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Initial post: Apr 23, 2012, 6:53:52 PM PDT
Sodenfir says:
I'm So Excited by the Pointer Sisters was released in 1982 and went to #30. It was re-released in 1984 and went to #9.

Anybody know any others?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012, 3:48:41 AM PDT
Offhand....Sound of Silence, Wipe Out, and The Twist.

If I can think of three that easily, I've got a feeling that there are a lot in this category.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 4:18:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2012, 4:19:15 AM PDT
Chazzzbo says:
Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues; 1967, 1972, 1979

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 7:28:12 AM PDT
Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & the Comets - 1954, 1955, 1974
Monster Mash - Bobby Pickett & the Crypt Kicker 5 - several times
I am sure there are many Christmas songs that have been re-released over the years.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012, 7:31:40 AM PDT
Randy says:
RE: I am sure there are many Christmas songs that have been re-released over the years.

While Christmas songs may get airplay during the holidays year after year, Billboard only tracks chart activity during the first year of a holiday song's release.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 8:29:42 AM PDT
J. Coco says:
In 1976 "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen peaked at # 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and it was re-released in the 1992 in conjuction with the movie "Wayne's World" and peaked at #2. In the UK it made it to # 1 twice - upon its initial release in 1975 and again in 1991 after Freddie Mercury passed away.

Prince's "1999" peaked at # 12 in 1983 and was re-released in 1999 and peaked at #40.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012, 8:33:39 AM PDT
Aerosmiths Dream On and Bowies Changes. Both became big hits the second time around.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 8:38:26 AM PDT
GarionOrb says:
Madonna - "Holiday" - Released in 1983, then again in remixed form in 1990.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 8:39:50 AM PDT
Eddie H. says:
Unchained Melody-The Righteous the 60's and from the Ghost movie in the 80's

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 8:45:48 AM PDT
GarionOrb says:
Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody" - Released when A Night At The Opera came out, then again in 1992-ish for the Wayne's World movie.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012, 10:08:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2012, 10:11:10 AM PDT
tmoore says:
That may be the case now, but wasn't in the past. I remember from my Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits that Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" charted several times in different years just from 1955 on (timeframe of that book), and that song is at least a decade before 1955.

I don't have that book with me right now, so I can't check, but am wondering if "The Christmas Song" by the Chipmunks and/or "The Little Drummer Boy" by Harry Simeone Chorale charted multiple times.

My contribution:
Benny Mardones "Into the Night" charted in 1980 and again in 1989.

Apparantly "Do You Love Me" by the Contours charted in 1962 and 1988; but I'm not sure what spurred the 1988 re-release.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012, 10:49:31 AM PDT
J. Coco says:
"Do You Love Me" by The Contours was re-released after appearing in "Dirty Dancing".

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 11:19:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2012, 11:31:44 AM PDT
tmoore says:
Layla was released twice, in 1971 and 1972. The 1971 release was faded out before the piano part of the song (with timing of 2:43). The 1972 release was the full 7 minute cut and went Top 10.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 11:32:26 AM PDT
rokroller says:
Welcome To The Jungle by Guns N' Roses..
When this was released as a single in 1987, it charted in England but flopped in America. It finally became a hit in the US when they re-released it in October 1988 after "Sweet Child O' Mine" hit #1.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 2:58:45 PM PDT
Robin Thicke- Wanna Love You Girl
Originally released in September 2005...and it stalled.
Re-released in September 2006- and it stalled again!

Paula Abdul- The Way You Love Me
Released as the second single behind "Knocked Out"- stalled the first time around in 1988.
Released again a year later and was a top five pop hit.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 3:19:22 PM PDT
K. Carter says:
Was "Got To Get You Into My Life" ever released as a single in the 60's? Anyway, it was a big hit back around 1976 or so...

Posted on Apr 24, 2012, 4:04:17 PM PDT
rokroller says:
Got To Get You Into My Life was not a single in the 60's

Posted on Apr 26, 2012, 5:51:18 AM PDT
Randy says:
"Free Bird"

Posted on Apr 26, 2012, 7:18:08 AM PDT
ronct says:
Twist and Shout - The Beatles 1964 & then again in the 1986 when Ferris Bueller re-introduced it.

Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers in the 1960's and early 90's from the movie Ghost.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012, 7:25:14 AM PDT
"No Time" by the Guess Who was originally released on the album "Canned Wheat". A slightly different version (I can't even tell the difference, apart from the different intro and running time) was then released on the following album "American Woman", where it became a hit.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012, 7:42:41 AM PDT
In the UK Bowie's Space Oddity was a stand-alone hit in 1969 and charted again in 1975 (it charted in the US in 1973 not long after RCA re-released the Philips/Mercury album that it was lifted from).

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' Tears of a Clown was released in 1970 in the UK and US and topped the chart (three years after it was recorded) and also made 30-something on the UK chart when re-released in 1976.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012, 8:06:38 AM PDT
Chicago released both "Questions 67 and 68" and "Beginnings" as singles off their debut album in 1969, but didn't make a splash. After the commercial success of "Chicago II" and the hit singles off that album (Make Me Smile, Colour My World, 25 or 6 to 4), Chicago re-released the first two singles in the early 70s and both became big hits the 2nd time around.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012, 8:35:41 AM PDT
ronct says:
The Youngbloods released 'Get Together' in 1967 and again 1969 and it became a big hit the 2nd time around after being used as background music in a promo.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012, 8:39:29 AM PDT
J. Coco says:
"In The Air Tonight" by Phil Collins peaked at #19 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1981 and was re-released in 1984 after being featured in the pilot of Miami Vice. It just missed the Hot 100 the second time around.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012, 11:26:39 AM PDT
Steelers fan says:
In the 45-r.p.m. single era, it wasn't uncommon for big hits to be released again a few years after they initially left the charts. Labels had their own reissue series--Motown had "Yesteryear", RCA had "Spun Gold", and the like. Two previous hits could be reissued on one 45--e.g., Hall and Oates' "You Make My Dreams" b/w "Did It In A Minute", which were originally released separately.
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