I've started encountering 6/8 time in surprising places. For example, I was teaching some kids the children's song "Pat-a Cake, Pat-a-Cake, Baker's Man" this afternoon [from a children's song book] and saw it was in 6/8 time!
When I got home, I made this little list that hopefully other people (that means you ) can add to:
Songs in 6/8 Time
Old Friends – [Simon& Garfunkel]
We Are the Champions - [Queen]
Lights - [Journey]
(How Can You Mend) A Broken Heart - [Bee Gees, Al Green]
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) – [The Beatles]
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Hickory ****ory Dock
This Is The Way We (Wash Our Face)
[aka “The Wheels On The Bus”]
I'm not "100% beyond the shadow of any possible doubt" positive on all of these, but I've either seen them notated as 6/8 or they count out as 6/8 to me. Also, I realise that there can be more than one way of notating the same piece, but I'm not really looking to get into esoteric arguments or anything. Basically, all I know is 4/4, a bit of 3/4, a bit of 6/8, some hazy memories 2/4 from way back when I was in elementary school band(!), and some experiments on my own with 5/4.
Anyway, 6/8 has kind of caught my attention lately, as I play almost entirely in 4/4, but I'm seeing that 6/8 is more useful and more widespread than I had imagined.
Please comment on your experiences with 6/8, as well as add any popular songs (even kid's songs) to my list. Also, if you feel I improperly included a song, you might mention that (and why).
[edit: I removed '59th Street Bridge Song' and 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love'. After reading comments below, I re-listened and counted and have decided I was previously insane when I figured them as 6/8. Also, I added some more children's songs]