If you do a little hunting, you'll find there are a number of sites on the internet that provide a list of "Top Songs." In this section, we show you several of these top song lists. If you are preparing a performance for a particular age group, you may want to check out what songs were popular for that group's younger years. The various lists are accessed via the navigation bar shown on the left. Some of the links there will open up to show individual links for different time spans. Below is a brief description of the major parts of this Top Songs section.

Top Singles

Another definition of "Top" shows the top singles during a time period. The top 25 or so singles for the decade are shown in the links listed under "Top Singles."

Top Century

In a "Songs of the Century" project sponsored by RIAA and NEA, music lovers across the country were asked to select the key songs of the century, keeping in mind the historical significance of not only the song, but also of the record and artist. The hundreds of voters came fsrom all walks of life including local, state and federal elected officials, the music industry, teachers, members of the media and students. The decade listings show the selections alphabetically.

Top Country

The "Top 100 Country" shows the top 100 country songs of all time. There was a PBS special that played all these songs, although I don't rememeber the exact title.

Top Rock

The "The 100 Greatest Rock Songs" shows the top 100 rock songs of all time. This list, compiled by VH1, was completed in 2000.

Top Waltzes

A topic in the Pro Clinic dealt with the most popular waltzes. The results of the recommendations offered by the various performers are summarized in the table presented here.

Top Christmas

Top 25 most-performed holiday songs based on ASCAP's most recent performance data for the first three years of the 21st century.

PSR Performer's 121 Top Songs

Here is a list unique to the PSR Tutorial. Since 2002, our "PSR Performers" have been recording songs on their Yamaha Arranger Keyboards, from the Tyros1 to the Genos, from the PSR-2000 to the PSR-SX900. These are the songs that our "performers" chose to learn, perform, and share with others on the PSR Tutorial. We have nearly 7,500 MP3 songs in our library. The vast majority represent one song submitted by one performer. However, there are some songs that were sent in my several performers. I thought I would review our song listings to see what songs were popular and were sent in by the largest number of performers.

Num Song
18 Crazy
16 Misty
16 My Way
15 Besame Mucho
14 Girl From Ipanema
14 Over The Rainbow
14 Stardust
13 Blue Moon
12 Always on My Mind
12 Autumn Leaves
12 More
12 Strangers In The Night
11 All of Me
11 Amazing Grace
11 As Time Goes By
11 Dream
11 Georgia On My Mind
11 Mona Lisa
11 Moonlight Serenade
11 Spanish Eyes
11 What A Wonderful World
10 End of the World
10 Have I Told You Lately
10 Moonglow

The table shown here lists the top 24 songs as measured by the number of times they were performed and added to our library. The song performed most frequently by the PSR Performers was Patsy Cline's "Crazy". 18 performers recorded that song. "Misty" and "My Way" were next recorded by 16 performers.

The list can extend to the top 40 songs by simply adding those songs recorded by 9 performers. These are listed below with songs sorted by song title. Also listed are the songs recorded 8 times, those recorded 7 times, and those recorded 6 times. That gets us to the "top" 121 songs. That's probably enough to give you a good sense of what songs have been popular for PSR Performers in the last two decades.

16 Songs recorded 9 times: Amapola, Beauty and the Beast, Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain, Bye Bye Love, Call Me, Can't Help Falling In Love, Danny Boy, Day in the Life of a Fool, Heartaches by the Number, I Fall To Pieces, Let It Be Me, Memories, Nearness Of You, Tuxedo Junction, Unforgettable, Your Cheatin' Heart.

11 Songs recorded 8 times: Beer Barrel Polka, Begin The Beguine, Country Roads, Fly Me to the Moon, Moon River, Shadow of Your Smile, South Of The Border, Summertime, These Foolish Things, Try A Little Tenderness, Wind Beneath My Wings.

31 Songs recorded 7 times: All I Ask of You, America The Beautiful, Blue Bayou, Blue Hawaii, Blueberry Hill, Deep Purple, Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue, From A Jack to a King, Green Green Grass Of Home, He'll Have to Go, Hello Dolly, How Deep Is Your Love, I Have A Dream, I Only Have Eyes For You, In The Mood, It Had To Be You, La Paloma, Let It Be, My Happiness, On The Sunny Side Of The Street, Pennies From Heaven, Red River Valley, Red Roses For A Blue Lady, Rose, Somewhere My Love, Sweet Georgia Brown, That's Amore, Top Of The World, When You Wish Upon A Star, The Wonder Of You, You Belong To Me.

39 Songs recorded 6 times: After the Lovin', All the The Things You Are, Always, Annie's Song, Are You Lonesome Tonight, Arrivederci Roma, At Last, Born Free, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, The Chipmonk Song, Conquest of Paradise, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, For Once in My Life, For the Good Times, God Blesss America, Hey, I Will Wait for You, If, It's Too Late, Jambalaya, Just The Way You Are, Killing Me Softly, Love Letters In The Sand, Meditation, Night And Day, On The Street Where You Live, Only You, Perfidia, Pie Jesu, Rhythm Of The Rain, September In The Rain, Tea For Two, That's All, Till There Was You, Tonight, Way You Look Tonight, Welcome to My World, Yesterday, You'll Never Walk Alone



This page updated on January 27, 2023 .