Here Are The 20 Songs That Represent The Millennial Generation
1. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Billie Jean is Michael Jackson’s one of the most famous songs but it was nearly scrapped off from the album by the co-producer. However, Jackson recorded it anyway and later it made history. It won two Grammy Awards, one American Music Award, and many other awards.
2. Centerfold – The J. Geils Band
This song was released in 1981 by the J. Geils Band. The album name was Freeze Frame. In February 1982 it went to Number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for 6 weeks.
3. Dilemma – Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland
The dilemma, a song by rapper Nelly featuring singer Kelly Rowland, was released in two separate albums Nellyville and Simply Deep (2002). It became number one hit in ten countries including the UK and USA. It is one of the three songs that remained at the top of the chart for 10 weeks straight.
4. Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
A 1982 number one single of Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, Ebony and Ivory, was released on March 29, 1982. The song was inspired by the black and white keys of the piano that indicates integration and racial harmony. Billboard Magazine ranked this song as a 69th biggest hit of all time.
5. End of the Road – Boyz II Men
It was recorded for Eddie Murphy’s film, Boomerang by American R&B group Boys II Men. It was released in 1991. It remained at the top of the chart for 13 weeks straight. The song beat Diana Ross and Lionel Richie’s ”Endless Love”. It also beat Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” that remained at the top of chart 11 weeks straight.
6. Every Breath You Take – The Police
A signature song of The Police and Sting “Every Breath You Take” was released in 1983. It was the biggest hit both in the UK and USA. The song won two Grammy awards in 1984. It remained at the top of the chart for 8 weeks. People want to consider this song in a positive light, but the lyricist insisted that it’s a song of envy, obsession, and surveillance for a lost lover.
7. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
The theme song of the film Rocky III “Eye of the Tiger” was released on May 1982 by American rock band Survivor. It gained No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six weeks straight. The band Survivor achieved the double platinum award for this chart topper.
8. Flashdance… What a Feeling – Irene Cara
Performed by Cara the song “Flashdance… What a Feeling” is a song from the 1983 film Flashdance. It won Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for the best original song.
9. Foolish – Ashanti
A debut song of The American singer and songwriter Ashanti, “Foolish” got released on January 29, 2002. It remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for ten weeks. The song brought Ashanti Grammy and Soul Train Award.
10. I Swear – All-4-One
A slightly changed version of Country music artist John Michael Montgomery’s original song, “I swear” got released in 1994 by the American pop group All-4-One. This song won the Grammy Award in 1995. It remained at No. 1 position on the Billboard for eleven weeks.
11. I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy & Faith Evans ft. 112
In memory of Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G ” Wallace American rapper Puff Daddy and singer Faith Evans recorded a song name “I’ll be Missing You” featuring R & B group 112. This song won Grammy Award and it remained at the top of the chart about 11 weeks long.
12. Independent Women – Destiny’s Child
A song by Band group Destiny’s Child, “Independent Women” released in 2000. The song first appeared as the soundtrack of Charlie’s Angels and later added to the group’s 3rd studio album Survivor. The song remained on the top chat for 11 consecutive weeks.
13. Like a Virgin – Madonna
Like a Virgin was released on October 31, 1984. It was a song of Madonna’s second studio album “Like a Virgin“. This song made Madonna an icon. It stayed on the top chat for 6 weeks. The song is a memorable one of Madonna’s entire career.
14. Lose Yourself – Eminem
Eminem’s hardcore hip-hop track “Lose Yourself ” is a song from the soundtrack of the 2002 movie 8Mile. It won the Academy Award for the best original song. No rap song before it won Academy Award. It also won Grammy. Rolling Stone ranked it one of the top 50 hip hop songs of all time.
15. Maria Maria – Santana featuring The Product GB
A song by Carlos Santana featuring The Product G&B, “Maria Maria” was first released on November 23, 1999. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for ten weeks long. The song won the Grammy at the 2000 Grammy function.
16. Say, Say, Say – Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
A song was written and performed by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, “Say Say Say” was first released in 1983. After it’s release it became Jackson’s seventh top-ten hit within a year. It was a number one hit in 20 countries including USA, UK, Canada. It was voted the ninth best collaboration of all time by Rolling-Stone.
17. Smooth – Santana ft. Rob Thomas
A collaboration between Latin rock band Santana and Matchbox Twenty vocalist Rob Thomas “Smooth” got released on June 29. 1999. Winning three Grammy Awards: Record of the year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Collaboration with vocals this song reached the number 1 hot 100 hit of the 1990s. Smooth was ranked the second most successful song of all time by Billboard.
18. The Boy Is Mine – Brandy & Monica
Inspired by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney’s 1982 duet “The girl is mine”, a 1998 duet by Brandy and Monica, “The Boy is Mine” was released on May 19, 1998. This song is about two girls fighting over a man. The song received positive reviews from music critics and fans. It reached at the No. 1 position of US Billboard Hot 100 during the summer of 1998 and remained there for 13 weeks.
19. Un-Break My Heart – Toni Braxton
Though Toni Braxton was first not eager to record this sultry and sorrowful song, she was convinced to record it at last and it made Tony famous. She got Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. For her powerful and expressive voice, this song reached a No.1 position at US pop charts and stayed for 11 weeks.