presents The Top Pop Songs
Of All Time !
We have ranked the top pop songs that have charted over the past
50+ years on The ARC Weekly Top 40 and Billboard Hot 100, and
come up with
a definitive list that will continue to expand as we add to it,
and continue to modify as new songs chart on The ARC Weekly Top
are not a Christian band. A Christian band
has an agenda to lead others to believe in
their specific religious beliefs. We have no
- Scott Stapp, Creed
Creed consists of Scott
Stapp on vocals, Mark Tremonti on guitar, Brian
Marshall on bass, and Scott Phillips on drums and
hails from Florida. Creed formed in 1995 (after
briefly naming themselves 'Naked Toddler'). The
band is rooted in rock even though lead singer
Stapp was raised in a deeply religious household
in which rock music was not allowed. By his late
teens, Stapp left home and began tapping into his
rock persona by writing music.
August 26: Creed released their
debut LP My
Own Prison (originally recorded for less than
$6,000). Creed became the first act to have 4 #1
hits from a debut LP on the rock charts. The LP
topped the charts in New Zealand.
July 25: Creed appeared at
Woodstock '99 in Rome, New York.
September 8: Creed topped the
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for 17
weeks with "Higher."
September 28: Creed released Human
and the LP spent 2 weeks at the top of the
Billboard 200 Albums chart. Stapp said of the LP:
"We're the type of band that functions
really well under pressure, and there was
definitely a pressure to try to top ourselves
this time. Not so much what we sell, because we
don't really care about that. We wanted to make a
really great record. The bands goal has
always been to make records that are solid from
start to finish; records that take you through an
entire range of emotions." The LP also
topped the charts in Canada.
October: Stapp walked off the
stage at a concert in Houston after 3 songs due
to straining his vocal chords.
June: Marshall had some harsh
words for Pearl
Jam (who they are often compared to)
during a radio interview: "Eddie Vedder
wishes he could write like Scott Stapp."
Stapp refuted the comments on their website a few
days later. The band also got into a war-of-words
with Limp Bizkit during the month.
August: It was announced that
Brian Marshall (a founding member and the one who
named the band) left the group for "personal
and professional differences." The band was
not seeking a permanent replacement for Marshall.
Brett Hestla was hired as a bassist while on
tour. A statement read: "Creed and founding
member Brian Marshall have decided to part ways
on friendly terms, citing personal and
professional differences. Marshall and Creed are
discussing terms for his involvement in the
future releases of previously recorded but
September: It was announced that
Creed would release a limited edition single of
Arms Wide Open" with some profits benefiting
Stapp's 'With Arms Wide Open Foundation" (to
"promote health, loving relationships
between children and their families").
June 3: Creed announced they had
broken up and the decision was made earlier in
the year after Stapp and Tremonti weren't able to
agree on the direction of the band's music - as
Tremonti explained: "We had gotten together
two or three times and nothing happened. We got
our instruments and played, but neither of us was
taking it seriously. We were just running in
circles. There wasn't a vibe like on the previous
records. It felt very job-like. We knew that it
would take us years to get a record out."
August 10: Tremonti, Phillips, and
Marshall joined up with Myles Kennedy to form Alter
Bridge and released their debut LP One
Released: August 26, 1997 US: 6x Platinum Billboard Top
peak: # 22 Tracks: "Torn" -
"Ode" - "My Own Prison" -
"Pity For A Dime" - "In
America" - "Illusion" -
"Unforgiven" - "Sister" -
"What's This Life For" -
Released: October 27, 2009 Billboard Top
peak: # 2 Billboard #1: Rock Albums,
Alternative Albums, Hard Rock Albums Entertainment
Weekly: B Tracks: "Overcome"
- "Bread Of Shame" - "A
Thousand Faces" - "Suddenly" -
"Rain" - "Away In
Silence" - "Fear" - "On
My Sleeve" - "Full Circle" -
"Time" - "Good Fight" -
"The Song You Sing"
Note: Song title and position
links lead you to the song's ARC Weekly Top 40 chart run, LP links take
you to Amazon.com for that LP's info (often
including track listings and track samples), and
single cover art takes you to Amazon.com for that CD single (if
available). Songs charting prior to 1980 have
information from Billboard magazine.