Music plays a powerful role in our lives. In the last decade alone, music has become even more important than ever before. Nowadays, whether you are an online gambler or a freelancer, every individual has his or her taste in music. Everybody listens to some kind of music, whether he/she likes listening to classical, hip hop, rock, or pop. Below is a list of the most popular Blues songs of all time.
All Shook Up (Elvis Presley).
This song was written by Elvis Presley and first recorded on January 31st, 1960 in RCA Studios for “Don’t Be Cruel” which was released in June of the same year. The song became a worldwide hit and now ranks as one of the best-selling singles of the 20th century with over 300 million sold copies worldwide.
Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby (Buddy Holly & The Crickets)
Buddy Holly wrote this song while at Decca studios in London in 1960. Soon after that, it was released as a single. It reached number two on Billboard Hot 100 chart, staying there for 12 weeks in total. This is probably one of the most well-known blues songs because of its unique sound.
Bad Moon Rising (Jimi Hendrix).
Jimi Hendrix wrote and performed this song in 1967. He originally released the song with a different title – “Gypsy Eyes”. Later on in 1970, when he released the song under the name of “Bad Moon Rising”, it went straight to number 1. “Bad Moon Rising was not only his biggest hit but also gained him international fame.
Big Boss Man (Eddie Floyd).
Eddie Floyd wrote the lyrics to this song while he was working as a janitor at Chess Records in Chicago. While no credit is given, the writer is believed to be Floyd himself. Despite many people believing that the song was about Chess Records boss Leonard Chess, he died from cancer in 1971, three years before “Big Boss Man” was recorded and released. The song was released as the B side of “Knock On Wood”, which peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Blowin’ My Mind (The Beatles).
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, this song is considered to be one of the greatest rock songs of all time. It was first released on the “Rubber Soul” album which was released in December 1965. Since then, it has been covered by many other artists such as Bill Withers, Michael Jackson, Tom Petty, and the Heartbreakers. One interesting fact is that George Harrison played slide guitar on the recording.
Born To Lose (Johnny Cash).
Johnny Cash wrote this song while being imprisoned in San Quentin State Prison in California where he served as warden for five years until he was paroled. He released the song as a single in 1969. “Born To Lose” quickly rose to the charts and stayed there for 8 non-consecutive weeks. The song eventually climbed to number 2 on the Billboard Top Tracks.
Bye-Bye Love (Dionne Warwick).
Dionne Warwick didn’t write this song herself; she just sang it. However, she received an award for writing the song. She wrote the song after watching a movie called “Bye Bye Birdie”. In the film, a character named Conrad Birdie sings this song. When he finishes singing, he leaves the stage and the audience gives the singer a standing ovation. Even though the movie wasn’t based on any real person or event, the character of Conrad Birdie had become so popular that Warner Bros. decided to make a Broadway musical out of it titled “Bye Bye Love”. Dionne Warwick got her part of the royalties from the show.
Burnin’ Up (Aretha Franklin)
Aretha Franklin was once asked who influenced her music style, to which she replied: “My mother! I think my father too.” But these weren’t influences on her career, they were just some friends who used to play around their house when she was growing up. Another friend of hers was the piano player Clarence Carter, who inspired her to start learning how to play piano. Once she learned how to play the keyboard, she taught herself how to sing and record. At the age of six, she made her first recording.
Chained Me With A Memory (Kenny Rogers)
Kenny Rogers wrote this song while he was serving in Vietnam in 1968. As soon as he came back home, he started performing the song whenever he would perform live. He even included the song in the setlist of his concerts. It was Kenny Rogers who suggested using the spelling Chained over Chain. This song is also known under its original title I Can’t Stop Loving You.