People who trot out the old "rock is dead" trope are supremely tiring, but if there's one thing we learned putting together the new issue of Classic Rock together, it's not simply that they're dull, but that they're wrong. So very wrong. Working on this issue was affirmation that the best music made since this Millennium hoved into view is as thrilling, as vivid, and as reassuringly joyous as anything thrown up in by previous eras.
The news was announced by UK music industry licensing company PPL.
Kanye West has also been somewhat productive throughout this period. We tabulated the votes. Our own editorial list might look a little different, but the result is an excellent reflection of an incredible period in music history. You can also read the list in the July issue of Rolling Stone. It was a high point for Coldplay, a grand moment of empathy. After leaving One Direction, Styles shocked the world with his first solo single, a solemn, nearly operatic rock ballad that recalled Queen and David Bowie.
Here, we revisit the ranking's biggest hits of all-time. On Aug. Sixty years later, the chart remains the gold-standard ranking of America's top songs each week.
It was originally recorded by The Righteous Brothers and produced by Spector. The second, third and fourth place songs have all attained more than 7 million airplays. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.