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    This is a list of songs Wikipedia has listed as singles (or at least received airplay) on the Van Halen page and I was wondering if any of you heard these on the radio consistently when they actually came out or even if they regularly got played on your local stations since then. I know Wiki can certainly be wrong, but these have been on their page for years now and have always wondered:

    1 On Fire (Japan)
    2 Somebody Get Me a Doctor (Japan)
    3 Mean Street (Europe)
    4 Hear About It Later (Netherlands)
    5 Push Comes to Shove
    6 So This Is Love?
    7 Where Have All the Good Times Gone!
    8 Secrets
    9 Little Guitars
    10 The Full Bug
    11 Summer Nights
    12 Mine All Mine
    13 Cabo Wabo
    14 Man on a Mission
    15 The Dream Is Over
    16 The Seventh Seal
    17 Amsterdam
    18 Stay Frosty

    I know, technically, "Secrets" was released because of the keyboard remix and, STIL, SN, and MOAM have U.S. single records. But were they actually played? After I became a fan in late '91 I remember hearing MOAM once and TDIO a couple times on the radio in '92 but that's it.

    Never heard TSS despite it being nominated for a Grammy and apparently was released before DTMWLCD I read one time. Never heard "Amsterdam" as I assumed it was not aired because of the same reasons MTV wouldn't.

    I do hear WHATGTG semi-regularly in Pittsburgh and have heard MS a few times, but that's usually during "Electric Lunch" on our rock station which is their deep-cut time slot. I've heard SGMAD and LG maybe once or twice ever.

    SF was on their ADKOT page at one point but it was since removed. I assumed it was slated for release but they didn't end up doing it (which is insane!), like "Once" which they refrained from releasing even after making a video. I heard that on some rare station right outside of Pittsburgh (and "Secrets" and "Bottoms Up!" for that matter), but it doesn't count because of the type of station it is.

    I've heard "You're No Good" and "Take Your Whiskey" home a decent amount of times throughout the years. Oh, and "Intruder" because of "(Oh) Pretty Woman."

    Then there was "Loss of Control" which had an actual concept video and I've definitely never heard that. What about "You're No Good," "Bottoms Up!" and "Hear About It Later" which had live videos?

    So again, have any of you heard any of the above consistently when their corresponding albums came or since then up to now? Were some of them released and just didn't get any traction? Or weren't pushed?

    Anyways, this list below is what I consider their official/proper Van Halen singles and songs that became popular radio songs in the U.S. There's a purpose to this, by the way:

    1. Runnin' with the Devil
    2. Eruption
    3. You Really Got Me
    4. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
    5. Jamie's Cryin'
    6. Ice Cream Man
    7. Dance the Night Away
    8. Beautiful Girls
    9. And the Cradle Will Rock...
    10. Everybody Wants Some!!
    11. Unchained
    12. (Oh) Pretty Woman
    13. Dancing in the Street
    14. Jump
    15. Panama
    16. Hot for Teacher
    17. I'll Wait
    18. Why Can't This Be Love
    19. Dreams
    20. Best of Both Worlds
    21. Love Walks In
    22. When It's Love
    23. Feels So Good
    24. Finish What Ya Started
    25. Black and Blue
    26. Poundcake
    27. Runaround
    28. Right Now
    29. Top of the World
    30. Won't Get Fooled Again (Live)
    31. Can't Stop Lovin' You
    32. Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)
    33. Not Enough
    34. Humans Being
    35. Can't Get This Stuff No More
    36. Me Wise Magic
    37. Without You
    38. One I Want
    39. Fire in the Hole
    40. It's About Time
    41. Up for Breakfast
    42. Tattoo
    43. She's the Woman

    Plus there live dupes like BOBW live from '86, "Jump" and "Dreams" from LRHRN, and "Panama" from TDLIC--hey, technically "It's the Right Time" was released to iTunes "feat. Van Halen" as well.

    And these are songs that should've been released and pushed as major singles!:

    Feel Your Love Tonight
    Somebody Get Me a Doctor
    In a Simple Rhyme
    Summer Nights
    Stay Frosty

    Honorable mentions:

    Mean Street
    Little Guitars
    Once
    You and Your Blues
    Blood and Fire

    Sorry if that was a pedantic-ass post!
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    SAMMY SOLO: 15x (W/MONTROSE 1x, @CABO WABO CANTINA 1x)
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    I (think I) remember the Dream is Over getting air play on WMMR in Philadelphia in 1992.
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    I used to listen to WMMR beginning in the late 80s. We moved to the area at the beginning of the OU812 era. Having moved from the midwest where the local radio station played a much larger variety of music, I was never happy with their selection. Out there, they played the daylights out of Melissa Ethridge, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Ziggy Marley.

    In Philly, they played (and still don't) nothing experimental. Nothing low on the charts. Nothing really new and untried. I think the first VH that I recall hearing on WMMR was from Balance.

    John DeBella was the first DJ I heard in Philly. IIRC he occasionally tells a story about Billy Joel showing up at the radio station he was working at on the day John Lennon was killed to commiserate. Then, there was Pierre Robert (met him a few years ago), Ed Sciaky (who had countless Springsteen and Billy Joel stories), Debbi Calton and Earle Bailey (now of XM Deep Tracks). I just can't believe with the musical history in Philly that it's so closed minded.

    Off my soap box...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Railrunner130 View Post
    I used to listen to WMMR beginning in the late 80s. We moved to the area at the beginning of the OU812 era. Having moved from the midwest where the local radio station played a much larger variety of music, I was never happy with their selection. Out there, they played the daylights out of Melissa Ethridge, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Ziggy Marley.

    In Philly, they played (and still don't) nothing experimental. Nothing low on the charts. Nothing really new and untried. I think the first VH that I recall hearing on WMMR was from Balance.

    John DeBella was the first DJ I heard in Philly. IIRC he occasionally tells a story about Billy Joel showing up at the radio station he was working at on the day John Lennon was killed to commiserate. Then, there was Pierre Robert (met him a few years ago), Ed Sciaky (who had countless Springsteen and Billy Joel stories), Debbi Calton and Earle Bailey (now of XM Deep Tracks). I just can't believe with the musical history in Philly that it's so closed minded.

    Off my soap box...
    And this was before Clear Channel? Jeez.
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    CHICKENFOOT/THE CIRCLE: 9x
    DAVE SOLO: 14x
    SAMMY SOLO: 15x (W/MONTROSE 1x, @CABO WABO CANTINA 1x)
    GARY/EXTREME/TRIBE OF JUDAH/HURTSMILE: 7x
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    Quote Originally Posted by Railrunner130 View Post
    Off my soap box...
    WMMR was playing Black and Blue several times a day before the release of OU812 - I give them credit for that because that song dragged me into the Van Halen vortex where I still reside to this day.


    WMMR still annoys me. Today, I occasional hear them play older metal like Iron Maiden, Dio, Pre-Black Album Metallica, etc. They wouldn't touch that stuff back when the music was new and even not in the 90's into the 2000's. Where were you guys back in the day when we teenagers really wanted to hear that music?
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    I do recall that "Amsterdam" got regular play here in 1995.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlindtotheWorld View Post
    WMMR was playing Black and Blue several times a day before the release of OU812 - I give them credit for that because that song dragged me into the Van Halen vortex where I still reside to this day.


    WMMR still annoys me. Today, I occasional hear them play older metal like Iron Maiden, Dio, Pre-Black Album Metallica, etc. They wouldn't touch that stuff back when the music was new and even not in the 90's into the 2000's. Where were you guys back in the day when we teenagers really wanted to hear that music?
    I switched to 94.1 and eventually WMGK because I hate grunge. Now MGK plays it. Maddening....

 

 

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