Top Ten Favorite Songs that are Not the Album's Most Popular Song

Got any songs that are your favorite from an album, but are not the albums most popular song? I'm sure there are many such cases. My original ten are just a starting point, I'm hoping I am reminded of many great secondary, or better yet obscure gems...Compilation albums are welcome

The Top Ten

1 You Make Loving Fun - Fleetwood Mac

Ohh..good first choice! I don't own many albums; I prefer compilations, Best Of...or I just listen to random artists on the internet so I can't really say which is the least popular song - all I know is, I love this particular song. - Britgirl

Off Rumours. Dreams was not only the most popular song off the album, but the biggest hit for Mac period. - Ned964

2 Showdown - Electric Light Orchestra

First released as a single, was later added to a compilation album that also included "Roll Over Beethoven" which barely out preformed it on both the British and US charts. - Ned964

3 Candy's Room - Bruce Springsteen

Off Darkness on the Edge of Town. - Ned964

4 Monkberry Moon Delight - Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney

Off Ram - Ned964

5 Serenade - Steve Miller Band

Off Fly like an Eagle - Ned964

6 Breath of Life - Erasure
7 I Should Have Known Better - The Beatles

Off Hey Jude! - Ned964

8 The Siren Song - Erasure
9 Great Gig in the Sky - Pink Floyd
10 Sinister Purpose - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Like the song but love the title more... - Britgirl

Off Green River - Ned964

The Newcomers

? Night Prowler - AC/DC

The Contenders

11 King’s Cross - The Pet Shop Boys
12 Coast to Coast - Europe
13 Top Jimmy - Van Halen
14 Lyin' Eyes - Eagles

Can't believe this one or Life In The Fast Lane are considered not the most popular. It leaves me wondering...if both Eagles songs are this good but not considered the most popular (or least favoured) great are the others?! - Britgirl

Pretty Great? In my estimation anyway,. You really need to listen to the Eagles greatest hits from their first compilation album, if you haven't already. It's jammed with hits with more of a Country/Rock thing. As for Life in the Fast Lane, Hotel California has proved over time to be a bigger hit, but Fast Lane has always been one of the best hard rock songs to me. There's another comment on the next page. This thing is really glitching out - Ned964

Off 2 compilation albums - Ned964

15 Leave Me to Bleed - Erasure
16 Life In the Fast Lane - Eagles

Off Hotel California - Ned964

17 The Chauffeur - Duran Duran
18 Highway Star - Deep Purple

Most popular: Smoke On The Water. - Metal_Treasure

19 Thorn - Blind Guardian

Most popular song on this album is Mirror Mirror but I like Thorn better. - Metal_Treasure

20 In the Heat of the Night - Pat Benatar
21 Mistral Wind - Heart
22 (I’m Looking For) Cracks in the Pavement - Duran Duran
23 Glycerine - Bush

I thought it was. Then what is it? Comedown? - JCHOW

It is indeed. But you are right, it's not by too much. Comedown peaked at 1 and 2 on the US Billboard alternative and mainstream charts, respectively. Glycerine peaked at no. 1 and no.4. Everything Zen, came in at no.2 and no.5, just short of the 3 song number 1 trifecta. - Ned964

Off Sixteen Stone - Ned964

24 School Boy Crush - Average White Band

Off Cut the Cake - Ned964

25 A Light in the Black - Rainbow
26 Could It Be I'm Falling in Love - Spinners

Off Spinners - Ned964

27 Tyrant - Judas Priest

Off 'Sad Wings of Destiny'
The most popular song on that album is 'Victim of Changes', but I prefer 'Tyrant'.

28 Can't You Hear Me Knocking - The Rolling Stones
29 Standing in the Doorway - A Flock of Seagulls
30 Hitch a Ride - Boston

Off Boston - Ned964

31 Fire - Jimi Hendrix

Off Are you Experienced - Ned964

32 Crystal - Fleetwood Mac
33 Fool for You Anyway - Foreigner
34 Treat Me Well - Heart
35 Nowhere to Run - Wild Cherry

Cover of the Martha and The Vandellas classic. Not classic like the original but a pleasant cover and good track off their album. Everyone knows the big hit from this album, I don't need to say anything about that.

36 Don't Want to Live Without It - Pablo Cruise
37 Waiting for a Train - Flash and the Pan
38 Love - Smashing Pumpkins
39 Bargain - The Who

The most popular song is probably Won't Get Fooled Again. However, I love this song because of the dynamics, Pete Townshend's guitar parts, and of course, Roger Daltrey's lead vocals. Give this one a listen. - Gg2000

40 The Outlaw Torn - Metallica
41 Rudie Can't Fail - The Clash

Off London Calling - Ned964

42 Some Other Time - Alan Parsons Project

Off I Robot - Ned964

43 The Rain Song - Led Zeppelin

Off Houses of the Holy - Ned964

44 Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five - Paul McCartney and Wings

Off Band on the Run - Ned964

45 Feelin' Satisfied - Boston

Off Don't Look Back - Ned964

46 Those Shoes - Eagles
47 Walk a Thin Line - Fleetwood Mac
48 In the Evening - Led Zeppelin
49 Life is a Minestrone - 10cc
50 Hot Love, Cold World - Bob Welch
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Top Remixes

1. Breath of Life - Erasure
2. The Siren Song - Erasure
3. Great Gig in the Sky - Pink Floyd
1. You Make Loving Fun - Fleetwood Mac
2. Candy's Room - Bruce Springsteen
3. Showdown - Electric Light Orchestra


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