Maybe it’s the pandemic, or maybe it’s just the fact that good music has staying power.
Pop Vortex publishes a list of the top100 songs on iTunes, and the latest list, from just about an hour ago, includes six songs from the last century in its top 20.
Here are those songs, with their ranking and year of release:
- Number 6: Dreams by Fleetwood Mac (1987). This had a big resurgence last year thanks to the skateboarding video that went viral.
- Number 7: Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams (1984). Apparently Bryan was only nine years old in the summer of 69…
- Number 13: Zombie by The Cranberries (1994). Seems like an appropriate song during a pandemic lockdown. This is the one song on the list I am not familiar with, despite the video having more than 1 billion views. I’ll admit that there are huge gaps in my musical background. It’s a bit embarrassing not knowing The Cranberries, given that they are from Ireland…
- Number 16: Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum (1969). Seems like another pandemic relevant song.
- Number 17: Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks (1971). That’s two for Stevie, since she was the lead singer on Dreams.
- Number 19: Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls (1998). I have to admit I did not recognize this song by its title, but as soon as I played it, I knew it.
In trying to decide which song to play in this post, Dreams was eliminated since I already had a post which featured it.
My favorite song on the list is probably Spirit in the Sky, but I assume it is a song everyone knows, and if you feel like listening to it, you will.
So I went with Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls, assuming that perhaps you are like me and you don’t recognize the name of the song, but maybe you’ll recoognize it once you hear it.
Enjoy. And let’s keep that nice mix of oldies in the top 20!