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Laffy Taffy – D4L

Laffy Taffy – D4L

Some songs burst onto the music scene, make a huge impact, reach #1 on the Billboard Top 40, and forever afterwards are considered some of the worst songs ever. That seems to be the story of “Laffy Taffy” by D4L that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2006 and was fueled by big online sales and a video that featured bikini beauties in a water fight. High art here, folks. The lyrics are, well, simple and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s, Hip Hop

A Whole New World – Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson

A Whole New World – Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson

If you have young kids in the house. If you have young kids in the neighborhood. If you were a young kid in the 1990s, you know this song. That’s because “A Whole New World” is the title track to Disney’s animated 1992 film, Aladdin, that has earned more than $500 million dollars worldwide. That’s half-a-billion dollars for an animated movie. That’s simply astounding. It’s also the kind of broad reach and wide appeal that can transform … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

Shake You Down – Gregory Abbott

Shake You Down – Gregory Abbott

“Shake You Down” by Gregory Abbott is a complete mystery to me. It’s a number one hit. It’s soulful. It’s smooth. It evokes the spirit of Marvin Gaye and Al Green, two of my favorite soul singers. In fact, one of my favorite albums is What’s Goin’ On by Marvin Gaye. Yet in the 1980s and today, “Shake You Down” leaves me cold. I’m simply indifferent about the song. I don’t like it. I don’t hate it. I could care less … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

24 Number One Songs That Are 1970s One-Hit Wonders

24 Number One Songs That Are 1970s One-Hit Wonders

The 1970s were huge for one-hit wonders. But like all decades, only a tiny percentage of songs released during the 10 years between 1970 and 1980 reached #1 on the Billboard Top 40. It’s these elite few that became the top songs of the 70s. Eight of the ten years in the 1970s saw one-hit wonders hit #1 on the Billboard Top 40. There were two songs in 1970, two in 1973, five in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Featured, Lists

Do I Make You Proud – Taylor Hicks

Do I Make You Proud – Taylor Hicks

Scotty McCreery, the 17-year-old from Garner, N.C., won American Idol tonight. That’s 10 seasons of Idol and 10 winners who have gone on to fame (Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks) and relative obscurity (Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks). Taylor Hicks is an interesting study since he is one of only two American Idol winners to place a single song in the Billboard Top 40 (the other is 2010 winner, Lee DeWyze). But Hicks single … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s, Pop

Butterfly – Crazy Town

Butterfly – Crazy Town

Some people credit Run D-M-C with the first rap rock song. If you’re thinking of their collaboration with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry on Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” you are mistaken. The first rap rock hit is “Rock Box” by Run D-M-C. But yes, “Walk This Way” is the song that made the boys famous way back in 1986. Who would have ever guessed Steven Tyler would go on to judge American Idol back then? Watch “Rock … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s, Rock