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 The Siren Song - Erasure
8 I Should Have Known Better - The Beatles

Off Hey Jude! - Ned964

9 Great Gig in the Sky - Pink Floyd
10 King’s Cross - The Pet Shop Boys

The Contenders

11 Sinister Purpose - Creedence Clearwater Revival

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

Off Green River - Ned964

12 Coast to Coast - Europe
13 Top Jimmy - Van Halen
14 Leave Me to Bleed - Erasure
15 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

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 (I’m Looking For) Cracks in the Pavement - Duran Duran
20 Thorn - Blind Guardian

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

21 In the Heat of the Night - Pat Benatar
22 Mistral Wind - Heart
23 School Boy Crush - Average White Band

Off Cut the Cake - Ned964

24 A Light in the Black - Rainbow
25 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

26 Standing in the Doorway - A Flock of Seagulls
27 Could It Be I'm Falling in Love - Spinners

Off Spinners - Ned964

28 Tyrant - Judas Priest

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

29 Can't You Hear Me Knocking - The Rolling Stones
30 Hitch a Ride - Boston

Off Boston - Ned964

31 Fire - Jimi Hendrix

Off Are you Experienced - Ned964

32 Those Shoes - Eagles

Kudos to whoever added this song! It's awesome. - Gg2000

33 Crystal - Fleetwood Mac
34 Fool for You Anyway - Foreigner
35 Treat Me Well - Heart
36 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.

37 Don't Want to Live Without It - Pablo Cruise
38 Waiting for a Train - Flash and the Pan
39 Love - Smashing Pumpkins
40 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

41 Night Prowler - AC/DC
42 If I Fell - The Beatles

The most popular song is either A Hard Day's Night or Can't Buy Me Love (I can't remember which was more popular), but I love the chord progression and the harmonies. - Gg2000

43 Yours is No Disgrace - Yes

Most popular song: I've Seen All Good People.
This song is so adventurous and dynamic. I love it. - Gg2000

44 Runaround Sue - Dion

I love this song so much! It make me feel so happy inside. - TheHabsFan

45 The Needle and the Damage Done - Neil Young

Heart of Gold is way more popular (it's his only number one hit), but you can sense the haunting quality of his voice. It's chilling. - Gg2000

Although I've always liked this song, and really liked the entire album, I must admit I side with the consensus here. There's just something about the cadence of "Heart of Gold" that always hooked me. Anyhow, its one of a few albums I can just put on and let it play - Ned964

46 The Outlaw Torn - Metallica
47 Rudie Can't Fail - The Clash

Off London Calling - Ned964

48 Some Other Time - Alan Parsons Project

Off I Robot - Ned964

49 The Rain Song - Led Zeppelin

Off Houses of the Holy - Ned964

50 Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five - Paul McCartney and Wings

Off Band on the Run - Ned964

PSearch List

Related Lists

Top Ten Things That Are Not Popular or Cool Anymore Top Ten Reasons TheTopTens Should Not Become More Popular Top Ten Music Artists Popular in Germany but Not in the Us that Americans May Also Enjoy Top 10 Things that Should Not be Popular in 2019 My Favorite Songs (Not Eminem)

List Stats

200 votes
69 listings
1 year, 12 days old

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


Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.