Ask “Mr. Music”
Jerry Osborne



FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 10, 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."

We'll go alphabetically by song titles, covering "T"-"V" this week ("A"-"S" appear in previous columns):

"Take a Look Around" - Smith (1970)
"Take a Look Around" - The Temptations (1972)

"Take It Easy" - The Eagles (1972)
"Take It Easy" - Andy Taylor (1986)

"Take Me Back" - Little Anthony & the Imperials (1965)
"Take Me Back" - Bonnie Tyler (1984)

"Take Me Home" - Cher (1979)
"Take Me Home" - Phil Collins (1986)

"Talk Talk" - The Music Machine (1967)
"Talk Talk" - Talk Talk (1982)

"Talk to Me" - Frank Sinatra (1959)
"Talk to Me" - Sunny & the Sunglows (1963)
"Talk to Me" - Fiona (1985)
"Talk to Me" - Quarterflash (1985)
"Talk to Me" - Stevie Nicks (1986)
"Talk to Me" - Chico DeBarge (1987)

"Talking About My Baby" - The Impressions (1964)
"Talking About My Baby" - Gloria Walker (1968)

"Talking in Your Sleep" - Gordon Lightfoot (1971)
"Talking in Your Sleep" - Crystal Gayle (1978)
"Talking in Your Sleep" - The Romantics (1984)

"Tall Cool One" - The Wailers (1959)
"Tall Cool One" - Robert Plant (1988)

"Teacher Teacher" - Johnny Mathis (1958)
"Teacher Teacher" - Rockpile (1981)
"Teacher Teacher" - .38 Special (1984)

"Tears on My Pillow" - Little Anthony & the Imperials (1958)
"Tears on My Pillow" - The McGuire Sisters (1961)

"Teenage Heaven" - Eddie Cochran (1959)
"Teenage Heaven" - Johnny Cymbal (1963)

"Tell Him" - The Exciters (1963)
"Tell Him" - The Drew-Vels (1964)

"Tell Mama" - Etta James (1968)
"Tell Mama" - Savoy Brown (1971)

"Tell Me" - Dick & DeeDee (1962)
"Tell Me" - White Lion (1988)

"Tell Me Why" - The Belmonts (1961)
"Tell Me Why" - Bobby Vinton (1964)
"Tell Me Why" - Elvis Presley (1966)
"Tell Me Why" - Matthews' Southern Comfort (1971)

"Ten Little Indians" - The Beach Boys (1963)
"Ten Little Indians" - The Yardbirds (1967)

"Tender Years" - George Jones (1961)
"Tender Years" - John Cafferty (1985)

"Thank You Baby" - The Shirelles (1964)
"Thank You Baby" - The Stylistics (1975)

"Thank You Girl" - The Beatles (1964)
"Thank You Girl" - The Street People (1970)

"That's All" - Tennessee Ernie Ford (1956)
"That's All" - Rick Nelson (1963)
"That's All" - Genesis (1984)

"That's the Way" - Joe Tex (1969)
"That's the Way" - Katrina & the Waves (1989)

"That's the Way Love Is" - Bobby Bland (1963)
"That's the Way Love Is" - Marvin Gaye (1969)

"That's What Friends Are For" - B.J. Thomas (1972)
"That's What Friends Are For" - Dionne Warwick & Friends (1986)

"There It Is" - James Brown (1972)
"There It Is" - Tyrone Davis (1973)

"Think It Over" - The Crickets (1958)
"Think It Over" - Cheryl Ladd (1978)

"Think Twice" - Brook Benton (1961)
"Think Twice" - Jackie Wilson & LaVern Baker (1966)

"Thinking of You" - Loggins & Messina (1973)
"Thinking of You" - Paul Davis (1976)
"Thinking of You" - Earth, Wind & Fire (1988)
"Thinking of You" - Sa-Fire (1989)

"This Is It" - Jim Reeves (1965)
"This Is It" - Melba Moore (1976)
"This Is It" - Dan Hartman (1979)
"This Is It" - Kenny Loggins (1980)

"This Is Love" - Paul Anka (1978)
"This Is Love" - Oak (1979)

"This Is My Prayer" - Theola Kilgore (1963)
"This Is My Prayer" - The Ray Charles Singers (1965)

"This Is the Time" - Dennis DeYoung (1986)
"This Is the Time" - Billy Joel (1987)

"This Little Girl" - Dion (1963)
"This Little Girl" - Gary U.S. Bonds (1981)

"This Time" - Troy Shondell (1961)
"This Time" - John Cougar (1980)
"This Time" - Bryan Adams (1983)
"This Time" - INXS (1985)
"This Time" - Kiara & Shanice Wilson (1989)

"Those Were the Days" - Mary Hopkin (1968)
"Those Were the Days" - Carroll O'Connor & Jean Stapleton (1972)

"Time After Time" - Frankie Ford (1960)
"Time After Time" - Chris Montez (1966)
"Time After Time" - Cyndi Lauper (1984)

"Time for Livin'" - The Association (1968)
"Time for Livin'" - Sly & the Family Stone (1974)

"Time Machine" - Dante & the Evergreens (1960)
"Time Machine" - Grand Funk Railroad (1969)

"Time Was" - The Flamingos (1961)
"Time Was" - Canned Heat (1969)

"To Be a Lover" - Gene Chandler (1967)
"To Be a Lover" - William Bell (1969)

"To Each His Own" - The Platters (1960)
"To Each His Own" - Faith, Hope & Charity (1975)

"Together Again" - Ray Charles (1966)
"Together Again" - Bobby Sherman (1972)

"Tonight's the Night" - The Shirelles (1960)
"Tonight's the Night" - Solomon Burke (1965)
"Tonight's the Night" - S.S.O. (1976)

"Too Late" - Gene Austin (1957)
"Too Late" - The Shoes (1979)
"Too Late" - Journey (1980)

"Too Late to Turn Back Now" - Brook Benton (1964)
"Too Late to Turn Back Now" - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose (1972)

"Too Young" - Donny Osmond (1972)
"Too Young" - Jack Wagner (1985)

"Touch and Go" - Al Wilson (1974)
"Touch and Go" - The Cars (1980)
"Touch and Go" - Ecstasy, Passion & Pain (1976)
"Touch and Go" - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1986)

"Touch Me" - The Doors (1968)
"Touch Me" - Fancy (1974)

"Trouble in Paradise" - The Crests (1960)
"Trouble in Paradise" - Al Jarreau (1983)

"True Love" - Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly (1956)
"True Love" - Glenn Frey (1988)

"Tunnel of Love" - Doris Day (1958)
"Tunnel of Love" - Bruce Springsteen (1988)

"Turn Around" - Dick & DeeDee (1964)
"Turn Around" - Neil Diamond (1984)

"Turn Me Loose" - Fabian (1959)
"Turn Me Loose" - Loverboy (1981)

"Turn to Stone" - Joe Walsh (1975)
"Turn to Stone" - Electric Light Orchestra (1978)

"Two Hearts" - Pat Boone (1955)
"Two Hearts" - Stephanie Mills & Teddy Pendergrass (1981)
"Two Hearts" - Phil Collins (1989)

"Two Tickets to Paradise" - Brook Benton (1963)
"Two Tickets to Paradise" - Eddie Money (1978)

"Victim of Love" - Elton John (1979)
"Victim of Love" - Bryan Adams (1987)

"Voodoo Woman" - Bobby Goldsboro (1965)
"Voodoo Woman" - Simon Stokes (1969)


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