Apple Music Creates the Perfect Anniversary Playlist to Help You Celebrate

THE Clash and the Spice Girls have put together a 100-song anniversary Apple Music playlist to celebrate the historic public holiday.

Apple has announced the playlist “The songs that built the UK‘ on Thursday and it bursts with British fireworks.


Spice Girls hits included in Apple Music anniversary playlist of 100 songs that built the UKCredit: PA: Press Association.

From trailblazers to pop artists, the list includes the best of the best and creates the perfect soundtrack to get you through the long weekend.

The 100 tracks, listed in no particular order, were selected by experts at Apple headquarters, including editors and Apple Music Radio presenters, who say they “recognize the awe-inspiring immensity of the UK’s musical landscape”.

Apple Music Radio host Matt Wilkinson said: “This list proves that our country’s diversity is arguably our greatest musical asset.

“These 100 songs literally go all over the place and cover everything: songs about denial, songs about delusions, songs that scream “FUCK!” from the rooftops and make you sing along at maximum volume.

“From the political slogans of The Clash London Calling to the knowing genius of Lily Allen’s Smile to the sheer drama and power of Back To Life Soul II, they go deeper than just a playlist: they are sounds that have inspired millions and become the building blocks of British culture and art.”

Elton John, Queen, Annie Lennox, all the way up to contemporary artists including One Direction, Girls Aloud and Adele have found their place on the playlist.

While late and great legends like Vera Lynn, Amy Winehouse, George Michael and Cilla Black add a bittersweet dose of nostalgia.

The Beatles are the only group to appear twice on the list.

100 songs that built the UK

Apple Music puts together the best playlist for celebrating an anniversary


Adele Someone like you
Amy Winehouse Rehabilitation
Annie Lennox No more “I love you”
Arctic Monkeys I bet you look good on the dance floor
agile dodger Re-Rewind (featuring Craig David) [Radio Edit]
BUTdiaper Back to Africa
Bee Gees Staying Alive (from Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack)
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Blur parklife
Bronski Beat Small town boy
Buzzcocks Have you ever fallen in love (with someone you shouldn’t have)?
Calvin Harris I’m Not Alone (Radio Edit)
Silla Black Alfie (Remastered 2003)
Cliff Richard and the Drifters move it
cold game Yellow
corner store Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook Remix) [Single Version]
Culture Club Do you really want to hurt me
Dave Black
David Bowie Life on Mars? (1999 remaster)
Dusty Springfield son of a preacher
Ed Sheeran I need you, I don’t need you
Elaine Page and memory of Andrew Lloyd Webber
Elton John Candle in the Wind (1997 version)
Estel American Boy (featuring Kanye West)
Eurythmy Sweet dreams are made of this)
Fleetwood Mac dreams
Florence + car Do you have love
Frankie Goes to Hollywood Relax
Fuse Antenna ODG (UK radio edit)
Gary Newman Cars
George Michael Freedom! ’90
Giggs Say the hardest
girls out loud The sound of the underground
Goldie inner city life
Jay Hus Have you seen
Janet Kay Silly games
Jay Sean Way down
Joan Armatrading Drop the pilot
John Lennon Introduce
Joy Division Love Will Tear Us Apart
Kate Bush Wuthering Heights
Katy B Katy on a mission
Led Zeppelin stairway to heaven
Leona Lewis Bleeding Love
Deadly Bizzle Pow! (Forward) [Original]
Lily Allen Smile
Lonnie Donegan and its Skiffle Group Rock Island Line
M-bit Incredible (featuring General Levy)
MIA paper planes
Manic street preachers Design for Life (updated version)
Mark Morrison Mac’s return
Massive attack unfinished sympathy
Motorhead Ace of Spades
Miss Dynamite Di-Na-Mi-Ti
New order Blue Monday
Oasis Wonderwall (updated)
One direction What makes you Beautiful
PJ Harvey Let England shake
The boys from the pet shop West End Girls (remastered)
Petula Clark City center
Phil Collins Up in the air tonight
Pink Floyd comfortably Numb
portishead sour times
pulp Ordinary people
Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
radiohead Slug
Robbie Williams Angels
Roni Size and Reprazent brown paper bag
Sade Smooth operator
Sandy Shaw Doll on a string
Sex Pistols Anarchy in the UK (updated 2012)
Shirley Bassey original name – Goldfinger
Siouxsie and Banshee hong kong garden
Skepta Malfunction
Such a solid team 21 seconds
Soul II Soul Back to life (However you want me) [feat. Caron Wheeler]
Spice Girls Joker (Radio Edit)
Stormzy Shut Up (Studio version)
Sugababes Freak like me
Take it Back Forever (Radio Mix)
The Beatles A day in the life
The Beatles She loves You
chemical brothers Hey boy, hey girl
Thue Collision London is calling
Treatment close to me
human league Don’t you want me
Jam A city named Malice
kinks you really got me
Libertines Don’t look back at Kristen Bell Tattoos
Police Every Breath You Take
Prodigy Pyro
rolling stones Sympathy for the Devil
Blacksmiths This charming man
Special offers Ghost town
stone roses Fool’s Gold (remastered)
Streets Has it come to this?
WHO My generation (stereo version)
Tiny Tempah distribute
Underworld Slippy (Nuxx) [Radio Edit]
Van Morrison girl with brown eyes

Group portrait of British punk rock band The Clash in 1978, L. R. Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon, Mick Jones, Nicky 'Topper' Headon.


Group portrait of British punk rock band The Clash in 1978, L. R. Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon, Mick Jones, Nicky ‘Topper’ Headon.Credit: Getty – Contributor
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