This whole idea of listing songs has also got me interested in other such “lists”. It started with the “most played” songs of all times. I read that Paul McCartney’s Yesterday was the top of that list, and that from the moment it was released (September 13, 1965) it has never stopped being played somewhere in the world. Google, on the other hand, says that Yesterday has only been played 7,000,000 times and has been passed by many other records (most notably “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers –released November, 1964- with 8,000,000 plays. I became disillusioned with those whole line of enquiry when I read that “It’s a Small World” the theme song to the ride in Disneyland and Disneyworld (and reportedly every other Disney theme park) has played since it opened (April 22, 1964 at the New York World Fair)) over 50,000,000 times as of 2014. The It’s A Small World attraction was originally created for the UNICEF pavilion sponsored by Pepsi After the fair closed in 1965, the ride was moved to Disneyland, in Anaheim, Claifornia, where it began playing on May 28, 1966. However, I am not sure how that number can be reliably estimated since, as you travel through the ride, the song changes into different languages.
Instead, I began to assemble a personal list of my favorite songs of all time.