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What are some songs you remember from the past that DON'T get played on the radio anymore?

Asked by keobooks (14276points) May 3rd, 2014

There are some songs that get played on the 80s station I listen to over and over, but I sometimes think of songs that they never play and miss them. Do you have any favorite songs of the past that never seem to get air time?

Mexican Radio:Wall of Voodoo

Don’t Pay the Ferryman: Chris de Burge

This isn’t a favorite, but it was when I was a kid and I know why they don’t play it anymore, but I get nostalgic thinking about it.

Superbowl Shuffle:The Chicago Bears

There are more, but these are off the top of my head.

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GloPro's avatar

Anything by Milli Vanilli. I miss them.

keobooks's avatar

I liked their stuff and when people complain that they were “fake” they seem to forget that there WERE people behind that music—just not the people who fronted the band. And those people deserve credit.

Rock It: Herbie Hancock

And this song sticks in my head after the iconic movie “Tapeheads”

Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles

Dan_Lyons's avatar

Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin.

jca's avatar

@Dan_Lyons: Put on any rock station and you will hear Stairway to Heaven.

Dutchess_III's avatar

“I Gotcha” by Joe Tex.
I miss all the wonderful jazz and blues and funk that the black singers introduced us to. It was much more prevalent in the 60’s and 70’s than it is now. The Spinners, The Four Tops, Aretha, all those guys.

Stairway to Heaven will never go away! Now we’re all gonna get that song stuck in our heads

Kardamom's avatar

Anything by the Mamas and the Papas, not even on the classic rock stations. Great band, great harmonies.

One of my favorites is Straight Shooter

Dutchess_III's avatar

Monday Monday

Dutchess_III's avatar

Dang. Guess what I have stuck in my head. ‘DIG….rock n roll music something something out in LAAAA” “I DIG…the Mammas and the Poppas..” “When Michelle and Cass are wailin’...” “The radio won’t play it. Unless I lay it…between the liiiiines!”

LuckyGuy's avatar

Red Rubber Ball by The Cyrkle It came out when my mother was handed her breast cancer “death sentence” so the words had special meaning to me. Listen, you will see why.

My Boy Lolipop by Millie Small. My friends and I sang that at the top of our lungs the summer it hit the charts.

ibstubro's avatar

I know that this is almost like spam, but you should try streaming KHBL Radio sometime, @keobooks. It’s the oddest mix I’ve ever heard of. When I pulled in the driveway from work one day, it was playing Sinatra’s “New York, New York.” Got in the car in the morning and “Who Let The Dog’s Out” was playing. One day recently June and Johnny Cash were followed by the Stones, followed by some other unrelated genre. They get on boring jags of, say 80’s pop, but if you hit them on a good day it’s very entertaining.

cookieman's avatar

It’s funny, when I was a school kid in the 70s, the “Oldies” station here in Boston was on AM and played songs from the 40s.

In the 80s, they moved to the FM dial and played songs from the 50s.

In the 90s, their music was from the 60s and 70s.

Now they’re gone (WODS is one of many dance/pop stations now) and nobody on the dial plays music from the 40s or 50s anymore.

of course the beauty of internet radio (Pandora or iTunes Radio I use) is that you can make your own stations geared toward any era, artist, or genre.

talljasperman's avatar

Weird AL Yankovich’s music.

Darth_Algar's avatar

‘One Night in Bangkok’. Then again I never listen to radio, so maybe it does get played.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

@jca I have been listening for Stairway to Heaven by Zeppelin for months and nothing.

Darth_Algar's avatar

I don’t think I’ve ever listened to a classic rock station for longer than like 10 minutes without hearing ‘Stairway to Heaven’.

Mimishu1995's avatar

First sorry for not using English.


My mom used to adore that song and she turned on the radio just to listen to this. I was about 3 then, I didn’t understand anything but it was kind of catchy :p

ibstubro's avatar

I heard “Mack the Knife” the other day. Before my time, but what a great song!

The music station I listen to in the car has a very limited range so I usually have on NPR. At home I have on country music, 24/7. What I really wish for is a classic country station.

kritiper's avatar

Hot Rod Lincoln, Junk Food Junkie, anything from The Dave Clark Five.

jca's avatar

“I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden.”

“Rain drops keep falling on my head.”

@Dan_Lyons: You have to listen to a classic rock station. Any classic rock station will play Stairway to Heaven at least twice a day. You can probably look at their play lists online and see it there, to make sure you have the right kind of station.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

It’s not there, but you go ahead and keep telling me it is so.

Another song I never hear by Ballin jack, Found a Child

jca's avatar

@Dan_Lyons: I don’t know what you are talking about, as on any Classic Rock Radio Station, Stairway to Heaven is usually either #1 or #2 of the top classic rock songs of all time (usually competes with Free Bird). Here’s the 104.3 NY Classic Rock radio station playlist for this past week, showing Stairway to Heaven is on the 200–220 playlist for the week:

I’m sure if you go to any classic rock radio station playlist you will find Led Zep Stairway to Heaven on one of the most popularly played song list. Because it’s usually #1 or #2, it’s likely to get played.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

Thanks @jca for all the investigating. I shall check out your station.

ibstubro's avatar

Locally Brewer and Shipley’s traditional version of this song was a staple for years, and we’d break out in song every time it played. I’ve heard it on the radio in the past year, but no more than 1–2 times.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

LOL @ibstubro One Toke Over the Line performed by ~~~ Lawrence Welk!!!

ibstubro's avatar

A personal fave, @Dan_Lyons, and IMO spot-on. Genuine answer with a pee-in-your-pants attachment! Like an acid flashback you never had.

Dutchess_III's avatar

In the Ghetto. I haven’t heard that song in forever.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I was thinking about something similar to this the other day funnily enough. It crossed my mind that music from the likes of Abba etc get played on the radio (certain stations at least) regularly still, but music from bands that were incredibly successful for a period of two to ten years in the 90s and earlier 2000s is mostly forgotten. For example, The Spice Girls were massive for a while (at least 5 to 10 years at a guess) but you never hear their stuff on the radio any more and I wondered why that was.

jca's avatar

@Leanne1986: Music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s is now played on “Oldies” stations. I think 90’s music is not yet considered oldies but yet it’s not current either. I really enjoyed having Sirius, because they have specific stations categorized by era.

JLeslie's avatar

I love ABBA!

Kardamom's avatar

@Dutchess_III this is the best version of The Ghetto

Kardamom's avatar

Here’s some that I just thought of:

Timothy by the Buoys

In the Year 2525 by Zager and Evans

One Tin Soldier by Caste

Snoopy vs. The Red Baron by The Royal Guardsman

Heartbeat, It’s a Lovebeat by The DiFranco Family

Fox on the Run by Sweet

Cherokee Nation by Paul Revere and the Raiders

Half Breed by Cher

Dutchess_III's avatar

One Tin Soldier makes me cry.
Fox On the Run makes me feel high.
Cherokee Nation is sad.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh God. Timothy! I had to click on it to remind me. Oh God.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

Didn’t they eat Timothy.
Timothy, Timothy where on earth did you go…

Dutchess_III's avatar


LuckyGuy's avatar

Thanks a lot @Kardamom for the ‘Timothy’ reminder. Bleech!

Dan_Lyons's avatar

Thanks @Kardamom , Snoopy vs. The Red Baron by The Royal Guardsman was awesome!

Kardamom's avatar

Here’s a few more:

Reunited by Peaches and Herb

Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks

The Night Chicago Died by Paper Lace

Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede

I Just Want to be your Everything by Andy Gibb

Xanadu by Olivia Newton John

Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen

Hot Child in the City by Nick Gilder

Pop Muzik by M

My Sharona by The Knack

Space Age Love Song by Flock of Seagulls

Love Rollercoaster by The Ohio Players

I’m Not in Love by 10cc

Enjoy, or throw up. Your choice.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

In the early 70’s, “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” was so popular that if you turned on your radio and it wasn’t playing, you would channel surf until you found it. I have never heard it after that – I think it was one of those songs that got so overplayed at the time, that no one every wanted to hear it again as long as they live.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Seasons in the Sun is so, so sad.

Goin’ Down Mickey Dolenz (of the Monkees.)

Dutchess_III's avatar

Patches by Clarance Carter.
Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast

Lord we had some sad, sad songs, didn’t we.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

Pat-chese, oh, what can I do?
I swe-ar, I’ll always love you,
It may not be right,
But I’ll join you tonight,
Patches, I’m coming to you.

Reminds me of that other one, where the girlfriend dies in his arms after a car crash. I can’t think of how it goes now.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh gag! My husband sings that damn song every chance he gets. He sang it at a Vietnamese barbque our neighbors had, and they had a karaoke machine.

I was out on a date in my daddy’s car
We hadn’t driven very far
There in the road, just a straight a head
A car was stalled, the engine was dead.
I couldn’t stop so I swerved to the right
I’ll never forget the sound that night…..

^^^Completely out of my own memory. It is the Dumbest. Song. Ever.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

Yes, that’s it! “Where oh where can my baby be” and something-something. What horrible songs.

Dutchess_III's avatar

The Lord took her away from me!
She’s gone to heaven so I got to be good
So I can see my baby when I leave this world!

OK, so nevermind about the woman you will choose to marry and spend the rest of your life with and have kids with and all that some day when you grow up. Yeah, just gonna pine away over some girl that you didn’t even know you loved until she died! :( Bleh.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

@Dutchess_III @Skaggfacemutt Did you mean Last Kiss by Pearl Jam?

And don’t forget, Tell Laura I love her By ray Peterson.

ibstubro's avatar

Oh, yeah, @Kardamom. Like we really needed to be reminded of “Pop Muzik” & “My Sharona”!

Just when you think the horror has receded…

LostInParadise's avatar

I listen almost exclusively to NPR, but I remember the song Honey was very popular when it came out. It is so treacly sweet that I hope it made it to the musical dustbin.

Dutchess_III's avatar

No @Dan_Lyons. “Last Kiss” by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers. It was written in the early 60’s, long before Pearl Jam was even a twinkle in Daddy Pearl’s eye.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

@Dutchess_III At least I got Last Kiss right! Must be my virginity interfering with my clear thinking again.

I am a Rock

Dutchess_III's avatar

You got the name of thesong right, but the wrong band. I’ve never heard any version of it other than the one by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers, 30 years before Pearl Jam ever became a band.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

White Bird by It’s a Beautiful Day
Dear Mr. Fantasy by Traffic

elle_silverwolf's avatar

Belly – Feed the Tree, Dead Can Dance – The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove, Frente – Bizarre Love Triangle

Kardamom's avatar

And let us not forget Chickaboom by Daddy Dewdrop.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

@Kardamom Don’t you just love it!

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

How about “Dead Skunk (in the middle of the road)”. My sister loved that song – ha-ha!

Especially when he says, “come on, stink!”

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