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A Wacky Musical List

February 5, 2013

A friend asked me, earlier today, to compile a list of my favorite radio tunes (maximum of 100) that did not make the top-10 on the Billboard charts. After serious consideration, here’s what I came up with. Note: some of these songs, while popular, were never released as a single or completely missed the top-40 charts. Also, these songs, at one time or another, have appeared on commercial radio.

1. “Landslide” Fleetwood Mac
2. “Stairway to Heaven” Led Zeppelin
3. “Into the Mystic” Van Morrison
4. “Tequila Sunrise” The Eagles
5. “Purple Haze” Jimi Hendrix
6. “What a Wonderful World” Louis Armstrong
7. “Changes” David Bowie
8. “Surrender” Cheap Trick
9. “Say You Love Me” Fleetwood Mac
10. “Mainline Florida” Eric Clapton
11. “There’s Nothing Better Than Love” Luther Vandross w/Gregory Hines
12. “Tom Sawyer” Rush
13. “The Salt in My Tears” Martin Briley
14. “Just What I Needed” The Cars
15. “She’s Tight” Cheap Trick
16. “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” LL Cool J
17. “Alison” Elvis Costello
18. “Abacab” Genesis
19. “It Takes Two” Marvin Gaye w/Kim Weston
20. “Black Hole Sun” Soundgarden
21. “Sharp Dressed Man” ZZ Top
22. “Kentucky Woman” Neil Diamond
23. “Hurricane” Bob Dylan
24. “Hot for Teacher” Van Halen
25. “Hold On, I’m Comin'” Sam & Dave
26. “Rhiannon” Fleetwood Mac
27. “Someday, Someway” Marshall Crenshaw
28. “Crazy Train” Ozzy Osbourne
29. “Lady Love” Lou Rawls
30. “Carolina In My Mind” James Taylor
31. “Rock and Roll” Led Zeppelin
32. “Grey Seal” Elton John
33. “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” Paul Simon
34. “Hot Summer Nights” Night
35. “Waitin’ on a Friend” The Rolling Stones
36. “Highway to Hell” AC/DC
37. “Workin’ for the Weekend” Loverboy
38. “Take This Heart” Richard Marx
39. “I Won’t Be Home Tonight” Tony Carey
40. “Love is the Drug” Roxy Music
41. “Jackie Wilson Said” Van Morrison
42. “American-Soviets” C.C.C.P.
43. “Lonely Nights” Bryan Adams
44. “Roxanne” The Police
45. “Barracuda” Heart
46. “Stop to Love” Luther Vandross
47. “Octopus’ Garden” The Beatles
48. “Last Child” Aerosmith
49. “More Than You Know” Martika
50. “Big Log” Robert Plant
51. “Slow Ride” Foghat
52. “What I Like About You” The Romantics
53. “Jukebox Hero” Foreigner
54. “Cult of Personality” Living Colour
55. “Fat Bottomed Girls” Queen
56. “Darlington County” Bruce Springsteen
57. “Lights” Journey
58. “Darlin’ Danielle Don’t” Henry Lee Summer
59. “Itchycoo Park” Small Faces
60. “Killer Queen” Queen
61. “New York Groove” Ace Frehley
62. “Fool in the Rain” Led Zeppelin
63. “Still Crazy After All These Years” Paul Simon
64. “Still a Thrill” Jody Watley
65. “Rock Lobster” The B-52’s
66. “Rockin’ at Midnight” The Honeydrippers
67. “You’re My Best Friend” Queen
68. “Mind Over Matter” E.G. Daily
69. “My Baby Loves Lovin'” White Plains
70. “Heartbreaker” Pat Benatar
71. “Tryin’ to Reason With Hurricane Season” Jimmy Buffett
72. “The Longest Time” Billy Joel
73. “Plush” Stone Temple Pilots
74. “I’d Love to Change the World” Ten Years After
75. “Girl of My Dreams” Bram Tchaikovsky
76. “Unforgettable” Natalie Cole w/Nat King Cole
77. “Back On My Feet Again” The Babys
78. “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak” Def Leppard
79. “Shanty” Jonathan Edwards
80. “Crosstown Traffic” Jimi Hendrix
81. “Don’t Pay the Ferryman” Chris DeBurgh
82. “Ritual” Dan Reed Network
83. “Love Spy” Mike Mareen
84. “I Wanna Be With You” The Raspberries
85. “Crazy On You” Heart
86. “Fantasy” Aldo Nova
87. “On the Loose” Saga
88. “Big Electric Cat” Adrian Belew
89. “Lily Was Here” David A. Stewart f. Candy Dulfer
90. “Summertime Blues” Blue Cheer
91. “Now That We Found Love” Heavy D and the Boyz
92. “I Wish I Had a Girl” Henry Lee Summer
93. “Think It Over” Cheryl Ladd
94. “Icehouse” Icehouse
95. “Why Me” Planet P Project
96. “Gypsy” Fleetwood Mac
97. “Turn Me Loose” Loverboy
98. “Mamma Mia” ABBA
99. “Shakedown Cruise” Jay Ferguson
100. “Only Time Will Tell” Asia

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