#3 Hits! The World Isn’t Fair, Part 2! Songs That Never Made It To #1!
Let's face it 3rd place in the music biz is like showing up. Somehow the forces of nature decided your little song didn't have the oom-pah necessary to make that final push for the #1 spot. It's like the Little Engine That Really Couldn't. Yet, just about every song listed below is a stone classic either on radio or in the annals of music history. Classic rock stations may have never played James Brown because he's too…uh, hey, certainly looks like rain out there! But dang if they haven't loaded their playlists with these almost supersmashes!
25) Green Onions -- Booker T. and the MG's: Is there a guy over 50 who "tinkles the ivories" who doesn't play a mutated version of this tune. I'm under 50 and I mess with it all the time. Even people who don't play the organ know this is an iconic instrumental. An instrumental! Maybe that's why it never made it to #1? Quick, get somebody to rap over this thing, will ya?
24) Smokin' In The Boys Room -- Brownsville Station: I'd like to think it was songs like this that led to social change. In my case, by the time I got to high school they provided a smoking lounge to keep the bathrooms considerably less smoky. They put this lounge in the middle of the school where there was a cement yard not unlike a prison yard. They closed it down years after I left and now it's a legend! So glad to be a part of history!
23) Just The Way You Are -- Billy Joel: Even people who would never venture into New York City at night and who would certainly never enter a nightclub enjoy the idea of this song where our Billy Joel sings sentimental about love before divorce.
22) Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport -- Rolf Harris: Who cares what this sounds like? Look at that title!