The Lost 45s Never Surrender: The Top 100 of 2017

There are three former countdown chart-toppers that listeners to Barry Scott’s “The Lost 45s” don’t even vote for anymore, all from a five year stretch in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s: Abba, “Dancing Queen”; Rupert Holmes, “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)”; and Rick Springfield, “Jessie’s Girl.” With the passage of time, those songs all became staples at AC, then Classic Hits and/or Adult Hits stations. But in the early years of the show–launched in 1985 at non-comm WERS Boston, and now heard in more than 50 markets–they were considered too goofy for the radio.

That’s why Scott’s annual Top 100 countdown is always interesting. Most of the songs that make the countdown aren’t going to become radio staples. But, like this year’s No. 1 song, Corey Hart’s “Never Surrender,” some have no whiff of novelty. And one or two may eventually become a regular rotation radio song again. (The No. 29 song, New Edition’s “Cool It Now” may have a hometown connection, but all things N.E.-related seem to be on an upswing now.)

Scott’s countdown is streaming at www.lost45.com. Here’s this year’s list:

1.  NEVER SURRENDER – COREY HART

2.  Chevy Van  – Sammy Johns

3.  Theme from “Greatest American Hero” – Joey Scarbury

4.  Enjoy Yourself – Jacksons

5.  What About Me – Moving Pictures

6.  I Feel Love – Donna Summer

7.  Da Doo Ron Ron – Shaun Cassidy

8.  Break My Stride – Matthew Wilder

9.  Xanadu – Olivia Newton-John & ELO

10. Don’t Talk to Strangers – Rick Springfield

11. Love is Thicker Than Water – Andy Gibb

12. Dark Lady – Cher

13. They Don’t Know – Tracey Ullman

14. Seasons in the Sun – Terry Jacks

15. Afternoon Delight – Starland Vocal Band

16. I’ve Got the Music In Me – Kiki Dee

17. Rock Me Amadeus – Falco

18. I Think I Love You – Partridge Family

19. Getaway – Earth, Wind & Fire

20. I’ve Done Everything for You – Rick Springfield

21. Rockin’ Chair – Gwen McCrae

22. Undercover Angel – Alan O’Day

23. Pop Musik – M

24. Morning Train (9 to 5) – Sheena Easton

25. Give It Up – KC

26. Love Will Keep Us Together – Captain & Tennille

27. It’s a Miracle – Barry Manilow

28. Billy, Don’t Be a Hero – Bo Donaldson & Heywoods

29. Cool It Now – New Edition

30. Rock Me Gently – Andy Kim

31. The Last Song – Edward Bear

32. Safety Dance – Men Without Hats

33. Down by the Lazy River – Osmonds

34. Hot Line – Sylvers

35. Freedom – Wham!

36. Heartbeat—It’s a Lovebeat – DeFranco Family

37. Take a Chance On Me – ABBA

38. Little Willy – Sweet

39. Miss Me Blind – Culture Club

40. Stumblin’ In – Suzi Quatro/Chris Norman

41. The Night Chicago Died – Paper Lace

42. Only in My Dreams – Debbie Gibson

43. Tired of Toein’ the Line – Rocky Burnette

44. I’ve Got to Use My Imagination – Gladys Knight & the Pips

45. I Missed Again – Phil Collins

46. Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me) – Reunion

47. Sky High – Jigsaw

48. Bad Time – Grand Funk

49. She’s a Bad Mama Jama – Carl Carlton

50. Southern Nights – Glen Campbell

51. Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede

52. Tell Me Something Good – Rufus

53. One Bad Apple – Osmonds

54. Tragedy – Bee Gees

55. Love is Like Oxygen – Sweet

56. Bad Boy – Miami Sound Machine

57. Driver’s Seat – Sniff ‘n’ the Tears

58. Half-Breed – Cher

59. Daybreak – Barry Manilow

60. Love Will Save the Day – Whitney Houston

61. Love Takes Time – Orleans

62. Atomic – Blondie

63. Magic – Pilot

64. Alive Again – Chicago

65. Video Killed the Radio Star – Buggles

66. Him – Rupert Holmes

67. Mamma Mia – ABBA

68. I Was Made for Dancin’ – Leif Garrett

69. Dance with Me – Peter Brown

70. I Only Want to be with You – Bay City Rollers

71. Makin’ It – David Naughton

72. Yes We Can Can – Pointer Sisters

73. Let’s Get Serious – Jermaine Jackson

74. Julie, Do You Love Me? – Bobby Sherman

75. In Your Letter – REO Speedwagon

76. Shake It – Ian Matthews

77. She Bop – Cyndi Lauper

78. Knock Three Times – Dawn

79. Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia – Vicki Lawrence

80. Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson

81. Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas

82. Fool (If You Think It’s Over) – Chris Rea

83. Beautiful Sunday – Daniel Boone

84. Stop & Smell the Roses – Mac Davis

85. That’s Rock & Roll – Shaun Cassidy

86. All I Know – Art Garfunkel

87. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing – Stevie Wonder

88. Vacation – Go-Go’s

89. Strawberry Letter #23 – Brothers Johnson

90. Don’t Call Us (We’ll Call You) – Sugarloaf/Jerry Corbetta

91. Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna

92. Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance) – Leo Sayer

93. Sad Sweet Dreamer – Sweet Sensation

94. Beth – KISS

95. Mama Used to Say – Junior

96. Beach Baby – First Class

97. Old Fashioned Boy – Stallion

98. Love is in the Air – John Paul Young

99. Get Down – Gilbert O’Sullivan

100. Come and Get Your Love – Redbone

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