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Joy – Apollo 100

Joy – Apollo 100

We love the silly, distinctive instrumental one-hit wonders that break through all the traditional pop music to become an unexpected hit. “Joy” by Apollo 100 definitely fits that description. Who would have guessed that a rock version that is basically a note-for-note remake of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Johann Sebastian Bach would ever become a hit that was played on Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 radio show. Then again, in the early 1970s, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Featured

Nadia’s Theme – Barry De Vorzon

Nadia’s Theme – Barry De Vorzon

Let’s turn down the lights and get a little sensitive now. “Nadia’s Theme” is another unlikely 1970s one-hit wonder. But it’s not the only instrumental one-hit wonder to grace the Billboard Top 40. You can also add “Chariots of Fire Theme” by Vangelis, “Hooked on Swing” by Larry Elgart and His Manhattan Swing Orchestra and the “Love Theme from St. Elmo’s Fire” by David Foster to name just a few. Click to hear more instrumental … Read entire article »

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Hooked on Swing – Larry Elgart and His Manhattan Swing Orchestra

Hooked on Swing – Larry Elgart and His Manhattan Swing Orchestra

Sometimes one-hit wonders are such brilliant songs, they deserve to rocket to the top of the charts and live a long, fruitful life forever on the charts. Other songs, not so much. In fact, some you listen to nearly 20 years after they charted on the Billboard Top 40 and you wonder aloud “What were people thinking or drinking to push this into the Top 40?” The 1980s were an era of excess (cocaine, big hair, … Read entire article »

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Love Theme from St. Elmo’s Fire – David Foster

Love Theme from St. Elmo’s Fire – David Foster

If you played the keyboards or piano in the 1980s, you learned the “Love Theme from St. Elmo’s Fire” by David Foster.” Why? One big reason. The girls loved it. It made you appear sensitive and in-touch with the feminine psyche. At least that’s how it remember it now. Back then, it may have been because Demi Moore starred in St. Elmo’s Fire and she was the sexiest woman in the land (her voice alone … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Chariots of Fire – Vangelis

Chariots of Fire – Vangelis

There aren’t many instrumental songs that ever reach the Billboard top 40. But 1982 is the banner year for instrumental hits with “Hooked on Classics” and “Hooked on Swing” both charting at #10 and #31 respectively. Most people understandably forget those warmed-over classical music songs with a disco beat. The instrumental song they do remember from 1982 is the theme from Chariots of Fire. This British film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four, including … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop