EVERY Billboard #1 hit discussion thread 1958-Present

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

  1. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

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    New York, NY, USA
    Would prove his biggest hit.
     
  2. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    San Francisco
    Kinda... I always thought he was more white trash than Benatar. The lyrics were just your typical dumb rock posturing. Zzzzz.

    Yeah, they drifted away a bit from their "chicks do Led Zep" formula trying to keep up with the times, and alienated their core base. But I'm not sure how much more gas that schtick had in the first place.

    No lack of talent with those two. They'd be back bigger than ever by the middle of the decade, complete with ENORMOUS hair. But all of the soul seemed to have been sucked out of the product they were releasing. They got Jefferson Starshipped...
     
  3. supersquonk

    supersquonk Forum Resident

    Catching up on this thread. On vacation much of August.

    So for much of this thread, I've felt like Apple Bonker and I led parallel lives. About same age apparently. Getting into the Beatles around the same time. Buying the first Wings album around the same time. Almost identical likes and dislikes.

    So I found it striking the divergence on Rapper's Delight. When this song came out, it was like a bolt of lightning hitting our all-white suburban Boston town. There were times when you could flip the dial and every top 40 station had it on at the same time. Most kids I knew (we were 6th graders) had the entire thing memorized - short version and long version. The best part, of course, was the section about having to eat the bad food at your friend's house.

    I did come to find rap annoying - even repulsive - when it became "gangsta rap," and today it feels like a genre that's overstayed its welcome by about 2 decades. But at the time, Rapper's Delight, and later The Message, were big hits and we loved those tunes. It was something new - seemingly from another planet.

    Other big difference of opinion is Heartache Tonight. Oh man, I love that song. The thick, processed handclap sounds. The opening guitar lick. The harmonies. Benefits from not really being as overplayed as the other Eagles tunes.
     
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  4. pablo fanques

    pablo fanques Somebody's Bad Handwroter

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    Poughkeepsie, NY
    Count me in as another who thought Billy Squier when the subject of a male Pat Benatar came up. Their career trajectory and downfalls were nearly simultaneous and they both transitioned into the MTV era with equal aplomb. I mean I don't think they went more than an hour without playing something from either one for the first several years of their existence. Perfect analogy
     
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  5. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    San Francisco
    Interesting. I never saw the parallels at the time - mostly because I thought his material was tedious and obvious (and also a lot more blues-influenced than Benatar) - but you can hear how he also blended New Wave into hard rock. And he also had those kinda shouty vocals.

    God the "Rock Me Tonight" video is a pile of crap.

    :biglaugh:
     
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  6. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    San Francisco
    It just occurred to me that Benatar was also derailed, around the same time as Squire's ludicrous "Rock Me Tonight" clip, by an almost equally ridiculous video.

    Hmmm...
     
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  7. pablo fanques

    pablo fanques Somebody's Bad Handwroter

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    Poughkeepsie, NY
    Yup! We all made fun of it almost as constantly as it aired. That TANKTOP!
     
  8. Grant

    Grant Fight The Power

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    United States
    That's also how it was in my corner of the world. We were in high school, but, still, it made a huge impact on us. We loved it. I didn't start to meet rap-haters until several years later.
     
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  9. Grant

    Grant Fight The Power

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    Let's not jump ahead! There will be lots to talk about with these two in the upcoming years, especially Billy.
     
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  10. Hoover Factory

    Hoover Factory Old Dude Who Knows Things

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    Spokane, WA
    I liked Pat Benatar quite a bit, but in the Debbie vs. Pat matchup, I was a Debbie Harry fan all of the way. Loved “Heartbreaker” and “We Live for Love”
     
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  11. Hoover Factory

    Hoover Factory Old Dude Who Knows Things

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    Spokane, WA
    Never, ever liked Rush. The screeching vocals were definitely one of the reasons. Sorry, but some of us just don’t like those kind of vocals.
     
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  12. AppleBonker

    AppleBonker Forum Resident

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    Seattle
    I was never that into Benatar, and she came to annoy me towards the end of her main run, but this song was one I did really like. Never saw it performed before; it's so eighties it hurts, and this was filmed in 1979? If so, it shows you how quickly the look and sound of that decade came together.

    I take issue with the notion that Benatar wasn't making it as a singles artist. In my neck of the woods, she was on the radio constantly for about four years with a bunch of songs. I can't speak to how many actual hits she had, but as far as getting radio play, she had no problem there.
     
  13. AppleBonker

    AppleBonker Forum Resident

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    Seattle
    Interesting, thanks for sharing! Yeah, my hometown was as white bread as they come, and rap was just not a thing at all when I was in high school (I graduated in 1984). I vaguely recall a small smattering of rap songs (maybe three or four), but it was mostly classic rock and/or early MTV for my class (we did have two or three punkers, including Jon Spencer, who later became an underground rock star himself). I bet if I went back now, things would be mighty different!
     
  14. Cheevyjames

    Cheevyjames Forum Resident

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    Durham, NC
    Styx - Babe

    I'm not a Styx fan either so it's always a little painful when I have to hear them. This song is total vanilla. There's no fire in this and it's completely possible to have fire in slow ballads. I don't hear any passion here. Pass.

    I hate the term, but it's interesting how so much of this late 70's rock was called "corporate rock" and all these groups lumped in together. Styx, Foreigner, Journey, Kansas, Boston and then I've heard some lump in groups like Rush, Yes and Supertramp. Some of those groups I like a lot, some of them I absolutely detest. In a very broad sense I can get why people will lump them all together, but they all have their own sonic identities and they don't sound like clones of one another. We'll see this kind of thing in a few years when (and I hate this term too) "hair metal" becomes a thing. So many bands get lumped into this derogatory umbrella term because it's music that a lot of folks don't like. It's easier to put things you don't like into one category and say "I hate all those xxxxxxxx groups."
     
  15. ronm

    ronm audiofreak

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    southern colo.
    Hard to believe a band that put out "Suite Madam Blue" also did "Babe".
     
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  16. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus

    I can see the irritation with DeYoung's voice, but I think that Steve Perry had an amazing rock voice! Oh well, good thing we're not all boring clones.

    "Babe" has a mood to it that I quite like, actually. DeYoung's singing doesn't enhance it, but it's strong enough tune that I like it anyway. But number 1? Kind of surprised at that.
     
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  17. Wild Horse

    Wild Horse Forum Resident

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    I agree about Steve Perry having a great voice.

    He actually sounded a lot like Sam Cooke. Cooke's family even contacted him about doing an album of Sam Cooke songs.

    I kind of liked Journey on the 'Infinity' album before they went too corporate rock in the 80s. They'd still have some good singles, though ... "Walks Like A Lady", "Who's Crying Now", and "Faithfully" was a great ballad. They were just coming into their popularity right about the point we're at in the thread now.
     
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  18. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus

    The elasticity in his voice, at those kind of pitches is nothing short of amazing and I do think he has soul. I don't see him at all in the same league as DeYoung, much less Geddy Lee! If anything I'd put Steve Perry as a sort of inheritor of the "tough soulful street guy with the unique high voice" throne of Frankie Valli.

    (I'm mainly just a singles guy when it comes to Journey though, could care less about their albums!)
     
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  19. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    San Francisco
    "We Live For Love" is probably my favorite Benatar cut. One of the great New Wave singles - should have been a much bigger hit.

    She had lots of charting singles, but - at least in the US - only 4 Top 10 placements and only two Top 5, right toward the end of her prime commercial run when she veered in a more pop direction. While she was huge on the radio, those plays prompted album, not single sales. Also, her harder-rocking style got very little play on pop radio. "Heartbreaker" only made it to #23 for example.

    Surprisingly, some of her harder rocking cuts barely made a dent, even on the US Mainstream Rock charts.

    Pat Benatar discography - Wikipedia
     
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  20. Dougd

    Dougd Forum Resident

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    Fla.
    Yeah, it's grating.
    Not that different, stylistically, than Lionel Ritchie/ Commodores ballads.
     
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  21. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    San Francisco
    I liked "Who's Crying Now", but radio kind of ran it into the ground. I still like "Lights" - hard to believe it only charted at #68 given how much the radio played it. "Wheel In The Sky" is alright for what it is. "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" is ridiculously obvious, but it's still amusing.

    Come to think of it, Journey were another early act to blend hard rock and New Wave with a single that comes out a few weeks into 1980, "Any Way You Want It". Amazingly, it only got to #23 - again, felt like a Top 10 or even Top 5 hit (and I loved it). Their first Top 10 didn't come until 1981 with the aforementioned "Who's Crying Now" - I guess I wasn't the only one who found it atmospheric and a nice change of pace.

    Anyhow, they were moving multiplatinum units of their albums by 1978, so here's another example of an act where the singles chart and album chart performance is somewhat decoupled.
     
  22. Dougd

    Dougd Forum Resident

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    Fla.
    Wow. Wasn't familiar with her chart placements.
    Some of her rockers would've made the U.S. Main chart, which rated rock songs. But that chart didn't start until 1981.
    Again, it shows you how relatively unimportant the Hot 100 charts were becoming.
     
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  23. Grant

    Grant Fight The Power

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    United States
    Have we discussed "Please Don't Go" by K.C. & The Sunshine Band? It was a huge hit, and the last under the Sunshine Band billing. It was unusual for a ballad to be released by K.C., though it wouldn't be his last. The next one would be a duet.
     
  24. Grant

    Grant Fight The Power

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    United States
    Geddy Lee sounds like he arose from the pits of hell just to torture us with his voice.
     
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  25. Dougd

    Dougd Forum Resident

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    Fla.
    RE: Nick Lowe....
    ... and his only U.S. Top 40 hit single.
    He did, however, have another U.S. Hot 100 single, but scored better in the UK.

    His discography shows a lot of songwriting and producing credits.
    Nick Lowe discography - Wikipedia
     

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