Madonna “Holiday”

Receiving highly positive reviews from critics, the song became Madonna’s first mainstream hit single in the United States, peaking at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Dance Club Songs chart. It also became her first top-ten single in several countries, including Australia, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Madonna has performed “Holiday” on most of her tours and it is generally included as a part of the encore. Different performances of the song are included in the recorded releases of her tours. “Holiday” has been covered by several artists and appeared in multiple television shows. In 2003, Q Magazine ranked “Holiday” at number 88 in their list of the “1001 Best Songs Ever”. Wiki

BELIEVE | Elton John

Believe” was a chart success. It reached number one in Iceland, Italy and Canada, becoming John’s eighteenth number-one single in the latter country (see Elton John singles discography). In the United States, “Believe” became John’s fifteenth number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart[1] and peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100; it gave him his third straight top-twenty single in the US. In Europe, it was a top-twenty hit in France, Poland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the Wallonia region of Belgium.

The music video for the song was entirely in black-and-white and shot in London, featuring shots of the title screen in the beginning and end of the video. Wiki

Harry Nilsson Without You 1972 HD

The Badfinger original wasn’t released as a single, so most people weren’t familiar with it. Nilsson’s version, laced with lush orchestration, became a huge hit, climbing to #1 US in February 1972 and staying for four weeks. Nilsson was known as a songwriter and wrote most of the songs he recorded, but two of his biggest hits were covers: “Without You” and “Everybody’s Talkin’.”

“Without You” is not the kind of song Nilsson, who died in 1994, would have written. His compositions were far more acerbic, and he took pains to avoid the topic of love (or lack of it).

Nilsson first came across this song at a Laurel Canyon party in 1971 and thought it was a Beatles song. Badfinger was signed to Apple Records, The Beatles’ label, and their version of “Without You” was produced by Beatles associates Geoff Emerick and Mal Evans.

Nilsson also had a Beatles connection: John Lennon helped launch his career when he referred to Harry as his “favorite American group.” He and Lennon enjoyed a destructive time together from 1973-1975 that became known as the “lost weekend.”

Nilsson’s version added an orchestra and gave the song a dramatic production. When Nilsson recorded it, he initially played the song slow and dark, accompanied only by piano.

Producer Richard Perry recalled to Mojo magazine April 2008 that he had to persuade an unwilling Nilsson to record it as a big ballad: “I had to force him to take a shot with the rhythm section. Even while we were doing it, he’d be saying to the musicians, ‘This song’s awful.'” Songfacts.com

Natalie Merchant – Carnival (Live)

“Carnival” is a 1995 song written and produced by singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant and was the lead single from her debut solo album Tigerlily. In the lyrics, the protagonist compares the many colorful sights and sounds of day-to-day life in New York Cityto a carnival. Merchant was inspired to write the song after visiting the city for the first time when she was 16, claiming she was fascinated with the residents’ unusual lifestyles, as she has grown up in the country.

The single was released to US radio in summer 1995 and reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Merchant’s highest-charting solo single in the US. It is also her most successful hit in Australia, peaking at number 24 on the ARIA Singles Chart, and her third-most successful song in Canada (after “Wonder” and “Jealousy”), where it reached number 17. The single received a radio edit cutting the song down from the six-minute LP version. The video for the song, directed by Melodie McDaniel,[citation needed] shows scenes of Merchant walking the streets of New York City taking street photographs with a Leica M3.

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Don Henley The End Of The Innocence

The End Of The Innocence by Don Henley was a hit and the album is his best selling album, selling over 6 million copies in the United States alone, peaking at No. 8. The album featured three Top 40 singles “The End of the Innocence”, “The Heart of the Matter”, and “The Last Worthless Evening”. Those singles reached No. 8, No. 21, and No. 21 respectively. The album also featured “New York Minute” which reached No. 48 on the charts and was recorded by Henley and the Eagles for their live album Hell Freezes Over in 1994. Henley won another Grammy and an MTV Video Music Award nomination for the title track. In 2012, the album was ranked at number 389 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The song “I Will Not Go Quietly” features Guns N’ Roses vocalist Axl Rose in the background, who at the time was also a member of the same label. Wiki