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Scabrous Birdseed
11-08-2002, 22:53:27
I tried this in the "trivia idiots r us" thread at poly (AKA. Fiera's 60s Music Thread), but since there are only three of us posting there in different time zones it kept sinking to page three.

Anyway, this is a thread where you ask stupid trivia questions about inconsequential stuff like chart positions and the like.

First question: In 1999 the BMI compiled a list of the top 100 songs with most airplay during the C20th. How many can you guess from the top ten?

Oh, and they're by songwriter, but all except #10 are closesly associated with the original artist.

Funko: No cheating.

Vincent
12-08-2002, 10:42:44
7

Scabrous Birdseed
12-08-2002, 10:52:29
That's practically a 100-0.

The Bursar
12-08-2002, 12:48:36
and "0" would be?

Lazarus and the Gimp
12-08-2002, 19:37:50
"Stairway to heaven"
"Yesterday"
"Hotel California"
"Satisfaction"
"Heartbreak Hotel"
"Bridge over troubled water"

Any of those?

Scabrous Birdseed
12-08-2002, 20:56:51
"Stairway to heaven"

Nope.

"Yesterday"

#3, yay.

"Hotel California"

Nope.

"Satisfaction"

#91

"Heartbreak Hotel"

Nope.

"Bridge over troubled water"

#19. There is a Simon & Garfunkel song in the top ten though.

Scabrous Birdseed
12-08-2002, 21:07:43
I'd better give some clues.

(a) All except #10 are from the sixties.

(b) I personally don't recognise #2. Or #12 or #21.

(c) The first song that you could plausibly dance to (other than possibly the above) occurs at #23, "You Can't Hurry Love".

Scabrous Birdseed
12-08-2002, 21:23:32
More irrelevant clues:

(d) #6 is a stand-out on the list as it is recorded under considerably more independent and small-scale circumstances than most of the rest of the songs. The only other one I know for a fact was recorded in a similar small-time studio is #79.

(e) #30 is the only song I liked on that british radio litseners' top 50 I was quite upset about a while back.

(f) #33 is a song about masturbation.

(g) #48 was performed by the most Camp man in music, like, ever. Not counting Liberace.

(h) #58 is a Bossanova.

(i) A couple of the girls I really hated in my corridor during my first year at university had made up a special dance to #65.

The Bursar
12-08-2002, 22:52:16
Candle in the Wind.

Scabrous Birdseed
12-08-2002, 22:55:56
As the most played song of the 20th Century??? Even if all radio stations played it constantly for over a year it wouldn't come close.

Sean
12-08-2002, 22:59:54
Mrs. Robinson.

Scabrous Birdseed
12-08-2002, 23:12:39
Ouais. Le Septième.

Sean
12-08-2002, 23:17:17
Good Vibrations.

Scabrous Birdseed
13-08-2002, 08:35:46
Sadly, no. It's too long for AM Radio, I believe.

Top Beach Boys Song: "California Girls" at #95

Darkstar
13-08-2002, 08:49:28
Humm...

I remember seeing this briefly. A bunch of Elvis songs, lots of Beatles, some John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney songs...

Unless that was top play time in US only.

The happy birthday song was a surprising top 100. Just too darn many people using it, I suppose.

Scabrous Birdseed
13-08-2002, 08:59:47
This is top play time US only. I should have mentioned that. :D

Vincent
13-08-2002, 19:21:17
White Christmas.

Or better
Tie a yellow ribbon
Or even better:
All songs performed by Don "No Soul" Simmons

Scabrous Birdseed
13-08-2002, 19:47:03
No "White Christmas" (not enough universial relevance)

No "Tie a Yellow Ribbon", possibly surprisingly.

Supergrass
13-08-2002, 21:30:15
Stand By Me - Lennon did a version, don't know who wrote the original though.

Imagine - Lennon, is probably in there. It always get high radio ratings

My Generation - The Who.

#19. There is a Simon & Garfunkel song in the top ten though.ratings in people top 100s.

Sound of Silence - Simon (and Garfunkle?)

Sting - Every Breath You Take, pretty sure thats had a lot of airtime.

Scabrous Birdseed
13-08-2002, 22:00:18
"Stand By Me" is #4, Originally by Ben E. King (which remains by far the most popular version). Well done!

Re: S&G- Look, I already said it was Mrs. Robinson. Sounds of Silence is close, being in position #18.

Good guess on "Every Breath You Take" by The Police! By far the highest 80s song on the list at #15.

Imagine is as low as #96 (too controversial, probably), while my generation isn't in the top 100.

Scabrous Birdseed
13-08-2002, 22:06:18
#1, #2, #5, #6, #8, #9 and #10 left.

#1 is a classic ballad co-written and produced by one of the greatest producers ever.

#2 is a song I've never heard of by a band I've never heard of, and I consider myself quite well versed in 60s music.

#5 was used in a recent BT ad.

#6 is generally considered the greatest tragic unfulfilled promise in the history of popular music.

#8 is by the Black songwriters with the greatest chart impact ever.

#9 is a rather nondescript 60s lost-love ballad to me, but whatever tickles your pickle.

#10 is the answer to the question "What song would Jimmy Carter and Stalin perform as a duet on the piano?"

Debaser
13-08-2002, 22:33:41
That fucking Righteous Brothers song? You've lost that loving feeling, that has to be up there.

Scabrous Birdseed
13-08-2002, 23:04:03
Ding, Ding, Ding, we have a #1.

*End Is Forever*
13-08-2002, 23:37:56
Is "Without You" anywhere on the list? Doubt Badfinger made any US airplay but Nilsson and then Mariah Carey certainly would've...

Vincent
14-08-2002, 06:55:25
Hmmm, maybe Sitting on the dock of the bay?

Darkstar
14-08-2002, 07:46:35
You haven't heard of Golden Earing, Birdseed? Or am I thinking of the wrong list? Be easy enough for me to screw that up.

Scabrous Birdseed
14-08-2002, 10:06:18
Vince: 6th.

Darkstar: Golden Earring? Nope, never heard of that/them/whatever. This is a different band. :D (I'm assuming the original gets most airplay... Apparently it was a Blue Swede hit in the seventies too, and has been recorded by everyone from Booker T. & The MGs to Etta James.)

The Bursar
14-08-2002, 20:42:27
3 Lions

Scabrous Birdseed
14-08-2002, 22:31:15
Yes, it's at number 5.

Scabrous Birdseed
14-08-2002, 23:34:52
Oh wait, no it's not. In fact, it hasn't been played a single time in the history of American Radio.

The Bursar
14-08-2002, 23:44:23
damn americans

Vincent
15-08-2002, 07:47:37
We got a 60s/70s radio station that plays every kind of music, as logn as it is "Music" by John Miles.

Vincent
15-08-2002, 07:48:34
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
Golden Earring? Nope, never heard of that/them/whatever. Dutch ...

King_Ghidra
15-08-2002, 08:06:12
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed


#6 is generally considered the greatest tragic unfulfilled promise in the history of popular music.



'Can we fix it?' - Bob the builder

Scabrous Birdseed
15-08-2002, 09:09:59
Yeah, well, his version of Mambo #5 was just lame, and he seems to have faded from popularity since. Shame.

Lazarus and the Gimp
15-08-2002, 18:33:31
8 has got to be a Holland, Holland, Dozier job.

"Reach out (I'll be there)"?

Lazarus and the Gimp
15-08-2002, 18:34:35
6- "Peggy Sue"?

Scabrous Birdseed
15-08-2002, 18:55:04
Not Peggy Sue, Dock of the Bay. Although "Peggy Sue" is one of my favourite songs of all time, while I don't particularly fancy Dock of The Bay compared to some of Redding's other stuff, I think few other single songs in pop music history have marked such a significant step towards maturity from a single, already great artist who then promptly died. :) I'd loved to have seen how the world's greatest Soul voice could have changed the seventies, and what he could have brought about with his new songwriting skills...

Not "Reach Out", which isn't even on the top 100. Strangely enough. It is HDH, though.

The Bursar
16-08-2002, 14:43:15
Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Poka-dot Bikini?

Scabrous Birdseed
16-08-2002, 15:05:52
No.

Lazarus and the Gimp
16-08-2002, 16:35:16
Is 48 "Do you really want to hurt me?"?

Or "Tutti Frutti"?

Scabrous Birdseed
16-08-2002, 16:46:29
Campness and Seventh Day Adventism are easily mixed up.

No, no, it's "Breaking up is hard to do" by Neil Sedaka. Boy George is way too 'ard to be properly camp.

The Shaker
16-08-2002, 17:01:57
he was always way too hard when he was around me.

Supergrass
16-08-2002, 20:16:23
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed

#10 is the answer to the question "What song would Jimmy Carter and Stalin perform as a duet on the piano?"

Something to do with Georgia, given they were both from a Georgia. Doesn't ring any bells as music goes though.

Vincent
16-08-2002, 20:28:02
Georgia on my mind?

The Bursar
16-08-2002, 22:13:31
Jail-House Rock

Lazarus and the Gimp
16-08-2002, 22:30:40
You jest. Little Richard was as camp as tits.

Scabrous Birdseed
17-08-2002, 09:15:46
Too openly sexual to be properly camp.

Yes, Georgia on my Mind.

No, Jailhouse Rock isn't on there. Top Elvis song: Suspicious Minds at #30.

The Bursar
17-08-2002, 16:08:04
any other elvis songs?

Blue Suade Shoes?
Hound dog/Dont be cruel?

Scabrous Birdseed
17-08-2002, 17:45:26
In the top 100? Lemme check.

Always on My Mind, #60

Don't be Cruel, #71

Lazarus and the Gimp
18-08-2002, 18:15:42
What this proves is that radio playlisters should all be lighthouse keepers.

Scabrous Birdseed
18-08-2002, 19:18:10
I dunno, I like most of the songs listed. The first song I well and truly hate the guts out of is "Wind Beneath My Wings" at #41, which is quite good 'cause I hate lots of songs. Since the american AM radio format eliminates really long songs, the entire swathe of seventies shit is cut out, and all the standard themes like "Classic Rock" and "Country" are lost as well because they all need to be universal to end up on this list. The vast majority are well-produced, slow love-song classics.

At the very least, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling", "Something" (#17), "I heard it through the grape wine" (#28), "Suspicious Minds", "Only You" (#34), "Girl From Ipanema" (#58), "The Letter" (#78) and "Satisfaction" (#91) would make my own list of top, ooh, 200 songs or so. The last one in the Otis Redding cover version. :D