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FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 13, 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 "J"-"L" this week ("A"-"I" appear in previous columns):

"Jack and Jill" - Tommy Roe (1969)
"Jack and Jill" - Raydio (1978)

"Jam, The" - Bobby Gregg (1962)
"Jam, The" - Graham Central Station (1976)

"Jealousy" - Kitty Wells (1958)
"Jealousy" - Major Harris (1976)

"Joker, The" - Steve Miller Band (1974)
"Joker, The" - Snail (1978)

"Just a Little" - Brenda Lee (1960)
"Just a Little" - The Beau Brummels (1965)

"Just a Little Bit" - Rosco Gordon (1960)
"Just a Little Bit" - Blue Cheer (1968)
"Just a Little Bit" - Little Milton (1969)

"Just Another Night - Ian Hunter (1979)
"Just Another Night - Mick Jagger (1985)

"Just Because" - Lloyd Price (1957)
"Just Because" - The McGuire Sisters (1961)
"Just Because" - Anita Baker (1989)

"Just Between You and Me" - The Chordettes (1957)
"Just Between You and Me" - April Wine (1981)

"Just Like Paradise" - Larry John McNally (1981)
"Just Like Paradise" - David Lee Roth (1988)

"Just Yesterday" - Jack Jones (1965)
"Just Yesterday" - Al Martino (1966)

"Keep on Dancing" - Hank Ballard (1961)
"Keep on Dancing" - The Gentrys (1965)
"Keep on Dancing" - Alvin Cash (1968)

"Keep on Running" - Spencer Davis Group (1966)
"Keep on Running" - Stevie Wonder (1972)

"Killer Joe" - The Rocky Fellers (1963)
"Killer Joe" - Quincy Jones (1970)

"Kiss and Tell" - Isley, Jasper, Isley (1985)
"Kiss and Tell" - Breakfast Club (1987)
"Kiss and Tell" - Bryan Ferry (1988)

"Lady Love" - The Klowns (1970)
"Lady Love" - Lou Rawls (1978)

"Language of Love" - John D. Loudermilk (1961)
"Language of Love" - Dan Fogelberg (1984)

"Last Dance" - The McGuire Sisters (1960)
"Last Dance" - Donna Summer (1978)

"Lay Down Your Arms" - The Chordettes (1956)
"Lay Down Your Arms" - The Graces (1989)

"Lead Me On" - Maxine Nightingale (1979)
"Lead Me On" - Amy Grant (1988)

"Let It Shine" - Olivia Newton-John (1975)
"Let It Shine" - Santana (1976)

"Let Me Be" - The Turtles (1965)
"Let Me Be" - Korona (1980)

"Let Me Be the One" - The Paris Sisters (1962)
"Let Me Be the One" - Five Star (1986)
"Let Me Be the One" - Exposť (1987)

"Let Me Down Easy" - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose (1973)
"Let Me Down Easy" - American Flyer (1976)
"Let Me Down Easy" - Roger Daltrey (1986)

"Let Me Go" - Rings (1981)
"Let Me Go" - Ray Parker Jr. (1982)
"Let Me Go" - Heaven 17 (1983)

"Let Me In" - The Sensations (1962)
"Let Me In" - The Osmonds (1973)
"Let Me In" - Derringer (1976)
"Let Me In" - Eddie Money (1989)

"Let the Good Times Roll" - Shirley & Lee (1956)
"Let the Good Times Roll" - Ray Charles (1960)

"Let the Music Play" - Barry White (1976)
"Let the Music Play" - Shannon (1984)

"Let Yourself Go" - James Brown (1967)
"Let Yourself Go" - Elvis Presley (1968)
"Let Yourself Go" - Friends of Distinction (1969)

"Let's Dance" - Chris Montez (1962)
"Let's Dance" - David Bowie (1983)
"Let's Dance" - Chris Rea (1987)

"Let's Go" - Floyd Cramer (1962)
"Let's Go" - The Cars (1979)
"Let's Go" - Wang Chung (1987)

"Let's Go Steady Again" - Neil Sedaka (1963)
"Let's Go Steady Again" - Sam Cooke (1966)

"Letter, The" - Sonny & Cher (1965)
"Letter, The" - The Box Tops (1967)

"Little Bit of Heaven, A" - Ronnie Dove (1965)
"Little Bit of Heaven, A" - Natalie Cole (1985)

"Little Boy Blue" - Billy Vaughn (1956)
"Little Boy Blue" - Huelyn Duvall (1959)

"Little By Little" - Nappy Brown (1957)
"Little By Little" - Robert Plant (1985)

"Little Darlin'" - The Diamonds (1957)
"Little Darlin'" - Sheila (1982)

"Little Girl" - Ritchie Valens (1959)
"Little Girl" - The Syndicate of Sound (1966)

"Little Star" - The Elegants (1958)
"Little Star" - Bobby Calender (1963)

"Live It Up" - The Isley Brothers (1974)
"Live It Up" - Gardner Cole (1988)

"Lonely Boy" - Paul Anka (1959)
"Lonely Boy" - Andrew Gold (1977)

"Lonely Man" - Elvis Presley (1961)
"Lonely Man" - The Chi-Lites (1972)

"Lonely One, The" - Duane Eddy (1959)
"Lonely One, The" - Special Delivery (1976)

"Lonely Street" - Andy Williams (1959)
"Lonely Street" - Clarence Henry (1961)

"Look Away" - Garnett Mimms (1964)
"Look Away" - Chicago (1988)

"Lookin' for Love" - Ray Conniff (1966)
"Lookin' for Love" - Johnny Lee (1980)

"Losing You" - Brenda Lee (1963)
"Losing You" - Dusty Springfield (9165)

"Lost in Love" - Air Supply (1980)
"Lost in Love" - New Edition (1985)

"Love Bug" - Jack Jones (1966)
"Love Bug" - Bumble Bee Unlimited (1977)

"Love in the First Degree" - Alabama (1982)
"Love in the First Degree" - Bananarama (1988)

"Love, Love, Love" - The Clovers (1956)
"Love, Love, Love" - Donny Hathaway (1973)

"Love Machine" - The O'Kaysions (1968)
"Love Machine" - The Miracles (1976)

"Love Me" - Elvis Presley (1957)
"Love Me" - Bobby Hebb (1967)
"Love Me" - The Rascals (1971)
"Love Me" - The Impressions (1971)
"Love Me" - Yvonne Elliman (1976)

"Love Me Again" - Rita Coolidge (1978)
"Love Me Again" - John Hall Band (1983)

"Love Me Tonight" - Tom Jones (1969)
"Love Me Tonight" - Head East (1976)
"Love Me Tonight" - Blackjack (1979)

"Love of My Life" - The Everly Brothers (1958)
"Love of My Life" - Gino Vannelli (1976)

"Love Power" - The Sandpebbles (1968)
"Love Power" - Willie Hutch (1975)
"Love Power" - Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osborne (1987)

"Love Song" - Tommy James (1972)
"Love Song" - Anne Murray (1974)
"Love Song" - Kenny Rogers (1982)
"Love Song" - The Cure (1989)

"Love Train" - The O'Jays (1973)
"Love Train" - Holly Johnson (1989)

"Love Will Find a Way - Jackie DeShannon (1969)
"Love Will Find a Way - Pablo Cruise (1978)
"Love Will Find a Way - Yes (1987)

"Lovely One" - The Four Voices (1956)
"Lovely One" - The Jacksons (1980)

"Lover Come Back to Me" - The Cleftones (1962)
"Lover Come Back to Me" - Dead Or Alive (1985)

"Lover's Holiday" - Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson (1968)
"Lover's Holiday" - Change (1980)

"Lover Boy" - Karen Kamon (1984)
"Lover Boy" - Billy Ocean (1985)

"Lovin' You" - Bobby Darin (1967)
"Lovin' You" - Minnie Riperton (1975)

"Loving You" - Elvis Presley (1957)
"Loving You" - Johnny Nash (1974)
"Loving You" - Chris Rea (1982)

"Lowdown" - Chicago (1971)
"Lowdown" - Boz Scaggs (1976)

"Lullaby of Love" - Frank Gari (1961)
"Lullaby of Love" - The Poppies (1966)

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