Ask “Mr. Music”
Jerry Osborne



FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 30, 2018

DEAR JERRY: Nowhere, on or off the Internet, do I find a listing of Top 100 tunes with the exact same title, but are completely different songs. And because there are so many with just a one word title, skip those and count only ones having two or more words. Also, limit the search to vinyl rock era only (1955-1989). Thank you!
—Evan Sterling, Redondo Beach, Calif.

DEAR EVAN: Like you, I also cannot find this specific info. Yet it does seem to be a worthwhile project, albeit a lengthy one.

The only exception I'll make to the "exact same title" rule is an often meaningless comma, or other non-letter. For example, "Baby, I Love You" is treated the same as "Baby I Love You," and "Hey! Baby same as "Hey Baby."

Contrary to the request for titles of two or more words, there are times when I spaced out and included single word titles. Having done the research, it seemed a waste to delete them, so they are left in. Hopefully, I won't get caught up again in that trance. We'll go alphabetically by song titles, covering "G" and "H" this week ("A"-"F" appear in previous columns):

"Games" - Redeye (1971)
"Games" - Phoebe Snow (1981)

"Games People Play" - Joe South (1969)
"Games People Play" - Alan Parsons Project (1981)

"Garden Party" - Rick Nelson (1972)
"Garden Party" - Herb Alpert (1983)

"Gee" - The Crows (1954)
"Gee" - George Hamilton IV (1959)

"Get Back" - Roy Head (1966)
"Get Back" - The Beatles (1969)

"Get Closer" - Seals & Crofts (1976)
"Get Closer" - Linda Ronstadt (1982)

"Get Down" - Harvey Scales (1967)
"Get Down" - Curtis Mayfield (1971)
"Get Down" - Gilbert O' Sullivan (1973)
"Get Down" - Gene Chandler (1979)

"Get It On" - Chase (1971)
"Get It On" - Kingdom Come (1988)

"Get It Together" - James Brown (1967)
"Get It Together" - The Jackson Five (1973)

"Ghost Town" - Don Cherry (1956)
"Ghost Town" - Cheap Trick (1988)

"Girl Like You, A" - Gary Stites (1959)
"Girl Like You, A" - The Young Rascals (1967)

"Girlfriend" - Bobby Brown (1987)
"Girlfriend" - Pebbles (1988)

"Girls" - Major Lance (1964)
"Girls" - Dwight Twilley (1984)

"Girls, Girls, Girls" - The Coasters (1961)
"Girls, Girls, Girls" - Motley Crüe (1987)

"Give It to Me" - The Mob (1971)
"Give It to Me" - J. Geils Band (1973)

"Give It Up" - Steve Miller Band (1983)
"Give It Up" - KC (1984)

"Give Me Your Love" - Nat King Cole (1959)
"Give Me Your Love" - Barbara Mason (1973)

"Giving Up on Love" - Jerry Butler (1973)
"Giving Up on Love" - Rick Astley (1989)

"Gloria" - The Shadows of Knight (1966)
"Gloria" - Enchantment (1977)
"Gloria" - Laura Branigan (1982)

"Glory of Love" - The Roomates (1961)
"Glory of Love" - Peter Cetera (1986)

"Gold" - John Stewart (1979)
"Gold" - Spandau Ballet (1984)

"Gone" - Ferlin Husky (1957)
"Gone" - The Rip Chords (1963)

"Gone, Gone, Gone" - The Everly Brothers (1964)
"Gone, Gone, Gone" - Bad Company (1979)

"Gone Too Far" - England Dan & John Ford Coley (1977)
"Gone Too Far" - Eddie Rabbitt (1980)

"Good Thing" - Paul Revere & the Raiders (1967)
"Good Thing" - Fine Young Cannibals (1989)

"Good Times" - Sam Cooke (1964)
"Good Times" - Jerry Butler (1965)
"Good Times" - Gene Chandler (1965)
"Good Times" - Chic (1979)
"Good Times" - INXS & Jimmy Barnes (1987)

"Good Timin'" - Jimmy Jones (1960)
"Good Timin'" - The Beach Boys (1979)

"Goodbye" - Mary Hopkin (1969)
"Goodbye" - Night Ranger (1986)

"Goodnight My Love" - The McGuire Sisters (1957)
"Goodnight My Love" - The Happenings (1967)
"Goodnight My Love" - Mike Pinera (1980)

"Guilty" - Jim Reeves (1963)
"Guilty" - Al Green (1972)
"Guilty" - Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb (1981)

"Gypsy Woman" - The Impressions (1961)
"Gypsy Woman" - Rick Nelson (1963)

"Half-Breed" - Marvin Rainwater (1959)
"Half-Breed" - Cher (1973)

"Happiness" - Billy & Lillie (1958)
"Happiness" - The Shades of Blue (1966)
"Happiness" - The Pointer Sisters (1979)

"Happy" - The Sunshine Company (1967)
"Happy" - Nancy Sinatra (1968)
"Happy" - Paul Anka (1969)
"Happy" - Hog Heaven (1971)
"Happy" - The Rolling Stones (1972)
"Happy" - Bobby Darin (1973)
"Happy" - Eddie Kendricks (1975)
"Happy" - Surface (1987)

"Happy Anniversary" - The Four Lads (1959)
"Happy Anniversary" - Little River Band (1978)

"Happy Days" - Marv Johnson (1961)
"Happy Days" - Pratt & McClain (1976)

"Happy Man" - Impact (1976)
"Happy Man" - Greg Kihn Band (1982)

"Hard Times" - Boz Scaggs (1977)
"Hard Times" - James Taylor (1981)

"He" - Al Hibbler (1955)
"He" - Today's People (1973)

"Head Over Heels" - The Go-Go's (1984)
"Head Over Heels" - Tears for Fears (1985)

"Heart" - Eddie Fisher (1955)
"Heart" - Kenny Chandler (1963)

"Heart and Soul" - The Cleftones (1961)
"Heart and Soul" - Huey Lewis (1983)
"Heart and Soul" - T'Pau (1987)
"Heart and Soul" - The Monkees (1987)

"Heart of the Night" - Poco (1979)
"Heart of the Night" - Juice Newton (1983)

"Heart to Heart" - Errol Sober (1979)
"Heart to Heart" - Kenny Loggins (1983)

"Heartaches" - The Marcels (1961)
"Heartaches" - BTO (1979)

"Heartbeat" - Buddy Holly (1959)
"Heartbeat" - Don Johnson (1986)

"Heartbreak Hotel" - Elvis Presley (1956)
"Heartbreak Hotel" - The Jacksons (1981)

"Heartbreaker" - Grand Funk Railroad (1970)
"Heartbreaker" - Dolly Parton (1978)
"Heartbreaker" - Pat Benatar (1980)
"Heartbreaker" - Dionne Warwick (1983)

"Heartless" - Tommy Leonetti (1955)
"Heartless" - Heart (1978)

"Hearts" - Jackie Wilson (1962)
"Hearts" - Marty Balin (1981)

"Hearts on Fire" - Randy Meisner (1981)
"Hearts on Fire" - Bryan Adams (1987)
"Hearts on Fire" - Steve Winwood (1989)

"Heaven" - Rascals (1969)
"Heaven" - Bryan Adams (1985)
"Heaven" - Warrant (1989)

"Heaven Knows" - The Grass Roots (1969)
"Heaven Knows" - When in Rome (1989)

"Hello Again" - Neil Diamond (1981)
"Hello Again" - The Cars (1984)

"Help Me" - Joni Mitchell (1974)
"Help Me" - Marcy Levy & Robin Gibb (1980)

"Helpless" - The Platters (1958)
"Helpless" - Kim Weston (1966)

"Here Comes the Judge" - Shorty Long (1968)
"Here Comes the Judge" - Pigmeat Markham (1968)

"Here Comes the Night" - Ben E. King (1961)
"Here Comes the Night" - Them (1965)
"Here Comes the Night" - Nick Gilder (1978)
"Here Comes the Night" - The Beach Boys (1979)

"Here I Stand" - Wade Flemons (1959)
"Here I Stand" - The Rip Chords (1963)

"Here She Comes" - The Tymes (1964
"Here She Comes" - Bonnie Tyler (1984)

"Hey Baby" - Bruce Channel (1962)
"Hey Baby" - Ted Nugent (1976)
"Hey Baby" - Henry Lee Summer (1989)

"Hey Little Girl" - The Techniques (1957)
"Hey Little Girl" - Dee Clark (1959)
"Hey Little Girl" - Del Shannon (1962)
"Hey Little Girl" - Major Lance (1963)

"Hey Love" - Stevie Wonder (1967)
"Hey Love" - The Delfonics (1971)

"Hideaway" - The Four Esquires (1958)
"Hideaway" - John Sebastian (1976)

"Hold Me" - P.J. Proby (1964)
"Hold Me" - Fleetwood Mac (1982)
"Hold Me" - Fleetwood Mac (1982)
"Hold Me" - Menudo (1985)
"Hold Me" - Laura Branigan (1985)
"Hold Me" - Sheila E. (1987)
"Hold Me" - Colin James Hay (1987)

"Hold On" - The Radiants (1968)
"Hold On" - The Rascals (1970)
"Hold On" - Sons of Champlin (1976)
"Hold On" - Wild Cherry (1977)
"Hold On" - Triumph (1979)
"Hold On" - Ian Gomm (1979)
"Hold On" - Kansas (1980)
"Hold On" - Badfinger (1981)
"Hold On" - Santana (1982)
"Hold On" - Donny Osmond (1989)

"Hold Tight" - Vicki Sue Robinson (1977)
"Hold Tight" - Change (1981)

"Holiday" - The Bee Gees (1967)
"Holiday" - Nazareth (1980)
"Holiday" - Madonna (1984)
"Holiday" - Kool & the Gang (1987)
"Holiday" - The Other Ones (1987)

"Hollywood" - Connie Francis (1961)
"Hollywood" - Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan (1977)
"Hollywood" - Boz Scaggs (1978)
"Hollywood" - Shooting Star (1982)

"Honest I Do" - Jimmy Reed (1957)
"Honest I Do" - The Innocents (1960)

"Hot Hot Hot" - Buster Poindexter & His Banshees of Blue (1987)
"Hot Hot Hot" - The Cure (1988)

"Hot Shot" - The Buena Vistas (1966)
"Hot Shot" - Karen Young (1978)

"Hot Stuff" - The Rolling Stones (1976)
"Hot Stuff" - Donna Summer (1979)

"How Can I Forget" - Jimmy Holiday (1963)
"How Can I Forget" - Marvin Gaye (1970)

"How Much Love" - Leo Sayer (1977)
"How Much Love" - Survivor (1987)

"Human" - Tommy Hunt (1961)
"Human" - Human League (1986)

"Hummingbird" - Les Paul & Mary Ford (1955)
"Hummingbird" - B.B. King (1970)
"Hummingbird" - Seals & Crofts (1973)

"Hunter, The" - Ike & Tina Turner (1969)
"Hunter, The" - GTR (1986)

"Hurts So Good" - Millie Jackson (1973)
"Hurts So Good" - John Cougar (1982)


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