'Just The Way You Are'
Written as a birthday gift for Joel's first wife Elizabeth Weber, the song was Joel's first top 10 hit reaching No.3 and won both Record of the Year and Album of the year at the 1978 Grammys. Diana Krall, Barry White, Frank Sinatra and Shirley Bassey have all covered this song.
'In My Life'
This classic 1965 song was inspired by John Lennon's childhood. To get the harpsichord-like sound in the instrumental bridge, the piano solo was recorded at half-tempo and the tape speed was doubled. Out of all the Beatles songs written, this song and 'Eleanor Rigby' are the only two songs that Lennon and Paul McCartney disagree on what they each contributed.
Bridge Over Troubled Water
A line in the Swan Silvertones' 1958 song, 'Mary Don't You Weep' inspired Simon to write this song, which was done while Garfunkel was filming 'Catch-22.' The single won Record of the Year and Song of the Year in the 1971 Grammy Awards.
'Because You Loved Me'
Written by Diane Warren, the song was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and four Grammy Awards - one of which Warren won for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for being featured in 'Up Close and Personal.'
'Stand By Me'
King originally wrote the song for The Drifters, who passed on the opportunity to record it. The song was released as a single for two years before it was included on the album, 'Don't Play That Song!' The song was also featured in the film, 'Stand by Me.' Check out the 1986 music video which features Wil Wheaton and River Phoenix.
'Through The Years'
This 1981 love song was produced by Lionel Richie and hit No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, staying in the Top 40 for eleven weeks.
Written by the great songwriter Irving Gordon, the mother/son favorite has been covered by over 30 artists, Including Peggy Lee, Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin; the Nat King Cole version still proves to be the favorite. Originally recorded in 1951, the song was arranged by Nelson Riddle and in 2000 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Written by Jeffrey Steele and Steve Robson, 'My Wish' is the theme song for the 'My Wish' segment on ESPN's SportsCenter, where Make-a-Wish foundation works with athletes to make a child's wish come true.
This southern rock classic was written shortly after lead singer Ronnie Van Zant's grandmother and guitarist Gary Rossington's mother passed away, and speaks volumes about how these women gave them advice about life and growing up. This is one of the few songs the band recorded down a half-step (Eb down from E).
'What a Wonderful World'
The song was originally intended as a remedy towards the racial and political disposition during the late sixties; but as we all know, serves more of an optimistic role on everyday life. In addition to being a mother/son wedding song staple, the song is also played frequently during Christmas season albeit the non-holiday references. In 1999, Armstrong's recording was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.