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FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 20, 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 "M"-"O" this week ("A"-"L" appear in previous columns):

"Magic Carpet Ride" - Steppenwolf (1968)
"Magic Carpet Ride" - Bardeux (1988)

"Magic Man" - Heart (1976)
"Magic Man" - Herb Alpert (1981)

"Make Believe" - Wind (1969)
"Make Believe" - Toto (1982)

"Make Love to Me" - Johnny Thunder & Ruby Winters (1967)
"Make Love to Me" - Helen Reddy (1979)

"Make Up Your Mind" - J. Geils Band (1973)
"Make Up Your Mind" - Aurra (1982)

"Makin' Love" - Floyd Robinson (1959)
"Makin' Love" - Climax Blues Band (1978)

"Mama" - Connie Francis (1960)
"Mama" - B.J. Thomas (1966)
"Mama" - Genesis (1983)

"Married Man" - Richard Burton (1965)
"Married Man" - Bette Midler (1979)

"Matador, The" - Johnny Cash (1963)
"Matador, The" - Major Lance (1964)

"Maybe Tomorrow" - The Iveys (1969)
"Maybe Tomorrow" - The Jackson 5 (1971)

"Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" - The Buckinghams (1967)
"Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" - Phoebe Snow (1981)

"Message, The" - Cymande (1973)
"Message, The" - Grand Master Flash (1982)

"Midnight Blue" - Melissa Manchester (1975)
"Midnight Blue" - Louise Tucker (1983)
"Midnight Blue" - Lou Gramm (1987)

"Midnight Special" - Paul Evans (1960)
"Midnight Special" - Jimmy Smith (1962)

"Miss You" - Jaye P. Morgan (1959)
"Miss You" - The Rolling Stones (1978)

"Missing You" - Ray Peterson (1961)
"Missing You" - Dan Fogelberg (1982)
"Missing You" - Diana Ross (1985)

"Money Honey" - Elvis Presley (1956)
"Money Honey" - Bay City Rollers (1976)

"More and More" - Andy Williams (1967)
"More and More" - Carly Simon (1975)

"Most of All" - Don Cornell (1955)
"Most of All" - B.J. Thomas (1971)
"Most of All" - Jody Watley (1988)

"Mountain of Love" - Harold Dorman (1960)
"Mountain of Love" - Billy Stewart (1966)

"My Babe" - The Righteous Brothers (1963)
"My Babe" - Roy Head (1966)
"My Babe" - Ronnie Dove (1967)

"My Baby" - The Temptations (1965)
"My Baby" - The Pretenders (1987)

"My Girl" - The Temptations (1965)
"My Girl" - Donnie Iris (1982)

"My Heart Skips a Beat" - Buck Owens (1964)
"My Heart Skips a Beat" - The Cover Girls (1989)

"My Life" - Chuck Willis (1958)
"My Life" - Billy Joel (1979)

"My Love" - Nat King Cole (1960)
"My Love" - Petula Clark (1966)
"My Love" - Paul McCartney & Wings (1973)
"My Love" - Lionel Richie (1983)
"My Love" - Julio Iglesias & Stevie Wonder (1988)

"Near You" - Roger Williams (1958)
"Near You" - Boz Scaggs (1971)

"Never Let Me Go" - Nat King Cole (1956)
"Never Let Me Go" - Lloyd Price (1960)

"New Orleans" - U.S. Bonds (1960)
"New Orleans" - The Staple Singers (1976)

"Nice Girls" - Eye to Eye (1982)
"Nice Girls" - Melissa Manchester (1983)

"Night Moves" - Bob Seger (1977)
"Night Moves" - Marilyn Martin (1986)

"Night Time" - Pete Antell (1962)
"Night Time" - The Strangeloves (1966)

"No One Knows" - Dion & the Belmonts (1958)
"No One Knows" - Every Mother's Son (1968)

"Nobody But You" - Dee Clark (1959)
"Nobody But You" - Loggins & Messina (1972)

"Nobody Wins" - Brenda Lee (1973)
"Nobody Wins" - Elton John (1981)

"Notorious" - Loverboy (1987)
"Notorious" - Duran Duran (1987)

"Nowhere to Run" - Martha & the Vandellas (1965)
"Nowhere to Run" - Santana (1982)

"Oh Girl" - The Chi-Lites (1972)
"Oh Girl" - Boy Meets Girl (1985)

"Oh Julie" - The Crescendos (1958)
"Oh Julie" - Barry Manilow (1982)

"Oh My My" - The Monkees (1970)
"Oh My My" - Ringo Starr (1974)

"Oh Yeah" - The Shadows of Knight (1966)
"Oh Yeah" - Joe Cuba (1967)
"Oh Yeah" - Yello (1987)

"On and On" - Gladys Knight (1974)
"On and On" - Stephen Bishop (1977)

"On the Rebound" - Floyd Cramer (1961)
"On the Rebound" - Russ Ballard (1980)

"On the Road Again" - Canned Heat (1968)
"On the Road Again" - Willie Nelson (1980)

"Once Upon a Time" - Rochell & the Candles (1961)
"Once Upon a Time" - Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells (1964)

"One in a Million" - The Platters (1957)
"One in a Million" - The Romantics (1984)
"One in a Million" - Eddy & the Tide (1985)

"One Man Band" - Three Dog Night (1971)
"One Man Band" - Leo Sayer (1975)

"One More Chance" - Rod Bernard (1959)
"One More Chance" - Ocean (1972)
"One More Chance" - Diana Ross (1981)

"One More Night" - Streek (1981)
"One More Night" - Phil Collins (1985)

"One Step at a Time" - Brenda Lee (1957)
"One Step at a Time" - Maxine Brown (1965)

"One Track Mind" - Bobby Lewis (1961)
"One Track Mind" - The Knickerbockers (1966)

"1-2-3" - Len Barry (1965)
"1-2-3" - Gloria Estefan (1988)

"One Way Love" - The Drifters (1964)
"One Way Love" - Bandit (1979)
"One Way Love" - TKA (1986)

"Only the Lonely" - Roy Orbison (1960)
"Only the Lonely" - The Motels (1982)

"Only You" - The Platters (1955)
"Only You" - Loleatta Holloway (1978)
"Only You" - The Commodores (1983)

"Ooh Baby" - Bo Diddley (1967)
"Ooh Baby" - Deon Jackson (1967)

"Operator" - Gladys Knight & the Pips (1962)
"Operator" - Brenda Holloway" (1965)
"Operator" - Manhattan Transfer (1975)
"Operator" - Midnight Star (1985)

"Other Woman, The" - Sarah Vaughan (1956)
"Other Woman, The" - Vikie Lawrence (1975)
"Other Woman, The" - Ray Parker Jr. (1982)

"Our House" - Crsoby, Stills, Nash & Young (1970)
"Our House" - Madness (1983)

"Our World" - Johnny Tillotson (1965)
"Our World" - Blue Mink (1970)

"Out of the Blue" - Tommy James & the Shondells (1967)
"Out of the Blue" - Debbie Gibson (1988)

"Outside My Window" - The Fleetwoods (1960)
"Outside My Window" - Stevie Wonder (1980)

"Over and Over" - Bobby Day (1958)
"Over and Over" - The Delfonics (1971)
"Over and Over" - Pajama Party (1989)

"Over My Head" - Fleetwood Mac (1976)
"Over My Head" - Toni Basil (1984)

"Over You" - Gary Puckett & the Union Gap (1968)
"Over You" - Roxy Music (1980)

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