We couldn’t agree on just one song, so we chose the top three ‘meaningful’ ones. There are some horrendous omissions: where is Pink Floyd, for instance. Any, good for listening and discussing.

Number 1 Band Number 2 Band Number 3 Band
1960 Peter Gunn Theme Blues Brothers Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport Rolf Harris California dreaming The Mamas and The Papas
1961 Stand By Me Ben E. King Hit the Road Jack Ray Charles Let’s Twist again Chubby Checker
1962 I’ve been everywhere Lucky Starr Working for the Man Roy Orbison Sherry Four seasons
1963 She Loves You The Beatles Return to Sender Elvis Presley I want to hold your hand Beatles
1964 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ Righteous Brothers Under the Boardwalk The Drifters Hard Days Night Beatles
1965 Nowhere to Run Martha & the Vandellas Satisfaction The Rolling Stones She’s so Fine Easybeats
1966 God Only Knows Beach Boys Friday on my Mind Easybeats Spicks and Specks Bee Gees
1967 Light My Fire The Doors Respect Aretha Franklin Brown Eyed girl Van Morrison
1968 Revolution The Beatles I Heard It Through the Grapevine Marvin Gaye Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival
1969 Feelin’ Alright Joe Cocker Suite Judy Blue Eyes Crosby, Stills and Nash Venus Shocking Blue
1970 Layla Derek and the Dominos Moondance Van Morrison Love the one you’re with Steven Stills
1971 Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin Tupelo Honey Van Morrison Eagle Rock Daddy Cool
1972 Superstition Stevie Wonder Dirty Work Steely Dan American Pie Don McLean
1973 Bennie and the Jets Elton John Time Warp Rocky Horror Picture Show Rubber Bullets 10CC
1974 Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd Living in the Seventies Skyhooks Free Man in Paris Joni Mitchell
1975 Born to Run Bruce Springsteen Bohemian Rhapsody Queen Mamma Mia ABBA
1976 More Than a Feeling Boston Dancing Queen Abba Hotel California Eagles
1977 April Sun in Cuba Dragon Only the Good Die Young Billy Joel Se and Drugs and Rock and Roll Ian Dury
1978 Sultans of Swing Dire Straits Oliver’s Army Elvis Costello Khe Sanh Cold Chisel
1979 London Calling London Calling My Sharona The Knack Shape I’m In Jo Jo Zep
1980 Don’t Stand So Close to Me Police You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC Boys light up Australian Crawl
1981 Talk of the Town Pretenders Shake it Up Cars Shake a Tail Feather Blues Brothers
1982 Town Called Malice The Jam Rock the Casbah The Clash Down Under Men At Work
1983 Every Breath You Take Police Sweet Dreams Eurythmics You Can’t hurry love Phil Collins
1984 Boys of Summer/Dancing in the dark Don Henley Science Fiction Divinyls Throw your arms around me Hunters and Collectors
1985 Walking on Sunshine Katrina and Waves Fortress Round Your Heart Sting Out of Mind, out of sight Models
1986 Don’t Dream it’s Over Crowded House You can leave your hat on Joe Cocker Addicted to Love Robert Palmer
1987 Walk Like an Egyptian The Bangles Beds are Burning Midnight oil To her door Paul Kelly
1988 Your Town Go-Betweens Better Be Home Soon Crowded House Run to Paradise Choirboys
1989 I want to be seduced Leon Redbone Love Shack B52s End of the line Travelling wilburys
1990 Forgotten Years Midnight Oil I go to extremes Billy Joel I Don’t Wanna Be With Nobody But You Absent Friends
1991 Losing My Religion R.E.M. One U2 Mustang Sally The Commitments
1992 Holy Grail Hunters and Collectors Friday Im in love The Cure Hold on my heart Genesis
1993 Afternoons and Coffeespoons Crash Test Dummies The Last Word Billy Joel Cats in the Cradle Ugly Kid joe
1994 Last Goodbye Jeff Buckley Cornflake Girl Tori Amos All About Soul Billy Joel
1995 In the Valley Midnight Oil Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman Bryan Adams Kiss from a Rose Seal
1996 Back 2 Good Matchbox Twenty Ironic Alanis Morissette Right Hand Man Joan Osborne
1997 Selfless, Cold and Composed Ben Folds Five Building a Mystery Sarah McLachlan Bitter Sweet Symphony Verve
1998 Aida Sarah McLachlan Semi-charmed life Third Eye Blind Iris Goo Goo Dolls
1999 Here with me Dido Can’t get enough of you baby Smash Mouth Smooth Santana
2000 Teenage dirtbag Wheatus Beautiful Day U2 These days Powderfinger
2001 Cherry Lips Garbage Drive/With arms wide open- creed Incubus What took you so long Emma Bunton
2002 The Rising Bruce Springsteen I’m a believer Smash Mouth Not pretty enough Kasey Chambers
2003 Crazy in Love Beyonce Zebra John Butler Trio Are You Gonna Be My Girl? Jet
2004 White Flag Dido Fell in love with a boy Joss Stone World on Fire Sarah McLachlan
2005 Wish You Well Bernard Fanning Photograph Nickelback Wisemen James Blunt
2006 We’re all in this together Ben Lee One Crowded Hour Augie March Stupid Girls Pink
2007 20 Good Reasons Thirsty Merc The Albatross Sarah Blasko Suddenly I see KT Tunstall
2008 Viva la Vida Coldplay Opportunity Pete Murray How far w’ever come Matchbox 20
2009 Single Ladies Beyonce Im Yours Jason Mraz
2010 Both Sides Now Joni Mitchell Soldier of Love Sade