Top Fives and Playlists

Serendipitous Selections and More


This gallery of top fives and playlists is based on popular culture subjects such as the radio, telephone, the hospital, a cartoon-art inspired Spotify playlist by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, greatest hits of Saturday Morning Cartoons, love gone wrong and divorce, and lists mentioned in the movie "High Fidelity."

Bizarro, October 19, 2020 Courtesy Wayno & Piraro

DB's Top Ten Radio Songs

Radio Ga Ga, Queen, 1984

On the Radio, Donna Summer, 1979

Radio, Radio, Elvis Costello, 1978

Video Killed the Radio Star, The Buggles,1980

Turn on the Radio, Reba McEntire, 2010

Radio Nowhere, Bruce Springsteen, 2007

That's Why God Made the Radio, The Beach Boys, 2012

Turn on your Radio, Harry Nilsson, 1972 (which also includes the lyrics "Turn on your record player, Listen to my song")

Radio Head, Talking Heads, 1986

The Spirit of Radio, Rush, 1980

You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio, Joni Mitchell, 1972

AM Radio, Everclear, 2000







DB's Top Five Telephone Songs

Telephone Line, Electric Light Orchestra, 1977

Call me, Blondie

Hanging on the Telephone, Blondie, 1980

The Call, The Pretenders, 1980

Call me back again, Wings, 1978

The Royal Telephone, Rev. Sister Mary Nelson, July 21, 1927 (Spotify from Memphis Gospel 1927-1929)

Telephone, Lady Gaga, released January 26, 2010, Konlive - Interscope Records, (Wikipedia)


See Wikipedia's "Songs about Telephone Calls" for over 100 suggested titles.


"Telephone" single cover from Wikipedia

DB's Top Five+ Songs with Telephone Numbers

"634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)," by Wilson Pickett. Recorded December 20, 1965, Atlantic Records. The number is a reference to the Marvelettes' 1962 hit "Beechwood 4-5789." (Credit: "Single Stories: Wilson Pickett, "634-5789"". Rhino. Retrieved 5 January 2020). (Wikipedia)

"PEnnsylvania 6-5000", recorded by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. (Wikipedia). Recorded on April 28, 1940.

"Beechwood 4-5789," by the Marvelettes. Recorded on May 19, 1962 (Tamla Records).

"867-5309/Jenny," written by Alex Call and Jim Keller and performed by Tommy Tutone on the album Tommy Tutone 2 (1981) through Columbia Records.

"777-9311," by The Time on the album "What Time Is It?" Released June 30, 1982 (Warner Bros. Records). The song was produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince with Morris Day later adding his lead vocals. (Wikipedia).

"Lonesome 7-7203" by Hawkshaw Hawkins, written by Justin Tubb. Released March 2, 1963 (King Records). Three days after its release, Hawkins died in an airplane crash which also killed Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas. (Wikipedia)

"1-800-273-8255" (also known simply as "1-800") by American rapper Logic featuring Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara and American singer-songwriter Khalid. It was released on April 27, 2017, through Visionary Music Group and Def Jam Recordings. (Wikipedia).

"853-5937"by English rock band Squeeze released on album "Babylon and On" released December 1987. (Wikipedia).

"911" by Lady Gaga, released September 18, 2020, Interscope. (Wikipedia)


Top Five Hospital Chartbusters

Courtesy Ambassador Cards - Hallmark, ca. 1985


Doc Around the Clock

You're So Vein

Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole I.V.

Fun, Fun, Fun Till the Nurses Take the Bed Pan Away

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie Open-in-the-Back Gown Thingie


The Ohio State University Libraries Spotify Cartoon Related Playlists


Here is their May 2020 Spotify Playlist Link and below their text for this playlist! - Courtesy of OSU and Billy Ireland Cartoon Library:
At a time when comics were king, musicians wrote songs about characters like Barney Google, the Kewpies, Alley Oop, and Snuffy Smith; and some of the most prominent jazz musicians gave us beautiful instrumental pieces like “Mutt and Jeff,” “Ignatz’s Brick,” and “Happy Hooligan.” Some particularly famous comic strips, like “Pogo” and “Li’l Abner,” were the basis of entire albums and Broadway musicals!
We hope you’ll enjoy another comics and cartoon-art inspired Spotify playlist by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits

A Greatest Hits compilation album is a type of playlist and because the following "Greatest Hits" of songs from Saturday morning children's television shows and cartoons (mostly) from the 1960s and 1970s is an interesting example of popular culture a reference to its songs on the album is provided here - see Wikipedia for play list.


Album cover courtesy of MCA.



Play a few tracks...and move on: Divorce or the end of an "Our Song" Playlist

This is a playlist for breaking up, the anniversary of a divorce or the end of an "Our Song." (Disclaimer - not the editor's and not autobiographical).


Celebrate by Three Dog Night

Celebration by Kool & the Gang

Cold As Ice by Foreigner

Don't the Moon Look Fat and Lonesome Tonight by Joy of Cooking

Don't Think Twice, It's Alright by Peter, Paul & Mary - You just kinda wasted, my precious time."

Feeling Good by Nina Simone - "It's a new dawn. It's a new day. It's a new life, for me."

Goodbye's All We Got Left by Steve Earle - "Talkin' won't do any good anyway. Goodbye is all we've got left to say"

I'm Looking Through You by the Beatles

I Should Have Known It by Tom Petty

Love Stinks by J. Geils Band 'All I Can Say is Love Stinks."

One Less Cross to Bear by Joe Bonamassa

Over You by Daughtry "Well, I never saw it coming, I should have started running, A long, long time ago"

Roll WIth It by Steve Winwood

The Sign by Ace of Base

Space by Hootie and the Blowfish - "The house we share is not a home, when you're inside it."

Stronger (What doesn't kill you) by Kelly Clarkson

That's Life by Frank Sinatra

Time for Me to Fly by REO Speedwagon

Wasting Time by Collective Soul


The Edison Phonograph Monthly, February 1905



Rob's Top Fives from "High Fidelity"

Rob Gordon, played by John Cusack, lacks many redeeming qualities in terms of his relationships with women. His enjoyment in having a record store, making lists and mixing tapes are the interesting subjects of the movie for Friends of the Phonograph including his bantering with his 'employee Barry (Jack Black) about records, songs and top five lists -- classic and perfect for this page.


(Courtesy Touchstone Pictures)


Barry and Dick's Top Five songs about death, 'a Laura's Dad tribute list.'


'Leader of the Pack', the Shangri-Las

'Dead Man's Curve', Jan & Dean

'Tell Laura I Love Her', Ray Peterson

'One Step Beyond', Madness

'Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald', Gordon Lightfoot.

Barry briefly included 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' by the Rolling Stones but then ruled it out because of its appearance in The Big Chill.



Rob's Top Five side one, track ones

'Janie Jones', The Clash

'White Light / White Heat', Velvet Underground

'Smells Like Teen Spirit', Nirvana

'Let's Get It On', Marvin Gaye

'Radiation Ruling the Nation', Massive Attack.


Rob's Top Five angry songs about women

Rob never finishes this list: 'You kind of have to start with Elvis Costello, but where?'


Songs Rob would like to have sung at his funeral

'Many Rivers to Cross', Jimmy Cliff

'Angel', Aretha Franklin

"and I've always had this fantasy that some beautiful, tearful woman would insist on "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" by Gladys Knight. But who would that woman be?"


Rob's Top Five Desert Island

'Sin City', Flying Burrito Brothers

'New Rose', The Damned

'Hit It and Quit It,' Funkadelic

'Shipbuilding,' Elvis Costello

'Mystery Train,' Elvis Presley

'Spaced Cowboy', Sly and the Family Stone

Which is actually six, but Rob finds this list almost impossible to complete, and subsequently asks if he can change it.



Playlist "of my childhood for my grandson."

Candorville, January 25, 2020, by Darrin Bell

"Feel Good" Playlist

Sally Forth, June 20, 2020 by Francesco Marciuliano & Craig Macintosh

Thanks to AKSA for Tracklist Logo