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Sometimes you like a song at first, but the more you hear it, the less you can tolerate it. The great ones are different. They express the thoughts…preserve the moments…and capture the imagination. Winner: “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Loser: “MacArthur Park.”

Song: "What’s Going On"

Posted by on Feb 17, 2011 in Songs | Comments Off on Song: "What’s Going On"

  When we listen to the early Motown songs released by Marvin Gaye and his duets with Tammi Terrell, we hear a pop singer at the top...

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Song: "God Only Knows"

Posted by on Jan 28, 2011 in Songs | Comments Off on Song: "God Only Knows"

  The Beach Boys changed with the times during the sixties — or maybe, they made the times change. Known originally for surfing...

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Song: "I Will Always Love You"

Posted by on Jan 13, 2011 in Songs | 2 comments

Most of us associate this song with Whitney Houston, which is only natural: Her version is one of only a handful of singles that have sold...

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Song: "White Christmas"

Posted by on Dec 20, 2010 in Holiday, Songs | 1 comment

My favorite Christmas album in my childhood was Bing Crosby’s Merry Christmas, which was released as an LP in 1949 and has never...

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Song: "Rock Around the Clock"

Posted by on Nov 30, 2010 in Songs | 1 comment

  Here are two minutes and eight seconds that forever changed the music world. It’s sometimes said that “Rock Around the...

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Song: "I Walk the Line"

Posted by on Nov 13, 2010 in Songs | Comments Off on Song: "I Walk the Line"

  Seems like you can almost hear a train in the rhythm of many of Johnny Cash’s songs. That distinctive sound is one of the...

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Album: "Thriller"

Posted by on Oct 31, 2010 in Holiday, Music, Songs | 1 comment

  Remember music videos? Okay, music videos are still being made, so let me put it another way: Remember when music videos mattered?...

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Song: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"

Posted by on Oct 26, 2010 in Songs | 1 comment

  This is a testament to what inclusion in a movie can do for a song. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” was written...

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Album: Tapestry

Posted by on Oct 23, 2010 in Music, Songs | Comments Off on Album: Tapestry

  Carole King isn’t one of the great singers of our times. Nor is she one of the great entertainers. But she is one of the great...

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Song: "El Paso"

Posted by on Oct 9, 2010 in Songs | Comments Off on Song: "El Paso"

  American music used to include a genre called “Country and Western.” Maybe you’ve heard of it. Somewhere in the...

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