Hit Song Challenge (3 to 6 String of Hits Club)

BIG THREE CHALLENGE. Most of the music business (80%) is controlled by 3 companies, Universal, Sony, Warners. This is an open challenge for those three.

CHALLENGE: Here is a list of nitmakers from 1955-75. Big 3, see if you can match it from your roster of hit songs from 1995-Now.

When I was growing up we had a consistent stream of hits. We thought they would never end. (Time period about 1955-1975)
There were the major artists: Elvis, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dylan, Beach Boys, etc.
But even more important there were so many artists that had at least a string of 3,4,5 or 6 major hits. Never in history was there such an out pouring of hit records.
For fun I began to make my list of

Help me, won’t you? Add to the list or tell me who doesn’t belong. Here’s a start:

Chuck Berry
Fats Domino
Little Richard
Jerry Lee Lewis
Jimmy Reed
Ike and Tina Turner
Bo Diddley
Buddy Holly
Brenda Lee
RicK Nelson
Ray Charles
Dion and the Belmonts
Eddie Cochran
Little Anthony and the Imperials
Bill Haley and the Comets
Roy Orbison
Carl Perkins
The Righteous Brothers
Bobby Darin
The Drifters
Sam Cooke
Pat Boone
Neil Sedaka
The Platters
Jackie Wilson
The Everly Brothers
The Coasters
James Brown
Connie Francis
Peter Paul and Mary
The Kingston Trio
Dean Martin
Freddie and the Dreamers
Stevie Wonder
Four Seasons
Gerry and the Pacemakers
Peter and Gordon
Chad and Jeremy
Dave Clark Five
the Kinks
The Who
Neil Diamond
Herman’s Hermits
Simon and Garfunkel
Petula Clark
Sonny and Cher
The Animals
Tommy James and the Shondells
Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
Jan and Dean
Stevie Wonder
Sly and the Family Stone
The Righteous Brothers
Mammas and Pappas
Tom Jones
Englebert Humperdinck
Otis Redding
B.J. Thomas
Bobby Vinton
Wilson Pickett
Paul Revere and the Raiders
The Shirelles
Martha and the Vandelas
4 Tops
Marvin Gaye
Smokey Robinson
Wilson Pickett
Crosby Stills Nash and Young
Aretha Franklin
The Temptations
The Supremes
The Young Rascals
The Association
The Yardbirds
The Lovin Spoonful
Buffalo Springfield
Johnny Rivers
Glen Campbell
Roger Miller
Buck Owens
Patsy Cline
Herb Alpert and theTijuana Brass
Brasil 66
The Guess Who
Steely Dan
Moody Blues
Dionne Warwick
Linda Ronstadt
Henry Mancini
Leslie Gore
Van Morrison
Creedence Clearwater Revival
James Taylor
Don Mclean
Blood, Sweat, and Tears
Fifth Dimension
Elton John
Al Green
Gary Lewis and the Playboys
Barry Manilow
Jimi Hendrix
Jomi Mitchell
Janis Joplin
Dustry Springfield
Jackson Five
John Denver
Rod Stewart
Olivia Newton John
Jim Croce
Cat Stevens
Led Zeppelin
Fleetwood Mac
ZZ top
Phil Collins
Bee Gees

PLUS these add ons I missed
Joe Cocker
Eddie Fisher
Paul Anka
Nat King Cole
Gladys Knoight & The Pips
Brook Benton
Johnny Mathis
Chubby Checker
Patti Page
Johnny Cash
Three Dog Night
Isley Brothers
Bobby Vee
Jimmie Rodgers
Frankie Avalon
Marty Robbins
Duane Eddy,
Gene Pitney
Ray Stevens
Bobby Goldsboro
The Guess Who,
Ike Turner
Joe Tex,
Tommy Roe
The Four Lads
Mary Wells
Ritchie Valens
Chris Montez
The Grass Roots
Nancy Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Loretta Lynn
Conway Twitty
Barbra Streisand
Gilbert O’Sullivan
Bobby Vee
Freddy Cannon
Del Shannon
The Ronettes
Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas
Gordon LIghtfoot
Neil Young
Three Dog Night
Jimmy Reed
Classics IV
Billy Joe Royal
The Grass Roots
The Buckinghams
Jay and the Americans
Spanky & Our Gang
Chubby Checker
Bill Withers
Carly Simon
Dovells /Len Barry
Tammy Wynette
George Jones
Johnny Tillotson
Jimmy Clanton
Gary U.S. Bonds
Jimmie Rodgers
Frankie Laine
Dinah Washington
The Lettermen
Hank Williams
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
Ronny and the Daytonas
Johnny Crawford
5 Americans
Tony Orlando and Dawn
Andy Williams
Todd Rundgren
The Wrecking Crew (assorted studio musicians)
Anne Murray
New Christy Minstrels
The Diamonds
Rod Stewart
Deep Purple
The Vogues
Donny Osmond
The Crystals
Soundtracks that had 3 or more hit songs.
Cilla Black
Walker Brothers
Ben E. King
Shangri – Las
The Angels
Lou Christie
Gladys Knight and the Pips
Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs
Edwin Starr
Harry Chapin
Alvin and the Chipmonks

Now corporate music, you do your best music list from 1995- 2015 and let’s compare.

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4 Responses to “Hit Song Challenge (3 to 6 String of Hits Club)”

  1. musea Says:

    This chart shows the number of hits year by year.

  2. musea Says:

    What’s a hit song? The real hits are songs that everyone wants to record, and every musician wants to learns how to play. The chart above shows that the era of hit songs is long gone.

  3. Sam Says:

    Don’t forget Chic/Nile Rodgers!

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