2016 has not been a good year, if you judge years based on how many pop superstars died. The last week of December brought the news that George Michael died on Christmas Day. Though it has been a while since Mr. Michael hit the charts, his music still gets a fair amount of airplay, continuing to introduce him to a whole new generation and thereby making it that much more of a shock for so many when they heard of his death.
Three weeks after Prince’s death, the news cycle is still abuzz with stories about it. (Aside: 2016 has been really bad for music legends, and we’re still only about one-third through the year.) Even though his impact lessened quite a bit in recent years from its peak, there’s not denying that he was a major influence in popular music.
It could be argued by some in the music world (or at least by me) that 1985 was the year of Madonna. Her music was just about everywhere, and her songs from that era had such staying power that many of them are still played on the radio today. Some of those songs, though, have fallen by the wayside, despite their popularity at the time. The most prominent of Madonna’s forgotten songs from that era would have to be “Angel”.
Unlike the last two honorees on this blog, Van Halen is far from a one-hit wonder. I wouldn’t even have thought to include them on a forgotten songs blog, since most of their hits still get airplay on rock/classic rock stations throughout the country. I can name at least ten songs of theirs that still get airplay, and so, most likely, can you. And then there are other songs that I heard back in the day that get no airplay that I know of now, but as it turns out, none of them made the Hot 100 (which, by and large, is one of my big qualifiers for this blog these days).