Music can change how we view the world. Certain songs will forever be tied to certain events or seasons during the year. As such, we have outlined just a few hit songs that continue to be played every year.
September by Earth, Wind and Fire
When it comes to funk and catchy lyrics, there aren’t too many songs that beat this one! September was released as a single in 1978 by Earth, Wind and Fire, and still circulates as a popular song on many radio stations today. Every time the calendar refreshes and September rolls around again, you can be sure this song is playing!
All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
Nothing screams seasonal music more than Christmas songs. Mariah Carey released this song way back in 1994. Praised as one of the great modern hits rivalling some of the past classics, every time it’s Christmas again, this song plays on the radio. It’s estimated that just this song alone has received more than $60 million dollars in royalties since 2017.
In 2019, Mariah Carey received a few official world records certified by the Guinness World Records, regarding this hit song: highest charting holiday song by a solo artist and the most streamed track on Spotify in 24 hours.
Last Christmas by Wham!
We don’t want to overload this list with Christmas music, but we couldn’t overlook this song either. Composed by George Michael, the song was written in his childhood bedroom while he was visiting his parents. Since its release in 1984, multiple artists have done their own covers and versions of this song.
Celebration by Kool and the Gang
We all love a good party. This song spurs us into action and focuses our minds on enjoying the good times. Written by Kool and the Gang, this song is played at all sorts of functions such as weddings and sporting events. Basically anywhere someone is celebrated.
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
One of the most dynamic songs ever written, Bohemian Rhapsody is a hit karaoke song. Despite being six minutes long, it isn’t uncommon to find someone who knows all the lyrics. Written by Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody was released in 1975 when Queen was pioneering an interesting shift in their music. The release was timed nicely with their album ‘A Night at the Opera’ helping to explaining their shift in musical style. Queen is often played by chill out radio and soundloud.
The song itself can be split into six main segments: the opening intro with its acapella harmonies, piano ballad, heavy guitar solo, middle opera section, second hard rock section, followed by a closing outro. Despite its musical complexity, the greatest pinnacle of this song is its fantastic lyrics.
Gangnam Style by PSY
This may sound like an odd inclusion, but few songs reached global mass hysteria like Gangnam Style. Years after its release in 2012, the song continues to occasionally resurface. Perhaps its because this song marked the beginning of the K-pop surge.
Back in 2012 when it was released, the song rapidly became the most watched music video being streamed over 3 billion times on YouTube to surpass Baby by Justin Bieber.
Beautiful in White by Westlake
It’s the moment that every girl dreams about. The day that they will eventually dress up in white, walk down the aisle and marry the man of their dreams. We’re speaking about weddings of course.
Written by Irish singer and song writer Shane Filan, Beautiful in White is a popular touching wedding song. Interestingly, the song was originally demo recorded in 2006, before being re-recorded and officially released on the 2017 album ‘Love Always’.