The 21st Edition of the Top 77 of All Time!

 

Commentary and analysis by Board Moderator Mike Riccio.

 

These are the songs YOU voted for as the very best!

 

Voting took place from 10/29/18 through 12/4/18 through OldiesBoard.com.

 

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Let’s start with the "extras"...the songs that just missed the top 77 on the list.

 

From #100 to #78...Here we go!

 

(Asterisks {*} indicate a former #1 song on WABC or nationally.)

 

100         Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) Crystals - 1963

99         *Honky Tonk Women - Rolling Stones - 1969

98           Time Won't Let Me – Outsiders - 1966

97         *Groovin' - Young Rascals - 1967

96           Kashmir - Led Zeppelin - 1975

95         *Poor Side Of Town - Johnny Rivers - 1966

94         *Dreams - Fleetwood Mac – 1977

93           Morning Girl - Neon Philharmonic -1969

92           What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) - Jr. Walker and the All Stars - 1969

91           Superstar - Carpenters - 1971

90           Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones - 1970

89         *Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli - 1967

88         *One Less Bell To Answer - 5th Dimension - 1971

87         *Daydream Believer – Monkees - 1967

86           Strawberry Fields Forever – Beatles - 1967

85         *The House Of The Rising Sun – Animals - 1964

84         *Reach Out I'll Be There - Four Tops - 1966

83           Precious and Few - Climax - 1972

82         *Theme From A Summer Place - Percy Faith & His Orchestra - 1960

81         *Happy Together – Turtles - 1967

80         *Dawn (Go Away) - Four Seasons - 1964

79           Mr. Dieingly Sad  - Critters - 1966

78           Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers - 1965

 

AND NOW --- THE SONGS THAT MADE THE 21st EDITION OF THE TOP 77 OF ALL TIME

Asterisk (*) Indicates Former #1 Song Nationally or on WABC Radio, New York

“Top 77” refers to the number of times and the peak number for the song’s history on the Top 77

(Unless otherwise noted, “By the Numbers” info is based on national chart information)

 

 

(Position/Title/Artist/Year/WABC & Billboard Peak)

 

77     *Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) – Byrds – 1965 (#1 WABC & Nat’l) Top 77 – 7 times, Peak #38

 BY THE NUMBERS: They had two number one hits in 1965, but after this song they would never have another top ten hit.

 

76     *Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees - 1978 (#1 WABC & Nat’l) Top 77 – 4 times, Peak #44

BY THE NUMBERS: This was the second of an incredible six straight #1 hits for these guys.

 

75      *Mack the Knife – Bobby Darin - 1959 (Pre-dates WABC, #1 Nat’l) Top 77 – 18 times, Peak #2

BY THE NUMBERS: This was Bobby’s only #1 hit, staying on the national charts for exactly half a year, 26 weeks. 

 

74       *Respect – Aretha Franklin – 1967 (#2 WABC, #1 Nat’ l #1) Top 77 – 3 times, Peak #30

BY THE NUMBERS: Before this hit, on the national charts , twelve of her previous 13 top 100 songs got no higher than #37. After this song, ten of her next twelve top 100 songs charted no lower than #19!

 

73       Thunder Road (from “Born to Run”) - Bruce Springsteen - 1975 (WABC and Nat’l – Did Not Chart) Top 77 – 6 times, Peak #56

BY THE NUMBERS: This song didn’t chart at all in 1975; however, starting in 1980, 15 of Bruce’s next 17 songs made the top 20.

 

72      Earth Angel – Penguins – 1955 (Pre-dates WABC, #8 Nat’l ) Top 77 – 10 times, Peak #11

BY THE NUMBERS: It was a classic by an act considered to be the second doo-wop group to make the top ten pop charts (after The Chords “Sh-Boom got to #5 in the summer of 1955). BUT these guys never charted on the top 100 again after this.

 

71      Cara Mia – Jay and the Americans – 1965 (#3 WABC, #4 Nat’l) Top 77 – 5 times, Peak #32

BY THE NUMBERS: This song was one of  four top ten hits for the group, but was the only record that brought airplay to the flip side, “When It’s All Over”, which stalled at #129.

 

70    *Runaround Sue – Dion – 1961 (#1 WABC, #1 Nat’l) Top 77 – 9 times, Peak #36

BY THE NUMBERS: Between 1958 and 1964, Dion charted 12 top 20 songs. Overall he had 21 top 40 songs and three flip sides that charted.

 

69      Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd – 1974 (Did Not Chart WABC, #19 Nat’l) Top 77 – 3 times, Peak #62

BY THE NUMBERS: Two versions of this song charted by the group. This one, released in 1974, got to #19. A live version got to #38 1976 into 1977.

 

68      Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry –1958 (Pre-dates WABC, #8 Nat’l ) Top 77 – 3 times, Peak #62

BY THE NUMBERS: This classic was Chuck’s LOWEST charting top ten song of the 1950’s!

 

67    *Nights in White Satin – Moody Blues – 1972 (#1 WABC, #2 Nat’l) Top 77 – 17 times, Peak #16

BY THE NUMBERS: The last time the group charted before this was a hit was four and a half years earlier in 1968 when they only got to #102 on the Billboard Hot 100 with…this very same song.

 

66    *Lightnin’ Strikes – Lou Christie – 1966 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 15 times, Peak #18

BY THE NUMBERS: Although Lou’s chart career spanned from 1963 to 1981, he had top 30 hits in just three specific time frames; 1963 (“The Gypsy Cried” and “Two Faces Have I”), 1966 (“Lightnin’ Strikes” and “Rhapsody in the Rain”), and 1969 (“I’m Gonna Make You Mine”).

 

65    *Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley and His Comets – 1955 (Pre-dates WABC, #1 Nat’l) Top 77 – 8 times, Peak #33

BY THE NUMBERS: This record charted at #1 in 1955, #118 in 1968, and #39 in 1974.

 

64     Midnight Confessions – Grass Roots – 1968 (#3 WABC, #5 Nat’l) Top 77 – 15 times, Peak #33

BY THE NUMBERS:  This was the group’s biggest hit both on WABC and nationally.

 

63      In My Life – Beatles – 1966 (from “Rubber Soul”) (WABC and Nat’l, Did Not Chart) Top 77 – 15 times, Peak #18

BY THE NUMBERS: If this had been a single, it would have been the only Beatles love ballad to chart between 1965 (“Yesterday”) and 1969 (“Something”).

 

62    *I Can’t Help Myself – Four Tops – 1965 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 13 times, Peak #17

BY THE NUMBERS: This group had 45 top 100 songs, but only this one and “Reach Out I’ll Be There” the following year made the top 3.

 

61     Up on the Roof – Drifters – 1962 (#3 WABC, #5 Nat’l) Top 77 – 1 time, Peak #61

BY THE NUMBERS: Despite having 36 top 100 hits, this song and the follow-up “On Broadway” marked the only time the act has two successive top 5 records.

 

60    *Runaway – Del Shannon – 1961 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 14 times, Peak #60

BY THE NUMBERS: This was Del’s first nationally charted top 100 song and it was his only #1 hit.

 

59      Something – Beatles – 1969 (#7 WABC, #3 Nat’l) Top 77 – 9 times, Peak #20

BY THE NUMBERS: This was the last time the Beatles charted separately with a two-sided hit. “Come Together”, the flip side, got to #1.

 

58    *Incense and Peppermints – Strawberry Alarm Clock – 1967 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 18 times, Peak #12

BY THE NUMBERS: It was all downhill from here, as subsequent chart entries for this band peaked lower than the previous  at #23, #65, #67 and finally #87.

 

57      I Fought the Law – Bobby Fuller Four – 1965 (#12 WABC, #9 Nat’l) Top 77 – 1 time, Peak #57

BY THE NUMBERS: Under the name “Bobby Fuller”, this act first released a version of this song in 1964. It did not chart.

 

56     Go All the Way – Raspberries - 1972 (#4 WABC, #5 Nat’l) Top 77 – 2 times, Peak #54

BY THE NUMBERS: This was Eric Carmen’s biggest hit with the group; however as a solo act every one of his top ten hits peaked higher than this song, landing at #2, #3 and #4.

 

55    *He’s a Rebel – Crystals – 1962 (#2 WABC, #1 Nat’l) Top 77 – 16 times, Peak #18

BY THE NUMBERS: This was the act’s only #1 song, and it was actually sung by Darlene Love as part of The Blossoms.

 

54     Beyond the Sea – Bobby Darin – 1960 (Pre-dates WABC, #6 Nat’l) Top 77 – 13 times, Peak #4

BY THE NUMBERS: This was the seventh of nine straight top 40 hits that began Bobby’s career. Five of those first nine made the top 10.

 

53    *Sugar, Sugar – Archies  - 1969 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 8 times, Peak #38

BY THE NUMBERS: The Archies were the first “virtual” band to appear in worldwide pop charts, and the first cartoon band since The Chipmunks to have a #1 song in the U.S.

 

52    *Help! – Beatles – 1965 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 11 times, Peak #23

BY THE NUMBERS: This was the only Beatles release between 1965 and “The Ballad of John and Yoko” in 1969 where the “B” side did not also chart in the top 100. The “B’ side of “Help!”, “I’m Down” only got to #101.

 

51      Jumpin’ Jack Flash – Rolling Stones – 1968 (#2 WABC, #3 Nat’l) Top 77 – 3 times, Peak#23

BY THE NUMBERS: This song spent three weeks at #3, held back partially by TWO instrumentals, “Grazing in the Grass” by Hugh Masekela and “The Horse” by Cliff Nobles and Company, the latter of which spent three weeks at #2.

 

50     Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty – 1976 (#2 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 4 times, Peak #46

BY THE NUMBERS: This song spent six weeks at #2, blocked the entire time by Andy Gibbs’ “Shadow Dancing”, which was #1 for seven straight weeks.

 

49      Imagine – John Lennon – 1971 (#4 WABC, #3 Nat’l) Top 77 – 21 times, Peak #6

BY THE NUMBERS: John appeared on the top 100 with two other ex-Beatles when this song was charting: Paul’s “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” and George’s “Bangla Desh”.

 

48     *Maggie May – Rod Stewart – 1971 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 13 times, Peak #24

BY THE NUMBERS: The flip side, “Reason to Believe” was the original “A” side, entered the chart four weeks before “Maggie May”, and only got to #62. But it actually stayed on the chart for 21 weeks, a month longer than “Maggie May”.

 

47    *Sherry – Four Seasons – 1962 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 14 times, Peak #21

BY THE NUMBERS:  This was the first of five #1 songs for this act in their 18 year chart run.

 

46     Beginnings – Chicago – 1971 (#11 WABC, #7 Nat’l) Top 77 – 5 times, Peak #46

BY THE NUMBERS: This was originally released in 1969 with “Poem 58” on the “B” side. In 1971, it paired with a much stronger “B” side, “Colour My World”, with both sides charting together.

 

45    *The Twist – Chubby Checker – 1960 & 1962 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 11 times, Peak #26

BY THE NUMBERS: Although celebrated as the only song to get to #1 by the same act in two separate chart runs, it’s not often noted that the song only totaled THREE WEEKS at #1 combining BOTH chart runs.

 

44      I Only Have Eyes for You – Flamingos – 1959 (Pre-dates WABC, #11 Nat’l) Top 77 – 11 times, Peak #17

BY THE NUMBERS: Although they charted from 1959 through 1970, this was their only top 25 hit.

 

43    *The Sounds of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel – 1965 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 7 times, Peak #24

BY THE NUMBERS: Of their three #1 songs, this one stayed on top for the fewest weeks, two.

 

42     Because – Dave Clark Five – 1964 (#4 WABC, #3 Nat’l) Top 77 – 19 times, Peak #11

BY THE NUMBERS: Only one other Dave Clark Five song peaked higher, “Over and Over”, which got to #1 for one week.

 

41    *To Sir with Love – Lulu – 1967 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 11 times, Peak #24

BY THE NUMBERS: This was Lulu’s only record to peak higher than #18.

 

40     Piano Man – Billy Joel – 1974 (#19 WABC #25 Nat’l) Top 77 – 5 times, Peak #40

BY THE NUMBERS: It was Billy’s first of 42 records to make the Hot 100.

 

39    *Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) – 5th Dimension - 1969 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 9 times, Peak #16

BY THE NUMBERS: Besides staying #1 for six weeks nationally and seven weeks on WABC, this song won Grammys for Record of the Year.

 

38    *Crystal Blue Persuasion – Tommy James and the Shondells - 1969  (#1 WABC, #2 Nat’l) Top 77 – 14 times, Peak #27

BY THE NUMBERS: This was Tommy James’ last top ten song with the Shondells. He had only solo credit for his 1971 #4 hit, “Draggin’ the Line”.

 

37     Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley – 1962 (#8 WABC, #2 Nat’l) Top 77 – 17 times, Peak #13

BY THE NUMBERS: This was Elvis’ 22nd straight top 40 “A” side. It was a streak that included 32 top 20 hits (“A” and “B” sides), of which 12 were #1.

 

36    *The Rain, the Park and Other Things – Cowsills – 1967 (#1 WABC, #2 Nat’l) Top 77 – 8 Times, Peak #18

BY THE NUMBERS: The chart numbers for this song were identical to those of “Hair” except that this stayed on the top 100 for 16 weeks, one week longer than “Hair”.

 

35     *Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) – Looking Glass – 1972 (#2 WABC, #1 Nat’l) Top 77 – 15 times, Peak #21

BY THE NUMBERS: Prophesy or Coincidence? This spent one week at #1. The flip side was titled “One by One”.

 

34    *Will You Love Me Tomorrow – Shirelles - 1961 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 13 times, Peak 23

BY THE NUMBERS: Originally released as simply “Tomorrow”, this and the follow-up “Mama Said” was the only time The Shirelles had back-to-back top ten hits.

 

33    *Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley  - 1969 (#4 WABC, #1 Nat’l) Top 77 - 13 times, Peak #20

BY THE NUMBERS: As Elvis’ last #1 song, it came a full 6 ½ years after his previous chart topper, “Good Luck Charm”.

 

32    *You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’- Righteous Brothers – 1965  (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 17 times, Peak #22

BYTHE NUMBERS: Before this, nine consecutive original releases by this act failed to rise higher than #49; after this song their next five original releases made the top 20.

 

31     Layla – Derek and the Dominos – 1971 and 1972 (#7 WABC, #10 Nat’l) Top 77 – 17 times, Peak #19

BY THENUMBERS: A shorter version of this peaked at #51 in 1971. A live version with credit to “Eric Clapton” peaked at #12 in 1992.

 

30     Can’t Find the Time – Orpheus -  1969 (WABC - Did Not Chart, #80 Nat’l) Top 77 – 7 times, Peak #20

BY THE NUMBERS: In March of 1968, this charted for the first time but only made it to #80.

 

29     Waterloo Sunset – Kinks – 1967 (Did Not Chart WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 - 13 times, Peak #15

BY THE NUMBERS: Their next top 10 hit would come in 1970 with”Lola”.

 

28     Taxi – Harry Chapin – 1972 (#9 WABC, #24 Nat’l) Top 77 – 19 times, Peak #20

BY THE NUMBERS: The 1980 sequel titled “Sequel” charted higher (#23) than the original titled “Taxi”.

 

27     Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell – 1968 (#2 WABC, #3 Nat’l) Top 77 – 9 times, Peak #22

BY THE NUMBERS: Before this hit, Glen peaked no higher than #26 with nine top 100 songs.

 

26    *California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and the Papas – 1966 (#1 WABC, #4 Nat’l) Top 77 – 10 times, Peak 25

BY THE NUMBERS: This groups only top 20 hits came within approximately 1 ½ years of each other.

 

25      Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen – 1975 (#36 WABC, Nat’l #23) Top 77 – 16 times, Peak #7

BY THE NUMBERS: Even though it’s considered his “signature song”, 16 other songs by Bruce charted higher.

 

24      Since I Don’t Have You – Skyliners – 1959 (Pre-Dates WABC, #15 Nat’l) Top 77 – 15 times, Peak 19)

BY THE NUMBERS: This was their first top 100 charter and their highest. They never made the top 20 again.

 

23    *Downtown – Petula Clark – 1965 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77-10 times, Peak #13

BY THE NUMBERS: This was the first of 15 top 40 hits for her.

 

22      A Day in the Life (from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”) – Beatles – 1967 (Did Not Chart WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 18 times, Peak #12

BY THE NUMBERS: Six Beatles songs debuted on the chart in 1967, all as singles or “B” sides.

 

21      Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan – 1965 (#3 WABC, #2 Nat’l) Top 77 – 19 times, Peak #12

BY THE NUMBERS: 6:00. That’s the time of the song listed on the 45 rpm label. It was one of the longest singles to chart up to that time in 1965.

 

20    *My Girl – Temptations – 1965 (#4 WABC, #1 Nat’l) Top 77 – 20 times, Peak #3

BY THE NUMBERS: They would not have another #1 song until 1969 and “I Can’t Get Next to You”.

 

19    *Hotel California – Eagles – 1977 (#2 WABC, #1 Nat’l) Top 77 – 17 times, Peak #13

BY THE NUMBERS: This was a Grammy “Record of the Year”.

 

18    *She Loves You – Beatles – 1964 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 21 times, Peak #4

BY THE NUMBERS: It was one of their six #1 songs in 1964.

 

17    *Be My Baby – Ronettes – 1963 (#1 WABC, #2 Nat’l) Top 77 – 16 times, Peak #12

BY THE NUMBERS: Believe it or not, this was their only top 20 song.

 

16    *Cherish – Association – 1966 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 17 times, Peak #14

BY THE NUMBERS: Both #1 hits by this group (the other was “Windy”) stayed on the chart for 14 weeks.

 

15     God Only Knows – Beach Boys – 1966 (Did Not Chart WABC, #39 Nat’l) Top 77 – 18 times, Peak #9

BY THE NUMBERS: In 1966, the other side of this record, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” was the hit, not this side.

 

14     Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen – 1976 and 1992 (#3 WABC, #2 Nat’l) Top 77 – 13 times, Peak #14

BY THE NUMBERS: In two chart runs, the totals for this song - #9 in 1976 and a total of 41 weeks in “76 and ’92.

 

13   *Let It Be – Beatles – 1970 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 20 times, Peak #4

BY THE NUMBERS: This was only one of two Beatles #1 records in which the flip side did not chart. The other was “She Loves You”.

 

12    MacArthur Park – Richard Harris – 1968 (#2 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 21 times, Peak 3

BY THE NUMBERS: Ten years after this song climbed to #2 and charted for 13 weeks, Donna Summer’s version did it one better, getting to #1 for three weeks and staying on the top 100 for five months.

 

11   *Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross – 1970 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 19 weeks, Peak #2

BY THE NUMBERS: At the time of its release, this was Diana’s biggest hit since “Baby Love” with the Supremes, which stayed at #1 for 4 weeks, one week longer than this song.

 

10   *Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel – 1970 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) – Top 77 – 21 times, Peak #5

BY THE NUMBERS: This song stayed at #1 for longer than any other Simon and Garfunkel hit, six weeks.

 

 9    *Good Vibrations – Beach Boys – 1966 (#4 WABC, Nat’l #1) Top 77 – 21 times, Peak #4

BY THE NUMBERS: After this hit, The Beach Boys would not make the top ten again for another ten years, with “Rock and Roll Music”.

 

 8    *Rag Doll – 4 Seasons – 1964 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 20 times, Peak #1

BY THE NUMBERS: It would be 1976 before this group had another #1 song, their final #1 song, “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night).

 

 7    *Light My Fire – Doors – 1967 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) – Top 77 – 21 times, Peak #3

BY THE NUMBERS: After peaking at #1 for three weeks in the summer of 1967, this song returned to the chart in 1968, but only made it to #87.

 

 6     Stairway to Heaven (from “Led Zeppelin IV”) – Led Zeppelin – 1972 (Did Not Chart, WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 21 times, Peak #2

 

 5     In the Still of the Night – Five Satins – 1956 (Pre-dates WABC, #24 Nat’l) Top 77 – 21 times, Peak #2

BY THE NUMBERS: 24…81…99. Those are the numbers the song peaked at when it was released in 1956, 1960 and 1961.

 

 4    *I Want to Hold Your Hand – Beatles – 1964 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 21 times, Peak #4

BY THE NUMBERS: It was one of an incredible 32 titles to chart for The Beatles in 1964.

 

 3     *American Pie – Don McLean – 1972 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 21 times, Peak #3

BY THE NUMBERS: Don’s signature hit stayed on the top 100 for 19 weeks; his second biggest hit, “Crying”, almost stayed on the top 100 as long, peaking at #5 in 18 weeks.

 

 2    *(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Rolling Stones – 1965 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 21 times, Peak #2

BY THE NUMBERS: With six titles charting on the top 100 and one peaking under #100, The Rolling Stones would never chart as many titles in any other year.

 

 1    *Hey Jude – Beatles – 1968 (#1 WABC and Nat’l) Top 77 – 21 times, Peak #1 (20 out of 21 years)

BY THE NUMBERS – This monster hit stayed on the top 100 for 19 weeks, the longest of any Beatles charted songs.

 

 

THERE YOU HAVE IT! THE 21st EDITION OF THE TOP 77 OF ALL TIME AS VOTED BY YOU!

CONGRATULATIONS TO “HEY JUDE” FOR MAKING IT TO THE TOP FOR THE 20th TIME, AND THANKS FOR VOTING!


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