Taking Peaks, Part 4: Nos. 25-1
Taking Peaks, Part 4: Nos. 25-1

No. 60
"Through the Fire," Chaka Khan (1985)

This selection courtesy of Chart Beat reader Christopher Brisson, who insightfully notes, "Despite the extraordinary success of "I Feel for You" (No. 3) on the Hot 100 in 1984, this single was unable to break into the top 40. It did, however, reach the top 20 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (No. 15) and Adult Contemporary (No. 16) and has since become a classic love song at both formats."

Honorable Mentions:
"Jolene," Dolly Parton (1974)
"The Emperor's New Clothes," Sinead O'Connor (1990)
"Leaving Las Vegas," Sheryl Crow (1994)
"Soul Meets Body," Death Cab for Cutie (2005)
"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," Jennifer Hudson (2007)

No. 59
"The Ghost in You," Psychedelic Furs (1984)

At the forefront of alternative's '70s/'80s British invasion, this venerable band placed four songs on the Hot 100. "Love My Way" (No. 44, 1983) preceded "The Ghost in You," and the group followed with "Pretty in Pink" (No. 41, 1986) and "Heartbreak Beat" (No. 26, 1987). The band ended a 10-year hiatus in 2001 and continues to tour.

Honorable Mentions:
"What Do All the People Know," the Monroes (1982)
"How Do I Deal," Jennifer Love Hewitt (1999)
"Love Song," 311 (2004)
"Fix You," Coldplay (2005)
"Come On Get Higher," Matt Nathanson (2009)

No. 58
"What's My Age Again?," Blink-182 (1999)

Reaching No. 2 on Alternative Songs, this pop/punk anthem initiated a string of 10 consecutive top 10s on the tally for the band, a run which included its follow-up and Hot 100 breakthrough (No. 6), "All the Small Things." The 2000s marked a break, as well as tragedy (drummer Travis Barker's near-fatal airplane crash in 2008), for the trio, who inspiringly returned to stage a victorious reunion tour last year.

Honorable Mentions:
"Mexican Radio," Wall of Voodoo (1983)
"The Metro," Berlin (1983)
"Doll Parts," Hole (1995)
"Always and Forever," Luther Vandross (1995)
"Taking You Home," Don Henley (2000)

No. 57
"Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble," D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (1988)

In 1986, the pair's debut single stopped at No. 81 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and failed to dent the Hot 100. After the success of "Parents Just Don't Understand" (No. 12 on the Hot 100) and "A Nightmare on My Street" (No. 15), a re-release of this track produced a No. 57 peak in December 1988. By then, "Yo! MTV Raps" had debuted, furthering the genre's launch into the mainstream, and Will Smith, who in 1990 would begin starring in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," was on his way to becoming the multi-media renaissance man we know today.

Honorable Mentions:
"Wheel in the Sky," Journey (1978)
"The Downeaster 'Alexa'," Billy Joel (1990)
"Passionate Kisses," Mary Chapin Carpenter (1993)
"Undone - The Sweater Song," Weezer (1994)
"Babylon," David Gray (2001)

No. 56
"I Am the Walrus," the Beatles (1967)

John Lennon received a letter from a student who had been assigned to analyze the Fab Four's lyrics. Finding humor that an educator was so deeply combing the band's songs for meaning, Lennon intentionally wrote this admittedly non-sensical song. "I Am the Walrus" was released as the B-side to the three-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Hello Goodbye."

Honorable Mentions:
"Rock Lobster," the B-52's (1980)
"Goodnight Saigon," Billy Joel (1983)
"Hot for Teacher," Van Halen (1984)
"Ready to Go," Republica (1996)
"The Fixer," Pearl Jam (2009)

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