe and peaked at number four in the United States and number two in the United Kingdom. In 1991 the band presented a gold record and $70,000 of royalties from the single to Mikhail Gorbachev the President of the Soviet Union (1990 to 1991). 

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John ‘You’re the One That I Want’
Estimated sales 15m. Released 1978

‘You’re the One That I Want’ was one of the two singles, along with ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’, written by Australian producer and musician John Farrar specifically for Newton-John’s appearance in the 1978 film version of the musical Grease. The album Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture has sold over 38 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling albums of all time, also ranking amongst the biggest selling soundtrack albums of all time.

Bryan Adams ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It for You’
Estimated sales 15m. Released 1991

Featured on the soundtrack album from the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It for You’ spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and sixteen consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart (the longest in British chart history). Bryan Adams has stated that the song took around 45 minutes to write. 

Mariah Carey ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’
Estimated sales 16m. Released 1994

‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ was the lead single from her fourth studio album and first holiday album, Merry Christmas (1994). The song has become the best-selling modern day Christmas song and has is the best selling Christmas single by a female artist. As of 2017, the song was reported to have earned Carey and her co-writer Brazilian-American musician Walter Afanasieff $60 million in royalties.

Celine Dion ‘My Heart Will Go On’
Estimated sales 18m. Released 1997

The main theme song to James Cameron’s blockbuster film Titanic, with worldwide sales estimated at 18 million copies, it became the second best-selling single by a female artist in history, (after ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston). When Celine Dion originally heard the song, she did not want to record it as she felt she was pushing her luck by singing another film theme song after Beauty and the Beast. Dion’s manager and husband René Angélil convinced her to sing on the demo version, Head of Sony Music Entertainment Tommy Mottola claimed that Dion recorded the song in one take, and that demo is what was released. 

Baccara ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’
Estimated sales 18m. Released 1977

Baccara was composed of Spanish flamenco dancers Mayte Mateos and Maria Mendiola. They were discovered on the island of Fuerteventura by RCA Records executive Leon Deane who saw them dancing flamenco and singing traditional songs for tourists; he subsequently signed them to the label. A major hit across Europe ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ became the duo’s sole number one single in the UK. It became the best-selling singles of all-time by a female group, eventually selling more than 18 million copies worldwide.

The Ink Spots ‘If I Didn’t Care’
Estimated sales 19m. Released 1939

American songwriter Jack Lawrence introduced the world to The Ink Spots when they recorded his song, ‘If I Didn’t Care’ in 1939. ‘If I Didn’t Care’ is the song playing on the radio during the opening of The Shawshank Redemption as Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sitting in his car with his gun contemplating his next steps to confront his wife and her lover. Lawrence later wrote a song titled ‘Linda’ for the then-five-year-old daughter of his attorney, Lee Eastman. Linda Eastman later became world famous as the first wife of Beatle Paul McCartney. 

USA for Africa ‘We Are the World’
Estimated sales 20m. Released 1985

The idea for the creation of an American benefit single for African famine relief came from activist Harry Belafonte following Band Aid’s 1984 ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ The charity single was recorded by the supergroup United Support of Artists (USA) for Africa and was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. The track features over 40 American stars including, Stevie WonderPaul SimonBruce SpringsteenDaryl HallBob Dylan and Diana Ross

Elvis Presley ‘It’s Now or Never’
Estimated sales 20m. Released 1960

‘It’s Now Or Never’ is one of two popular songs based on the Italian song of Neapolitan language ‘’O Sole mio’ the other being ‘There’s No Tomorrow’. The single is the second best-selling single by Elvis, and his biggest international selling single. American soul singer and producer Barry White credited this song as his inspiration for changing his life and becoming a singer following his release from prison. 

Whitney Houston ‘I Will Always Love You’
Estimated sales 20m. Released 1992

Originally written and recorded in 1973 by Dolly Parton, her country version was released in 1974. Houston recorded her version for the 1992 film The Bodyguard. It was her co-star Kevin Costner who suggested featuring the song in the film after introducing Houston to Linda Ronstadt’s 1975 version of the song. This single spent 14 weeks at number one making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. It also holds the record for being the best-selling single by a woman in music history. 

Bill Haley & His Comets ‘Rock Around the Clock’
Estimated sales 25m. Released 1954

‘Rock Around The Clock’ is widely considered to be the song that, more than any other, brought rock and roll into mainstream culture around the world. Bill Haleyand His Comets recorded this classic on April 12, 1954 in two takes at Pythian Temple studios, 135 West 70th Street, New York City. 

Bing Crosby ‘Silent Night’
Estimated sales 30m. Released 1935

Composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria, the song was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria. ‘Silent Night’ has been recorded by many singers across many music genres. The version sung by Bing Crosby in 1935 is the fourth best-selling single of all-time. 

Mungo Jerry ‘In the Summertime’
Estimated sales 30m. Released 1970

Mungo Jerry singer Ray Dorset has said that ‘In the Summertime’ took only ten minutes to write on a second-hand Fender Stratocaster while he was taking time off work from his regular job, working in a laboratory for Timex. It became one of the best-selling singles of all-time. The UK release was unusual in that it was a maxi single, playing at 33-1/3 rpm, whereas singles generally played at 45 rpm. ‘In the Summertime’ reached number one in charts around the world, including seven weeks in the UK. 

Elton John ‘Candle in the Wind 1997’
Estimated sales 33m. Released 1997

This new version by Bernie Taupin and Elton John of their 1973 song ‘Candle in the Wind’ was released on 13 September 1997 as a tribute single to Diana, Princess of Wales, with the global proceeds from the song going towards Diana’s charities. Produced by George Martin in many countries, it was pressed as a double A-side with ‘Something About the Way You Look Tonight’. The opening lines of the 1973 version, ‘Goodbye Norma Jean, though I never knew you at all,’ were adapted to ‘Goodbye England’s rose, may you ever grow in our hearts.’ Most of the lyrics were adapted to suit the circumstances of Diana’s life and death.

Bing Crosby ‘White Christmas’
Estimated sales 50m. Released 1942

The Irving Berlin song written in the heat of the California summer of 1940 is reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. Recorded by Bing Crosby with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers in 18 minutes on May 29, 1942, it is the world’s best-selling single with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies world-wide. It is said that when Irving Berlin came up with the idea for the song he told his secretary, “Grab your pen and take down this song. I just wrote the best song I’ve ever written — heck, I just wrote the best song that anybody’s ever written!”

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