At my office, the radio station is set to an eclectic mix of hits from the "the best hits of yesterday and today". One song came on that always made me cringe when I hear it. I will get to that song later. Anyway, I can sit for hours and have the music be background and not really pay too much attention to what the songs are, until some song gets my attention. So, I thought from time to time that I would compile a list of the best and worse songs that ever made radio airplay.
The best - this in my definition is a song that gets my attention and cheats my employer for five minutes as I soak it up as it plays. There are a number of these songs, but I will submit for your approval just one for now. It is Boston's More Than a Feeling. There is a feel to that song that stops me in my tracks and forces me to take it all in. I guess there is a part of our spirits that certain songs feed. I turn into a hot, thursty lad in the park as I walk by a water fountain. I just HAVE TO STOP and drink. I can't tell you why exactly this song does it for me. It might be the singing guitars, the catchy melody, or the nostalgia. Perhaps it is a combination of those and other things. It just IS.
The worst - these songs are the ones that compel you to turn the station or leave the room. They tend to stick with you for the entire day and you hate yourself for singing and/or humming it - even in mockery. The song today that wins this razzy-type prize is Cher's Do You Believe. I can't explain why I hate that song so much, but maybe I don't need to. Why do we hate fingernails on a chalkboard. It is just offensive in some way and that is enough.
There are other songs in the best and worst categories that I am sure will surface here in the future. If you have any to add to these lists, do share!
I will always ALWAYS, find myself singing "Chances Are" by Johnny Mathis... and I will aways Always find myself movin' in my seat to dance to "Hot, Hot, Hot".. (I have no idea why that song makes me feel good and want to dance) those would be on my "best" list.. but I don't listen to the radio that much anymore to compile a list...
We find it hard to choose between "Still the One" by Orleans and "We Are the Champions" by Queen.
As for the worst, the only example that comes to mind at the moment is "Eve of Dstruction" by Barry McGuire. There are many others, but this is the standout.
Bonnie and Walt
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