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!
- Rob O'Connor | List Of The Day – Wed, Aug 15, 2012 6:09 PM EDT
- Rob O'Connor | List Of The Day – Thu, Aug 9, 2012 7:49 PM EDT
We as a nation are great at taking a stand if it doesn't inconvenience us too much. Personally, I've always marveled at people who carry signs. Nowhere else they'd rather be? Arms don't get tired? I mean, gets a sports package already! Or a gym membership! Or a job! Or something!
As great as the songs listed below are, they either weren't good enough to be true #1 hits on the Billboard Pop Charts, or there were other songs at #1 and #2 that deserved to be there more. Or the factors that be were just plain wrong. Seeing as to how readers didn't care much when I gave them the actual #1 hits in my previous blog about #2 hits, I've decided to provide the least amount of information possible! So you can complain! Unlike some other blogs around here, I give the people what they want!Read More »from We’re #3!!! Popular Songs Not Good Enough for #1???
- Rob O'Connor | List Of The Day – Tue, Jul 31, 2012 7:02 PM EDT
This list should prove interesting. As someone who never saw the band live and only knew them through their records, I'm sure I'll start some fights among the non-mellow sector of the Grateful Dead's legions. I'm also not shy about including their hits, since I can be as much of a pop guy as I can be a head-music kind of dude. I'm also partial to their early work, which I think any sane fan would be. And I'm ignoring the thousands of picks Dick made, since that's a whole 'nother can of LSD-drenched worms.
No, I'm going against the grain a little here and sticking with the official albums and even staying in the studio more than most fans would ever consider. Since 25 tracks can hardly distill the essence of a group with a catalog this big, I invite you to compile your own list of faves in the space generously provided to you by the friendly folks at Yahoo!Read More »from The Best of Jerry Garcia at 70!: The Grateful Dead’s Top 25!
- Rob O'Connor | List Of The Day – Fri, Jul 27, 2012 8:18 PM EDT
[Photo: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images]Never say I don't read the readers' comments. I see here that some of my devoted cult (hey, even Scientology had to start somewhere!) would like it if I told them what song was actually at #1 when the #2 hits stalled at their second-rate position. So, I've gone through the trouble of finding that out. Because I care.
I won't be going back in time to review the ones that I've already written about. C'mon folks, this is blogging! The only thing that exists is the next moment. Here is a list of another 25 songs that weren't good enough to be #1 hits, because We, The People decreed it so.
And you people want to vote!
Read More »from We’re #2! Part 2!! More Songs That Never Made It To #1!
Many musicians claim they never look at the pop charts. It's easy to see why. Even if you succeed in getting your music heard and into the hands of fans, there's never any guarantee that alleged payola makes it into the alleged right hands. If things are on the up and up and you have a decent-sized hit, there's still a chance that some other -- less good -- song will block it from being the #1 song in the land. Just ask Creedence Clearwater Revival, who had a string of #2 hits without ever hitting #1.
This is the first part of a two-part series that lists popular songs that never made it to #1 on the Billboard Pop Charts. Some made it to #1 at Adult-Contemporary or Modern Rock or Songs My Mother Likes, but they just missed the top prize. So, essentially, none of these songs is no "We Built This City"!Read More »from We’re #2! Popular Songs That Never Made It To #1!
- Rob O'Connor | List Of The Day – Tue, Jul 10, 2012 4:25 PM EDT
Welcome back to 1987! A year that had we known what was up ahead would've been considered much better than it was at the time. Keep in mind that just because all of the music listed below existed in 1987, it wasn't always easy to hear it. Music fans had to spend a pocketful of money, sometimes many pockets full, to figure out if the bands they read about were any good.
There were no streaming services. Heck, there was no widely available internet to find out what others were thinking. You had to trust the names in magazines to tell you the truth. Who knew where the other fans of this music were? If you were of age, you joined a college radio station -- and even there you only met a few people who shared your particular tastes. Pity those who didn't even have that. Opal fans were lonely people!
Very few of the names on this list were heard in prime time. Maybe today with the world now being flat, we can assess everyone equally. Let's do it!Read More »from 1987! The Albums That Were Made 25 Years Ago! Part Two!
- Rob O'Connor | List Of The Day – Mon, Jul 2, 2012 6:23 PM EDT
Just step over Mr. Kordosh. He's prepping to write another installment of Framed, Y! Music's other well-edited blog, by leaning heavily on the Sambuca, while Miss Lyndsey is the one in the penthouse with the spreadsheet keeping track of every contestant to ever appear on a TV talent show. She gets better digs than the rest of us, since people actually read her blog. Dave only comes in to collect his mail, so he can blog about it. I'm the guy down here in the basement, with a thrilling view of a wall!
Anyhow, on the master list I compiled, there were over 170 choices and this is 1987 we're talking about! Granted a good number of these albums are esoteric highlights known best -- and maybe only -- by people who had either a professional obligation at the time or a stint as a college DJ. I held records such as These Immortal Souls' Get Lost (Don't Lie), Game Theory's Lolita Nation and Microdisney's Crooked Mile in my hands and it felt good. Money was tight for a young college lad, so playing these records, vinyl LPs, on the radio was the only chance I had to get up close and personal.Read More »from 1987! The Albums That Were Made 25 Years Ago! Part One!
I don't think for a second that my dear and loyal readers share my taste in music. You're not crazy, are you? My taste can be easily defined as crap I like. It's not evolved in any way. But I do think it's weirdly picky. You could say I lack interest in modern metal, hip-hop, emo, dubstep, chillwave, reggae, blues, jazz, country, punk, ska, R&B, techno, electro-clash, pop and any other genre you might put forth. In fact, it appears I don't actually like music! Maybe I just like words.
OK, whatever it is, this is a list of 25 albums I listened to this year that made me a) crack a smile, b) feel friendlier towards my fellow man, c) think I was somehow connected to humanity, d) dream of world peace in a land where people put down their swords in favor of plowshares, link arm in arm and clap hands, with Vaseline Intensive Care, let the healing begin!
[Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage]There's plenty for fans of all kinds of pop and non-pop music to enjoy this summer. The Rolling Stones may not be joining us for an extended route, but the Beach Boys and Crosby, Stills and Nash will pick up that demographic, while Neil Diamond, Donald Fagen, Yanni, the Dave Matthews Band and Phish will make themselves available for public viewing as well. Roger Waters will build and tear down his Wall, while the Flaming Lips will appear at a variety of festivals and surely give the people what they never knew they wanted because it hadn't yet existed until Wayne Coyne imagined it.
Chicago and the Doobie Brothers will be playing their classic rock hits. The American Idols LIVE! Tour 2012 features mostly people only Lyndsey Parker is familiar with, since only Phillip Phillips won the whole shebang and Erika Van Pelt placed 10th. Kelly Clarkson, however, an American Idol even I've heard of, will be touring the States with the Fray. Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias will show off theirRead More »from The Best of the 2012 Summer Tours
Throughout the past 12 summers (2000-2011), there have been quite a few songs that dominated the charts like they owned them. This list contains the songs that held the #1 spot on the Billboard Pop Charts for the most amount of weeks during the summer. That said, some songs began their chokehold on the #1 position during the spring, while others held on until the fall. I consider summer to be from the last week in May until the first week of September. This may not be technically correct, but I've never met anyone who considered September 19th to be a summer day.
Songs that held the #1 spot for one or two weeks are not listed here. Three weeks was the bare minimum. Lots of ties for position. Seeing songs tie up the top position for most of the summer makes me wonder if people really don't get bored of a song anymore or whether Clear Channel really has dwindled our choices down to a few.
In any event, here's the list of fabulous songs that should bring back those summer memories forRead More »from The #1 Summer Hits of the 2000s
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