In 2017, we took a journey over the last 50 years, looking at how popular music developed. We featured the songs that made an impact on the culture, or other artists, or were somehow groundbreaking either stylistically or technically. They weren’t always the most popular song from a given year, but surprisingly more often than not the featured songs did chart relatively high – if only in the US.
Here’s a recap of the five songs from the past fifty years that made the list. But first, we’ve got some fun features planned for 2018 and to make it easier for you to navigate through the KEF Blog we’ve streamlined the categories.
- KEF News & Events: The latest news on new products, corporate events and other noteworthy items.
- KEF Products & Technology: Find all of the information on our products and the technology that makes KEF an industry leader.
- KEF History – On the Leading Edge Since 1961: The history of KEF, its products and some of the amazing technical feats we’ve been involved in.
- Audio and Home Theater How-To’s and Tips: Articles on how to get the most out of your music or home theater system.
- The Art and Science of Sound: Articles for music lovers about music, audio technology and the culture of sound.
- Innovators and Originators: Features on the artists, scientists, and topics that made (or are making) a difference in the art of music and sound.
- Album & Music Reviews: Best of lists and our Front-to-Back Album Reviews.
- 50 Years – 5 Songs – 50 Weeks: Our year long (2017) journey through the songs of the past fifty years that brought us to where we are today.
And without further delay, here are the 250 songs that made it into our 50 Years – 5 Songs – 50 Weeks retrospective.
1967: Ruby Tuesday, Happy Together, Pleasant Valley Sunday, Respect, All You Need Is Love
1968: Hey Jude, Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay, People Got to Be Free, Love Child, Sunshine of Your Love
1969: Crimson & Clover, Magic Carpet Ride, Pinball Wizard, Touch Me, Gimme Shelter
1970: Close To You, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Let It Be, O-o-h Child, Lookin’ Out My Backdoor
1971: Imagine, I Think I Love You, My Sweet Lord, One Nad Apple, It Don’t Come Easy
1972: Family Affair, Roundabout, American Pie, Popcorn, Rockin’ Robin
1973: Ramblin’ Man, Let’s Get It On, Crocodile Rock, Superfly, Money
1974: Hooked On A Feeling, Waterloo, Sweet Home Alabama, I Got A Name, Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing
1975: Born To Run, Love Hurts, Fame, Jive Talkin’, Rhinestone Cowboy
1976: Play That Funky Music, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover, Silly Love Songs, Bohemian Rhapsody, Show Me the Way
1977: Police & Thieves, Rockaway Beach, Psycho Killer, God Save the Queen, Stayin’ Alive
1978: Margaritaville, Just What I Needed, September, Just the Way You Are, Werewolves of London
1979: Video Killed the Radio Star, Love Will Tear Us Apart, Le Freak, My Sharona, Too Much Heaven
1980: Pop Muzic, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Another Brick In the Wall, Cars, Ride Like the Wind
1981: Elvira, Whip It, Rapture, Celebration, (Just Like) Starting Over
1982: Rock the Casbah, I Love Rock & Roll, Rosanna, 867-5309 (Jenny), I Ran
1983: 99 Luftballons. Every Breath You Take, Sweet Dreams, Let’s Dance, Beat It
1984: Karma Chameleon, You Might Think, Holiday, Do They Know It’s Christmas?, When Doves Cry
1985: Material Girl, Raspberry Beret, Take On Me, Dancing IN the Street, We Are the World
1986: You Can Call Me Al, Walk This Way, That’s What Friends Are For, Sledgehammer, Papa Don’t Preach
1987: Walk Like An Egyptian, I’ve Had the Time Of My Life, Tom’s Diner, Where the Streets Have No Name, I Wanna Dance
1988: Faith, Pour Some Sugar On Me, Don’t Worry Be Happy, Wishing Well, New Sensation
1989: Mr Prerogative, Every Rose Has It’s Thorn, Welcome To the Jungle, Love In An Elevator, Girl You Know It’s True
1990: Right Here Right Now, Opposites Attract, Hold On, Black Velvet, Nothing Compares 2 U
1991: Kiss Them For Me, Good Vibration, Hunger Strike, Alive, Smells Like Teen Spirit
1992: Jump, Tears In Heaven, Black Or White, To Be With You, Acky Breaky Heart
1993: I Will Always Love You, Jump Around, Runaway Train, River Of Dreams, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
1994: Black Hole Sun, Don’t Turn Around, Baby I Love Your Way, Can You Feel the Love Tonight?, Hero
1995: Creep, Gangsta’s Paradise, I Know, Runaround, Hold My Hand
1996: Macarena, Give Me One Reason, Ironic, Change the World, One of Us
1997: I Believe I Can Fly, Wannabe, If It Makes You Happy, Fly Like An Eagle, I’ll Be Missing You
1998: Tubthumping, You’re Still the One, How Do I Live Without You?, Truly Madly Deeply, My Heart Will Go on
1999: Every Morning, Believe, Baby One More Time, Genie In A Bottle, Jumper
2000: Breathe, Smooth, I Try, Wonderful, Try Again
2001: I’m Like A Bird, Hanging By A Moment, Jaded, Beautiful Day, Independent Women
2002: A Thousand Miles, Complicated, The Middle, Get This Party Started, Where Were You
2003: In Da Club, Five O’clock Somewhere, Landslide, Like A Stone, Crazy In Love
2004: This Love, The Reason, My Immortal, My Boo, First Cut Is the Deepest
2005: Boulevard of Broken Dreams, 1 2 Step, Mr. Brightside, I Don’t Want To Be, Daughters
2006: You’re Beautiful, Hips Don’t Lie, Crazy, Dani California, Who Says You Can’t Go Home Again?
2007: Irreplaceable, Hey There Delilah, How To Save A Life, Rockstar, Fluorescent Adolescence
2008: Rise Above This, It’s Not My Time, No One, No Air, All Summer Long
2009: Viva La Vida, No Surprise, Chicken Fired, Already Gone, Say Hey (I Love You)
2010: The Cave, Use Somebody, Empire State of Mind, King Of Anything, Teenage Dream
2011:Born This Way, Animal, Party Rock Anthem, Rolling In the Deep, Give Me Everything
2012: Red Solo Cup, Call Me Maybe, Goodbye Kiss, We Found Love, Stars
2013: I Will Wait, Thrift Shop, The Wire, Blurred Lines, Radioactive
2014: Best Day Of My Life, All About That Bass, The Monster, Royals, Happy
2015: Lean On, Uptown Funk, Coming Home, Stitches, Bad Blood
2016: Hotline Bling, Confession, Tennessee Whiskey, Good To Be Alive, Hello