Top 8 Oldies Still Rocking WWUSA Blog.

8) Billy Joel

Born: May 9, 1949

Six-time Grammy winner and one of the most prolific songwriters of all time, the American singer tasted major success with his debut 1973-single, "Piano Man." In 2016, the song was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its "cultural, historic or artistic significance." An inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a Kennedy Center honoree, Joel's biggest hits include "Uptown Girl," "We Didn't Start the Fire" and "Only the Good Die Young."

7) Sting

Born: Oct. 10, 1951

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, better known by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer-songwriter and actor. He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band The Police from 1977 to 1984, before launching a solo career. He has included elements of rock, jazz, reggae, classical, new-age and worldbeat in his music. As a solo musician and a member of The Police, he has received 16 Grammy Awards (his first in the category of best rock instrumental in 1980, for "Reggatta de Blanc"), three Brit Awards, including Outstanding Contribution in 2002, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song. 

6) Paul Simon

Born: Oct. 13, 1941 

The American singer-songwriter's success began as half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote nearly all of the pair’s songs, including the chart-toppers "The Sound of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson", and "Bridge over Troubled Water." He also had a successful solo career after his split from Garfunkel in 1970 and recorded three highly acclaimed albums. He was even inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

5) John Mellencamp

Born: Oct. 7, 1951

The American musician, singer-songwriter, painter and actor is known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock. He rose to super-stardom in the 1980s with a string of Top 10 singles, including "Hurts So Good," "Jack & Diane," "Crumblin' Down," "Pink Houses," "Lonely Ol' Night," "Small Town," and "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A."  He is also a founding member of the charitable organization, Farm Aid, that raised money and awareness about the loss of family farms in the U.S.

4) Bruce Springsteen

Born: Sept. 23, 1949

Springsteen is an American musician, singer, songwriter and humanitarian, best known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss," Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working-class and sometimes political sentiments centered on his native New Jersey, his distinctive voice and his lengthy and energetic stage performances.

3) Mick Jagger

Born: July 26, 1943 

The English singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as the lead vocalist and a founding member of The Rolling Stones. Jagger's career has spanned over 50 years, and he has been described as "one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll." In 1989 Jagger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2003 he was knighted for his services to popular music.


2) Ringo Starr

Born: July 7, 1940

Richard Starkey, known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English musician and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. He occasionally sang lead vocals and also wrote the Beatles' songs "Don't Pass Me By" and "Octopus's Garden."


1) Paul McCartney

Born: June 18, 1942

Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as the bassist of the English rock band the Beatles — one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music. His songwriting partnership with Lennon is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. 


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