Adele, that lovable one-named star who currently graces the cover of the Rolling Stone, is certainly the "chosen one" these days. Not only is she the only musical artist who actually does all her own singing who sells enough music to hang around the Billboard charts like she's Dark Side Of The Moon, but she's been chosen to kick off this year's James Bond film with "Skyfall."Read More »from Adele’s “Skyfall” + The Ten Greatest James Bond Theme Songs
- Rob O'Connor | List Of The Day – Thu, Oct 4, 2012 6:40 PM EDT
Considering how much people liked my first blog about #11 hits, I've decided to go ahead and list another batch of them. Let's get serious here, it isn't like that first batch is better than this latest one. It's all just me staring at charts and saying, "Ooh, I remember that song!" and then making comments so stunning that other bloggers say to themselves, "I hate that guy!"
Yeah, well, my mother wasn't so impressed with my career choice, either. "Why don't you write speeches for the President or something, if you're supposed to be a writer?"
Sorry, Mom. I'm just not that good. Just be glad I haven't landed in the clink, ok?Read More »from These Hits Also Went To #11!! Part Two!
Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap knew the importance of an amplifier that went not to ten, but to 11. Of course, it has been pointed out to me by the kind folks at the Y! Music Overfriendly Concierge that the Billboard charts work in the opposite direction of the volume knob on an amplifier and that coming in at #11 on the charts is less desirable than coming in at #1 or even #10.
Yet, I think there's something inherently cool about failing to make the top ten by this much! Just look at these popular songs and tell me the #11 slot isn't an interesting place to be.
25) I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night -- Electric Prunes: To more recent generations, this Electric Prunes tune is something to be found on those Nuggets collections of garage rock hits. But there was a time when the Electric Prunes were a viable gig. Sure, they chose their name as a joke, but they did good work. Who can forget Mass in F Minor, where they tripped out a religious service and had the album allegedly finished by other musicians? Wait, you mean not everyone plays on their own records? I got Mick Jagger to sing on mine. You may have heard of it, it's called She's The Boss.
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- Rob O'Connor | List Of The Day – Thu, Sep 13, 2012 3:10 PM EDT
Considering that the popular television show Mad Men began its first season in 1960, it's only a matter of scheduling before it reaches 1968. These are the songs that were at the # 1 position on the pop charts during the September of their years. Roll over Don Draper and tell Dick Whitman the news!
10) The Twist -- Chubby Checker (1960): It was like the Macarena of its day. But with weaker marketing, since there was no global radio network to ensure that everyone heard the exact same thing.
9) Take Good Care of My Baby -- Bobby Vee (1961): With hindsight, this plays out just fine, but if you were living in 1961 and had no idea what was coming next, I could see how you might get a little depressed and turn your attention to Jazz!
8) Sherry -- The Four Seasons (1962): The Four Seasons got their name from a bowling alley in my hometown and that still doesn't earn them any points in my book. Nope. Frankie Valli's falsetto is enough to inspire a man to do terrible things. Maybe it'sRead More »from September Songs of the Mad Men Era — The 1960s Edition
The next few months are packed with new releases for just about everyone's taste, except for Jazz! No, no, just kidding folks. I'm sure Jazz fans will be made whole as well. But I only have 25 slots here and I've got to tell you about people who might sell a lot of records -- or whatever it is that people do these days.
Let's get to it! (All release dates subject to change. This is the music business, folks.)Read More »from The Yahoo! Fall 2012 Releases Preview
- Tiffany Lee | List Of The Day – Mon, Sep 10, 2012 3:24 PM EDT
The air is crisp. The days are shorter. High schools are jammed with kids dreading the long year while college campuses are abuzz with excitement, proof that life actually does get better -- before it gets irretrievably worse. Some late summer hits hang on, while new songs show up like new clothes for the season.
The following songs were all #1 hits in the month of September. The list is in reverse chronological (Modern Lovers precise) order, beginning with 2011 and working back to 1969. If you don't like these songs, don't yell at me. I didn't vote for them. I just report the facts. Though I do hope you'll find my insights particularly insightful and my salient points, pointy.Read More »from September Songs: #1 September Hits Through The Years!
- Rob O'Connor | List Of The Day – Tue, Sep 4, 2012 2:34 PM EDT
Yahoo! will be streaming the Stand Up To Cancer Benefit on September 7. One-hundred percent of all public donations will go directly to cancer research. Talent said to be participating: Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Alicia Keys, and Coldplay on the music end, with executive producers Gwyneth Paltrow and Joel Gallen bringing along Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Samuel L. Jackson, Seth Rogen, Emma Stone, Chelsea Handler, Rashida Jones, Minka Kell, and Jessica Biel, among the many, to entertain and answer the phones! The website--www.standup2cancer.org--can be consulted for more information.Read More »from Stand Up To Cancer & The 10 Greatest Benefit Concerts Of All Time
The following is a list of songs that topped the Billboard Pop Charts during the summer months of the second half of the 1980s. I offer this as my farewell kiss to summer, one of the three tolerable seasons we have in the Northeast.
OK, everyone, time to find some clothes to put on!
25) The Greatest Love of All -- Whitney Houston (1986): This song was rapidly ascending the pop charts, becoming one of those songs that no one could escape. The overly-sincere among us believed every word, while the smarty pants in the back chortled like they did at everything in life.
24) On My Own -- Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald (1986): I've already picked this as one of my worst summer songs, so I won't bother to elaborate, except to say I haven't changed my mind. Maybe I just hate mellowness?
23) Holding Back The Years -- Simply Red (1986): Mellowness in and of itself is not the problem. It's that if you listened to commercial radio in the 1980s, everything had this gloss to it. So, even ifRead More »from Say Goodbye To Summer! Say Goodbye to the 1980s!
Never mind the underground, here's the pop chart.
Cogent commentators can make sense out of this stuff, but I don't think anything means anything. It's all crap. Music happens and money and power and people's tastes mix together until a bizarre consensus is reached and everyone can go home.
Sure, college radio rose up during these years and bands not listed here came to prominence with their albums, but this list is what you heard everywhere. Black Flag were known to a small circle of friends, while the rest of the world was still sucking up the Air Supply. But grab your legwarmers, baby, the night's getting cold.Read More »from Summer Songs of the Early 1980s!
- Rob O'Connor | List Of The Day – Wed, Aug 15, 2012 6:09 PM EDT
Let's face it 3rd place in the music biz is like showing up. Somehow the forces of nature decided your little song didn't have the oom-pah necessary to make that final push for the #1 spot. It's like the Little Engine That Really Couldn't. Yet, just about every song listed below is a stone classic either on radio or in the annals of music history. Classic rock stations may have never played James Brown because he's too…uh, hey, certainly looks like rain out there! But dang if they haven't loaded their playlists with these almost supersmashes!Read More »from #3 Hits! The World Isn’t Fair, Part 2! Songs That Never Made It To #1!
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