1000 Years of Popular Music

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1000 Years of Popular Music
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Live album by
ReleasedJuly 2003
RecordedJuly 2002
VenueJoe's Pub, New York
ProducerSimon Tassano
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1000 Years of Popular Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Greenman Review(?)[2]
Uncut4/5 stars[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[5]

1000 Years of Popular Music is a 2003 live album by Richard Thompson.

The album was originally conceived after Richard Thompson, along with many other artists, was asked by Playboy magazine to nominate his choice of the best songs of the last 1000 years. He took them exactly at their word and served up a list that included the oldest-known English-language songs, a medieval Italian dance tune and various other folk songs alongside slightly more contemporary fare. The list was never published by Playboy; it was subsequently released into CD format. The songs comprising the track list cover a roughly thousand-year period, 1068–2001, starting with "Sumer Is Icumen In". The most recent song included on the album is Britney Spears' hit "Oops!... I Did It Again".

The songs, arranged for play on a single guitar, are played by Thompson, vocalist Judith Owen, and percussionist Michael Jerome, when needed.

A DVD with the same name was released in 2006. This was recorded sometime later during a different tour, has a slightly different track listing and features Debra Dobkin replacing Michael Jerome on percussion and vocals.

Track listing of original CD version[edit]

  1. "Sumer Is Icumen In" (Traditional, arranged by Thompson)
  2. "King Henry V's Conquest of France" (Traditional, arranged by Thompson)
  3. "When I Am Laid In Earth" (Henry Purcell, arranged by Thompson)
  4. "So Ben Mi Chi Ha Bon Tempo" (Orazio Vecchi, arranged by Thompson)
  5. "Shenandoah" (Traditional, arranged by Thompson)
  6. "Blackleg Miner" (Traditional, arranged by Thompson)
  7. "Waiting at the Church" (Henry E. Pether and Fred W. Leigh, arranged by Thompson)
  8. "Trafalgar Square" (C.W. Murphy, arranged by Thompson)
  9. "There Is Beauty in the Bellow" (from The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan, arranged by Thompson)
  10. "Why Have My Loved Ones Gone?" (Stephen Foster, arranged by Thompson)
  11. "Old Rocking Chair's Got Me" (Hoagy Carmichael)
  12. "Orange-Coloured Sky" (Milton DeLugg, William Stein)
  13. "Cry Me a River" (Arthur Hamilton)
  14. "Drinking Wine Spo-dee-o-dee" (Stick McGhee, J. Mayo Williams)
  15. "The Fool" (Lee Hazlewood)
  16. "A Legal Matter" (Pete Townshend)
  17. "Tempted" (Glenn Tilbrook, Chris Difford)
  18. "Kiss" (Prince)
  19. "Oops!… I Did It Again" (Max Martin. Rami Yacoub)
  20. "Sam Hall" (unknown, arranged by Thompson)
  21. "Money, Money, Money" (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus)
  22. "It Won't Be Long" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
  23. "Marry, Ageyn Hic Hev Donne Yt" (Traditional, arranged by Thompson) – introduced as a "medieval tune from Brittany", but actually a medieval-style version of Britney Spears' "Oops!… I Did It Again"

Track listing of 2CD/DVD version[edit]

(recorded at a different show)

  1. "Sumer Is Icumen In" (trad., arr. by Thompson)
  2. "King Henry" (trad., arr. by Thompson)
  3. "So Ben Mi Ca Bon Tempo" (Orazio Vecchi, arr. by Thompson)
  4. "Bonnie St. Johnstone" (trad., arr. by Thompson)
  5. "O Sleep Fond Fancy" (Thomas Morley)
  6. "Remember O Thou Man" (Thomas Ravenscroft)
  7. "Shenandoah" (trad., arr. by Thompson)
  8. "Blackleg Miner" (trad., arr. by Thompson)
  9. "I Live in Trafalgar Square" (C.W. Murphy)
  10. "There Is Beauty in the Bellow of the Blast" (from The Mikado) (W.S. Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan, arr. by Thompson)
  11. "Java Jive" (Ben Oakland/Milton Drake)
  12. "Night and Day" (Cole Porter)
  13. "Orange-Coloured Sky" (Milton DeLugg, William Stein)
  14. "Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" (Granville "Stick" McGhee, J. Mayo Williams)
  15. "A-11" (Hank Cochran)
  16. "See My Friends" (Ray Davies)
  17. "Friday on My Mind" (George Young, Harry Vanda)
  18. "Tempted" (Chris Difford, Glenn Tilbrook)
  19. "Oops!… I Did It Again" (Max Martin, Rami Yacoub)
  20. "Cry Me A River" (Arthur Hamilton)
  21. "1985" (Mitch Allen, John Allen)
  22. "Sam Hall" (trad., arr. by Thompson)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "Richard Thompson – 1000 Years of Popular Music". AllMusic.
  2. ^ reviewer. "Richard Thompson: 1000 Years of Popular Music/Richard Thompson Band: Ducknapped". Greenmanreview.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  3. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (17 July 2006). "Richard Thompson: 1,000 Years of Popular Music | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Richard Thompson - 1000 Years Of Popular Music - Review". Uncut. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.

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