"Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord," Boney M (1979)
First recorded by Harry Belafonte in 1956, this carol remains a staple on adult contemporary radio each holiday season. The studio group Boney M was a creation of producer Frank Farian, who, ten years later, assembled Milli Vanilli. Though that duo was infamously stripped of its 1990 Best New Artist Grammy Award following revelations that members Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus didn't perform vocals on their album "Girl You Know It's True," Farian enjoyed further success helming '90s pop/dance acts La Bouche and LeClick.
"South Central Rain (I'm Sorry)," R.E.M. (1984)
"Winter Games," David Foster (1988)
"Did I Shave My Legs for This?," Deana Carter (1998)
"Celebrity Skin," Hole (1998)
"Song for the Lonely," Cher (2002)
"Englishman in New York," Sting (1988)
While this song, featuring Branford Marsalis on saxophone, fell short of the top 20 success of Sting's first six solo singles, it remains an adult alternative radio favorite. Last year, R&B newcomer Kardinal Offishall reworked the track as "Ill Eagle Alien."
"Tennessee Flat-Top Box," Johnny Cash (1961)
"Terms of Endearment," Michael Gore (1984)
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine," the California Raisins (1988)
"Purple Medley," Prince (1995)
"I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying," Toby Keith with Sting (1997)
"Where Everybody Knows Your Name (The Theme From "Cheers"), Gary Portnoy (1983)
The TV theme song that preceded exchanges such as the following:
Coach (answering the phone): "Cheers." Ok, wait a minute, I'll check. Is there an "Ernie Pantusso" here?
Sam: That's you, Coach.
"Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," Bruce Springsteen (1976)
"Rappin' Rodney," Rodney Dangerfield (1983)
"All I Want Is You," U2 (1989)
"All Alone on Christmas," Darlene Love (1993)
"Sandstorm, Darude (2000)
"Holiday Road," Lindsey Buckingham (1983)
The movie theme song that preceded the following sales pitch from car dealer Eugene Levy to Chevy Chase at the start of "National Lampoon's Vacation": "Now, I owe it to myself to tell you, Mr. Griswold, if you're thinking of taking the tribe cross-country, this is your automobile. The Wagon Queen Family Truckster. You may think you hate it now, but wait 'til you drive it."
"Theme From Raging Bull (Cavalleria Rusticana)," Joel Diamond (1981)
"A Million Miles Away," the Plimsouls (1983)
"Wherever I May Roam," Metallica (1992)
"We Will Become Silhouettes," the Postal Service (2005)
"Canadian Idiot," Weird Al Yankovic (2006)
"No Parking (On the Dance Floor)," Midnight Star (1984)
This club classic not only pulled into a No. 81 peak on the Hot 100, it rose to a similarly modest No. 43 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 44 on Dance/Club Play Songs (then titled the "Dance/Disco Top 80"). After the group enjoyed a string of R&B hits during the '80s, brothers Reginald and Vincent Calloway departed to form Calloway, who reached No. 2 on the Hot 100 in 1990 with "I Wanna Be Rich."
"I Will Follow," U2 (1984)
"Graceland," Paul Simon (1987)
"Use It Up and Wear It Out," Pat & Mick (1991)
"Rock Star," Hannah Montana (2008)
"(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To," Weezer (2009)