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1980’s Classic Songs that were actually cover songs

May 10, 2013

Some of the biggest hits of the 1980’s were cover songs of obscure tunes. No kidding. Check these four songs out.

Kim Carnes was generally seen as a country singer. In 1980, she had a number one duet with Kenny Rogers. In 1981, she whipped her way out of this genre with the top song of the year, Bette Davis Eyes, which crossed over to hit #17 on the rock chart.

Little known to most, Bette Davis Eyes was actually a 1974 album track penned and performed by country singer Jackie DeShannon.

Speaking of top songs of the year, Dionne Warwick made a charity tune with her friends Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Gladys Knight. That’s What Friends Are For rushed to number one and became the top song of 1986. Between the four co-stars, they had a total of 33 number one songs.

That’s What Friends Are For was written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager. It was originally recorded in 1982 by non-other-than superstar Rod Stewart. Did you know that?

Back to 1981.  Blondie had her third of four big number one songs with The Tide Is High.

The Tide Is High was a Caribbean classic originally done in 1967 by The Paradons. Member Bob Andy was later half of the duet Bob And Marcia whose 1970 classic soul song was To Be Young Gifted And Black.

One more for now.  George Harrison was, of course, a long-time star, first with The Beatles, then solo for some two decades after. He was also a member of ‘supergroup’ Traveling Wilburys.  In 1988, he had a number one hit with Got My Mind Set On You.

This song went way back.  It was written by Rudy Clark and performed in 1962 by James Ray with the Hutch Davie Orchestra as I’ve Got My Mind Set On You.


Top 200 songs of the 1960’s decade

May 8, 2013

What were you doing when Greenfields by The Brothers Four was reigning at number one for its fourth week?  It’s time for the top tunes of the 1960’s. But first, I reposted the earlier top songs pages, adding 100 more songs! This time, let’s go straight to the top 200! Look at this. An instrumental at number one for the decade.

1. The Theme From
A Summer Place
Percy Faith And His Orchestra
2. Sugar Shack Jimmy Gilmer And The Fireballs

Mbube, Wimoweh, and now The Lion Sleeps Tonight was an African classic. Here’s The Tokens doing it live.

3. The Lion Sleeps Tonight The Tokens
4. Will You Love Me Tomorrow The Shirelles
5. I Want To Hold Your Hand The Beatles

It was 1964. The Beatles invaded the charts and would have held the top song position for an incredible 17 weeks straight. But old-timer Louis Armstrong was not finished. His version of Hello, Dolly stole two of those weeks right in the middle, leaving The Beatles with 15 weeks in a stretch of nine weeks, then a stretch of seven weeks.

6. Hello, Dolly! Louis Armstrong And
The All Stars
7. Sugar, Sugar The Archies
8. Sherry The 4 Seasons
9. Hey Jude The Beatles
10. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction The Rolling Stones
11. Tossin’ And Turnin’ Bobby Lewis
12. Come See About Me The Supremes
13. Honky Tonk Women The Rolling Stones
14. The Twist (1961) Chubby Checker
15. I Can’t Stop Loving You Ray Charles
16. Where Did Our Love Go The Supremes
17. Are You Lonesome To-night? Elvis Presley
18. Groovin’ The Young Rascals
19. Downtown Petula Clark
20. Happy Together The Turtles
21. She Loves You The Beatles
22. Reach Out I’ll Be There The Four Tops
23. Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkel
24. Louie Louie The Kingsmen
25. Honey Bobby Goldsboro
26. Walk Like A Man The 4 Seasons
27. I Can’t Help Myself
(Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
The Four Tops
28. To Sir With Love Lulu
29. Big Girls Don’t Cry The 4 Seasons
30. Travelin’ Man Ricky Nelson
31. Runaround Sue Dion
32. It’s Now Or Never Elvis Presley
33. I’m A Believer The Monkees
34. My Boyfriend’s Back The Angels
35. The Twist (1960) Chubby Checker
36. People Got To Be Free The Rascals
37. Good Vibrations The Beach Boys
38. Hey Paula Paul And Paula
39. This Guy’s In Love With You Herb Alpert
40. Those Were The Days Mary Hopkin
41. Yesterday The Beatles
42. Hit The Road Jack Ray Charles
43. If You Wanna Be Happy Jimmy Soul
44. Hello Goodbye The Beatles
45. Be My Baby The Ronettes
46. Michael The Highwaymen
47. Greenfields The Brothers Four
48. I Heard It Through
The Grapevine
Gladys Knight & The Pips
49. Cathy’s Clown The Everly Brothers
50. Do You Love Me
(Now That I Can Dance)
The Contours
51. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You Frankie Valli
52. Dominique The Singing Nun
53. The Letter The Box Tops
54. Paperback Writer The Beatles
55. Peppermint Twist – Part I Joey Dee & The Starliters
56. Get Back The Beatles With Billy Preston
57. Baby Love The Supremes
58. Born Free Roger Williams
59. I Heard It Through
The Grapevine
Marvin Gaye
60. Somethin’ Stupid Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra
61. The Ballad Of The Green Berets SSgt Barry Sadler
62. Can’t Help Falling In Love Elvis Presley
63. Duke Of Earl Gene Chandler
64. Ode To Billie Joe Bobbie Gentry
65. Everyday People Sly & The Family Stone
66. Big Bad John Jimmy Dean
67. Spinning Wheel Blood, Sweat & Tears
68. Expressway (To Your Heart) The Soul Survivors
69. Pony Time Chubby Checker
70. Incense And Peppermints Strawberry Alarm Clock
71. Wonderland By Night Bert Kaempfert
And His Orchestra
72. Blue Velvet Bobby Vinton
73. The Loco-Motion Little Eva
74. Quarter To Three Gary U.S. Bonds
75. Good Luck Charm Elvis Presley
76. Mashed Potato Time Dee Dee Sharp
77. We Can Work It Out The Beatles
78. Hey! Baby Bruce Channel
79. Do Wah Diddy Diddy Manfred Mann
80. Last Train To Clarksville The Monkees
81. Wooly Bully Sam The Sham
And The Pharoahs
82. Kind Of A Drag The Buckinghams
83. You Keep Me Hangin’ On The Supremes
84. Rag Doll The 4 Seasons
85. Exodus Ferrante & Teicher
86. (Sittin’ On)
The Dock Of The Bay
Otis Redding
87. Daydream Believer The Monkees
88. Go Away Little Girl Steve Lawrence
89. Woman, Woman The Union Gap Featuring
Gary Puckett
90. I Got You Babe Sonny & Cher
91. Roses Are Red (My Love) Bobby Vinton
92. Johnny Angel Shelley Fabares
93. There! I’ve Said It Again Bobby Vinton
94. Everybody Loves Somebody Dean Martin
95. Windy The Association
96. Medley: Aquarius/Let The
Sunshine In
(The Flesh Failures)
The 5th Dimension
97. Hair The Cowsills
98. Stop! In The Name Of Love The Supremes
99. Mr. Lonely Bobby Vinton
100. Return To Sender Elvis Presley
101. So Much In Love The Tymes
102. Hooked On A Feeling B.J. Thomas
103. Georgy Girl The Seekers
104. Tell Him The Exciters
105. Runaway Del Shannon
106. Running Bear Johnny Preston
107. There’s A Moon Out Tonight The Capris
108. Cherish The Association
109. I’m Sorry Brenda Lee
110. Pretty Little Angel Eyes Curtis Lee
111. (You’re My)
Soul And Inspiration
The Righteous Brothers
112. My Guy Mary Wells
113. Limbo Rock Chubby Checker
114. Wedding Bell Blues The 5th Dimension
115. I Will Follow Him Little Peggy March
116. Come Together The Beatles
117. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ The Righteous Brothers
118. Summer In The City The Lovin’ Spoonful
119. Harper Valley P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
120. Mr. Tambourine Man The Byrds
121. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) The Byrds
122. Sounds Of Silence Simon & Garfunkel
123. Build Me Up Buttercup The Foundations
124. Save The Last Dance For Me The Drifters
125. Young Girl The Union Gap
Featuring Gary Puckett
126. Ruby Tuesday The Rolling Stones
127. Do You Want To Know A Secret The Beatles
128. Winchester Cathedral The New Vaudeville Band
129. He’s A Rebel The Crystals
130. The Rain, The Park & Other Things The Cowsills
131. A Taste Of Honey Herb Alpert & The
Tijuana Brass
132. Love Is Blue (L’amour Est Bleu) Paul Mauriat And His Orchestra
133. Love Is Here And Now
You’re Gone
Diana Ross And The Supremes
134. Fingertips – Pt. 2 Little Stevie Wonder
135. Mother-In-Law Ernie K-Doe
136. Bobby’s Girl Marcie Blane
137. I Can’t Get Next To You The Temptations
138. I Want To Be Wanted
(Per Tutta La Vita)
Brenda Lee
139. Love Child Diana Ross And The Supremes
140. Teen Angel Mark Dinning
141. Stuck On You Elvis Presley
142. Soldier Boy The Shirelles
143. Tighten Up Archie Bell & The Drells
144. Let’s Hang On! The 4 Seasons

Can’t Buy Me Love was number one in April, 1964, when The Beatles did it — took the entire top four Pop Top 20 positions. There’s a feat that hasn’t been repeated.

145. Can’t Buy Me Love The Beatles
146. I Hear A Symphony The Supremes
147. When A Man Loves A Woman Percy Sledge
148. Hello, I Love You The Doors
149. Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes
150. Soul Man Sam & Dave
151. Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) John Fred & His Playboy Band
152. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Brian Hyland
153. Someday We’ll Be Together Diana Ross And The Supremes
154. It’s My Party Lesley Gore
155. Alley-Oop Hollywood Argyles
156. 1-2-3 Len Barry
157. Good Lovin’ The Young Rascals
158. Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron The Royal Guardsmen
159. Why Frankie Avalon
160. Na Na Hey Hey
Kiss Him Goodbye
161. Dizzy Tommy Roe
162. Our Day Will Come Ruby And The Romantics
163. I Feel Fine The Beatles
164. She’s Not There The Zombies
165. The Happening The Supremes
166. Eight Days A Week The Beatles
167. Leaving On A Jet Plane Peter, Paul & Mary
168. In The Year 2525
(Exordium & Terminus)
Zager & Evans
169. Chain Of Fools Aretha Franklin
170. Wild Thing The Troggs
171. Handy Man Jimmy Jones
172. A Thousand Stars Kathy Young With
The Innocents
173. He’ll Have To Go Jim Reeves
174. Strangers In The Night Frank Sinatra
175. Green Tambourine The Lemon Pipers
176. Georgia On My Mind Ray Charles
177. I Get Around The Beach Boys
178. Sukiyaki Kyu Sakamoto
179. Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter Herman’s Hermits
180. I’m Leaving It Up To You Dale & Grace
181. Help Me, Rhonda The Beach Boys
182. The Good, The Bad
And The Ugly
Hugo Montenegro
183. Deep Purple Nino Tempo & April Stevens
184. Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley
185. Take Good Care Of My Baby Bobby Vee
186. Twist And Shout The Beatles
187. Get Off Of My Cloud The Rolling Stones
188. The House Of The Rising Sun The Animals
189. Lightnin’ Strikes Lou Christie
190. Oh, Pretty Woman Roy Orbison And
The Candy Men
191. That’s Life Frank Sinatra
192. Ronnie The 4 Seasons
193. Something The Beatles
194. Only The Lonely
(Know The Way I Feel)
Roy Orbison
195. Last Date Floyd Cramer
196. A Whiter Shade Of Pale Procol Harum
197. Devil With A Blue Dress On &
Good Golly Miss Molly
Mitch Ryder And
The Detroit Wheels
198. You Can’t Hurry Love The Supremes
199. Time Of The Season The Zombies
200. Worst That Could Happen Brooklyn Bridge

Top 100 songs of the 1980’s decade

August 15, 2012

Time for the top 100 songs of the Big 80’s. Lots of variety here. This list comes from Tunecaster.

1. Ebony And Ivory Paul McCartney With
Stevie Wonder
2. Hard To Say I’m Sorry Chicago
3. Every Breath You Take The Police
4. One More Try George Michael
5. Look Away Chicago
6. That’s What Friends Are For Dionne And Friends Featuring
Elton John, Gladys Knight
And Stevie Wonder
7. Like A Prayer Madonna
8. Another Day In Paradise Phil Collins
9. Coming Up (Live At Glasgow) Paul McCartney & Wings
10. Sledgehammer Peter Gabriel
11. Call Me Blondie
12. We Are The World USA For Africa
13. Say You, Say Me Lionel Richie
14. Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes
15. Livin’ On A Prayer Bon Jovi
16. Alone Heart
17. West End Girls Pet Shop Boys
18. Jack & Diane John Cougar
19. Jump Van Halen
20. Billie Jean Michael Jackson
21. Say Say Say Paul McCartney And
Michael Jackson
22. Do That To Me One More Time Captain & Tennille
23. Careless Whisper Wham! Featuring
George Michael
24. Lady Kenny Rogers
25. Owner Of A Lonely Heart Yes
26. Pump Up The Jam Technotronic Featuring Felly
27. Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
28. Like A Virgin Madonna
29. When Doves Cry Prince And The Revolution
30. Physical Olivia Newton-John
31. Karma Chameleon Culture Club
32. Rosanna Toto
33. Maneater Daryl Hall And John Oates


At the beginning of the 1970s, it was announced that The Beatles broke up. At the beginning of the 1980’s, worse news arrived. John Lennon was shot and killed while Starting Over was near the top chart spot. The song hit number one and became one of the biggest songs of the 80’s. Here is the audio.

34. (Just Like) Starting Over John Lennon
35. Baby, Come To Me Patti Austin And James Ingram
36. Magic Olivia Newton-John
37. Don’t Dream It’s Over Crowded House
38. Money For Nothing Dire Straits
39. Walk Like An Egyptian Bangles
40. Straight Up Paula Abdul
41. Eye Of The Tiger Survivor
42. The Tide Is High Blondie

60’s group Jefferson Airplane came back in a new configuration in the 70’s as Jefferson Starship. In the 80’s the group had a second comeback, now as just Starship. This second comeback produced the group’s biggest hit of all, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.

43. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now Starship
44. Private Eyes Daryl Hall And John Oates
45. When I’m With You Sheriff
46. Africa Toto
47. Miss You Much Janet Jackson
48. Greatest Love Of All Whitney Houston
49. Always Atlantic Starr
50. Woman In Love Barbra Streisand
51. Total Eclipse Of The Heart Bonnie Tyler
52. Broken Wings Mr. Mister
53. What’s Love Got To Do With It Tina Turner
54. Rock With You Michael Jackson
55. Sweet Child O’ Mine Guns N’ Roses
56. Holding Back The Years Simply Red
57. Flashdance… What A Feeling Irene Cara
58. Luka Suzanne Vega
59. Take On Me A-ha
60. Missing You John Waite
61. Truly Lionel Richie
62. All Night Long (All Night) Lionel Richie
63. Open Arms Journey
64. Every Rose Has Its Thorn Poison
65. Kyrie Mr. Mister
66. Faith George Michael
67. Love On The Rocks Neil Diamond
68. It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me Billy Joel
69. Waiting For A Girl Like You Foreigner
70. Let’s Go Crazy Prince And The Revolution
71. When I Think Of You Janet Jackson
72. I Just Called To Say I Love You Stevie Wonder
73. Celebration Kool And The Gang
74. I Knew You Were Waiting
(For Me)
Aretha Franklin And
George Michael
75. Beat It Michael Jackson
76. Who’s Crying Now Journey
77. On My Own Patti LaBelle And Michael McDonald
78. Lean On Me Club Nouveau
79. The Flame Cheap Trick
80. I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) Daryl Hall And John Oates
81. Separate Lives
(Theme From White Knights)
Phil Collins And Marilyn Martin
82. Papa Don’t Preach Madonna
83. Hello Lionel Richie
84. Ghostbusters Ray Parker Jr.
85. Somewhere Out There Linda Ronstadt And
James Ingram
86. We Didn’t Start The Fire Billy Joel
87. Father Figure George Michael
88. I Want To Know What Love Is Foreigner
89. Say It Isn’t So Daryl Hall And John Oates
90. Wild, Wild West The Escape Club
91. Dancing In The Dark Bruce Springsteen
92. Two Hearts Phil Collins
93. Chariots Of Fire – Titles Vangelis
94. Bad Medicine Bon Jovi
95. Sweet Dreams
(Are Made Of This)
96. There’ll Be Sad Songs
(To Make You Cry)
Billy Ocean
97. Upside Down Diana Ross
98. Arthur’s Theme
(Best That You Can Do)
Christopher Cross
99. Angel Aerosmith
100. Live To Tell Madonna
101. Can’t Fight This Feeling REO Speedwagon
102. That Girl Stevie Wonder
103. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Wham!
104. Open Your Heart Madonna
105. Everything She Wants Wham!
106. Maniac Michael Sembello
107. Lost In Emotion Lisa Lisa And Cult Jam
108. Talking In Your Sleep The Romantics
109. Queen Of Hearts Juice Newton
110. Hands To Heaven Breathe
111. La Bamba Los Lobos
112. Don’t You (Forget About Me) Simple Minds
113. Stuck On You Lionel Richie
114. Hold Me Fleetwood Mac
115. Being With You Smokey Robinson
116. Wild Thing Tone Loc
117. Glory Of Love Peter Cetera
118. More Than I Can Say Leo Sayer
119. Party All The Time Eddie Murphy
120. Woman John Lennon
121. Don’t Rush Me Taylor Dayne
122. Believe It Or Not (Theme From Greatest American Hero) Joey Scarbury
123. The Wild Boys Duran Duran
124. Tell Her About It Billy Joel
125. Morning Train (Nine To Five) Sheena Easton
126. Break My Stride Matthew Wilder
127. Down Under Men At Work
128. Hold Me Now Thompson Twins
129. You Should Hear How
She Talks About You
Melissa Manchester
130. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For U2
131. Lost In Love Air Supply
132. Keep On Loving You REO Speedwagon
133. When The Going Gets Tough,
The Tough Get Going
Billy Ocean
134. Didn’t We Almost Have It All Whitney Houston
135. All Out Of Love Air Supply
136. Cherish Kool And The Gang
137. Time After Time Cyndi Lauper
138. You Keep Me Hangin’ On Kim Wilde
139. Crazy For You Madonna
140. Roll With It Steve Winwood
141. Joanna Kool And The Gang
142. Love Shack The B-52’s
143. Footloose Kenny Loggins
144. Make A Move On Me Olivia Newton-John
145. Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) Phil Collins
146. Sailing Christopher Cross
147. She Bop Cyndi Lauper
148. Guilty Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb
149. Together Forever Rick Astley
150. The One That You Love Air Supply
151. Just The Two Of Us Grover Washington, Jr.
with Bill Withers
152. My Prerogative Bobby Brown
153. Here I Go Again Whitesnake
154. Kiss On My List Daryl Hall And John Oates
155. Giving You The Best That I Got Anita Baker
156. Head To Toe Lisa Lisa And Cult Jam
157. Could’ve Been Tiffany
158. Take It Away Paul McCartney
159. Shake You Down Gregory Abbott
160. I’ll Always Love You Taylor Dayne
161. Every Woman In The World Air Supply
162. Baby Don’t Forget My Number Milli Vanilli
163. Can’t We Try Dan Hill with Vonda Shepard
164. Right Here Waiting Richard Marx
165. Passion Rod Stewart
166. Out Of Touch Daryl Hall And John Oates
167. Caribbean Queen
(No More Love On The Run)
Billy Ocean
168. Let’s Hear It For The Boy Deniece Williams
169. Eternal Flame Bangles
170. Man In The Mirror Michael Jackson
171. Simply Irresistible Robert Palmer
172. Rock Me Amadeus Falco
173. Love’s Been A Little Bit
Hard On Me
Juice Newton
174. With Or Without You U2
175. So Emotional Whitney Houston
176. Need You Tonight INXS
177. Part-Time Lover Stevie Wonder
178. I Wanna Dance With Somebody
(Who Loves Me)
Whitney Houston
179. I Love A Rainy Night Eddie Rabbitt
180. Love Is A Battlefield Pat Benatar
181. (I Just) Died In Your Arms Cutting Crew
182. Slow Hand Pointer Sisters
183. Never Gonna Give You Up Rick Astley
184. Dancing On The Ceiling Lionel Richie
185. The Best Of Times Styx
186. Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen
187. Don’t Talk To Strangers Rick Springfield
188. I Keep Forgettin’
(Every Time You’re Near)
Michael McDonald
189. Biggest Part Of Me Ambrosia
190. Girl I’m Gonna Miss You Milli Vanilli
191. A View To A Kill Duran Duran
192. Everytime You Go Away Paul Young
193. Everybody Wants To Rule The World Tears For Fears
194. Love Bites Def Leppard
195. Sussudio Phil Collins
196. The Reflex Duran Duran
197. Somebody’s Baby Jackson Browne
198. Don’t Know Much Linda Ronstadt
Featuring Aaron Neville
199. Everybody Have Fun Tonight Wang Chung
200. Material Girl Madonna

Who has the most number one songs on an album?

July 23, 2012

The answer is at the bottom! Watch this video as you scroll down.

What is an album?

An album is a full-length collection of songs released together as a package, from which, one or more songs are released as ‘singles’ promoted to become pop hits or hits in other music formats on radio or streaming sites.

Full-length traditionally means a collection of at least eight songs, typically ten. The term comes from the original album format, the 33 1/3 RPM (rounds-per-minute) 12 inch long-playing (LP) record, which could hold less than an hour of sound. This same understanding of album remained when physical formats shifted to 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs, and digital works.

For the purpose of this question, these albums must be new, original works mostly by a single act or artist, not compilations, and not bonus-sized packages. I will call these “regular albums.’
For the final answer, read through to the end.

Michael Jackson was first with five.

Michael Jackson was the first artist to have a regular album with five number one hits. In 1987, Michael Jackson released the album Bad. Here are the number ones from Bad.

Michael Jackson Bad album cover

I Just Can’t Stop Loving You


The Way You Make Me Feel

Man In The Mirror

Dirty Diana

All the pop charts at the time agreed, Cashbox, Tunecaster, Radio & Records, and Billboard.

Alanis Morissette ties Michael Jackson.

The debut album Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette was a huge blockbuster. Here are the five number one songs from this album.

Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill album cover

You Oughta Know

Hand In My Pocket


You Learn

Head Over Feet

Charts became quite scattered in the 1990s. None of these five songs became number one songs on Cashbox or Billboard. Two of these songs did not even make the famous 100-position charts. At Radio & Records, the first two missed number one, but the last three became number one songs. All five became number one songs on the Tunecaster Pop Top 20.

Additionally, All I Really Want received some pop airplay and peaked at number 5 on the Rock Top 20.

“If there was one time-marker that represented modern rock’s peak in popularity it was an album called Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette… You Oughta Know… blasted its way to the top. It became one of the biggest hits of the year and the album tied with Hootie & The Blowfish for biggest selling album of the year. Each album sold 15 million copies, which was unheard of in modern rock.” Alex Cosper, The Rise of Alternative Radio. Chapter 7.

And the winner is . . .

Katy Perry with six number one songs!

Katy Perry Firework album cover

California Gurls

Teenage Dream



Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

The One That Got Away

Katy Perry had six number one songs from her album Firework on most major charts, Tunecaster Pop Top 20, Mediabase Top 40, and the Billboard Pop songs chart.