The Top 300 All-time Favorite Songs
WIBG..... "wibbage"... 990 on your AM dial.... the ORIGINAL Power 99, although they never did, to my knowledge, use that slogan. If you grew up, heck, if you had a neck and were in anything but a catatonic state in the Philadelphia area in the 1960s, you knew about WIBG. AM radio had lots of music stations.... WIBG was the #1 station for rock and roll. It eventually was overtaken by WFIL 560 AM, which had a much stronger signal, bigger budget, and for the most part a pretty lame Top 40 playlist. WIBG went a little deeper, musically.
WIBG was a big part of my life.... the music you and I heard there and the dreams we dared to dream while listening..... well, as John Lee Hooker said, it's in him, and it's got come out.
I first heard THOSE words on WIBG, in 1969. Disc Jockey Joey Reynolds was on the air, and he was playing The Savoy Brown Boogie from that band's A STEP FURTHER album.... something you would never hear on WFIL.
WIBG.... "Wibbage" to those who were there, is still alive, and quite well in 2012, in fact! On the air on the FM diak at 94.3 and based in Ocran City, New Jersey, the music lives on the Internet at http://www.wibg.fm/. Tune in today, and take a little trip back to yesterday!
I bought my first 45 rpm record in 1965. It was Birds and bees by Jewel Akens, on the ERA label. It cost me 59 cents, at the W.T. Grant store on the Ellisburg Circle in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The story however, goes back a bit further.
In 1963, my father put an AM clock radio in the room I shared with my younger brother so we could get ourselves up and go to school. This had the unintended consequence of giving me access to THE MUSIC!!!!
WIBG was my first, and for many years, my favorite station. When I started listening the lineup was Joe Niagara, Hy Lit, Frank X. Feller, Bill Wright Sr., and if memory serves Jerry Stevens. Joe Niagarea and Hy Lit were my favorite disc jockeys. When other buys my age dreamed of being cowboys, sports stars, firemen, or whatever.... I wanted to be a disc jockey on AM radio.... and after a long an circuitous trip, I did!!
Phil Cohen, July 31, 2007
Above 'em all, the
The number one spot
on the Top 300 goes to CHERISH, one of the most hauntingly beautiful
love ballads of any era. The song was written by group member, Terry
Kirkman and during the summer of 1966 shot the Association up to the
exclusive cloud occupied by today's super stars.
young artist from Nashville poured his heart and soul into his debut
disc, which leaped to the top of the music heap overnight during the summer
of 1967. The number two all timer, EVERLASTING LOVE, is a
never-say-die smash that everyone enjoys hearing again and again.
The guy has a way with music-no doubt about it! Jimmy smashed into prominence in 1966 doing what Jimmy does besttelling a story so that anyone who was ever "brokenhearted" shares with him that emotional experience. You've ranked WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED as the number three entry on the list of all time favorites.
1967 was the year
of LIGHT MY FIRE. Rhythm to move feet and mind-a rousing musical
experience that has become a theme for today's generation. The quartet
creates its own material and envelopes it with a blend of organ,
guitar and percussion backing. LIGHT MY FIRE has sold over three
million copies. And, the number four memory maker on the Top 300
continues to sell day after day.
About six years ago, five Detroiters got together to do some harmonizing. They've been singing together ever since, thanks to the writing talent of Smokey Robinson and the guiding hand of Berry Gordy, Jr. Melvin, Eddie, Paul, Otis, and David make the musical dedication of number five from the Top 300 to MY GIRL.
The lead voice on
such Top 300 smashes by the Four Seasons as SHERRY, RAG DOLL and LET'S
HANG ON stepped out for a solo performance early in 1967. And CAN'T
TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU turned out to be one of the year's biggest hits.
The hit consistency of Frankie Valli and the Seasons guarantees their
fans much more to come ... perhaps to challenge number six on the Top
Originally released in 1962, SOLDIER BOY became one of the biggest hits of that year. Day after day the story told by the Shirelles is repeated and the song's· popularity continues year after year.
Mick, Brian, Charlie, Bill and Keith comprise one of the most powerful and exciting groups in the world. As the record that probably captured the mood of the summer of '65 better than any other, SATISFACTION assures the group and their song a permanent groove among the all time greats.
9 THE HAPPENINGS
It takes a special
kind of talent to turn the "now generation" on to a song
like SEE YOU I N SEPTEMBER, and the Happenings have that kind of
talent. All hail from Paterson, New Jersey and their first recording
is the classic you made number nine on the Top 300.
For the hung-up
minds that predicted a Beatle burn-out after their unparalleled
successes of 1964, the boys, in mid-'65, served up final proof that
this amazing foursome was just getting into gear. I none of pop
music's outstanding examples of brilliant versatility, YESTERDAY
became not only the Beatles' biggest of 1965, but also the
Lennon-McCartney song most recorded by other artists. The highest
ranked Beatle hit on the Top 300, YESTERDA Y is just one of the
group's nineteen all timers on the list. What next from the
pacesetters? Whatever, count on hearing it first on the Big 99.
|45||Sad Girl||Jay Wiggins||1965|
|46||Jimmy Mack||Martha & the Vandellas||1967|
|47||Unchained Melody||Righteous Brothers||1965|
|49||It's All In The Game||Tommy Edwards||1958|
|50||The Lion Sleeps Tonight||Tokens||1962|
|51||San Francisco (Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)||Scott McKenzie||1967|
|52||I Can't Help Myself||Four Tops||1965|
|53||A Little Bit of Soul||Music Explosion||1967|
|54||You're My Everything||Temptations||1968|
|55||Barbara Ann||Beach Boys||1966|
|57||Sally Sayin' Something||Billy Harner||1967|
|59||Bonnie and Clyde||Georgie Fame||1968|
|60||When You're Young and In Love||Marvelettes||1967|
|61||Good Lovin'||Young Rascals||1966|
|62||Love Is Blue||Paul Mauriat||1967|
|66||Theme From A Summer Place||Percy Faith||1960|
|67||Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie||Jay and the Techniques||1967|
|68||This Is My Song||Petula Clark||1967|
70. A Million To One Jimmy Charles 1960
80. Higher and Higher Jackie Wilson 1967
90. Green Green Grass Of Home Tom Jones 1967
100. Daydream Believer Monkees 1967
110. My Guy Mary Wells 1964
120. Last Train To Clarksville Monkees 1966
130. The Tracks Of My Tears
140. I Got Rhythm Happenings 1967
150. 19th Nervous Breakdown Rolling Stones 1966
160. I Fought The Law Bobby Fuller Four 1966
170. With This Ring Platters 1967
180. Ode To Billie Joe Bobbie Gentry 1967
190. Little Star Elegants 1958
200. She's Not There Zombies 1964
210. Party Lights Claudene Clark 1962
220. Can't Buy Me Love Beatles 1964
230. Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter Herman's Hermits 1965
240. Mellow Yellow Donovan 1966
250. Little Girl Syndicate of Sound 1966
260. Jenny Take A Ride Mitch Ryder and the Detroit
270. Judy in Disguise John Fred and the Playboys 1967
280. Rescue Me Fontella Bass 1965
290. Don't let The Sun Catch You
Crying Gerry and the Pacemakers 1964
The popularity of records listed within is the opinion of WIBG based upon votes mailed and phoned in by its listeners listing their favorite all time records.
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