If you do a little hunting, you'll find there are a number of sites on the internet that will give you lists of "Top Songs." One of the more complete is from Lyrics World. This is an excellent site not only for a list of top songs, but also for getting the lyrics to these songs. Since the list of songs from past decades is not likely to change, I've captured that data and included it here in the "Top 40: section and the "Top Singles" section.
- Top 40 - "Top" can be measured many different ways. The 5-year "Top 40" links list rock and pop songs in each year that charted in the Top 40 from 1930 to 1998. The list shows the artist and the highest rank each song achieved. The songs that have links will retrieve the lyrics for the song from Lyrics World.
- Top Singles - Another definition of "Top" shows the top singles during a time period. The top 25 or so singles for the decade are shown in the links listed under "Top Singles."
- Top Century - In a "Songs of the Century" project sponsored by RIAA and NEA, music lovers across the country were asked to select the key songs of the century, keeping in mind the historical significance of not only the song, but also of the record and artist. The hundreds of voters came from all walks of life including local, state and federal elected officials, the music industry, teachers, members of the media and students. The decade listings show the selections alphabetically.
- Top Country - The "Top 100 Country" shows the top 100 country songs of all time. There was a PBS special that played all these songs, although I don't rememeber the exact title.
- Top Waltzes - A topic in the Pro Clinic dealt with the most popular waltzes. The results of the recommendations offered by the various performers are summarized in the table presented here.
- Top Christmas - Top 25 most-performed holiday songs based on ASCAP's most recent performance data for the first three years of the 21st century.
Additional "Top Song" Sites:
- PremierDJs -- Top songs listed by group of DJs serving central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. Includes Top 25 Parents Dance Songs, Songs for the Bridal Party Dance, Songs for Your First Dance, Mobile Beat Top 200 For 2000, Top Songs of 2002.
- 4th Estate Audio. Chicago DJs list the top songs in every year from 1938 to the present as well as the Top 200 Most Requested Songs of All Time.
- James Maguire's Top 40/Pop site will keep you informed about today's most popular music. Here you'll find his Top 100 Pop Hits, Top 100 One Hit Wonders, Top 100 Love Songs, Top 100 Dance Pop Hits, and Top 100 Songs (Ever).
- Bradboard. Look here for more top lists: Yearly Charts, This Weeks' Top 40, Top Songs of the 70's, 80's, and 90's, Top Albums, and links to additional Chart lists.
- Rock on the Net. Top 40, Top Songs of 2002, Top Songs of the 80's and 90's, 2004 Grammys, Grammy History, Top Artists of 2002 , Top LPs of All-Time, 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, VH1 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists, VH1 100 Women of R&R , VH1 100 Greatest LPs, VH1 100 Rock Songs, 2003 AMAs, American Music Awards History