Monday, May 16, 2011
The Sincerest Form Of Flattery
From the Top 50 songs of 5/16/1970, looking for cover versions:
#1 was American Woman by the Guess Who. Lenny Kravitz's 1999 remake only made it to #49, but was an MTV staple.
#4 was The Beatles' Let It Be. Kind of a surprise, but there's never been another version make the Hot 100. I konda liked Brooke White's version, though...
#5 - Simon & Garfunkel - Cecelia. A band called Times Two remade it in 1988, but only reached #79 (which is WAY higher than it deserves... wretched, it is)
#6 - Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky - The 1986 cover by Doctor & The Medics only made it to #69
#11 was Woodstock, by CSN. Ian Matthews did wait long to cover it, his version made it to #23 in 1971.
#12 - Love On A Two Way Street - Monents. Covered by Stacey Lattisaw in 1981, peaking at #26
#15 was Friends Of Distinction's original of Love Me Or Let Me Be Lonely. Paul Davis' 1981 cover just barely made the Top 40 (peaking at #40)
Flipping the trend, #16 was Rare Eath's remake of Get Ready, which was a hit for the Temptations in 1966. the Temps only managed #29, though, while Rere Earth's version made #4.
And Joe Cocker's remake of The Letter was at #21, on it'sway to #7. The Box Top's original was a chart topper....
And at #26, Fifth Dimension's Pupet Man. Tom Jones did a cover version in 1971. 5Th Dimension made it to #24, Tom's cover almost equalled it at #26.
I could keep going, but I won't.....
So, for this snapshot of the charts, 7 of the Top 26 songs (27%) have had subsequent remakes in the Hot100.
And 2 of the Top 26 songs (8%) were remkes of previous songs from the Hot 100........
Posted by LSqrd