Name a perfect pop/rock song

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by PopularChuck, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. PopularChuck

    PopularChuck Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Bay Area
    By pop/rock, I mean popular rock, the type of thing you'd hear on MTV or the radio. "I'll Melt With You" by Modern English, "What I Like About You" by The Romantics, and "Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran are damn near perfect: great hook, memorable chorus, great fun no matter how many times you hear them.

    Name some others... Any era, any country.
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  2. This is the first one that comes to mind for me:

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  3. krisjay

    krisjay Psychedelic Wanderer

    Hawks-The Admirals Mutiny(any song off the debut Hawks S\T album actually)
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  4. DesertChaos

    DesertChaos Forum Resident

    Three O'Clock - Hand in Hand....perfect 80 catchy 80's pop
  5. vamborules

    vamborules Forum Resident

    The Lemonheads - The Great Big No

  6. Cassiel

    Cassiel Sonic Reducer

    NYC, USA
    "Senses Working Overtime" - XTC

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  7. Golden Richards

    Golden Richards Forum Rodent

    The Boys Of Summer - Don Henley
    Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears
  8. gregorya

    gregorya Forum Resident

    King Harvest "Dancing in the Moonlight"

  9. Lamus

    Lamus Forum Resident

    Tempe, Arizona
    Surrender - Cheap Trick
  10. Desolation Row

    Desolation Row Forum Resident

    I got a little carried away, but I put a lot of thought into this, and I've enjoyed thinking about the question. I personally love all of these songs, but I also tried to think somewhat objectively about examples of perfect pop/rock songs that were or remain popular and received significant airplay.

    Thunderclap Newman - Something in the Air (listening to this now, man, I didn't remember the recording being this rough. Really don't like Pete's production on this, but the song still deserves inclusion on this list)
    Journey - Don't Stop Believing
    Aerosmith - Cryin'
    Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
    Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm No Good
    Astrud Gilberto - The Girl from Ipanema
    The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
    The Beatles - Penny Lane
    The Bee Gees - To Love Somebody
    Ben E. King - Stand By Me
    Fleetwood Mac - You Make Loving Fun
    The Jayhawks - Blue (this one probably isn't popular enough to fit the criteria, but what the hell)
    Jackson Browne - Doctor My Eyes
    New Order - Regret
    Pretenders - Back On the Chain Gang
    Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
    Ringo Starr - Photograph
    Steve Winwood - While You See a Chance
    The Strokes - Under Cover of Darkness
    Supertramp - The Logical Song
    The Temptations - Just My Imagination
    U2 - One
  11. SteelyNJ

    SteelyNJ Forum Resident

    New Jersey, USA
    This song always struck me as the "perfect" pop radio hit:

  12. StereoMan56

    StereoMan56 Forum Resident

    Pretty damn perfect pop, I think.
  13. Moshe V

    Moshe V Forum Resident

    I'm not sure if I'm understanding the OPs question (if I'm not, sorry about that), but here goes.

    The Ronettes - Be My Baby
    Split Enz - I Got You
    Petula Clark - Downtown
    Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels
    Smoky Robinson - The Tears Of A Clown
    Joy Division - Atmosphere
    Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
    New Order - Ceremony
    Bruce Springsteen - It's Hard To Be a Saint In The City
    Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
    ABC - The Look Of Love

    Just a few
  14. John Adam

    John Adam An Introvert In Paradise

    Heart from the 80's!

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  15. If I Can Dream_23

    If I Can Dream_23 Forum Resident

    United States
    This is just about as perfect as a pop song gets...

    It's also my favorite James Bond theme, and opening sequence. Maybe for any film. Beautiful stuff!

    Nobody Does It Better: Carly Simon 1977 (Marvin Hamlisch / Carole Bayer Sager)

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  16. LandHorses

    LandHorses Forum Resident

    New Joisey
    "Walk Away Renee" - The Left Banke perfect as great pop songs get.
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  17. If I Can Dream_23

    If I Can Dream_23 Forum Resident

    United States
    And probably the most perfect pop song ever written. And I never use that term. My favorite song of the entire 70's...

    How Deep Is Your Love: Bee Gees (1977)

  18. gd0

    gd0 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies

    Golden Gate

  19. Diablo Griffin

    Diablo Griffin Synthpop, City Pop, and Rock Enthusiast

    United States
    Foreigner - Urgent

  20. If I Can Dream_23

    If I Can Dream_23 Forum Resident

    United States
    As far as the 80's go, this is near perfect. And smooth as silk! I just love the productions on these songs I'm listing...

    You're The Only Woman - Ambrosia

  21. adad

    adad Forum Resident

    San Diego
    The Cure-Pictures of You is one of my favorite songs

    ...and for pure pop I like some of those Tony Burrows tunes like:
    edison lighthouse - Love grows where my rosemary goes
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  22. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. Forum Resident

    I Saw Her Standing There.

    Edit: I don't know if this is played on the radio, certainly nowhere on MTV.

    It just came to my mind as a perfect pop/rock song, this and I Want To Hold Your Hand were the first things I thought of.

    Ironically (as opposed as I am to how sometimes most threads seem to be about the Beatles), I guess these two classics don't count...
  23. Cardboard Cowboy

    Cardboard Cowboy Forum Resident

    D'Yer M'aker by Led Zeppelin
  24. If I Can Dream_23

    If I Can Dream_23 Forum Resident

    United States
    And this one...

    There are maybe 3-5 pop songs from the 80's I'd call perfect, and this is one of them.

    I feel so damn good listening to a song like this that I could burst. An example of why music is life (and everything good about life)... :)

    Waiting For A Star To Fall - Boy Meets Girl (1988)

  25. Mitland

    Mitland Well-Known Member

    Long Beach, CA
    Rebel Rebel - David Bowie

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