Greatest Schlock Songs

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

The Contenders

11 Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) - Phil Collins UListen to Sample
12 Lose Yourself - Eminem UListen to Sample
13 How Deep is Your Love? - The Bee Gees UListen to Sample
14 I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor UListen to Sample
15 Both Sides, Now - Joni Mitchell UListen to Sample
16 The Winner Takes It All - ABBA UListen to Sample
17 Hello - Lionel Richie UListen to Sample
18 Careless Whisper - George Michael UListen to Sample
19 Old Folks at Home - Paul Robeson UListen to Sample
20 I Have Nothing - Whitney Houston UListen to Sample
21 Only the Lonely - Frank Sinatra UListen to Sample
22 Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley UListen to Sample
23 I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton UListen to Sample
24 If You Leave Me Now - Chicago UListen to Sample
25 Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson UListen to Sample
26 I Want It that Way - Backstreet Boys UListen to Sample
27 Love Bites - Def Leppard
28 November Rain - Guns ‘N’ Roses UListen to Sample
29 What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong UListen to Sample
30 When You Believe - Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston UListen to Sample
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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
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1. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
2. Careless Whisper - George Michael
3. Endless Love - Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
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