We’re loving St Pancras Station’s latest public music installation, the free-to-play jukebox that has just appeared in the station, bringing together music and the community. The permanent jukebox holds every top 40 hit from the past 50 years and adds to the iconic free-to-use pianos that Elton John and John Legend have popped in to serenade the crowds on. The jukebox holds an amazing 57,000 songs, with The Beatles claiming the most Top 40 tracks at 280.
The gorgeous display of Hollyhock flowers set up for the launch in May was inspired by and in honour of The Beatles’ ‘Mad Day Out’ photo shoot, that took place just around the corner nearly 50 years ago. With a choice of 57,000 free-to-play songs including 1,255 number ones and 18,162 artists, it got our minds boggling and thinking of our favourite songs of times gone by and of course our best systems to play them on!
Do you remember these Number 1 hits?
We’ve gone back in time through the decades, for this trip down musical memory lane. Do you remember these Number 1 tracks of yesteryear?
|1960s||House of the Rising Sun – The Animals, 1964||Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum, 1967||Hey Jude – The Beatles, 1968|
|1970s||Imagine – John Lennon, 1971||Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen, 1975||Dancing Queen – ABBA, 1976|
|1980s||Don’t You Want Me – Human League, 1981||Careless Whisper – George Michael, 1984||Back to Life – Soul 11 Soul, 1989|
|1990s||Firestarter – The Prodigy, 1996||The Drugs Don’t Work – The Verve, 1997||Praise You – Fatboy Slim, 1999|
|Noughties||Can’t Get You Out of my Head – Kylie Minogue, 2001||The Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love, 2003||Gnarls Barkley – Crazy, 2006|
Our best systems to listen to those classic old tracks on
Our Denver VPL-120 retro record player in light blue, at £39.99 +P&P, is a great little turntable, easy to use with a cool vintage look. It comes in a retro-style suitcase and has built-in twin speakers, which make it really easy to carry around and play your vinyl collection wherever you are. The triple speed option allows you to play those favourite 33.3 rpm albums, the classic 45rpm singles and the really vintage 78rpm records. The headphone jack, PC connection and recording to MP3 and WAV files functions make it a flexible piece of kit.
The Denver DAB-38 portable digital radio in dark wood,at £49.99 +P&P, allows you to switch between DAB and FM radio, scan for, select or preset your stations. With a classic vintage look, it comes with a smart carry handle, DAB+, 4 watt RMS speakers, a 2.8” inch LED screen, dual alarm, snooze and sleep functions, stereo headphone jack and battery back-up. You’ll feel as if you’re going back in time, listening to those old classic tracks on the DAB-38.
The Grouptronics GTMC-101 CD player in piano black or white, at £31.99 +P&P, is a great system to play those old favourite CDs that we loved in the last couple of decades. We’ve supplied them to several boutique hotels who like it’s wall mountable or table top options, that means they’ll fit perfectly into any room. The twin stereo speakers can be detached depending on your preference, the front loading CD player can be flipped open to play your favourite discs and the aux-in socket enables phone or MP3 connection to extend your playing options further. Set the built-in alarm and wake-up to your chosen CD, the radio or the buzzer.
Have fun listening to your favourite old tracks and let us know if you manage to have a play on the St Pancras Jukebox!
From the team at 3wisemonkeys