Odd that "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes wasn't titled "What's Going On."
Only thing I can think there is that maybe they didn't want it confused with Marvin Gaye's classic? Although even Cyndi Lauper's cover of "What's Going On" was a full 6 years old at that point, so... *shrug*
Neil Young's "After the Goldrush" (a top 40 hit for Prelude) doesn't mention the title, but honestly I'm not sure if it should be retitled. I like the title Neil gave it better than "Mother Nature" or something else that actually is prominent in the lyrics.
I heard this song on the radio today, and I would consider it mistitled... "As" by Stevie Wonder. I could see this song being called "Always" as that word is song during the refrain. "As" is the first word of the song... maybe that's why Stevie picked that title?
"As" also had a strange chart run in late '77 and early '78... 40-40-39-out for 3 weeks-38-36- out. I wonder if it would have done better with a different title.
Speaking of Stevie Wonder, the most obviously mistitled hit song of his has got to be "Sir Duke" (a phrase he sings ONE time). It should be titled "You Can Feel It All Over".
"Who do you love?"---Bo Diddley
"Swear allegiance to the flag, whatever flag they offer. Never hint at what you really feel."---Mike and the Mechanics
Post by johnnywest on Jun 15, 2018 15:11:37 GMT -5
The Rita Coolidge song should have been "(Your Love Is Lifting Me) Higher & Higher," which is what she sings, instead of "(Your Love Has Lifted Me)..."
It would have been even better without the use of (). Fortunately, somewhere along the way, somebody got wise and started leaving off the beginning subtitles. The current version of AT40 hasn't seen once since 2004.