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Written by Barry Kowal   
May 21, 2014 at 11:17 AM
INFORMATION FOR SONGS IN THE TOP 6000 PART IV
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    From New Orleans the girl group at #2960 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 modelling 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 #2960 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 #2957 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 #2957 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." 

   Born April 3,1985 in Islingtom,London the British Aries recording act Leona Lewis has #2955 with one of her hits from 2008.The song is written by J.R.Rotem and Andrea Martin and produced by Rotem for her debut album,Spirit (2007).It is the fourth track on the album (second track on the U.S. release),and was released in March 2008 as her third single in the United Kingdom,as a double A-side with "Footprints in the Sand".It was later released as her second international single following her debut hit "Bleeding Love".It was originally to be released in the United States on June 17,2008,but was pushed back to July 15,2008.The single was released in the UK as a digital download on March 9,2008, with a physical release on the following day,in aid of Sport Relief.The song was remixed with an extended piano instrumental before the beat came in for the single release.This song was BBC Radio 2's record of the week from February 11,2008.It has so far become a top ten hit in Europe,Canada,Australia,New Zealand and Lewis's native UK,its sold enough copies to be certified Silver.As well as being a quiet success in the US peaking at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100.The song has been nominated for a Brit Award,for Best British Single.

  At position #2930 this Alabama singer (born in Muscle Shoals on December7,1924/ 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 #2930 attended high school in Tennessee and formed his first band there.The song at position #2930 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 #2929.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 #2928 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 #2918.This is her one and only appearance in the top 6000. 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 #2918 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 #2914 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 #2907.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 #2907 topped the UK singles chart for two weeks beginning February 13,1983.

  The band from Edinburg,Scotland group at #2906 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".

  The UK recording act at position #2880 was at #1 in the UK with this song at position #2880 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.

  Born Stacy Ann Ferguson on March 27, 1975 in Hacienda Heights,this southern California female singer at #2874 is making her third appearance in the Top 6000.She has six (6) songs in the Top 5000.One is a duet she does with Ludacris,another is a quartet with David Guetta,Chris Willis, & LMFAO and she has one (1) song in the Top 300.These six (6) songs do not include any of her songs she recorded with a group known as the "Black Eyed Peas".The singer at position #2874 is also a fashion designer and actress.She was a member of the children's television series Kids Incorporated,and the girl group "Wild Orchid".Ferguson was also a co-host of the television show "Great Pretenders".Having released her debut album,"The Dutchess",in September 2006.The album spawned five Billboard Hot 100 Top 5 singles (three of which went to number one) making "The Dutchess" the seventh album from a female artist to spawn five Top 5 hits.

  The group from Sheffield,England at position #2872 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 #2872 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.

  From the motion picture "Calamity Jane" starring the singer at position #2865 stayed at #1 for three (3) weeks on the Billboard charts beginning February 17,1954. It spent five (5) weeks at #1 on Cash Box Magazine (USA),and on April 16,1954 began a nine (9) week run at #1 in the UK and it was the #1 single in the UK for the entire year of 1954.The song written in 1953 with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster.The singer of the song was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3,1924 in Cincinnati,Ohio.

  On September 26,1958 the song at postion #2864 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 #2864 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 #2864 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 #2864 recalls:"I started jumping up and down and I said,'That's it! You guys got my next record!"

  There was another version of the song at position #2861 that was on the US charts at exactly the same time as the song at position #2861.That other version is higher in the countdown.The version at #2861 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 #2860.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 #2860 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.

  At position #2850 is Englishman Phil Collins with one of his hits from 1983. Let's see if he cares.

  Born on May 29th,1961 in Leavenworth,Kansas is the singer who holds the song at position #2814.This is her one and only appearance in the top 6000. 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 #2806 spent four (4) weeks at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 beginning July 30,1988 with the song at position #2806. 

  Appearing along side the "Pet Shop Boys" at #2803 this UK pop/rock singer makes her second of five (5)appearances in the Top 5000.You last heard from her at #5259.

  On August 10,1963 when the song at Position #2794 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.

  On May 28th,1964 this UK singer at #2786 managed to take the song at position #2786 to the Top of the UK singles chart and stay there for four (4) weeks. The song ended up being the seventeenth (17th) biggest song for the entire year in the UK.

  The song at #2781 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.

  On May 29,1999 the song at postion #2772 began a two (2) week run in the #1 spot in the UK.

  Still to come in the countdown you will find five more versions of the song at position #2751. Two of the versions were popular the same year as the song at position #2751. One of the other versions was popular two times.Once in 1965 and again in 1990. Another version was popular in 1995 and finally someone had a hit with the song in 2002.Of the five (5) versions of this song yet to appear in the Top 2500, two are in the Top 300 and one ranks very very high in the Top 100.

   From Niagra Falls,New York the brother & sister recording act at #2735 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 #2735 won the 1964 Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Recording.

  The song at #2715 is the second remake of the song. This song makes two more appearances in the Top 2000.The song was originally released in 1970 and was Cash Box Magazine's #1 single for the entire year of 1970.That version of the song is in the Top 1000.The song was remade in 1986 that version is yet to come in the countdown.

  The song at #2711 is a cover of a song done 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 500.Carl Sigman composed the lyrics to the song at position #2711 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.

    Born Eugene Booker McDaniels on February 12, 1935 in Kansas City,Missouri-raised in Omaha,Nebraska (died July 29, 2011 in Kittery Point,Maine),an African-American singer and songwriter has the song at position #2710.This song peaked at #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks beginning May 8th,1961.This singer wrote the song "Feel Like Makin' Love" for "Roberta Flack".This is his second and final appearance in the top 6000.

   The recording act at position #2702 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 #2702, 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 6000.It is higher on the chart than this one.

  For the week of January 29,1969 the song at position #2701 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 postion #2694 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 Billboaard 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 #2694 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 #2685 & position #2686 you see the UK duo of of Robson & Jerome with their fourth (4th) and fifth (5th) of seven recordings in the Top 5000.

  On November 3,1986 the song at position #2666 began a seven (7) week run at #1 in Australia.It was the #1 song in Australia for the entire year of 1986.The song also was awarded the 1987 Aria Award for "Single of the Year".The song at position #2666 is a song written by Andy Qunta,Keith Reid,Maggie Ryder and Chris Thompson for the singer at position #2666,which he recorded for his sixteenth album Whispering Jack released in 1986.Reid,who wrote the lyrics,told the magazibe "Songfacts": "It's an anti-war song in a way,but it was more of a 'make your voice heard' kind of thing.Wake up to your own power." It is also one of this singer's biggest international successes,reaching the top 10 in many European countries,

  On May 7,1979 the song at position #2664 by this UK group began an eight (8) week run at the top of the singles chart in Australia.It was also the #1 song for the entire year of 1979 in Australia. 

  The song at position #2655 topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks beginning April 25,1970.This song was written with the same design as "I Want You Back",and was first heard on American Bandstand in February 1970.This somg knocked The Beatles song "Let It Be" out of the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970.

    The song at position #2635 is a cover of a song released nine years earlier from the movie "Looking fOR Mr.Goodbar" starring ?Diane Keaton?.As a matter of fact the original version is only forty-two (42) positions higher on the countdown.The recording at position #2635 topped the UK charts for four weeks in September 1986, becoming the third (3rd) biggest record of the year in the process.The featured guest vocalist on the recording was jazz singer Sarah Jane Morris.

  This US/UK group has the song at position #2618 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 #2618 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".  

    The song at position #2615 is a cover of a song done 34 years earlier.That original version is in the Top 100.The version at position #2615 was part of the soundtrack to the movie Shrek.

  This disco group from Munich,Germany consisting of Linda G. Thompson,Penny McLean,Ramona Wulf,Jackie Carter,Zenda Jacks and Rhonda Heath at position #2607 make their second and final appearance in the top 6000.This song peaked at #1 on Cash Box (US) Magazine?s singles chart for the week of June 19th in 1976

  Born in Jakarta,Indonesia on July 21st,1955 is the singer who has the song at position #2603. He spent many of his childhood years moving around the world residing in the Netherlands,the United States,Singapore,Luxembourg,Belgium and Germany.The song
At #2603 peaked at #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks beginning September 3rd,1983.This is the singer?s one and only appearance in the top 6000.

    The song at #2597 would be covered twenty (20) years later.The cover version for this song is in the Top 500.The recording act who performs the song at position #2597 was born on October 5, 1952 in Munich,Germany.The song at position #2597 is the electronic instrumental theme from the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop.The title of the song comes from the movie's main character's name, Axel Foley (played by Eddie Murphy).In addition to the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack,the song also appears on Faltermeyer's 1988 album Harold F. as a bonus track.Reportedly Faltermeyer was against including it,but MCA insisted,as it was his most recognizable track.

    On June 11th,1960 the song at #2590 began a three (3) week run at the top of the Australian singles chart. This song was the #2 song for the entire year of 1960 according to "Jimmy Barnes" in his book "The BOOK".This song also reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States in 1963 and in the top 10 in Britain in 1960.The distinctive sound of the original recording was achieved by the use of an instrument of the singer's own design called the "wobble board",actually a two by three foot piece of Masonite.The lyrics of the song have also been compared to a poem by Australian poet Richard H. Kendall whose work includes a poem called "On Preston Bar" which features a pet wallaby called "Tymie". In the poem Tymie seeks to escape from his master,Mr Roberts. The singer of the song at position #2590 offered four unknown backing musicians 10 percent of the royalties for the song,but they decided to take a recording fee of 28 pounds between them because they thought the song would be a flop.
  As I write this entry this 84 year old singer of this song is currently serving five years and nine (9) months in a British prison for sex offences. 

Madonna at position #2574 from the movie "With Honors" is there with her 1994 hit  "I'll Remember".This song has characteristics of late Seventies styled songs.It utilizes a synthesized keyboard arrangement to bring about a continuously reverberating sound of heartbeat. Madonna's voice is supported by backing vocals.Contemporary critics praised the song,hailing it as one of Madonna's best works.After its release,the song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Madonna's fifth song to do so.It reached the top of the charts in Canada (Much Music for two (2) weeks) and Italy. In other nations it reached the top ten.

   Born in Coalinga,California on November 12, 1917 (died:July 16, 2008) the singer at position #2565 began a three (3) week run at #1 on the Billboard Singles Chart on March 3rd,1954.The singer of the song at position #2565 was also viewed as a pioneer of modern musical parody,having won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album in 1961 (with husband Paul Weston)for their album Jonathan and Darlene Edwards in Paris.She was also the first woman to have a No 1 on the UK Singles Chart.

  This Toledo,Ohio native who was born on May 7th,1931 is the singer of the song at position #2551. At the same time the song at position #2551 was on the charts there was another version of this song on the US Billboard charts.That version hit the top of the Billboard singles chart.That version by a female from Paulsboro,New Jersey is in the Top 1000 of this list.The singer at position #2551 altogether,she recorded nearly 600 song titles.For her contribution to the recording industry,she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1708 Vine Street.In 2007 she was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.The singer died on October 17, 2007,at her home in New Rochelle,New York,of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP),a rare degenerative brain disease.
She was 76.

   This one hit wonder at position #2536 is by a duo that formed at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in the late 1950s.The group was primarily composed of Jim Sundquist (from Kingsford, Michigan),and Phil Humphrey (from Milwaukee, Wisconsin).When the duo formed Humphrey lived in Stoughton,Wisconsin with his wife and daughter.Sundquist and Humphrey shared the same birthday November 26,1937.They called themselves "the Fendermen", because they both played Fender guitars, and they connected them both to the same amplifier.The song at position #2536 is a classic country song written by Jimmie Rodgers and first recorded by him in 1930. The song at position #2536 hit #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on Radio Station CHUM from Toronto in July of 1960.This is the duo?s one and only song in the top 6000.

  The song at position #2533 is a cover of a song that went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 one year earlier.That song is in the Top 300.The song at position #2533 reached #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts.This remake blended Latin influences,including a mixture of classic Spanish guitar and flamenco,with American pop sounds and the recording act at position #2297 saying "Light my fire light my fire light my fire" over and over again.The single helped to spur the worldwide success of the album, Feliciano!,which was nominated for multiple Grammy awards in 1969.

On March 11,1974 the song at position #2525 began a seven (7) week run at #1 on the Australian single charts.Further in Australia (David Kent) this was the #1 song for the entire year of 1974.The singer of the song at position #2525 was born Bernard William Jewry on September 27,1942 in Muswell Hill, North London,UK.

  In Los Angeles after seeing the streets signs of "Hollywood" & "Argyle" Gary Paxton (formermember of Skip & Flip)created the group known as the "Hollywood Argyles" who record the song in the #2513 position. The song in the #2513 position is based on the comic strip character of the same name. On July 11th,1960 this song reached #1 on the 
Billboard (US) Hot 100.The lead vocalist on the track was Norm Davis.He was paid a one-time fee of $25 for his work on the single.He is currently a poet and poetry teacher in Rochester,New York.

  Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986 of Italian American parents Joseph and Cynthia Germanotta (nee Bissett),in New York City,the recording act at Position #2505 manages to place five (5) songs in the Top 3000,Three (3) of the songs are in the Top 400 with one of them sitting very high in the Top 100.Stefani began performing in the rock music scene of New York City's Lower East Side.She soon signed with "Streamline Records",an imprint of "Interscope Records",upon its establishment in 2007. During her early time at "Interscope",she worked as a songwriter for fellow label artists and captured the attention of "Akon",who recognized her vocal abilities,and had her also sign to his own label,"Kon Live Distribution".

  The singer born Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam, in St.Louis (raised in Dakar,Senegal) at position #2475 has six (6) songs in the Top 6000.Four (4) of the six (6) songs are duets:a duet with Eminem,a duet with David Guetta,a duet with Kardinal Offishall and a duet with Snoop Dogg.Three (3) of the six (6) songs are in the Top 500 with two songs in the Top 300.Legal documents released by The "Smoking Gun" list the singer at position #2475?s name as Aliaune Damala Thiam and his date of birth as April 30,1973 or April 16, 1973,however the BBC states he was born on October 14,1981. It has since been reported by various media sources that he was born in 1977.
  The song at position #2475 is a pop?R&B song recorded by this singer for his second studio album titled ?Konvicted? (2006).The song was released as the album's third single in early 2007.In April 2007,it became the singers' first solo U.S. number-one single and second number-one overall.A crucial part of the chorus takes from Bob Marley's 1979 classic "Zimbabwe". The bridge also borrows the melody from R. Kelly's song "Ignition (Remix)". This song was #31 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.This song was also #81 on MTV Asia's list of Top 100 Hits of 2007.

  The song at #2450 is the same melody as a very popular 1963 Beach Boy song that is in the Top 1000.This song at position #2450 reached #2 on the Billboard single charts and Rolling Stone Magazine ranked the song at #272 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004.

  The song at #2443 went to #1 for the week of March 29,1975 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was remade by four prominent female singers and the song went to #1 again twenty-six years later for five (5) weeks beginning on June 2,2001.The 2001 version of this song is in the Top 1000.The song is most famous for its sexually suggestive chorus of  "voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?".The singer at position #2443's version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003.
  The song was written by Bob Crewe (who co-wrote many of the hits recorded by The Four Seasons) and Kenny Nolan.The songwriting pair had previously collaborated on the hit Frankie Valli song "My Eyes Adored You". The song came about after Crewe made first-hand observations in New Orleans.First recorded by Nolan's group Eleventh Hour in 1974 on Eleventh Hour's Greatest Hits LP,the singer at position #2443's producer Allen Toussaint decided to record it as the main track for the album "Nightbirds". The record was produced by Toussaint,with instrumental backing from "The Meters".

  The song at #2432 by this New Jersey band was radio station WMCA from New York City's #1 song for the entire year of 1968.The song managed to spend five (5) weeks at #1 on radio station WMCA and five (5) weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and six weeks at #1 on rival New York City radio station WABC.North of the border the song managed to spend a week at #1.The song was Written by group members Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati and featuring a lead vocal from Cavaliere,it is an upbeat but impassioned plea for tolerance and freedom:
All the world over, so easy to see! 
People everywhere, just wanna be free. 
Listen, please listen! that's the way it should be ? 
Peace in the valley, people got to be free. 
   The song was perceived by some as related to the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy earlier that year,it was recorded before the latter's death.In fact it was partly a reaction to an ugly encounter wherein the long-haired group was threatened by a group of rednecks after their tour vehicle broke down in Fort Pierce,Florida.The song is clearly a product of its times;however,two decades later writer Dave Marsh included it as number 237 in his book "Heart of Rock and Soul:The 1001 Greatest Singles of All Time",saying in reference to,and paraphrase of,the song's lyric,"Ask me my opinion,my opinion will be: Dated,but NEVER out of date."
   Since this song came out,the group who sings the song at position #2432 would only perform at concerts that featured an African American act,however,if those conditions were not met,the group canceled several shows in protest.

  The rock group Chicago has #2429 with one of their hits from 1974.This song was written by Lee Loughnane from the group "Chicago" and recorded for their album ?Chicago VII? (1974),with Peter Cetera singing lead vocals.The second single released from that album,it reached #6 in July of 1974 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.This song was the first Loughnane composition to be released by the band.Loughnane was the last original Chicago member to receive a songwriting credit.It's their call.

  Born in Mayville,Kentucky the singer of the song in the #2428 position had this song rank as the #2 song for the entire year 1954 in Cash Box (USA) Magazine's year-end countdown.For eight (8) weeks between September 25,1954 and November 20,1954 this song was the #1 song on the Cash Box Magazine's Singles Chart.
   This song is a show tune written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross.The song is from the musical play "Pajama Game".In the context of the show,Sid sings it to a recording device,telling himself that he's foolish to continue his advances to Babe.He plays the tape back,and after responding to his own comments,sings a duet with himself.
   The singer at position #2428's career languished in the 1960s,partly due to problems related to depression and drug addiction.In 1968,her relationship with a young drummer ended after two years,and she became increasingly dependent on pills after a punishing tour.She joined the presidential campaign of close friend Bobby Kennedy,and was in The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles,California, when he was assassinated on June 5,1968.A month later she had a nervous breakdown onstage in Reno,Nevada and was hospitalized. She remained in therapy for eight years afterwards.
  Her career revived in 1974,when her "White Christmas" co-star Bing Crosby asked her to appear with him at a show marking his 50th anniversary in show business.
  She was diagnosed with lung cancer at the end of 2001.Around this time,she gave her last concert,in Hawaii,backed by the Honolulu Symphony Pops;her last song she sang was "God Bless America".Despite surgery,she died six months later on June 29,2002,at her Beverly Hills home.Her nephew, actor George Clooney,was a pallbearer at her funeral,which was attended by numerous stars,including Al Pacino.She is buried at Saint Patrick's Cemetery in Mayville,Kentucky.

   From the 2000 movie "The Beach" starring Leonardo Di Caprio this UK/Canadian girl group has the song at position #2426.The video to this song is set in the beach and features clips from the "The Beach" movie. Part of the video was shot at night. The video was filmed on Holkham beach in Norfolk, England.On May 8,2000 the video won the Loaded Award as best single of the year.

  Born Jack Giovanni Domenico Scafone Jr.. on January 28,1936 in Windsor,Ontario,Canada is the artist who has the song at position #2425.He moved to Highland Park,Michigan,USA in 1946.The song at position #2425 peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 18th,1958. Jack was inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011 and has been called "undeniably the greatest Canadian rock and roll singer of all time?.

The Melbourne,Australia based punk rock and psychobilly band which formed in 1994 has the song at position #2419.THe band is comprised of Chris Cheney (vocals, guitar), Scott Owen (double bass, vocals) and Andy Strachan (drums).The band makes it second and final appearance in the top 6000. 

   The song at position #2414 by this Australian band from 1987 originally went to #1 for four (4) weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 31,1980.The 1980 version that has the lead singer a former Miss Minneapolis is in the Top 1000.The version at position #2414 unlike the 1980 version did not have the early eighties' electronica.It had more of later eighties' rock,including a guitar solo in the middle.Between December 22,1986 and February 9,1987 the song at position #1894 was at the top of the Australian Singles chart.

  Born Ray Anthony on August 12th,1963 this Seattle rapper at #2401 has the song that spent five (5) weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 beginning July 4th,1992. At the time of its original release,the song caused controversy with its outspoken and blatantly sexual lyrics about women,as well as specific references to the female anatomy which some people found objectionable. The video was briefly banned by MTV.

  The song at position #2399 by this Rochester,New York native spent six (6) weeks at the top of the Billboard singles chart beginning August 24,1955 and is the song that knocked "Bill Haley & The Comets" "Rock Around The Clock" out of the #1 position.The song at position #2399 is about how a slave named Emily Morgan helped win the battle of San Jacinto,the decisive battle in the Texas Revolution.The song at position #2399 was featured in the motion picture "Giant".Actor James Dean,who starred in the movie,died when this song was atop the Billboard Best Sellers chart in 1955.

  The song at position #2374 was ranked by Cash Box Magazine (USA) as the #1 song for the entire year of 1966 in the USA.According to John Phillips in a Bravo documentary,and Michelle Phillips in an NPR piece,the song at position #2374 was written in 1963 while they were living in New York.He dreamed about the song and woke her up to help him write it.At the time,the Phillipses were members of the folk group The New Journeymen which evolved into The group that sang the song at position #2374.They earned their first record contract after being introduced to Lou Adler,the head of Dunhill Records,by the singer Barry McGuire. In thanks to Adler,they sang the backing vocals to the song on McGuire's album This Precious Time.The group then recorded their own version,using the same instrumental backing track to which they added new vocals and an alto flute solo by Bud Shank.McGuire's original vocal can be briefly heard on the left channel at the beginning of the record,having not been completely wiped.The single was released in late 1965 but it was not an immediate breakthrough.After gaining little attention in Los Angeles upon its release,Michelle Phillips remembers that it took a radio station in Boston to break the song nationwide.By early 1966, the song peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed on the charts for 17 weeks.The song is #89 in Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004.

  For the week of January 18,1975 the song at position #2373 held the #1 spot in the UK.In Australia it was the #15 (David Kent) song for the entire year of 1975.The song was Written by Francis Rossi and Bob Young.The album version lasts 5 minutes and 24 seconds and the single version 3 minutes and 49 seconds.Originally the song was titled "Get Down",but this was changed before release, possibly to avoid confusion with the Gilbert O'Sullivan song of the same name.Towards the end of his life, BBC 1 DJ John Peel was known for playing "Down Down" as part of his eclectic DJ sets

  The song at position #2353 by this Motown recording act was remade 21 years later by two UK superstars.On September 7,1985 that remake went to #1 for four (4) weeks in the UK.That version of the song is still to come in the countdown.The version at position #2353 was produced by William "Mickey" Stevenson and written by Stevenson and Marvin Gaye,the song highlighted the concept of having a good time in whatever city the listener lived.The idea for dancing came to Stevenson from watching people on the streets of Detroit cool off in the summer in water from opened fire hydrants.They appeared to be dancing in the water.The song was conceived by Stevenson who was showing a rough draft of the lyrics to Gaye disguised as a ballad.When Gaye read the original lyrics,however,he said the song sounded more danceable.With Gaye and Stevenson collaborating,the duo composed the single with Kim Weston in mind to record the song.Weston passed on the song and when Martha Reeves came to Motown's Hitsville USA studios,the duo presented the song to Reeves. Hearing Gaye's demo of it,Reeves asked if she could arrange her own vocals to fit the song's message.Gaye and Stevenson agreed and including new Motown songwriter Ivy Jo Hunter adding in musical composition,the song was recorded in two takes.The interesting loud beat of the drums in its instrumentation can be attributed to Hunter,who banged on a crowbar to add to the drum beat led by Gaye,who was often a drummer on many of Motown's earliest hits.While produced as an innocent dance single (it became the precursor to the disco movement of the 1970s),the song took on a different meaning when riots in inner-city America led to many young black demonstrators citing the song as a civil rights anthem to social change which also led to some radio stations taking the song off its play list because certain black advocates such as H. Rap Brown began playing the song while organizing demonstrations.
    Dancing in the street had two meanings.The first is the one Martha Reeves asserted to reporters in England."The British press aggravated Reeves when someone put a microphone in her face and asked her if she was a militant leader.The British journalist wanted to know if Reeves agreed,as many people had claimed,that "Dancing in The Street" was a call to riot.To Reeves,the query was patently absurd."My Lord,it was a party song,"she remarked in retrospect". While Berry Gordy had created the Black Forum label to preserve black thought and creative writing,he kept the Motown record label and the popular hits it produced from being too revolutionary."Berry Gordy Jr. was extremely wary about affiliating his business with any organization of movement that might negatively influence his company's commercial success".The central tenet of Motown records was to produce a sound that was genteel enough to appeal to white audiences across the country while still wholly African American and reflective of the African Diaspora in America. This song is suave and melodious,while still percussive,repetitive and danceable.The primary meaning was innocent enough to allow national audiences to accept and enjoy the song, if only at first."Motown records had a distinct role to play in the city's black community,and that community--as diverse as it was?articulated and promoted its own social, cultural, and political agendas.These local agendas, which reflected the unique concerns of African Americans living in the urban north,both responded to and reconfigured the national civil rights campaign".The movement lent the song its secondary meaning and the song with its second meaning fanned the flames of unrest.This song 
(and others like it) and its associated political meanings did not exist in a vacuum. It was a partner with its social environment and they both played upon each other creating 
meaning that could not have been brought on by one or the other alone.The song therefore became a call to reject peace for the chance that unified unrest could bring about the 
freedom that suppressed minorities all across the United States so craved.
   On April 12, 2006,it was announced that Martha and the Vandellas' version of "Dancing in the Street" would be one of 50 sound recordings preserved by the Library of Congress
to the National Recording Registry.Lead singer Martha Reeves said she was thrilled about the song's perseverance,saying"It's a song that just makes you want to get up and dance".
This version was #40 on the list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone in 2004.

  Some musicologists consider the song at position #2341 to be the first rock & roll record ever. There is another version of this song by a Toronto band in the Top 1000.The version by the Toronto band was popular around the same time as the version at position #2341.The version at position #2341 spent seven (7) weeks at #1 on the Cash Box Magazine's Singles Chart in 1954.The version by the Toronto based band in 1954 also spent seven (7) weeks at #1 on the Cash Box Magazine's Singles Chart and seven (7) weeks at #1 on the Billboard?s Singles chart.The recording act at position #2341 is a 1950s US doo-wop group:Carl (lead) and Claude Feaster (baritone), Jimmy Keyes (first tenor),Floyd "Buddy" McRae (second tenor) and Ricky Edwards (bass).They formed in 1951 in the Bronx, New York,but were not discovered until three years later,when they were spotted singing in a subway station,a performance that ultimately landed them a recording contract with Atlantic Records' Cat Records label.In 2004,this song ranked at #215 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.

   The group composed of three girls with lead singer Peggy Santiglia born May 4, 1944,from Orange,New Jersey occupy the #2337 position.The Song in the #2337 position stayed in the #1 position for five (5) weeks beginning August 13th,1963 on Radio Station WABC from New York City (at that time it was the most listened to station in the USA) and was Radio Station WABC from New York City's third (3rd) biggest record for the entire year of 1963.The song was the #1 song on WABC when Dr. Martin Luther King made his famous "I Have A Dream" speech.The song at position #2337 was written by the songwriting team of Feldman,Goldstein and Gottehrer.The recording was originally intended as a demo for "The Shirelles",but ended up being released as recorded.The song is a word of warning to a would-be suitor who,after the narrator of the song rebuffed his advances,went on to spread nasty rumours accusing the narrator of romantic indiscretions.Now,the narrator declares,her boyfriend is back in town and ready to settle the score,and she tells the rebuffed would-be suitor to watch his back.The inspiration for the song was when co-writer Bob Feldman overheard a conversation between a high school girl and the boy she was rebuffing.

  The song at position #2334 was the song that Radio Station WABC from New York City ranked as the eighth (8th) biggest song for the entire year of 1970 in their year-end countdown.Better yet Radio Station WWDJ from Hackensack,New Jersey ranked the song at #5 in their year end countdown.The song at position #2334 delves head-on into psychedelia, this time with a strong political message.The lyrics list a multitude of problems that were tearing the world apart in 1970:the Vietnam War,segregation, white flight,drug abuse,crooked politicians,and more."Round and around and around we go",the Temptations sing,"where the world's headed/nobody knows."The end of each section of the Temptations' lists of woes is punctuated by bass singer Melvin Franklin's line,"And the band played on.The lyrics of this song are delivered over an up-tempo instrumental track with two drum tracks (one for each stereo channel),multitracked wah-wah guitars,and an ominous bassline by Funk Brother Bob Babbitt that opens the song.Norman Whitfield's dramatic count-in,always recorded at the very start of a recording for synching purposes only,was left in the mix for this record.Despite its strong political themes,the record consciously avoids implying a definitive point-of-view or a defiant stance.This is because the "Temptations" song "War",which Norman Whitfield intended as a spring 1970 single release,was not released due to Motown's concern the song's forward message could alienate more conservative listeners.Whitfield took "War" and reworked it as a single for Gordy solo artist Edwin Starr(for whom it became a #1 hit), while he and lyricist Barrett Strong wrote the more subtle "Ball of Confusion" for the group at position #2334.When they first saw the sheet music for the song,the group didn't think they would be able to pull off the rapid-fire delivery required for the song.Lead singer Dennis Edwards had the quickest tongue in the group,and was assigned to deliver the more difficult lines in the song.Eddie Kendricks was given a rare chance to sing in a tenor voice for his verses.

  Born on November 8th,1947 in Chicago is the artist who sings the song at position #2328.
The song peaked at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on the week ending April 5,1975.The singer died of cancer on July 12,1979.

  Born Jiles Perry Richardson in Beaumont,Texas on October 24th,1930 is the singer at position #2321.He died on February 3rd,1959 in a plane crash in a field outside Mason City,Iowa along with Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly  and the pilot Roger Peterson.

   For the week of May 19,2008 the song at position #2320 was at the top of the UK Singles chart.The recording act at position #2320 is from Lowton, Greater Manchester and London in the United Kingdom.The song is the second single by this recording act from their debut studio album "We Started Nothing". Vocalist Katie White states that the song was written with her ranting about her frustrations with the record industry.The song was originally released as a double A-side with "Great DJ" by independent record label Switchflicker Records on May 28,2007. After heavy promotion and support from BBC Radio 1 and the NME,the single was re-released individually on May 12,2008 on Columbia Records. When the song went to number one on the UK Singles Chart it held off competition from well-established acts like Rihanna,Madonna and will.i.am.
  The song has three music videos.The first features The group on a white background performing the song on a set,with alternating scenes of Katie with blue and pink backgrounds.This version of the video was used to promote the song and album upon its 2007 release.This video is visually similar to the video for Toni Basil's "Mickey,"in keeping with the audio similarities.This video was directed by Sophie Muller and Stacey Hartly.Columbia produced a 2008 video for the US release,with director David Allain and with them performing again on a different set,with more equipment and flashing lights in the background.The video premiered on mtvU.com on January 26, 2009.Another video was made for the acoustic version.All videos are live action.The third music video was directed by Alexand Liane and features The group in a park,where some people costumed by skeletons start to show themselves, with some words of the lyrics of the song at position #2320.

 A folk rock group consisting of Erik Darling,Bill Svanoe,Lynne Taylor,Mindy Stuart and
Patricia Street based out of New York City peaked at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for two (2) weeks beginning the week ending January 26,1963.They have the song at position #2305. The group played at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963. Lynne Taylor (born in 1928) died in 1982 at age 54, and Erik Darling died on August 3, 2008, aged 74, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, from Burkitt's lymphoma.

  The LA psychedelic recording act has the song at position #2301.The band consisted of Gene Gunnels,Mark Weitz,Randy Seol,George Bunnell,Howie Anderson.This song peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week ending November 25th,1967.This is the recording act?s one and only appearance in the top 6000.

  The song at position #2269 by this Toronto band will reappear in the Top 300 it will also be from the same year as the song at position #2269 but the next time it'll be recorded by an LA R&B/Doo Wop group.

  The song at #2268 is a remake of a song that charted twenty (20) years earlier.The version that charted twenty (20) years earlier is in the Top 500 of this list.On June 21,1980 the song at position #2268 began a three week run at the top of the UK single charts.

  The song at #2258 reappears in the Top 300 .The recording in the Top 300 is also from 1956 but the song is recorded by another artist from Tennessee.
  Johnny Cash told Carl Perkins of a black airman whom he had met when serving in the military in Germany.He had referred to his military regulation air shoes as "blue suede shoes." Cash suggested that Carl write a song about the shoes.Carl replied, "I don't know anything about shoes.How can I write a song about shoes?" When Perkins played a dance on December 4, 1955,he noticed a couple dancing near the stage.The girl was gorgeous,he thought,and the boy wore blue suede shoes.As they danced the boy cautioned his date "don't step on my suedes."Perkins was bewildered that a guy would value shoes over a beautiful girl.Perkins began working on a song based on that incident.His first thought was to frame it with a nursery rhyme.He considered,and quickly discarded "Little Jack Horner..." and "See a spider going up the wall...".Then settled on "One for the money..." Leaving his bed and working with his Les Paul guitar,he started with an A chord.After playing five chords while singing "Well,it's one for the money... Two for the show... Three to get ready... Now go, man, go!" and broke into a boogie rhythm.He quickly grabbed a brown paper potato sack and wrote the song down,writing the title out as "Blue Swade, S-W-A-D-E". "I couldn't even spell it right," he later said.According to Perkins,"On December 17, 1955,I wrote "Blue Suede Shoes"." I recorded it on December 19."Producer Sam Phillips suggested that Perkins's line "go boy go" be changed to "go cat go".
  The 12-bar blues song is considered one of the first rockabilly (rock and roll) records and incorporated elements of blues,country and pop music of the time."Blue Suede Shoes" is often referred to in other songs including Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven" with "I'm giving you the warning, don't you step on my blue suede shoes", "Blue Suede Shoes" was chosen as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.In 1986 Perkins'version was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame,and was included by the National Recording Preservation Board in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry in 2006.The board selects songs on an annual basis that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".In 2004, Perkins'version was ranked number 95 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.In 1999, National Public Radio included "Blue Suede Shoes" in the "NPR 100," in which NPR's music editors sought to compile the 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century.The song is referenced in the Beastie Boys song "Johnny Ryall" from their album Paul's Boutique.The title character,a homeless man,"claims that he wrote the Blue Suede Shoes".

The recording act that retains the #2256 position was born on April 6th,1949 in Paris, France.On October 8th,1979 the song in the #2256 position which was written by the singer began a five (5) week run in the #1 position on the Australian singles chart and was the fourth (4th) biggest song for the entire year of 1979 in (Jimmy Barnes) Australia.The song was also a smash hit in France,and has become one of the biggest singles in that country.

  The song at position #2252 will reappear two (2) more times in the countdown. One of the cover versions of the song was released about a year after the version at position #2252 by a New York based psychedelic rock group.Then the other version yet to come was from 1987 and just like the 1966 version at position #2252 the song went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 but this time by a London based female singer.The version at position #2252 was #339 on Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004.

  A remake of the song at position #2212 is done 35 years later by a Seattle based grunge band. The 1999 version is in the Top 1000.The song at position #2212 was written by Wayne Cochran in 1962 and originally performed by Wayne Cochran & the C.C. Riders.Wayne Cochran was initially inspired to write the song after having lived near a dangerous highway where several accidents had occurred yearly.Cochran began writing the song in 1956.He came up with the song's chord progression,first verse,and chorus,although more than five years would pass before Cochran finished the song.Cochran based the rest of the on an incident in which several teens were killed and two seriously injured when their car struck a flatbed logging truck.Sixteen-year-old Jeanette Clark was out on a date in Barnesville,Georgia on December 22, 1962,the Saturday before Christmas.She was with a group of friends in a 1954 Chevrolet. J. L. Hancock,also sixteen,was driving the car in heavy traffic and while traveling on Highway 341,collided with a trailer truck. Clark, Hancock and another teenager were killed and two other teens in the car were seriously injured.Cochran finished the song,which he titled and dedicated it to Clark.
  The song caught the attention of record promoter Sonley Roush.Roush brought the song to a group that he managed (the group who sings the song at position #2212) with the idea of having them cover the song.The song was recorded in a tense four-hour session and led to a disagreement leading to the departure of the lead guitarist,Sid Holmes. On a concert trip to Ohio the band's car collided with a truck,killing Roush and severely injuring Wilson.In 1964,this group had the first real commercial success with the song. 

   Born on February 15th,1951 in the borough of the Bronx in New York City is the artist who sings the song at position #2209. For the song the singer won a grammy in 1983 for ?Best Female Pop Vocal Performance?
.This song also went to #1 on radio station 56 AM WHBQ from Memphis,Tennese in August of 1982.This is the same radio station that Rick Dees worked at before relocating to Los Angeles.It is also the first radio station in the world to ever play an Elvis Presley record in 1954.

  A group from Texas with their 1966 hit about a gal walkin' through the woods,who might get eatin' by a big bad wolf on her way to granny's house is the song in the #2208 position.The song is built around Charles Perrault's fairy tale, adapted by ending before the grandmother makes her entrance,and explicitly using the ambiguity of modern English between "wolf", the carnivore, and "wolf", a man with concealed sexual intentions.The singer remarks on "what big eyes" and "what full lips" Red has,and eventually on "what a big heart" he himself has.An added element is that he says (presumably aside, to the song's audience)that he is disguised in a "sheep suit" until he can demonstrate his good intentions, but he seems to be having a hard time suppressing his wolf call in favor of the baa-ing of a sheep.One of its signature lines is "you're ev'rything that a big bad wolf could want".This song reached #2 on the Billboard (USA) Hot 100 and reached #1 on the Cash Box (USA) Single Charts.

    The song in the #2202 position is the song that New York City radio station WABC ranked as the #4 songfor the entire year of 1966 in the station's year end countdown.This song was written by Rudy Clark and Arthur Resnick.The song was first recorded in 1965 by R&B/novelty artists The Olympics,but was only moderately successful at best,reaching number 81 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.The tale is told that Felix Cavaliere heard it on a New York City radio station and the group added it to their concert repertoire. Co-producer Tom Dowd captured this live feel on the recording,even though the group did not think the performance held together well.Divining a mixture of garage rock and white soul,the group at position #2202's song jumped out of radios with a "One - Two - Three -" count-in,high-energy instrumentation,and insistent call-and-response vocals from Cavaliere and the band:

I was feelin' ... so-oo bad, 
I asked my family doctor just what I had. 
I said, "Doctor, [Doc-turrr ...] 
"Mister M.D., [Doc-turrr ...] 
"Now can you tell me, 
What's ailin' me??" [Doc-turrr ...] 
These were followed by an organ break from Cavaliere,and a full stop false ending that was suddenly popular at the time (cf."Rain" and "Monday, Monday")? all in two and a half minutes.This was the first of three #1 hits for the group on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA.
  The song at position #2202 is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll,and was ranked number 325 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. Writer Dave Marsh placed it at number 108 in his 1989 book The Heart of Rock and Soul:The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made,saying it is "the greatest example ever of a remake surpassing the quality of an original without changing a thing about the arrangement," and that this song all by itself is enough to dispel the idiotic notion that rock and roll is nothing more than white boys stealing from blacks."
  This song has since been performed and recorded by a number of artists,including Tommy James and the Shondells (1966),Herbie Mann (1966),The Who (1965), and Bobby McFerrin (several versions).The Grateful Dead made it a workhorse of their concert rotation,sung in their early years by Ron "Pigpen" McKernan and then later sung by Bob Weir.The Weir rendition was recorded for the group's 1978 "Shakedown Street" album and came in for a good amount of criticism:Rolling Stone said it "feature(d) aimless ensemble work and vocals that Bob Weir should never have attempted." This song was the title song of a 2008 album by Australian singer David Campbell.The song was also featured in the 1986 third season "Atomic Shakespeare"/Taming of the Shrew episode of Moonlighting,with Bruce Willis singing the Cavaliere vocal,as well as the 1987 first season Wiseguy episode "No One Gets Out of Here Alive".

   The song at position #2201 by this West Virginia R&B singer born William Harrison "Bill" Withers, Jr. on July 4,1938 in Slab Fork would be covered fifteen (15) years later by a Sacramento based R&B group. Both versions would reach the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100.The version by the Golden State R&B group is yet to come in the countdown.The singer of the song at position #2201's childhood in the coal mining town of Slab Fork was the inspiration for this song,which he wrote after he had moved to Los Angeles and found himself missing the strong community ethic of his hometown.He lived in a decrepit house in the poor section of town.He recalled to "Songfacts" the original inspiration for the song; "I bought a little piano and I was sitting there just running my fingers up and down the piano.In the course of doing the music,that phrase crossed my mind,so then you go back and say, 'OK, I like the way that phrase, Lean On Me, sounds with this song.'" 
    Several members of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band were used for the recording session in 1972.
    The song was used in a 1970s drug awareness film titled "Dead Is Dead", hosted and produced by actor Godfrey Cambrid.This song was ranked at number 205 on the Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004.

  The song by the white doo-wop group from South Beach,Staten Island,New York that retains the #2187 position was radio station WINS from New York City's #1 single for the entire year of 1958.The group who records the song at position #2187 members Vito Picone and Arthur Venosa co-wrote the lyrics.The music was adapted from "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." When released as a single in 1958,it topped both the R&B Best Sellers list and the Billboard Hot 100.However,it was the only song that this group ever charted.Reportedly the group refused to pay payola to a prominent New York disc Jockey.This led to their getting little air play of their follow up recordings.
  This song was at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100,when The King Of Pop Michael Jackson was born (August 29,1958). 

  The song by this Dublin,Irish boy band consisting of Mark Feehily,Shane Filan,Kian Egan,Nicky Byrne and Brian McFadden at position #2159 is a cover of a song done by a Long Islander eighteen (18) years earlier.That version can be found in the Top 500.The song is about actress/model Christie Brinkley.

  At the same time that the song at position #2146 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 in the Top 1000.The group who sings the song at position #2146 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 #1683 (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 #2146 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").

  A rock group formed in 1979 in Calgary,Alberta,Canada have one of their four songs in the top 6000 at position #2121. The rock band consisted of Mike Reno (born in New Westminster, B.C.,Canada on January 8,1955 and previously with Moxy as Mike Rynoski) on lead vocals,Paul Dean (born in Vancouver, B.C. on February 19, 1946; previously with Streetheart and Scrubbaloe Caine) on guitars and vocals, Jim Clench (formerly of April Wine and Bachman Turner Overdrive,who was born in Montreal May 1, 1949 but was quickly replaced by Scott Smith born in Winnipeg, Mamitoba,Canada on February 13, 1955) on bass guitar, Doug Johnson (born in New Westminster,B.C. on December 19, 1957) on keyboards, and Matt Frenette (born in Calgary on March 7, 1954) on drums (also a former Streetheart alumnus).
  The song at position #2121 peaked at #3 in Australia,#7 in Canada,#5 in New Zealand and #6 on US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

  The song at position #2119 is both Cash Box and Billboard Magazine's #2 song for the entire year of 1968.The song spent seven (7) weeks at the top of the Cash Box Magazine's singles chart from February 10 to March 30 in 1968.It is also the only number-one hit by a French artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA.Although this song is an instrumental,the song's music was composed by Andr? Popp,and the lyrics were written by Pierre Cour,in 1967.Brian Blackburn later wrote English-language lyrics for it.The song was first performed in French by Greek-German singer Vicky Leandros (appearing as
Vicky) as the Luxembourgian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1967. 
   The song describes the pleasure and pain of love in terms of colours (blue and grey) and elements (water and wind).The English lyrics ("Blue, blue, my world is blue ?") focus on colours only (blue, grey, red, green, and black),using them to describe elements of lost love.An odd twist in the lyric uses the word "gone" in the same pattern used to introduce each colour,just like in Fred Ebb and John Kander's "My Coloring Book"; "colour him gone".

  For the week of August 1,1963 the king of rock & roll held the #1 position in the UK with the song at position #2116. One thing is rather ironic.The king of rock & roll has more UK #1s than anyone else,while the fab 4 have the most #1s in the USA. Both have 21 respectively.  
  The song went to number nine on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues singles chart,becoming his last top ten single on the Rhythm and Blues charts.  
  In 1963,when this song was debuted to a British audience on the BBC television show "Juke Box Jury", the celebrity guest John Lennon voted the song ?a miss? stating on the new song that the king of Rock & Roll was "like Bing Crosby now." The king originally recorded the song,and its flipside,"Please Don't Drag That String Around",for a full-length album that was scheduled for release in 1963,but RCA chose instead to release the album piecemeal on singles and as soundtrack album bonus tracks.
   The song's opening lines emanate from Matt Monro's 1961 song "My Kind of Girl".

 This group from Dublin,Ireland has the song at position #2115. The founding members of the group were Conleth (Con) Cluskey (born November 18,1941),Declan (Dec) Cluskey (born December 23,1942), and John Stokes (Sean James Stokes) (born August 13,1940}.The song at position #2115 went to #1 in the UK for the week beginning February 16th,1964.

  The song at position #2114 is a remake of a song originally done by a Memphis based R&B duo 12 years earlier back in 1967.The 1967 version of the song is yet to come in the countdown.The singers of the song at position #2114 performed the song on an episode of the NBC comedy/variety show Saturday Night Live in late November 1978.

  Bob Flick,John Paine,Mike Kirkland and Dick Foley met at the University of Washington
in Seattle in 1956.They formed a folk singing group in 1957 that sing the song at position #2113.The song went to #1 in Norway and peaked at #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100
for four (4) weeks beginning the week ending April 18th,1960.This is the group?s one and only appearance in the top 6000

  This New York City alternative rock band consisting of three members: John Wozniak (Lead Vocals,Guitar), Dylan Keefe (Bass), and Shlomi Lavie (Drums),record the song at position #2112. This song spent fifteen (15) weeks at number one on the US Billboard Magazine?s ?Modern Rock Tracks chart? (beating Oasis' 10-week run at #1 with "Wonderwall" in 1995). The song was also the band's only major hit,peaking at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the week ending April 18th in 1998. 

  Born Robert Neale Lind on November 25,1942, in Baltimore,Maryland,USA is the folk singer who has the song at position #2111.This song peaked at #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for two (2) weeks beginning the week ending March 12,1966 and peaked at #2 in Australia for three (3) weeks beginning the week of May 21,1966. This is the singer?s one and only appearance in the top 6000.Florence Henderson performed the song on the first season of ?The Muppet Show?.

  Born on November 18th,1954 in Worksop,Nottinghamshire,England,UK (raised in Doncaster, South Yorkshire,England) is the singer who records the song at position #2103.This song peaked at #1 on the US Billboard Hot for two (2) weeks beginning the week ending September 7th,1985. The song was originally written by David Foster and the singer of the song at position #2103 for the Canadian athlete Rick Hansen,who at the time was going around the world in his wheelchair to raise awareness for spinal cord injuries. His journey was called the "Man in Motion Tour." This is the artist?s one and only appearance in the top 6000.

  There are two more songs yet to come in the countdown that have the same title as the song at position #2099.One song is the same song,the other is a different arrangement. The song from 1966 is the same song,the song titled "Cherish" from 1985 is a different "Cherish" from the one at position #1891.The singer of the song at position #2099 was born David Bruce Cassidy on April 12, 1950 in New York City.The song at position #2099 reached #3 in Canada.This song is widely regarded as one of the greatest love songs ever written.

  The song at #2097 is covered by another prominent male/female duet thirty (34) years later. That other version of the song is in the Top 1000.

  The song at position #2087 went to #1 on the Billboard hot 100 but so did the original version twenty-two years earlier.The 1970 version of the song at Position #2087 is in the Top 1000.The singer of the song at position #1990 had included this song as a last-minute addition to her MTV Unplugged setlist,after she had been informed that most acts on the show commonly perform at least one cover.This song was the sixth track on her MTV Unplugged special,taped on March 16, 1992.It was performed as a romantic duet,with her singing Michael Jackson's lines and R&B singer Trey Lorenz singing Jermaine Jackson's lines.The program and resulting MTV Unplugged album were produced by her and Walter Afanasieff,who played the piano for the performance.
  This song was nominated for the 1993 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals,losing to Boyz II Men with the song in the top 300 of this countdown. The music video to the song at position #2087,directed by Larry Jordan,was compiled from footage of the Long Island singer at position 1990's MTV Unplugged appearance.
  During Michael Jackson's memorial service on July 7, 2009,the singer at position #2087 and Lorenz sang their rendition of the song in tribute to Jackson.

  The song at position #2084 was the artist's last song to reach the ten (10) on the US Billboard Hot 100.This song reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.This Philadelphia native appeared on many television shows,including the Red Skelton Show and the Danny Thomas Show.On Tuesday, October 6,1964,he was a guest star on an episode of the TV series,Combat!,playing opposite Vic Morrow.This was his first dramatic acting role.
    In January 1968,it was announced in the UK music magazine,NME,that he had signed a long term recording contract with Reprise Records.The singer continued to perform in nightclubs,supper clubs and Las Vegas venues throughout the 1970s and 1980s (although his career was hindered by the fact that ABKCO Records did not release any of the Cameo-Parkway hits until 2005,forcing him to re-record his old hits which were issued by K-tel).

  The song at position #2071 by this Philadelphia recording act was covered eight (8) years later by a British invasion group out of Manchester.The British recording is yet to come in the countdown.In May 1957,songwriter Bob Crewe saw a couple embracing through a windowshade as he passed on a train.He quickly set about turning the image into a  song. Frank Slay,who owned the small Philadelphia record label XYZ with Crewe,added lyrics, and they soon had a complete song ready to record.The story has frequently been reported that Slay heard The group who sings the song at position #2071 audition for Cameo-Parkway
Records,for which he worked,and immediately decided that they were the perfect group for the song.However,Slay and Crewe were actually already familiar with the group,as this song was their third single with them.The song received a break when popular local disc jockey Hy Lit fell asleep with a stack of newly released records on his record player. This song happened to be the last to play,and so it repeated until he woke up.He began to play the song on his show.It became popular enough that Cameo-Parkway picked it up for national distribution,and it eventually reached number 3 on Billboard Top 100,while also hitting the top five on both the sales and airplay charts.It was the group's only top 40 hit.

   The song at position #2055 by this native Seattle singer born on January 26,1944 is the original version of this song.A little gal from Norfolk,Virginia covers this song thirteen (13) years later in 1981.That version can be found at position #2004. Then the song gets covered again in 2001 by a singer  from Kingston,Jamaica and it goes to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on March 31,2001.That version is in the Top 500 of this list. This song was Written and composed by New York-born songwriter Chip Taylor,the song was originally offered to Connie Francis to sing,but she turned it down because she thought
that it was too risqu? for her career.The song was next offered to Evie Sands,who recorded it for Cameo-Parkway Records in 1967,but the record label went bankrupt, stranding the song in limbo. A representative from publishing company April-Blackwood then pitched the song to Memphis producer Chips Moman and the singer at position #2055. The song was subsequently recorded by her and The Turnabouts, and it became a #7 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in June of 1968.She received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary-Pop Vocal Performance,Female.The version at position #2004 peaked at
#4 on the Billboard Hot 100.The version of the song at position #2055 is featured in the soundtrack of the movie,"Girl,Interrupted". That version is also played during a scene in the 1978 film "Fingers",where it is used to accentuate the conflicted nature of the main character played by Harvey Keitel. 

  On October 22,2001 the song at position #2049 recorded by a singer who was born on July 29, 1974 in Palmdale, California,began a two (2) week run at the Top of the Australian (ARIA)Singles Chart.ARIA ranked this song at #14 for the entire year of 2001 in Australia. The song explains how the author has forgotten to clean his room,failed his college class,sold dope,missed court dates,had his paycheck garnished due to missed child support payments, gambled away his car payment,is left masturbating after not having sex with his girlfriend,became paraplegic as the result of a police chase,lost his family,had messed up his "entire life",and is now homeless.The music video for it was directed by Kevin Smith and featured Jay and Silent Bob smoking with the singer of the song at position #2049 as well as a glimpse of the Quick Stop where Clerks was filmed.
  In December 2001,a Connecticut teenager Matthew Fournier was ordered to listen to the song and write a report about it as punishment for possession of marijuana.

The song at position #2040 is a cover of a song that went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by a Memphis band for four (4) weeks beginning September 23,1967.The 1967 version was Cash Box Magazine's #1 song for the entire year of 1967 and is in the Top 500 on this list.The song was written by Wayne Carson Thompson.The version at position #2040 went into the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went to #7 in Canada. 

  On November 10th,1990 the song at position #2031 by this Long Island,New York diva began a three (3) weeek run in the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100.The song at position #2031 is a song written by the person who sings the song and Ben Margulies, and produced by Walter Afanasieff for the singer's self titled debut album. It was released as the album's second single in the third quarter of 1990.It was the first of several adult contemporary-influenced ballads to be released as a single,and its protagonist laments the loss of a lover and confesses that "love takes time" to heal and that her feelings for her ex-lover remain.It became the singer's second number 1 single in the United States and Canada,but was only a moderate success elsewhere.

  From February 6-February 20,1988 this then sixteen (16) year old singer from Norwalk,California occupied the #1 position on the US Billboard Hot 100 with the song in the #2015 position in this countdown.The song was discovered by Music Insiders Don McGovern and Brad Schmidt when they stumbled into a Hungry Tiger Restaurant in Thousand Oaks, California and heard a local performer,"Lois Blaisch" singing the song.Then McGovern and Schmidt brought the song to Record Producer George Tobin and encouraged Tobin to record the song... The song is a slow ballad about the love that "could've been so beautiful, could've been so right." Both the singer and the singer at position #2015's label,MCA Records,and her manager,George Tobin,felt concern that she was not old or mature enough to handle a song with such emotional depth.In the end she convinced them that she could,and the song was recorded and put on her debut album,becoming its second
single.

  The song at #2009 is by an Irish folk band The Script,released as the third single from their self-titled album "The Script".This song is also the song that is at position #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of May 15,2010.The music video for the song premiered on BBC Radio 1's website on Monday September 29,2008.The music video shows clips of the band's home city of Dublin,Ireland and also of the band performing.The video almost created minor controversy when Danny O'Donoghue's ex-girlfriend was supposed to be cast as an extra but this was avoided when the producers chose a different girl.Before recording began,Dublin radio station FM104 had a competition for a listener to appear in the music video.The Script performed the song at position #2100 on an episode of The Paul O'Grady Show which aired October 30, 2008.On October 14,2009,they performed the song on the Ellen DeGeneres show in the USA.









 

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