Manfred Mann’s Earth Band Prog Rock version of Springsteen’s “Blinded By The Light” goes No.1 on this day in 1977

“Blinded By The Light” was originally written and released by Bruce Springsteen, but it was through Manfred Mann’s Earth Band that the song went No.1 in 1977

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On this day, 22 years apart, both Harry Nilsson in 1972 and Mariah Carey in 1994, climb to No.1 with Badfinger’s song “Without You”

One of the most famous Pop ballads of all time, “Without You” by Badfinger, has been covered and recorded by over 180 artists, however, was through Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey that the song met it’s most famous versions

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Manfred Mann scores a No.1 in the UK on Valentine’s Day 1968 with Dylan’s cover of “The Mighty Quinn”

“The Mighty Quinn” was originally written and recorded as a demo by Bob Dylan in 1967 under a different title, the Manfred Mann version reached No.1 on Valentine’s Day 1968. Learn more about the background of this popular song

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The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane” was first released on this day in 1967

The double A-side single release of “Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane” is perhaps the greatest single release ever. Simultaneously the beginning and pinnacle of The Beatles Psychedelic period, the importance of the two songs to Pop and Rock music history is undeniable

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In 1970 John Lennon becomes the first solo Beatle to appear on Top Of The Pops when he performs his single “Instant Karma!”

John Lennon was officially still a Beatles member when he performed his hit single “Instant Karma!” on BBC’s Top Of The Pops. The song, which is considered one of the fastest-released songs in pop music history scored a big hit for Lennon and remains one of his most popular ones

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David Bowie releases “Sound And Vision” in 1977

On February 11, 1977, one of David Bowie’s most revolutionary and famous songs, “Sound And Vision” was the first single to be released from the album “Low”, the Experimental Electronic-Rock adventure of the Berlin period. The back vocals on the song were done by a very special singer

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The Beatles became early pioneers on promoting singles through music videos in 1967 when they premier on Top Of The Pops “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever”

On February 9, 1967, The Beatles sent promotional films of their new single to be broadcast on Top Of The Pops instead of actually performing it on stage

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Sooner or Later: The great lost power pop song of The Innocents

“Sooner or Later” is one of the great, lost power pop 45s. Issued, according to various discographies, in June 1980, just as the Australian winter set in, it had everything a great 45 should have: a catchy hook, strong lead voice delivering simple, engaging lyrics, counterpoint vocals, polished harmonies, a tidy guitar riff and an endearing sense of joie de vivre that every band wants to emulate but which very few can manage.

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Psychedelic Rock Dutch Rock band Shocking Blue peaks to No.1 on the U.S Hot 100 in 1970

“Venus” remains Shocking Blue’s signature song, the Dutch band enjoyed a wave of global success during their years active as a band, they were the first Dutch band to score a No.1 song on the U.S Hot 100

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The Righteous Brothers classic “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” became one of the songs of the year on this day in 1965

Written and produced by Phil Spector, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” by The Righteous Brothers went No.1 on the Hot 100 on this day in 1965. The song is still considered the prime example of Phil Spector’s “Wall Of Sound”

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In 1968, when Psychedelic Rock ruled the charts, The Lemon Pipers reached No.1 on the Hot 100 with “Green Tambourine”

In 1968 the Psychedelic Rock revolution was alive, loud and well. Ohio based band The Lemon Pipers scored a big international hit with “Green Tambourine” that peaked to No.1 on the Hot 100 on February 3, 1968

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Some interesting facts about “Down Under” by Men At Work that went No.1 simultaneously on two countries in 1983

“Down Under” by Men At Work it’s one of the 1980’s greatest Pop and Rock songs that put the whole world singing to Australian slang. Read some interesting facts about this iconic song that reached No.1 in several countries around the world between 1982 and 1983

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A Rock classic was born on this day in 1956, when Elvis Presley releases “Heartbreak Hotel”

“Heartbreak Hotel” was his first release on RCA on January 27, 1956, right after leaving Sun Records, it’s one of the most covered songs not only in Rock music but on other genres too and gave Elvis Presley his first international hit. Find out what the song is really about

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In 1965 with the song “Downtown”, Petula Clark becomes the second British female singer to score a No.1 hit on the U.S music charts

The songwriter Tony Harsh was inspired by the New York City downtown when he composed the song “Downtown” and reportedly intended to offer it first to The Drifters. Find out which future Rock legend played guitar on the Petula Clark’s famous song

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In 1986 A-ha became the first Norwegian band ever to peak to No.1 on the U.K music charts with “The Sun Always Shines On TV”

Released on December 16, 1985, “The Sun Always Shines On TV” was the third single taken from their debut album “Hunting High And Low” and is regarded as one of their finest songs and for some, far superior than “Take on Me”

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The Beatles enter the mainstream U.S charts for the first time in 1964 with “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”

The 1964 Hot 100 chart attack of The Beatles with “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” kicked off the Beatlemania in the U.S. The single became the band’s best selling one worldwide and still regarded as a Rock music staple

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Joe Meek’s “Telstar” performed by The Tornados becomes the first US No.1 by a British group in 1962

“Telstar” was named after the Telstar communications satellite and one of the first sci-fi-influenced pop songs, it became the first No.1 by a British group in the U.S but despite it’s success, it also contributed for Joe Meek’s mental health decline

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The Motown Soul classic “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” gives Marvin Gaye his first No.1 in 1968 on the Hot 100

“I Heard It Through The Grapevine” was not initially written for Marvin Gaye, it was rejected as a single by Motown, and only after demanding and heavy airplay on the radio, it was made into a single. Marvin Gaye’s version remains the most acclaimed and popular, it reached No.1 in the Hot 100 on this day in 1968

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George Michael’s “Faith” goes No.1 on the Hot 100 in 1987

The song “Faith” gave George Michael his third No.1 single in the U.S Hot 100 as a solo artist and reinforced the former Wham! reputation as one of the greatest contemporary Pop and Rock songwriters. The song peaked to No.1 on the Hot 100 on this day in 1987

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In 1969 Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” was released in the US

The opening track on the band’s second album, “Led Zeppelin II”, “Whole Lotta Love” was released in the United States on November 1969, but despite ruling the music scene during the 1970’s, the song became the band’s only top 10 single in the US

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On this day in 1971 there was literally “smoke on the water” on Lake Geneva during a Frank Zappa concert

The famous Montreux Casino in Switzerland was engulfed by flames during a Frank Zappa concert and later immortalized on the Deep Purple’s song “Smoke On The Water” who were there on the spot, it happened on this day in 1971. Learn more about one of Rock’s most legendary moments

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Band Aid “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was released on this day in 1984

During the 1980’s Christmas songs made by modern Pop music artists reached a new level when on December 3rd the single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid was released featuring some of the biggest Pop stars at the time such as Bono, George Michael, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and Boy George among many others

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In 1964, with their “teen death song”, the vocal band The Shangri-Las went No.1 “Leader Of The Pack”

The “teen death songs” genre that was bizarrely popular during the early 1960’s, in 1964 the vocal band The Shangri-Las jumped on the band wagon and made one of the most memorable songs within that style, “Leader Of The Pack”

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Whitney Houston starts a record-breaking 14 week at No.1 on the Hot 100 with “I Will Always Love You” in 1992

Used as the theme song for the movie “The Bodyguard”, Whitney Houston’s rendition of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” broke several records and became Houston’s signature song. Read some facts about the song and her 1992 version

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Nirvana performed an unique version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on the British TV show Top Of The Pops on this day in 1991

In 1991 Nirvana were invited to play the popular British TV Show Top Of The Pops. Not happy with the show’s demand to lip-sync Kurt Cobain literally tried to swallow the microphone while singing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” an octave lower

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The “Dirty Dancing” theme song “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” by Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley went No.1 on the Hot 100 on this day in 1987

“(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, was released in 1987 as the theme song of the “Dirty Dancing” movie soundtrack and had such a huge success worldwide that today is still one of the most frequently played songs on radio

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“Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) by Pink Floyd is released in 1979

By 1979 Pink Floyd’s Psychedelic and experimental days seemed to have been long gone, with the release of the double album “The Wall”, which was more approachable than some of their early albums, they reached a new generation of fans and developed a new sound that earned them their only No.1 in the US

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The Partridge Family debut single “I Think I Love You” peaks to No.1 in 1970

“I Think I Love You”  was released as the debut single by The Partridge Family pop group, featuring David Cassidy on lead vocals and Shirley Jones on background vocals. It premiered on the first episode of The Partridge Family TV series in 1970 and peaked to No.1 on the Hot 100

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“Whatever Gets You Through the Night”, the John Lennon and Elton John collaboration peaks to No.1 on the Hot 100

Together with Elton John, “Whatever Gets You Through The Night” gave Lennon his first and only solo No.1 in the U.S during his lifetime. Read the story behind it

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Starship goes No.1 on the Hot 100 with “We Built This City” in 1985

Born from the ashes of the 1960’s Psychedelic Rock greats Jefferson Airplane and from Jefferson Starship, the band Starship music was opposite worlds away from it’s previous incarnations but despite it, they made some memorable 1980’s songs that everyone knows and still remembers

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Lisa Stansfield’s “All Around The World” peaks to No. 1 in 1989

The British singer Lisa Stansfield was one of the biggest Pop rising stars during the early 1990’s, “All Around The Around World” reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards

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Joe Cocker’s cover of The Beatles “With a Little Help From My Friends” peaked to No.1 in 1969 with a little help from Jimmy Page

Now a Psychedelic Rock staple and classic, in 1969, when Cocker was still relatively unknown in the U.S, he dared to perform his Beatles cover “With a Little Help From My Friends” at the Woodstock Festival, in what end up being one of Woodstock’s most memorable performances ever

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In 1984 Paul McCartney climbs to No.1 with his soundtrack album “Give My Regards To Broad Street”

Released in 1984, Paul McCartney’s movie “Give My Regards To Broad Street” was the attempt of the former Beatle to bring back the same feeling as The Beatles movies during the 1960’s, however the soundtrack to the movie did better than the movie itself

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In 1991 U2 embraces Alternative Rock and hit No.1 with “The Fly”

When Alternative Rock started to rule the music charts and airwaves all across the planet in the early 1990’s, U2 jumped quickly on the band wagon and released their single “The Fly”, reaching No.1 for the second time on the U.K singles charts

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The Who’s “My Generation” was released on this day in 1965

“My Generation” by The Who is one of the greatest rock songs ever made, it’s part of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for “historical, artistic and significant” value

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Michael Jackson rises to No.1 with “Bad” in 1987

The song is one of the many hits Jackson scored from his album “Bad”, 5 years after “Thriller”, Michael Jackson was able to put out an album with the same amount of hit singles although with a different songwriting formula and edgier than the 1982 groundbreaking album. Find out what was the song about

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The 25 Best And Most Influential Rock and Pop Albums of 1968

Blue Cheer, The Silver Apples and Iron Butterfly were some of the new artists to emerge in 1968, pivotal on the development of Grunge, Heavy Metal and Electronic Music. We countdown the 25 best and most influential Rock and Pop albums of 1968 on video

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“Don’t Stop’ Til You Get Enough”, a prelude of what was to come in Michael Jackson’s career

“Don’t Stop’ Til You Get Enough” that was included on his album “Off The Wall”, it’s a milestone on Michael Jackson’s career at many diverse levels, it reached No.1 on the U.S Hot 100 on October 13th, 1979 and included for the first time some of Jackson’s future trademarks

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French song “Je T’Aime…Moin Non Plus” by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin reaches No.1 but gets censored by BBC

In 1969 BBC’s Top Of The Pops refused to air for the first time in their history the No.1 song, “Je T’Aime…Moi Non Plus” by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, the French song became one of the most censored during the 1960’s

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Montserrat Caballé and Freddie Mercury: When Rock and Opera blend majestically and perfectly in “Barcelona”

On October 6, 2018, Spanish operatic soprano Montserrat Caballé passed away at age 85, we’ll remember her for the impressive operatic career and for her majestic and daring 1987 duet with Freddie Mercury

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In 1983 Bonnie Tyler eclipses every other song in the charts with “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”

Bonnie Tyler has been one of the world’s most successful singers, her husky vocals are unquestionably recognizable by almost anyone, but, aside of all the hits she scored during her career, her signature song and the one most people still associated her with is the 1983 “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”

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In 1995 Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue release their unexpected duet “Where The Wild Roses Grow” and two music worlds collide in the best way possible

When in 1995 Australian artists Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue release their unexpected duet “Where the Wild Roses Grow” taken from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album “Murder Ballads”, nobody expected the wonderful results coming from it

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Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman” Goes No.1 in 1964

One of Roy Orbison’s signature songs, “Oh, Pretty Woman” the song was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and was named one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, it had a resurgence in 1990 when it was used as the title song for the movie “Pretty Woman”

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In 1984 “Relax” the controversial debut single by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, became the longest running chart hit since 1967

One of the most controversial and most commercially successful records of the decade “Relax” sold a reported 2 million copies in the UK alone, making it the seventh best-selling single in the UK Singles Chart’s history and would be the first song to emphasize the then, shock impact of Frankie members Holly Johnson’s and Paul Rutherford’s open homosexuality

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“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” The Rolling Stones definitive signature song

The Rolling Stones are one of the few bands that can have a signature song per year, but from all the songs in their career, there’s still unanimity in what is considered their overall signatures song, and that is “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”

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“No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks” Alice Cooper scores their first major hit with the rebellious “School’s Out” in 1972

Due to it’s lyrical content, at the time, some radio stations banned Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” from their airwaves, but despite that, it still climbed it’s way into the charts

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The famous instrumental “Apache” by The Shadows peaked to No.1 in 1960

“Apache” remains one of the most recognized and popular instrumental hits today, The Shadows version was released in 1960 and despite the huge success in Europe had little to none impact in the U.S

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Revisiting The Beatles 1966 “Yellow Submarine”/”Eleanor Rigby” coupled single

Both “Yellow Submarine” and “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles have interesting backgrounds and are absolute classics. The two songs were put together on a double A side single in 1966 that peaked to No.1

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The Crazy World of Arthur Brown sets the music charts on “Fire” in 1968

“Fire” by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown it’s one of the prime examples of experimental Psychedelic Rock of the late 1960’s, despite its lack of guitars or bass, and first caught the eye of music fans due to Brown’s Shock and Theatrical performance of it

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Tom Jones hits the top of the charts around the world in 1968 with the controversial murder-ballad “Delilah”

In order for today’s society to be able to think and analyze the fact that a 1968 song that trivializes the idea of murdering a woman can still remain so popular today, we have to put up in perspective history and the  1960’s and 1970’s society as well as the once very trendy “murder ballad” genre, and “Delilah” is despite all the controversy one of the greatest Pop songs ever made

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Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)” peaks to No.1 in 1967

Written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas to promote Monterey International Pop Music Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)” became a serious smash hit in 1967

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