John Newton's near-death experience at sea prompted his hymn 'Amazing Grace'.
Mr Blue Sky
An exploration of the impact of ELO's 1978 off-beam classic, Mr Blue Sky.
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'
Mack the Knife
The Brecht/Weill song Mack the Knife written for The Threepenny Opera in 1928.
Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer's film theme for Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Composer and conductor Paul Spicer explores the impact of Edward Elgar's Nimrod.
Max Bruch's piece for cello is based on Jewish prayer sung at Yom Kippur.
Fairytale of New York
The stories behind 1988's 'Fairytale of New York' by the Pogues.
An exploration of one of the world's most popular Christmas carols.
Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika
Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Albert Mazibuko remembers the song Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika.
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
Noel 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.
Clair de lune
An exploration of Claude Debussy's music for piano, inspired by a poem about moonlight.
I Vow to thee my Country
An exploration of the hymn which stirs patriotism and controversy.
Tony Benn, Cleo Laine and Paul Robeson Jr reflect on the emotional power of Ol' Man River.
Widor's Toccata is a favourite for married couples to exit the church by in the UK.
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
'Feed The Birds' was written for the film Mary Poppins by Richard and Robert Sherman.
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 One
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 Three
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.
Interview Special Brie Larson: Becoming... Captain Marvel
Brie Larson talks to Radio 1's Film Critic Ali Plumb about her role as Captain Marvel.
6 Music Festival Launch, Charlotte Adigery, Nick Frost and Stephen Merchant
Mary Anne is live in Liverpool plus Stephen and Nick join Lauren Laverne.
Michael Fenton Stevens and Justine Picardie
Sue MacGregor's guests discuss books by Rosamond Lehmann, Richard Mabey and Gerald Durrell
Did a Japanese courtesan wear this robe? Cathy FitzGerald visits the floating world.
Ayesha Hazarika and Martin Rowson
Ayesha Hazarika and Martin Rowson talk favourite books with presenter Harriett Gilbert.