Abbey Road Studios celebrates 85th anniversary with curated, evolving music playlists…

Abbey Road Studios, the world famous recording studio, is celebrating its 85th anniversary by launching its first ever series of carefully curated playlists .

As the world’s first purpose-built recording studio, Abbey Road Studios has been home to many landmark recordings in pop music, rock, film scores and classical music since 1931.

The playlists take listeners on a musical journey through the recording history of this iconic studio, from the very first Abbey Road classical recording from Sir Edward Elgar, to The Beatles’ most famous songs from the sixties, right through to contemporary tracks by artists such as Frank Ocean, James Blake and Ellie Goulding.

Curated by the team at Abbey Road Studios including its music library team and sequenced by Abbey Road Studios engineers, it showcases different genres, eras and milestone tracks. The playlists are divided into Studio One , Studio Twoand Studio Three and show the sheer scope of music recorded in all three over the years. Tracks will constantly be added to offer a comprehensive, evolving overview of Abbey Road Studios’ rich recording timeline while the listening experience will be enhanced with audio and blogs providing crucial detail on landmark recordings.

Abbey Road Studios has seen some of the greatest music artists and composers step through its doors over the last 85 years. Attracted to its rich heritage, cutting-edge recording facilities and expert engineers, these musicians see Abbey Road Studios as an unique and inspirational location.

The major music artists wishing Abbey Road Studios a happy 85th anniversary:

“Abbey Road is 85 years old! Boy, do I remember the first time I went in there?  Yeah, it seems like yesterday, but it wasn’t. It wasn’t 85 years ago, but something approximating that.  It was beautiful. It was such a scary session with George Martin as the presiding grown-up.  Bless him, bless Abbey Road, bless John, George and all our departed heroes. We love ‘em all, we love Abbey Road.” – Sir Paul McCartney

“Happy birthday Abbey Road. 85 years and still going strong!” – Giles Martin

“Happy birthday, Abbey Road. It’s been a pleasure knowing you these past ten years.  Well you’re 85; I’m a little younger. Hope I get to spend quite a few more years with you.” – Mark Ronson

“85 years – it’s amazing. Thank you for having me – I’ve been lucky enough to come in and do a load of stuff in Abbey Road over the last year or so.  And thank you for all of the things you’ve done for music over all of these 85 years. Get merry, go crazy. Hopefully I will see you soon.” – James Bay

“I’ve been very lucky to come and sing at Abbey Road a number of times and it is such an honour to have been part of such an incredible place for music. Thank for your so much for everything you have done for music over the last 85 years and for having me.  Have the most wonderful birthday.” – Ella Eyre

“Happy 85th anniversary to Abbey Road! Thank you for all the music, all the legends, all the history and all the inspiration. Hope you party hard.” – Emeli Sande

“We want to wish Abbey Road a happy 85th birthday. We weren’t quite around when Edward Elgar opened it 85 years ago, but we’re getting there. We’ve recorded many albums there and had some great times there. One of the world’s great studios. We’d love to come back… and a very very happy anniversary to you.” – The Zombies

“Happy 85th anniversary to Abbey Road Studios. Long may it continue and continue it may. Thank you for the music. Let’s make some more.” – Naughty Boy

“I’d like to wish Abbey Road Studios a very happy 85th birthday.  I’ve had the incredible privilege of being able to spend a little bit of time in the studios recording one of my songs and it’s such an amazing place with such an incredible history, so here’s to another 85 years.” – Amy MacDonald

“Happy birthday Abbey Road from Walking On Cars. We’re looking forward to hearing another 85 years of your work.” – Walking On Cars

“We are wishing you a very happy 85th birthday. You look very good for 85. See you soon.” – The Vamps

Abbey Road Studios holds a unique place in the history of the recorded music and is a special location in the eyes of legendary musicians and producers:

“If you believe, as I do, that a house has atmosphere and is capable of absorbing the personalities and emotions of its inhabitants, you will have no difficulty appreciating the unique quality of Abbey Road.” – Sir George Martin 

“Abbey Road is the only studio I’ve ever known in the world where you have one grand piano, one super grand piano, one medium grand…everything…just there in the studio for normal use.” – Sir Paul McCartney

“The events rumble from the bricks and mortar” – Roger Waters, Pink Floyd

“It’s just a great place to go and work, especially being Beatles fans. If I had the choice of any studio in the world it would be Abbey Road.” – Noel Gallagher, Oasis

“We came out way in advance and practiced so hard because we wanted to live up to the tradition. We wanted to live the mystique of this legendary studio.” – Kanye West

“It was a very magical experience…the place had tremendous presence.” – Kate Bush

“It still has the same mysteries inside it, and this place has got that sort of lurking under the surface…I love it.” – 3D (Robert Del Naja), Massive Attack 


Studio One

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Sir Edward Elgar, The London Symphony Orchestra – Pomp & Circumstance Marches, Op. 39, Nos. 1 & 4

Sergey Prokofiev, London Symphony Orchestra – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26. III. Allegra Ma Non Troppo

Fats Waller – London Suite

Shirley Bassey – As Long As He Needs Me

Glenn Miller & Dinah Shore – Stardust

Wings – Live & Let Die

Maria Callas – Tosca, Act II: Vissi d’arte

The Beatles – A Day In The Life

Ravi Shankar with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by André Previn – 2nd Movement: Rāga Sindhi Bhairavi

John Barry – Bond Back In Action Again (Goldfinger)

Rachmaninov, Andre Previn, London Symphony Orchestra – Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op.13: I. Grave – Allegro Ma Non Troppo

John Williams – The Imperial March (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back OST)

John Williams  – The Raiders March (Indiana Jones)

Queen – Who Wants To Live Forever

Rush – Manhatton Project

Ryuichi Nakamoto – The Last Emperor (Theme)

Basil Poledouris – Main Theme (Robocop OST)

James Horner, LSO  – Main Title (Aliens OST)

Duran Duran – Notorious

Killing Joke – Outside The Gate

Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy

Kanye West – Touch The Sky (Live At Abbey Road)

John Williams – The Knight Bus

Athlete – Wires (Radio Edit)

Sigur Ros – Ara Batur

Danny Elfman – Remains Of The Day (Corpse Bride OST)

Thomas Newman – Skyfall

Sam Smith – Writing’s On The Wall

Howard Shore, London Philharmonic Orchestra – Concerning Hobbits (Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring OST)

Ennio Morricone – L’Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock (The Hateful Eight OST)

Studio Two

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Ruby Murray – Softly Softly

Eddie Calvert – Oh Mein Papa

Cliff Richard and the Drifters – Move It

Johnny Kidd & The Pirates – Shakin All Over

Bernard Cribbins – Right, Said Fred

Ella Fitzgerald – Can’t Buy Me Love

The Shadows – Apache

Manfred Mann – Do Wah Diddy Diddy

The Beatles – In My Life

The Hollies – Bus Stop

The Seekers – The Carnival Is Over

John Lennon – Mother

George Harrison – My Sweet Lord

Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother Suite

The Beatles – Let It Be

Steve Harley, Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)

Kate Bush – Babooshka

Siouxsie & The Banshees – Cascade

Toto – I Won’t Hold You Back

David Bowie & Mick Jagger – Dancing In The Street

Paul Simon & Ladysmith Mambazo – Homeless

Radiohead – Sulk

Blur & Francoise Hardy – To The End (La Comedie)

Oasis – D’You Know What I Mean?

Air – La Femme D’Argent

Muse – Feeling Good

Adele – Skyfall

Steven Price – Gravity

Hozier – Better Love

Mura Masa & A$AP Rocky – Love$ick

Studio Three

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Paul Robeson – Rockin Chair

Mrs Mills – I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

Donovan – Sunshine Superman

The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows

Pink Floyd – Astronomy Domine

Tomorrow – My White Bicycle

The Zombies – Time Of The Season

Syd Barrett – Baby Lemonade

Deep Purple – Bloodsucker

Fela Kuti – Jeun Ko Ku (Chop And Quench)

Argent – God Gave Rock and Roll To You

The Hollies – The Air That I Breathe

Olivia Newton – John Have You Ever Been Mellow

Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond Pts. 1-5

Be Bop Deluxe – Ships In The Night

Magazine – The Light Pours Out Of Me

Gang Of Four – What We All Want

The Alan Parsons – Project Sirius (Instrumental)

Dexys Midnight Runners – Plan B

Chesney Hawkes – The One And Only

Nick Cave & Shane McGowan – What A Wonderful World

Radiohead – My Iron Lung

Spice Girls – Viva Forever

Jamiroquai – Deeper Underground

Shellac – Didn’t We Deserve A Look At You The Way You Really Are

Tony Bennet & Amy Winehouse – Body and Soul

Florence & The Machine – What The Water Gave Me

Lady Gaga – Born This Way

James Blake – f.o.r.e.v.e.r

Frank Ocean – White Ferrari


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