List of musical medleys
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In music, a medley is a piece composed from parts of existing pieces, usually three, played one after another, sometimes overlapping. They are common in popular music, and most medleys are songs rather than instrumental. A medley which is a remixed series is called a megamix, often done with tracks for a single artist, or for popular songs from a given year or genre.
A medley is the most common form of overture for musical theater productions.
In Latin music, medleys are known as potpourrís or mosaicos; the latter were popularized by artists such as Roberto Faz and Billo Frómeta, and most commonly consist of boleros, guarachas, merengues or congas.
Examples of medleys
Medleys that have reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart include:
- "Devil with a Blue Dress On"/"Good Golly Miss Molly" by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. (1966) No. 4
- "Goin' Out of My Head" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by The Lettermen. (1968) No. 7
- "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In", a medley of two songs from the musical Hair by the Fifth Dimension. (1969) No. 1
- "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" by Paul and Linda McCartney. (1971) No. 1
- "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" by Meco. (1977) No. 1
- "Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl" by the Spinners. (1980) No. 2
- "Cupid/I've Loved You For a Long Time" by the Spinners. (1980) No. 4
- "Stars on 45 Medley" by Stars on 45. (Several other medleys by Stars on 45 were also released.) (1981) No. 1
- "Hooked on Classics" by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. (1981) No. 10
- "The Beach Boys Medley" by The Beach Boys. (1981) No. 12
- "The Beatles Movie Medley" by The Beatles. (1982) No. 12
- "Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Free Baby)" by Will to Power. (1988) #1
- "Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)" by Ronnie Milsap. 1985 Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single of the year
- "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)/I Want You" by Robert Palmer. (1991) No. 16
Medleys that have reached the UK Top 40 singles chart include:
- "Beach Boys Gold" by Adrian Baker. (1981) No. 11
- "Seasons of Gold" by Gidea Park. (1981) No. 28
- "The Official BBC Children in Need Medley" by Peter Kay's Animated All Star Band. (2009) No. 1
- Segue, a term for the transition between songs
- DJ mix
- Mashup (music)
- Potpourri (music)
- List of Genesis medleys
- Judson Laipply, dance medley
- Suite (music)
- Torres, George (2013). Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood. p. 108.
- Marcano, Ángel Vicente (1998). Billo Frómeta: biografía musical. Caracas, Venezuela: Alter Libris. p. 67.
- Bronson, Fred (1992). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits – revised & enlarged. New York: Billboard Books. p. 715. ISBN 0-8230-8298-9.