Where do I find a list of the top thousand songs of the 20th century?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by StephenCampbell, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. StephenCampbell macrumors 65816

    Sep 21, 2009
    I've recently begun a restaurant gig which requires that you know basically every song ever written. I need to rapidly build my repertoire as fast as possible. I have the Real Book, and will be getting volume 2 soon, so that covers a lot of the standards, but for pop hits, like Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Elton John, etc, those aren't covered under "Jazz standards," and I basically need to know as many popular songs as possible, from across the spectrum, from Lady Gaga to whatever was being played in the 1910s.

    Is there a way to get a list of something like the top 1000 songs, overall, from the past hundred years? That would be a good place for me to start, I could just learn them at 30 or 40 a month and build a decent repertoire within a couple years.


    Edit: Another way to think of it would be the top 10 songs of each year from 1910 to today... that would be a thousand songs.
  2. imaketouchtheme macrumors 65816

    Dec 5, 2007
  3. FrankieTDouglas macrumors 65816

    Mar 10, 2005
  4. Grey Beard macrumors 65816

    Grey Beard

    Sep 10, 2005
    The Antipodes.
    I suppose that you have tried that Magic Music Machine called Google?
  5. StephenCampbell thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sep 21, 2009
    Well I just spoke with the owner, and he said I don't have to know all the songs. He said it's better to just develop a few sets that I can play really well.

    So nevermind I guess.... :eek:
  6. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    He won't get repeat business that way, if you play well that is.

    You could develop a following, which would benefit you both.

    If you keep it fresh, you better get a bigger tip bowl.

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