100 Favorite Songs

February 19, 1999

In preparation for the new century, we asked readers to look back at the last 100 years and tell us what their favorite songs were. Some newsroom staffers filled in the last few.

The list includes a wide range of styles, including patriotic, religious, romantic, Dixieland, classic rock and country. A few well-known Christmas carols were among our readers' choices, as were some basic feel-good tunes.

Let this compilation, listed in no particular order, take you back or, better yet, throw on an old record or slide an eight-track in the tape deck and feel the beat of a time gone by!

- Meg H. Partington

"One of These Nights"

"Hotel California"

"Waiting for a Girl Like You"

"Nights in White Satin"

"Stairway to Heaven"

"Moonlight Serenade"


"Love Walked In"

"God Bless America"

"The Dance"

"Bye Bye Love"

"Friends in Low Places"

"Hey Jude"

"Morse Code of Love"


"Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody"

"Polka Dots and Moonbeams"


"Harbor Lights"

"South Rampart Street Parade"

"Tuxedo Junction"

"Begin the Beguine"


"In the Mood"

"Last Dance"

"My Way"

"Flashdance: What a Feeling"

"Greatest Love of All"


"End of the Road"


"I Gotta Be Me"

"Candy Man"

"Here and Now"

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

"I Left My Heart in San Francisco"

"White Christmas"

"Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?"

"Always Be With You"

"If You're Not in It for Love"

"It's a Heartache"

"I Will Survive"

"Turn the Beat Around"

"The Way You Look Tonight"


"Endless Love"

"Easter Parade"

"Moon Glow"

"As Time Goes By"

"Why Not Me?"

"Seasons in the Sun"

"Video Killed the Radio Star"

"You Are the Sunshine of My Life"

"That's What Love Is For"

"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"

"One Day at a Time"

"Walk Through This World With Me"


"Old Mountain Dew"

"Here Comes Santa Claus"

"House of the Rising Sun"

"(You're My) Soul and Inspiration"

"My Girl"

"Sentimental Journey"

"May I Have This Dance for the Rest of My Life?"

"Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition"

"You Are My Special Angel"

"It's Only Make Believe"

"Unchained Melody"


"Old Shep"

"Look at Us"


"My Blue Heaven"

"You Are My Sunshine"

"How Great Thou Art"

"I Don't Know About Tomorrow"

"You Can't Always Get What You Want"

"L.A. Woman"

"Celebration Time"


"Piece of My Heart"

"Joy to the World" by Three Dog Night

"Thank God I'm a Country Boy"

"I Walk the Line"

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"

"Ain't Too Proud to Beg"

"Billie Jean"


"Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Little Polka-Dot Bikini"

"American Pie"



"God Bless the USA"

"Take Me Back to Paw Paw"

"Oh What a Night"



"Can't Help Falling in Love"

"Old Man River"

"Summertime" from "Porgy and Bess"

We would like to thank the readers who submitted their favorite songs for publication.

Among them were: Jeff Weaver, Nancy and Erston Newcomer, Tim Siecker, Bob Fulk, H.F. Wiles, Helen Willis, Newton Funkhouser, William C. Nutter, Debbie Frazier, Dolores and Roy Rickerds, Jon and Fonda Gormer, Cy and Missy Kretzer, Katherine Lippy, Donna and Henry DeLauney, Bob Windisch, Brenda K. Burkett and Gloria Stepler.

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