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Can you think of any songs that were very common / often heard in their day (first six months or weeks of their release) but almost never heard/played now?

Asked by Yellowdog (12216points) July 5th, 2016

Some “oldies” are classics and heard frequently even now (some Elton John songs, for instance, such as This is Your Song). But some hits, like “Blue Monday” by Foreigner, bring back memories because you haven’t heard them in years.

What are some songs which you strongly associate with a time or short era—common and popular for a short time, but then almost never heard again later?

The reason I am asking this question is I want to hear songs I haven’t heard in 25–40 something years that might bring back strong memories. Something we haven’t heard in a long time. Some groups and genres are virtually extinct and never known today by contemporary generations.

No need to provide links unless its easy for you.

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Aster's avatar

Boston’s “More Than a Feeling” “Mandy” by Barry Manilow “Another One Bites the Dust” (one of my favorites) by Freddy Mercury, anything by “Foreigner” “Annie’s Song” by John Denver and well, too many to mention.

Yellowdog's avatar

We don’t hear much by Air Supply anymore. Very many 1980–1983 memories (a couple of 1984 hits).

Arthur’s Theme (Christopher Cross) from late 1981

ucme's avatar

Kissing the Pink – The Last Film
Alphaville – Big in Japan
Johnny Hates Jazz – Shattered Dreams
The Goodies – Black Pudding Bertha

Brian1946's avatar

I’d say the airtime received by “People Get Ready” by Jeff Beck/Rod Stewart, didn’t quite reach ubiquity, but I did see it on one of the mainstream 80’s video shows (Goodnight LA or Friday Night Videos) that I watched.

I haven’t heard the song or seen the video lately.

JLeslie's avatar

Country Road – John Denver

You light Up My Life – Debbie Boone

Tie a Yellow Ribbon – Tony Orlando

Bunches of ABBA songs, although Dancing Queen is still played.

Whip It – Devo

Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down

There are so many. I could probably list 100.

SmartAZ's avatar

For a short while at the end of the 1950s there were several songs about death. I thought at the time I would be glad if I never heard that crap again, and fortunately I never did. Here is one example of the genre.

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