This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio # 1084: a countdown of our all-time most-played artists, with their all-time most-played songs

A countdown should speak for itself. As tabulated by our intrepid stats man Fritz Van Leaven, from across the span of 1083 TIRnRRs (and a few special editions) since December 1998, here are This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio‘s 55 all-time most-played artists, each act represented by its # 1 all-time most-played song. You say you want a revolution? From Mannix to the Beatles, independence and fireworks, this is what rock ‘n’ roll radio sounds like on Sunday nights in Syracuse each week. 

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TIRnRR # 1084: 7/4/2021COUNTDOWN! Our all-time most-played artists, with their all-time most-played songs

55: MANNIX: Highway Lines (Futureman, VA: This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio, Volume 3)

54: THE BYRDS: I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better (Columbia, Mr. Tambourine Man)

53: POP CO-OP: If Everything Was Easy (Silent Bugler, Four State Solution)

52: THE EASYBEATS: She’s So Fine (Albert, Absolute Anthology)

51: NICK LOWE: Cruel To Be Kind (Yep Roc, Quiet Please…)

50: THE STALLIONS: Why (Junk, Hey Baby, It’s The Stallions)

49: SQUEEZE: Annie, Get Your Gun (A & M, The Squeeze Story)

48: MICHAEL CARPENTER: That’s Alright By Me (Not Lame, VA: Full Circle)

47: THE SEX PISTOLS: God Save The Queen (Virgin, Kiss This)

46: COCKEYED GHOST: I Hate Rock ‘n’ Roll (Big Deal, The Scapegoat Factory)

44 [tie]: THE ZOMBIES: Care Of Cell 44 (Big Beat, Zombie Heaven)

44 [tie]: THE RASPBERRIES: I Wanna Be With You (RPM, Power Pop Volume One)

43: THE BANGLES: The Real World (Omnivore, Ladies And Gentlemen…The Bangles!)

42: GEORGE HARRISON: What Is Life (Apple, All Things Must Pass)

41: PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: Him Or Me–What’s It Gonna Be (Sundazed, Revolution)

40: THE JOHNNY POPSTAR LUV EXPLOSION: Oh Renee (Futureman, VA: This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio, Volume 1)

39: ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS: Radio, Radio (Rykodisc, This Year’s Model)

38: THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Got To Have You Back (Motown, Greatest Hits & Rare Classics)

37: COTTON MATHER: My Before And After (Copper, Kontiki)

36: BADFINGER: Baby Blue (Apple, Straight Up)

35: SWEET: Fox On The Run (Capitol, The Best Of Sweet)

34: SCREEN TEST: Sound Of The Radio (Futureman, VA: This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio, Volume 2)

33: XTC: Respectable Street (Virgin, Upsy Daisy Assortment)

32: THE SMITHEREENS: Sorry (Entertainment One, Smithereens 2011)

31: THE CATHOLIC GIRLS: Should Have Been Mine (JSP, Rock And Roll School For Girls)

30: CHUCK BERRY: Promised Land (MCA, The Anthology)

29: THE GRIP WEEDS: Every Minute (Rainbow Quartz, The Sound Is In You)

28: THE MUFFS: Saying Goodbye (Warner Brothers, The Muffs)

27: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Who Loves The Sun (Polydor, Peel Slowly And See)

25 [tie]: THE FLAMIN’ GROOVIES: Shake Some Action (Grown Up Wrong, Between The Lines)

25 [tie]: THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: Any Way You Want It (Hollywood, The History Of The Dave Clark Five)

24: THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Wouldn’t You Like It (Arista, The Definitive Collection)

23: THE ROLLING STONES: Get Off Of My Cloud (Abkco, December’s Children [And Everybody’s])

22: JOHN LENNON [JOHN & YOKO]: Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Capitol, The John Lennon Collection)

20 [tie]: MARY LOU LORD: Aim Low (Kill Rock Stars, Mary Lou Lord/Sean Na Na)

20 [tie]: THE JAM: In The City (Polydor, Direction Reaction Creation)

19: THE SMALL FACES: Tin Soldier (Snapper, The Definitive Collection)

18: DAVID BOWIE: Queen Bitch (Virgin, Bowie At The Beeb)

17: ASTROPUPPEES: Over Her Head (Manatee, Little Chick Tsunami)

16: THE PRETENDERS: Talk Of The Town (Sire, The Singles)

15: SEX CLARK FIVE: Fool I Was (Skyclad, Antedium)

14: PAUL McCARTNEY: Maybe I’m Amazed (Capitol, Wingspan)

13: THE SPONGETONES: (My Girl) Maryanne (Loaded Goat, Always Carry On)

12: THE HOLLIES: I Can’t Let Go (EMI, Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years)

11: KISS: Calling Dr. Love (Mercury, Rock And Roll Over)

10: THE BEACH BOYS: Don’t Worry Baby (Capitol, Good Vibrations)

9: THE BEVIS FROND: Lights Are Changing (Rhino, VA: Children Of Nuggets)

8: THE WHO: I Can’t Explain (MCA, My Generation)

7: EYTAN MIRSKY: This Year’s Gonna Be Our Year (M-Squared, Year Of The Mouse)

6: BIG STAR: September Gurls (Ardent, # 1 Record/Radio City)

5: THE FLASHCUBES: No Promise (Northside, Bright Lights)

4: THE KINKS: You Really Got Me (Essential, Kinks)

3: THE RAMONES: Blitzkrieg Bop (Rhino, Ramones)

2: THE MONKEES: Sometime In The Morning (Rhino, More Of The Monkees)

# 1: THE BEATLES: Revolution [promo video version]

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THE NUTLEY BRASS: I Wanna Be Sedated (Sanctuary, Ramones Songbook)

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