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30. Elvin Bishop - Fooled Around Fell in Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyMMEmwFQUE

  from 1976, and it still gets its fair share of air play decades later.  56 Million Spotify play for an old song like this is impressive.  This was also included in the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack.  It features Mickey Thomas (later with Jefferson Starship) with an excellent vocal performance.

 

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51 minutes ago, Rove! said:

30. Elvin Bishop - Fooled Around Fell in Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyMMEmwFQUE

  from 1976, and it still gets its fair share of air play decades later.  56 Million Spotify play for an old song like this is impressive.  This was also included in the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack.  It features Mickey Thomas (later with Jefferson Starship) with an excellent vocal performance.

 

It's impossible to hear this song and not think of Boogie Nights. 

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29. Billy Vera and the Beaters - At this Moment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2ur063fMhs

 This song blew up in 1987.  Just a great great soulful performance.  30 plus years and I have not tired of this.  When the song starts to play, you can’t help but to stop and listen.  (Some may nitpick about a song by BV and the beaters that scraped the 40 at 39, but not every song that touches 40 IMHO is a hit...20 is more in the ballpark, but 30-40 are proabably in low rotation for a week or two before hitting or missing and dropping off of the charts)

fanatstic song and a worthy one hit wonder

 

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23 hours ago, Mr. Irrelevant said:

8. C’est La Vie - B*Witched (#9, 1999)

The “I’ve Never Been to Me” of this sub-countdown.

OK, so, in true Tim's rules fashion, this peaked eight months before the end of the ‘90s, but there’s no way I could leave off what is either the worst catchy song or the catchiest bad song of the last 20 years … possibly both. Everything about the three minutes in the above link - the lyrics that will literally make you laugh out loud; the hilariously awful video featuring a group of dime-store Spice Girls alternately throwing up their fists, poorly executing bad choreography, and rolling down grassy hills; the song bridge featuring (for no particular reason and completely out of place with the rest of the song) a random Irish jig - is soooo bad it’s great. You’ll be hearing these girls in your sleep tonight and I offer NO APOLOGIES.

 

From the comments:

Wife came in the room so I quickly changed it to porn..easier to explain

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Closing out the evening  with this one from 1998

28. Closing Time - Semisonic

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGytDsqkQY8

This song was ubiquitous in 1998...151 Million Spotify plays...Rated number 6 on the vh1 chart of OHWs of all time...a modern rock classic

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45 minutes ago, Rove! said:

Closing out the evening  with this one from 1998

28. Closing Time - Semisonic

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGytDsqkQY8

This song was ubiquitous in 1998...151 Million Spotify plays...Rated number 6 on the vh1 chart of OHWs of all time...a modern rock classic

Who else remembers the location of the exact record store where they dropped $18 of their hard-earned money on Feeling Strangely Fine because ... reasons?

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6 minutes ago, Mr. Irrelevant said:

Who else remembers the location of the exact record store where they dropped $18 of their hard-earned money on Feeling Strangely Fine because ... reasons?

Among the other albums that I purchased at this particular Tower Records located just around the corner from the AMC theater in Little Rock, AR, just off the top of my head:

Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?

Before These Crowded Streets

3eb

Villains

Sister Hazel

Marcy Playground

I'm not necessarily proud of this list, but I'm not necessarily not proud of this list.

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27. Joan Osborne - One of Us

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4CRkpBGQzU

 from 1996, Joan Osborne asks “What if God was one of us?” This was written by Eric Bazilian of The Hooters. Word has it that Joan, at one point wanted to become a priest until she learned that was not possible due to her gender. today she is skeptical of organized religion, but remains “spiritual.”

 

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Coming Next up a song comes fluttering in from 2001 

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40 M - Pop Muzik

39 The Count Five - Psychotic Reaction

38 Steve Forbert - Romeo’s Tune

37 Digital Underground - Humpty Dance

 36 The Cascades - Rythym of the Rain

 35 Buffalo Springfield - For What It’s Worth

 34 The Calling - Wherever You May Go

33  John Paul Young - Love is in the Air

32 Pilot of the Airwaves - Charlie Dore

31 Kongos - Come With Me Now

30 Elvin Bishop - Fooled Around and Fell in Love

29 Billy Vera and the Beaters - “At This Moment”

28 Semisonic - Closing Time

27 Joan Osborne - One of Us

26 Crazy Town - Butterfly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FEDrU85FLE

 the video is a little cringey, but The song hit number one in 15 countries.  It uses a sample from RHCP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21fTTyibxt8

 

 

 

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Up next a personal favorite with Stevie Nicks on backing vocals 

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20 minutes ago, Rove! said:

Up next a personal favorite with Stevie Nicks on backing vocals 

When the lights go down in the California town. People are in for the evening.

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25 John Stewart - Gold

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYaQf_lK00M

 I struggled a bit with the OHW label, as Stewart did have a couple of songs from the album hit the top 30, but they seem completely not memorable.  They have a minimal presence on YouTube and other platforms.  If you are a purist, then pretend I nominated Love Hurts by Nazereth or something.  Lindsey Buckingham producing Stevie Nicks in background vocals...although the guitar sounds like Buckingham, sources say it was Stewart on this track...Stewart had previously been part of the Kingston Trio and this song featured on the pilot episode of Solid Gold. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-CJji921gM

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24 minutes ago, Rove! said:

Stewart had previously been part of the Kingston Trio and this song featured on the pilot episode of Solid Goldhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-CJji921gM

Nice - he was almost the Buggles of Solid Gold.

I looked it up, and that honor belongs to Irene Cara. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl4K6VLIhf0

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I love John Stewart- he wrote “Daydream Believer” for the Monkees. Had some great songs in the early 70s. 

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24 Tonic - If You Could Only See

 the last 90s was weird in pop music...so many pop melodies propped up against the thick distorted guitar sound from the grunge era...it seemed to produce a few of these OHWs...

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 Considered a couple of other songs, but both have already been discussed and I ended up with a classic record from Steve Martin about an ancient Egyptian

23 Steve Martin - King Tut

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgTPH5y1-ZI

  These dance moves may have inspired “Walk Like an Egyptian”

This one hit number 17 back in ‘78...

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Up next a 70s song from a group that was once called Ace Flash and the Dynamos

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Up next a 70s song from a group that was once called Ace Flash and the Dynamos

I actually knew that. And the song is about a band member playing in another band, not an adulterous woman.

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26 minutes ago, Anarchy99 said:

I actually knew that. And the song is about a band member playing in another band, not an adulterous woman.

Correct

22 Ace - How Long

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo_GMMLULXw

 Nice vocal here by Paul Carrack...this song peaked at number 3 and still gets played decades later

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19 hours ago, Rove! said:

30. Elvin Bishop - Fooled Around Fell in Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyMMEmwFQUE

  from 1976, and it still gets its fair share of air play decades later.  56 Million Spotify play for an old song like this is impressive.  This was also included in the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack.  It features Mickey Thomas (later with Jefferson Starship) with an excellent vocal performance.

Yep. Ended up basically being Thomas's audition to replace Marty Balin in Jefferson Starship.

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Next two songs are both from 1995...a Swedish dannce group and n American rock band from Texas 

 

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9 minutes ago, Doug B said:

Yep. Ended up basically being Thomas's audition to replace Marty Balin in Jefferson Starship.

Speaking of Marty Balin, I consider this a OHW

Marty Balin - Hearts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIPG15_P3D8

he had another song reach 27 (this be reached 8),  which makes it dicey to be a OHW, but so many songs charting to 27 don’t have an impact...

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6 minutes ago, Rove! said:

Correct

22 Ace - How Long

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo_GMMLULXw

 Nice vocal here by Paul Carrack...this dog peaked at number 3 and still gets played decades later

Always been a big Carrack fan. Liked his contributions to Squeeze and Mike + The Mechanics. Did some good work in Spin 1ne 2wo. Some of his solo work was a bit hit or miss. Also toured with Roger Waters and sang some Pink Floyd hits (Breathe, Hey You, Have A Cigar, and Money to name a few).

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2 hours ago, Rove! said:

25 John Stewart - Gold

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYaQf_lK00M

Lindsey Buckingham producing Stevie Nicks in background vocals...although the guitar sounds like Buckingham, sources say it was Stewart on this track.


Musician magazine, June 1981 issue:

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John Stewart, who regards Buckingham as "the only genius I've ever worked with in the studio." The former one-third of the Kingston Trio recounts, "Lindsey came down when we were doing the mix, and he was turning all the pots, layering the guitars. I was watching him and I said, 'Lindsey, some time you've got to tell me what you're doing.' He said, 'I'm turning the knobs till it sounds right.' A few people I know of really know how to make that mystical 'thing' happen with a record. Brian Wilson is one; Lindsey Buckingham is the master at it." (Ironically, Stewart, an acoustic folkie for twenty years, began playing electric lead guitar by listening to Lindsey's work before discovering that Buckingham had in fact learned to play acoustic guitar listening to Stewart's records with the Kingston Trio. "I got the Fleetwood Mac album," Stewart recalls, "and something about it sure sounded familiar." The one-note solo on Bomb's Away's top ten single "Gold," while it is one of the best examples of the "Lindsey Buckingham guitar style," was actually played by Stewart.)

 

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6 minutes ago, Rove! said:

Speaking of Marty Balin, I consider this a OHW

Marty Balin - Hearts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIPG15_P3D8

he had another song reach 27 (this be reached 8),  which makes it dicey to be a OHW, but so many songs charting to 27 don’t have an impact...

Love "Hearts". The lyrics are a little cheezy, but Balin just reaches someplace way deep down in his soul with his delivery here.

...

Had no idea Balin passed away last September :(  Just learned that.

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25 minutes ago, Anarchy99 said:

Also toured with Roger Waters and sang some Pink Floyd hits (Breathe, Hey You, Have A Cigar, and Money to name a few).

I saw this tour (Radio K.A.O.S.) - he also came out alone and played Tempted solo on the keyboard before Roger and the rest of the band came out.

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23 minutes ago, Dr. Octopus said:

I saw this tour (Radio K.A.O.S.) - he also came out alone and played Tempted solo on the keyboard before Roger and the rest of the band came out.

I remember that. Wasn’t expecting it when I went to the gig.

He also alternated playing Tempted on the first leg and How Long on the second leg of Eric Clapton’s 2013-2014 tour. 

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21. Deep Blue Something - Breakfast at Tiffany’s 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ClCpfeIELw

 Another song with that distinctive late 90s power pop sound.  I love the lead vocal on this song with a neat guitar solo.  It was overplayed in 1995, but looking back, it’s a really really well done track.

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21. Deep Blue Something - Breakfast at Tiffany’s 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ClCpfeIELw

 Another song with that distinctive late 90s power pop sound.  I love the lead vocal on this song with a neat guitar solo.  It was overplayed in 1995, but looking back, it’s a really really well done track.

This is literally my least favorite song.  :lol: 

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20 Rednex - Cotton-Eyed Joe 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOYZaiDZ7BM

 I expect this one to garner a lot of hate, perhaps rightly so.  Its’s  unlikely soundscape and subsequent popularity are of respect.

The band is more popular overseas, but 5hey did have this one ubiquitous hit in ‘95.  A more standard song by them is “Wish You Were Here” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FwmM93jgUo which has been covered by Ritchie Blackmore’s neo-Renaissance Band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7h_FHbVHZs, which is better IMHO.

i’m sure there is a black eyed Joe reference to be somewhere, but I’m lost for words...

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Binky The Doormat said:

can someone esplain what is going on?

I am counting down my top 40 OHWs from Tim’s list...

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18 Dazz Band - Let it Whip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSIL-SU--Lw

  I will come right and say this is generally not wheelhouse in terms of musical genre, but this one has such an undeniable groove.these guys had some stuff in the R & B charts, but this was their only top 40 in the main chart.

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17. The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lyu1KKwC74

  Does anybody else find It weird that two bands with the word “Verve” in their name became OHWs in the same time period? Tim had Verve Pipe’s “Freshmen” in his countdown). The song samples an orchestral cover of The Rolling Stones’ The Last Time”

Royalties for the song were a total #### show. this video covers everything very  well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_s90-Hi2ZYTLDW. The Verve had an 50/50 agreement to use the sample, but used more and lost all of them 

Andrew Oldham Orcheststra - “The Last Time” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YrllfAMwHI

The Rolling Stones - “The Last Time”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncRkWJmRzX8

Staples Singers - “This May be the Last Time” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1jGF-6bFpI

Bittersweet Symphony without the strings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCpdQ-RwUr0

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15 hours ago, krista4 said:

This is literally my least favorite song.  :lol: 

Well, that's the one thing we've got

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16 hours ago, krista4 said:

This is literally my least favorite song.  :lol: 

You should go find their album, then! Yes, I bought it at the time. (/hangs head)

It's called Home and it may be the worst major-label album of the decade, right up there with the Spin Doctors' Turn It Upside Down. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is the best song on there by a wide margin. Then again, the competition is stuff like "I Can Wait", which is ostensibly a Dr. Kervorkian metaphor, except it contains highly metaphorical lines like - and I swear I am not making this lyric up - "She turned to close the door and I / Assisted in her suicide".

It's :lmao: terrible.

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5 minutes ago, Mr. Irrelevant said:

You should go find their album, then! Yes, I bought it at the time. (/hangs head)

It's called Home and it may be the worst major-label album of the decade, right up there with the Spin Doctors' Turn It Upside Down. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is the best song on there by a wide margin. Then again, the competition is stuff like "I Can Wait", which is ostensibly a Dr. Kervorkian metaphor, except it contains highly metaphorical lines like - and I swear I am not making this lyric up - "She turned to close the door and I / Assisted in her suicide".

It's :lmao: terrible.

I will have to check that out, just for lols, if nothing else...but I stand by that BaT’s is a well-crafted pop song....lightning in a bottle that defines the OHW

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2 minutes ago, Rove! said:

16 Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians - What I am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDl3bdE3YQA

I don’t know a lot about the song or the band other than Edie married Paul Simon in ‘92...

:X My feelings about this song aren't quite to the Krista "Breakfast at Tiffany's" level, but it's close.

It didn't help that my freshman roommate in college was from Texas and loved Edie Brickell, so I was subjected to this song about 300 times in a nine-month span.

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8 minutes ago, Rove! said:

16 Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians - What I am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDl3bdE3YQA

I don’t know a lot about the song or the band other than Edie married Paul Simon in ‘92...

There are going to be a lot more popular OHW's that won't make the cut in this thread. Which is fine with me . . . I have no dog in the fight.

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Two songs left are a delight....I will boot up one of them next...

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4 minutes ago, Mr. Irrelevant said:

It didn't help that my freshman roommate in college was from Texas and loved Edie Brickell, so I was subjected to this song about 300 times in a nine-month span.

In my dorms in college, you could hear what was going on in the next room through the electrical outlet.  My neighbor on the other side of the wall started every single day off with Robert Palmer's "Simply Irresistable" at full blast.  So that's how my day started too, for a whole semester.  I loathe that song to this day, decades later.

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7 minutes ago, Tin Cup said:

In my dorms in college, you could hear what was going on in the next room through the electrical outlet.  My neighbor on the other side of the wall started every single day off with Robert Palmer's "Simply Irresistable" at full blast.  So that's how my day started too, for a whole semester.  I loathe that song to this day, decades later.

I remember getting woken every morning to the Gin Blossoms’ “Hey Jealousy”...it was at least a decade before I was could bear listening to that song...

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14 minutes ago, Rove! said:

Two songs left are a delight....I will boot up one of them next...

You better not be referring to a song used in "The Wedding Singer" or, my friend, we are gonna have words.

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18 hours ago, Rove! said:

21. Deep Blue Something - Breakfast at Tiffany’s 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ClCpfeIELw

 Another song with that distinctive late 90s power pop sound.  I love the lead vocal on this song with a neat guitar solo.  It was overplayed in 1995, but looking back, it’s a really really well done track.

This is the definition of guilty pleasure for me.  It is one of those songs that brings back such strong memories of a certain time and place that you enjoy listening to it everytime you hear it while simultaneously being over aware of how bad of a song it truly is, yet singing along to it word for word (sometimes just in your head).

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