Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Pop songs of all time 2017, Pop is a genre that every other form of music seems to have derived from. Even what was once considered to be rock and roll is now deemed to have been pop music all along. With the long standing history that the genre has, coupled with the successful pop tracks that are being released every single day, a list detailing the very best Pop tracks of all time was quite an undertaking to complete. But the results are in and below you will get a chance to see the Top 10 Best Pop Songs of All Time.
- 10. “MMMBop” – Hanson – Middle of Nowhere (1996)
- 9. “Take On Me” – A-Ha – Hunting High and Low (1985)
- 8. “Rolling In The Deep” – Adele – 21 (2010)
- 7. “Stayin’ Alive” – Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever (1977)
- 6. “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor – Love Tracks (1978)
- 5. “I Want To Hold Your Hand” – The Beatles – Meet The Beatles! (1963)
- 4. “I’m A Believer” – The Monkees – More of the Monkees (1966)
- 3. “Time After Time” – Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual (1983)
- 2. “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen – A Night At The Opera (1975)
- 1. “Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson – Thriller (1982)
Here we present the list of top 10 best Pop songs of all time 2017.
10. “MMMBop” – Hanson – Middle of Nowhere (1996)
While they are not by definition “one hit wonders”, Hanson would only see moderate successes through the other tracks that they would release apart from this hugely popular track “MmmBop”. The album Middle of Nowhere became one of the greatest selling albums of 1996 due to this one single’s profound reception with the world. The trio of brothers would pen this song in an effort to give their fans an anthem about appreciating the people in their lives who really care about them through thick and thin. Even into today, the campy pop track is still one of the greatest representations of bubbly pop music that was so prevalent through the mid 1990s.
9. “Take On Me” – A-Ha – Hunting High and Low (1985)
The mid 1980s that would see the explosion of New Wave Pop music and it would completely change what pop music looked like at this point. With this being said, one of the most popular of these bands would be A-Ha, who’s track “Take On Me” would be one of the very best pop tracks ever written. Apart from ushering in a new era of pop music through this new style that had not really been perfected up to that point, A-Ha wrote a song to encourage the subject of the song to take advantage of him being around because in a day or two, he won’t be anymore.
8. “Rolling In The Deep” – Adele – 21 (2010)
Adele has quickly solidified herself as one of the greatest Pop artists to have ever taken on the genre. Considering that she has only been around for the better part of a decade, this is quite an accomplishment in itself. While she has had numerous number one singles since she was introduced to the world stage, perhaps the most successful and memorable of these would have been “Rolling In The Deep”. This is a track that sees the singer not only getting beyond her former love for the subject of the song, but her anger about the person that she once loved having such a hold on her to begin with. The song is an iconic breakup song about seeing your ex clearly for the first time, and moving on with your head held high.
7. “Stayin’ Alive” – Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever (1977)
The soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever was specifically written and performed by the Bee Gees. While there were several iconic English songs that the group would have over the years performing disco pop anthems, none would ever reach the heights and impact that “Stayin’ Alive” would have on Pop music forever. The Bee Gees cemented themselves as one of the greatest artists (later to be deemed pop) of all time, but their iconic song about getting out and mingling on the streets and living life to the fullest would be their crowning achievement and an easy choice for this list.
6. “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor – Love Tracks (1978)
Following with the theme of overcoming heartbreak and turning that into strength to move forward, Gloria Gaynor gave women (and men) the anthem for doing just that. “I Will Survive” is a song all about going through different phases of dealing with the a loved one leaving and then trying to come back into your life. “At first I was afraid, I was petrified…” quickly turns into “you’re not welcome anymore”. This has been a heavily covered song, but the original is still the most successful version of the song, seconded closely by the version by the light rock band Cake.
5. “I Want To Hold Your Hand” – The Beatles – Meet The Beatles! (1963)
The Beatles have always been in contention for being the greatest band in the history of music, so it is no shocker that the quartet would have a song that would be featured on this list of the best pop songs of all time. While at the time their music was not necessarily deemed to be pop music, it would later and currently is considered more pop than anything else. A shining example of this style that would revolutionize all music that would come thereafter would be one of their very first singles, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” from the early Beatles release Meet The Beatles!
4. “I’m A Believer” – The Monkees – More of the Monkees (1966)
Some might consider it a little blasphemous that The Monkees would hold a position on a pop list higher than that of the Beatles, but in terms of individual songs, “I’m a Believer” was a far more iconic pop track throughout the history of Pop music than any one individual track from the Beatles. This being said, The Monkees would not exist without the global successes of the Beatles, which would result in numerous 4 and 5 piece bands playing similar styles, from light rock to jangle pop. “I’m A Believer” would be a defining song for the American answer to The Beatles, but it would get an even bigger following through the re-recording of the song by the rock band Smash Mouth.
3. “Time After Time” – Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual (1983)
Cyndi Lauper is no stranger to being deemed one of the iconic voices of 80s and 90s pop music. While her single “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” could have been interchanged on this list as an equally successful release from the artist, its lasting successes paled in comparison to the longevity of popularity from the 1983 release “Time After Time”. Much like “I’m A Believer” from The Monkees, “Time After Time” would get a fresh new audience when popular alternative rock band Matchbox Twenty would cover and re-release the song for a new set of listeners to fall in love with all over again.
2. “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen – A Night At The Opera (1975)
While Queen is largely considered to be a primarily rock band, Pop music isn’t an exclusive genre. Many music genres cross over and bleed into one another and this is none more evident through the successes that “Bohemian Rhapsody” has had across the board through several different genre specific charts. The lasting success of the 1975 release is a testament to the quality of lyrical content and the composition of the song, not to mention the fact that it is just a blast to sing along to. The track takes listeners through seemingly different styles and phases of the over six minute track. This is a song that has stood the test of time, and will always be in the discussion for the greatest rock and pop anthems that have ever been created.
1. “Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson – Thriller (1982)
You don’t get called the King of Pop because you only had a handful of hits. Michael Jackson is one of the single most successful Pop artists to have ever been in the genre, and his resume is stout with hit after hit after hit. Considering that he has so many number one tracks and successes throughout his lengthy career, it seems to fit to choose the single that would be featured on his best selling album Thriller. “Billie Jean” tells the story of a man who is being told that his one night stand has resulted in a child, but throughout the song he is trying to piece together whether the kid is actually his or if he even did what was necessary to make a child in the first place.
Pop is something that is ever changing. The evolution of the genre is clearly seen through what have been the most impactful tracks of each major time period of the modern music era. While the songs themselves might have very different stylings and deliveries, what they share is: relatable lyrics, profound successes ( both at the time of their release and in the many years to follow it), and directly impacting what pop music would evolve into after their respective singles.