Aside

This should be remarkably easy, right? One of these songs broke Elvis Presley’s record by staying on top of the charts for 13 weeks, then a second did 14 weeks. And then a third did 16 weeks, making it ostensibly the most popular song of all time. If you managed to avoid these songs, you must not have ears—which, the last time I checked, was literally the only requirement to doing this job (it certainly ain’t knowing how to write). These songs soundtracked our homecomings and proms and weddings and probably even a divorce or two. They will be around a lot longer than How To Dress Well.

I got 3 of 5, what about you? None of the pro and semi-pro critics polled got all five.

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