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Written by Barry Kowal   
Jan 22, 2019 at 12:26 AM

 Hello Everybody,

 Welcome to the Top 4000.

  The Woodstock Festival was from Friday,August 15-Monday,August 18 in 1969. North of the border on Saturday,August 9th,1969 Montrealer Andy Kim began a two week run in the #1 position on the Canadian single charts by doing a cover of a song that was originally a hit for New Yorker (Woodstock was held in New York) Veronica Specter and the Ronettes back in 1963. This song is at position #3982.A little footnote:a Canadian Joni Mitchell writes a song about the Woodstock festival.

  On June 25,1977 George Michael celebrated his 14th birthday. Also on June 25th,1977 a Motown recording act moved into the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.This song is at position #3976.

   The New York City based recording act at position #3965 has eight (8) songs in the Top 6500 with three (3) of the songs in the Top 1000 and one (1) of them in the Top 500.The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

   This Australian female born on October 25,1941 in Melbourne at position #3955 has five (5) songs in the Top 6500 with one song in the Top 1000.She became the first Australian to have a #1 single in the United States,win a Grammy Award and host her own variety show on United States television.Born and raised in Australia,she became a naturalized United States citizen in 1974.In 2002,she retired from performing concerts and recording and now resides in Sydney,Australia and was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 2006.

  At position #3933 this UK rock band that recorded on the "Apple" label places their first of three songs in the Top 6500.The song at position #3933 peaked at #8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on December 5,1970 and remained there for two weaks.

   The New York City rock band at position #3929 has two songs in the Top 6500.In 1989 the band opened for "The Rolling Stones" on their "Steel Wheels"  tour. 

   Born Curtis James Jackson III on July 6, 1975 in Jamaica,Queens at position #3908 this New York City rapper places his first of eight (8) songs the Top 6500.Three (3) of the eight (8) songs are duets.He does duets with Olivia,The Game & Nate Doog.One song is a trio with Justin Timberlake & Timbaland.His other three placements are solo acts.One (1) of the eight (8) songs is in the Top 100.He ranked as the 6th best and most successful Hot 100 Artist of the 2000-2009 decade by Billboard Magazine. Billboard Magazine also named him the #1 Rap Song Artist of the 2000-2009 decade.His album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" was ranked as the twelfth (12th) best album of the 2000-2009 decade by Billboard Magazine.With his album "The Massacre" ranking as the 37th best album of the 2000-2009 decade by Billboard Magazine.

  A San Francisco rock band at position #3907 places its one and only song in the Top 6500.This song peaked at #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on August 9,1997 and remained in that spot for four weeks.

   A British pop group,formed in 1976 in Weston-super-Mare,by singer Phil Fursdon and Clive Wilson. The group was formerly known as Alive 'n' Rockin are at position #3905. They had the fourth (4th) biggest song for the entire year of 1979 in Australia (David Kent) with the song at position #3905.It began a four week run at #1 in Australia on  July 30,1979.It also ranked #27 for the entire year of 1979 in the UK.They have another song in the top 6500.

  A group that met as freshmen at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in Alabama in 1968,and signed with Motown in November,1972,at position #3901 have six (6) songs in the Top 6500.These six (6) songs do not include solo recordings by lead singer Lionel Richie.One of their six songs is in the Top 1000.

     Now the 3800s.We now will look at the next 100 songs and highlight some of them.

  At position #3891 is a singer who was born in the US state of Indiana on October 3,1950 (died July 10th,1998 in LA from breast cancer).This is her one and only appearance in the top 6500.This song peaked at #1 in the UK during the week of April 28th,1985. Her son is the R&B singer and record producer,Marc Nelson.

   The lead singer of this sextet at position #3889 was born William John Clifton Haley Jr. In Highland Park,Michigan on July 6th,1925.He died on February 9th,1981.This is the second (2nd) of five (5) appearances for this sextet.One of his five (5) songs is in the Top 100 and ranks very high in the Top 100.

  The former Beatle at #3888 born February 25,1943 in Liverpool,England,UK (died November 29,2001) has seven (7) songs in the Top 6500 with two (4) of those seven (7) in the Top 1000 and one (1)of them in the Top 100.

  The song at position #3884 was by a singer who was born on May 5,1937 in Crawfordsville,Arkansas (died May 31,2000 in Dallas) This song was the song that Cash Box Magazine ranked as the #1 song for the entire year of 1976.

  Born March 13,1939 this Brooklyn born singer at position #3860 has eight (8) songs in the Top 6500.

  On Monday,August 31,1998 the song at position #3846 by this UK duo that consisted of vocalist Tunde Baiyewu and keyboard player Paul Tucker from Newcastle upon Tyne went to #1 on the Australian singles chart (ARIA) and spent a week at the top.It only ranked at #75 for the entire year of 1998 in the UK,but in Australia the song ranked at #11 for the entire year of 1998 according to ARIA.The duo scaled down their appearances in early 2003 because of what they called a "heavy promotional schedule" following the release of "Whatever Gets You Through The Day" in 2002. This led to both men pursuing individual projects.Baiyewu is now a solo artist,while Tucker joined a rock band,"The Orange Lights".

  The song at position #3838 was Australia's #1 single for the entire year of 1958.The song was adapted by Gordon Parsons from the original poem "A Pub Without Beer" by Dan Sheahan of Ingham,North Queensland (originally from Newmarket,Ireland).In 1957,"A Pub With No Beer" became the first Australian single to go gold and was the biggest-selling record by an Australian at that time.In 1959,Dusty wrote and recorded a sequel"The Answer To A Pub With No Beer",explaining the reason for the beer delivery truck's failure to arrive and describing the townsmen's efforts to solve the problem.

    In May 2001,Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) celebrated its 75th anniversary by naming the Best Australian Songs of all time.As decided by a 100 strong industry panel,"A Pub With No Beer" was ranked fifth (5th) on the list.In June 2008, the song was included in the National Film and Sound Archive's Sounds of Australia registry.

  On Saturday,October 11,1969 the song at position #3837 topped Cash Box Magazine's Singles Chart and stayed there for one week. This is his third of three (3) songs in the top 6500.The singer of the song born Robert Cabot "Bobby" Sherman, Jr. on July 22, 1943 in Santa Monica,California was a star in the Seattle based TV series "Here Come The Brides."

  At #3828 Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Staship out of San Francisco make eleven (11) appearances in the Top 6500.Two (2) of the eleven (11) songs are in the Top 1000.

  Back to back 70s New England covers of 60s songs. At position #3816 Boston born (March 12,1948) James Taylor in 1977 covers' Jimmy Jones' 1960 hit titled "Handy Man". At position #3815 Steven Tyler & his bean town rock band in the 1978 movie Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band cover the fab four's 1969 US #1 hit titled "Come Together".Taylor was raised in Carrboro,North Carolina.He owns a home in the Town of Washington, Massachusetts in Berkshire County.A five (5) time Grammy Award winner,Taylor was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.Aerosmith is the best-selling American rock band of all time,having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide,including 66.5 million albums in the United States alone.They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group.The band has scored 21 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100,nine #1 Mainstream Rock hits,four Grammy Awards,and ten MTV Video Music Awards.They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001,and in 2005 they were ranked #57 in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

   The song at position #3809 by this Baltimore group would be covered and released twelve years later by the King of Rock & Roll.That version can be found in the Top 1000 of this list.The recording act at position #3809 is generally acknowledged as R&B's first vocal group.These Baltimore natives blended rhythm with group harmonies.Dubbing themselves after Maryland's state bird,The group started the trend of bird groups (The Cardinals,The Crows,The Flamingos,The Larks,The Penguins,The Ravens,The Wrens, etc.). 

     Now the 3700s.We now will look at the next 100 songs and highlight some of them.

 At position #3796 is a duet consisting of Dale Houston (born April 23,1940 in Seminary,Mississippi-died September 27,2007 of heart failure in Hattiesburg,Mississippi) from Ferriday,Louisianna and Grace Broussard from Prarieville,Louisiana.This song was #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 when President John F.Kennedy was assassinated.

Born on August 10th,1928 in Plainview,Texas (died June 13,2010 in Varina,Virginia,USA) is the singer at position #3778.Beginning November 6,1961 this song began a five week run  at #1 on the Billboard Magazine's (USA) Hot 100.This is the singer's one and only appearance in the entire top 6500.He is also known for his sausages.

  Written by Hank Williams but Originally a hit for Jo Stafford in 1952 (reaching #3 on the Billboard Weekly Singles chart) Liverpool's Gerry & The Pacemakers covered the song in 1964 and managed to place the song at position #3762. Nine years later in 1973 the Blue Ridge Rangers (lead singer former CCR singer John Fogerty) had a hit again with the song peaking at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

  UK's T.Rex from 1971 has the song at #3761.It was the group's first number one on the UK Singles Chart, where it remained at the top for six (6) weeks beginning on March 20,1971;the single,however,did not fare as well in the US,where it only peaked at number seventy-two (72) on the Billboard Hot 100.The song reached #47 in Canada in June of 1971.It was also the first T. Rex single to feature both a bass guitar and drums.Its success was propelled by a legendary "Top of the Pops" appearance,where mainman "Marc Bolan" appeared in androgynous clothes and covered in glitter,further solidifying the style of glam rock,first pioneered with his previous single,"Ride a White Swan".

  The band named after the city that is known as the "cradle of liberty" at position #3759 place seven (7) songs in the Top 6500. One of the seven songs is in the Top 1000. 

  Born Trinidad Lopez III,on May 15,1937 in Dallas,Texas the singer of the song at position #3729 is a cover version of a 1962 song. The 1962 version is by a trio that was based out of New York City and is in the Top 300.

  A London soul band formed by Errol Brown and Tony Wilson have the song at position #3718.This song peaked at #3 in the UK and peaked at #2 in Belgium and The Netherlands.

 The song at position #3714 is a cover version of a 1966 song. The 1966 version was done by a group from Spain and it is higher up in the countdown.

  A band from Glasgow,Scotland makes their one and only appearance in the top 6500 at position #3711.The band consisted of Geoff and Chris Martyn,Andy Dunlop and Neil Primrose.The song is off the album titled "The Man Who", an album that peaked at #1 on the UK album charts for nine (9) non-consecutive weeks between 1999 and 2000.

  The New York City doo-wop group at position #3707 places the third of four of their songs in the Top 6500.

   The recording act from Berkley,California at position #3706 has nine (9) songs in the Top 6500 with two (2) of them in the Top 1000 and one (1) song in the Top 100.The band has consisted of lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong,bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool for the majority of its existence.The band has won four (4)Grammy Awards;Best Alternative Album for "Dookie", Best Rock Album for "American Idiot",Record of the Year for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams",and Best Rock Album for the second time for "21st Century Breakdown".

     Now the 3600s.We now will look at the next 100 songs and highlight some of them.

  The recording act at position #3692 was originally called the "Opposites" was composed of Phil Stewart and Ernie Bringas.They met at Inglewood High School in Inglewood,California.Later extra members joined their group.On February 8th,1964 the song at position #3692 began a two week run in the #4 position on the US Billboard Hot 100.

    Born Annerley Emma Gordon on November 12,1967 in Sheffield,South Yorkshire,England is the singer who has the song at position #3686.In 1999 the song peaked at #2 in the UK,#4 in Australia and #14 in Canada.This is her one and only appearance in the top 6500.

  The song in position #3677 done by an electronic band from Erfurt,Germany is a cover/parody of a song recorded thirty (37) years earlier by a San Francisco Bay area psychedelic rock group.That version is higher up in the countdown.The song at position #3678 reached #3 in the UK and #10 in Australia(ARIA).

  The song in position #3670 would be covered twenty (20) years later by a sixteen (16) year old girl from Norwalk,California.That version of the song is in the Top 2000.

  The UK recording act at position #3659 on April 10,1965 began a two week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.The recording act at position #3659 was based around the comic antics of the 5-foot-3-inch-tall (1.60m) Freddie Garrity (born November 14,1936 in Manchester,Lancashire (died May 19,2006)) who was famous for bouncing around the stage with arms and legs flying.

  The song at position #3657 is a cover version of a 1999 song. The original version by a singer from Munich,Germany is in the Top 300."Bob The Builder" is a British children's stop motion television character created by Keith Chapman. Bob appears as a building contractor specialising in masonry in a stop motion animated programme with his colleague Wendy,various neighbours and friends,and their gang of anthropomorphised work-vehicles and equipment (all made of clay).The show is broadcast in many countries,but originates from the United Kingdom where Bob is voiced by British actor Neil Morrissey.The show was later created using CGI animation starting with the spin-off series Ready Steady Build.

  In each episode,Bob and his gang help with renovations,construction,and repairs and with other projects as needed.The show emphasizes conflict resolution,co-operation,socialization and various learning skills. 

  On November 9th,1985 the song in the #3648 position hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.It was performed by an artist who was born on April 17,1948, in Prague,then Czechoslovakia,today the Czech Republic.It was the theme to a very popular current TV show starring "Don Johnson"."Philip Michael Thomas" and "Edward James Olmos".This song is the last instrumental to have topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart to date.It also peaked at number five (5) in the UK.In 1986,the song at position #3648 won Grammy Awards for "Best Instrumental Composition" and "Best Pop Instrumental Performance." This song, along with Glenn Frey's number-two hit (Billboard Hot 100) "You Belong To The City",put the soundtrack album on the top of the U.S. album chart for eleven (11) weeks in 1985,making it the most successful TV soundtrack of all time until 2006 when Disney Channel's High School Musical beat its record.

   The song at position #3637 is by an Italian dance and pop group who found success in 1994 with this song.Although she did not sing on most of the act's hit,Corona is fronted by Brazilian performer Olga Souza.The song is a cover of a song that was released ten (10) years earlier.The version that was released ten (10) years earlier and that original version is still to come in the countdown.The version at #3637 stayed at number one (1) on the Italian music chart for thirteen consecutive weeks.However,the song was not released elsewhere until the following year.A remixed version of the song became a number 2 hit in the United Kingdom in September of 1994.Like other 1990s Eurodance/Hi-NRG songs that eventually became American hits as well,such as "Get Ready For This","Twilight Zone" and "Tribal Dance" by "2 Unlimited" and "Strike It Up", "I Don't Know Anybody Else" and "Everybody Everybody" by Black Box,this song did not catch on in the United States until well after its success had peaked in Europe.By spring 1995, however,the song was all over US radio and clubs, eventually reaching #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

  The recording act at position #3629 has six (6) songs in the Top 6500,one (1)song is in the Top 1000.He was born Steven Demetre Georgiou on July 21,1948 in London.He converted to Islam at the height of his fame,in December of 1977,and adopted his Muslim name,Yusuf Islam,the following year.In 1979,he auctioned all his guitars away for charity and left his music career to devote himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community.He has been given several awards for his work in promoting peace in the world,including 2003's World Award,the 2004 Man for Peace Award,and the 2007 Mediterranean Prize for Peace.In 2006,he returned to pop music with his first album of new pop songs in 28 years,entitled "An Other Cup".He now goes professionally by the single name Yusuf.The album,"Roadsinger", was released on May fifth (5th) in 2009.

  The song at #3628 by a band from Andover,Hampshire,England would be covered twenty-six (26) years later.The cover version of #3628 spent 14 weeks at #1 in The UK and is in the Top 200 of this list.The version at position #3628 is a song composed by Reg Presley.It was purportedly inspired by a television transmission of the Joy Strings Salvation Army band,the song was first released as single in the UK in October 1967,peaking at #5 on the UK charts.It went on to reach #7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in the US on May 18,1968.This version features a string quartet and a 'tick tock' sound on percussion.

   Robert Anthony Plant born on August 20,1948 in West Broomwich,England at position #3571 you will find one of seven (7) songs in the Top 6500 for this former Led Zeppelin lead singer. One of his seven (7) songs is a duet with Allison Krauss.In 2007 Plant released "Raising Sand",an album produced by T-Bone Burnett with American bluegrass soprano Alison Krauss,which won the 2009 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

    Making their second of five appearances in the Top 6500. They previously appeared at #3808 and now at #3563.They have one song in the Top 1000.The lead singer of the group was born Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis to a Greek father and a Puerto Rican mother on April 3,1944 in New York City and was raised in Manhattan's then-notorious Hell's Kitchen.

  Texan Kelly Clarkson has #3546 with one of her hits from 2003.The song is the second single from pop rock singer's debut album,"Thankful",and her third overall to date.The single was written by Jimmy Harry and produced by Clif Magness.The song is notable for being the first single in which Clarkson explores the "pop rock" element that would later define her career in singles like "Breakaway" and "Since U Been Gone",however the intro guitar riff gives the song a minor R&B element.It opens with a guitar chord strum,played backwards.The music video to the somg features Clarkson driving in a car.During the chorus she is shown singing the song at position #3546 live.The car is presumably her ex's, at the end of the video she pushes it off a cliff.

   Although previous singles,"A Moment Like This" and "Miss Independent",had been hits,at this point in her career Clarkson was still being dismissed by critics who felt that she was still an American Idol product,and that her two hits had been flukes.They predicted that her career would go downhill with the release of the song at position #3546:and they were right,but only for a little while.The song at position #3546 was a mediocre hit, peaking at number fifty-eight (58) on the Billboard Hot 100.It also yielded disappointing results on several airplay charts,including the Top 40 Tracks and the Hot 100 Airplay,but did a little better by peaking at number fourteen on the Top 40 Mainstream.In the United Kingdom,the song at position #3546 was released as a double A-side single with "The Trouble with Love Is",where it also performed poorly,peaking at number thirty-five (35). It did,however,do a little better in Australia,coming in at number eleven and achieving gold status.
 The song at position #3546 was able to breakthrough on the charts in Canada,where it peaked at number two.After debuting at number fifty-eight (58),the song slowly began climbing up the Canadian Singles Chart.Eight weeks later,the song had made it into the top ten,and eleven weeks following its debut,the song reached the number two position. This came as a surprise to many critics and fans of Clarkson's in other countries around the world.In "High School Musical" auditions,Vanessa Hudgens sang a capella version of the song.

   The song at position #3540 was to be covered nineteen (19) years later.The cover version is yet to come in the countdown. The 1974 version at position #3540 topped the Billboard Hot 100 during Christmas,1974.It was at #1 from December 21-December 28.The lyrics to the verses of the song were originally written as a poem by Chapin's wife,Sandy Chapin, who is credited as the song's co-writer.The poem itself was inspired by the awkward relationship between Sandy Chapin's first husband,James Cashmore, and his father, a New York City politician.She was also inspired by a country song she heard on the radio. More than a year later, after the birth of his own son,Harry added the music and the chorus. Label executive David Geffen selected the song as a single, over Chapin's objections. 
  Chapin has two songs in the top 6500.This is his second and final appearance.

   The recording act at position #3529 was an American rock and roll and doo-wop group from the Harlem neighborhood in New York City.They were active from 1953 to 1962.The group was noted primarily for their song at position #3529, which was instrumental in attracting white audiences to listen to black rock and roll performers.Earl Carroll was the lead singer.He was born on November 2nd,1937 in New York City and he died on November 25th,2012 following a stroke and a battle with diabetes at a nursing home in New York City.This group has one other song in the top 6500.It is higher on the chart than this one.

Born John Robert "Joe" Cocker on May 20,1944 in Sheffield,England the recording act at #3528 has seven (7) songs in the Top 6000. One is a duet with Californian Jennifer Warnes. He is the recipient of several awards, including a 1983 Grammy Award for the song he does with Jennifer Warnes. He was ranked #97 on Rolling Stone's 100 greatest singers list.

  An Australian born in Montreal has her second of two songs in the Top 6500 at position #3524.

  Darren Costin,Dave Burnand,Bryan Hitt are the members of this British new wave group from London that record the song that occupies position #3515.The name of the group means "Yellow Bell: in Chinese.It is also the first note in the Chinese musical scale.This group had much greater success in the USA than in their native UK. The song at position #3515 peaked at #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100.Because of not much success outside of the USA this is the groups' one and only entry in the top 6500.

   A disco group from Munich,Germany occupies position #3508.The song spent  rhree (3) weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100.They became the first German group to have a number one song on the American music charts.

  A "ska band" from Camden Town,north London has one of their three songs in the Top 6500 at position #3504.The song peaked at #4.

In 1985 there were three songs with the same title as the song at position #3495. The other two songs with the same title are yet to come in the Top 3000.One of them is in the Top 500.

    Lead singer Brenda Reid,her husband Herb Rooney,Carolyn Johnson and Lillian Walker from the borough of Queens in New York City are the members of the group that sing the song that occupies position #3485.The song peaked at #4 on the Billboard US Hot 100 for two (2) weeks beginning the week ending January 19,1963.

   The song at position #3481 is the song that some musicologists consider the beginning of rock & roll.When the king of rock & roll went into the "Sun Music Recording Studios" in Memphis,Tennesse on July 5,1954 and recorded this song,they claim rock & roll was born.Although at the time the song only charted locally in Memphis,it charted on both single and album charts later on.

   Paula Abdul with her second song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 20,1989  and spent two (2) weeks at the top is the song at position #3478.The song is about loyalty in a relationship. The female vocalist proclaims that, despite rumors that others may be interested in her,none of those matter because she will remain faithful to the man she loves; she will remain "forever ...l." The single version differs slightly from the album version,as it uses more of the background male vocal and denser instrumentation.

   The song at position #3460 by this Philadelphia Virgo born September 18,1939 was the #1 song for the entire year of 1959 on Radio Station CHUM from Toronto.On Saturday, September 5,1959 he sang this song on the "Dick Clark Show".

  On March 27,1976 the song at position #3459 began a six week run at #1 in the UK.The song was also the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 1976 in The Hague,Netherlands.The lyrics and music were written by Tony Hiller,Lee Sheriden and Martin Lee,the latter two being members of the band.This was the third consecutive occasion on which a group had won the contest.

  The New Jersey recording act at #3457 has seven (7) songs in the Top 6500.The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

  The song at position #3455 on March 6,2006 became #1 in Australia (ARIA charts).It spent five (5) weeks at the top and was the song that ARIA ranked as the #2 song for the entire year of 2006.This song debuted at #3 on the Australian ARIA singles chart on February 20 in 2006, before climbing to #2 and then hitting #1 the following week.The song spent four (4) consecutive weeks at #1 before being succeeded by Youth Group's "Forever Young".A week later,it had returned to the summit for a 5th week.The song stayed in the Top 10 of the Australian charts for 22 consecutive weeks,giving it the title of the longest Top 10 charting single ever by an Australian artist (beating Silverchair's "Tomorrow" in 1994-1995,which spent a total of 19 consecutive weeks in the Top 10). Following on from the Australian success,the song was released in New Zealand the week beginning May 29, 2006,debuting at #17 on the national New Zealand charts and quickly jumping into the Top 3 in its second week.When the song became so popular critics started to claim that it was an unclean and an overtly suggestive song.They were quickly met with fans worldwide saying otherwise.On January 14, 2007,the song was certified double platinum in Australia,selling over 140,000 copies.The song eventually accumulated 39 weeks in the Australian ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart: finally leaving the chart on February 11, 2007, almost a year after its debut.

  On October 28,1967 the song at position #3441 by this New Jersey group went to #1 for a week in Canada.The song peaked at #4 in the USA.This was the group's highest charted record with Eddie Brigati singing lead vocals.The song featured the haunting sounds of an accordion in the background, as well as a trumpet,piano, drums,and strings.This gives the feeling of cabaret music.The song came out of the experience with Transcendental meditation that the Rascals were involved in.

  Born Bjork Guomundsdottir Icelandic pronunciation:(/bja:rk/pjark) in Reykjavik,Iceland on November 21st,1965 is the recording act who sings the song at position #3417.This is her second of her only two solo entries in the top 6500.She has previously appeared in the countdown with the "Sugar Cubes". Now in the third decade of her solo career,the artist at position #3417 has developed an eclectic musical style that incorporates aspects of dance,rock,jazz,electronic,classical and avant-garde music.

   The San Francisco Bay area recording act at position #3404 has fifteen (15) songs in the Top 6500 with one (1) of them in the Top 1000.The song at position #3404 is an example of 'swamp rock',a genre associated with John Fogerty and Tony Joe White.The guitar setting for the intro is over-driven with amp vibrato on a slow setting;Fogerty uses a Gibson semi-acoustic with humbuckers (which was stolen from his car soon after recording this track).The E7 chord gives the song a strong Southern blues feel.To many,the vocal performance on this track represents a pinnacle in John Fogerty's singing,the performance as a whole is regarded as one of CCR's finest hours. This song opens most of CCR's concerts,and was known as the band's signature song.      

  An alternative rock band with members Ben Gibbard,Chris Walla,Nick Harmer and Jason McGerr,formed in 1997 in Bellingham,Washington,USA  have the song at position #3395.Ben Gibbard took the band name from the title of the song written by Neil Innes and Vivian Stanshall and performed by their group,the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.The song's name was in turn taken from an invented pulp fiction crime magazine The Uses of Literacy, devised by Richard Hoggart as part of his 1957 study of working class culture. In a 2011 interview,Gibbard stated, "The name was never supposed to be something that someone was going to reference 15 years on.So yeah,I would absolutely go back and give it a more obvious name. This group has one other song in the top 6500.

  The song at #3368 will appear again in the Top 3000 with part of the recording act at #3368 doing the same song.

   Three sisters out of Oakland,California with one of their hits from 1984 holds down the #3359 position.On July 7,1984 the song peaked at #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for two weeks.

  This Houston,Texas female group places a song that spent two weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in August,2001 is at #3349.

  A Glasgow,Scotland rock band places its one and only song in the Top 6500 at position #3328.

     From New Orleans the girl group at #3321 on June 6,1964 began a three week run at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100.The group consisted of Barbara Ann Hawkins,Rosa Lee Hawkins,Joan Marie Johnson and Athelgra Neville Gabriel.In 1969 in New Orleans Rosa Hawkins began a successful modeling career.Both Rosa and Barbara also worked as make-up artists.They continued to tour and make personal appearances.In 1987,the song at position #3321 appeared in the "Full Metal Jacket" soundtrack.On August 29,2005,Hurricane Katrina swept through Louisiana,flooding and flattening most of New Orleans and displacing Barbara and Rosa Hawkins,who subsequently relocated to Florida.Joan Johnson relocated to Texas.In April 2007,The "Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame" honored The group for their contributions to Louisiana music by inducting them into The "Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame.The group continues to perform and make personal appearances. The current line-up consists of the same Hawkins sisters along with Athelgra Neville,sister of the singing Neville Brothers.

     The song at position #3319 was written by Pete Seger where he adds six words to Chapter 3 Verses 1-8 from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible:.The song at position #3319 recorded by this southern California folk band spent three (3) weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 between December 4 & December 25 in 1965.The six words added by Seger were "A time for peace",(then he adds the six words) "I swear it's not too late." 

  The song at position #3315 by an Englishman spent six (6) weeks at #1 in Australia beginning December 9,1961.

  The song at position #3310 was written by Chuck Berry.The song peaked at #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks beginning July 11th,1964.

  The song at position #3307 was Cash Box Magazine's (USA) #1 single for the entire year of 1961.

Born on December 30,1931 in Dry Ridge,Kentucky,U.S.A,(Died:September 19,2004 in Nashville,Tennessee,USA) is the singer at position #3300.This is her second of two songs in the Top 6500.The song was also the song that Billboard Magazine ranked as the #3 song for the entire year of 1963.

  At position #3287 is Englishman Phil Collins with one of his hits from 1983. Let's see if he cares.

  At position #3281 this Alabama singer (born in Muscle Shoals on December 7,1924/died: June 2,2002) who also wrote the song had a hit with this song that peaked at #5 on the Billboard Singles Chart. But around the same time in 1955 when this song was on the charts another version of the same song by three (3) sisters from New Milford,New Jersey was also on the charts.That version peaked at #3 on the Billboard singles chart and is higher up in the countdown. The singer of the song at position #3281 attended high school in Tennessee and formed his first band there.The song at position #3281 reached No. 16 on the UK Singles Chart in December of 1955.The Alabama singer-songwriter later became a disc jockey in Kentucky.He was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame for his contribution to this music genre.

   Born on October 14,1926 in Birmingham,Alabama (died:July 15,1982) is the artist who performs this instrumental at position #3280.On December 21,1957 this song began a two week run at #1 on the Cash Box (US) Magazine's singles chart.

  The song at #3279 was oriinally written and recorded by a singer who was born on March 14,1931 in Lake Charles,Louisiana.John Phillip Baptiste and George Khoury who wrote this 1959 recording saw it peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart and #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100.The song would be covered twenty-five (25) years later by a British Supergroup and peak at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.That version by the British supergroup is yet to come in the countdown.Tom Waits gave the song a darker twist for the soundtrack to the 1989 Harold Becker film "Sea of Love" starring "Al Pacino" and "Ellen Barkin",and Waits included it on his 2006 collection "Orphans:Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards". The song has made the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 just one other time,when Del Shannon took it to #33 in 1981.

  Born on March 25,1969 in Norwich,England is the artist who recorded the song at position #3269.This is her one and only appearance in the top 6500. On May 18th,1991 the song began a two (2) week run at #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100.In 2004,the artist at position #3269 was listed 66th on the Q Magazine (UK) list of the top 100 most influential people in music and in 2006 she won the UK music industry's Woman of the Year Award.

  The song at postion #3267 is an R&B ballad written by Rhett Lawrence and Travon Potts,produced by Rhett Lawrence for this UK R&B girl group's" Greatest Hits" album in 1997.The song became the group's fourteenth top ten hit on the UK singles chart peaking at #4 and spent a total of thirteen (13) weeks on the chart,helping their Greatest Hits album go three times platinum.It also peaked at #3 in Sweden.The song came to US fame when an R&B singer Monica Denise Arnold born on October 24,1980 in Atlanta covered the song (with altered lyrics) and released it as the third single from her second studio album titled "The Boy Is Mine" (1998).On February 13,1999 the song began a four (4) week run in the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

    Formed in Leighton Buzzard,Bedfordshire, England,UK in 1979,is the band at position #3261.They were originally known as "Art Nouveau",a four-piece avant-garde instrumental group,with Nick Beggs on bass guitar,Steve Askew on lead guitar,Stuart Croxford Neale on keyboards and Jeremy "Jez" Strode on drums. Later Limahl (Chris Hamill) joined the band and the name of the band was changed coined by phonetically writing out a baby's first sounds,which gave them 'GagaGooGoo'-and with a minor alteration,to it's present name.The band's song at position #3261 topped the UK singles chart for two weeks beginning February 13,1983.

  The band from Edinburg,Scotland group at #3260 is making their fifth of six (6) appearances in the countdown.They allegedly got their name by by throwing a dart at a map of the United States.The dart landed on the map in the state of Arkansas,but since "Arkansas Rollers" did not sound quite right,and might also lead to problems with pronunciation,they tried again and this time the dart landed near the community of Bay City,Michigan.The group's line-up featured numerous changes over the years,but the classic line-up during its heyday included guitarists "Eric Faulkner" and "Stuart Wood", singer "Les McKeown",bassist "Alan Longmuir", and drummer "Derek Longmuir".

  Born Ciara Princess Harris on October 25, 1985 in the capital city of Austin. This female artist out of the lonestar state artist at position #3236 has five (5) songs in the Top 6500. But none are solo acts.Just like this song she is part of a duet at #4470 she is part of three other duets in the countdown;one with Ludacris, one with Missy Elliot & one with Petey Pablo.In one song she is part of trio.The other members of that trio are Fat Joe & Missy Elliot.One of her duets is in the Top 1000.

  The UK recording act at position #3229 was at #1 in the UK with this song at position #3229 for the week of July 31,2004.The song describes the persona trying to cope with his girlfriend breaking up with him.It was released as the second single from the group's album "A Grand Don't Come For Free".The song went to number one in the United Kingdom six days after its release.The song also went straight to number one in Ireland staying there for three consecutive weeks.In Australia,the song was ranked #19 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004.

  The group from Sheffield,England at position #3220 topped The UK charts for the week of October 29,2005.The band currently consists of Alex Turner (lead vocals,guitar),Jamie Cook (guitar),Nick O'Malley (bass guitar, backing vocals),Matt Helders (drums,backing vocals) and John Ashton as a touring member (keyboard,guitar,backing vocals).Former members included Andy Nicholson (bass guitar,backing vocals) and Glyn Jones (lead vocals,guitar).The song at position #3220 was released on October 17,2005 in the UK,it rode the wave of popularity behind the band after a series of sellout gigs across the country,culminating with a gig in front of 2,000 people at the London Astoria.It debuted at Number One on the UK Singles Chart.The release of the song and its rise to number one further increased the ever-growing hype surrounding the band,and it was two weeks before they reached the cover of NME magazine.The single was released during a sell-out UK tour,although the band were playing at significantly smaller venues to those at which they would perform only months later.

  On September 26,1958 the song at postion #3211 by this female from Bloomfield, New Jersey (born on December 12,1938) began a six (6) week run at #1 in the UK.In the spring of 1958 this singer had hit #4 in the USA (#1 for six (6) weeks in the UK) with her breakout hit,a rock ballad version of the standard "Who's Sorry Now?".The similarly-styled follow-up"I'm Sorry I Made You Cry" had barely reached the Top 40 in the USA and the artist at position #3211 recalls:"I knew I had to come up with a smash hit on the third record.It was crucial.I listened to every publisher's song in New York,but nothing was hitting me."Eventually Don Kirshner of Aldon Music had Greenfield and Sedaka,who were staff writers for Aldon,visit the singer at her home to pitch their songs;after listening to a number of ballads-which both the singer at #3211 and her visitor Bobby Darin felt were too sophisticated to appeal to the teen market-she asked if the songwriters had "something a little more lively" and Greenfield asked Sedaka to play "Stupid Cupid",an uptempo number intended for the Shepherd Sisters.Greenfield dismissed Sedaka's objection that as a "classy lady" this singer would be insulted to be pitched such a puerile song saying:"What have we got to lose,she hates everything we wrote,doesn't she "Play it already!" After hearing only a few lines the singer at #3211 recalls:"I started jumping up and down and I said,'That's it! You guys got my next record!"

  Born on October 3rd,1984 in Richardson,Texas,with a sister named Jessica,she has the song at position #3208.It is her one and only appearance in the Top 6500.This song peaked at #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 the week of September 18th,2004.

   There was another version of the song at position #3207 that was on the US charts at exactly the same time as the song at position #3207.That other version is higher in the countdown.The version at #3207 was co-written by Bernie Lowe.Lowe was born on November 22,1917 (died on September 1,1993 in Wyncote,Pennsylvania,a suburb of Philadelphia) founded Philadelphia,Pennsylvania's Cameo Records in 1956,and Cameo was later expanded into the Cameo-Parkway Records label. 

  A rock group from New Market,Ontario,Canada has the song at #3206.On April 5th,1986 it began a two week run in the #1 spot in Canada.On October 11th of the same year the song peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 (USA).The song features backing vocals by rock singer Bryan Adams.In March 2009, the band at position #3206 and members of the NHL alumni visited Canadian Forces stationed in Kandahar,Afghanistan.The visit included live performances and footage was shown on an episode of Entertainment Tonight Canada.

   Welcome to the Top 3200.

  At the same time that the song at position #3199 was on the charts there was another version of the song on the charts.That song was the song that Billboard Magazine ranked as the #7 song for the entire year of 1955.That version is at a higher position in the Top 6500.The group who sings the song at position #3199 Originally formed in their native Louisville,Kentucky as the Crazy Sounds,the group moved to Cleveland,where legendary disc jockey Alan Freed renamed them with the name they used when they recorded the song at position #3199 (after his own nickname,"Moondog").Freed helped to promote the group during their early years and,in a common practice of the day,often took a co-writer credit as compensation for his efforts.Lead singer Harvey Fuqua served as the group's leader and chief writer.Vocals were split between Bobby "Lester" Dallas and Fuqua,and sometimes,in the group's occasional duet leads, both.The other members were tenor Alexander "Pete" Graves and bass Prentiss Barnes,with Billy Johnson on guitar.The group recorded one single for Freed's Champagne label in late 1952,and then for Chicago's Chance label in 1953 and 1954.After a moderately-successful release of the Lester-led version of Doris Day's "Secret Love" on Chance, the Moonglows signed to independent Chicago powerhouse Chess Records in mid-1954.
  Although many Rhythm & Blues collectors decry the cover version (yet to come in the countdown),which kept the group off the Pop charts,most overlook that the version at position #3199 stole lyrics from a 1951 Dominoes tune,"That's What You're Doing To Me." The bridge in both songs is almost identical: "Lord, won't you tell me/ Why I love that woman so?/ She doesn't want me/But I'll never let her go." Also of note,in 1988 country quartet the Forester Sisters reached #8 on the Billboard Hot Country chart with their remake of the song.
  This group's singing style is revered by aficionados as "blow" harmony, based on the technical method used by the backgrounds singers.This style can be heard in many other groups of the era and beyond,perhaps most notably the Chi-Lites (particularly on their hit "Oh Girl").

  Born on May 29th,1961 in Leavenworth,Kansas is the singer who holds the song at position #3154.This is her one and only appearance in the top 6500. This singer is known for her mixture of "confessional lyrics, pop-based folk-rock, and raspy, smoky vocals.She has also been an iconic gay and lesbian activist since her public coming out in January 1993.She has received fifteen Grammy Award nominations,winning two, and an Academy Award. In September 2011,she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

  The singer from Birmingham,England at position #3146 spent four (4) weeks at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 beginning July 30,1988 with the song at position #3146. 

  Appearing along side the "Pet Shop Boys" at #3140 this UK pop/rock singer makes her second of five (5) appearances in the Top 6500.You last heard from her at #5739.

  At position #3137 is the first of two entrys for this Phoenix,Arizona based rock band.Both songs reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
  The lyrics to  the song at position #3137 were written by Arizona-born John Lang who co-wrote the songs on all of this groups albums. The music was composed by Richard Page and Steve George while on tour with Adam Ant.
 The title of the song means "Lord, have mercy" in Greek and is a part of many liturgical rites in Eastern and Western Christianity.

  At position #3133 is a song performed by a New York City recording artist.The song peaked at #5 on the US Billboard weekly single chart and #2 on the Cash Box Magazine's weekly single chart both in the USA in 1984.The same year the song went to #1 in Norway.

  A song performed by American surf rock band surf rock band formed in Minneapolis,Minnesota in 1962 has the song at position #3128.The song was released in 1963 and reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.It is a combination of two R&B hits by the Rivingtons: "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" and "The Bird's the Word".

 On August 10,1963 when the song at Position #3123 went to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The singer of the song was only thirteen (13) years old. He was the youngest solo recording act ever to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. A record he holds to this date.

   An Australian rock band Icehouse formed in Sydney in 1977,initially known in Australia for their pub-rock style has their one and only song in the Top 6500 at position #3119 from 1988.

  The song at #3107 is a remake of a song done thirteen years earlier and that version went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is yet to come in the countdown.

  Born on October 21,1987 in Sydney,Australia is a singer and songwriter who had a song that spent five (5) weeks at #1 beginning August 19,2018 on the ARIA (Australia) weekly single charts.This song is at position #3100 on the Top 6500.

  On May 29,1999 the song at position #3099 began a two (2) week run in the #1 spot in the UK.

   From Niagra Falls,New York the brother & sister recording act at #3055 spent one week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.The song was #1 the week before president John F.Kennedy was assassinated. Carol LoTempio and Antonino LoTempio recorded a standard song that Larry Clinton and His Orchestra and band vocalist Bea Wain had popularized in 1939,the brother and sister version at position #3055 won the 1964 Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Recording.

  The song at #3033 is a cover of a song done twelve (12) and five (5) years earlier. The version from 1958 was Cash Box Magazine's #2 song for the entire year of 1958. The 1958 version of the song is in the Top 1000.Carl Sigman composed the lyrics to the song at position #3033 in 1951 to a wordless 1911 composition entitled "Melody in A Major," written by Charles Dawes,later Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge.It is the only #1 pop single to have been co-written by a U.S. Vice President.

  This US/UK group has the song at position #3031 with one of their hits from 1978.In a 2009 interview,vocalist Lou Gramm of this group explained the origin behind the song:this was a song that was written in about late 1977 just before the album of the same name came out. ...A lot of people think it's about being intoxicated or being high.When we were recording that song before we had the title,the New York Rangers hockey team was playing the Philadelphia Flyers and one of the big Flyers guys bumped into the Rangers' all-star goalie (John Davidson) and knocked him down and they had to take him out of the game because he was experiencing (title of the song). 

    According to the New York Rangers web site, the incident actually took place in April 1978 during a hockey game between the Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres.The game announcers repeatedly used the phrase (the title of the song) which then inspired the group to use it as the song's title. The song at position #3031 is a single by the group from their second album of the same name.The song reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978,and was a top 10 song in Canada.This song is featured in "Guitar Hero Van Halen". 

  From the 2005 movie "The Dukes Of Hazard" Texan Jessica Simpson does a remake of a song that Nancy Sinatra took to #1 back in 1966.This song is at #3026.Jessica Simpson has four (4) songs in the top 6500.

  For the week of January 29,1969 the song at position #3024 was #1 in the UK.It was the third (3rd) biggest song in the UK for the entire year of 1969.This composition suggests a relaxing sea setting,with cymbals imitating the sound of waves and a dreamy solo from Green's guitar.It contains only two chords,Emaj7 and F#m,and could be seen as an early ambient work. It is often assumed that Green used his Les Paul but he said it was his Fender Stratocaster,as there is subtle use of the vibrato bar.The Les Paul that Green used in this group has a nasal tone like that achieved in the in-between positions of a Stratocaster,and heard in the song.Green had been working on the piece for some time before the addition to the band of 18 year old guitarist Danny Kirwan.Slide guitarist Jeremy Spencer was not generally inclined to work with Green,who had felt unable to realise the overall effect that he wanted.With Kirwan's input,Green completed the piece and it was recorded just two months after Kirwan joined,without Spencer present.Kirwan's instrumental "Jigsaw Puzzle Blues" was chosen for the B-side in most territories.It has been suggested that the piece is associated with the metaphorical use of the word albatross to mean a wearisome burden.The use of the word "Albatross" to mean an encumbrance around somebody's neck is an allusion to Coleridge's poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (1798).It is unclear whether Fleetwood Mac intended the title to reference this meaning or if it refers to the bird;but the title of the UK compilation album it appears on,The Pious Bird of Good Omen,alludes to and quotes from the Coleridge poem.This composition is one of only a few tracks by the original lineup of Fleetwood Mac that is included on their later "greatest hits" and "best of" compilations. Many of their compilations only focus on hits from the 1970s and 1980s.

  On May 11,1959 the song at position #3017 managed to go to the top of the singles chart on Radio Station CHUM from Toronto,Canada and stay there for three weeks.On May 18,1959 the song managed to reach #1 south of the border on the Billboard Hot 100 and stay there for two weeks.The singer of the song was born January 5,1929 in Charlotte,North Carolina and died on October 26, 1994 in Spencer,North Carolina.The song at position #3017 was written in 1951 and was one of the first credited collaborations by the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.In 2001,his recording of this song was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.His recording has also been named as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

   At position #3009 & position #3008 you see the UK duo of of Robson & Jerome with their fourth (4th) and fifth (5th) of seven recordings in the Top 6500.

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