Greatest Schlock Songs

What is Schlock?

"Schlock, at its finest, is where bad taste becomes great art. Schlock is music that subjugates all other values to brute emotional impact; it aims to overwhelm, to body-slam the senses, to deliver catharsis like a linebacker delivers a clothesline tackle."

The qualities that have no place in schlock are: sophistication, subtlety, wit, irony, originality, “experimentation”.

The etymology is revealing - schlock comes from the Yiddish shlak, meaning secondhand, or damaged, goods; it describes something both inexpensive and of dubious value, something cheap, junky, tacky.

You can see more songs here: The 150 Greatest Schlock Songs of All Time -- Vulture

The Top Ten

1 Purple Rain - Prince & The Revolution
2 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
3 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
4 Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland
5 I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
6 He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones
7 America the Beautiful - Ray Charles
8 Endless Love - Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
9 Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
10 It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World - James Brown

The Contenders

11 Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) - Phil Collins
12 Lose Yourself - Eminem
13 How Deep is Your Love? - The Bee Gees
14 I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
15 Both Sides, Now - Joni Mitchell
16 Hello - Lionel Richie
17 Careless Whisper - George Michael
18 Old Folks at Home - Paul Robeson
19 I Have Nothing - Whitney Houston
20 The Winner Takes It All - ABBA
21 Only the Lonely - Frank Sinatra
22 Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley
23 I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton
24 If You Leave Me Now - Chicago
25 Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson
26 I Want It that Way - Backstreet Boys
27 Love Bites - Def Leppard
28 November Rain - Guns ‘N’ Roses
29 What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
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Top Remixes

1. Purple Rain - Prince & The Revolution
2. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
3. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
1. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
2. Careless Whisper - George Michael
3. Endless Love - Lionel Richie and Diana Ross


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