Category Archives: pop

The long-running #2s: do they try harder?

With Billie Eilish’s hit spending its 8th week stuck at #2 behind “Old Town Road,” Billboard saw fit to survey the 10 songs which were forever Hot 100 bridesmaids and never brides for eight weeks or longer. (The all-time record … Continue reading

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Pop top 40 summer nights super-special: 7/21/79

Not just the pop top 40 from this week 40 years ago, but the country top 10, too, because just look at it. All but two of these are in the accompanying playlist. Hot 100:1 1 BAD GIRLS –•– Donna … Continue reading

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Pop top 40 summer nights special: 7/20/74

Continuing a series of looks back at the pop charts in summer, ergo the title change. This chart from 45 years ago is an interesting one; more interesting than I expected, definitely. Songs not in the accompanying Spotify playlist are … Continue reading

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Pop top 40 summer nights special: 7/16/94

25 years ago this week. A great summer for R&B, as “MTV Jams” proved on a daily basis. Here’s the playlist, only missing two selections (whose videos are linked below). 1 1 I SWEAR –•– All-4-One – 13 (1) — … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, charts, pop, R&B, rock

Pop top 40: 2/26/83

If a chart could be said to be “peak ’83,” it might well be this one. One iconic song after another, along with a few, er, ringers, as you can hear, as you “take it to the nth degree.” 1 1 … Continue reading

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On Aretha: 2 duets

On Monday, The Singles Jukebox tributed Aretha Franklin. I had a pair of entries that I meant to get in, but didn’t make the deadline. Here’s the first, on two of her ’80s duets. “I Knew You Were Waiting (For … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “The Right Thing to Do”

I first wrote about this song last May, saying, “Riding that coffeehouse piano vibe, with snappy production from Richard Perry — it sounds so deliciously crisp — Simon sings the hell out of this out-and-out love song for her then-husband James Taylor. … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “Crush on You”

Mock if you must, but whatever you think of the Wolfgramm family’s music, five top 10 singles in the space of three years is pretty solid. This Tongan family band’s (very) lightly funky pop was fairly unavoidable from 1986-88 on … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “Too Shy”

Talk about catching lightning in a bottle: Kajagoogoo were by no means a great band (though I’d argue for their debut White Feathers as good, and interesting), but with their debut single, they made utter pop magic. Give a good chunk … Continue reading

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My favorite songs: “Private Eyes”

Just listen to the way this opens, that guitar slash, the opening guitar line by G.E. Smith, along with John Oates’s rhythm lines and Daryl Hall’s prominent keys, and all of that alongside Mickey Curry’s straight-as-Charlie-Watts four on the floor. Then … Continue reading

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