Over the Rainbow
Reflections on the impact of The Wizard of Oz's 'Over the Rainbow'. Read more
Reflections on the impact of The Wizard of Oz's 'Over the Rainbow'.
John Newton's near-death experience at sea prompted his hymn 'Amazing Grace'.
Elgar's Cello Concerto
Julian Lloyd Webber, Michael Kennedy and Tim Dinsley reflect on the impact of Elgar.
Abide with Me
A look at why Henry F Lyte's words and William H Monk's tune have so much significance.
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Despite their hit anthem of love and support, Simon and Garfunkel struck some wrong notes.
The Last Post
Officer AD Bridges and a former war prisoner reflect on the impact of the final bugle call
An exploration of one of the world's most popular Christmas carols.
Beethoven's Ode to Joy
John Suchet, Hans Rhieburg and Susan Greenfield on the impact of Beethoven's Ode to Joy.
Rodney Greenberg, Harolyn Blackwell and Lesley Garrett reflect on Gershwin's lullaby.
You'll Never Walk Alone
Carl Davis and Gerry Marsden reflect on the impact of Rodger & Hammerstein's Carousel solo
How an obscure track on a Leonard Cohen album became a global anthem.
Bach Cello Suite No 1 in G Major
Leading cellists explain the power of Bach's Cello Suite No 1 in G Major.
First Cut Is the Deepest
The story behind the Cat Stevens song, and the memories people associate with it.
Soul Music explores the mystery and emotional ties of folk song Scarborough Fair.
The Lord Is My Shepherd
Howard Goodall and Selina Scott explore the lasting impact of the hymn based on Psalm 23.
Peggy Lee's daughter Nicki Foster talks about her mother's life and her hit record.
Barber's Adagio for Strings
Leonard Slatkin on the impact of the adagio that became America's 'national funeral music'
Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer's film theme for Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Max Bruch's piece for cello is based on Jewish prayer sung at Yom Kippur.
Exploring what Leonard Bernstein's song from 'West Side Story' means to different people.
Anthony Holden and Vassily Sinaisky explore the impact of Tchaikovsky's final symphony.
Mad About the Boy
Noël Coward wrote 'Mad About the Boy' to celebrate the appeal of the silent movie star.
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
An exploration of the spiritual song, from its origins in slavery in America.
Stand By Me
Ben E King talks about writing the classic song, and others reflect on its lasting power.
Bach's Concerto in D minor for Two Violins
Terry Waite and Steve Hackett talk about the impact of Bach's music for two violins.
Like a Rolling Stone
Robbie Robertson, Al Kooper and Greil Marcus reflect on Bob Dylan's iconic song.
Mr Blue Sky
An exploration of the impact of ELO's 1978 off-beam classic, Mr Blue Sky.
Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika
Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Albert Mazibuko remembers the song Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika.
Mack the Knife
The Brecht/Weill song Mack the Knife written for The Threepenny Opera in 1928.
Composer and conductor Paul Spicer explores the impact of Edward Elgar's Nimrod.
Fairytale of New York
The stories behind 1988's 'Fairytale of New York' by the Pogues.
Feed the Birds
'Feed The Birds' was written for the film Mary Poppins by Richard and Robert Sherman.
Bring Him Home
Contributors explain what Bring Him Home, from the musical Les Miserables, means to them.
Sukiyaki (Ue o Muite Arukou)
Personal stories of the 1960s Japanese hit song Sukiyaki (Ue o Muite Arukou).
The Way You Look Tonight
The Way You Look Tonight was made popular by Fred Astaire in the 1936 film, Swing Time.
How Mozart's Requiem, written when he was dying, has touched and changed people's lives.
Feed the Birds was written for the film Mary Poppins by Richard and Robert Sherman.
A Change Is Gonna Come, by Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke's A Change Is Gonna Come has become a classic anthem for civil rights in the USA
How the very English 'Jerusalem' came to be loved by people from different cultures.
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Stories of the timeless love song written by Ewan MacColl and made famous by Roberta Flack
The Star-Spangled Banner
Exploring America's national anthem, set to the tune of an English social men's club song.
Auld Lang Syne
Stories of love, loss and joy associated with Auld Lang Syne.
Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks, in its 50th anniversary year.
My Favourite Things
Iranian astronaut Anousheh Ansari shares her memories of the song My Favourite Things.
Wagner's celebration of paternal love, written as a birthday gift for his wife.
You Are My Sunshine
The country song turned children's favourite is told through people's experiences.
Who Knows Where the Time Goes?
Memories of the much-loved song Who Knows Where the Time Goes? written by Sandy Denny.
O Holy Night
How the carol O Holy Night touched the lives of the archbishop of York and Katie Melua.
How Bob Marley's Redemption Song has inspired generations around the world.
Ich Habe Genug
People from around the world describe how Bach's cantata changed their lives.
Boys Don't Cry
Soul Music explores The Cure's tribute to teenage angst.
Kraftwerk: Computer World
How Kraftwerk's classic album Computer World has changed people's lives.
Cerys Matthews' Soul Music Mixtape - Part Three
A specially curated mixtape of Cerys's favourite stories from the 25 series of Soul Music
Cerys Matthews' Soul Music Mixtape - Part Two
A specially curated mixtape of Cerys's favourite stories from across the 25 series.
Cerys Matthews' Soul Music Mixtape - Part One
Songs of the Civil Rights Movement
Actor Clarke Peters tells the stories of the songs behind the civil rights movement.
A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum
Why has Procol Harum's surreal track remained enduringly popular for over 50 years?
Prelude a l'Apres Midi d'un Faune by Debussy
People share stories of how Debussy's beautiful prelude has affected their lives.
God Only Knows
How the Beach Boys classic God Only Knows touches souls wherever it is played.
How Cyndi Lauper's 1980s ballad True Colors has inspired people around the world.
Personal stories of Joni Mitchell's song River, from her 1971 album Blue.
Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd
Schubert’s B-Flat Piano Sonata D960
Personal stories of Schubert’s last Piano Sonata
This classic tune was written by Charlie Chaplin for the film Modern Times.
Let the River Run
The story of how a classic 80’s movie song became an anthem for a new generation.
Back to Black
How Amy Winehouse's music has helped so many young people.
Streets of London by Ralph McTell
50 years after it was first recorded, Ralph McTell and others discuss Streets of London.
Wind of Change
How Scorpions’ 1990s power ballad became an anthem for the fall of the Berlin Wall
Farewell to Stromness
Personal stories about Farewell to Stromness, by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel.
We Are Family
The smash disco hit about unity and family by Sister Sledge
The 'Coventry Carol' tells the story of the Slaughter of the Innocents
Released in 1982, this soft-rock anthem has become an unlikely viral smash-hit.
How the Kinks classic 'Days' has touched peoples lives
Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay
Otis Redding's lonely lament and why it matters to people aged from 20 to 80
The surprising history behind a track made famous by Nina Simone
Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte by Maurice Ravel
What makes Ravel's Pavane For A Dead Princess so evocative and emotional?
I Will Survive
True stories of what the iconic disco anthem means to people around the world.
Neil Young's ode to enduring love.
Lean On Me by Bill Withers
An enduring classic which delivers a message of support and friendship.
Sunshine on Leith
Why Sunshine on Leith is a love song to humanity
I Wonder as I Wander
Personal stories from around the world inspired by the carol 'I Wonder as I Wander'.
Once In A Lifetime
Talking Heads' breakout hit from 1980 is explored by people whose lives the song touched.
Life on Mars?
The enigmatic beauty of Bowie's classic song.
Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat
An '80s disco classic that tells a powerful story.
We've Only Just Begun
The Carpenters' massive hit about hopes and dreams was originally a TV advert for a bank.