Ask Billboard: Madonna's Biggest Radio Hits
Ask Billboard: Madonna's Biggest Radio Hits

A look at Her Madgesty's most-played songs, Carly Rae Jepsen's new No. 1 and more reader-voted songs that should've been singles

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Hello and thanks very much for putting out the call for songs that should've been radio singles but weren't.

Appropriately going "Back in Time," the Huey Lewis & the News song from the 1985 film "Back to the Future" was never released as a single. It did, however, manage a No.3 peak on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart.

This one has always puzzled me. Could've been another big hit for the band, I think.

Kindest regards,

Ron Raymond, Jr.
Host/producer, "stuck in the 80s"
WMPG-FM, Portland, Maine

Hi Ron,

I agree about "Back in Time." I'd add Lewis & the News' "Better Be True" from 1988's "Small World." I never quite got the release of the set's title track, a No. 25 Hot 100 hit, as a logical follow-up to the No. 3-peaking "Perfect World." By the time the catchy "Give Me the Keys (And I'll Drive You Crazy)" was released as the third single, momentum for the album had slowed and the song stopped at No. 47.

Hi Gary,

I have two examples which are somewhat different in that they weren't album tracks at all, but rather only appeared (as far as I know) as b-sides: "Do You Think of Me?" by