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Top Best 10 Pop Songs of All Time (As of 2015)

Creating a top 10 songs list in pop music is purely subjective. It should include influential tunes that have withstood the test of time. These are some of the most popular and best songs (in our opinion) in modern pop culture.

Imagine (1971) – John Lennon

The song envisions a place and time where there’s nothing to divide people. What’s not to like about that? Various cover versions have charted on the Hot 100 as well, and the song is often sung on televised singing competitions.

I Will Always Love You (1992) – Whitney Houston

Originally a country hit for Dolly Pardon, the reworked version was #1 in the U.S. for 14 weeks. The song is featured on The Bodyguard soundtrack and it charted as a single again on Billboard after Whiten Houston’s death. It was only the fifth song to ever be a top 10 hit two different times. The song was also featured on Glee.

Don’t Turn Around (1993) – Ace of Base

Ace of Base is near the top of the list of the most popular Swedish musical groups of all time. And few of their songs are more well-loved than the classic “Don’t Turn Around.” Since its release in 1993, it has been covered by a wide variety of artists.

Superstition (1973) – Stevie Wonder

Originally intended for Jeff Beck, this song pokes at the dangers of believing in superstitions. It has been covered by many artists and was featured in a 2013 Super Bowl commercial. The song has had a tremendous influence on pop culture.

Wannabe (1997) – Spice Girls

The U.K. quintet’s most iconic song, “Wannabe” helped the Spice Girls cement their takeover of U.S. pop music. Written and recorded in 1997, it quickly jumped to the top of the Hot 100 chart where it stayed for four consecutive weeks.

Respect (1967) – Aretha Franklin

Written and recorded by Otis Redding in 1965, Respect was rearranged by Aretha who added several parts. The song has been featured in many movies and covered many times. Aretha sang it in the movie Blues Brothers 2000.

Oops!…I Did It Again (2000) – Britney Spears

When it comes to the more modern era of pop music, it’s hard to leave Britney Spears out of the picture. Few songs exemplify the so-called “Princess of Pop” more than the classic “Oops!…I Did It Again.” Released in 2000, the song remains one of the most remembered pop hits of the decade.

Billie Jean (1983) – Michael Jackson

What became this Grammy-winning song was recorded on Jackson’s home drum machine, according to Rolling Stone magazine. It was the second of seven hits from Thriller. Notable covers include that of David Cook in 2008.

Born to Run (1975) – Bruce Springsteen

After hearing a live version, Jon Landau wrote, “I saw rock and roll’s future – and its name is Bruce Springsteen”. An unsuccessful movement tried to make it New Jersey’s official state song. It was reworked as “Born to Add” for Sesame Street and referenced in The Sopranos. In 2013, Springsteen and talk show host Jimmy Fallon reworked it to protest the closing of a traffic ramp to the George Washington Bridge.

Eye of the Tiger (1982) – Survivor

The 1980s were a great decade for pop music. So many hits stemmed from this time period. But few are more memorable than “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. It remains a classic to this day.

We sure hope you agree with this list. There are so many songs you could consider a favorite. These are certainly great pop songs worthy of being in the top 10.

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