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.

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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.

0101Heroes20051005

Debbie Harry discusses David Bowie's Heroes.

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.

0104You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman20051026
0105Pinball Wizard20051102
0106Anarchy In The Uk20051109
0107I Feel Love20051123
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.

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
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)
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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.

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0206 LASTCareless Whisper20070718

6MWonderwall - I Don't Like Mondays20091202

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