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.[1][2]

Examples of medleys[edit]

Medleys that have reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart include:

Other Medleys:

  • "Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon) (Evening) Time To Get Away" by The Moody Blues. (1968) Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon) charted No. 24 *Album rock stations played the full version.
  • "Carry On/Questions" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. (1969)
  • "Traces / Memories" by The Lettermen. (1969)
  • "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End" by The Beatles. (1969)
  • "Polythene Pam/She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" by The Beatles. (1969)
  • "Heartbreaker/Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)" by Led Zeppelin. (1969) Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman) charted No. 65 *Album rock stations played the full version.
  • "Friends / Celebration Day" by Led Zeppelin. (1970) Some radio stations only played Friends without "Celebration Day".
  • "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen" by Santana. (1971) Black Magic Woman charted No. 4 *Album rock stations played the full version.
  • "Your Move / I've Seen All Good People" by Yes. (1971) No. 40
  • "Nights In White Satin/Late Lament" by The Moody Blues. (1972) Nights In White Satin charted No. 2 *Album rock stations played the full version.
  • "Runaway/Happy Together" by Tony Orlando and Dawn. (1972) No. 79
  • "Breathe (In The Air)/On The Run" by Pink Floyd. (1973)
  • "Falling In & Out Of Love / Amie" by Pure Prairie League. (1975) Amie charted No. 27 *Album rock stations played the full version.
  • "Rangers At Midnight: Night Patrol/Let's Lift Our Hearts Up" by Crack The Sky. (1976)
  • "Encore: Long Time/Foreplay" by Boston. (1977) Long Time charted No. 22 *Album rock stations played the full version.
  • "Fly By Night / In The Mood" by Rush (1977) No. 88
  • "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band/With A Little Help From My Friends" by The Beatles. (1978) No. 71
  • "Feeling That Way (When Summer's Gone)/Anytime" by Journey. (1978) Anytime charted No. 83 *Album rock stations played the full version.
  • "Empty Spaces/Young Lust" by Pink Floyd. (1979)
  • "Bicycle Race/Fat Bottomed Girls" by Queen. (1979) No. 24
  • "Another Brick In The Wall (Part I & II)/The Happiest Days Of Our Lives" by Pink Floyd. (1979) Another Brick In The Wall (Part II) charted No. 1 (4 Weeks) *Album rock stations played the full version.
  • "My Guy / My Girl" by Amii Stewart and Johnny Bristol. (1980) No. 63
  • "A.D. 1928 / Rockin' The Paradise" by Styx (1981)
  • "Daylight Again/Find The Cost Of Freedom" by Crosby, Stills & Nash. (1982)
  • "Do It Again / Billie Jean" by Club House (1983)
  • "I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm A Star" by Prince (1985) I Would Die 4 U charted No. 8 *Some radio stations played the full version.
  • "Labyrinth/Underground" by David Bowie. (1986)
  • "Suffer The Little Children / Hell Is For Children" by Pat Benatar. (1988)
  • "Puss N' Boots/These Boots (Are Made For Walkin')" by Kon Kan. (1989) No. 58
  • "Killer/Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" by George Michael. (1993) No. 69

Medleys that have reached the UK Top 40 singles chart include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Torres, George (2013). Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood. p. 108. 
  2. ^ Marcano, Ángel Vicente (1998). Billo Frómeta: biografía musical. Caracas, Venezuela: Alter Libris. p. 67. 
  3. ^ Bronson, Fred (1992). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits – revised & enlarged. New York: Billboard Books. p. 715. ISBN 0-8230-8298-9.