5 seminal songs that weren’t appreciated first time around

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But if by chance things don’t take off right away, don’t be disheartened. Some of the best songs ever written weren’t fully appreciated at first and took a while before they became the monster hits we know them as today.

1. ‘Missing’ – Everything But The Girl
UK duo Everything But The Girl had been happily producing their tuneful acoustic pop for over 10 years when they released their eighth album in 1994. There was little reason for anyone to suspect that ‘Missing’, a pleasant number from the set would set the world alight and it didn’t, reaching just number 69 on the UK pop chart. The following year it was re-mixed by Todd Terry and took over the world. The US in particular really couldn’t get enough – ‘Missing’ stayed on the charts for a whole year, the first record ever to do so.

2. ‘Rock Around The Clock’ – Bill Haley & His Comets
Few records can have been more influential than Bill Haley and the Comet’s ‘Rock Around The Clock’. It brought rock and roll into the mainstream, changed popular music forever, gave the recently invented ‘teenagers’ a new way to flirt with each other and much more besides. And it very nearly didn’t happen. On first release in 1954 it was a b-side of a minor hit. UK record buyers had the chance to show the world but blew it as well by only getting the song to number 17 in the charts (we’ll come back to this). It wasn’t until the song featured in the film Blackboard Jungle that everyone finally did the decent thing and kicked off the rock music revolution.

3. ‘Love Me Do’ – The Beatles
What is it about UK record buyers and number 17? In 1962 The Beatles, yes The Beatles, released their first UK single, ‘Love Me Do’, and it stalled at number 17. Honestly UK, what were you thinking?! Thankfully by the time the follow-up, ‘Please Please Me’, was released three months later, the UK realised the error of their ways. It went to number one and balance in the Universe was restored.

4. ‘Wild Thing’ – The Troggs
Wild thing, you make my heart sing. Unless you were a member of The Wild Ones in which case your feelings might be a little more nuanced. The Wild Ones you see are the band who first recorded ‘Wild Thing’ in 1965, but being first isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be and their recording didn’t set the charts alight and lodge itself into the hearts and minds of the public all over the world. The Troggs’ version from the following year? Yeah that one did. That one totally did.

True fact: The writer of ‘Wild Thing’, Chip Taylor, who has also written for the likes of Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, is the uncle of Angelina Jolie.

5. ‘Creep’ – Radiohead
Radiohead may be one of the most beloved bands in the world, but back in 1992 when they released their first major label single ‘Creep’, they really weren’t. In fact the song only reached the giddy heights of number 78 in the UK. But in an intriguing, life-imitating-song-title way, ‘Creep’, began creeping up in other parts of the world. Almost a year later and it was a massive hit in the US. Radiohead didn’t want to re-release ‘Creep’ in the UK but eventually agreed and the song finally went top 10. Still didn’t make it to number one though. Seriously UK singles’ buyers, why do you keep doing this to yourselves?

One thing that may cause a songs second coming is synchronisation. Find out how here Synchronisation – Decoded.


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