La Asociación Americana de Compositores celebra su centenario con sus 100 mejores canciones


Fue un 13 de febrero de 1914 cuando un grupo de músicos profesionales formaron la American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, también conocida como ASCAP.

El compositor Victor Herbert fue el impulsor de la iniciativa del nuevo grupo que pretendía proteger las composiciones de sus miembros. Hoy en día la Asociación consta de 500.000 miembros , con un total de unas nueve millones y medio de composiciones en su archivo. En sólo los últimos 6 años ha distribuido 5 billones de dólares por derechos. Como parte de su celebración, ASCAP ha creado una web, ASCAP100, que abarca la trayectoria desde la creación de la sociedad a la actualidad, así como un ranking de las 100 canciones más vistas o escuchadas en radio, televisión e internet.

ASCAP fue la primera sociedad hasta que en 1940 también se creó la Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), por lo cual las canciones incluídas en esta segunda no están en la lista. Estas son las 100 canciones:

The ASCAP 100:

  1. Happy Birthday to You – Written by Mildred J. Hill, Patty Smith Hill
  2. My Girl – Written by Smokey Robinson, Ronald A. White
  3. White Christmas – Written by Irving Berlin
  4. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Written by Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin
  5. Wind Beneath My Wings – Written by Jeff Silbar
  6. Dancing in the Street – Written by Marvin Gaye, Ivy Jo Hunter
  7. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Written by Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson
  8. What’s Love Got to Do With It – Written by Terence Ernest Britten
  9. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Written by Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti
  10. I Can See Clearly Now – Written by Johnny Nash
  11. Over the Rainbow – Written by Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg
  12. Baby I Love Your Way – Written by Peter Frampton
  13. As Time Goes By – Written by Herman Hupfeld
  14. In the Air Tonight – Written by Phil Collins
  15. (I’ve Had the) Time of My Life – Written by John Denicola, Franke Previte, Donald Markowitz
  16. Take It Easy – Written by Jackson Browne
  17. Drift Away – Written by Mentor Williams
  18. Jingle Bell Rock – Written by Joseph Beal, James Boothe
  19. Blue Moon – Written by Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers
  20. Sweet Dreams are Made of This – Written by Annie Lennox, David A. Stewart
  21. The Greatest Love of All – Written by Michael Masser
  22. Sweet Home Alabama – Written by Edward C. King
  23. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Written by John D. Marks
  24. I Just Called to Say I Love You – Written by Stevie Wonder
  25. Get Ready – Written by Smokey Robinson
  26. Take My Breath Away – Written by Thomas Whitlock, Giorgio Moroder
  27. My Guy – Written by Smokey Robinson
  28. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow – Written by Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
  29. That’s What Friends are For – Written by Burt Bacharach
  30. Celebration – Written by Ronald Bell, Eumir Deodato
  31. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Written by Keith Forsey
  32. What a Wonderful World – Written by Robert Thiele, George David Weiss
  33. Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Written by Chris Hughes
  34. Do You Love Me – Written by Berry Gordy
  35. When I Fall in Love – Written by Edward Heyman, Victor Young
  36. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – Written by Bono, Larry Mullen Jr, The Edge, Adam Clayton
  37. California Dreamin’ – Written by Michelle Phillips, John Phillips
  38. Time After Time – Written by Rob Hyman
  39. Careless Whisper – Written by George Michael, Andrew J. Ridgeley
  40. I Only Have Eyes for You – Written by Al Dubin, Harry Warren
  41. Can’t Fight This Feeling – Written by Kevin Cronin
  42. I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Written by Kim Gannon, Buck Ram, Walter Kent
  43. Unforgettable – Written by Irving Gordon
  44. Little Drummer Boy – Written by Harry Simeone, Katherine Kennicott Davis, Henry Onorati
  45. I Will Survive – Written by Dino Fekaris, Freddie Perren
  46. The Boys of Summer – Written by Mike Campbell
  47. Way You Do the Things You Do – Written by Smokey Robinson, Robert Rogers
  48. Missing You – Written by John Waite, Mark Leonard, Chas Sanford
  49. Vogue – Written by Shep Pettibone, Madonna Ciccone
  50. Power of Love – Written by Huey Lewis, Chris Hayes, Johnny Colla
  51. Great Balls of Fire – Written by Jack Hammer
  52. Hotel California – Written by Don Felder
  53. Dancing in the Dark – Written by Bruce Springsteen
  54. Silver Bells – Written by Ray Evans, Jay Livingston
  55. Come Together – Written by Paul McCartney
  56. Tracks of My Tears – Written by Warren Moore, Marvin Tarplin, Smokey Robinson
  57. The Way We Were – Written by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch
  58. You Are So Beautiful – Written by Bruce Fisher
  59. Sleigh Ride – Written by Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish
  60. Oh What a Beautiful Morning (From Oklahoma) – Written by Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers
  61. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Written by Bryan Adams, Robert John “Mutt” Lange
  62. All Night Long – Written by Lionel Richie
  63. Light My Fire – Written by John Densmore, Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger
  64. Up Where We Belong – Written by Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie
  65. Play That Funky Music – Written by Rob Parissi
  66. What’s Going On – Written by Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye
  67. Heaven – Written by Jim Vallance, Bryan Adams
  68. You’re Still the One – Written by Robert John “Mutt” Lange
  69. Flashdance…What a Feeling – Written by Giorgio Moroder, Irene Cara, Keith Forsey
  70. Smooth – Written by Rob Thomas
  71. Yesterday – Written by Paul McCartney
  72. Ghostbusters – Written by Ray Parker Jr.
  73. Moon River – Written by Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer
  74. Born in the U.S.A. – Written by Bruce Springsteen
  75. Footloose – Written by Kenny Loggins
  76. Jack and Diane – Written by John Mellencamp
  77. I’ll Be There – Written by Hal Davis, Bob West, Berry Gordon, Willie Hutch
  78. How Will I Know – Written by Narada Michael Walden
  79. You’re the Inspiration – Written by Peter Cetera
  80. Sexual Healing – Written by David Ritz, Marvin Gaye
  81. Smalltown – Written by John Mellencamp
  82. She Drives Me Crazy – Written by Roland Gift, David Steele
  83. Free Fallin – Written by Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty
  84. U Can’t Touch This – Written by Rick James
  85. Faith – Written by George Michael
  86. Rock Around the Clock – Written by James E. Myers, Max C. Freedman
  87. I Swear – Written by Gary Baker, Frank J. Myers
  88. Breathe – Written by Holly Lamar
  89. Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Written by Robert Hazard
  90. Right Here Waiting – Written by Richard Marx
  91. Saving All My Love for You – Written by Michael Masser
  92. Let’s Get It On – Written by Marvin Gaye
  93. Livin’ on a Prayer – Written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child
  94. Start Me Up – Written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
  95. These Dreams – Written by Martin Page, Bernie Taupin
  96. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Written by Diane Warren
  97. Always and Forever – Written by Rod Temperton
  98. Money for Nothing – Written by Mark Knopfler
  99. Torn – Written by Scott Cutler, Phil Thornalley
  100. How Do I Live – Written by Diane Warren


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