In 2017, we took a journey over the last 50 years, looking at how popular music developed. We featured the songs that made an impact on the culture, or other artists, or were somehow groundbreaking either stylistically or technically.  They weren’t always the most popular song from a given year, but surprisingly more often than not the featured songs did chart relatively high – if only in the US.


Here’s a recap of the five songs from the past fifty years that made the list. But first, we’ve got some fun features planned for 2018 and to make it easier for you to navigate through the KEF Blog we’ve streamlined the categories.


  • KEF News & Events: The latest news on new products, corporate events and other noteworthy items.
  • KEF Products & Technology: Find all of the information on our products and the technology that makes KEF an industry leader.
  • KEF History – On the Leading Edge Since 1961: The history of KEF, its products and some of the amazing technical feats we’ve been involved in.
  • Audio and Home Theater How-To’s and Tips: Articles on how to get the most out of your music or home theater system.
  • The Art and Science of Sound: Articles for music lovers about music, audio technology and the culture of sound.
  • Innovators and Originators: Features on the artists, scientists, and topics that made (or are making) a difference in the art of music and sound.
  • Album & Music Reviews: Best of lists and our Front-to-Back Album Reviews.
  • 50 Years – 5 Songs – 50 Weeks: Our year long (2017) journey through the songs of the past fifty years that brought us to where we are today.


And without further delay, here are the 250 songs that made it into our 50 Years – 5 Songs – 50 Weeks retrospective.  


1967: Ruby Tuesday, Happy Together, Pleasant Valley Sunday, Respect, All You Need Is Love              

1968: Hey Jude, Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay, People Got to Be Free, Love Child, Sunshine of Your Love

1969: Crimson & Clover, Magic Carpet Ride, Pinball Wizard, Touch Me, Gimme Shelter

1970: Close To You, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Let It Be, O-o-h Child, Lookin’ Out My Backdoor

1971: Imagine, I Think I Love You, My Sweet Lord, One Nad Apple, It Don’t Come Easy

1972: Family Affair, Roundabout, American Pie, Popcorn, Rockin’ Robin

1973: Ramblin’ Man, Let’s Get It On, Crocodile Rock, Superfly, Money

1974: Hooked On A Feeling, Waterloo, Sweet Home Alabama, I Got A Name, Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing

1975: Born To Run, Love Hurts, Fame, Jive Talkin’, Rhinestone Cowboy

1976: Play That Funky Music, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover, Silly Love Songs, Bohemian Rhapsody, Show Me the Way

1977: Police & Thieves, Rockaway Beach, Psycho Killer, God Save the Queen, Stayin’ Alive

1978: Margaritaville, Just What I Needed, September, Just the Way You Are, Werewolves of London

1979: Video Killed the Radio Star, Love Will Tear Us Apart, Le Freak, My Sharona, Too Much Heaven

1980: Pop Muzic, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Another Brick In the Wall, Cars, Ride Like the Wind

1981: Elvira, Whip It, Rapture, Celebration, (Just Like) Starting Over

1982: Rock the Casbah, I Love Rock & Roll, Rosanna, 867-5309 (Jenny), I Ran

1983: 99 Luftballons. Every Breath You Take, Sweet Dreams, Let’s Dance, Beat It

1984: Karma Chameleon, You Might Think, Holiday, Do They Know It’s Christmas?, When Doves Cry

1985: Material Girl, Raspberry Beret, Take On Me, Dancing IN the Street, We Are the World

1986: You Can Call Me Al, Walk This Way, That’s What Friends Are For, Sledgehammer, Papa Don’t Preach

1987: Walk Like An Egyptian, I’ve Had the Time Of My Life, Tom’s Diner, Where the Streets Have No Name, I Wanna Dance

1988: Faith, Pour Some Sugar On Me, Don’t Worry Be Happy, Wishing Well, New Sensation

1989: Mr Prerogative, Every Rose Has It’s Thorn, Welcome To the Jungle, Love In An Elevator, Girl You Know It’s True

1990: Right Here Right Now, Opposites Attract, Hold On, Black Velvet, Nothing Compares 2 U

1991: Kiss Them For Me, Good Vibration, Hunger Strike, Alive, Smells Like Teen Spirit

1992: Jump, Tears In Heaven, Black Or White, To Be With You, Acky Breaky Heart   

1993: I Will Always Love You, Jump Around, Runaway Train, River Of Dreams, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

1994: Black Hole Sun, Don’t Turn Around, Baby I Love Your Way, Can You Feel the Love Tonight?, Hero

1995: Creep, Gangsta’s Paradise, I Know, Runaround, Hold My Hand

1996: Macarena, Give Me One Reason, Ironic, Change the World, One of Us

1997: I Believe I Can Fly, Wannabe, If It Makes You Happy, Fly Like An Eagle, I’ll Be Missing You

1998: Tubthumping, You’re Still the One, How Do I Live Without You?, Truly Madly Deeply, My Heart Will Go on

1999: Every Morning, Believe, Baby One More Time, Genie In A Bottle, Jumper

2000: Breathe, Smooth, I Try, Wonderful, Try Again

2001: I’m Like A Bird, Hanging By A Moment, Jaded, Beautiful Day, Independent Women

2002: A Thousand Miles, Complicated, The Middle, Get This Party Started, Where Were You

2003: In Da Club, Five O’clock Somewhere, Landslide, Like A Stone, Crazy In Love

2004: This Love, The Reason, My Immortal, My Boo, First Cut Is the Deepest

2005: Boulevard of Broken Dreams, 1 2 Step, Mr. Brightside, I Don’t Want To Be, Daughters

2006: You’re Beautiful, Hips Don’t Lie, Crazy, Dani California, Who Says You Can’t Go Home Again?

2007: Irreplaceable, Hey There Delilah, How To Save A Life, Rockstar, Fluorescent Adolescence

2008: Rise Above This, It’s Not My Time, No One, No Air, All Summer Long    

2009: Viva La Vida, No Surprise, Chicken Fired, Already Gone, Say Hey (I Love You)

2010: The Cave, Use Somebody, Empire State of Mind, King Of Anything, Teenage Dream

2011:Born This Way, Animal, Party Rock Anthem, Rolling In the Deep, Give Me Everything

2012: Red Solo Cup, Call Me Maybe, Goodbye Kiss, We Found Love, Stars

2013: I Will Wait, Thrift Shop, The Wire, Blurred Lines, Radioactive

2014: Best Day Of My Life, All About That Bass, The Monster, Royals, Happy

2015: Lean On, Uptown Funk, Coming Home, Stitches, Bad Blood

2016: Hotline Bling, Confession, Tennessee Whiskey, Good To Be Alive, Hello