Probably everyone is going to have their own selection of top English songs. Some would prefer blues and others rock or hip-hop. However, by name recognition, there are few which can truly be called legendary and belong to ages.
This is a list of top 10 English songs of all time.
10. Imagine- John Lennon
John Lennon’s Imagine, his most successful single, is a song of hope and a new world which has had a huge impact. Still extremely popular it was played outside Bataclan Theatre, Paris after 2015 terror attacks.
9. Hotel California – Eagles
With epic guitar playing and expansive, ambiguous lyrics Don Henley is at his most impressive. The evocative lyrics and tight singing from a cohesive band made it an iconic piece of music.
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8. The Sound of Silence – Simon, and Garfunkel
The song’s lyrics from the 60s remain relevant even today. A hollow world devoid of any meaning where everyone speaks and no one listens. It achieved cult status with its references to alienation and inner darkness of society.
7. Thriller – Michael Jackson
By far the highest selling album of all time Michael Jackson became a legend with this album and song. It single-handedly propelled him to being numero uno and took entire music industry in a new direction.
6. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
Conceptualized by James Hetfield when he was speaking to his girlfriend on the phone it is a declaration of complete love to one’s partner. The lyrics were later filled in Lars Ullrich and it became what is known as a power ballad and difficult to fit into any one genre.
5.Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits
From the British band Dire Straits’ debut album of the same name it shows Mark Knopfler’s ability to tell stories through his lyrics and deft guitar playing. The sing is a partly true story of a jazz band and became extremely famous when it was released in 1978. The song displays exceptional underlying melody and rhythm.
4.Layla – Eric Clapton
We all have had a Layla. A perfect person and what remains in the space between her and her victims is a desire, often expressed by frustration, which sometimes inspires sometimes. Eric Clapton, whose song Layla gave him the name of unrequited love and consolation to every man who endured it.
3.Hey Jude – The Beatles
The song was written when Julian Lennon, son of John Lennon was five years old. His parents were getting divorced and Paul McCartney wrote this song to inspire Julian to triumph over his troubles and become a good man. The original name of the song was Hey Jules which was changed to Hey Jude because it sounded better.
2.Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
The song holds different meanings for different people. Some hear in its lyrics a confession for murder and others find a cry for redemption. Many of the words in the lyrics like Bismillah and Scaramouch are from different cultures. Released in 1995, it was a fantastic piece of creativity from Freddie Mercury and makes you sad and happy at the same time.
1.Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
The song is about a lady who is trying to buy her way into heaven without knowing that she can get in just by using a word. Robert Plant’s voice and Jimmy Page’s guitar are exceptional in their musical arrangement. Released in 1971 the song became a part of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.