Very 'Special' Billboard Hot 100 Singles of the Past Which You Must Hear Because...Wow

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In the course of obsessively listening to every charting Billboard single from a number of different years, I've occasionally come across songs that made me go '...huh.' And then once I consider the fact that these particular singles actually sold enough copies/got enough airplay to wind up in the hot 100, I utter a louder and more emphatic '...HUH.'

Well, look, here are a few examples of what I mean (feel free to share your own):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbXAtC8VjXY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gYIbMwswKM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNAuGs-JM98

all lite up and very romatic (Old Lunch), Monday, 3 December 2018 14:50 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm not going to pretend that these are all super obscure, but sometimes humanity needs to be reminded of the crimes that it has collectively enabled.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wzb35dgR1oY

all lite up and very romatic (Old Lunch), Monday, 3 December 2018 14:57 (one week ago) Permalink

regarding the first one, i remember that there was a brief fad around 1961 for "authenticity" in the form of people who really couldn't sing at all.

yeah, here we go, it was called the "sick" sound, and most of its practitioners were women, but i feel like that version of blue moon has some glancing relation

http://musicweird.blogspot.com/2018/05/sick-sound-craze-for-amateur-girl.html

dub pilates (rushomancy), Monday, 3 December 2018 14:58 (one week ago) Permalink

What's that you say? You're hungry for a Beach Boys rip-off about a half-naked nonagenarian? Well, if you insist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evuh16CywIA

all lite up and very romatic (Old Lunch), Monday, 3 December 2018 15:06 (one week ago) Permalink

(I'm cherry-picking these from a playlist which is split roughly 50/50 between these things and a bunch of random song poems, and I'm not sure the untrained ear would be able to discern which category a given song belongs to.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63Bn_Egd96A

all lite up and very romatic (Old Lunch), Monday, 3 December 2018 15:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Having listened to some of his more obscure singles and soundtrack appearances, I would heartily welcome a track-by-track Glenn Frey thread. So many of songs evoke the feeling of being touched by an unwashed stranger.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHgFYoHhEKs

all lite up and very romatic (Old Lunch), Monday, 3 December 2018 15:27 (one week ago) Permalink

so many of HIS songs

all lite up and very romatic (Old Lunch), Monday, 3 December 2018 15:27 (one week ago) Permalink

Pretty sure this song is legally required to introduce itself to its neighbors and maintain a two-mile berth from all schools and playgrounds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbZMNhRJhaw

all lite up and very romatic (Old Lunch), Monday, 3 December 2018 15:55 (one week ago) Permalink

great, now shaddap you face is stuck in my head

galaxy brian (voodoo chili), Monday, 3 December 2018 15:57 (one week ago) Permalink

i wish my internal monologue what shaddap its face

galaxy brian (voodoo chili), Monday, 3 December 2018 15:57 (one week ago) Permalink

*would not what

galaxy brian (voodoo chili), Monday, 3 December 2018 15:58 (one week ago) Permalink

A tender paean to multiple homicide.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENyY204b7hk

all lite up and very romatic (Old Lunch), Monday, 3 December 2018 16:03 (one week ago) Permalink

People tend to malign Jimmy Buffett's beach bum songsmithery, but if you go a little deeper you'll realize that he contains many different facets of awfulness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMJNBziXzXk

all lite up and very romatic (Old Lunch), Monday, 3 December 2018 16:18 (one week ago) Permalink

If you've ever found yourself wishing for a low-energy and less focused version of 'We Didn't Start the Fire' have I ever got the song for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogjqFTBZscs

all lite up and very romatic (Old Lunch), Monday, 3 December 2018 17:14 (one week ago) Permalink

It takes some doing for any particular Styx track to jump out at me as especially O_O

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrj40kcz0rk

all lite up and very romatic (Old Lunch), Monday, 3 December 2018 18:25 (one week ago) Permalink

Is the "Blue Moon" posted here the version that was used in countless 80s movies about the 50s/60s? The vocals sound less polished than I remember.

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Monday, 3 December 2018 18:33 (one week ago) Permalink

No, that era featured many different renditions of 'Blue Moon'. The one I posted is...among the less accomplished I've heard.

all lite up and very romatic (Old Lunch), Monday, 3 December 2018 18:39 (one week ago) Permalink

The older brothers of the Shaggs, iirc.

all lite up and very romatic (Old Lunch), Monday, 3 December 2018 18:39 (one week ago) Permalink

Aw c'mon, it's not THAT bad. They're just ripping off The Marcels' arrangement with less talent. I'm surprised that managed to chart at all.

Drunk Charles Nelson Reily violating Paul Lynn at a toga party (Dan Peterson), Monday, 3 December 2018 19:00 (one week ago) Permalink

This was a #1 in Sweden. I always assumed it charted in the US, since my local "morning zoo team" used to play it every morning for a while, but it looks like it did not.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd2qsC-PuJQ

Drunk Charles Nelson Reily violating Paul Lynn at a toga party (Dan Peterson), Monday, 3 December 2018 19:04 (one week ago) Permalink

Here's a song from New Kids on the Rock's bodyguard, Biscuit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9B8xG3Dxu4

It peaked at #85.

MarkoP, Monday, 3 December 2018 19:57 (one week ago) Permalink

And there's of course this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quG-Q7iKfn0

MarkoP, Monday, 3 December 2018 19:59 (one week ago) Permalink

New Kids on the Block, not Rock.

MarkoP, Monday, 3 December 2018 20:01 (one week ago) Permalink

how many of these were US number ones?

fun thread regardless

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 05:32 (one week ago) Permalink

First time I'm hearing it but I don't think the Joe Walsh song is that bad, tbh, although it's obv dated and not his best work. I have no trouble seeing why it made the bottom half of the Hot 100 in the early 80s. I like music that combines electric guitars with the synthesizers and effects of that time.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 15:42 (one week ago) Permalink

This 'sick sound' stuff is kind of fascinating. It's almost proto-indie in a way.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 16:09 (one week ago) Permalink

a charting entry that i would like to hear but cannot (unless i decide to snatch up one of the 2 copies that seem to be available via discogs) is a cover of "tubthumping" billed to an 'artist' called chucklebutt, which reached #87 in 1998 -- chumbawamba's original was at its charting peak at the same time.

the reason it charted is b/c the chumbawamba version was only released to retail in an edition of 70k copies, virtually all of which had sold out by the time the single properly broke at radio. (this is why, despite reaching #1 on the hot 100 airplay chart, it was unable to get past #6 on the main chart.) in other words, it was basically absent at retail during peak saturation, thus leaving a spot open for any opportunists shameless enough to release a cheap cover version to retail with a soundalike artist name.

chucklebutt is a pretty funny name, but my favorite that the label (under the cover records) put out is 'krazi & judo' (for a cover of k-ci & jojo's "all my life", which did get a full, although late, retail release). the guy who produced these covers, based on what i can see from discogs, was mainly a freestyle producer who also pumped out a lot of these covers not just for under the cover records, but also a few other labels that were in on the game.

dyl, Thursday, 6 December 2018 04:06 (six days ago) Permalink

It takes some doing for any particular Styx track to jump out at me as especially O_O

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I vividly remember the first (and so far, only) time I heard this on the radio, in 1984. After “hey everybody, it’s music time!” the DJs burst into laughter and cut the song off saying, “ok, that’s enough of that.”

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 6 December 2018 04:51 (six days ago) Permalink

I vividly remember that Styx video from my youth. I'm pretty sure it's from the same album as "Mr. Roboto". As a kid I probably thought that Styx was a wacky new wave combo due to those 2 songs. "Music Time" is like when there would be original songs on a "Weird Al" tape. Dennis DeYoung looks about 50 in the video, but also very manic.

InternationalWaters, Thursday, 6 December 2018 14:17 (six days ago) Permalink

I just returned to the playlist I drew all of these lovelies from and would you even believe the first song that popped up on shuffle...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24jV_QlWD38

For a superlative chug, only the eggiest nog will do! (Old Lunch), Thursday, 6 December 2018 14:49 (six days ago) Permalink

Fuckin Styx, man.

For a superlative chug, only the eggiest nog will do! (Old Lunch), Thursday, 6 December 2018 14:49 (six days ago) Permalink

Holy wow, how did I ever forget this particularly ill-advised instance of discoification?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rKXM1o2wp8

I sponsor many ceremony dances in my beautiful pink roses palace (Old Lunch), Thursday, 6 December 2018 17:36 (six days ago) Permalink

Here's another fun hit single that probably resulted in someone being put on a watchlist of some sort:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jL5ZItxH5s

I sponsor many ceremony dances in my beautiful pink roses palace (Old Lunch), Thursday, 6 December 2018 19:32 (six days ago) Permalink

Like sometimes I try to imagine a context where people bought a single like this because they thought it was a good example of the kind of music they enjoyed, and I just can't quite wrap my head around it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mg-VEas_ug

I sponsor many ceremony dances in my beautiful pink roses palace (Old Lunch), Thursday, 6 December 2018 19:47 (six days ago) Permalink

If you've been wondering 'did Neil Diamond ever take a stab at new wave, preferably half a decade after new wave was even a thing?', I have an answer that I think you're gonna like!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vM3QAjWH8Q

I sponsor many ceremony dances in my beautiful pink roses palace (Old Lunch), Thursday, 6 December 2018 19:56 (six days ago) Permalink

(I could easily make a Diamond-centric spin-off of this thread.)

I sponsor many ceremony dances in my beautiful pink roses palace (Old Lunch), Thursday, 6 December 2018 19:59 (six days ago) Permalink

God, nothing has ever made me dread the future quite like this song.

I sponsor many ceremony dances in my beautiful pink roses palace (Old Lunch), Thursday, 6 December 2018 20:01 (six days ago) Permalink


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