BMI Top 100

Here is a press release BMI put out in December 1999 listing the most-played (on radio) songs of the 20th century.

'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' ' Is Number One 


 
BMI  today announced the  Top 100 Songs of the Century, listing the most  played songs on American radio and television. Leading the list is the  anthemic "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," written by Barry Mann, Phil Spector and Cynthia Weil,  which recently passed the historic 8 million performance plateau. It  was originally recorded by The Righteous Brothers and produced by  Spector.
 
The second, third and fourth place songs have all  attained more than 7 million airplays. They are: "Never My Love,"  written by Donald and Richard Addrisi; "Yesterday" by John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney; and "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber  and Mike Stoller. Rounding out the Top 10 are the six-million-plateau  performers: "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio; "Sitting On the Dock Of the Bay" by Otis Redding andSteve CropperPaul Simon's "Mrs. Robinson"; "Baby I Need Your Loving" by the legendary Motown writers Brian HollandLamont Dozier and Eddie Holland; John Gummoe's "Rhythm Of The Rain"; and the  evergreen "Georgia On My Mind" written by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart  Gorrell....

1. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', Barry Mann, Phil Spector, Cynthia Weil 
2. Never My Love, Donald & Richard Addrisi 
3. Yesterday, John Lennon & Paul McCartney 
4. Stand By Me, Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller 
5. Can't Take My Eyes Off of You, Bob Crewe & Bob Gaudio 
6. Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, Steve Cropper & Otis Redding 
7. Mrs. Robinson, Paul Simon 
8. Baby, I Need Your Loving, Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland & Eddie Holland 
9. Rhythm of the Rain, John Gummoe 
10. Georgia on My Mind, Hoagy Carmichael & Stuart Gorrell 
11. Killing Me Softly with His Song, Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel 
12. More, Marcello Ciorciolini, Norman Newell, Nino Oliviero, Riz Ortolani 
13. I Will Always Love You, Dolly Parton 
14. When A Man Loves A Woman, Calvin Lewis & Andrew J. Wright 
15. Every Breath You Take, Sting 
16. Gentle on My Mind, John Hartford 
17. Something, George Harrison 
18. Sounds of Silence, Paul Simon 
19. Bridge Over Troubled Water, Paul Simon 
20. By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Jimmy Webb 
21. Angel of the Morning, Chip Taylor 
22. Cherish, Terry Kirkman 
23. You Can't Hurry Love, Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland & Eddie Holland 
24. Proud Mary, John Fogerty 
25. Sunny, Bobby Hebb 
26. Oh Pretty Woman, William Dees & Roy Orbison 
27. Everybody's Talkin', Fred Neil 
28. I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Barrett Strong & Norman Whitfield 
29. Goin' Out of My Head, Teddy Randazzo & Bobby Weinstein 
30. Suspicious Minds, Mark James 
31. Scarborough Fair, Art Garfunkel & Paul Simon 
32. Traces, Buddy Buie, J.R. Cobb, Emory Gordy 
33. All I Have to Do Is Dream, Boudleaux Bryant 
34. Only You, Ande Rand & Buck Ram 
35. Canadian Sunset, Norman Gimbel & Eddie Heywood 
36. Oh Girl, Eugene Record 
37. Your Song, Elton John & Bernie Taupin 
38. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland & Eddie Holland 
39. (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher, Gary Jackson, Raynard Miner & Carl William Smith 
40. I Can't Stop Loving You, Don Gibson 
41. Wind Beneath My Wings, Larry Henley & Jeff Silbar 
42. Michelle, John Lennon & Paul McCartney 
43. Up, Up and Away, Jimmy Webb 
44. Happy Together, Garry Bonner & Alan Gordon 
45. On Broadway, Jerry Leiber, Barry Mann, Mike Stoller & Cynthia Weil 
46. Twilight Time, Al Nevins, Morty Nevins & Buck Ram 
47. Strangers in the Night, Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton & Eddie Snyder 
48. Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Howard Greenfield & Neil Sedaka 
49. Save the Last Dance for Me, Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman 
50. For the Good Times, Kris Kristofferson 
51. We've Only Just Begun, Roger Nichols & Paul Williams 
52. What a Wonderful World, Lou Adler, Herb Alpert & Sam Cooke 
53. Snowbird, Gene MacLellan 
54. Everlasting Love, Buzz Cason & Mac Gayden 
55. My Special Angel, Jimmy Duncan 
56. The Most Beautiful Girl, Rory Bourke, Billy Sherrill & Norro Wilson 
57. Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison 
58. Girl From Ipanema, Vinicius DeMoraes, Norman Gimbel & Antonio Carlos Jobim 
59. My Cherie Amour, Sylvia Moy, Henry Cosby & Stevie Wonder
60. Always on My Mind, Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher & Mark James 
61. Windy, Ruthann Friedman 
62. If You Don't Know Me by Now, Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff 
63. Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett 
64. Spanish Eyes, Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton & Eddie Snyder 
65. Daydream Believer, John Stewart 
66. Daniel, Elton John and Bernie Taupin 
67. Take It Easy, Glenn Frey & Jackson Browne 
68. Let Your Love Flow, Larry Williams 
69. The Rose, Amanda McBroom 
70. The Heart of the Matter, Don Henley, J.D. Souther & Mike Campbell 
71. Don't Be Cruel, Otis Blackwell & Elvis Presley 
72. Listen to the Music, Tom Johnston 
73. A Groovy Kind of Love, Carole Bayer Sager & Toni Wine 
74. Crying, Joe Melson & Roy Orbison 
75. Put A Little Love In Your Heart, Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday & Randy Myers 
76. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Elton John & Bernie Taupin 
77. Help Me Make It Through the Night, Kris Kristofferson 
78. Best of My Love, Glenn Frey, Don Henley & J.D. Souther 
79. The Letter, Wayne Carson 
80. Dreams, Stevie Nicks 
81. Mr. Bojangles, Jerry Jeff Walker 
82. Fire and Rain, James Taylor 
83. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye, John D. Loudermilk 
84. Hooked on a Feeling, Mark James 
85. Blue Bayou, Joe Melson & Roy Orbison 
86. Born Free, John Barry & Don Black 
87. Release Me, Eddie Miller, Dub Williams & Robert Yount 
88. It's Just a Matter of Time, Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks & Clyde Otis 
89. Let It Be, John Lennon & Paul McCartney 
90. I'd Really Love to See You Tonight, Parker McGee 
91. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, Mick Jagger & Keith Richards 
92. Up on the Roof, Gerry Goffin & Carole King 
93. Layla, Eric Clapton & Jim Gordon 
94. I Honestly Love You, Peter Allen & Jeff Barry 
95. California Girls, Mike Love & Brian Wilson 
96. Imagine, John Lennon 
97. You Send Me, Sam Cooke 
98. How Deep Is Your Love, Barry, Maurice & Robin Gibb 
99. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Joe South 
100. Sometimes When We Touch, Barry Mann & Dan Hill