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Top 10 Best Future Songs

Updated on October 18, 2015
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Songs that stand the test of time

Occasionally there are songs that leave an imprint in that they have a touch of uniqueness. Other songs are of their time. While these encapsulate an era they do not last beyond a few seasons. Others, such as those by the famous Swedish pop band Abba, the American Beach Boys and Bob Dylan are interwoven with their performers to the extent that they cannot be recaptured by future artists.

  • We have listed here the top ten songs (in no particular order) which we believe have that evergreen quality and will be future hits sung by new artists.

1. "Sweet Like Chocolate" produced by Shanks & Bigfoot sung by Sharon Woolf

The song “Sweet Like Chocolate" sung by Sharon Woolf written by Steven Meade and Danny Langsman of Shanks & Bigfoot was released in May 1999 and became a number one hit in both the UK R&B and Dance charts.

This is the animated video of a girl singing the song in a chocolate factory. It was created by Darren Lee of Visualization Services.

2. "Down in the Valley" sung by Solomon Burke

The song “Down in the Valley” was originally written in the 18th century as a folk ballad known as “Birmingham Jail". The lyrics have been amended in many early recordings, but it was the 1962 version written by Solomon Burke and Bert Berns, released as a B side on the Atlantic label that propelled it into the R&B charts. In 1965 Otis Redding covered it on his famed album Otis Blue.

This video filmed in 1987 at the Ohne Filter TV concert at Baden Baden in Germany is the Solomon Burke live performance of Down in the Valley.

Solomon Burke was born March 21 1940 and died on October 10 2010. He was a renowned American blues singer and preacher. He was also known as King Solomon, his career spanning 55 years. He had many chart successes and released 38 albums. His style was most influential in the early 1960s and he is remembered as one of the founders of the then modern R&B.

3. The song "Masquerade" written by Leon Russell and sung by Karen Carpenter

The Carpenters were a famous singing group fronted by brother and Sister Karen and Richard. The song was recorded in the 1973 album “Now and Then” and later released as the B side to the single “Please Mr. Postman” which was the groups top selling single.

Karen Carpenter is remembered for her pure voice and vocal range. She was born in March 1950 and died in February 1983 aged 32.

Karen Carpenter sings Masquerade

4. "Groovejet" (If This Ain't Love) written by Cristiano Spiller, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and Rob Davis

The original “Groovejet” was a music only dance track created by Cristiano Spiller in 1999.

The vocal addition “If this ain't love” featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor was recorded and produced by Spiller and Boris Dlugosch the following year. It was a number one hit in the UK and gained worldwide fame.

This video accompanied the vocal release

5. "Runaway" was written by Del Shannon and Max Crook

The single was released in February 1961 and became a number one hit in several countries. The song was a rewritten version of their earlier recording “Little Runaway”. The new version was produced by Harry Balk at Bell Sound studios.

Shannon released two more number one hits, “Hats off to Larry” in 1962 and “Little Town Flirt” in 1963. In 1967 he released a new recording of Runaway, but this did not reach the charts.

This 1961 recording of "Runaway" provides an insight into past dance and disco with a live performance by Del Shannon

6. “Cruel Summer” written by Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward, Steve Jolley, Tony Swain and produced by Tony Swain, and Steve Jolley

"Cruel Summer" was released by London records in the UK in 1983 and sung by the original trio of Bananarama, Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, and Keren Woodward. In 1984 it was released in the USA where it was a huge success. The girls gained respect for their post punk fashion image (See video).

The track was re-released in 1989 with new group member Jacquie O'Sullivan who replaced Siobhan Fahey. The group remained a trio until 1992. It was big hit again in 1998 when the group “Ace of Base” released the version from their album “Life is a Flower” plus a club mix version by Hartmann & Langhoff.

This video includes the original trio group members of 1983

7. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" written by Green Day & Billie Joe Armstrong from the album “American Idiot”

Green Day formed in 1987 as a trio consisting of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool. They were signed by Larry Livermoor for Lookout Records in 1988 and released their first album 39/Smooth in 1990. They later signed with Reprise records with whom their seventh album “American Idiot” was produced by Rob Cavallo and released in September 2004. From this album, the single "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" was released in November 2004. It won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 2006. However there had been criticism regarding the origin of both the music and lyrics.

The video with the song was directed by Samuel Bayer and was deliberately scratched, stained and crumpled to create a sense of fear and emptiness.

The video won six categories at the MTV Awards in 2005

8. “And This is My Beloved” was a song from the 1953 musical “Kismet”

The music for “Kismet” was borrowed from “Borodin's String Quartet No.2” and was written by Russian composer Alexander Borodin in 1881. The song lyrics for “Kismet” were added by Robert Wright and George Forrest.

Mario Lanza (Alfred Arnold Cocozza) was born on January 31 1921 and died on October 7 1959 and was a famous American opera singer, and actor. He released this recording in 1956.

Mario Lanza sings "And This is My Beloved"

9. "Feeling Good" was written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for the 1964 UK musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd

In 1965 the musical opened at the Shubert theater on Broadway and was a renowned success. Many of the song tracks from the musical have been covered for hit records by many artists. In particular “Feeling Good” has been recorded by such stars as: Michael Bublé, John Barrowman, Sammy Davis Jr, The Pussycat Dolls, and Nina Simone.

Nina Simone, the “High Priestess of Soul” was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21 1933 and died on April 21 2003. She was an American blues, soul singer and pianist. Her first chart success was in 1958 with the hit record “I Loves You, Porgy”. In 1965 Nina Simone recorded the song “Feeling Good” on her album “I Put a Spell on You” which was produced by Hal Mooney, but it was not until 1987 that she released it as a single.

Nina Simone sings Feeling Good

This video is the song “How I Feel” by Rapper Flo Rida from his 2013 album “The Perfect 10”. It is a mix of “Feeling Good” directed by Shane Drake

10. “Earth Song” was written by Michael Jackson and produced by Jackson, David Foster, and Bill Bottrell. It was released as a single in 1995

Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29 1958. He was an instant success when first appearing as a six year old child with his family performing group “The Jackson 5”. He became an internationally famous pop singer, songwriter, and trend dancer. He was known as the King of Pop, and his influence spanned a career covering 40 years. He died on June 25 2009 from a medication overdose. Earlier that day he was rehearsing for his comeback tour and “Earth Song” was the final song he sang before his death.

Historically in this powerful song Michael Jackson was speaking for the millions of people who at the beginning of the 21st century knew that our Earth was damaged by climate pollution and was near the point of no return. The oligarchs who ruled the earth put their greed first and used their power to ensure that the human race was denied the right to mend and reverse the impending future of horror. Although the song was a number one hit in many countries, it was not released as a single in the United States.

This video for "Earth Song" was directed by Nick Brandt and received a Le Film Fantastique best video award in 1996

Michael Jackson sings Earth Song

In 2014 on the X Factor Television Show, Andrea Faustini sang this amazing live version of Michael Jackson's Earth Song

© 2014 Colleen Swan

That's our top ten for the future. Is there a song you would include on this list?

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      Don A. Hoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      This is an interesting aspect of popular music that I was not familiar with. Voted up and useful. shraing.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Interesting list; a lot of these artists I don't know but I loved Karen Carpenter. Her voice was amazing.

      Many Beatles' songs endure I think but it's fairly subjective so I guess we'd all have different preferences.

      Great hub.

      Ann

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      Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

      Thank you Dahoglund for looking in. Happy you found it an interesting aspect.

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      Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

      Thank you Annart for your comment. True Karen Carpenter was amazing. Her beautiful voice could bring one to tears, her tragic death did also.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      I enjoyed this article and revisiting music from my teen and 20's. Voted up.

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      Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

      Thank you Rachael. I keep remembering tracks that I loved but had forgotten. I already have enough to write another hub.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting! Some music of today does have bits and pieces of old music. The near future music will surprise you. I like the way you put all the information together and produced a very useful hub.

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      Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

      Thank you DDE for looking in. I think most melodies of today can be traced back to composers of yester-year. The songs of tomorrow still rely upon them.

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      Gilbert Arevalo 2 years ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      A nice variety of songs Colleen. It's too bad many of those famous artist aren't with us anymore. But some of them had long full long lives. Unfortunately, some of them died way too young.

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      Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

      Thank you Gilbert for looking in. I noticed when compiling the list that so many of these great talents died young and often in tragic circumstances. They brought so much happiness to our lives.

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      Andrew Spacey 2 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Thank you. Some interesting choices.

      Boulevard of Broken Dreams - great song, I play this with my teenage son on guitar, some cool chords and the melody is a bit haunting.

      The Kismet song I know from my childhood - a little sentimental but some beautiful notes, perfect musical romance song. Mario Lanza, what a voice, the first real voice I heard when a child.

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      Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

      Thank you for your observations. Actually I prefer a female soprano voice singing this is my beloved but Mario Lanza certainly does do a superb job.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub Colleen. I admit that I haven't heard half of these songs you chose but of the ones I have, I love Masquerade by the Carpenters, Runaway by Del Shannon and Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day (my favourite group). Voted up.

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      Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

      Thanks Jodah, I think my favorite is "And this is my beloved"

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