Ask Billboard: More No. 14 Hits For '14
Celebrating the new year with more No. 14-peaking Hot 100 hits, from the Beatles to Britney Spears, the Cars to Coldplay and Robert Palmer to Katy Perry
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MORE No. 14 HITS FOR '14
Happy 2014 to you! Being the professed chart nerd that I am, I always love the first Chart Beat of the year, when you dip back and share some Billboard Hot 100 hits that peaked at positions that match the new year.
Here are 14 more No. 14 favorites from 1979 through 1989 to add to your list, for '14:
"Let's Go," the Cars, 1979
"Bad Case of Lovin' You," Robert Palmer, 1979
"Jane," Jefferson Starship, 1980
"If Anyone Falls," Stevie Nicks, 1983
"Take Me to Heart," Quarterflash, 1983
"Major Tom (Coming Home)," Peter Schilling, 1983
"Digging Your Scene," the Blow Monkeys, 1986
"Missionary Man," Eurythmics, 1986
"When The Heart Rules the Mind," GTR, 1986
"Sanctify Yourself," Simple Minds, 1986
"I'll Be Alright Without You," Journey, 1987
"I Need Love," LL Cool J, 1987
"Crazy," Icehouse, 1988
"Iko Iko," the Belle Stars, 1989
As always, thank you, Gary!
Ron Raymond, Jr.
Host/Producer, "Stuck in the 80s"
WMPG-FM and WMPG.org
Even after nearly 40 No. 14 hits in last week's original feature, and your 14 more, there are actually so many more noteworthy No. 14-peaking Hot 100 songs. How about we keep going with these 14:
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," Brenda Lee, 1960
"I Saw Her Standing There," the Beatles, 1964
"New York City Mining Disaster 1941 (Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones)," Bee Gees, 1967. The folky song became the first of the trio's 43 Hot 100 hits.
"Give Peace a Chance," Plastic Ono Band, 1969
"So Far Away," Carole King, 1971
"Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," James Taylor, 1973. Garth Brooks covers the song on his new box set, "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences." "Don't know how to describe this song other than it is 'sex on a record'," he writes in the liner notes. "This song has killed me since the first time I heard it. It's funny, the quote I use in the Vegas show is '... There's a reason why white guys have no soul fellas ... it's because God gave it all to James Taylor."
"Free Ride," Edgar Winter Group, 1973
"Who Are You," the Who, 1978
"Soul Man," Blues Brothers, 1979
"One Hundred Ways," Quincy Jones feat. James Ingram, 1982
"Baby Jane," Rod Stewart, 1983
"The Longest Time," Billy Joel, 1983
"Along Comes a Woman," Chicago, 1985. Chicago's last chart hit with Peter Cetera on vocals.
"I Wanna Go Back," Eddie Money, 1987
OK, 14 more:
"The Pleasure Principle," Janet Jackson, 1987
"Everywhere," Fleetwood Mac, 1988. The fourth top 20 hit from the band's album "Tango in the Night," as well as Fleetwood Mac's last top 40 hit featuring the lineup of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.
"We All Sleep Alone," Cher, 1988
"Dressed for Success," Roxette, 1989
"Tender Lover," Babyface, 1990
"You Don't Have to Go Home Tonight," the Triplets, 1991. A major personal favorite. This YouTube commenter sums it up perfectly: "This is the kind of early '90s pop music that unfortunately got stifled when the industry started catering more to alternative rock and R&B by the end of the year and into 1992. This era is long overdue for a nostalgic revival."
"Who Is It," Michael Jackson, 1993
"Rain," Madonna, 1993
"Mary Jane's Last Dance," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 1993
"In the House of Stone and Light," Martin Page, 1995
"This Ain't a Love Song," Bon Jovi, 1995
"Time," Hootie & the Blowfish, 1995
"I Will Remember You (Live)," Sarah McLachlan, 1999. The studio version of the ballad peaked at No. 65 in 1996. Released from her live "Mirrorball" album, amid Lilith Fair-mania, the new live take also reached No. 2 on Adult Pop Songs and No. 3 on Adult Contemporary.
"She's So High," Tal Bachman, 1999
… and 14 more, from the 2000s:
"From the Bottom of My Broken Heart," Britney Spears, 2000. Billboard's then-Singles Editor Chuck Taylor praised the track upon its release: "Eighteen-year-old Britney Spears, 1999's biggest-selling new artist, spreads it out like soft cream cheese on her fourth-to-be runaway smash single, as dreamy and fresh as that first spin of '...Baby One More Time' over a year ago. 'From the Bottom of My Broken Heart' possesses a breezy air that is certain to continue her breakneck success on the singles charts. [Writer/producer] Eric Forster White is at the helm this time, writing and producing a song that will easily appeal to Miss Spears' young core, with the potential to chart the more mature AC audience, too. Spears' star is shining brighter than ever, and this wholesome track will only serve to illuminate it all the more. An ace."
"Otherside," Red Hot Chili Peppers, 2000
"I Hope You Dance," Lee Ann Womack, 2001
"South Side," Moby feat. Gwen Stefani, 2001
"Superman (It's Not Easy)," Five for Fighting, 2001
"Days Go By," Dirty Vegas, 2002. The song additionally crowned Dance Club Songs, while the act's self-titled debut set ruled Dance/Electronic Albums for 16 weeks.
"Sing for the Moment," Eminem, 2003
"The First Cut Is the Deepest," Sheryl Crow, 2004
"A Public Affair," Jessica Simpson, 2006
"Here (In Your Arms)," Hellogoodbye, 2007
"Misery," Maroon 5, 2010
"Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," Coldplay, 2011
"You Da One," Rihanna, 2011
"Unconditionally," Katy Perry, 2013. While the song appears to have peaked at No. 14 on the Hot 100, it remains bulleted at No. 8 on Adult Pop Songs and jumps 28-20 on Adult Contemporary. Meanwhile, follow-up "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, is closing in on the Hot 100's top 10, having risen 14-11 last week. Check Billboard.com tomorrow to see if it reaches the top tier.