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How lost are pop music's lost hits?
« on: April 08, 2020, 02:02:57 pm »
https://radioinsight.com/ross/185677/how-lost-are-pop-music-lost-hits/

by Sean Ross
April 7, 2020

Part of what I’ve enjoyed about doing music research for a living is watching how big hit songs endure over time. How songs perform in research decades later is their refraction through a series of funhouse mirrors (radio programmer judgment, music-supervisor influence and other pop-culture moments, the movement of listeners through the 25-54 demographic window). Radio reacts to those variables and their change in output (often a culling of the oldest titles) influences the next respondents.

That songs do not endure equally is obvious enough. Five years ago, Rich Appel wrote a series of Billboard articles about how “Revisionist History” keeps “Santeria,” not “Macarena” on the radio. Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical,” a 10-week No. 1 and the biggest chart hit of the ‘80s, is long obscured by Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” the No. 9 hit from the same time in 1981-82 that became the most unavoidable gold title of our era. Recalculating the No. 1 song of each year, based on what was playing and selling in the mid-‘00s, Appel found the tilt was almost always to rock/pop titles that are kept in play by the combination of Classic Rock, Classic Hits, and the Adult Hits format perched between them.

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Re: How lost are pop music's lost hits?
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2020, 02:11:52 pm »
Radio stations play the songs the listeners want to hear?  Scandalous!
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Re: How lost are pop music's lost hits?
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2020, 02:25:43 pm »
Here's a little escape music for ya --- Don't Stop Believin' !!!


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Re: How lost are pop music's lost hits?
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2020, 02:31:13 pm »
About 6 years ago, we went to the "Rock 'n Roll Express"  - great music and a lot of fun.  Featuring; Journey, REO, Styx and enjoyed a little "Wango Tango" with Ted Nugent.  After Ted cranked up the music, my hearing hasn't quite been the same.


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Re: How lost are pop music's lost hits?
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2020, 02:46:46 pm »
Here's a little escape music for ya --- Don't Stop Believin' !!!


www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcjzHMhBtf0

I disliked that song greatly when it came out, but it grew on me some. I can tolerate Perry now.
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Re: How lost are pop music's lost hits?
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2020, 02:52:55 pm »
I disliked that song greatly when it came out, but it grew on me some. I can tolerate Perry now.

Well ... I wasn't a Journey fan until I saw them in concert.  I didn't start listening to their other tunes till then, and they grew on me.  By far my absolute favorite - "After All These Years".  Very touching.


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Re: How lost are pop music's lost hits?
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2020, 03:00:23 pm »
My favorite group from the same era is REO Speedwagon.  We first saw them at the Indy Motor Speedway in the early '80's ... and twice now here in Florida. (Ya, I'm a rocker). 


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« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2020, 03:16:16 pm »
My favorite group from the same era is REO Speedwagon.  We first saw them at the Indy Motor Speedway in the early '80's ... and twice now here in Florida. (Ya, I'm a rocker). 

I liked them until High Infidelity. 
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Re: How lost are pop music's lost hits?
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2020, 06:07:39 pm »
My favorite group from the same era is REO Speedwagon. 

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Re: How lost are pop music's lost hits?
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2020, 09:46:48 pm »
Here's a little escape music for ya --- Don't Stop Believin' !!!


www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcjzHMhBtf0

The Sopranos must have helped make that song rise on the airways. Like Family Guy made Take On Me rise on the music countdown
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Re: How lost are pop music's lost hits?
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2020, 09:48:34 pm »
I liked them until High Infidelity.

That’s when I discovered them.

Favorite bands from HS
Pink Floyd, Supertramp and The Cars. (And the Beatles but they had broken up a decade earlier)

Song I never want to hear again
American Pie. Overplayed. Wayyyyy overplayed
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Re: How lost are pop music's lost hits?
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2020, 10:07:40 pm »
That’s when I discovered them.

Favorite bands from HS
Pink Floyd, Supertramp and The Cars. (And the Beatles but they had broken up a decade earlier)

Song I never want to hear again
American Pie. Overplayed. Wayyyyy overplayed

A long, long time ago,
I can still remember....
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Re: How lost are pop music's lost hits?
« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2020, 10:13:28 pm »
A long, long time ago,
I can still remember....

When I was in Grad school, I was teaching Intro to Lit. For the intro to to poetry module, I had to play American Pie and analyze it line by line, and Simon and Garfunkel’s Richard Cory and compare and contrast to the poem with the same name by Edwin Arlington Robinson. (Hey! That was about a money panic  in 1893.oh boy!)
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Re: How lost are pop music's lost hits?
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2020, 05:29:21 pm »
This one sometimes feels so lost (the oldies stations almost never play it when looking for something by them to play) that you might think even the Yardbirds themselves forgot they cut it and had a 1966 hit with it . . .


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Re: How lost are pop music's lost hits?
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2020, 10:58:42 am »
I just thought of the ultimate one hit wonder that you still hear everywhere
(And I still dance when I hear it)

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« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2020, 04:25:41 pm »
I just thought of the ultimate one hit wonder that you still hear everywhere
(And I still dance when I hear it)

Walking on sunshine
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And I always thought the ultimate one-hit wonder was . . .

Count Five, "Psychotic Reaction"

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( . . . which astute people my age might notice is a hybrid nick of two of the Yardbirds' hits, the aforeplayed "Over Under Sideways Down" and the coda in their version of Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man" . . . )
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« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2020, 04:34:37 pm »
I was a kid in 1966 when a certain Alka-Seltzer commercial prompted a group of Wrecking Crewmenpersons (bass legend Carol Kaye is thought to be on the record) to turn its music into this rather swinging hit . . .

The T-Bones, "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)"

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. . . and the record was such a hit (it peaked at number three nationwide in '66) that the geniuses behind it put together a touring version of the group, who included a guitarist (Dan Hamilton), a keyboardsman/saxophonist (Tom Reynolds), and a bassist (Joe Carullo), who'd make a demo that went ignored as the last T-Bones project (a brief Japanese tour) dissipated, who'd discover the hard way that their old demo---featuring their voices as well---got into the hands of the co-mastermind of the Grass Roots (Steve Barri), and who'd be urged to reunite by that co-mastermind to become the 1970s hitmakers Hamilton, Joe Frank, and Reynolds.


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Re: How lost are pop music's lost hits?
« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2020, 04:38:16 pm »
@EasyAce

I remember

Pop pop fizz fizz oh what a relief it is...

And

I can’t believe I ate the whole thing....
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« Reply #18 on: April 10, 2020, 04:48:05 pm »
@EasyAce

I remember

Pop pop fizz fizz oh what a relief it is...

And

I can’t believe I ate the whole thing....
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Please tell me you didn't forget . . .

Alka-Seltzer, "That's a Spicy Meatball"

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Alka-Seltzer, "Try It, You'll Like It"

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« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2020, 05:01:45 pm »
I was hoping that my sis would finally wear out the grooves and I wouldn't have to hear this one song anymore:


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Years later I was throwing 8track tapes out the window to not hear this song again:


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Re: How lost are pop music's lost hits?
« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2020, 05:57:07 pm »
About 6 years ago, we went to the "Rock 'n Roll Express"  - great music and a lot of fun.  Featuring; Journey, REO, Styx and enjoyed a little "Wango Tango" with Ted Nugent.  After Ted cranked up the music, my hearing hasn't quite been the same.


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Re: How lost are pop music's lost hits?
« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2020, 09:42:54 am »
@EasyAce

I do remember the meatball commercial!

That would be a good thread. Your favorite tv commercials.
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