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Songs that should have been bigger hits

Nothing but a Heartache, by the Flirtations.

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by Anonymousreply 83September 19, 2023 7:48 PM

Great song! I've heard it many times on chirpradio.org. It has a very familiar vibe that should have made it a hit.

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by Anonymousreply 2March 22, 2023 5:53 PM

We Belong To The Night.

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by Anonymousreply 3March 22, 2023 6:04 PM

"Ask" by The Smiths. It didn't chart at all in the US. It fid chart at #12 in the UK.

I first heard it in the early 90s, when the video of it was played in the department store where I worked at the time. My co-workers and I thought it was a pretty cool song, and wondered why we never heard it before.

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by Anonymousreply 4March 22, 2023 6:05 PM

The Beach Boys released the single "Heroes and Villains" in August, 1967. It never made it higher than #16 on 77 WABC-AM's All American Survey, and disappeared completely by September. Rock critics had declared the Beach Boys "out," one going so far as to call them "Doris Days on surfboards." And we had so much good music that summer, it wasn't hard to let go of the Beach Boys.

I bought the 45, and it has been one of my favorite songs ever since. But at the time, I had no idea that "Heroes and Villains" was the cornerstone of an even better album than Pet Sounds, called Smile. That album never got released, though individual tracks ("Wonderful," "Wind Chimes," "Vegetables," "Out Prayer," "Cabinessence") would appear on subsequent Beach Boys albums Smiley Smile and 20/20.

It was only when I bought the Good Vibrations box set in 1993 that I realized the totality of Smile, of which "Heroes and Villains" was but the main part.

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by Anonymousreply 5March 22, 2023 6:20 PM

IMHO, this should have been a monster disco hit back in the day. Perhaps a stronger singer, such as Chaka Khan would have made it so?

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by Anonymousreply 6March 22, 2023 6:56 PM

Common's Go.

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by Anonymousreply 7March 22, 2023 7:00 PM

captain and tennille

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by Anonymousreply 8March 22, 2023 7:44 PM

Lovers in the Parking Lot

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by Anonymousreply 9March 22, 2023 8:41 PM

The Flaming Ember, Westbound #9.

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by Anonymousreply 10March 23, 2023 12:54 AM

The First Cut is the Deepest, Keith Hampshire version.

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by Anonymousreply 11March 23, 2023 12:59 AM

GREAT choice, OP. I can’t remember where I first heard it, but I really liked it…and then I saw that video, and I was in love.

My submission would be ANYTHING by Evie Sands. I discovered her a few years ago. It’s crazy that she didn’t become a big star.

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by Anonymousreply 12March 23, 2023 1:46 AM
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by Anonymousreply 13March 23, 2023 1:49 AM

Beth Ditto, “I Wrote the Book”

Such a good song. love Beth.

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by Anonymousreply 14March 23, 2023 1:52 AM

Don Henley

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by Anonymousreply 15March 23, 2023 2:28 AM

Generationals - Lucky Numbers

Minor college/alt hit, should have been big

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by Anonymousreply 16March 23, 2023 2:33 AM

They should have had more hits, period. Go-Go's - Apology. I heard it once on the radio.

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by Anonymousreply 17March 23, 2023 2:34 AM

Ásgeir - Summer Guest - this is the English version. This is an amazing song. If the world had a shred of taste, this version should have been a bigger hit, or a hit at all outside Iceland.

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by Anonymousreply 18March 23, 2023 2:37 AM

Three Hits - Numbers

An obscure 1980s release that was just too damn good for this sad world

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by Anonymousreply 19March 23, 2023 2:40 AM

Cute song by Simon & Garfunkel. Eldergay New Yorkers will remember it from the commercial advertising The Bronx Zoo in the 70s/80s.

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by Anonymousreply 20March 23, 2023 2:44 AM

Fiction Factory’s “Feel Like Heaven” is gorgeous. I never understood why it wasn’t a bigger hit.

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by Anonymousreply 21March 23, 2023 2:48 AM

J Cole’s “She Knows,” although TikTok has made it trend lately

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by Anonymousreply 22March 23, 2023 2:49 AM

R20 “The Only Living Boy in New York” should have charted too.

by Anonymousreply 23March 23, 2023 2:49 AM

“Watch Me,” Labi Siffre.

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by Anonymousreply 24March 23, 2023 2:52 AM

It's been sampled many times, including by Mariah, but should be better remembered on it own

Renee Geyer - Stares and Whispers

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by Anonymousreply 25March 23, 2023 3:03 AM

And it’s being used in some commercial nowadays.

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by Anonymousreply 26March 23, 2023 3:09 AM

The Five Man Electrical Band had a huge hit in 1971 called "Signs" and were considered a one-hit wonder. But their follow-up "Absolutely Right" was a minor hit in the US, and a bigger hit elsewhere. I love that song, and it was the only single I ever ran out to buy after only hearing it one time.

Billy Paul is known for the sultry "Me and Mrs. Jones", but he had a fun follow-up "Thanks For Saving My Life".

The Carpenters heyday was 1970-1976, but their only top-20 song of the Eighties was great. "Touch Me When We're Dancing" should have been a bigger hit.

by Anonymousreply 27March 23, 2023 3:16 AM

R26 I love that song

by Anonymousreply 28March 23, 2023 3:27 AM

This masterpiece

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by Anonymousreply 29March 23, 2023 3:38 AM

[R15] The evening of 9/11, I watched the nightly news on WNEW-TV (Channel 5 in NYC). At the end of the program when they rolled the credits, "New York Minute" played in the background. Whenever I hear this song, I feel the emotions I had from that tragic day.

by Anonymousreply 30March 23, 2023 4:31 AM

This along with Fanmail literally created the sound of would be the r&b of the 21st century.

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by Anonymousreply 31March 23, 2023 4:51 AM

Kristy McNichol "Hold On"

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by Anonymousreply 32March 23, 2023 5:38 AM

R31 "literally"

by Anonymousreply 33March 23, 2023 11:18 AM

The Rumour by Olivia Newton-John. Written by Bernie Taupin and Elton John, who is also credited for the piano and backing vocals.

Very catchy song with a nice music video. It should've been a comeback hit for ONJ.

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by Anonymousreply 34March 23, 2023 11:37 AM

I never understood why 'Til Tuesday got stuck into the one-hit wonder status. They were perfectly suited for the MTV era, and their albums aged very well. This single is a real gem:

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by Anonymousreply 35March 23, 2023 11:54 AM

Their follow-up to Voices Carry did a little better. They were MTV-friendly, but the releases were bad timing. They weren't a male-lead Hair Band or Alternative enough for what was dominating MTV during those days.

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by Anonymousreply 36March 23, 2023 12:45 PM


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by Anonymousreply 37March 23, 2023 1:06 PM

Not sure if it made the charts but my former owner was a major fan

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by Anonymousreply 38March 23, 2023 7:18 PM

R38 Yikes.

While I never understand celebrities who get lots of fillers, I SURE in the hell don't understand why Kim Carnes would. Wow, what media spotlight are you on that you feel that pressure?

by Anonymousreply 39March 23, 2023 9:06 PM

Don’t You Want My Love-Nicole from 1986. It made the dance charts but never crossed over. I had never heard of it until listening to a RuPaul interview where he said it was one of his go to lip synch numbers back in the day. I looked it up and it instantly became one of my faves.

She later competed on X-Factor under her real name, Lillie McCloud, and came in 8th. Shame it never worked out for her.

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by Anonymousreply 40March 23, 2023 10:46 PM

Sorry R4 it was HUGE in the clubs in 85. We heard it all the time, saw them live in Mass 86 and they played it. It was a single release in the states.

by Anonymousreply 41March 23, 2023 10:54 PM

Hey R38 Bette Davis Eyes was the number one song of the year (1980/81?) so yeah it was A HUGE HIT. She clearly has Botox eyes now.

by Anonymousreply 42March 23, 2023 10:56 PM

Great vocal performance.

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by Anonymousreply 43March 23, 2023 11:00 PM

Lone Justice -- "Ways to be Wicked"

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by Anonymousreply 44March 23, 2023 11:19 PM

*LOVED* Lone Justice. I thought about this thread today when this song popped up on my playlist.

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by Anonymousreply 45March 24, 2023 1:09 AM

Saga — “What Do I Know”

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by Anonymousreply 46March 24, 2023 2:52 AM

April Wine — “Rock Myself to Sleep”

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by Anonymousreply 47March 24, 2023 2:55 AM

When Angels Kiss by Gary Myrick

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by Anonymousreply 48March 24, 2023 2:59 AM

Rebbie had the best voice of all the girls.

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by Anonymousreply 49March 24, 2023 2:59 AM

IMO, til Tuesday's best album was their third (and final) one, Everything's Different Now. There was some amazing songs on that album. J For Jules should have been a hit, Rip in Heaven was a great little pop song, so many ear friendly songs. The band only got better as they went on, and Aimee put out some wonderful solo albums.

by Anonymousreply 50March 24, 2023 3:00 AM

Eurythmics should've had a better career in the US.

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by Anonymousreply 51March 24, 2023 3:00 AM

Eurythmics did fine.

by Anonymousreply 52March 24, 2023 3:02 AM

The could've done better here. Sexcrime (1984) - #81, It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back) #78, Thorne In My Side #68, You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart #64. All should've been top 10 hits.

by Anonymousreply 53March 24, 2023 7:27 AM

If we're talking things that were huge everywhere but America I present to you one of my secret aughts faves...

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by Anonymousreply 54March 24, 2023 7:51 AM

Paramore - Hard Times

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by Anonymousreply 55March 24, 2023 11:32 AM

Kungs - Never Going Home

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by Anonymousreply 56March 24, 2023 11:35 AM

[Quote]Sorry [R4] it was HUGE in the clubs in 85. We heard it all the time, saw them live in Mass 86 and they played it. It was a single release in the states.

R41 What clubs? College clubs? That might be true, but it was nothing like "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Tears For Fears, which was truly HUGE in 1985.

by Anonymousreply 57March 24, 2023 12:12 PM

"How Can You Give Up" ('til tuesday) sounds like a hit to me. And it doesn't have typical Aimee Mann lyrics, which could have helped it on the Hot 100.

by Anonymousreply 58March 24, 2023 1:38 PM

R8 Muskrat Love from Captain & Tennille was a top 10 hit in the US. It reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976. I think it’s a dumb song but it was nevertheless popular.

by Anonymousreply 59March 24, 2023 1:49 PM

Belinda Carlisle's "Real" album was almost completely ignored back in 1993. It's probably her most solid release and a nice shot at a more typical 90s sound. The lead single deserved to be a big hit:

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by Anonymousreply 60March 24, 2023 2:55 PM

abba the visitors

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by Anonymousreply 61March 24, 2023 3:10 PM

R61 One of their best singles. And their best album.

by Anonymousreply 62March 24, 2023 3:14 PM

Another moment America was asleep at the switch....

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by Anonymousreply 63March 24, 2023 7:56 PM

Love Runs Out by Ryan Tedder (AKA One Republic) is a great song and video.

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by Anonymousreply 64March 24, 2023 9:25 PM

Christina A and Linda Perry have written some really good ballads. I never heard "Life Me Up" until recently.

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by Anonymousreply 65March 24, 2023 9:26 PM

R53 I’d add Julia to that list, too

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by Anonymousreply 66March 25, 2023 4:49 PM

R42. My bad. This was the song link I meant to post.

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by Anonymousreply 67March 26, 2023 9:22 PM

This should have been number one worldwide

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by Anonymousreply 68April 20, 2023 10:40 AM

Eurythmics did do fine, BUT they were ahead of their time. Should've been bigger.

by Anonymousreply 69April 20, 2023 11:40 AM

Nah. They were too chilly.

by Anonymousreply 70April 20, 2023 4:43 PM

Magic Town, a less known effort from The Vogues.

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by Anonymousreply 71September 18, 2023 9:19 PM

Shed Seven - Dolphin.

It stalled at No. 28 in the UK, but didn't make a dent in the USA. My local radio station, KROQ Los Angeles, played it a lot, though.

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by Anonymousreply 72September 18, 2023 10:34 PM

A Barry Mann & Cynthia Weill collaboration, R71.

by Anonymousreply 73September 19, 2023 1:51 AM

Substitute by Clout

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by Anonymousreply 74September 19, 2023 2:03 AM

(R63) nobody slept on Adina Howard's version.

by Anonymousreply 75September 19, 2023 4:01 AM

River Deep - Mountain high. Phil Spector's best production in my opinion.

by Anonymousreply 76September 19, 2023 4:21 AM

Thanks OP, I love this fucking song!

by Anonymousreply 77September 19, 2023 5:17 AM

R76, that reminds me of the time in the ‘80s, when Nancy Reagan, then First Lady, sang a similarly-titled song from the American Songbook (the actual title now escapes me) at some White House event, & Jane Pauley hosted the Today Show. Jane was about to air Nancy’s performance under the mistaken belief Nancy was performing the hard rocking Tina Turner song. “This,” Jane said with bemusement , “I got to see.”

by Anonymousreply 78September 19, 2023 9:25 AM

R71 wins. What an amazing (and virtually unknown) Mann-Weill song.

by Anonymousreply 79September 19, 2023 6:20 PM

"New Girl Now" -- Honeymoon Suite (1984)

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by Anonymousreply 80September 19, 2023 6:28 PM

This Keith Hampshire recording of "The First Cut Is The Deepest" is my favorite version of the song & should have been a bigger hit.

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by Anonymousreply 81September 19, 2023 6:45 PM

I prefer these Flirtations, OP.

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by Anonymousreply 82September 19, 2023 6:48 PM
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