Now that the less important portion of the list is done with, let me welcome you to my 27th year-end chart!
Before moving on to the random-er than usual top 20, let me drop a song that has fallen in between years, but I consider as one of the best of the 10s, even though it sounds as if it was made in the 90s.
They say only the good die young That just ain't right 'Cause we're having too much fun Too much fun tonight
17 Lana Del Rey ft. The Weeknd - Lust For Life
I must have listened to Lana's latest album 100 times and even though I found it impenetrable at first, I now appreciate it as a sultry nocturnal soundtrack. The fact that I've been watching the video for the title track so often lately makes this the highest Lana song on this chart.
Una veranda piena di stelle che brillano girano intorno a me
16 Rosario Borelli e i 5 Del Sud - Una Girandola di Stelle
Easily the rarest song on this list, I found this literally filthy single from 1960 in a box of very old, used 45s for sale in an antiques shop. Dunno what made me buy it, but it turned out it contained 2 lovely italian poppies, hardly inferior to other similar big hits at the time - the other one appearing much lower on this list. Apparently the singer made a career as a cowboy hero in the movies after his music days were over.
Le temps fuit et sans retour Emporte nos tendresses Loin de cet heureux séjour Le temps fuit sans retour
12 Gré Brouwenstijn & Lidy van der Veen - Belle Nuit, O Nuit D'amour
I was strolling around a flea market with a couple of friends one Sunday afternoon, when I saw a large box full of 45 records abandoned in a corner. I grabbed some of them at random and took them home. As I was trans-coding them to mp3s, the last minute or so of this record here was severely damaged, so I had to do a lot of editing to clear out tons of clicks and pops, as well as edit several parts together as the needle kept skipping the record grooves. Now, opera was never my cup of tea, but as I was doing all that editing and kept hearing the choir parts over and over again, this song suddenly revealed a beauty so immense that gave new meaning to the word "classical" to me.
Belle Nuit, O Nuit D'amour was written in 1880 by Jacques Offenbach for his fantasy opera Les contes d'Hoffmann. and was once considered one of the most famous melodies in the world. This rare interpretation comes from a renowned Dutch soprano, pictured in the first post, from somewhere around the late 1950s.