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February 13, 2014

ASCAP Celebrates 100th Birthday with Top Songs Lists; NYC and Tennessee Proclaim February 13th "ASCAP Day"

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New York, NY, February 13, 2014: In honor of ASCAP’s 100th birthday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam have proclaimed February 13th, 2014 “ASCAP Day.” To mark its centennial and these momentous announcements, ASCAP has unveiled its top songs of all-time. On February 13th, 1914, a group of visionary songwriters, composers and publishers gathered at the Hotel Claridge in New York City with one shared purpose in mind: to shape the future of the music landscape in a way that protects the rights of creators. One hundred years later, the world’s leading performing rights organization is celebrating a century of helping songwriters and composers thrive. ASCAP's birthday festivities are a multi-platform celebration and include a short film, a song with accompanying music video, two books, a social media campaign, a special Billboard tribute, as well as numerous live events around the country, including a Library of Congress exhibit. Its birthday website, ASCAP100.com, unveils two separate lists of the top ASCAP songs of all time – Top 100 ASCAP Songs and Top ASCAP Songs by Year – and a special birthday video, featuring birthday wishes from Katy Perry, T.I., Jennifer Nettles, Garth Brooks, Randy Newman, Arturo Sandoval, Aerosmith and many more.

"We've spent 100 years building a sustainable world for music creators," ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams said. "This centennial is the start of the next chapter, as we continue shaping a future in which everyone wins – consumers, music delivery platforms and the songwriters and composers who are the backbone of the music ecosystem."

The celebration continues with today’s debut of the Top 100 ASCAP Songs and Top ASCAP Songs by Year lists, spanning a century of ASCAP music. Songs were ranked based upon ASCAP's historical data from radio, television and internet performances. Only an organization like ASCAP can connect the dots between modern hits and timeless songs like "Happy Birthday to You," the #1 song of all-time. The top 10 overall songs also include "My Girl," “White Christmas,” "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Wind Beneath My Wings," "Dancing in the Street," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "What's Love Got to Do With It," "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "I Can See Clearly Now." Here's how they'll celebrate the rest of the year:

  • ASCAP's 100th Birthday Celebration at Brooklyn Bowl / Brooklyn, NY / February 13, 2014: An invite-only celebration of ASCAP's 100th birthday featuring ASCAP songwriters, music industry leaders and special guest DJ Questlove (The Roots drummer; bandleader of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon)
  • Proclamation of “ASCAP Day” / New York, NY and Tennessee / February 13, 2014: In official proclamations by the City of New York (signed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio) and the State of Tennessee (signed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam), February 13th, 2014 will be named “ASCAP Day” in the both jurisdictions
  • Library of Congress Exhibit / Washington, DC / February 13 – July 26, 2014: An exhibit showcasing 100 years of ASCAP history officially launching on February 25th, 2014, with a concert featuring legendary songwriters ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams and ASCAP Board Vice Chair Jimmy Webb
  • Happy 100th Birthday ASCAP" Messages / Online / February 13, 2014: ASCAP's social "Thunderclap" will deploy, collectively releasing a Happy Birthday message with a social reach of nearly 8 million impressions
  • Paley Center Discussion / Beverly Hills, CA / February, April & October 2014: A discussion series spotlighting some of ASCAP's film & TV, musical theatre and pop members
  • Celebration of ASCAP Film & TV Music / Pasadena, CA / August 16, 2014: The Pasadena Pops, under the Direction of Michael Feinstein, performs prominent ASCAP film & TV themes
  • Library of Congress Exhibit / Los Angeles, CA / August 23, 2014 – February 14, 2015: The exhibit from Washington, DC will move to Los Angeles for the second half of the year
  • ASCAP Foundation Fundraiser / New York, NY / November 17, 2014: First-ever fundraiser benefiting The ASCAP Foundation where five members will be honored with one-time ASCAP Foundation Centennial Awards

Below are the two lists, Top 100 ASCAP Songs and Top ASCAP Songs by Year, and the ASCAP writer(s) who penned each song. Take a listen to all of this timeless ASCAP music now!

 

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  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

2013

"Locked Out of Heaven"
Written by Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine

2012

"We Found Love"
Written by Calvin Harris

2011

"Party Rock Anthem"
Written by Skyler Gordy, Stefan Kendal Gordy, David Jamahl Listenbee, Peter Henry Schroeder

2010

"Single Ladies"
Written by Thaddis "Kuk" Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius "The-Dream" Nash, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart

2009

"You Found Me"
Written by Joe King, Isaac Slade

2008

"Bleeding Love"
Written by Jesse McCartney, Ryan B. Tedder

2007

"Big Girls Don't Cry"
Written by Stacy Ferguson, Toby Gad

2006

"Temperature"
Written by Rohan Fuller, Sean Henriques, Adrian Marshall

2005

"Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
Written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Pritchard, Frank E. Wright

2004

"The Reason"
Written by Douglas Robb, Dan Estrin, Chris Light Hesse, Markku Lappalainen

2003

"Drift Away"
Written by Mentor Williams

2002

"Blurry"
Written by Jimmy Allen, Doug Ardito, Wes Scantlin

2001

"Drops of Jupiter"
Written by Charlie Colin, Robert Hotchkiss, Patrick T. Monahan, Jimmy Stafford, Scott Underwood

2000

"Back at One"
Written by Brian McKnight

1999

"Kiss Me"
Written by Matt Slocum

1998

"As Long as You Love Me"
Written by Max Martin

1997

"One Headlight"
Written by Jakob Dylan

1996

"Because You Loved Me"
Written by Diane Warren

1995

"In the House of Stone and Light"
Written by Martin Page

1994

"I Swear"
Written by Gary Baker, Frank J. Myers

1993

"Can't Help Falling in Love"
Written by Luigi Creatore, Hugo Peretti, George David Weiss

1992

"Hold on My Heart"
Written by Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford

1991

"Baby Baby"
Written by Amy Grant, Keith Thomas

1990

"Black Velvet"
Written by Christopher Ward

1989

"Wind Beneath My Wings"
Written by Jeff Silbar

1988

"Father Figure"
Written by George Michael

1987

"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
Written by Bono, Larry Mullen Jr, The Edge, Adam Clayton

1986

"Take My Breath Away"
Written by Thomas Whitlock, Giorgio Moroder

1985

"Smalltown"
Written by John Mellencamp

1984

"Careless Whisper"
Written by George Michael, Andrew J. Ridgeley

1983

"Sweet Dreams are Made of This"
Written by Annie Lennox, David A. Stewart

1982

"Jack and Diane"
Written by John Mellencamp

1981

"In the Air Tonight"
Written by Phil Collins

1980

"Keep on Loving You"
Written by Kevin Patrick Cronin

1979

"What a Fool Believes"
Written by Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald

1978

"My Life"
Written by Billy Joel

1977

"Hotel California"
Written by Don Felder

1976

"December 1963 (Oh What a Night)"
Written by Judy Parker

1975

"Baby I Love Your Way"
Written by Peter Frampton

1974

"Sweet Home Alabama"
Written by Ed King, Gary Rossington

1973

"My Maria"
Written by Louis C. Stevenson

1972

"Take It Easy"
Written by Jackson Browne

1971

"Maggie May"
Written by Martin Quittenton, Rod Stewart

1970

"I'll Be There"
Written by Hal Davis, Berry Gordy, Willie Hutch, Bob West

1969

"Come Together"
Written by Paul McCartney

1968

"What a Wonderful World"
Written by Robert Thiele, George David Weiss

1967

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
Written by Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson

1966

"California Dreamin'"
Written by John Phillips, Michelle Phillips

1965

"Yesterday"
Written by Paul McCartney

1964

"My Girl"
Written by Smokey Robinson, Ronald A. White

1963

"She Loves You"
Written by Paul McCartney

1962

"Do You Love Me"
Written by Berry Gordy

1961

"Can't Help Falling in Love"
Written by Luigi Creatore, Hugo Peretti, George David Weiss

1960

"It's Now or Never"
Written by Eduardo Di Capua, Wally Gold, Aaron H. Schroeder

1959

"Theme from A Summer Place"
Written by Mack Discant, Max Steiner

1958

"Since I Don't Have You"
Written by Jackie Taylor, James Beaumont, Janet Vogel, Joseph Rock, Joe VanScharnen, Wally Lester

1957

"That'll Be the Day"
Written by Buddy Holly

1956

"Wonderful, Wonderful"
Written by Sherman Edwards, Ben Raleigh

1955

"Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be)"
Written by Ray Evans, Jay Livingston

1954

"Mister Sandman"
Written by Pat Ballard

1953

"Rock Around the Clock"
Written by Max C. Freedman, James E. Myers

1952

"When I Fall in Love"
Written by Edward Heyman, Victor Young

1951

"Unforgettable"
Written by Irving Gordon

1950

"Mona Lisa"
Written by Ray Evans, Jay Livingston

1949

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
Written by Johnny Marks

1948

"Since I Fell for You"
Written by Buddy Johnson

1947

"Near You"
Written by Francis Craig, Kermit Goell

1946

"Route 66"
Written by Bobby Troup

1945

"Beyond the Sea"
Written by Albert Lasry, Jack Lawrence, Charles Trenet

1944

"Swinging on a Star"
Written by Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen

1943

"You'll Never Know"
Written by Mack Gordon, Harry Warren

1942

"I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo"
Written by Mack Gordon, Harry Warren

1941

"Chattanooga Choo Choo"
Written by Mack Gordon, Harry Warren

1940

"In the Mood"
Written by Joe Garland, Andy Razaf

1939

"Moonlight Serenade"
Written by Glenn Miller, Mitchell Parish

1938

"Over the Rainbow"
Written by Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg

1937

"Thanks for the Memories"
Written by Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin

1936

"Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)"
Written by Louis Prima

1935

"Happy Birthday to You"
Written by Mildred J. Hill, Patty Smith Hill

1934

"I Only Have Eyes for You"
Written by Al Dubin, Harry Warren

1933

"Sophisticated Lady"
Written by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish

1932

"Night and Day"
Written by Cole Porter

1931

"As Time Goes By"
Written by Herman Hupfeld

1930

"Dream a Little Dream of Me"
Written by Fabian Andre, Gus Kahn, Wilbur Schwandt

1929

"Makin' Whoopee"
Written by Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn

1928

"Mack the Knife"
Written by Marc Blitzstein, Berthold Brecht, Kurt Weill

1927

"Stardust"
Written by Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish

1926

"Bye Bye Blackbird"
Written by Mort Dixon, Ray Henderson

1925

"Sweet Georgia Brown"
Written by Ben Bernie, Kenneth Casey, Maceo Pinkard

1924

"Rhapsody in Blue"
Written by George Gershwin

1923

"Swingin' Down the Line"
Written by Isham Jones, Gus Kahn

1922

"Three O'Clock in the Morning"
Written by Theodora Morse, Julian Robledo

1921

"Make Believe (from Showboat)"
Written by Oscar Hammerstein Ii, Jerome Kern

1920

"Whispering"
Written by Richard Coburn, Vincent Rose, John Schonberger

1919

"After You've Gone"
Written by Henry Creamer, Turner Layton

1918

"I'm Always Chasing Rainbows"
Written by Harry Carroll, Joseph Mc Carthy

1917

"Over There"
Written by George M. Cohan

1916

"Pretty Baby"
Written by Tony Jackson, Gus Kahn, Egbert Van Alstyne

1915

"Hello, Frisco!"
Written by Gene Buck, Louis A. Hirsch

1914

"By the Beautiful Sea"
Written by Harry Carroll, Harold Atteridge

About ASCAP
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With 500,000 members representing more than 9 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com