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I'm the co-host of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO with Dana & Carl (Sunday nights, 9 to Midnight Eastern, www.westcottradio.org).  As a freelance writer, I contributed to Goldmine magazine from 1986-2006, wrote liner notes for Rhino Records' compilation CD Poptopia!  Power Pop Classics Of The '90s, and for releases by The Flashcubes, The Finkers, Screen Test, 1.4.5., and Jack "Penetrator" Lipton.  I contributed to the books Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth, Shake Some Action, Lost In The Grooves, and MusicHound Rock, and to DISCoveries, Amazing Heroes, The Comics Buyer's Guide, Yeah Yeah Yeah, Comics Collector, The Buffalo News, and The Syracuse New Times.  I also wrote the liner notes for the four THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO compilation CDs, because, well, who could stop me?  My standing offer to write liner notes for a Bay City Rollers compilation has remained criminally ignored.  Still intend to write and sell a Batman story someday.

Friday, December 2, 2016

THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO's Most-Played Songs 1998-2015

As this Sunday's blowout 850th edition of This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl draws closer and closer, we're just about ready to enter full-blown hype mode. This is not a drill. This is a thrill! As tabulated last year by the mighty Fritz Van Leaven for TIRnRR # 800, here's a look back at the most-played tracks throughout the course of our first 799 shows. The ranking has changed a bit since last year, no doubt--"September Gurls" has finally overtaken "Why" at the top spot, for one thing--but we remain, as always, a work in progress. TIRnRR # 850 streams live Sunday night, December 4th, from 9 to Midnight Eastern at www.westcottradio.org



THIS IS ROCK AND ROLL RADIO MOST FREQUENTLY PLAYED SONGS 1998-2015

1. THE STALLIONS: Why
2. BIG STAR: September Gurls
3. THE FLASHING ASTONISHERS: Period Exclamatory
4. THE RAMONES: Blitzkrieg Bop
5. THE RAMONES: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
6. MANNIX: Highway Lines
7. SEX CLARK FIVE: Fool I Was
8. HELLO HELEN: Fall's Far Away
9 [tie].  COTTON MATHER: My Before And After
            THE LA'S: There She Goes
11. THE ONLY ONES: Another Girl, Another Planet
12. GREGG YETI & THE BEST LIGHTS: My Narcoleptic Sara
13 [tie].  ANNY CELSI: Empty Hangers
              ASTROPUPPEES: Over Her Head
              THE GROOVIE GHOULIES: Carly Simon
              SUGAR: If I Can't Change Your Mind
              TODD RUNDGREN: Couldn't I Just Tell You
18. THE TEARJERKERS: Syracuse Summer
19. MAD MONSTER PARTY: Can't Stop Loving You
20. THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Wouldn't You Like It?
21 [tie].  THE GANTS: I Wonder
              JOHNNY POPSTAR LUV EXPLOSION: Oh Renee
              THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS: The Laws Have Changed
              SCREEN TEST: Sound Of The Radio
25 [tie].  THE CHORDS: Maybe Tomorrow
              THE POPTARTS: I Won't Let You Let Me Go
27. THE DROWNERS: While My Guitar Gently Weeps
28 [tie].  JONATHAN RICHMAN & THE MODERN LOVERS: Roadrunner
              SWEET: Fox On The Run
30 [tie]:  THE BEATLES: Hey Bulldog
              CHUCK BERRY: Promised Land
              THE MOPTOPS: Christine
              THE UNDERTONES: Teenage Kicks
35. THE BOOBY TRAPS: Sha Lala
35 [tie].  THE CATHOLIC GIRLS: Should Have Been Mine
              THE ORGONE BOX: World REvolves
37 [tie]:  THE BEATLES: Revolution
              LOVE: My Little Red Book
              NICK LOWE: Cruel To Be Kind
40 [tie].  THE CRICKLE: Place In My Heart
              THE KINKS: You Really Got Me
              MARY LOU LORD: Aim Low
43 [tie].  THE FLASHCUBES: No Promise
              THE KINKS: Waterloo Sunset
45 [tie].  THE ARGONAUTS: Ten Feet Tall
              KISS: Calling Dr. Love
47 [tie].  THE EXPLODING HEARTS: (Making) Teenage Faces
              THE OUTLETS: Knock Me Down
              THE PIXIES: Here Comes Your Man
50 [tie].  ASTROPUPPEES: Little Chick Tsunami
              ASTROPUPPEES: On My Way
              EDISON LIGHTHOUSE: Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
53 [tie].  THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Got To Have You Back
              THE OHIO EXPRESS: Had To Be Me
55 [tie].  CHICKLET: Out Of Sight
              COCKEYED GHOST: I Hate Rock 'n' Roll
              THE FLASHCUBES: It's You Tonight
              JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS: I Love You
              MICHAEL CARPENTER: That's Alright By Me
              THE POWERPUFF GIRLS: Love Makes The World Go 'Round
              THE PRETENDERS: Talk Of The Town
              THE RAMONES: I Believe In Miracles
63 [tie].   EYTAN MIRSKY: This Year's Gonna Be Our Year
              THE LEAVES: Too Many People
              LYRES: Help You Ann
              THE SEX PISTOLS: God Save The Queen
67 [tie]:  THE COWSILLS: She Said To Me
              THE MERRYMAKERS: I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
69 [tie].  THE MOTORS: Dancing The Night Away
              POP IS ART: Baby He Loves You
71 [tie].  ASTROPUPPEES: She Can't Say No
              THE BEATLES: I Feel Fine
              MARY LOU LORD: Lights Are Changing
              SHOES: The Things You Do
              THE SPONGETONES: (My Girl) Maryanne
77 [tie].  BADFINGER: Baby Blue
              THE FLASHCUBES: Carl (You Da Man)
              JOHNNY POPSTAR LUV EXPLOSION: Guess I'm Just A Friendly Guy
              THE KNICKERBOCKERS: Lies
              THE MONKEES: Sometime In The Morning
              SHOES: Tomorrow Night
              THE SINGLES: H Can Go, You Can't Stay
              THE SMITHEREENS: Sorry
              THE WHO: The Kids Are Alright
86 [tie].  BIG STAR: In The Street
              THE DUKES OF STRATOSPHEAR: Vanishing Girl
              THE FLASHCUBES: When We Close Our Eyes
              THE RAMONES: Rockaway Beach
90 [tie].  20/20: Yellow Pills
              ALEX CHILTON: Free Again
              THE BEATLES: Rain
              LULU: To Sir, With Love
              MING TEA: BBC
95 [tie].  THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Rock And Roll Love Letter
              THE BLONDES: Suzi Quatro
              THE FINKERS: Last Thing On My Mind
              JOHNNY POPSTAR LUV EXPLOSION: Charlie Manson Eyes
              KISS: Shout It Out Loud
              LUGLESS BOOTH: I Blame His Brother
              THE MUFFS: Saying Goodbye
              THE WONDERS: That Thing You Do!



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