The Temptations' "Ball of Confusion" (featured on the first AT40 shows in 1970) mentions "Eve of Destruction", a former #1 (1965) by Barry McGuire; also, "The Beat Goes On", a former top 10 (1967) for Sonny & Cher.
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The Beastie Boys mentioned "Ooh Child" in "Intergalactic". Marc Cohn, "Put on his blue suede shoes and boarded a plane" in "Walking In Memphis". LFO mentions New Edition's "Candy Girl" in "Summer Girls". Rick Springfield drops, "Born To Run" in "Bruce".
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Probably the record holder of Top 40 song titles in a song goes to Dickie Goodman. In "Mr. Jaws" you had
"Dynomite" - Bazuka "Please, Mr. Please" - Olivia Newton-John "How Sweet It Is" - James Taylor "Why Can't We Be Friends" - War "Get Down Tonight" - KC and the Sunshine Band "The Hustle" - Van McCoy "One Of These Nights" - The Eagles "Jive Talkin" - Bee Gees
And in "Energy Crisis '74" you had:
Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) by Helen Reddy Smokin' In the Boys Room by Brownsville Station Living for the City by Stevie Wonder Helen Wheels by Paul McCartney and Wings Mind Games by John Lennon The Joker by Steve Miller Band Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John Hello It's Me by Todd Rundgren Top of the World by The Carpenters
At least, I think those were all the titles...I might have missed one or two
Post by OldSchoolAT40Fan on Jan 31, 2013 7:17:41 GMT -5
Also, Billy Joel's "Only The Good Die Young", a then-controversial song peaking at #24 in 1977, mentions a current song title by Ke$ha called "Die Young".
"Night Fever" by The Bee Gees mentioned the title of a song by the Canadian band The Stampeders called "Sweet City Woman". It also mentioned a title of a song by Air Supply called "Here I Am", plus David Naughton's "Makin' It" and Creed's "Higher". I was very surprised to learn that The Stampeders had a top ten hit in the U.S.