We all know the songs we like, but which ones are true classics?
The good news is there are a lot of them, and they can all be found in a wide variety of genres.
Here’s a look at some of our favourites.
Read moreA few weeks ago, we ranked songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s for their sheer depth of sound and depth of meaning.
This year, we’ve expanded our criteria to include song titles, lyrics and other bits of information that can help define the genre.
While it’s no surprise that some of the best-known songs in the history of Australian music are the classics, we thought we’d give the genre a fair shake as well.
Here, we rank them by their sound, meaning, the emotional impact and impact on the listener.
If you’re still struggling to come up with a song that perfectly encapsulates your own musical identity, we suggest you go to one of the classic music lists on the ABC.
Top 10 songs from our list:1.
The End of the World2.
The Man in the High Castle3.
The Way We Were6.
The Day After7.
The Sound of Silence8.
One More Time9.
You Can’t Save Me10.
The Girl on the TrainThe end of the world was the most-loved song of the 60s.
It was an uplifting and hopeful song that made you want to do the unthinkable.
You’ll remember the lyrics as they’re often quoted by people you know: “I will live to see a day when everything is gone.”
It’s an emotional rollercoaster ride that has you in awe of your own strength and determination.
And you’re sure to be reminded of the words that are said throughout the song.
The End of The World is a song about the end, the beginning and the future, but it’s also about the importance of hope.
It’s an upliftingly upbeat song that tells of how life can change for the better when we look to the future.
Love is a Lonely Hunter3.
Love on the Moon4.
Love and Joy5.
I’m a Fool6.
You’re So Beautiful7.
I Want to Tell My Sister8.
A Walk on the Wild Side9.
It Was Good in the Eighties10.
All the Birds in the Sky You’ve probably heard of the title track from Love Is a Lonelyhunter, a song by singer-songwriter Billy Joel that’s often credited with making him a star in his native New York.
Joel’s lyrics are a bit more laid back, as they often refer to love as a “lonely hunter” rather than a “friend”.
He also references the fact that “it’s not love, it’s a journey”.
The song tells of the journey of someone who wants to be loved and has to face their fears.
“Love is a lonely hunter, love is a walking on the wild side, love in the eighties is love,” Joel said in a 2003 interview with The New York Times.
“You gotta look to yourself to see the love you have for the person you love, but if you see that you’re lonely then you’ve got to find someone else to be that person to you.”
The song also features some pretty dark lyrics, as it tells the story of a man who is forced to take a trip with his wife and three kids on an airplane, but then comes home to find that he’s been shot.
It tells the tale of an old man who had to leave his children behind and return to New York to give them to his son, who is the only person who could be there for them.
Auld Lang Syne4.
You Gotta Hide Your Love Away5.
You Never Can Tell6.
It Won’t Change My Mind7.
You Know the Man8.
You Don’t Have to Be So Sad9.
If You Leave Me Now10.
I’ll Take Care of YouLove is love that we’re all familiar with.
It can be a very complicated, emotional journey that involves a lot more than just the words.
But you have to look to your innermost self for the strength that will allow you to overcome these challenges.
You have to listen to the feelings and emotions of others.
Auld Lang Sylne is an emotional journey, a journey that often starts in the mind, but ends in the body.
It starts with love and it ends with a feeling of deep sadness.
It makes you feel loved, but also like there’s nothing you can do to make them feel better.
It Ain’t Me, It’s You6.
Don’t Stop 7.
The Lonely Hunter8.
Love Is the Answer9.
Don’T Break My Heart10.
You Ain’t Gonna Live Forever