In our brief departure from our imaginary musical tour around the world, let’s not forget that music does make the world go‘round. There are a number of songs that have stood the test of time and are still popular today as they were when they first hit the airwaves. Here are a few of those timeless tunes. How many do you recall?
1. Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and the Comets became a classic rock ‘n roll hit.
2. Summertime from the musical, Porgy and Bess, has been sung by many vocalists, but the duet by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong is really good.
3. Time in a Bottle was made famous by Jim Croce in 1973.
4. For the Good Times – sung by Ray Price – is still a beautiful song today and has been recorded by singers such as Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
5. Bob Dylan’s Times They are a-Changin’ was written in 1964 as a protest song.
6. By the Time I Get to Phoenix by Glen Campbell is a country favorite.
7. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? appeared on the 1969 debut album of a band called “Chicago.”
8. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, sung by Roberta Flack, is often still played at weddings.
9. Who can forget the song from the film Dirty Dancing called Time of My Life?
10. Bing Crosby made this tune a hit – It’s Been a Long, Long Time.
11. Do you remember Tony Orlando and Dawn and their hit, Knock Three Times?
12. How about One Moment in Time? This tune was written for the 1988 Summer Olympic Games held in Seoul, South Korea. Whitney Houston was the first person to sing the song when she performed it live at the opening ceremonies.
13. Twilight Time was a sensational hit by The Platters and first performed by them in 1958 on the Ed Sullivan Show.
14. And, let’s not forget the phenomenal Mr. Louis Armstrong’s When it’s Sleepy Time Down South, a song first written for a 1930’s musical, Under the Virginia Moon. The play closed soon after opening, but the song endured.
15. Last but not least, the theme song from Casablanca, As Time Goes By, is one of the most recognizable tunes ever written.
How many other songs can you think of that have withstood the test of time?
By Diana Blidy