Thursday, March 31, 2011

First Hits

Some acts jump right out of the gate with a killer song as their debut.  I was thinking of America's debut "A Horse With No Name" and wondered what the first hits (first release that most people heard) of some other acts were.  I was struck by how many superstars gave us classics with their first release.

Abba:  "Waterloo"
Paula Abdul:  "Straight Up"
America:  "A Horse With No Name"
Animals:  "The House of the Rising Sun"
Beatles:  "I Want To Hold Your Hand"
Pat Benatar:  "Heartbreaker"
Bon Jovi:  "You Give Love a Bad Name"
Boston:  "More Than A Feeling
Carpenters:  "Close To You"
Chicago:  "Make Me Smile"
Petula Clark:  "Downtown"
Creedence Clearwater Revival:  "Suzie Q"
Deep Purple:  "Hush"
Def Leppard:  "Photograph"
Doobie Brothers:  "Listen To the Music"
Doors:  "Light My Fire"
Eagles:  "Take It Easy"
Everly Brothers:  "Bye Bye Love"
5th Dimension:  "Up, Up and Away"
Foreigner:  "Feels Like the First Time"
4 Seasons:  "Sherry"
Jefferson Airplane:  "Somebody To Love"
Billy Joel:  "Piano Man"
Elton John:  "Your Song"
Mamas & Papas:  "California Dreamin'"
Barry Manilow:  "Mandy"
McGuire Sisters:  "Sincerely"
Don McLean:  "American Pie"
Steve Miller:  "The Joker"
Elvis Presley:  "Heartbreak Hotel"
Rascals:  "Good Lovin'"
REO Speedwagon:  "Keep On Loving You"
Righteous Brothers:  "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling"
Roxette:  "The Look"
Del Shannon:  "Runaway"
Simon & Garfunkel:  "The Sounds Of Silence"
Percy Sledge:  "When A Man Loves A Woman"
Sonny & Cher:  "I've Got You Babe"
Steppenwolf:  "Born To Be Wild"
Rod Stewart:  "Maggie May"
James Taylor:  "Fire and Rain"
Three Dog Night:  "One"
Zager & Evans:  "In the Year 2525"

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