Saturday, December 26, 2020

THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO COUNTDOWN: Our 60 Most-Played Acts in 2020

This Sunday, December 27th, This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl will present our annual countdown show, playing back what we played a lot over the course of these past twelve months. Stats are provided for us by the mighty Fritz Van Leaven, who has been named to the Permanently Nice List by ol' Santa Claus himself. Dana and I look forward to these year-end countdowns, and we couldn't even begin to do them without Fritz.

The countdown shows are a showcase of our most-played individual tracks. Fritz also prepares stats for our most-played artists, and we occasionally include some of those artist stats in our countdown show, if there's enough time for them. Not this year! This year's countdown is a whompin' stompin' 58 tracks, which we're somehow going to program into a single three-hour radio show. Yes, it's a post-Christmas miracle. Meanwhile, we'll give the artists their due in this spot instead. Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to present:

THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO's 60 Most-Played Artists In 2020

1. The Beatles

2. Pop Co-Op
3. The Monkees
4. The Muffs
5. The Kinks
6. The Ramones
7. Chuck Berry
8. Mary Lou Lord
9. The Jam
10. Les Handclaps
11. The Who
12. Holly Golightly
13. The Bevis Frond
14. Big Star
15. Dave Edmunds
16. The Flashcubes
17. The Pretenders
18. John Lennon
19. The Isley Brothers
20. The Go-Go's
21. Irene Peña
22. Bill Berry
23. Justine and the Unclean
24. The Beach Boys
25. David Bowie
26. The Zombies
27. The Bangles
28. Bash And Pop
29. The Rolling Stones
30. The Flamin' Groovies
31. Squeeze
32. Buffalo Springfield
33. Dr. Feelgood
34. Marykate O'Neil
35. Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs
36. KISS
37. The Velvet Underground
38. Fountains of Wayne
39. Sly and the Family Stone
40. Wild Kisses
41. The Dave Clark Five
42. The Bay City Rollers
43. P. P. Arnold
44. Little Richard
45. The Mynah Birds
46. Eytan Mirsky
47. The Hollies
48. Paul McCartney
49. The Grip Weeds
50. Elvis Costello
51. George Harrison
52. Shoes
53. The Nerves
54. Dean Landew
55. The Click Beetles
56. The Gold Needles
57. The Corner Laughers
58. The Weeklings
59. Kid Gulliver
60. The On And Ons

As always, our most-played artists include the classic and the current, and the same can be said of our most-played tracks. You'll hear some of the above artists again on our countdown show tomorrow night; but nearly half of them will be replaced by other artists, performers who didn't match the overall spins accrued by these top acts, but had a song--a HIT!--that pummeled its way into the countdown nonetheless. 

We play the hits. And we're countin' down our hits this Sunday, December 27th, from 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FM, and on the web at Join us. We have some hit records we think you'll enjoy.


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This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl airs Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FM, and on the web at You can read about our history here.

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Carl's writin' a book! The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1)will contain 165 essays about 165 tracks, each one of 'em THE greatest record ever made. An infinite number of records can each be the greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Updated initial information can be seen here: THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE! (Volume 1). My weekly Greatest Record Ever Made! video rants can be seen in my GREM! YouTube playlist. And I'm on Twitter @CafarelliCarl.

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