The 1987 WNEW-FM Top 1027 Songs of All Time Listener's Poll

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SCORPIONS
-- #417 - ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANE
-- #957 - NO ONE LIKE YOU
SEX PISTOLS
-- #131 - ANARCHY IN THE U.K.
-- #393 - GOD SAVE THE QUEEN
-- #754 - PRETTY VACANT
SIMON & GARFUNKEL
-- #57 - BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER
-- #247 - SCARBOROUGH FAIR
-- #475 - AMERICA
-- #738 - MRS. ROBINSON
SLADE
-- #318 - RUN RUNAWAY
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
-- #618 - THANK YOU FALETTIN ME BE MICE ELF AGAIN
-- #675 - DANCE TO THE MUSIC
-- #946 - HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME
SMALL FACES
-- #534 - STAY WITH ME
-- #688 - ITCHYCOO PARK
-- #875 - TIN SOLDIER
SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES
-- #1024 - TEARS OF A CLOWN
SOFT CELL
-- #208 - TAINTED LOVE
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES
-- #646 - HEARTS OF STONE
-- #669 - HAVING A PARTY
-- #741 - FEVER
-- #845 - TALK TO ME
SPENCER DAVIS GROUP
-- #74 - GIMME SOME LOVIN'
SQUEEZE
-- #45 - TEMPTED
-- #331 - PULLING MUSSELS FROM A SHELL
-- #564 - ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
-- #607 - IF I DIDN'T LOVE YOU
-- #652 - UP THE JUNCTION
-- #682 - FARFISA BEAT
STANDELLS
-- #974 - DIRTY WATER
STEELY DAN
-- #286 - REELIN' IN THE YEARS
-- #295 - DR. WU
-- #307 - MY OLD SCHOOL
-- #396 - AJA
-- #566 - DO IT AGAIN
-- #647 - BLACK COW
-- #748 - BLACK FRIDAY
-- #771 - DIRTY WORK
-- #945 - FM (NO STATIC AT ALL)
STEPPENWOLF
-- #236 - BORN TO BE WILD
-- #291 - MAGIC CARPET RIDE
STEVE MILLER BAND
-- #544 - ROCK’N ME
-- #831 - ABRACADABRA
-- #905 - LIVIN' IN THE U.S.A.
STEVE PERRY
-- #151 - OH SHERRIE
STEVE WINWOOD
-- #300 - STILL IN THE GAME
-- #599 - ARC OF A DIVER
-- #651 - VALERIE
STEVIE NICKS
-- #354 - EDGE OF SEVENTEEN
-- #376 - STOP DRAGGIN' MY HEART AROUND
-- #543 - STAND BACK
STEVIE RAY VAUGHN
-- #938 - PRIDE & JOY
STEVIE WONDER
-- #848 - SUPERSTITION
-- #1008 - MASTER BLASTER (JAMMIN’)
STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK
-- #290 - INCENSE & PEPPERMINTS
STRAY CATS
-- #949 - ROCK THIS TOWN
STYX
-- #221 - COME SAIL AWAY
-- #702 - LADY
-- #725 - BEST OF TIMES
SUGARLOAF
-- #986 - GREEN EYED LADY
SUPERTRAMP
-- #285 - GIVE A LITTLE BIT
-- #517 - LOGICAL SONG
SURVIVOR
-- #856 - EYE OF THE TIGER
SWEET
-- #981 - BALLROOM BLITZ
SYNDICATE OF SOUND
-- #819 - LITTLE GIRL
T. REX
-- #185 - BANG A GONG
-- #531 - JEEPSTER
TALKING HEADS
-- #125 - TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
-- #174 - LIFE DURING WARTIME
-- #260 - BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 19 February 2012 06:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

-- #503 - ONCE IN A LIFETIME
-- #638 - PSYCHO KILLER
-- #942 - CITIES
TEMPTATIONS
-- #639 - CLOUD 9
-- #1017 - I CAN'T GET NEXT TO YOU
TEN YEARS AFTER
-- #395 - I'D LOVE TO CHANGE THE WORLD
-- #783 - LOVE LIKE A MAN
THEM
-- #650 - GLORIA
THIN LIZZY
-- #943 - BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN
THOMAS DOLBY
-- #661 - SHE BLINDED ME WITH SCIENCE
THOMPSON TWINS
-- #159 - HOLD ME NOW
-- #532 - DOCTOR DOCTOR
-- #698 - LIES
TODD RUNDGREN
-- #595 - HELLO IT'S ME
-- #665 - BANG THE DRUM ALL DAY
-- #889 - COULDN’T I JUST TELL YOU
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
-- #232 - REFUGEE
-- #321 - BREAKDOWN
-- #358 - AMERICAN GIRL
-- #385 - THE WAITING
-- #458 - HERE COMES MY GIRL
-- #559 - DON'T DO ME LIKE THAT
-- #859 - EVEN THE LOSERS
-- #881 - LISTEN TO HER HEART
TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS
-- #997 - I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW
TOMMY TUTONE
-- #958 - 867-5309 (JENNY)
TOTO
-- #765 - AFRICA
-- #948 - ROSANNA
TRAFFIC
-- #105 - LOW SPARK OF HIGH-HEELED BOYS
-- #319 - FREEDOM RIDER
-- #520 - FEELIN' ALRIGHT
-- #571 - EMPTY PAGES
-- #699 - MR. FANTASY
-- #717 - PAPER SUN
TUBES
-- #816 - SHE'S A BEAUTY
TURTLES
-- #608 - HAPPY TOGETHER
-- #653 - IT AIN'T ME BABE
U2
-- #121 - NEW YEAR'S DAY
-- #137 - SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY
-- #154 - I WILL FOLLOW
-- #320 - GLORIA
-- #623 - TWO HEARTS BEAT AS ONE
UTOPIA
-- #541 - ROCK LOVE
-- #968 - SET ME FREE
VAN HALEN
-- #24 - JUMP
-- #94 - RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL
-- #99 - PANAMA
-- #104 - AIN'T TALKIN' BOUT LOVE
-- #143 - YOU REALLY GOT ME
-- #155 - I'LL WAIT
-- #240 - DANCING IN THE STREETS
-- #333 - DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY
-- #542 - UNCHAINED
-- #679 - AND THE CRADLE WILL ROCK
-- #690 - JAMIE'S CRYIN’
-- #712 - MEAN STREETS
-- #892 - INTRUDER/PRETTY WOMAN
VAN MORRISON
-- #162 - MOONDANCE
-- #342 - BROWN EYED GIRL
-- #437 - WAVELENGTH
-- #551 - WILD NIGHTS
-- #901 - JACKIE WILSON SAID
VANILLA FUDGE
-- #782 - YOU KEEP ME HANGIN' ON
VELVET UNDERGROUND
-- #673 - SWEET JANE
WAR
-- #1009 - SPILL THE WINE
WARREN ZEVON
-- #178 - WEREWOLVES OF LONDON
-- #855 - EXCITABLE BOY
-- #1002 - A CERTAIN GIRL
WEIRD AL YANKOVIC
-- #790 - KING OF SUEDE
WHO
-- #4 - BABA O'RILEY
-- #6 - WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN
-- #34 - MY GENERATION
-- #38 - LOVE REIGN O'ER ME
-- #39 - WHO ARE YOU
-- #91 - BEHIND BLUE EYES
-- #133 - THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 19 February 2012 06:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

-- #206 - THE REAL ME
-- #215 - MAGIC BUS
-- #234 - EMINENCE FRONT
-- #245 - BARGAIN
-- #278 - I CAN'T EXPLAIN
-- #282 - HOW MANY FRIENDS
-- #294 - HAD ENOUGH
-- #306 - SLIP KID
-- #401 - 5:15
-- #406 - PINBALL WIZARD
-- #416 - GOIN' MOBILE
-- #505 - WE'RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT
-- #580 - DON'T LET GO THE COAT
-- #664 - HOWEVER MUCH I BOOZE
-- #714 - SUMMERTIME BLUES
-- #761 - I'M FREE
-- #861 - SUBSTITUTE
-- #950 - ATHENA
XTC
-- #1016 - MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL
YARDBIRDS
-- #366 - HEART FULL OF SOUL
-- #394 - OVER UNDER SIDEWAYS DOWN
-- #504 - SHAPES OF THINGS
-- #897 - I'M A MAN
-- #995 - FOR YOUR LOVE
YES
-- #23 - ROUNDABOUT
-- #55 - AND YOU AND I
-- #163 - OWNER OF A LONELY HEART
-- #222 - I’VE SEEN ALL GOOD PEOPLE
-- #365 - DOES IT REALLY HAPPEN
-- #408 - STARSHIP TROOPER
-- #614 - AMERICA
-- #692 - TEMPUS FUGIT
-- #763 - IT CAN HAPPEN
YOUNG RASCALS
-- #161 - GROOVIN'
-- #555 - GOOD LOVIN'
YOUNGBLOODS
-- #795 - DARKNESS DARKNESS
ZOMBIES
-- #230 - TIME OF THE SEASON
-- #521 - SHE'S NOT THERE
ZZ TOP
-- #182 - LEGS
-- #334 - GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN'
-- #619 - LA GRANGE
-- #972 - JESUS JUST LEFT CHICAGO/THE BUS

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 19 February 2012 06:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

HUMAN BEINZ
-- #841 - NOBODY BUT ME
-- #1021 - NOBODY BUT ME

billstevejim, Sunday, 19 February 2012 08:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

nono

plee help i am lookin for (crüt), Sunday, 19 February 2012 08:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

that michael jackson song was pretty good, did he have any other hits?

I Want to Edit My Profile... (Hunt3r), Sunday, 19 February 2012 09:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh come on, it's a rock station.

plee help i am lookin for (crüt), Sunday, 19 February 2012 09:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Bad probably hadn't even come out yet!

plee help i am lookin for (crüt), Sunday, 19 February 2012 09:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

it was a rock station true

was that when mj went rock i forget

I Want to Edit My Profile... (Hunt3r), Sunday, 19 February 2012 09:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

youre right tho the absence of michael is not the silliest part of that list. is it?

I Want to Edit My Profile... (Hunt3r), Sunday, 19 February 2012 09:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

WAS a rock station, it's long gone. Whatever has replaced it is no doubt playing a lot more Michael now.

Dalai Mixture (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 19 February 2012 12:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Beat It" was a self-professed attempt at writing a rock song and got played on rock stations while no other track from Thriller did, so yeah, you could call it when Michael Jackson went "rock."

plee help i am lookin for (crüt), Sunday, 19 February 2012 12:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean, am I wrong here?

plee help i am lookin for (crüt), Sunday, 19 February 2012 12:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

like idk why you are acting like Michael Jackson being absent from this list would be "silly" in the first place

plee help i am lookin for (crüt), Sunday, 19 February 2012 12:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean, am I wrong here?

Not at all. "Beat It" was heard regularly on Chicago FM rock stations in 1983-85, literally sandwiched between Grand Funk and Springsteen.

Let A Man Come In And Do The Cop Porn (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 19 February 2012 20:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

An Eddie Van Halen solo is an Eddie Van Halen solo.

In this vein, I remember there being a rock mix of Animotion's "Obsession" for these stations, replacing the main synth line with guitars.

Fonz Hour (Eazy), Sunday, 19 February 2012 20:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

37. Funeral For a Friend - Elton John is the first one on the list that makes me draw a blank. Followed by:
55. And You and I - Yes and
67. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed - Allman Brothers, although an itunes sample of the latter jogs my memory

Always wondered who created these AOR playlists and how much they varied across markets. (And why they did or did not vary). And then who decided that major label bands like the NY Dolls and Stooges didn't belong there.

Josefa, Monday, 20 February 2012 00:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Beat It" was a self-professed attempt at writing a rock song and got played on rock stations while no other track from Thriller did, so yeah, you could call it when Michael Jackson went "rock."

This is more accurately said about "Dirty Diana" (which got actual AOR play).

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 20 February 2012 00:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

(following up my last)...and WHY it was decided that certain bands don't make the cut. Like what were the criteria?

Josefa, Monday, 20 February 2012 00:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Think they did play one Dolls song now and then, "Personality Crisis." Except when Xgau came and guest DJed on a Sunday night and played "Pills"

Dalai Mixture (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 February 2012 00:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Actually David Johansen guest DJed one Sunday there as well. A few people called up to request The Speedies, whom he proceeded to play.

Dalai Mixture (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 February 2012 00:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

FOREIGNER
-- #456 - JUKEBOX HERO
-- #705 - WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU
-- #830 - URGENT
-- #978 - DOUBLE VISION

No 'Cold as Ice?' I seem to remember that getting airplay daily at around 3:45

calstars, Monday, 20 February 2012 01:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Note: this is not the playlist, this is a listener's poll.

Dalai Mixture (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 February 2012 01:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

buzza, Monday, 20 February 2012 01:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

scottso lol

billstevejim, Monday, 20 February 2012 05:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Because it looks nothing like him?

Dalai Mixture (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 February 2012 05:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

A bizarre exchange occurred in 1975 when a hostage-holding bank robber called Muni on the air and engaged him in a long, often nonsensical conversation; the two peppered their post-hippie speech with discussions of Bob Dylan music and requests to hear the Grateful Dead.

billstevejim, Monday, 20 February 2012 05:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

I miss the days of good radio.

billstevejim, Monday, 20 February 2012 05:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Good free radio. Sirius XMU is pretty great. Most of the 1987 WNEW DJs are there including a bunch from the above poster.

RIP Scottso.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 20 February 2012 05:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Some are on WFUV too.

Not sure whether I am confusing the WNEW-FM Sunday night show with the WPIX-FM Sunday night show "Radio Radio" upthread.

Dalai Mixture (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 February 2012 06:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Here is something about Scottso I found and posted to The Who Sell Out poll the other day.

Dalai Mixture (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 February 2012 06:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is more accurately said about "Dirty Diana" (which got actual AOR play).

"Beat It" got played more AFAIK. Also, as I said, "Dirty Diana" either wasn't around or had just been released when this list was made.

plee help i am lookin for (crüt), Monday, 20 February 2012 07:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

also "Funeral for a Friend" is dope

plee help i am lookin for (crüt), Monday, 20 February 2012 07:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Here's the link I meant to post: http://www.areuonsomething.com/features_muni.html

Can You Please POLL Out Your Window? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 February 2012 13:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Surprising thing on that list for me: Almost all the AC/DC is Brian Johnson stuff. Were they a (mid-Atlantic) regional thing in the States when Bon Scott was alive? 'cause DC 101 or 98 Rock would have almost certainly had more Bon Scott stuff on their lists in '87.

Three Word Username, Monday, 20 February 2012 13:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Feel like I knew who they were but didn't really start hearing them a lot until the earlier 80s, with Back in Black.

Can You Please POLL Out Your Window? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 February 2012 14:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

In fact, it may go down in history as the single worst interview in WNEW-FM's 30 year history.

In all fairness, Entwistle was deaf as a post -- and in denial about it -- from about 1975 on.

Let A Man Come In And Do The Cop Porn (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 20 February 2012 15:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Man, you really seem to know everything there is to know about The Who.

Today remembered years of getting up in the AM listening to Dave Herman saying "Good just barely morning" over and over again which, like a lot of schtick, annoyed at first but eventually grew to be reassuring.

Can You Please POLL Out Your Window? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 February 2012 17:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

The reason "Beat It" was on rock radio at all in the '80s was due to the Eddie Van Halen guitar solo. Epic marketed it to programmers deliberately. That's pretty much why that MJ song and no others are on the list.

In related news, the only African Americans in the top 100 are Hendrix (43, 84) and the only women are Grace Slick (83) and Cyndi Lauper (86).

Jake Brown, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 05:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

did you forget Marvin and Michael

Big Mr. Guess U.S.A. Champion (crüt), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 05:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

and Otis

Big Mr. Guess U.S.A. Champion (crüt), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 05:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

In the top 100 I said.

Jake Brown, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 05:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

ooh my bad.

Big Mr. Guess U.S.A. Champion (crüt), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 05:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

weird that fleetwood mac weren't considered a big enough deal for the top 100

billstevejim, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

"American Pie" can still go die in a fire

Big Mr. Guess U.S.A. Champion (crüt), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:56 (2 years ago) Permalink


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