Why not include a best video list per year as well?
What we do
is keep a running tab of the ever-changing "requests".
Songs can come in and out of style. A movie can make an old
song a "hit" again, even a commercial can.
Music videos, once out of the "current" rotation,
just become played in revival type shows on VH1 and whatnot.
The shelf life of a video simply doesn't compare with the
We have no real way of tracking that type of popularity.
Good question though.
I hope I answered it correctly!
|This is the coolest web site I've ever seen
regarding music! I was looking for a specific song (and found
it, thank you very much!!) and I've been on your site for over
an hour, just looking through each category. I've added it to
my "Favorites" and will be using it frequently. The
categories are put together great and there is so much information!!!
Thank you for putting together such a great site for music lovers
like myself!!! I've had a lot of fun and it has brought back
a lot of songs I had forgotten about!! Great job!!!!
You people really need to grow up. Do any of you actually
play an intrument? Seriously, saying Stairway to Heaven is
the worst song of all time doesn't make you smart. It shows
me that you think being "different" and non-conformist
is cool, which it isn't. And don't say, "Oh no, I can't
understand the lyrics to Smells Like Teen Spirit!!!".
Who cares, it's a good song and it's not supposed to make
sense. Rock and roll is about just rocking out and having
a good time, not being an idiot like John Lennon and trying
to "change the world" by getting high on LSD and
writing songs about how we should be communist Athiests. I
know the site owner didn't post those, but put this in your
hate mail section or something for all your idiot VH1-watching
No, I happen not to play an instrument, but several people
on the PCM staff and associates are professional musicians
and singers, not that it would matter to you.
"Non Conformist"? I'm not sure how old you are,
but I've been a conservative questioning authority since 1975.
It started when my panicky HS Physics teacher was warning
us about global cooling (the "ICEHOUSE EFFECT"),
and that we wouldn't be able to see the stars by 1985.
Perhaps I should have conformed and believed the naive doctor.
Stairway to Heaven is not on our official 75 tune worst song
Several (actually, hundreds over the years) people have expressed
that they don't like it via e-mail, and we allowed them to
share their opinions.
With "Teen Spirit", many people said it spoke for
that generation. For them, in spite of what you say, IT DID
MAKE SENSE. Again, we have a pretty open forum.
That whole "free country" expression thing gets
on both closed-minded liberal & conservative people's
nerves. I must be doing something right.
I happen to agree with you about Mr. Lennon. I've never done
LSD and I'm a God-fearing capitalist.
For someone I think I basically agree with, you wrote me a
pretty nasty letter.
Did you wake up on the wrong side of bed today?
The site owners let us publish just about anything we'd like.
Your humorous letter is right here.
PS: I spend about 60 minutes a year watching VH1. Sometimes
it has the only interesting thing on the 175 channels I have
to choose from. Besides, how else would I have found out about
the third member of "Captain & Tenille"?
Unless any of you VERY opinionated folks have ever attempted
to write (or sing) a song for the consumption of anyone but
your children, ease up a bit. A song can be inspired by ANY
subject, monumental or trivial, and if it's heard, someone,
somewhere will probably relate to it. And remember, if you're
talking about it up here, it had a lot of impact at one time,
and it also made lots of money! EL
... Its funny how we have maybe a
dozen pages of "worst" songs sent in by visitors, and hundreds
of "best of" song list pages, yet the "worst of" pages are
90% of our mail! Thanks for writing EL!
Hello, my name is Anita and I am in desperate search of a
song but the problem is that I can only remember a line of
the song which is "when love walks out that door".
I believe that it was either the mid to late 80's or early
90's but can't be sertain. Please help by sending me the name
and artis if available. thanks so much.
Love walking out the door.
That narrows it it about 650,000 songs.
I'll bet you can give me a few more hints.
Was it Rock? Fast? Slow? Country?
A Girl singer? Guy? Whole Band?
Did you see the video?
Messy? Punky? Soulful?
Did you hear it once? Many times? On the Radio?
Only on the local college station?
Hear it in a nightclub?
Dingy bar jukebox?
Phrases we get are usually not quite right, and often the
opposite of what is suggested.
The first "impression" I get is "Love Walks
In" by Van Halen, but I'm not a very good psychic.
Please tell me anything you can recall and I can hopefully
be more help.
Hate to sound CRANKY, but Anita
never got my e-mail response. She didn't accept e-mail, even
from our AOL account (she was also an AOL user) . If you know
her, tell her that we are using her as the "bad example".
PLEASE - If you want us to look up, research and answer
your questions, please be able to recieve a reply!
I need to find a song..don't know the name nor the title,
I do know a few of the key phrases...what I'd like to see
is a complete list of popular songs of the '90's
what the hell ..
why is this so difficult?
lol thanks Sue D. a_skyla
Dear Sue D,
We have ten pages of the most popular (requested) songs of
That's 400 songs listed there.
We aso have dozens more listed on our "90s
Probably 500 songs from the 90s all told.
I'm sorry that you dont know
the name or title of the song you are looking for.
We help hundreds of people every year with that kind of stuff,
We still get complainers.
We even get people who complain, tell us that they know phrases
from the song (but don't share them with us), apparently looking
THEN, they send e-mails with different "return"
e-mails within the text of the letters.
What the heck?
Why do they make it so difficult?
Your site is by far one of the greatest and most valuable music
sites on the
Internet. I want to thank you for all the great info and I really
what you guys are doing.
Keep up the good work!
Sometimes you have to step off the cliff to see if you really
know how to fly. How does one become a butterfly? You must
want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being
I often think that Superman flies
all the time, but he's not really flying free as we would
think of it. Work. Work. Work.
I'll bet he flies when he dreams though. Really Flies.
How about a list of songs with gay themes of the 1980s like
Homosapien by Pete Shelly, Johnny Are You Queer, Karma Chameleon,
Glad to be Gay, Tainted Love
These are just a few that I can think of.
... I never thought of Homosapian
& Tainted Love (A Motown original) as "gay"
songs. I'll have to dust them off & give another listen.
I'd have to think of a clever title, to keep my "all
ages" site for all ages!
Off the top of my head I can think of the following songs...
Kissed A Girl,
People Are People,
A Boy Named Sue (well, sorta),
I Am What I Am,
I Will Survive...
If I do open a GAY section, I guess I'll also have to include
a whole file on Queen, Liza Minelli, Diana Ross, Cher and
Judy Garland, not to mention all those show tunes.
Then again, if I lean a little on the humorous side, that
would probably offend some super straight religious zealot
or a flamingly gay person.
Then I'd end up on CNN and Jerry Springer, and get totally
spammed, and sued.
But, I'll think about it! - Music Guy
I have a little suggestion...
If you haven't realized, pop music isn't really "in"
anymore....so instead of focusing on music most everyone wants
to shut their ears too, why not change with the times and
focus on people like:
smile empty soul, cold, the ataris, the alkaline trio, godsmack,
linkin park, the starting line, default, disturbed, green
day and many others that are actual "bands" with
real music people can relate too...now I know that a lot of
people do like this and your website is on worst songs, but
basically, everyone is repeating themselves on these lists....maybe
its time for a change.
Thank you for your thoughtful letter.
While I agree with you in preferring bands and artists who
write, produce and record their own words and music, the reality
is that Madonna, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Nelly and Puff Daddy
make the magazine headlines and front covers.
The same is true for CD sales. Yeah, Green Day had a hit album
a few years back, and Linkin Park refreshed the teen-rock
Four years ago.
Britney, Christina and Justin outsell them all, and get more
By definition, they rule pop culture, on the music side.
Nice people like yourself account for about 10% of the letters
Most of it is about the people I mentioned above. Most of
it positive, but a good chunk negative.
Looking at history, I can't discount the negative. Many people
hated Elvis when he was new. Same with the Beatles, Led Zep,
the Who, Nirvana, Run DMC, and Aerosmith (Rolling Stones wannabe's)
Even Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller and Eminem today.
Myself? I find I like (In no
particular order) Dido, Pink,Franz Ferdinand, the Killers
I miss Sublime.
Back when I was younger, it was the Kinks, Neil Young (the
Godfather of Grunge), the Clash (The foster dads of Punk),
Devo (the band that invented alternative), and REM (before
lead singer Michael Stipe became an artiste).
Believe it or not, I like some old "cowboy tunes"
- IT'S NOT COUNTRY! - by Marty Robbins and Folk stuff by the
And there is, of course, some of those early 80s, late 70s
import CDs. I just got by band like the SpizzEnergi, the Fools,
"M", the Flying Lizards, the Normal and Fischer-Z.
I'd like to get some Philly New Wave band like Robert Hazard,
Beru Revue and the "A's" on CD as well.
I think you're at a point in your life where you've found
the bands that are singing directly to you at this moment.
That is a good thing, and will, in all likelihood, change
That's a good thing too. At some point, today will become
the past, and you don't want to be stuck there.
Thanks for writing!
I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful site you have
created. It is amazing. I was trying to find songs from the
year my step mother and my father were born to make them a
cd for their birthdays and was having a horrid time. Then
I found your site. It is incredible. The work that went into
this must have taken ages. Thank you so much for sharing this
with the world. I am going to put a link on my websites to
this site if it is ok with you. I know that alot of my online
and offline friends will find this an invaluable cedar chest
Thanks again and waiting for your answer as to whether to
link to here or not.
Love this place and I will be back again and again, for sure.
"Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll
be criticized anyway."
NEW RULE: Anybody
with an all ages site can link with us! If you let us know,
and send us a link, we may, just maybe, link back!
Hello Music Guy,
I'm having a 50th anniversary party for my parents, and am
trying to find music from 1953 which I can play during the
party. Do you have any suggestions as to where I can find
ANOTHER CRANKY MOMENT - Gee,we'd
love to help you Nancy, but after compiling a list & links
to 10 different CD's we thought would help, it turns out you
are "not accepting mail" from us, even via our AOL
It wasn't really wasting my time though, it just delayed my
trip to the park, poisoning the pidgeons.
If anyone else has questions, we're more than happy to help.
But, PLEASE, be able to accept our e-mailed answers!
Also, we'd like to point out that nearly every page has suggested
CD's for that particular year or genre.
|LOL, dont know which is funniest.....the
songs you have listed or your comments about them. Falling apart
laffing here..........keep it up!!!!!!!!!! - JustMeUK2001
|What an amazing site. I don't know where
you guys got all this stuff from, but it's priceless for working
Keep up the great work! -Hitman
|Not for anything, but Stairway To Heaven
changed the face of music as we know it. It contains one of
the most prolific guitar solos in recorded history, and shaped
the mold which turned out some of the greatest guitarists of
all time. I'm not even a big Zep fan. Just intelligent. In a
world where all the young vocalists sound like Cookie Monster
with a cattle prod up his ass, its is sad that there are people
so ignorant about where things come from.
Okay, I heard the last fifteen seconds this song on the radio
today that I recognized, but haven't heard for about five
years. I tried to call the radio station, but the line was
busy all freakin day. I guess radio isn't what it used to
be. The lyrics go something like "I was meant for you
and you were meant for me" My guess would be Jewel, but
the voice seems a lot higher pitched. Jewel has more of a
gutteral thing going on in her voice; in this song, the female
sounds very shrill, for lack of a better word.
- Zee (EGRE CAN SPELL)
It was Jewel.
Her first album was much softer than she sounds today.
|Thanks Music Dude,
There is nothing better than a site that takes email AND gets
back to you blazing fast! You are THE music expert, and the
world needs more people who know what they are talking about.
You have a great site, and everything seems to be spelled correctly.
I should know, I am the guy who is proof reading the Internet,
one webpage at a time! :-)
- Zee (EGRE CAN SPELL)
Those speeling eerors are tough!
Thanks fer keeping an eye out, Zee!
|Just wanted to let you know what a wonderful
site you have. After searching for over 2 hours for a list of
top hits, it was the most helpful that I found. Keep up the
- Michelle in Alabama
I was searching for Seasons in the Sun lyrics on google.com
since I find it really funny although it's supposed to be sad
and found your site. It's very funny!! And even a Brazilian
with a ridiculous fake name in English (Morris Albert) who gave
up being a teacher in Brazil to become a 'singer' is part of
the worst songs list. Wow, I feel proud! hehe
I'd like to know where you got your information that you
list on your site. Just to list some of the best songs of
all time as the worst songs is irresponsible. And the information
you give about some of those songs is blatantly wrong! For
an example, you list that "I've never been to me was
written by Kirsch and Miller. This is more wrong than I care
to think! My best friend "Jeniece" wrote the song
with input from Mary MacGregor! Besides, why would two men
write such a song? Have you even listened to the words? As
far as I'm concerned your site is completly invalidated by
this and other errors listed.
I'm sorry that you feel that the opinions of thousands of
people being expressed is being irresponsible.
Our main lists (1920 through today) consist of the most requested
songs of all time.
Many bands, dee-jays, and people looking for songs from those
eras find them useful.
We have about 250 pages listed of "good" and/or
All suggested by visitors.
The dozen or so pages listed as "worst" songs have
almost entirely been written in by visitors from the site,
although I have listed half a dozen of my personal non-favorites.
Thousands of suggestions, from millions of visitors.
Some people, unfamiliar with the songs, may find it helpful
to know that thousands of people spent the time writing in
and voting for songs that they didn't like.
The consensus is, many of these songs would have been forgotten.
Benny Mardones, Charlene, and Richard Harris are the best
selling CD's off our pages.
All are on the "worst" list....
... There is a saying in show business.
"There is no such thing as bad publicity".
As for "Never Been To Me", the names "Kirsch
& Miller" are the ones I've seen credited for writing
They get the royalties. On the actual record, and on copywrite
notices, and according to Billboard magazine, Ken Hirsch and
Ron Miller wrote the song.
If your friend and Mary wrote it, they should get a good lawyer
and sue those other guys for the royalties, not to mention
the writing credit!
The perfectly lovely singer, Charlene, has visited our site.
She had nothing bad to say, and was happy the song was remembered.
She didn't correct us on the writers either.
I have listened to the song, MULTIPLE times while transcribing
it, not to mention hearing it every 15 minutes for most of
I was surprised two guys wrote it too.
On a side note, there is a group called the Waitresses. All
girl songs, written from a girl's perspective, YET ALL WRITTEN
BY A GUY!
Who would have thought it possible?
While I'm aware that some speeling erroes exist on Pop Culture
Madness, I'm not sure what other "errors" you are
We try very hard to be factually correct.
We appreciate any real errors being brought to our attention!
Thanks for writing,
I think you should take the "God Bless The USA"
off of that list. That's horrible how you can put that on
"The worst songs of all time" some American you
It's not on the official list.
it's someone's (actually many people's) opinion.
Somebody didn't like the song.
As a matter of fact, dozens of people suggested the song.
I ignored the first few requests, when I had a lot, I figured
they had a right to say so.
Freedom of speech is a pretty cool thing.
I'm not shutting people down just because I don't agree with
That's what kind of American I am.