Classic Singles

New series exploring in great detail the most popular and influential singles ever released, examining the social, musical and historical importance of pieces of classic pop.

Episodes

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20051005

1/8. New series exploring in great detail the most popular and influential singles ever released. Debbie Harry discusses David Bowie's Heroes.

20051012

2/8. Fran Healy presents the second in an eight-part series exploring the most popular and influential singles ever released. He examines the Beach Boys hit Good Vibrations.

20051019

Jamie Cullum presents the third in an eight-part series exploring the most popular and influential singles ever released. He examines Jimi Hendrix's All Along The Watchtower.

20051026

Fourth in an eight-part series exploring the most popular and influential singles ever released, examining the social, musical and historical importance of pieces of classic pop.

20051102

5/8. Series exploring the most popular and influential singles ever released.

20051109

Sixth in an eight-part series exploring the most popular and influential singles ever released.

20051123

7/8. The social, musical and historical importance of a classic pop song, explaining why a song generates such passion and excitement and why it still has relevance and resonance today.

20070613

Series exploring the most popular and influential singles ever released.

1/6. Glen Campbell and songwriter Jimmy Webb discuss the writing and recording of the 1968 hit, Wichita Lineman. Part of Radio 2's 60s season.

20070620

2/6. Series exploring the most popular and influential singles ever released.

20070627

3/6. Series exploring the most popular and influential singles ever released.

20070704

Series exploring the most popular and influential singles ever released. 4/6. The social, musical and historical importance of the Rolling Stones' hit Brown Sugar is explored.

20070711

Series exploring the most popular and influential singles ever released. 5/6.

20070718

6/6. Series exploring the most popular and influential singles ever released.

Heart Of Glass2008040120130814 (6M)

Record producer Tony Visconti celebrates Blondie's classic 1979 single, Heart of Glass.

Respected record producer Tony Visconti continues his short series celebrating classic singles. Tonight's choice is Blondie's 1979 number one, Heart of Glass.

Tony Visconti re-appraises Blondie's Heart of Glass, a release by the New York new wave band that became one of the biggest songs of the disco era.

Heart Of Glass20080401

Tony Visconti re-appraises Blondie's Heart of Glass, a release by the New York new wave band that became one of the biggest songs of the disco era.

0101Heroes20051005

Debbie Harry discusses David Bowie's Heroes.

0101Heroes20051005

Debbie Harry discusses David Bowie's Heroes.

0102Good Vibrations20051012

Fran Healy examines the Beach Boys hit Good Vibrations.

0102Good Vibrations20051012

Fran Healy examines the Beach Boys hit Good Vibrations.

0103All Along The Watchtower20051019

Jamie Cullum examines Jimi Hendrix's All Along The Watchtower.

0103All Along The Watchtower20051019

Jamie Cullum examines Jimi Hendrix's All Along The Watchtower.

0104You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman20051026
0104You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman20051026
0105Pinball Wizard20051102
0105Pinball Wizard20051102
0106Anarchy In The Uk20051109
0106Anarchy In The Uk20051109
0107I Feel Love20051123
0107I Feel Love20051123
0108 LASTWhat's Going On20051130
0108 LASTWhat's Going On20051130
0201Wichita Lineman20070613

Glen Campbell and songwriter Jimmy Webb discuss the writing and recording of the 1968 hit, Wichita Lineman.

Part of Radio 2's 60s season.

0201Wichita Lineman20070613

Glen Campbell and songwriter Jimmy Webb discuss the writing and recording of the 1968 hit, Wichita Lineman.

Part of Radio 2's 60s season.

0202Wonderwall2007062020080331

Record producer Tony Visconti re-appraises Oasis' 1995 single Wonderwall.

0202Wonderwall2007062020080331
20130813 (6M)

Record producer Tony Visconti re-appraises Oasis' 1995 single Wonderwall.

Record producer Tony Visconti considers Oasis' 1995 hit Wonderwall.

In a short series celebrating classic singles, respected record producer Tony Visconti considers the 1995 Oasis hit, Wonderwall.

0203I Don't Like Mondays2007062720080402

Record producer Tony Visconti re-appraises I Don't Like Mondays - a 1979 number one for The Boomtown Rats.

0203I Don't Like Mondays2007062720080402
20130815 (6M)

Record producer Tony Visconti re-appraises I Don't Like Mondays - a 1979 number one for The Boomtown Rats.

Tony Visconti looks back on I Don't Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats.

Respected record producer Tony Visconti continues his series celebrating classic singles with a look at I Don't Like Mondays by the Boomtown Rats, which reached number 1 in the summer of 1979.

0204Brown Sugar2007070420080403 (6M)
20121127 (6M)

Record producer Tony Visconti re-appraises Brown Sugar, featuring contributions from Keith Richards and Mick Jagger.

The social, musical and historical importance of the Rolling Stones' hit Brown Sugar is explored.

Tony Visconti reappraises the Rolling Stones' 1971 hit, Brown Sugar.

To mark the return of The Rolling Stones, another chance to hear record producer Tony Visconti re-appraise a song that is bound to be in their set list, Brown Sugar. Featuring contributions from Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, Tony explores the social, musical and historical importance of the Rolling Stones' 1971 hit single. First broadcast in 2007.

0204Brown Sugar2007070420080403 (6M)
20121127 (6M)
20130816 (6M)

Record producer Tony Visconti re-appraises Brown Sugar, featuring contributions from Keith Richards and Mick Jagger.

The social, musical and historical importance of the Rolling Stones' hit Brown Sugar is explored.

Tony Visconti reappraises the Rolling Stones' 1971 hit, Brown Sugar.

To mark the return of The Rolling Stones, another chance to hear record producer Tony Visconti re-appraise a song that is bound to be in their set list, Brown Sugar. Featuring contributions from Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, Tony explores the social, musical and historical importance of the Rolling Stones' 1971 hit single.

Respected record producer Tony Visconti continues his series celebrating classic singles with a look back at the Rolling Stones' 1971 hit Brown Sugar. Featuring contributions from Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, Tony explores the social, musical and historical importance of the track. First broadcast in 2007.

020520070711
020520070711
0206 LASTCareless Whisper20070718

0206 LASTCareless Whisper20070718

6M20091202

Tony Visconti explores Oasis' Wonderwall and The Boomtown Rats' I Don't Like Mondays.

6MWonderwall - I Don't Like Mondays20091202

Tony Visconti explores Oasis' Wonderwall and The Boomtown Rats' I Don't Like Mondays.