Jim Yester of the vocal group The Association has said in recent years that the record label originally did not want to release "Cherish" because the lush sound was "too old and archaic." Pop fans thought otherwise, sending the song to #1 on the U. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 and also spent 11 weeks at #1 on the adult contemporary chart.
"Truly Madly Deeply" went on to spend a full year on the pop chart and 123 weeks, more than two years, in total on the adult contemporary chart.
Among Rihanna's long list of major pop hits, "What's My Name? Robert Smith, leader of the pop new wave band The Cure, wrote this song as a wedding gift to his future wife. "Lovesong" has been covered by a wide range of artists.
" stands out for its unabashedly romantic approach. This has been the most successful song by the band, reaching #2 on the U. Barbra Streisand took home both an Academy Award for Best Original Song and Grammy Award for Song of the Year for this record. pop singles chart and topped the adult contemporary chart as well.
Rihanna had been wanting to record with Drake, and it proved a perfect match both on record and in the accompanying music video. "Evergreen" was co-written by Barbra Streisand and successful pop songwriter Paul Williams. The soundtrack album for "A Star Is Born" also went to #1 on the album chart and sold more than four million copies in the U. John Lennon finished writing "(Just Like) Starting Over" while he was on a holiday in Bermuda and recorded it just weeks later.
The song became Rihanna's eighth #1 pop hit single in the U. Lennon said he was inspired by such classic rock and roll performers as Roy Orbison, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, and Elvis Presley.
"Saved the Best for Last" was turned down by a number of other singers before Vanessa Williams recorded it for her album "The Comfort Zone." The song went on to top the pop, adult contemporary, and R&B charts. Don Simpson, the producer of the film "An Officer and a Gentleman," heard "Up Where We Belong" and wanted it cut from the movie because he believed it wasn't a hit.
The song "The Best" was first recorded by singer Bonnie Tyler on her 1988 album "Hide Your Heart." In 1989 Tina Turner covered it for her album "Foreign Affair." The result was a top 10 hit around the world and a recording that was frequently used on soundtracks accompanying coverage of sports events and awards shows. However, the song, co-written by Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Will Jennings, turned into a #1 smash hit.
Taylor Swift wrote "Love Story" after an experience with a boy who never officially became her boyfriend.
Jodeci members K-Ci and Jo Jo struck out on their own as an R&B duo in 1997. It is the only #1 pop hit in Joe Cocker's career and the first of two chart-topping duets for Jennifer Warnes.
They had only moderate chart success until the release of "All My Life." Joel "Jo Jo" Hailey wrote the song initially with his daughter as inspiration. Although best known for instrumental hits with his band the Tijuana Brass, Herb Alpert went to #1 on the pop chart for the first time by singing this Burt Bacharach and Hal David classic.
Peter Frampton first released a recording of "Baby, I Love Your Way" on his 1975 solo album "Frampton." However, it was his live recording on the smash double album "Frampton Comes Alive! His breakthrough album was the bestselling album of the year for 1976 and ranked #14 in 1977. "Love Will Keep Us Together" became the duo's breakthrough pop hit and went all the way to #1.
Rocker Bryan Adams co-wrote and recorded the big power balled "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" for the soundtrack to the film "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." It turned into a big #1 pop hit single. It was the bestselling song of 1975 and also won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.