Welcome to the second installment of an ongoing series celebrating songs that fell excruciatingly short of ascending to the top of BillboardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pop singles chart. In the course of compiling and monitoring responses to the seriesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ first column a couple weeks ago, I learned a number of things, the most important of which were:
1. Unbeknownst to me as I wrote about the #2 hits of the Ã¢â‚¬â„¢50s Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and in the process wrote the snappy sentence, Ã¢â‚¬Å“You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see Fred Bronson compiling five editions of The Billboard Book of #2 Hits, do you?Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œ it turns out that a Billboard Book of Number 2 Hits was indeed published in 2000. I have chosen to invoke the Pelosi defense: I was misled by the bookÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s obscurity into thinking it didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t exist. My case is bolstered by the facts that Bronson had nothing to do with it (some fella named Christopher Feldman wrote it), and that the book went out of print without ever reaching a second edition. So, ha! You may read much of it on Google Books or buy a copy at Amazon Marketplace, or you may purchase a digital copy for the Amazon Kindle. (DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t everybody run out all at once to blow $359 on a Kindle.) Needless to say, I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t use FeldmanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s book as a reference in the first column; I make no such promises from here on out.
2. As I slog through six decadesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ worth of fodder for future editions of this column, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to have to dig deep for euphemisms that put some pizzazz behind the idea of a song being kept out of the #1 slot by another song. I believe that my low point in the last column came in the teaser for this one, when I left the distinct impression that Smokey Robinson might once have been Ã¢â‚¬Å“cock-blockedÃ¢â‚¬Â by Lawrence Welk (see #4 below). Whoever the object of SmokeyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s thwarted affections might have been in such a scenario, I am now convinced that at no time was Welk ever involved in blocking SmokeyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cock, and I apologize for the inference.
As a reminder, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re giving extra weight to hits by artists who never reached #1, to songs that were far superior to the rivals that overtook them on the charts, and to plain old great songs that deserved the extra glory that the top of the Hot 100 brings. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll follow my choices with a list of other #2 hits of the decade, and we can debate their merits in the comments section. Now, on with the countdown!
11. Ã¢â‚¬Å“SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Not There,Ã¢â‚¬Â the Zombies. Keyboardist/songwriter Rod Argent made the Top 10 four times between 1964 and Ã¢â‚¬â„¢72 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ three as leader of the Zombies, before he got greedy and named his next band after himself. Colin Blumstone sang lead for the Zombies, and just as his vocals offered more nuance than most of his early-British Invasion counterparts, Ã¢â‚¬Å“SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Not ThereÃ¢â‚¬Â was an awfully sophisticated single for an era when even the Beatles were still cranking out Ã¢â‚¬Å“I Feel FineÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Eight Days a Week.Ã¢â‚¬Â Sadly, Ã¢â‚¬Å“SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Not ThereÃ¢â‚¬Â was left knocking on #1Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s door while Bobby Vinton came through the window with Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mr. Lonely.Ã¢â‚¬Â Even more annoying, VintonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hit version used the exact same backing track as Buddy GrecoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s #64 smash of two years before! ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just not right.
10. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Crystal Blue Persuasion,Ã¢â‚¬Â Tommy James & the Shondells. James got his moments in the chart-topping sun, with the thudding Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hanky PankyÃ¢â‚¬Â and the psychedelic Ã¢â‚¬Å“Crimson and Clover,Ã¢â‚¬Â but for my money Ã¢â‚¬Å“Crystal Blue PersuasionÃ¢â‚¬Â is the ShondellsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ finest moment. Out-Rascalling the Rascals, the Shondells broke out the bongos, the Spanish guitar and some awesome harmonies to build an effervescent soundtrack for the first summer of the Nixon administration. But ainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t it always the way: Instead of rewarding James for an actual artistic achievement, radio listeners and record buyers preferred one of The Most Ridiculous Singles Ever Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Zager and EvansÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ futuristic bummer “In the Year 2525,Ã¢â‚¬Â which logged eight weeks at #1. (OK, I admit it, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a fan Ã¢â‚¬â€œ whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not to love about a song that imagines a world in which Ã¢â‚¬Å“You wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need your teeth, wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need your eyes/You wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t find a thing to chew, nobodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gonna look at youÃ¢â‚¬Â?) Zager and Evans, according to Wikipedia, have the honor of being the only act in history to be a one-hit wonder in both the U.S. and U.K.! Take a listen below Z&EÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s follow-up single, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mr. Turnkey,Ã¢â‚¬Â about a guy who rapes a girl in Wichita Falls, then punishes himself by nailing his own wrist to the wall. (CanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you hear that songwriting session now? Ã¢â‚¬Å“What rhymes with Ã¢â‚¬ËœWichita FallsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢?Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Um, how about Ã¢â‚¬ËœI nailed my right wrist to your wallÃ¢â‚¬â„¢?Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Yeah, letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s go with that.Ã¢â‚¬Â) How could this song not chart?!?
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9. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tell It Like It Is,Ã¢â‚¬Â Aaron Neville. The Neville BrothersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ long and rambling chart history begins here Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and if it had ended here as well, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tell It Like It IsÃ¢â‚¬Â would still be remembered as one of the greatest of all soul hits. FoN (Friend of the Nevilles) George Davis co-wrote the song with King Records bandleader Lee Diamond; unbelievably, a number of record labels in New Orleans and New York rejected AaronÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rendition before Davis started his own Par-Lo label and printed 2,000 singles. One hopes Davis made a tidy pile of cash as Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tell It Like It IsÃ¢â‚¬Â climbed to #2 on the Hot 100 behind the MonkeesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a Believer.Ã¢â‚¬Â (Neville topped the R&B chart as well.) HeartÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s version of this song is OK Ã¢â‚¬â€œ though Don JohnsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s is not Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but few artists can stop a show the way Neville does when he hits the bridge and pleads, Ã¢â‚¬Å“DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t play with my heart Ã¢â‚¬â€œ it makes me furious/But if you want me to love you, baby I will.Ã¢â‚¬Â
8. Ã¢â‚¬Å“CanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Help Falling in Love,Ã¢â‚¬Â Elvis Presley. Considering all the dreck Elvis took to the top of the charts during the late Ã¢â‚¬â„¢50s, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s astounding that one of his very best ballads got stuck at #2 behind Joey Dee and the frickinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ StarlightersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ dance-craze-bandwagon-jumping Ã¢â‚¬Å“Peppermint Twist.Ã¢â‚¬Â One of several early-Ã¢â‚¬â„¢60s hits by Big E to be based on European melodies, Ã¢â‚¬Å“CanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Help Falling in LoveÃ¢â‚¬Â was adapted by George Weiss and RCA stable ponies Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore from the French tune Ã¢â‚¬Å“Plasir dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Amour.Ã¢â‚¬Â Weiss later wrote Ã¢â‚¬Å“What a Wonderful World,Ã¢â‚¬Â which tanked completely in the U.S. when Louis Armstrong first released it in 1968 (though it was a huge hit in England). Largely forgotten here for two decades, it didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t earn its Ã¢â‚¬Å“classicÃ¢â‚¬Â status until it was used in Good Morning, Vietnam. Weiss is now president of the Songwriters Guild of America — and if you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe the conspiracy theorists, Elvis is still dead. The last song he sang at his last concert? “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
7. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Soul Man,Ã¢â‚¬Â Sam & Dave. I feel sorry for anyone who first heard our last song in the form of UB40Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s faux-reggae wimp-out. On the other hand, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mind so much that I first heard Ã¢â‚¬Å“Soul ManÃ¢â‚¬Â performed by Belushi & Aykroyd on Saturday Night Live. (That Blues Brothers movie was another matter entirely.) At least Jake and Elwood had the good sense to bring in onetime Stax Records house band members Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn, who had played on the original version of this song along with the rest of Booker T.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s MGs. (How many guitarists got to hear a shout-out like Ã¢â‚¬Å“Play it, Steve!Ã¢â‚¬Â directed at them on two hit versions of the same song?) Ã¢â‚¬Å“Soul ManÃ¢â‚¬Â was Sam & DaveÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s biggest hit, stopped only by the U.K.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s reigning It Girl, Lulu, and her soundtrack smash Ã¢â‚¬Å“To Sir with Love.Ã¢â‚¬Â YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll never hear me say a discouraging word about Ã¢â‚¬Å“To Sir with LoveÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œ either the song or the film. However, if I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t so eager to move on you might hear me say quite a few discouraging words about the film Soul Man from 1986 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ an idea so bad (say it ainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t so, Ponyboy!) that it even engendered a horrifying remake (and video) of the song by Sam Moore and Lou Reed that everyone involved probably regrets to this day.
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6. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Louie Louie,Ã¢â‚¬Â the Kingsmen. One of the benefits of making it all the way to #1 is that a single becomes anchored historically to its peak moment. (For example, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve known for half my life that Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Sounds of SilenceÃ¢â‚¬Â was #1 the week I was born, but until I just looked it up I had no idea that Ã¢â‚¬Å“I Got You (I Feel Good)Ã¢â‚¬Â peaked at #3 the same week.) So, quick Ã¢â‚¬â€œ when was Ã¢â‚¬Å“Louie LouieÃ¢â‚¬Â a hit? If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re under the age of, say, 50, you probably think it was around (or before) the fall of 1962 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and the reason you think that is probably because thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s when National LampoonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Animal House is set, and the song is sung (drunkenly) by the Deltas on Pledge Night. However, the Kingsmen didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t actually slur their way through Ã¢â‚¬Å“Louie LouieÃ¢â‚¬Â until the spring of Ã¢â‚¬â„¢63, in a studio in Portland, Oregon. And while the song had been kicking around the West Coast since songwriter Richard Berry first had a regional hit with it in 1957, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s unlikely that the Deltas, in 1962 Pennsylvania, would have had it on their frat-house jukebox Ã¢â‚¬â€œ particularly as theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re clearly singing along to the KingsmenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s version, which didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t yet exist.
With my treatise on historical inaccuracies in Animal House officially concluded, I can now get to my real point, which is that Ã¢â‚¬Å“Louie LouieÃ¢â‚¬Â peaked at #2 in January 1964, behind Bobby VintonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“There! IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve Said It AgainÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the very last #1 single before Beatlemania overtook the U.S. the next month. Would we look at rock history the same way if the last chart topper before Ã¢â‚¬Å“I Want to Hold Your HandÃ¢â‚¬Â had been Ã¢â‚¬Å“Louie Louie,Ã¢â‚¬Â instead of an icky Bobby Vinton ballad that represented everything the British Invasion came to overthrow? WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re probably better off the way things were Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ partly because one of the benefits of not making it to #1 is that a song isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t anchored historically to its peak moment, and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Louie LouieÃ¢â‚¬Â is timeless.
5. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Like a Rolling Stone,Ã¢â‚¬Â Bob Dylan. What is there to say here? This is one of the seminal songs in rock history, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard to imagine how DylanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first big hit must have sounded on tinny AM radios during the summer of Ã¢â‚¬â„¢65, surrounded by HermanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Hermits, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, and Sonny & Cher. (To be fair, it was also the summer of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Satisfaction,Ã¢â‚¬Â and the song that kept Ã¢â‚¬Å“Like a Rolling StoneÃ¢â‚¬Â from #1 was Ã¢â‚¬Å“Help!Ã¢â‚¬Â) HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good example of how silly pop listeners can be: Dylan hung out behind Ã¢â‚¬Å“Help!Ã¢â‚¬Â for two weeks, but the song that supplanted the Beatles may as well have been titled Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dylan for DummiesÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Barry McGuireÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Eve of Destruction.Ã¢â‚¬Â Hey, look Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Patricia Arquette on LSD!
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4. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Shop Around,Ã¢â‚¬Â the Miracles. This wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t quite the first big Motown hit Ã¢â‚¬â€œ that distinction goes to Barrett StrongÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Money (ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s What I Want),Ã¢â‚¬Â which made it to #2 on the R&B chart during the labelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first year. However, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Shop AroundÃ¢â‚¬Â was the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first R&B #1 and first Top 10 single on the pop chart. WouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t it have been a great story if Smokey RobinsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first hit had been a chart topper? WouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t it have been great, generally speaking, if Smokey and his mates hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t had to wait 10 long years before finally getting to #1 (with Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Tears of a ClownÃ¢â‚¬Â in 1970)? But something kept Ã¢â‚¬Å“Shop AroundÃ¢â‚¬Â from the top Ã¢â‚¬â€œ something Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ bubbly. Lawrence Welk and his Ã¢â‚¬Å“champagne music,Ã¢â‚¬Â to be specific. WelkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s orchestra recorded a German tune that had gone through several titles already, beginning with Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tivoli MelodyÃ¢â‚¬Â; with the name changed to Ã¢â‚¬Å“Calcutta,Ã¢â‚¬Â and some incredibly cloying Ã¢â‚¬Å“la la la la la la laÃ¢â‚¬Âs added, the song became the biggest hit of WelkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wunnerful, wunnerful career. There are a number of adorable clips of the song from WelkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s TV show, but hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one that features the bandleaderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s distinctive voice. Check out the sponsor toward the end:
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3. Creedence Clearwater RevivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s greatest hits. What was up with CCRÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s inability to clear the last hurdle on the way to Hot 100 glory? The band scored no fewer than five #2 hits over an 18-month period between March Ã¢â‚¬â„¢69 and October Ã¢â‚¬â„¢70 without ever reaching #1: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Proud Mary,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bad Moon Rising,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Green River,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“TravelinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Band,Ã¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“LookinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Out My Back Door.Ã¢â‚¬Â (Ã¢â‚¬Å“Down on the CornerÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Up Around the BendÃ¢â‚¬Â also made the Top 5.) Just for the record, the songs that blocked them Ã¢â‚¬â€œ in order Ã¢â‚¬â€œ were Sly & the Family StoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Everyday People,Ã¢â‚¬Â Tommy RoeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dizzy,Ã¢â‚¬Â Henry ManciniÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet,Ã¢â‚¬Â the ArchiesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sugar Sugar,Ã¢â‚¬Â Simon & GarfunkelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bridge Over Troubled Water,Ã¢â‚¬Â and Diana RossÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Å“AinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t No Mountain High Enough.Ã¢â‚¬Â Could it be that Fantasy Records honcho (and future John Fogerty nemesis) Saul Zaentz didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t supply program directors with enough cocaine to push CCR over the top? Or was the bandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s string of #2s a karmic punishment for having once called themselves the Golliwogs? Whichever is the case, CCR holds the record for most #2 hits by an act that never made it to #1. Right behind them are fusion pioneers Blood, Sweat & Tears, whose first three singles Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ã¢â‚¬Å“YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve Made Me So Very Happy,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Spinning Wheel,Ã¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“And When I DieÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œ all peaked at #2 during those same months in 1969. Freaky.
2. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Chain of Fools,Ã¢â‚¬Â Aretha Franklin. Lady SoulÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s incredible string of hits in Ã¢â‚¬â„¢67 and Ã¢â‚¬â„¢68 included three that wound up on our Popdose 100 last fall Ã¢â‚¬â€œ topped by this classic, which came in at #19. Songwriter Don Covay initially cooked up Ã¢â‚¬Å“Chain of FoolsÃ¢â‚¬Â as a blues stomp about a prison chain gang, before tailoring the lyrics to Ree ReeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s needs. Innumerable covers by American Idolettes have replicated the backing-vocal arrangment, but you rarely hear a version that even attempts to copy Joe SouthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gritty guitar work. Now, there are a lot of great songs on this list, but Ã¢â‚¬Å“Chain of FoolsÃ¢â‚¬Â sits at the top not only because itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a stone-cold classic, but because of the gaping disparity between it and the song that stopped it from reaching the top of the chart: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Judy in Disguise (With Glasses),Ã¢â‚¬Â by John Fred and His Playboy Band. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bad enough that such a cheesy song was based on FredÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mishearing of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,Ã¢â‚¬Â but for it to hit the tape ahead of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Chain of FoolsÃ¢â‚¬Â? Radio listeners in January 1968, what were you thinking? (Then again, there must have been something in the water that winter, with all the dippy chart toppers Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ã¢â‚¬Å“Incense and Peppermints,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hello Goodbye,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Green Tambourine.Ã¢â‚¬Â Were these songs what Americans in the heartland thought an LSD trip sounded like?)
Those are my 10 picks, but the conversation should hardly end there. HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a (non-exhaustive) list of other great #2Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s from the Ã¢â‚¬â„¢60s Ã¢â‚¬â€œ feel free to berate me in the comments section for failing to make a bigger deal of them:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll Have to Go,Ã¢â‚¬Â Jim Reeves, and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Handy Man,Ã¢â‚¬Â Jimmy Jones (both blocked by Percy FaithÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Theme from a Summer PlaceÃ¢â‚¬Â); Ã¢â‚¬Å“Only the Lonely,Ã¢â‚¬Â Roy Orbison (Brenda LeeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m SorryÃ¢â‚¬Â); Ã¢â‚¬Å“Chain Gang,Ã¢â‚¬Â Sam Cooke (Connie FrancisÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Å“My Heart Has a Mind of Its OwnÃ¢â‚¬Â); Ã¢â‚¬Å“Crying,Ã¢â‚¬Â Roy Orbison (Ray CharlesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hit the Road JackÃ¢â‚¬Â); Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Wanderer,Ã¢â‚¬Â Dion (Gene ChandlerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Duke of EarlÃ¢â‚¬Â); Ã¢â‚¬Å“BlowinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ in the Wind,Ã¢â‚¬Â Peter, Paul & Mary (Stevie WonderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fingertips Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Part 2Ã¢â‚¬Â); and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Twist and Shout,Ã¢â‚¬Â the Beatles (the same bandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“CanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Buy Me LoveÃ¢â‚¬Â).
Also, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Wooly Bully,Ã¢â‚¬Â Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs (the Beach BoysÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Å“Help Me RhondaÃ¢â‚¬Â and the SupremesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Å“Back in My Arms AgainÃ¢â‚¬Â); Ã¢â‚¬Å“19th Nervous Breakdown,Ã¢â‚¬Â the Rolling Stones (SSgt. Barry SadlerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ballad of the Green BeretsÃ¢â‚¬Â); Ã¢â‚¬Å“Yellow Submarine,Ã¢â‚¬Â the Beatles (the SupremesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Å“You CanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Hurry LoveÃ¢â‚¬Â); Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sweet Soul Music,Ã¢â‚¬Â Arthur Conley (the SupremesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Å“The HappeningÃ¢â‚¬Â); Ã¢â‚¬Å“CanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Take My Eyes Off of You,Ã¢â‚¬Â Frankie Valli (the AssociationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“WindyÃ¢â‚¬Â); Ã¢â‚¬Å“Born to Be Wild,Ã¢â‚¬Â Steppenwolf (the RascalsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Å“People Got to Be FreeÃ¢â‚¬Â); and Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Your Thing,Ã¢â‚¬Â the Isley Brothers (the 5th DimensionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Aquarius/Let the Sunshine InÃ¢â‚¬Â).
Next time, the Ã¢â‚¬â„¢70s Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and a classic song that sat in the runner-up slot while three songs leapfrogged it on the way to #1. But don’t fret for 10CC Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ after all, big girls donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t cry.