Thread: Songs That Didn't Chart in the Original Release Year

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    • 9 years 11 months ago
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    What are some of your favorite songs that did not initially chart (or have barely charted) in the Billboard Top 40 in their original year of release?

    Hot sheet:
    1. "Roxanne" -- The Police (original release April 1978; charted at US #32 in 1979)
    2. "Layla" -- Derek & the Dominos (original release 1970; charted at US #51 in 1971; re-charted at US #10 in 1972)
    3. "Promises" -- Basia Trzetrzelewska (original release 1987; charted at US #8 Adult Contemporary in 1989)
    4. "Valerie" -- Steve Winwood (original release 1982; remix version for Chronicles anthology album charted at US #9 in 1987)
    5. "Candle in the Wind" -- Elton John (original release 1973; the Live in Australia version charted at US #6 in 1987; and the 1997 version with lyrics addressing Princess Diana's death went all the way to #1, as did its B-side that is "Something About the Way You Look Tonight")
    6. "When I'm with You" -- Sheriff (original release 1983; charted at US #1 in 1989)
    7. "Red, Red Wine" -- UB40 (original release 1983, charted at US #34 in 1984; remix release 1988, went to US #1) (the band failed to acknowledge Neil Diamond as the song's author until after they released their version; their initial knowledge of the song only being that it was a reggae song, referring to Tony Tribe's 1969 cover version)
    8. "Love Me Do" -- The Beatles (original release 1962; charted at US #1 in 1964)
    9. "Dream On" -- Aerosmith (original release 1973; charted at US #6 in 1976)
    10. "Walk This Way" -- Aerosmith (original release 1975; charted at US #10 in 1977)

    ~Ben
    "I am such a purist for old information on anything '70s and '80s."
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    • 9 years 11 months ago
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    Lady - Styx (Original release 1972; charted at US #6 in 1974)
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    • 9 years 9 months ago
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    Quote by AtariMan76
    Lady - Styx (Original release 1972; charted at US #6 in 1974)


    "Lady" originally released in 1973 from the album Styx II, hit #6 US in early 1975 after much publicity from a local Chicago radio station, WLS-FM. But the group decided to leave Wooden Nickel/RCA for A&M once that early success got to their heads.

    Also: Basia Trzetrzelewska's "Promises," originally released on the Time and Tide album in August 1987, but it made #8 on the Billboard US Adult Contemporary singles charts in May 1989. Seems this album didn't catch on well when originally released in 1987, with all its singles charting during the early part of 1989. The same thing had happened to Jewel Kilcher's first album, 1995's Pieces of You: every single off of the album had charted at least one year later, with "Foolish Games" reaching its peak on the singles charts in late 1997.

    ~Ben
    "I am such a purist for old information on anything '70s and '80s."
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