EVERY Billboard #1 hit discussion thread 1958-Present

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by alphanguy, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. pickwick33

    pickwick33 Forum Resident

    Blues and folk? More like plenty of soul and country songs tackled this issue. And several of them crossed over pop, long before "Me & Mrs. Jones." Clarence Carter's "Steal Away" from 1968 comes to mind, but there must be others.
     
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  2. pickwick33

    pickwick33 Forum Resident

    Motown and especially Scepter did it too.
     
  3. Dougd

    Dougd Forum Resident

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    It should also be noted how The Eagles' Take It To The Limit (which would become a giant hit later) borrows heavily from the opening of If You Don't Know Me By Now.

     
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  4. CliffL

    CliffL Forum Resident

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    Cheating songs are a mainstay of many genres of music. "Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town" is a good example. I'm sure there's a thread or two on these types of songs on the forum...or there should be!
     
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  5. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    You have a point...

    Yeah, but did they kind of celebrate it? I'd say not often.
     
  6. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Mystery Picture Member

    Put me in the category of those who disliked "Me And Mrs. Jones" when it was played endlessly back in late 72. Nowadays, when I hear it, I get goosebumps. Go figure!
     
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  7. Grant

    Grant A Brady-Boomer Musical Free-Spirit

    There have been other cases in the 70s where a single saw two or more commercial releases with different lengths/versions. We'll get to them...
     
  8. Grant

    Grant A Brady-Boomer Musical Free-Spirit

    Oh, yeah they did! A lot of them were joke titles, too, right along with the drinkin' songs.
     
  9. W.B.

    W.B. Senior Member

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    Some of which formed the basis for a George Carlin routine about such songs on one of his later specials.
     
  10. pickwick33

    pickwick33 Forum Resident

    Not quite the same as using a backing track outright.
     
  11. SITKOL'76

    SITKOL'76 Forum Resident

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    And like always here is a rundown of all the singles that JUST missed the top spot, peaking at the #2 position.

    1. The Carpenters - Hurting Each Other

    2. Joe Tex - I Gotcha

    3. Michael Jackson - Rockin' Robin

    4. Billy Preston - Outa-Space

    5. Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose - To Late To Turn Back Now

    6. The Hollies - Long Cool Woman In Black Dress

    7. Bill Withers - Use Me

    8. Elvis Presley - Burning Love

    9. The Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin

    10. Lobo - I'd Love You To Want Me

    11. Gilbert O'Sullivan - Claire

    11 #2 hits total, The Carpenters at this point must have been rather synonymous with #2 hits to chart enthusiasts.
     
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  12. SITKOL'76

    SITKOL'76 Forum Resident

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    Now for my pick of song that should've hit #1, The Spinners 'I'll Be Around', it's just such a beautiful song and one of my all time favorite records.

    As for the #2 hits that should've hit the top spot I'm giving it to Bill Withers 'Use Me'.
     
  13. SITKOL'76

    SITKOL'76 Forum Resident

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    Lastly, for the relative quietness that 1972 was for Motown (in comparison with years prior) 1973 was MAJOR for Motown. I'm looking forward to that this next year.
     
  14. smorrison

    smorrison His Master's Voice

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    I've been meaning to post before we leave 1972. It was the year that I started kindergarten, and the first that I remember liking current hit songs. My favorites were "Song Sung Blue" and "Black And White". I also recall hearing the Sammy Davis & Mac Davis songs.

    My current favorite is still "American Pie" - what a classic!

    With regards to Chuck Berry, I don't begrudge him his #1 record. In college, I had The Best Of The Best Of Chuck Berry on LP, and we loved to play the "Alma Mater" sitting in our dorm room, playing cribbage and drinking beer. It's just for fun! :shrug:
     
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  15. Tim S

    Tim S Forum Resident

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    I don't think it's been mentioned at all, but "Rocket Man" was a #2 that deserved the top spot.

    "Tiny Dancer" has grown in stature over the years but only made it to #70.
     
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  16. Endicott

    Endicott Forum Resident

    Me and.... Mrs. Jooooooooones, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones....

    Always loved that part. As well as the descending strings. Just a masterful record.

    I think Mr. Jones knew something was happening, he just didn't know what it was.

    As for previous R&B hits that dealt with infidelity, I can think of "Smoky Places" by the Corsairs, which sounds gloriously like its title.

    Since someone brought up "Take It To The Limit", and it didn't reach #1, I just wanted to say that (a) it's got a lovely melody, (b) it does borrow heavily from "If You Don't Know Me By Now", and (c) it's got the wimpiest lead vocal in the history of Western recorded music. :hide:

    "If You Don't Know Me By Now", btw, is another sublime track, and the fact that was outperformed on the charts by Simply Red's undernourished cover will forever be a blight on our society. Those harmonies on the original, though... :love:
     
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  17. sunspot42

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    That's not the best collection of #2 hits, at least compared to other years.

    Of them, I'd say that the ones deserving of a #1 placement are:

    Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose - To Late To Turn Back Now
    The Hollies - Long Cool Woman In Black Dress
    Elvis Presley - Burning Love
    The Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin

    Best of that bunch is clearly "Nights In White Satin".

    "Rocket Man" only got to #6 in the US, but agree it's deserving of a #1 position.
     
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  18. CliffL

    CliffL Forum Resident

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    Just read Wikipedia's entry on "Tiny Dancer" after seeing your post...I can't believe it only made it to #41. I would've said it made the top ten based on my memory (which I pride myself on, but it can be foggy!) I bought the 45 in '72 and always considered it to be one of Elton's best songs, along with "Rocket Man". Either one would have been a worthy #1.
     
  19. pickwick33

    pickwick33 Forum Resident

    Before the light goes out on 1972, I wanna call attention to this goodie that stiffed at #25, but sounds real good to me...
     
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  20. Endicott

    Endicott Forum Resident

    I agree that "Tiny Dancer" is one of Sir Elton's most memorable records -- my guess is its length kept it from getting the airplay it needed to be a big hit. (Of course, its length is essential to its slow-building effectiveness.) I don't think Elton quite had Beatles-level pull with radio programmers yet...
     
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  21. Black Thumb

    Black Thumb Unclassifiable

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    I'd call this one the C&W "Me and Mrs. Jones". Written by Tom T. Hall.

     
  22. Craigman1959

    Craigman1959 Forum Resident

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    It's interesting too that Tiny Dancer didn't make the first or second greatest hits album.....but Levon did appear on Volume 2.
     
  23. boyjohn

    boyjohn Forum Resident

    Just for comparison, here are the three major charts weekly #1's side by side for 1972.

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  24. czeskleba

    czeskleba Senior Member

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    I would not that say "Me and Mrs. Jones" celebrates adultery by any means. "We both know that it's wrong." "We gotta be extra careful that we don't build our hopes up too high." "It hurts so much, it hurts so much inside." It's infused with the same sort of guilt, disappointment, and irresistable compulsion that are typical of country songs about the topic.
     
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  25. Black Thumb

    Black Thumb Unclassifiable

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    Man, Al Green did much better on the other two, especially Record World.
     
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