Pop music or popular music as it is also known is a combination of many styles of music. The essence of pop music is that it appeals to a greater mass of people as compared to other forms of music. It is a derivative of many elements of rock, urban, dance and even country music. The amalgamated mix of many different styles into a form that has short songs, with catchy and simple lyrics is easily the most listened to music genre in the world.
10. Madonna – Like a virgin:
Madonna is easily among the most popular female pop artists of all time. It was the title song for her second studio album and is one of the most popular pop songs that she has recorded. Like a virgin was released in November 1984 and it became an overnight international hit. She also embarked on an album promotion tour for the album with the same title.
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9. Elton John – Sacrifice:
Elton John is a well known artist all around the world. His pop song Sacrifice was released in October 1989 and is to date one of the biggest hits that he has had. This five minute ballad is not so much of a love song but more of a song that depicts the struggles of a single dad after he has fallout with his wife.
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8. ABBA- Dancing queen:
The Swedish pop group ABBA released their all time hit single Dancing Queen in 1976 and is still heard across record players and computers even today. The song stayed on international pop charts for a long time and when it was released in 1992, it gained even more popularity. Besides the English version, the group also recorded a Spanish version of the song in 1980. It is also among the most covered songs.
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7. Bon Jovi- You give love a bad name:
You give love a bad name is a track by the band Bon Jovi and it was released in June 1986. The track was the first off their second album and it became a hit soon enough as it hit the number one on many charts across the US. Although known as a rock group this song has a structure similar to a pop song with its catchy lyrical structure and a repetitive chorus. A highly popular song, it has often surfaced in many TV and Movie sequences.
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6. Celine Dion- Because you loved me:
Because you loved me is a worldwide hit song by Canadian artist, Celine Dion. It was recorded in late 1995 and was released in February 1996. The song was quick to race up the pop charts in many countries and it also became a multi platinum hit in many parts of the world selling more than a hundred thousand copies several times over.
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5. Whitney Houston- I will always love you:
The song I will always loved you was not a Whitney original even though more people know that as one of her songs rather than the original recording artist Dolly Parton. Whitney Houston recorded the song in 1992 almost thirty years after the original song was recorded. It was one of the songs on the soundtrack for Bodyguard which was also her film debut. The song still remains as one of Whitney Houston’s greatest hits.
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4. Britney Spears- Baby one more time:
The title track to the American pop sensation’s first album was first released in September 1998. The song was a big success all over the world and hit number one on charts all around. It is a simple teen-pop number that became an overnight success. The music video that was made for the song has also received great success and is known as one of the best contemporary pop music videos made.
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3. U2- Where the streets have no name:
The song, “where the streets have no name” is the first track from the rock group’s 1987 album. It was released in August 1987 and it quickly became a hit all around the world. To date it is one of the prominent songs on the live set list of the iconic band that has given the world more than just the music. The song is among the most successful that the band has managed to produce to date and finds mention on many rock/pop charts even today.
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2. Lionel Richie- All night long:
Lionel Richie’s All night long is a hit track off his second solo album titled Cant Slow Down. The song was different from the artist’s previous attempts as this more dance oriented track quickly appealed to its listeners. It went as high up as number two in the UK singles charts and received great commercial success. It was released in October 1983 and has two different versions of which the shorter version has seen more success. An underrated artist throughout his career Lionel Richie has made a significant contribution to the crossover of dance and pop into one genre.
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1. Michael Jackson- Thriller:
One of the most well known songs made by the king of pop himself, this song was popularized by a very creative video which is considered as one of the most influential pop videos of all time. The song was released in January 1984 and was the last single from his sixth studio album by the same name. The music video for the song has received wide critical and fan acclaim throughout the world. The song is also featured on most of his all time hits compilations and is also claimed to be among the top pop songs of all time.
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