Another April Fools' Day is upon us, and although many "fools" will be busy pulling lame pranks on Monday (Apr. 1), the fools with a thirst for chart history should explore this list of the 20 biggest songs with the word "fool" in the title. From Aretha Franklin to the Doobie Brothers to the one and only Jewel, these songs were -- no joke -- big Billboard hits despite fooling around just a teensy bit. Check out the 20 all-time biggest tunes for "fools," and let your inner music "fool" run wild!
The ranking of this list is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from each era, certain time frames were weighted to account for the difference between turnover rates from those years.
"The Fool on the Hill," Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
Hot 100 Peak: 6 (1968)
We start off with a Latin/jazz/bossa nova legend. The 72-year-old has released more than 50 albums in a career that dates back more than 50 years. This song, a Beatles cover, became his second of three Billboard Hot 100 top 10s.
"What Kind of Fool," Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb
Hot 100 Peak: 10 (1981)
'70s/early '80s chart royalty didn’t get much bigger than this. Streisand tallied five No. 1s in that period and, with his brothers in the Bee Gees, Gibb scored nine. Streisand and Gibb connected for two top 10 duets in 1981: this song and prior single "Guilty," which reached No. 3.
"Don't Want to Be a Fool," Luther Vandross
Hot 100 peak: 9 (1991)
The perfect holiday for the late R&B legend is probably Valentine's Day, given his wealth of sultry love songs. This one fits for today, though! It became his second top 10 of 1991, following "Power of Love/Love Power."
"Foolish Little Girl," The Shirelles
Hot 100 Peak: 4 (1963)
The vocal group gave us Motown-era classics like their No. 1s "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" in 1961 and "Soldier Boy" in 1962. This song became their sixth and final top 10 a year later.
"Everybody Plays the Fool," Aaron Neville
Hot 100 Peak: 8 (1991)
After notching his first Hot 100 top 10 in 1967 with "Tell It Like It Is," Neville didn't return to the region until 1989 on his duet with Linda Ronstadt "Don’t Know Much." "Everybody Plays the Fool" became his third, and most recent, top 10 two years later.
"Nobody's Fool," Kenny Loggins
Hot 100 Peak: 8 (1988)
Loggins was a soundtrack king in the '80s, scoring smashes from "Caddyshack," "Footloose" and, in 1988, "Caddyshack II." This song from that sequel became the most recent of his five career solo top 10s.
"She's a Fool," Lesley Gore
Hot 100 Peak: 5 (1963)
Then 17, Gore blasted in with the 1963 No. 1 "It's My Party." By the end of the year, she added two more No. 5 hits: "Judy's Turn to Cry" and this song. Her brother Michael Gore has enjoyed his own chart success, notably co-writing and producing Irene Cara's 1980 No. 1 smash "Fame."
"Kissing a Fool," George Michael
Hot 100 Peak: 5 (1988)
For the follow-up to four No. 1s from his debut solo album "Faith," Michael took an adventurous turn, releasing this ballad perhaps better suited to a piano bar than pop radio. His popularity, as well as the song's hook, however, helped spur another hit from Billboard's top album of 1988.
"(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I," Elvis Presley with the Jordanaires
Hot 100 Peak: 2 (1959)
Shouldn't any list of great songs include at least one by the King? This song is one of Presley's record 80 top 40 Hot 100 hits. Its placement here also serves as a fitting tribute to Jordanaires member Gordon Stoker, who passed away last week at 88.
"Why Do Fools Fall in Love," Diana Ross
Hot 100 Peak: 7 (1981)
The song was introduced by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers in 1956, two years before the Hot 100's inception; it led two of Billboard's R&B charts that year. Ross isn't the only big-name act to cover it: so have the Beach Boys, Frankie Valli and even singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell.