The stories behind 1988's 'Fairytale of New York' by the Pogues. Read more
Fairytale of New York
The stories behind 1988's 'Fairytale of New York' by the Pogues.
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.
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.
Ol’ Man River
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.
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.