What makes these songs unique?

How about a little quiz? What do these 105 songs, all of these songs, and no other songs, have in common? Here’s a clue: it has to do with popularity.

Answer at the bottom if the section.

1. Eagles, Heartache Tonight, 1979
2. Queen, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, 1980
3. Pink Floyd, Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2, 1980
4. Billy Joel, You May Be Right, 1980
5. Paul McCartney & Wings, Coming Up (Live At Glasgow), 1980
6. Billy Joel, It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me, 1980
7. The Rolling Stones, Emotional Rescue, 1980
8. Queen, Another One Bites The Dust, 1980
9. Bruce Springsteen, Hungry Heart, 1980
10. John Lennon, (Just Like) Starting Over, 1980
11. John Lennon, Woman, 1981
12. Stevie Nicks With Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around, 1981
13. Foreigner, Waiting For A Girl Like You, 1981
14. Survivor, Eye Of The Tiger, 1982
15. John Cougar, Jack & Diane, 1982
16. Men At Work, Down Under, 1983
17. The Police, Every Breath You Take, 1983


Every Breath You Take by The Police is perhaps the most notable song on this list, with Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi and Jump by Van Halen not far behind — all three from the 80s when we rocked hard! Recent song Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye Featuring Kimbra is also one of the most notable. Time will tell.

18. Pat Benatar, Love Is A Battlefield, 1983
19. Yes, Owner Of A Lonely Heart, 1983
20. The Romantics, Talking In Your Sleep, 1983
21. Van Halen, Jump, 1984
22. Bruce Springsteen, Dancing In The Dark, 1984
23. The Cars, Drive, 1984
24. Foreigner, I Want To Know What Love Is, 1985
25. 25. Philip Bailey With Phil Collins, Easy Lover, 1985
26. Simple Minds, Don’t You (Forget About Me), 1985
27. Tears For Fears, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, 1985
28. Sting, If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, 1985
29. Dire Straits, Money For Nothing, 1985
30. Starship, We Built This City, 1985
31. Mr. Mister, Kyrie, 1986
32. Mike + The Mechanics, Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground), 1986
33. Heart, These Dreams, 1986
34. Robert Palmer, Addicted To Love, 1986
35. Peter Gabriel, Sledgehammer, 1986
36. Steve Winwood, Higher Love, 1986
37. Bon Jovi, You Give Love A Bad Name, 1986
38. Boston, Amanda, 1986
39. Bruce Hornsby And The Range, The Way It Is, 1986
40. Bon Jovi, Livin’ On A Prayer, 1987
41. U2, With Or Without You, 1987
42. Heart, Alone, 1987
43. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Shakedown, 1987
44. U2, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, 1987
45. Aerosmith, Angel, 1988
46. Cheap Trick, The Flame, 1988
47. Steve Winwood, Roll With It, 1988
48. Robert Palmer, Simply Irresistible, 1988
49. Def Leppard, Love Bites, 1988
50. Bon Jovi, Bad Medicine, 1988
51. Warrant, Heaven, 1989
52. Tears For Fears, Sowing The Seeds Of Love, 1989
53. Tom Petty, Free Fallin’, 1990
54. Jon Bon Jovi, Blaze Of Glory, 1990
55. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Under The Bridge, 1992
56. Soul Asylum, Runaway Train, 1993
57. Counting Crows, Mr. Jones, 1994
58. The Cranberries, Zombie, 1994
59. Pearl Jam, Better Man, 1995
60. Green Day, When I Come Around, 1995
61. Live, Lightning Crashes, 1995
62. Dave Matthews Band, What Would You Say, 1995
63. Collective Soul, December, 1995
64. Alanis Morissette, You Oughta Know, 1995
65. Goo Goo Dolls, Name, 1995
66. Alanis Morissette, Hand In My Pocket, 1995
67. Alanis Morissette, Ironic, 1996
68. The Wallflowers, One Headlight, 1997
69. Third Eye Blind, Semi-Charmed Life, 1997
70. Matchbox 20, Push, 1997
71. Sugar Ray Featuring Super Cat, Fly, 1997
72. Chumbawamba, Tubthumping, 1997
73. Smash Mouth, Walkin’ On The Sun, 1997
74. Marcy Playground, Sex And Candy, 1998
75. Goo Goo Dolls, Iris, 1998
76. The Offspring, Pretty Fly (For A White Guy), 1999
77. Sugar Ray, Every Morning, 1999
78. Smash Mouth, All Star, 1999
79. Blink 182, All The Small Things, 2000
80. Creed, Higher, 2000
81. 3 Doors Down, Kryptonite, 2000
82. Creed, With Arms Wide Open, 2000
83. Crazy Town, Butterfly, 2001
84. Lifehouse, Hanging By A Moment, 2001
85. Alien Ant Farm, Smooth Criminal, 2001
86. Nickelback, How You Remind Me, 2001
87. Linkin Park, In The End, 2002
88. Chad Kroeger Featuring Josey Scott, Hero, 2002
89. 3 Doors Down, When I’m Gone, 2003
90. Evanescence Featuring Paul McCoy Of 12 Stones, Bring Me To Life, 2003
91. Linkin Park, Numb, 2004
92. Hoobastank, The Reason, 2004
93. Green Day, Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, 2005
94. Weezer, Beverly Hills, 2005
95. Fall Out Boy, Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down, 2005
96. Nickelback, Photograph, 2005
97. Fall Out Boy, Dance, Dance, 2006
98. Panic! At The Disco, I Write Sins Not Tragedies, 2006
99. My Chemical Romance, Welcome To The Black Parade, 2007
100. Plain White T’s, Hey There Delilah, 2007
101. Coldplay, Viva La Vida, 2008
102. Kings Of Leon, Use Somebody, 2009
103. Foster The People, Pumped Up Kicks, 2011
104. Fun. Featuring Janelle Monae, We Are Young, 2012
105. Gotye Featuring Kimbra, Somebody That I Used To Know, 2012

These are all of the rock to pop crossover songs that hit number one on both charts since 1979. This list came from Tunecaster Crossover Number One Songs.

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