Friday, January 6, 2012

British Invasion! Songs of British Artists #1 in America

(Art print by Ron Magnes)

Sometimes Wikipedia is really inspiring. This playlist is based on the List of songs by British artists which reached number-one on the Hot 100 (USA Billboard). It goes from 1958 to 2011 and it's an interesting summary of fifty years of British pop music according to American tastes.
You can find:
- the early domination by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones (60s)
- the golden era of Elton John (early 70s)
- the disco time of Bee Gees (and Andy Gibb) (late 70s)
- the now that's what I call music era (80s... ready to be rickrolled?)
- the long blackout (since the death of Lady D to the rise of James Blunt: really? no Brit #1 in America from 1997 to 2006?)
- the modern depression (00s)

Of the 35 missing songs from Spotify, 20 are by The Beatles and 11 by George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney in their post-Beatles careers. Anyway, you get some Ringo.

I think this is one of the most poppish playlists I ever made on Spotirama. Especially the segment from the 1980s: The Human League! Culture Club! Duran Duran! Eurythmics! Tears For Fears! Wham! Enjoy! :o)

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Source: Wikipedia
Songs available on Spotify: 137/172 (79,65%)
(artists in italics are not Brits; read notes on Wikipedia)

Acker Bilk – Stranger On The Shore
The Tornados – Telstar
The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand
The Beatles - She Loves You
The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love
The Beatles - Love Me Do

Peter And Gordon – A World Without Love
The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
The Animals – The House of the Rising Sun
Manfred Mann – Do Wah Diddy Diddy
The Beatles - I Feel Fine
Petula Clark – Downtown
The Beatles - Eight Days a Week
Freddie & The Dreamers – I'm Telling You Now
Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders – The Game of Love
Herman's Hermits – Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter
The Beatles - Ticket To Ride
The Rolling Stones – (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Herman's Hermits – I'm Henry VIII, I Am
The Beatles - Help!
The Beatles - Yesterday

The Rolling Stones – Get Off Of My Cloud
The Dave Clark Band - Over and Over
The Beatles - We Can Work It Out

Petula Clark – My Love
The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black
The Beatles - Paperback Writer
The Troggs – Wild Thing
Donovan – Sunshine Superman
New Vaudeville Band – Winchester Cathedral
The Rolling Stones – Ruby Tuesday
The Beatles - Penny Lane
The Beatles - All You Need Is Love

Lulu – To Sir With Love
The Beatles - Hello, Goodbye
The Beatles - Hey Jude
The Beatles with Billy Preston - Get Back
The Rolling Stones – Honky Tonk Women
The Beatles - Come Together
The Beatles - Let It Be
The Beatles - The Long and Winding Road
George Harrison - My Sweet Lord
The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
Bee Gees – How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?
Paul and Linda McCartney - Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
Rod Stewart – Maggie May
Elton John – Crocodile Rock
Paul McCartney and Wings - My Love
George Harrison - Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
The Rolling Stones – Angie
Ringo Starr – Photograph
Ringo Starr – You're Sixteen, You're Beautiful and You're Mine
Elton John – Bennie And The Jets
Paul McCartney and Wings - Band on the Run
Paper Lace – The Night Chicago Died
Eric Clapton – I Shot The Sheriff
John Lennon - Whatever Gets You Thru the Night
Biddu & Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting
Elton John – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces
Elton John – Philadelphia Freedom
Paul McCartney and Wings - Listen To What the Man Said
Bee Gees – Jive Talkin'
David Bowie – Fame
Elton John – Island Girl
Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night
Wings - Silly Love Songs
Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing
Rod Stewart – Tonight's The Night
Leo Sayer – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
Manfred Mann's Earth Band – Blinded By The Light
Leo Sayer – When I Need You
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
Andy Gibb – I Just Want To Be Your Everything
Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love
Bee Gees – Stayin' Alive
Andy Gibb – (Love Is) Thicker Than Water
Bee Gees – Night Fever
Andy Gibb – Shadow Dancing
The Rolling Stones – Miss You
Bee Gees – Too Much Heaven
Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
Bee Gees – Tragedy
Bee Gees – Love You Inside Out
M – Pop Muzik
Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall (II)
Paul McCartney and Wings - Coming Up (live at Glasgow)
Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over
Sheena Easton – Morning Train (Nine To Five)
Air Supply – The One That You Love
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Ebony & Ivory
The Human League – Don't You Want Me
Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong
Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
David Bowie – Let's Dance
The Police – Every Breath You Take
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney – Say Say Say
Yes – Owner Of A Lonely Heart
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Phil Collins – Against All Odds
Duran Duran – The Reflex
John Waite – Missing You
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
George Michael – Careless Whisper
Phil Collins – One More Night
Simple Minds – Don't You (Forget About Me)
Wham! – Everything She Wants
Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Phil Collins – Sussudio
Duran Duran – A View To A Kill
Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away
Tears For Fears – Shout
John Parr – St. Elmos Fire (Man In Motion)
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin – Separate Lives
Dionne Warwick (feat. Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder) – That's What Friends Are For
Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls (7'' Mix)
Simply Red – Holding Back The Years
Genesis – Invisible Touch
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
Steve Winwood – Higher Love
Bananarama – Venus
The Human League – Human
Aretha Franklin & George Michael – I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died in Your Arms
Kim Wilde – You Keep Me Hangin' On
Whitesnake – Here I Go Again '87
Billy Idol – Mony Mony (Live)
George Michael – Faith
George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You
George Michael – Father Figure
Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
George Michael – One More Try
Rick Astley – Together Forever
Steve Winwood – Roll With It
George Michael – Monkey
Def Leppard – Love Bites
UB40 – Red Red Wine
Phil Collins – A Groovy Kind Of Love
The Escape Club – Wild Wild West
Phil Collins - Two Hearts
Mike & The Mechanics – The Living Years
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing
Simply Red – If You Don't Know Me By Now
Phil Collins – Another Day In Paradise
Maxi Priest – Close To You
George Michael – Praying For Time
EMF – Unbelievable
George Michael & Elton John – Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Right Said Fred – I'm Too Sexy
UB40 – (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You
Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting – All For Love
Seal – Kiss From A Rose
Spice Girls – Wannabe
Elton John – Candle In The Wind 1997
James Blunt – You're Beautiful
Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Jay Sean – Down
Taio Cruz – Break Your Heart
Adele – Rolling In The Deep
LMFAO (feat. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock) – Party Rock Anthem
Adele – Someone Like You
Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris) – We Found Love

Adele - Set Fire To The Rain

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