Tuesday, June 3, 2014


#1331 STAY Oingo Boingo
L.A. band Oingo Boingo dropped the alternative crossover hit "Stay" in 1985, a hit from their 'Dead Man's Party' album. Written by lead singer Danny Elfman, who has since moved on to film scores, particularly Tim Burton movies. 

#1332 TOO MANY FISH IN THE SEA The Marvelettes
This Motown girl group anthem was created by 2 of Motown's best songwriters: Eddie Holland Jr and Norman Whitfield. The Marvelettes charted with this hit in 1964.

#1333 NINE TO FIVE (MORNING TRAIN) Sheena Easton
Scottish singer Sheena Easton's "Nine To Five" was re-titled "Morning Train (Nine To Five)" to avoid confusion with Dolly Parton's "9 To 5" which also reached #1 in the USA in 1981. Florrie Palmer wrote Easton's song.

#1334 I COUNT THE TEARS The Drifters
With Ben E. King out front, The Drifters scored a Pop & R&B hit in 1960 with "I Count The Tears", written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. Leiber & Stoller produced.

#1335 BETTE DAVIS EYES Kim Carnes
The original version of "Bette Davis Eyes" was recorded in 1975 by 1 of its co-writers, Jackie DeShannon. Donna Weiss was the other. Producer Val Garay transformed the song for Kim Carnes' version in 1981. Referring to the legendary actress, the remake reached #1.

The list is a ranking made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice.This expanded section now includes songs from the last few years. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
5 new songs are added every day from #1201-1500

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