The radio, regardless of format, is typically loaded with chart topping songs and hit singles that — if you listen long enough — will be heard several times a day. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that. They’re popular for a reason; we spend money to buy them or continue to request that they be played.
But few things are more satisfying than listening a song you rarely hear, or for that matter, never heard on the radio before. For whatever reason, some songs never catch on like others: it was overshadowed by a lead single; it wasn’t pushed by the record label; it was released on an obscure LP; maybe the band wasn’t popular yet. Regardless, there are songs we wish could be played on the radio that aren’t.
The jocks at CBS-FM have songs that fit into that category and they’ve decided to list their top ten. Today we start with “Broadway” Bill Lee, who tells us why he wishes these ten songs would be played on the radio.
“Funky Nassau” by The Beginning of the End
Almost every DJ I know loves this song, even though it was a top 10 hit for only 15 minutes. But I tell ya, it’s just so infectious!
“It Won’t Be Long” by The Beatles
People of all ages seem to get the hook of this song — “Yeah (answer Yeah), Yeah (answer Yeah)” — and it always gets lost in the overwhelming number of Fab Four ditties that flooded the airwaves from 1964 through 1965.
“Timothy” by The Buoys
Cute little power pop song from the early 1970s that just happened to deal with cannibalism. Many stations were afraid to play it, but in the Northeast renegade programmers like me put it in hot rotation.
“Givin’ It Up for Your Love” by Delbert McClinton
An early 1980s stiff by the harmonica player who taught John Lennon how to play the harp with soul back in 1962.
“Shakin’ All Over” by The Guess Who
A perennial garage band song that these guys got right.
“Struttin’ My Stuff” by Elvin Bishop Group
A mid 1970s good old boy rock track served up a la Skynryd.
“Give It To Me” by The J. Geils Band
A big hit for the Boston band that influenced everybody from Aerosmith to Willie Nelson.
“Maria” by TKA
TKA captured the essence of freestyle with “Maria.” If a song said “New York City,” this was it.
“Things Can Only Get Better” by Howard Jones
You may not remember the title or artist, but I bet you can sing along with the chorus.
“I Wanna Be With You” by Raspberries
The follow up hit to “Go All The Way.” Eric Carmen’s bunch produced one of the finest crafted power pop songs EVER.
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