Old school songs or should we say ‘Old Blues‘ are jams that got us going. Some of us only know of popular singers like Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Vanessa Carlton, Bryan Adams, Whitney Houston etc and bands like The Beatles, Westlife, Backstreet Boys and more.
These songs are evergreen and no matter how and where they are played, you will definitely hear someone say ‘Oh! This song!’ Unlike the songs we listen to nowadays that fade after a year or two, old school songs still stays for decades as they impact meaningful message.
We’re compiling a list of old school songs and if you don’t know at least 8 of these songs, you definitely belong to the ‘Indomie Generation.’
1/20 : Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
“Billie Jean” was the first short film made for ‘Thriller,’ the biggest-selling album of all time. The short film for this No. 1 single, directed by Steve Barron, made history as the first video by a black artist to receive heavy rotation on MTV, and was later ranked by the network as one of the 100 greatest music videos of all time.
2/20 : Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
“Lying in my bed, I hear the clock tick and think of you, Caught up in circles…” Time After Time” is a 1983 song by American singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper, co-written with Rob Hyman. It was the second single released from her debut studio album, She’s So Unusual (1983), with Hyman contributing backing vocals. The track was produced by Rick Chertoff and released as a single on January 27, 1984.
3/20 : Céline Dion – My Heart Will Go On
Talking about this song, your mind flashes back to a movie that made everyone cry except if you’re a witch then you won’t cry. Lolz..
“My Heart Will Go On” is a song recorded by Canadian singer Celine Dion. It serves as the main theme song to James Cameron’s blockbuster film Titanic, based on an account of the transatlantic passenger liner of the same name which sank in 1912 after colliding with an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean.
“My Heart Will Go On” by Céline Dion was released on December 8, 1997.
4/20 : Elton John – Sacrifice
“It’s a human sign
When things go wrong
When the scent of her lingers
And temptation’s strong…”
“Sacrifice” is a ballad performed by musician Elton John. The song was written by John and his collaborator Bernie Taupin. The song appears on the 1989 album Sleeping with the Past. It was first released in October 1989, then in 1990, and was the second single from the album.
5/20 : Westlife – My Love
“My Love” is a song by Irish boy band Westlife. It was released on 31 October 2000 as the second single from their second studio album, Coast to Coast. It debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, giving the band their seventh UK number one. The song was the 35th best-selling single of 2000 in the UK. It also won The Record of the Year in 2000.
6/20 : Eamon – F**k It
“F**k It (I Don’t Want You Back)” is the debut single by American singer-songwriter Eamon. It was co-written by Eamon, Kirk Robinson and Mark Passy. It was released on November 23, 2003, as the lead single from his debut album, I Don’t Want You Back.
7/20 : The Beatles – Here comes the Sun.
“Here Comes the Sun” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1969 album Abbey Road. It was written by George Harrison and is one of his best-known compositions for the Beatles. Harrison wrote the song in early 1969 at the country house of his friend Eric Clapton, where Harrison had chosen to play truant for the day to avoid attending a meeting at the Beatles’ Apple Corps organisation. The lyrics reflect his relief at the arrival of spring and the temporary respite he was experiencing from the band’s business affairs. As of September 2019, it was the most streamed Beatles song on Spotify globally, with over 350 million plays.
8/20 : Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
“You are my fire, the one desire…” back then, this line can make a girl go crazy. But now, if you like tell her she’s your oxygen, your eyes must definitely see pepper.
“I Want It That Way” is a song by American boy band the Backstreet Boys. It was released on April 12, 1999, as the lead single from their third studio album, Millennium. It was written by Max Martin and Andreas Carlsson, while Martin and Kristian Lundin produced it. The pop ballad talks about a relationship strained by matters of emotional or physical distance.
9/20 : Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles
“A Thousand Miles” is the debut single written and recorded by American pop singer Vanessa Carlton. Produced by Curtis Schweitzer and Ron Fair, the song was released as the lead single for Carlton’s album Be Not Nobody (2002). Her signature song, it became Carlton’s breakthrough hit and one of the most popular songs of the year. To date, it remains Carlton’s biggest hit in the United States, and her only single to reach the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.
10/20 : Whitney Houston – Greatest Love Of All
“The Greatest Love of All” is a song written by Michael Masser, who composed the music, and Linda Creed, who wrote the lyrics. It was originally recorded in 1977 by George Benson, who made the song a substantial hit, peaking at number two on the US Hot Soul Singles chart that year, the first R&B chart top-ten hit for Arista Records. The song was written and recorded to be the main theme of the 1977 film The Greatest, a biopic of the boxer Muhammad Ali, and is performed during the opening credits. Eight years after Benson’s original recording, the song became even more well known for a version by Whitney Houston, whose 1985 cover (with the slightly amended title “Greatest Love of All”) eventually topped the charts, peaking at number one in the United States, Australia, Canada and on the US R&B chart in early 1986.
11/20 : Dido – Life for Rent
Life for Rent is the second studio album by English singer and songwriter Dido, released by Arista Records on 29 September 2003. The album was produced by Rollo Armstrong and American songwriter Rick Nowels. Work on the album began in mid-2002.
12/20 : Bryan Adams – Please Forgive Me
“Please Forgive Me” is a song by Canadian rock musician Bryan Adams. It was released in October 1993 as the only single and bonus track from his greatest hits compilation album So Far So Good. The single reached number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK Singles Chart. It is his only Australian number-one single not written for a motion picture, and it also topped the charts in Belgium, Canada, France, Ireland, Norway and Portugal.
13/20 : Enya – May It Be
If you seen Lord of The Rings, this song was actually for the movie.
“May It Be” is a song by Irish recording artist Enya. It was composed by Enya and Roma Ryan for Peter Jackson’s 2001 film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The song entered the German Singles Chart at number one in 2002 and was performed by Enya at the 74th Academy Awards. “May It Be” was acclaimed by music critics and received nominations for Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, Academy Award for Best Original Song and Grammy Award nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
14/20 : Bob Marley – Redemption Song
“Redemption Song” is a song by Bob Marley. It is the final track on Bob Marley and the Wailers’ twelfth album, Uprising, produced by Chris Blackwell and released by Island Records. The song is considered one of Marley’s greatest works. Some key lyrics derived from a speech given by the Pan-Africanist orator Marcus Garvey entitled “The Work That Has Been Done”.
15/20 : Don Williams – Lord, I hope This Day Is Good
“Lord, I Hope This Day is Good” is a song written by Dave Hanner, and recorded by American country music artist Don Williams. It was released in November 1981 as the third single from the album Especially for You. The song was Williams’ twelfth number one on the country chart. The single stayed at number one for one week and spent a total of twenty weeks on the country music charts. Hanner also recorded the song as a member of Corbin/Hanner, who released it as the b-side to the 1982 single “One Fine Morning.
16/20 : Lucky Dube – Remember Me
Lucky Philip Dube was a South African reggae musician and Rastafarian. He recorded 22 albums in Zulu, English and Afrikaans in a 25-year period and was South Africa’s biggest-selling reggae artist.
17/20 : Lionel Richie – Stuck on You
“Stuck on You” is a song written by and originally recorded by Lionel Richie. It was the fourth single released from his second studio album Can’t Slow Down released on May 1, 1984, by Motown, and achieved chart success, particularly in the U.S. and the UK, where it peaked at number three and number 12, respectively. “Stuck on You” reached number one on the Adult Contemporary chart, Richie’s seventh chart topper.
18/20 : Micheal Bolton – Lean On Me
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19/20 : Phil Collins – True Colors
In 1998, the song was recorded by Phil Collins for his compilation album …Hits. The version was a smooth-jazz-influenced version compared to the original by Cyndi Lauper. R&B singer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds produced and provided backing vocals. The track peaked at number 12 on the US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100, number two on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and number 26 on the UK Singles Chart. It reached the top 40 in Austria, Canada, France, Germany and Hungary
20/20 : Dolly Parton – Coat Of Many Colors
“Coat of Many Colors” is a song written and recorded by American country music singer Dolly Parton, which has been described on a number of occasions as her favorite song she has written. It was released in September 1971 as the second single and title track from the album Coat of Many Colors.
What’s your favourite song from this list? And which other song are we missing? Kindly let us know in the comment section down below. Cheers!
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