100 Greatest From The Past 25 Years...

[From VH1]

VH1's '100 Greatest Songs From the Past 25 Years,' Hits a High Note With Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'

Hosted By The Sopranos' Drea De Matteo, VH1 Celebrates the Last 25 Years
Of Music History With a 5 Night Countdown of the 100 Greatest Songs, Premiering Monday, June 16 - 20 At 10:00 PM (ET/PT)

NEW YORK, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Music can divide a nation or unite a generation. Whether R.E.M. croons about "Losing My Religion," or Bon Jovi is "Livin' On a Prayer," music artists are constantly doling out hits that appeal to the public and cause them to dance, rock out, and even cry. Whether it's rock, pop, rap, or R&B some of the greatest songs have been produced since 1978 and have had a lasting impact.

VH1's "100 Greatest Songs from the Past 25 Years" will allow the viewers to reminisce with the top 100 songs that have had the greatest influence and effect on music and pop culture for the last quarter-century, premiering Monday, June 16 - 20 @ 10 p.m. (ET/PT).

Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" takes the honor of being the number one song on the countdown. The 1991 song not only propelled the Seattle grunge group to reach stardom, but opened the floodgates for grunge music on the mainstream charts. In the tradition of VH1's hit "100 Greatest" specials, the show features archival clips, classic performances, plus exclusive interviews from Quincy Jones, Clive Davis, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Celine Dion, Kelly Rowland (Destiny's Child), Lisa Marie Presley, The Bangles and Darryl McDaniels among many others.

Among the highlights:

Duff (Guns N' Roses) on #1 Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)

" ... I mean, that was really a breakthrough for a great scene that had been going on for a long time up in Seattle. And, it was kind of another victory, I think, for a misunderstood music, you know. The dam broke when 'Teen Spirit' came out, you know."

Lisa Marie Presley on #3 Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N' Roses)

"It's all of it. It's just a brilliant song on all fronts -- lyrics, melodically, song-wise, everything. His voice, his moves, his image. It was .

. It was all perfect. It all worked."

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels on #4 Lose Yourself (Eminem)

" ... in all walks of life, no matter where you come from, that song could be very helpful to you, regardless of what you're doing or what you're thinking, when you get that chance, you better capitalize on it."

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels on #6 Walk This Way (Run D.M.C.)

" ... what was good about that record, it brought three generations together. The Aerosmith generation, the Run DMC generation and then there was a generation waiting to come that nobody knew about yet."

Brian McKnight #9 on Every Breath You Take (Sting)

" ... the song is perfect. It's perfect in its construction. Perfect in the way it was written. If there was a class 100 years from now about contemporary songwriting, this song would be the thesis for someone."

Spin Magazine Editor Sia Michel on #10 Like A Virgin (Madonna)

" ... . it was definitely the song that got every single girl out on the dance floor whenever it was played at little teen dances and things like that. I don't think they realized, you know, exactly what it meant."

Viewers can go online to http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/the-greatest/66966/episode.jhtml for the complete list, trivia games, artist interviews and to listen to the songs on VH1 radio.

The complete list of VH1's "100 Greatest Songs from the Past 25 Years" is attached.

"100 Greatest Songs from the Past 25 Years" is a VH1 production. Robert Weiss and Bernie Kaminski are Executive Producers; Hilary Spiegelman, senior producer.

MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming services MTV: Music Television, MTV2, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TV Land, VH1, CMT: Country Music Television, and Spike TV, as well as The Digital Suite from MTV Networks, a package of thirteen digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.

01) Nirvana / Smells Like Teen Spirit

02) Michael Jackson / Billie Jean

03) Guns N' Roses / Sweet Child O' Mine

04) Eminem / Lose Yourself

05) U2 / One

06) Run-D.M.C. / Walk This Way

07) Prince & The Revolution / When Doves Cry

08) Whitney Houston / I Will Always Love You

09) The Police / Every Breath You Take

10) Madonna / Like A Virgin

11) Van Halen / Jump

12) Alanis Morissette / You Oughta Know

13) TLC / Waterfalls

14) Sinead O'Connor / Nothing Compares 2 U

15) Pink Floyd / Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)

16) No Doubt / Don't Speak

17) Def Leppard / Photograph

18) R.E.M. / Losing My Religion

19) Public Enemy / Fight The Power

20) AC/DC / You Shook Me All Night Long

21) U2 / With Or Without You

22) Cyndi Lauper / Time After Time

23) Prince / Little Red Corvette

24) Celine Dion / My Heart Will Go On

25) Rick James / Super Freak

26) Bon Jovi / Livin' On A Prayer

27) Grandmaster Flash / The Message

28) Britney Spears / ... Baby One More Time

29) Bruce Springsteen / Born In The U.S.A.

30) Janet Jackson / Nasty

31) Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg / Nuthin' But A "G" Thang

32) Pearl Jam / Jeremy

33) Tina Turner / What's Love Got To Do With It

34) Peter Gabriel / In Your Eyes

35) The Sugarhill Gang / Rapper's Delight

36) Joan Jett / I Love Rock 'N Roll

37) Alicia Keys / Fallin'

38) The Clash / London Calling

39) Tom Petty / Free Fallin'

40) Michael Jackson / Beat It

41) Red Hot Chili Peppers / Under The Bridge

42) Blondie / Heart Of Glass

43) The Go-Go's / Our Lips Are Sealed

44) Gloria Gaynor / I Will Survive

45) Aerosmith /I Don't Want To Miss A Thing

46) Queen and David Bowie / Under Pressure

47) Shania Twain / You're Still The One

48) Naughty By Nature / O.P.P.

49) Journey / Don't Stop Believin'

50) Lenny Kravitz / Are You Gonna Go My Way?

51) George Michael / Faith

52) The Rolling Stones / Start Me Up

53) Marvin Gaye / Sexual Healing

54) Goo Goo Dolls / Iris

55) Talking Heads / Once In A Lifetime

56) Sheryl Crow / All I Wanna Do

57) Eric Clapton / Tears In Heaven

58) The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Puff Daddy & Mase/ Mo Money Mo Problems

59) Meat Loaf / Paradise By The Dashboard Light

60) Santana feat. Rob Thomas / Smooth

61) Backstreet Boys / I Want It That Way

62) Pretenders / Brass In Pocket

63) Beck / Loser

64) The Knack / My Sharona

65) Nelly / Hot In Herre

66) Squeeze / Tempted

67) John Cougar Mellencamp / Jack And Diane

68) Chic / Good Times

69) Mary J. Blige / Real Love

70) Culture Club / Do You Really Want to Hurt Me

71) Dave Matthews Band/ Crash Into Me

72) John Lennon / (Just Like) Starting Over

73) L.L. Cool J / Mama Said Knock You Out

74) Hall & Oates / I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)

75) The Ramones / I Wanna Be Sedated

76) Eurythmics / Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

77) Missy Elliott / Work It

78) Green Day / Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

79) Destiny's Child / Say My Name

80) Duran Duran / Hungry Like The Wolf

81) OutKast / Ms. Jackson

82) Soft Cell / Tainted Love

83) Band Aid / Do They Know It's Christmas

84) Radiohead / Creep

85) Eminem / My Name Is

86) Tracy Chapman / Fast Car

87) The Who / Who Are You

88) Metallica / Enter Sandman

89) Pat Benatar / Hit Me With Your Best Shot

90) The Police / Roxanne

91) Melissa Etheridge / Come To My Window

92) Salt -N- Pepa / Push It

93) Nine Inch Nails / Closer

94) Cheap Trick / Surrender

95) Oasis / Wonderwall

96) Beastie Boys / (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)

97) Devo /Whip It

98) Hanson / MMMBop

99) Norah Jones / Don't Know Why

100) Madonna / Ray Of Light



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