So far I have:
Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione
Magic Fly - Space
Morning Dance - Spyro Gyra
Music Box Dancer - Frank Mills
I can't even think of a 5th song - I'm sure there is one!
Outa-Space - Billy Preston
Machine Gun - Commodores
Theme from SWAT - Rhythm Heritage
A Fifth Of Beethoven - Walter Murphy
Almost anything off Jeff Beck's Blow By Blow and Wired
Cheers! I knew there was a Commodores one but just couldn't remember the
name - Machine Gun - yup!
Never heard of the Billy Preston one but I remember the latter two, one
from TV (SWAT) and one from the charts - I think A Fifth Of Beethoven
may have been a Billboard Hot 100 #1?
Just thought of one from your post:
Fanfare For The Common Man - ELP
a UK #2 in 1977...
I can't believe I forgot that one, I used to have the single back then!
The B side was Brain Salad Surgery, which may have been from an older
Joy (by Apollo 100 ? )
Love Is Blue
Also Sprach Zarathustra
Oxygene, Jean-Michel Jarre
Salsoul Hustle (?)
I Robot, Alan Parsons Project
geez I'm still at 'C' lol
too lazy to continue today :)
Excellent! You sound rather British!
Space Race -- Billy Preston
Rockford Files Theme -- Mike Post
That song above would have fit well in the '60's!!!
How about Edgar Winter "Frankenstein"?
Yep! Have to rip that to MP3! :-)
> vanhalens guitar solo "eruption" wasnt a hit but it got a bunch of
> airplay in the states
> somebody just told me they think the last instrumental to make the top
> twenty in america was Jan Hammers Theme To Miami Vice... in the 1980s.
> I was right, there hasnt been an instrumental hit in the states in 20
> Further proof that modern music sucks because the modern audience has
> the attention span of a 4 year old.... and they listen with their
Wow! Took that long for it to chart there!?
Yeah, I was going to say that. Lots of vocal noise, but damn good song! :-)
What was that Joe Satriani song? Always With Me, Always With You, something
like that? Might have been a bit more than 20 years ago.
Well, the instrumental song (ie with no human voice) IS a dying thing.
Very few songs are made in that style these days.
Other than those 3, I cannot think of any others that even charted.
Although not completely instrumental, Enigma's 'Sadness Part 1' comes
to mind from 1991. Were it not for the chants throughout the song it
would've been instrumental.
Well, without counting them, but I guess there were lots more instrumentals
charting in Britain than in the US in the 70s.
Here's a few more:
Doina De Jale - Gheorghe Zamfir
Spinnin' Rock Boogie - Hank C. Burnette (1976!)
Rise - Herb Alpert (though with a minimum of vocals in it)
Cavatina - John Williams
Sleepy Shores - Johnny Pearson
Egyptian Reggae - Jonathan Richman
Inside America - Juggy Jones
Dr. Who - Mankind
The Flasher - Mistura
Groovin' With Mr. Bloe - Mr. Bloe
The Crunch - Rah Band
Amazing Grace and others - Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Argentine Melody - San Jose
Festival Time - San Remo Strings
Eye Level - Simon Park Orchestra (#1!)
In The Mood - Sound 9418
I Will Return - Springwater
Clog Dance - Violinski
Mozart Symphony No. 40 - Waldo De Los Rios
Who Pays The Ferryman - Yannis Markoupoulos
East Of Eden - Jig-A-Jig
Many of those reached the higher regions of the UK charts.
So, were there any Top 10 songs of any era that did not use any instruments?
Frank Mills also had a minor hit with Peter Piper
And don't forget the two Star Wars themes
John Williams and Meco
Speaking of Meco, they or he did a fantastic disco version of Wizard of Oz
Took up both sides of the album
That is, if I can say fantastic and disco in the same breath
A couple that just missed the 70's
Herb Alpert - Rise
Herb Alpert - Rotation
Rise just made the 70s - I think it reached #1 in the US in October 1979.
Rotation entered the Hot 100 on November 17, 1979 on December 22, 1979
it was at #40 on the Hot 100 and would not peak until 1980
Cashbox did sometimes freeze a chart as no issue was produced. Sometimes
the chart was frozen for two weeks eg in 1983 there was no issue on
January 1 and the chart for January 8 was a reprint of the December 25,
1982 chart. Some years, especially for most of the 70s, there were no
The Cashbox charts are at http://members.aol.com/randypny/cashbox/
> Rotation entered the Hot 100 on November 17, 1979 on December 22, 1979
> it was at #40 on the Hot 100 and would not peak until 1980
I should also mention that December 22 was the last chart for 1979.
A couple that comes to mind without instruments are
BoyzIIMen It's So Hard To Say Goodbye #2 Hot 100 #1 R+B from 1991 and
If I Ever Fall In Love #6 Hot 100 in 1993 #3 R+B by Shai
Way out of my league, but nice answer, Paul!
You did ask for songs without instruments and those were the only 2 I
could think of and as you can see from their chart positions, both
were major hits. As a side note, I am pretty sure both of them or at
least ISHTSG was on 45 at the time although by 1993 very few majors
were still pressing singles.