Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Last Top Forty Hits for Selected Rock & Roll Artists

Beatles, the: "Real Love" reached Number 11 in 1996

Bee Gees, the: "Alone" reached Number 28 in 1997

Bowie, David: "Never Let Me Down" reached Number 27 in 1987

Browne, Jackson: "For America" reached Number 30 in 1986

Cars, the: "You Are the Girl" reached Number 17 in 1987

Cooke, Sam: "Sugar Dumpling" reached Number 32 in 1965

Denver, John: "Shanghai Breezes" reached Number 31 in 1982

Diamond, Neil: "I'm Alive" reached Number 35 in 1983

Everly Brothers, the: "Bowling Green" reached Number 40 in 1967

Four Tops, the: "Indestructible" reached Number 35 in 1988

Isley Brothers, the: "Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time for Love) (Parts 1 & 2)" reached Number 39 in 1980

Joel, Billy: "All About Soul" (with backing vocals by Color Me Badd) reached Number 29 in 1993

Kinks, the: "Don't Forget to Dance" reached Number 29 in 1983

Lewis, Jerry Lee: "Me and Bobby McGee" reached Number 40 in 1972

Lovin' Spoonful, the: "She Is Still a Mystery" reached Number 27 in 1967

Presley, Elvis: "Guitar Man" reached Number 28 in 1981

Rascals, the: "Carry Me Back" reached Number 26 in 1969

Redding, Otis: "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" reached Number 21 in 1969

Seger, Bob: "The Real Love" reached Number 24 in 1991

Shirelles, the: "Don't Say Goodnight and Mean Goodbye" reached Number 26 in 1963

Simon & Garfunkel: "Wake Up Little Susie" reached Number 27 in 1982

Sly & the Family Stone: "Time for Livin'" reached Number 32 in 1974

Starr, Ringo: "Wrack My Brain" reached Number 38 in 1981

Supremes, the: "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking" reached Number 40 in 1976

Wonder, Stevie: "Skeletons" reached Number 19 in 1987

Yardbirds, the: "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" reached Number 30 in 1966


Anonymous said...

I know "Real Love" was universally mocked, but I really like it. (Which is why I mention it here. "Anonymous" doesn't look anything like "Marshall Sella.")

Anonymous said...

Damn it.

T. Nawrocki said...

Although I didn't want to editorialize about these songs, I will say that I thought "Real Love" was pretty good. The biggest problem was that they scraped Lennon's vocals off an answering machine, or wherever they came from, then had McCartney cut the bridge in a pristine studio vocal, and the switch from rough to smooth was so jarring that it took you out of the song. I guess getting Lennon back into the studio was out of the question, so they should have roughed up McCartney's vocal a little bit.

Now that I've started editorializing, I will say that Stevie Wonder's awesome "Skeletons" is the best song on the list, and easily the best song ever done about the Iran-Contra scandal.

Robbie Denver said...

Excuse me, but what in the Sam Hill is John Denver doing with a song about "Shanghai Breezes"? What is he, the Travel Channel? Murray Head? Lemme make this real simple, J.D. Colorado. Rocky Mountains. Fire in the sky. Rhymes with "eagle fly." Sunshine? On your shoulder. Roads? Country. Mountains? Rocky. They're all yours. Embrace them. Shanghai? Forget it.

T. Nawrocki said...

Maybe he sailed to Shanghai on the "Calypso."