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Eternal Flame – The Bangles (1989)

Who doesn’t remind of this song? Released by The Bangles from their 1988 album Everything, as a single on February 17, 1989.

The Bangles became only the third girl group to score multiple number-ones in the United States, after The Supremes (twelve) and The Shirelles (two).

 

Be with You (The Bangles song)

Be with You (The Bangles song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Tubthumping – Chumbawamba (1997)

Such a strange tune that was very heard in 1997. Released by British anarcho-punk band Chumbawamba on 11 August, 1997.

The term “tubthumper” is commonly used for someone, often a politician, seeming to “jump on the bandwagon” with a populist notion or idea. The liner notes on the album Tubthumper, from which “Tubthumping” was the first single, put the song in a radical context, quoting a UK anti-road protester, Paris 1968 graffiti, details about the famous McLibel case and the short story “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner”. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Jude Abbot, Neil Ferguson and Boff Whalley of Chumbawamba in 2005 ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Jude Abbott, Neil Ferguson og Boff Whalley fra Chumbawamba i 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Only forever – Bing Crosby (1940)

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Cropped screenshot of Bing Crosby from the trailer for the film Road to Singapore. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sang by Bing Crosby in the 1940 film Rhythm of the River. Reached number one of the Billboard Charts on October 19, 1940.

Written by James V. Monaco and Johnny Burke.

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(They long to be) Close to you – The Carpenters (1970)

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Richard Nixon (edited out of the photo) meeting with Karen and Richard Carpenter, 08/01/1972 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(They long to be) Close to you  is a popular song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The version recorded by The Carpenters, which became a hit in 1970, is the best known. Who could forget Karen Carpenters’ enchanting voice? The Carpenters era ended after her death in 1983.

 

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Bridge over troubled water – Simon and Garfunkel (1970)

Simon wrote the song in the summer of 1969 while Garfunkel was filming Catch-22 in Europe.

The single was released on January 26, 1970, though it also appears on the live album Live 1969, released in 2008. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on February 28, 1970, and stayed at the top of the chart for six weeks.

Cover of "Live 1969"

Cover of Live 1969

 

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I want it that way – Backstreet Boys (1999)

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English: Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block at the The Today Show in New York City in June 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Backstreet Boys (1997 album)

Backstreet Boys (1997 album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A great hit of 1999, the first single for 1999 Backstreet Boy’s album Millenium. The song was voted number three on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s in December 2007, number ten in the MTV/Rolling Stone list of the “100 Greatest Pop Songs Of All Time” in 2000.

 

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Adiós Nonino – Astor Piazzolla (1959)

Adiós Nonino (Goodbye Nonino).- Modern tango song written by magnificent Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla few days after his father’s death (Nonino). This version is played recently by the group Fugata Quintet.

One of Piazzolla’s most well-known and popular compositions.

Astor Piazzolla - Themes Originaux

Astor Piazzolla – Themes Originaux (Photo credit: Piano Piano!)

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Barcarolle (from The Seasons) – Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovski (1875)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 1840-1893

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 1840-1893 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1875, Russian compositor and pianist Pyort Illyich Tchaikovski was commissioned to write 12 short piano pieces, The Seasons (one for each month of the year). Barcarolle was assigned to June, in G minor.

Poetic epigraph assigned to June:

Let us go to the shore;

there the waves will kiss our feet.

With mysterious sadness,

the stars will shine down on us.

Another very well-known piece of this set is Troika (November).

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Gymnopédies – Erik Satie (1888)

Certainly it was time now for some good classical. And what a classical. The Trois Gymnopédies, published in Paris by Erik Satie starting in 1888, are short, atmospheric pieces written in 3/4 time. They are regarded as precursor for modern ambient music. Eccentric, they defied classical trend of the epoch.

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Erik Satie (1866-1925) cropped (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: “Satie playing the harmonium”. Charcoal drawing by Santiago Rusiñol, 1891 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Oye cómo viene – Chano Domínguez (2000)

 

Performing from Calle 54 film, 2000. Chano Domínguez is a Latin Jazz, post bob and flamenco jazz pianist. Astonishing.

 

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Chano Domínguez, Chano estuvo genial en todo el concierto y también hizo un tema el solo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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All That She Wants – Ace of Base (1992)

Ace of Base released this as a debut single in 1992. In early 1993, it peaked many charts in several countries.

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Español: El grupo sueco Ace Of Base antes de su concierto en Vantaa, Finlandia el 2 de Octubre de 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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When I was 5, I was very lucky that I could listen to several sort of music in the radio including in the van that took me to school. Thus, every moment in my early years was recorded with a related song. Nowadays, the great wonder of Youtube takes to us every song that once upon a time we listened and reminds us of very old childhood feelings.

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A couple of weeks ago, I listened just by chance “All I have” song by J.Lo and realised later that the little old-style intro in the video wasn’t J.Lo in her childhood, but rather an old 70’s song called “Very Special” (by Debra Laws).

This findings led to me to some videos called “The Best Songs of…”. This series included 1 video per year since 1980. And, through each video, I could realize the constant evolution of music. Disco fever spread through the first mid-80s and seems electro-techno trend would never end. Now, DJs such as David Guetta seems to regenerate in a new way the old disco style. Gloria Gaynor and Donna Summer reborn in new Rihanna and Sia techno-trend singles. A constant evolution, as well as the progressive evolution of romantic pop. Now, Bruno Mars loves to emulate Stevie Wonder romantic high-notes style. And people love him. Seems the key is give a little bit of modern style to that good old tunes that our parents used to love.

What is next? Every new trend-song is kind a remix of an old one…

What do you think?

Carlos

I Will Survive

I Will Survive (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New music trends… What to expect the following years?