The Doors’ The Crystal Ship can be found on the 1967 debut self-titled album, and was the B-side of the number-one hit single Light My Fire. According to Doors drummer John Densmore it was a love song to Jim Morrison’s former girlfriend, Mary Werbelow.
“Rosanna” is a song written by David Paich and performed by the American rock band Toto, the opening track and the first single from their 1982 album Toto IV. This song won the Record of the Year Grammy Award in the 1983 presentations. Rosanna was also nominated for the Song of the Year award.
The song Rosanna peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks, behind two songs, “Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League and “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. It was also one of the band’s most successful singles in the UK, peaking at No. 12 on the UK Singles Chart and remaining on the chart for eight weeks.
The drum pattern is known as a “half-time shuffle”, and shows “definite jazz influence”.Featuring ghost notes and derived from the combination of the Purdie shuffle and the Bo Diddley beat. The Purdie shuffle can be prominently heard on Steely Dan’s track “Home At Last” from Aja, which Jeff Porcaro cited as an influence.
Here’s the song in full:
And here are the isolated tracks:
“Something” is a song by the Beatles, written by George Harrison and released on the band’s 1969 album Abbey Road. It was also issued on a double A-sided single with another track from the album, “Come Together”. “Something” was the first Harrison composition to appear as a Beatles A-side, and the only song written by him to top the US charts before the band’s break-up in April 1970. The single was also one of the first Beatles singles to contain tracks already available on an LP album. Frank Sinatra loved “Something”, calling it “the greatest love song of the past 50 years”
U2 isolated tracks are rare so it’s cool to find this Bono-only live vocal from “Every Breaking Wave” recorded at a live acoustic performance. The song was originally released in 2014 on U2’s Songs of Innocence album.
Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone written by Motown songwriters Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong as a single for Motown act The Undisputed Truth in 1971, is still one of the greatest of all time. Later that year, Whitfield, who also produced the song, took the track and remade it as a 12-minute record for The Temptations. This version of “Papa” was released as a single in early 1972, and peaked at number 63 on the pop charts and number 24 on the R&B charts.
Beginning with an extended instrumental introduction (3:53 in length), each of the song’s three verses is separated by extended musical passages, in which Whitfield brings various instrumental textures in and out of the mix. A solo plucked bass guitar part, backed by hi-hat cymbals drumming, establishes the musical theme, a simple three-note figure; the bass is gradually joined by other instruments, including a blues guitar, wah-wah guitar, Wurlitzer Electric Piano notes, handclaps, horns, and strings; all are tied together by the ever-present bass guitar line and repeating hi-hat rhythm. A very unusual thing about this song is that it uses only one chord throughout the entire song — B-flat minor.
Here is the “ahhs” segment of The Beatles iconic “A Day In The Life” that appeared on their classic 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Produced by George Martin and engineered by Geoff Emerick, there used to be some confusion to who is actually singing here but as told by Emerick in his book Here There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles: “Paul’s vocal was being dropped into the same track that contained John’s lead vocal and there was a very tight drop-out point between the two- between Paul’s ‘went into a dream’ and John’s ‘ahhhh’ that starts the next section.”
When Lukas Graham’s 7 Years hit #1 on the UK Singles Chart, it became the first chart-topper by a Danish act since Aqua’s Turn Back Time in 1998. The music video has received over 230 million views while the lyric video has received over 80 million views as of June 2016. Along with the UK, the song also hit #1 in Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, and Canada.
Steve Miller’s Fly Like an Eagle went to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the week of March 12, 1977, kept from the top spot by “Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)” by Barbra Streisand. The single edit can be found on Greatest Hits (1974–1978). Live and on the radio, it’s usually played in tandem with Space Intro, but the song also segues into Wild Mountain Honey.
Aerosmith’s classic hit “Walk This Way” appeared on the 1975 album Toys in the Attic. Famously remade with Run-DMC in the mid-80s (on which the original guitar riff played by Joe Perry was also heard), the orginal track rose to #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Still don’t believe Ariana Grande is the real deal? Check out the isolated vocals for Focus, the lead single on her 2015 Moonlight album. The track went to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and features a rap part by Jamie Foxx.