Songs that were truly inescapable at their peak?

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  1. Helter Skelter

    Helter Skelter Forum Resident Thread Starter

    What are some notable instances where a song was truly ubiquitous in its moment where you couldn’t escape from it?

    I’m sure this applies to a ton of songs, but are there any that you remember in particular? Are there any that you liked initially but ended up despising due to overexposure?
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  2. Steve from ABQ

    Steve from ABQ Forum Resident

    Laredo, Texas
    As a child, I remember Debby Boone’s You Light Up my Life slowly driving my mother mad (or so she claimed).
  3. HotelYorba101

    HotelYorba101 Forum Resident

    "Gangnam Style" by PSY was pretty hard to escape from for sure
  4. Bobby Morrow

    Bobby Morrow Senior Member

    Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John & Kiki Dee. 6 weeks at #1. It was the sound of the (particularly hot) summer in the U.K. in 1976. I started out loving it, but by the time it was coming to the end of it’s time at #1, I was sick to the back teeth of it.:D

    Also, You’re The One That I Want by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John in 1978. No one knew much about Grease when the single was released, but it shot to #1 within a handful of weeks of release and stayed there for 9 weeks. That song really was everywhere. So many people hated it, and the subsequent Grease singles too.:D
  5. audiotom

    audiotom Throwing darts in lovers eyes

    New Orleans La USA
    Staying Alive

    Boy did I try to avoid it

    Now they use the the songs beat per minute cadence for administering CPR
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  6. Price.pittsburgh

    Price.pittsburgh Forum Resident

    Def Leppard- Pour Some Sugar on Me was everywhere Summer of 88.

    I remember playing it on the album upon release August 87 and knowing it would eventually be a single and huge
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  7. Old Fart At Play

    Old Fart At Play He won't eat it, he hates everything

    Los Angeles
    Not a song, but in 1996 I worked at a place where they played a top 40 station all day long, every day. The station played at least one Hootie and the Blowfish song every hour (in all likelihood, more often than just one an hour). It was that way every single day, for months on end.
  8. krock2009

    krock2009 Forum Resident

    Philadelphia, PA
    Phil Collins owns this thread.
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  9. realkilroy

    realkilroy Forum Resident

    Oslo, Norway
    I remember Ace of Base was inescapable in 93/94. Or so it seemed.
  10. Pseudonym

    Pseudonym Senior Member

    Detroit, MI
  11. Onkster515

    Onkster515 Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    Afternoon Delight: summer of ‘76.

    My pubescent self loved it at first, but by summer’s end, after a long and unhappy road trip during which AD played constantly on the AM radio, couldn’t stand it any more.
  12. markp

    markp I am always thinking about Jazz.

    Washington State
    Born in the USA.
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  13. Helter Skelter

    Helter Skelter Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Childhood school discos in the 90’s. This, Cotton Eye Joe and Saturday Night by Whigfield. Ahh memories. Awful, awful memories.
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  14. Exitmusic

    Exitmusic Forum Resident

    Leicester U.K
    Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire
  15. Michael Leek

    Michael Leek Forum Resident

    Queen Bohemian Rhapsody.
    Both song and video were everywhere - as a 15 year old kid, I was blown away.
    Still am…
  16. AndyTaylor

    AndyTaylor Forum Resident

  17. FramboGND

    FramboGND All in the game

    East of England
  18. Solaris Morse

    Solaris Morse Forum Resident

    Mull of Kintrye was everywhere (in the UK at least) in late 1977,there was no escaping it.
  19. May not apply to every country, and from different eras, of course, but some that come immediately to mind are:

    Herb Alpert - Rise
    Trio - Da Da Da
    Bryan Adams - Eveything I Do
    Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go On
    Shawn Mullins - Lullaby
    Marcy's Playground - Sex & Candy
    Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows
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  20. HotHere

    HotHere Forum Resident

    The Police - Every Breath You Take.
    Everywhere, all the time in '83.
  21. Sgt. Abbey Road

    Sgt. Abbey Road Forum Resident

    Graz, Austria
    Unfortunately „Gangnam Style“ during my time at primary school:D
  22. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

    Katy, TX
    Physical - Olivia Newton-John
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  23. Helter Skelter

    Helter Skelter Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Oh man. This just triggered some kind of PTSD flashback. Was the popularity of this song purely a UK thing, or was it a hit in the US? In the UK, it was indescribably, and somewhat inexplicably, huge.
  24. SPF2001

    SPF2001 flagrantly frivolous flippant fluff

    St. Petersburg,Fl.
    "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing"
    The New Seekers
  25. Alan2

    Alan2 Forum Resident

    How about albums you couldn't avoid?

    I can't listen to Dark Side of the Moon, and don't own a copy. And I have several other Pink Floyd albums.
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