Monday, January 13, 2020

Top 40 Songs: AM Radio


Post by Sharon

Feeling nostalgic for AM radio, Top 40 songs, Billboard charts? 45 records? Let's pick some years and see what the top 100 songs were in 1958, 1968, 1978 and 1988.

I wanted to cover adolescence for those born in the beginning of baby boomers' generation in the mid 40s and also have the songs of their early adulthood. That being said, those of us born in the early 60s, or adolescence was in the 70s but our young adulthood was in the 80s. For that reason - here's the top 100s for 1958, 1968, 1978, and 1988! 

1958


1 Domenico Modugno Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)
2 Everly Brothers All I Have To Do Is Dream / Claudette
3 Elvis Presley Don’t / I Beg Of You
4 David Seville Witch Doctor
5 Perez Prado Patricia
6 Billy Vaughn Sail Along Silvery Moon / Raunchy
7 Perry Como Catch A Falling Star / Magic Moments
8 Champs Tequila
9 Tommy Edwards It’s All In The Game
10 Dean Martin Return To Me
11 Conway Twitty It’s Only Make Believe
12 Sheb Wooley The Purple People Eater
13 Everly Brothers Bird Dog / Devoted To You
14 Silhouettes Get A Job
15 Elegants Little Star
16 Ricky Nelson Stood Up / Waitin’ In School
17 Laurie London He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands
18 Platters Twilight Time
19 Jimmie Rodgers Secretly
20 Danny and The Juniors At The Hop
21 Coasters Yakety Yak
22 Elvis Presley Wear My Ring Around Your Neck / Doncha’ Think It’s Time
23 Ricky Nelson Poor Little Fool
24 Pat Boone Wonderful Time Up There / It’s Too Soon To Know
25 Jimmy Clanton Just A Dream
26 McGuire Sisters Sugartime
27 Bobby Day Rockin Robbin / Over And Over
28 Kingston Trio Tom Dooley
29 Chuck Berry Sweet Little Sixteen
30 Cozy Cole Topsy II / Topsy I
31 Nat King Cole Looking Back / Do I Like It
32 Monotones Book Of Love
33 Tommy Dorsey Orch. and Warren Covington Tea For Two Cha Cha
34 Little Anthony and The Imperials Tears On My Pillow
35 Royal Teens Short Shorts
36 Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls Of Fire
37 Chordettes Lollipop
38 Bobby Darin Splish Splash
39 Connie Francis Who’s Sorry Now
40 Jack Scott My True Love / Leroy
41 Jody Reynolds Endles Sleep
42 Bobby Freeman Do You Want To Dance?
43 Kalin Twins When
44 Teddy Bears To Know Him Is To Love Him
45 Pat Boone April Love
46 Duane Eddy Rebel-‘Rouser
47 Crescendos Oh Julie
48 Diamonds The Stroll
49 Elvis Presley Hard-Headed Woman / Don’t Ask Me Why
50 Buddy Holly Peggy Sue
51 Don Gibson Oh Lonesome Me
52 The Big Bopper Chantilly Lace
53 Rick Nelson Lonesome Town
54 Frank Sinatra All the Way
55 Elvis Presley One Night
56 Robin Luke Susie Darlin’
57 Four Preps 26 Miles
58 Earl Grant The End
59 Jimmie Rodgers Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
60 Playmates Beep Beep (The Little Nash Rambler)
61 Mitch Miller March From the River Kwai and Colonel Bogey March
62 Everly Brothers Problems
63 Bobby Darin Queen of the Hop
64 Will Glahe Liechtensteiner Polka
65 Elvis Presley I Got Stung
66 Andy Williams Are You Sincere
67 Ricky Nelson I Got a Feeling
68 Poni Tails Born Too Late
69 Johnny Otis Show Willie and the Hand Jive
70 Four Preps Big Man
71 Crickets Oh Boy
72 Chuck Willis What Am I Living For
73 Chuck Berry Johnny B Goode
74 Eddie Cochran Summertime Blues
75 Roger Williams Near You
76 Peggy Lee Fever
77 Ed Townsend For Your Love
78 Paul Anka You Are My Destiny
79 Art and Dotty Todd Chanson D’Amour (Song of Love)
80 Lou Monte Lazy Mary
81 Johnny Cash Ballad of a Teenage Queen
82 Pat Boone It’s Too Soon to Know
83 Jimmy McCracklin The Walk
84 Perry Como Kewpie Doll
85 George Hamilton Iv Why Don’t They Understand
86 Frankie Avalon Dede Dinah
87 Pat Boone Sugar Moon
88 Everly Brothers Devoted to You
89 Chantels Maybe
90 Kathy Linden Billy
91 Johnny Cash Guess Things Happen That Way
92 Olympics Western Movies
93 Roy Hamilton Don’t Let Go
94 Hollywood Flames Buzz-Buzz-Buzz
95 Jerry Lee Lewis Breathless
96 Jan and Arnie Jennie Lee
97 Royaltones Poor Boy
98 Marty Robins The Story of My Life
99 Frankie Avalon I’ll Wait For You
100 Frankie Avalon Ginger Bread


1968

1. Hey Jude - The Beatles
2. Love is Blue - Paul Mauriat
3. Honey - Bobby Goldsboro
4. (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
5. People Got to Be Free - The Rascals
6. Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
7. This Guy's In Love With You - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
8. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly - Hugo Montenegro
9. Mrs. Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel
10. Tighten Up, Pt. 1 - Archie Bell and The Drells
11. Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley
12. Little Green Apples - O.C. Smith
13. Mony Mony - Tommy James and The Shondells
14. Hello, I Love You - The Doors
15. Young Girl - Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
16. Cry Like a Baby - The Box Tops
17. Stoned Soul Picnic - The Fifth Dimension
18. Grazing In the Grass - Hugh Masekela
19. Midnight Confessions - The Grass Roots
20. Dance to the Music - Sly and The Family Stone
21. The Horse - Cliff Nobles & Co.
22. I Wish it Would Rain - The Temptations
23. La-La Means I Love You - The Delfonics
24. Turn Around, Look At Me - The Vogues
25. Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) - John Fred & His Playboy Band
26. Spooky - The Classics IV
27. Love Child - Diana Ross and The Supremes
28. Angel of the Morning - Merrilee Rush
29. The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde - Georgie Fame
30. Those Were the Days - Mary Hopkin
31. Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf
32. Cowboys to Girls - The Intruders
33. Simon Says - The 1910 Fruitgum Company
34. Lady Willpower - Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
35. A Beautiful Morning - The Rascals
36. The Look of Love - Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66
37. Hold Me Tight - Johnny Nash
38. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy - The Ohio Express
39. Fire - The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
40. Love Is All Around - The Troggs
41. Playboy - Gene and Debbe
42. Theme from "Valley of the Dolls" - Dionne Warwick
43. Classical Gas - Mason Williams
44. Slip Away - Clarence Carter
45. Girl Watcher - The O'Kaysions
46. Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby) - Aretha Franklin
47. Green Tambourine - The Lemon Pipers
48. 1,2,3 Red Light - The 1910 Fruitgum Company
49. Reach Out Of The Darkness - Friend & Lover
50. Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
51. MacArthur Park - Richard Harris
52. Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano
53. I Love You - People
54. Take Time to Know Her - Percy Sledge
55. Pictures of Matchstick Men - Status Quo
56. Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer
57. Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
58. I Got the Feelin' - James Brown and The Famous Flames
59. I've Gotta Get a Message to You - The Bee Gees
60. Lady Madonna - The Beatles
61. Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan
62. Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
63. Bottle of Wine - The Fireballs
64. Stay in My Corner - The Dells
65. Soul Serenade - Willie Mitchell
66. Delilah - Tom Jones
67. Nobody But Me - The Human Beinz
68. I Thank You - Sam and Dave
69. The Fool On the Hill - Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66
70. Sky Pilot - Eric Burdon and The Animals
71. Indian Lake - The Cowsills
72. I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight? - Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
73. Over You - Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
74. Medley: Goin' Out Of My Head / Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You - The Lettermen
75. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day - Stevie Wonder
76. The Unicorn - The Irish Rovers
77. You Keep Me Hangin' On - Vanilla Fudge
78. Revolution - The Beatles
79. Woman, Woman - Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
80. Elenore - The Turtles
81. White Room - Cream
82. You're All I Need to Get By - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
83. Baby, Now That I've Found You - The Foundations
84. Sweet Inspiration - The Sweet Inspirations
85. If You Can Want - Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
86. Cab Driver - The Mills Brothers
87. Time Has Come Today - The Chambers Brothers
88. Do You Know the Way to San Jose - Dionne Warwick
89. Scarborough Fair / Canticle - Simon and Garfunkel
90. Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud - James Brown & The Famous Flames
91. The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo) - Manfred Mann
92. Here Comes the Judge - Shorty Long
93. I Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
94. Think - Aretha Franklin
95. Sealed With a Kiss - Gary Lewis and The Playboys
96. Piece of My Heart - Big Brother and The Holding Company
97. Suzie Q - Creedence Clearwater Revival
98. Bend Me Shape Me - The American Breed
99. Hey, Western Union Man - Jerry Butler
100. Never Give You Up - Jerry Butler

1978

1. Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
2. Night Fever - The Bee Gees
3. You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
4. Stayin' Alive - The Bee Gees
5. Kiss You All Over - Exile
6. How Deep Is Your Love - The Bee Gees
7. Baby Come Back - Player
8. (Love Is) Thicker Than Water - Andy Gibb
9. Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste Of Honey
10. Three Times a Lady - The Commodores
11. Grease - Frankie Valli
12. I Go Crazy - Paul Davis
13. You're the One That I Want - John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
14. Emotion - Samantha Sang
15. Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton
16. Miss You - The Rolling Stones
17. Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel
18. With a Little Luck - Wings
19. If I Can't Have You - Yvonne Elliman
20. Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) - Chic
21. Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione
22. Hot Child In the City - Nick Gilder
23. Love Is Like Oxygen - The Sweet
24. It's a Heartache - Bonnie Tyler
25. We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions - Queen
26. Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
27. Can't Smile Without You - Barry Manilow
28. Too Much, Too Little, Too Late - Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams
29. Dance With Me - Peter Brown
30. Two Out of Three Ain't Bad - Meat Loaf
31. Jack and Jill - Raydio
32. Take a Chance On Me - Abba
33. Sometimes When We Touch - Dan Hill
34. Last Dance - Donna Summer
35. Hopelessly Devoted to You - Olivia Newton-John
36. Hot Blooded - Foreigner
37. You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim) - Rod Stewart
38. The Closer I Get to You - Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
39. Dust In the Wind - Kansas
40. Magnet and Steel - Walter Egan
41. Short People - Randy Newman
42. Use Ta Be My Girl - The O'Jays
43. Our Love - Natalie Cole
44. Love Will Find a Way - Pablo Cruise
45. An Everlasting Love - Andy Gibb
46. Love Is in the Air - John Paul Young
47. Goodbye Girl - David Gates
48. Slip Slidin' Away - Paul Simon
49. The Groove Line - Heatwave
50. Thunder Island - Jay Ferguson
51. Imaginary Lover - Atlanta Rhythm Section
52. Still the Same - Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
53. My Angel Baby, Toby Beau
54. Disco Inferno - The Trammps
55. On Broadway - George Benson
56. Come Sail Away - Styx
57. (Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again - L.T.D.
58. This Time I'm in It for Love - Player
59. You Belong to Me - Carly Simon
60. Here You Come Again - Dolly Parton
61. Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt
62. Peg - Steely Dan
63. You Needed Me - Anne Murray
64. Shame - Evelyn "Champagne" King
65. Reminiscing - Little River Band
66. Count On Me - Jefferson Starship
67. Baby Hold On - Eddie Money
68. Hey Deanie - Shaun Cassidy
69. Summer Nights - John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
70. What's Your Name - Lynyrd Skynyrd
71. Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
72. Because the Night - Patti Smith
73. Every Kinda People - Robert Palmer
74. Copacabana (At the Copa) - Barry Manilow
75. Always and Forever - Heatwave
76. You and I - Rick James
77. Serpentine Fire - Earth, Wind and Fire
78. Sentimental Lady - Bob Welch
79. Falling, LeBlanc and Carr
80. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Santa Esmeralda
81. Bluer Than Blue - Michael Johnson
82. Running On Empty - Jackson Browne
83. Whenever I Call You "Friend" - Kenny Loggins
84. Fool (If You Think It's Over), Chris Rea
85. Get Off - Foxy
86. Sweet Talkin' Woman - Electric Light Orchestra
87. Life's Been Good - Joe Walsh
88. I Love the Nightlife - Alicia Bridges
89. You Can't Turn Me Off (In the Middle of Turning Me On) - High Inergy
90. It's So Easy - Linda Ronstadt
91. Native New Yorker - Odyssey
92. Flashlight - Parliament
93. Don't Look Back - Boston
94. Turn to Stone - Electric Light Orchestra
95. I Can't Stand the Rain - Eruption
96. Ebony Eyes - Bob Welch
97. The Name of the Game - Abba
98. We're All Alone - Rita Coolidge
99. Hollywood Nights - Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
100. Deacon Blues - Steely Dan



1988

1. Faith - George Michael
2. Need You Tonight - INXS
3. Got My Mind Set On You - George Harrison
4. Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
5. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
6. So Emotional - Whitney Houston
7. Heaven is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle
8. Could've Been - Tiffany
9. Hands to Heaven - Breathe
10. Roll With It - Steve Winwood
11. One More Try - George Michael
12. Wishing Well - Terence Trent d'Arby
13. Anything for You - Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine
14. The Flame - Cheap Trick
15. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car - Billy Ocean
16. Seasons Change - Expose
17. Is This Love - Whitesnake
18. Wild, Wild West - Escape Club
19. Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
20. I'll Always Love You - Taylor Dayne
21. Man In the Mirror - Michael Jackson
22. Shake Your Love - Debbie Gibson
23. Simply Irresistible - Robert Palmer
24. Hold On to the Nights - Richard Marx
25. Hungry Eyes - Eric Carmen
26. Shattered Dreams - Johnny Hates Jazz
27. Father Figure - George Michael
28. Naughty Girls (Need Love Too) - Samantha Fox
29. A Groovy Kind of Love - Phil Collins
30. Love Bites - Def Leppard
31. Endless Summer Nights - Richard Marx
32. Foolish Beat - Debbie Gibson
33. Where Do Broken Hearts Go - Whitney Houston
34. Angel - Aerosmith
35. Hazy Shade of Winter - The Bangles
36. The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
37. Don't Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
38. Make Me Lose Control - Eric Carmen
39. Red, Red Wine - UB40
40. She's Like the Wind - Patric Swayze
41. Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi
42. Kokomo - The Beach Boys
43. I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That - Elton John
44. Together Forever - Rick Astley
45. Monkey - George Michael
46. Devil Inside - INXS
47. Should've Known Better - Richard Marx
48. I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love - Chicago
49. The Loco-Motion - Kylie Minogue
50. What Have I Done to Deserve This? - Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield
51. Make It Real - Jets
52. What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) - Information Society
53. Tell It to My Heart - Taylor Dayne
54. Out of the Blue - Debbie Gibson
55. Don't You Want Me - Jody Watley
56. Desire - U2
57. I Get Weak - Belinda Carlisle
58. Sign Your Name - Terence Trent d'Arby
59. I Want To Be Your Man - Roger
60. Girlfriend - Pebbles
61. Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson
62. 1-2-3 - Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
63. Mercedes Boy - Pebbles
64. Perfect World - Huey Lewis and the News
65. New Sensation - INXS
66. Catch Me I'm Falling - Pretty Poison
67. If It Isn't Love - New Edition
68. Rocket 2 U - Jets
69. One Good Woman - Peter Cetera
70. Don't Be Cruel - Cheap Trick
71. Candle In the Wind - Elton John
72. Everything Your Heart Desires - Daryl Hall and John Oates
73. Say You Will - Foreigner
74. I Want Her - Keith Sweat
75. Pink Cadillac - Natalie Cole
76. Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
77. Electric Blue - Icehouse
78. The Valley Road - Bruce Hornsby and The Range
79. Don't Be Cruel - Bobby Brown
80. Always On My Mind - Pet Shop Boys
81. Piano in the Dark - Brenda Russell Featuring Joe Esposito
82. When It's Love - Van Halen
83. Don't Shed a Tear - Paul Carrack
84. We'll Be Together - Sting
85. I Hate Myself for Loving You - Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
86. I Don't Want to Live Without You - Foreigner
87. Nite and Day - Al B. Sure
88. Don't You Know What the Night Can Do? - Steve Winwood
89. One Moment In Time - Whitney Houston
90. Can't Stay Away from You - Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
91. Kissing a Fool - George Michael
92. Cherry Bomb - John Cougar Mellancamp
93. I Still Believe - Brenda K. Starr
94. I Found Someone - Cher
95. Never Tear Us Apart - INXS
96. Valerie - Steve Winwood
97. Just Like Paradise - David Lee Roth
98. Nothin' But a Good Time - Poison
99. Wait - White Lion
100. Prove Your Love - Taylor Dayne

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