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Don't Leave Me This Way
Exploration of the disco anthem of yearning, pain and loss.
Elgar's Dream of Gerontius
How Elgar's poignant choral work has touched and changed people's lives.
Soul Music examines the harrowing stories behind the song made famous by Billie Holiday.
Gymnopédie No 1
Pascal Rogé leads us through a personal and musical journey of Erik Satie's Gymnopédies.
Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Frankie Valli and others share their memories of the classic song.
Brahms' German Requiem
How Brahms's work, a tribute to his mother, has touched and changed people's lives.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
The story of the melancholic song, first performed by Judy Garland in 1944.
Rhapsody in Blue
Soul Music examines Gershwin's 'experiment in modern music', 90 years after its premiere.
People of all ages reflect on their love of this simple song, made famous by Patsy Cline.
Something Inside So Strong
This Labi Siffre anthem has been taken up by many groups who suffer from discrimination.
A range of people explain what the hauntingly beautiful Welsh song 'Myfanwy' means to them
Adagio in G minor
Albinoni's Adagio may be wrongly attributed but it still never fails to move us.
A Shropshire Lad
Exploring the emotional impact of George Butterworth's rhapsody inspired by the Great War.
Plaisir d'Amour / Can't Help Falling in Love With You:
Marianne Faithfull recalls the French love song that went on to inspire Elvis's 60s hit.
Gracias a la Vida
The Latin American anthem to life is explored through personal stories.
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
Exploring the lasting emotional impact of The Smiths' 1986 anthem of hope, loss and love.
Opera director John Copley CBE reflects on his lifelong relationship with La Boheme.
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.
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.
Michael Fassbender Interview Special: Movies That Made Me
Michael Fassbender chats to Ali about his film career to date.
Simon Schama with his view of William Blake, the visionary printmaker, poet and painter.
House of Dreams
Step inside the home of Stephen Wright, a work of art reverberating with past lives.
Reviewed: Hustlers & Downton Abbey
Ali reviews Hustlers starring Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B (sort of) and Downton Abbey.
Downton Abbey Interview Special
Prepare for poshness as Ali chats to writer, director and cast members of Downton Abbey.