What would you consider over the years as the perfect pop song?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Scott S., Aug 9, 2018.

  1. Electric

    Electric The Medium is the Massage

    Vancouver, CANADA
  2. John54

    John54 Forum Resident

    Dusty Springfield, I Only Want to Be With You:

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  3. jojo getback

    jojo getback Forum Resident

    west coast
    I could add a like to just about every pick on the last 7 pages ,Its about time for some Monkees-Pleasant Valley Sunday
  4. Sondek

    Sondek Forum Resident

  5. rvintamin

    rvintamin Active Member

    united states
    OutKast - Hey Ya
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  6. head_unit

    head_unit Forum Resident

    Los Angeles CA USA
    "You On My Mind" by Swing Out Sister - and their version of "Am I The Same Girl"*
    *lyricized version of Young-Holt Unlimited's (and later George Benson's) "Soulful Strut"-I found out this was done by Barbara Acklin and Dusty Springfield and others; I'll have to check out those versions.

    Gotta give a shout out to basically the whole ABBA catalog! And did anyone mention "Midnight Train To Georgia" by Gladys Knight and the Pips? And "You Were Always On My Mind"-is that "pop"?
  7. SoundDoctor

    SoundDoctor Forum Resident

    United States

    The drums also sound great.
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  8. urasam2

    urasam2 A Famous Potato

    One of the best songs and performances of all time! Just how sexy those girls are, no need to prance around semi-naked like today's performers. A wink, a gesture, a smile and I'm hooked
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  9. urasam2

    urasam2 A Famous Potato

    Knocks the spots off Elvis's own version, and I always wondered why Elvis leaves out the line "it's a more or less situation.."
  10. Catfish Stevens

    Catfish Stevens Forum Resident

    Anoka, MN
    M - Pop Muzik

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  11. JoeRockhead

    JoeRockhead Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    real thread title: I'm old, get off my lawn
  12. Manapua

    Manapua Forum Resident

    It's true the 60s & 70s are resplendent with great Pop records but some damned fine stuff came along after like this one.

    Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World

  13. Splungeworthy

    Splungeworthy Forum Rezidentura

    Todd Rundgren-Hello It's Me
  14. Odysseus

    Odysseus Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    Depeche Mode - "Enjoy the Silence"

  15. tages

    tages Forum Resident


    I'm still floored by "Yellow Submarine".

    It's so insanely catchy, clever chords in the verse and a chorus that sounds like it always existed.

    How did they do it? It's like writing "Happy Birthday To You".

    And the lyrics are brilliant, a tale of fame (in the fishbowl) disguised as a children's song. Pure genius.
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  16. Manapua

    Manapua Forum Resident

    For me, the perfect Pop record should have an element of fun. Debbie Gibson achieved that with this one.

  17. redfloatboat

    redfloatboat Forum Resident

    Is this really a thread for people to name their favourite songs?

    I believe these two are perfect pop songs, and btw they are not my favourite songs.

    Penny Lane
    Waterloo Sunset.
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  18. Splungeworthy

    Splungeworthy Forum Rezidentura

    I'll speak for myself when I say "Hello It's Me" isn't even my favorite Todd song. I recognize its brilliance.
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  19. PRW94

    PRW94 Forum Resident

    The Southeast
    I'm a journalist. Years ago ... probably the 1980s ... we got something on the wire, a music critic listing what he thought were the 10 most perfect pop records ... i.e., singles ... ever released.

    His criteria were performance, songwriting, the overall "sound" of the record, and he had a big emphasis on hooks.

    I've never been able to find that piece since, it's pre-Internet and probably lost to history, and I only remember three of the records and I think they're applicable here.

    Chattanooga Choo Choo by Glenn Miller ... it ain't rock but that's a hell of a pop record brimming over with hooks.

    She Loves You by The Beatles.

    Oh Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison.
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  20. arthurprecarious

    arthurprecarious Forum Resident

    North East England
    Teenage Kicks - Undertones
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  21. Gaslight

    Gaslight Q8 Listener

    Northeast USA
    Normally I'd be the first one to say "just go off the page for great music".

    But this a pop music thread. I would think "popular" is kind of a big factor in the question. That Frozen song is hook-laden and definitely grabbed the public consciousness more than any other song in recent memory. Gangnam Style was more of a fad...high rise, quick fall.
  22. buzzzx

    buzzzx Forum Resident

    Perfect pop song: SOS
    Perfect pop record: Be My Baby
  23. So many great ones to choose from. How about this one? This song just energizes me and makes me all tingly happy inside. LOL!

  24. kellys

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  25. DirkM

    DirkM Forum Resident

    MA, USA
    I could list dozens of truly perfect pop songs, but these are the ones that hit me in the gut every time and make me stop what I'm doing and listen:

    Anarchy In The UK - Sex Pistols
    I Should Be So Lucky - Kylie Minogue
    Stop! In The Name Of Love - The Supremes
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