Ask “Mr. Music”
Jerry Osborne



FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 9, 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. For this purpose, "Baby, I Love You" is treated the same as "Baby I Love You."

We'll go alphabetically by song titles, covering "A" and "B" this week:

"After All" - Al Jarreau(1984)
"After All" - Cher & Peter Cetera (1989)

"After School" - Tommy Charles (1956)
"After School" - Randy Starr (1957)

"All I Need" - The Temptations (1967)
"All I Need" - Jack Wagner (1985)

"All Night Long" - Jo Stafford (1956)
"All Night Long" - Sandy Nelson (1962)
"All Night Long" - Joe Walsh (1980)
"All Night Long" - Billy Squire (1984)

"All Over the World" - Nat King Cole (1963)
"All Over the World" - Electric Light Orchestra (1980)

"All the King's Horses" - Aretha Franklin (1972)
"All the King's Horses" - The Firm (1986)

"Alone With You" - Faron Young (1958)
"Alone With You" - Brenda Lee (1964)

"Always Together" - Al Martino (1964)
"Always Together" - The Dells (1968)

"Am I Losing You" - Jim Reeves (1960)
"Am I Losing You" - The Partridge Family (1972)

"American Dream" - The Dirt Band (1980)
"American Dream" - Simon F. (1987)

"Angel Baby" - Dean Martin (1958)
"Angel Baby" - Rosie & the Originals (1961)

"Another Night" - Dionne Warwick (1967)
"Another Night" - The Hollies (1975)
"Another Night" - Aretha Franklin (1986)

"Another Sleepless Night" - Jimmy Clanton (1960)
"Another Sleepless Night" - Anne Murray (1982)

"Another Time, Another Place" - Patti Page (1958)
"Another Time, Another Place" - Engelbert Humperdinck (1971)

"Anyway You Want It" - The Dave Clark Five (1965)
"Anyway You Want It" - Journey (1980)

"Ashes to Ashes" - The Mindbenders (1966)
"Ashes to Ashes" - The 5th Dimension (1973)

"Ask Me" - Nat King Cole (1956)
"Ask Me" - Maxine Brown (1963)
"Ask Me" - Elvis Presley (1964)
"Ask Me" - Inez Foxx (1964)
"Ask Me" - Ecstasy, Passion & Pain (1974)

"At the Club" - Ray Charles (1962)
"At the Club" - The Drifters (1965)

"Avenging Annie" - Andy Pratt (1973)
"Avenging Annie" - Roger Daltry (1977)

"Baby Baby" - Billy Williams Quartet (1958)
"Baby Baby" - Eighth Wonder (1989)

"Baby Baby Baby" - Sam Cooke (1963)
"Baby Baby Baby" - Anna King & Bobby Byrd (1964)

"Baby Blue" - The Echoes (1961)
"Baby Blue" - Badfinger (1972)

"Baby Come Back" - The Equals (1968)
"Baby Come Back" - Player (1978)
"Baby Come Back" - Billy Rankin (1984)

"Baby Don't Go" - Sonny & Cher (1965)
"Baby Don't Go" - Karla Bonoff (1980)

"Baby Hold On" - The Grass Roots (1970)
"Baby Hold On" - Eddie Money (1978)

"Baby I Love You" - The Ronettes (1964)
"Baby I Love You" - Jimmy Holiday (1966)
"Baby I Love You" - Aretha Franklin (1967)

"Baby Love" - The Supremes (1964)
"Baby Love" - Mother's Finest (1977)
"Baby Love" - Regina (1986)

"Baby Talk" - Jan & Dean (1959)
"Baby Talk" - Alisha (1986)

"Back on My Feet Again" - The Foundations (1968)
"Back on My Feet Again" - The Babys (1980)

"Back to School Again" - Timmie "Oh Yeah" Rogers (1957)
"Back to School Again" - The Four Tops (1982)

"Back Together Again" - Daryl Hall & John Oates (1977)
"Back Together Again" - Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (1980)

"Bad Boy" - The Jive Bombers (1957)
"Bad Boy" - Marty Wilde (1960)
"Bad Boy" - Ray Parker Jr. (1983)
"Bad Boy" - Miami Sound Machine (1986)

"Bad Girl" - The Miracles (1959)
"Bad Girl" - Neil Sedaka (1963)

"Bad Weather" - Poco (1971)
"Bad Weather" - The Supremes (1973)

"Band of Gold" - Don Cherry (1956)
"Band of Gold" - Freda Payne (1970)

"Be My Baby" - The Ronettes (1963)
"Be My Baby" - Dick & Deedee (1965)

"Be My Girl" - The Four-Evers (1964)
"Be My Girl" - The Dramatics (1977)

"Be My Lady" - The Meters (1977)
"Be My Lady" - Jefferson Airplane (1982)

"Beach Party" - King Curtis & the Noble Knights (1962)
"Beach Party" - Dave York & the Beachcombers (1962)
(Note: for the week ending August 25, 1962, both "Beach Party" singles were in the Top 100)

"Beautiful People" - Bobby Vee (1967)
"Beautiful People" - The New Seekers (1971)

"Because I Love You" - Billy Stewart (1966)
"Because I Love You" - The Five Stairsteps (1970)

"Best of My Love" - The Eagles (1975)
"Best of My Love" - The Emotions (1977)

"Best of Times" - Styx (1981)
"Best of Times" - Peter Cetera (1988)

"Big Beat, The" - Dick Jacobs & His Orchestra (1957)
"Big Beat, The" - Fats Domino (1958)

"Big Love" - Joe Henderson (1962)
"Big Love" - Fleetwood Mac (1987)

"Birthday Party" - Sil Austin (1957)
"Birthday Party" - The Pixies Three (1963)

"Black Night" - Bobby Bland (1965)
"Black Night" - Deep Purple (1970)

"Bless You" - Tony Orlando (1961)
"Bless You" - Martha & the Vandellas (1971)

"Blue Guitar" - Richard Chamberlain (1963)
"Blue Guitar" - Justin Hayward & John Lodge (1976)

"Blue Monday" - Fats Domino (1957)
"Blue Monday" - New Order (1988)

"Bluebird" - Buffalo Springfield (1967)
"Bluebird" - Helen Reddy (1975)

"Boogie Down - Eddie Kendricks (1974)
"Boogie Down - Al Jarreau (1983)

"Brand New Love Affair" - Chicago (1975)
"Brand New Love Affair" - Jigsaw (1976)

"Break It to Me Gently" - Brenda Lee (1962)
"Break It to Me Gently" - Aretha Franklin (1977)

"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" - Jivin' Gene & the Jokers (1959)
"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" - Neil Sedaka (1962)

"Burning Bridges" - Jack Scott (1960)
"Burning Bridges" - Mike Curb Congregation (1971)

"Butterfly" - Charlie Gracie (1957)
"Butterfly" - Danyel Gerard (1972)

"Bye Bye Baby" - Mary Wells (1962)
"Bye Bye Baby" - U.S. 1 (1975)


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