Hit Songs By Bands That Were Sung By Someone Who Was NOT The Lead Singer

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by greatmuta, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. greatmuta

    greatmuta Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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    Thought this would be fun and interesting. :cool: Here's some songs to begin with :cheers:

    Steely Dan- Dirty Work. Sung by David Palmer
    Strawberry Alarm Clock- Incense And Peppermints. Sung by a friend of the band
    Pink Floyd- Have A Cigar. Sung by Roy Harper
    Eagles- Take It To The Limit. Sung by Randy Meisner
    Squeeze- Tempted. Sung by Paul Carrack
    Toto- Africa. Sung by David Paich
    Kiss- Beth. Sung by Peter Criss
    Night Ranger- Sister Christian. Sung by Kelly Keagy
     
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  2. JozefK

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    "Barbara Ann" -- Beach Boys. Sung by Dean Torrance
     
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  3. footprintsinthesand

    footprintsinthesand Forum Resident

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    The Cars - Just What I Needed...

     
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  4. JohnnyQuest

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  5. JohnnyQuest

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    Beach Boys - Help Me, Rhonda
     
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  6. Cassiel

    Cassiel Sonic Reducer

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    "Silver Machine" - Hawkwind - Lemmy lead vocal.
     
  7. the sands

    the sands Forum Resident

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    R.E.M. - Superman

    Lead vocals by Mike Mills. I'm not sure how big a hit it was but I think it was a single and it is a great song. :)
     
  8. jsayers

    jsayers Just Drifting....

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    Grand Funk Railroad- We're An American Band
     
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  9. GregM

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    Jimi Hendrix Experience - She's So Fine
     
  10. jsayers

    jsayers Just Drifting....

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    I think Benjamin Orr and Rick Ocasek traded lead vocals pretty evenly in The Cars, didn't they?
     
  11. the sands

    the sands Forum Resident

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    Wings - Cook of the House

    Lead vocals by Linda McCartney. It was the b-side of "Silly Love Songs" generally but the a-side in some countries for various reasons.
     
  12. Chuckee

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    I remember reading once it was about 60/40 Rick.
     
  13. Cassiel

    Cassiel Sonic Reducer

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    Nothing personal and not trying to be mean, but here's where this thread will start to deviate from the OP's criterion (hit songs with a different-than-usual vocalist for the band) to "name any song sung by a different vocalist than the band's usual one"). She's So Fine = not a hit, not a single, I've never even heard it on the radio, and I'd be willing to bet that more than a few listeners have skipped it when listening to the album.
     
  14. Amnion

    Amnion Well-Known Member

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    Rolling Stones "Happy" sung by Keith
     
  15. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    Though Todd Rundgren was the lead singer and guitarist, Utopia's only Top 40 song Set Me Free was sung by bassist Kasim Sulton. All four band members sang lead vocals, and harmonized like nobody's business:

     
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  16. The Ramones, "Wart Hog" (calling it a "hit" might be stretching it, but it was on their best of compilation).
     
  17. RichC

    RichC Forum Resident

    David Palmer WAS the lead singer of Steely Dan at the time, but was later fired after Fagen realized he could do it himself.
    The Eagles had at least four separate lead vocalists across their albums, and definitely two lead singers, Glenn and Don. If you're counting Randy as a non lead singer, you need to count Joe Walsh as well.
    KISS had two lead singers (Gene and Paul) AND Peter sang lead on several hit songs besides Beth (like Hard Luck Woman). If you count New York Groove as a KISS song and not an Ace solo hit, then EVERY member of KISS was a lead vocalist.

    Oh and Toto had about as many lead singers as hit singles....
     
  18. the sands

    the sands Forum Resident

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    Wings - Deliver Your Children

    Lead vocals by Denny Laine. Again, bascially a b-side to "I've Had Enough" but flipped over in some countries. It made #9 on the top 40 chart in the Netherlands.
     
  19. pbuzby

    pbuzby Forum Resident

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    "Black Water" was the only major Doobies hit with lead vocal by Pat Simmons, I think.
     
  20. dumangl

    dumangl Forum Resident

    Dean Torrence wasn't even the lead singer of Jan & Dean, much less the lead singer of The Beach Boys. I read somewhere it wasn't even planned. Dean just wandered into the studio.
     
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  21. Mike Bass

    Mike Bass Forum Resident

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    The Kinks- "Death of a Clown"

    Dave sings lead
     
  22. pbuzby

    pbuzby Forum Resident

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    And of course a few famous Who songs like "Boris The Spider," "My Wife" and "Eminence Front" didn't include Roger Daltrey.
     
  23. RichC

    RichC Forum Resident

    I can't believe all the Beatles lovers on this thread haven't yet mentioned Yellow Submarine, Something, and Here Comes The Sun. (Unless every member of the Beatles counts as the "lead singer." In which case, carry on.)

    More recently, Heart's first #1 hit (These Dreams) came with Nancy Wilson singing lead, rather than Ann, the lead vocalist on every other song.
     
  24. footprintsinthesand

    footprintsinthesand Forum Resident

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    Great song, not a hit; same goes for this gem
     
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  25. pbuzby

    pbuzby Forum Resident

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    Rosanna and Africa both had parts sung by Paich and others by Bobby Kimball.
     
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