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Hello, music fans! Our loyal scribe Jon is back!

And he’s ready to accept your challenge to come up with a brand new Friday Flash Review!

You all know the drill:

I randomly select a genre, category, or some other musical common denominator for you all to think on… and then Jon will talk about the song that you choose.

OK, so what’s up for this Friday?

I’m in a verbose mood, so let’s go with:

A pop song…

From 1970 to the present…

That never made the Billboard Top 10…

but should have gone to Number One. 

And so we have a category!

In the comments below: nominate ONE favorite that you’d like to see in the next Friday Flash Review. Definitely chat and reply with each other about the choices, but remember:

The comment with the most upvotes gets the nod for Jon’s FFR!

Come see what Jon has ready on Friday, February 2!

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ISurvivedPop
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January 29, 2024 11:11 am

I’d like you to rate the song with the single biggest chart run in America, to my knowledge, that will never get a rating from Tom:

Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Want to Wait.”

Would also make a great eulogy for the CW (formerly the WB), which was utterly gutted last summer.

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January 29, 2024 2:17 pm
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I know someone is going to ask how I got this info. My source is this spreadsheet by Pulse Music Board user tanooki:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ycSIqRrI1lMiVtPQQM85G2P63hayLgHhZuICTv9f0Ls/edit#gid=0

These are the biggest songs (using Billboard’s multipliers) that fit Jon’s category of songs that never reached the top 10 and were released post-1970.

I wasn’t alive for half of these, and was only an avid pop fan during the run of “If I Die Young” (which I can confirm was gigantic), but I wouldn’t be surprised if people said they felt like #1’s at the time.

1. Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Want to Wait” (#11 in 1998)
2. Kris Kristofferson’s “Why Me” (#16 in 1973)
3. Duncan Sheik’s “Barely Breathing” (#16 in 1997)
4. Benny Mardones’s “Into the Night” (#11 in 1980)
5. Crystal Waters’s “100% Pure Love” (#11 in 1994)
6. The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young” (#14 in 2011)
7. Sister Hazel’s “All for You” (#11 in 1997)
8. Digital Underground’s “The Humpty Dance” (#11 in 1990)
9. Heavy D & the Boyz’s “Now That We Found Love” (#11 in 1991)
10. Mac Davis’s “One Hell of a Woman” (#11 in 1974)

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January 30, 2024 7:54 pm
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For the love of humanity, don’t make it Why Me. I’ve only heard that song during replays of American Top 40, and once you endure its dreary atmosphere, you’ll understand why as well.

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January 30, 2024 8:02 pm
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I agree. Joey, Pacey, & Jen’s theme is my choice anyway.

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January 31, 2024 7:18 pm
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Maybe I’m too late for this conversation, but from this list I absolutely love “Now That We Found Love”.

Whatever song that you choose will be fine.

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January 29, 2024 11:19 am

That’s a HUGE category — we could wrestle with this one for ages.

But in light of today’s Number One, I’ve gotta put forward Psy’s “Gangnam Style”

https://youtu.be/9bZkp7q19f0?si=g3aAMJ5Stf8VMcS1

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January 29, 2024 4:23 pm
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I was thinking exactly the same thing so you’ve got my vote.

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January 29, 2024 4:27 pm
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But “Gangnam Style” did reach the top 10…

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January 29, 2024 4:28 pm
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Whoops, I got confused… I retract the nomination

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January 29, 2024 5:49 pm
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“Gangnam Style” reminds me of Iowa State. Those basketball fans, like no fans before or after them, danced, when “Gangnam Style” played during a timeout against my alma mater. We lost. But my cousin and I walked out of the arena pretty happy. I didn’t feel at all stupid by giving them a standing ovation. And I wasn’t the only one.

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January 29, 2024 11:30 am

I’ll be Mr. Obvious and pick:

“SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT” by NIRVaaaNA!

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January 29, 2024 4:28 pm

This also reached the top 10

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January 29, 2024 6:09 pm
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Oh well, whatever, never mind!

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January 29, 2024 2:15 pm
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January 30, 2024 11:30 am
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Yes.

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January 30, 2024 4:41 pm
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This gets my vote.

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January 29, 2024 4:43 pm

I used science and googled ‘best song never to make Billboard top 10’ and the first result was from Billboard itself with songs that never made the Hot 100 let alone top 10. They suggest Into The Groove by Madonna. Which is OK but we had enough Madonna rating in the 80s and 90s at SG so I’ll nominate their number 2 choice which is Move On Up by Curtis Mayfield.

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January 30, 2024 12:18 am

“Move On Up” didn’t even chart in the U.S., which is criminal. I’ll upvote it any day and it would be a fun one for Jon to review.

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January 29, 2024 5:41 pm

“A Girl Like You” by Edwyn Collins.

It stalled at #32, despite killing it on Conan.

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January 29, 2024 11:59 pm
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Man do I love that song.

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January 29, 2024 5:42 pm

My first thought was “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix. It’s so well known I probably didn’t have to mention Jimi’s name, but it only peaked at #65. However, I can’t quite picture it hitting #1, soooo…

Let’s go with “What I Like About You” by The Romantics. While it got to #2 in Australia, it peaked at #49 on Billboard and #53 on Cash Box. Yet if “My Sharona” can hit #1, this should have, too.

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January 31, 2024 7:39 pm
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I’m good with “What I Like About You”!

Phylum of Alexandria
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January 29, 2024 7:56 pm

This one’s for mt:

“Melt With You” by Modern English

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January 29, 2024 8:28 pm

Would be interesting one to review considering it has two “hit” versions 7 years apart.

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January 29, 2024 8:16 pm

We got Jon to review “Just A Friend” a few months back, so why not “The Humpty Dance” this go around? 😁

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January 30, 2024 12:12 am

“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Öyster Cult got to #12, so it qualifies.

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January 30, 2024 6:55 am
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The list of #12 songs that could be amazing review topics is long. “If You Want Me to Stay”! “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You”! “Insensitive”! “Breakeven”! Pandemic-era smash “The Bones”!

And DFTR, of course.

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January 30, 2024 1:20 pm

Blitzkrieg Bop, Ramones.

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January 30, 2024 1:24 pm

It’s a three way tie as of right now. Does that mean Jon would have to review 3 songs?

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January 30, 2024 7:58 pm

This is such a broad category that Jon ought to return to it. For now, I’ll submit the strongest contender I can think of offhand, “You Get What You Give” by the New Radicals.

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January 30, 2024 10:05 pm
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Nice one… this song’s been on my brain lately, as Gregg Alexander is back on the charts as a songwriter (thanks to the resurrected “Murder On The Dancefloor”).

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January 30, 2024 10:22 pm

So many entries from the Jersey Devil alone. Born to Run peaking at #23, Prove It All Night (33), Badlands (42), and One Step Up at 13. I actually liked Human Touch (16) the single, but many didn’t because of Human Touch the album, so I’ll leave it off. And of course Rosalita, Thunder Road, Cadillac Ranch, and Atlantic City weren’t even released as singles.

But even with all that, I’ll still vote for the Paula Cole tune (and her Happy Home is even better, but I don’t think it came within earshot of any chart).

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January 31, 2024 3:49 pm
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January 31, 2024 10:55 pm
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It’s never too late in my world for Big Star, but for this contest, yeah, a little.
In a just and perfect world, this wins.

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