Acronyms of the Billboard Hot 100 by NathanL

Champion(s):

Mudrak


Runner(s)-Up:

SorensonG


Quiz Description

Once I've downloaded a database of songs that hit the Billboard charts, I'm going to milk it for all it's worth...

Some songs that hit the top 40 cry out to be abbreviated, like Ray Stevens's 1961 hit "Jeremiah Peabody's Polyunsaturated Quick-Dissolving Fast-Acting Pleasant-Tasting Green And Purple Pills" (which peaked at #35). But "JPPQFPGAPP" doesn't really roll of the tongue, does it? In contrast, the twelve songs below--all of which reached the top ten--have much catchier acronyms. Just identify the titles. For instance, if you saw "GRITS", you'd enter "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky" (at least, if it hadn't only reached #52 in 1966, #30 in 1961, and #31 in 1980, under that title). Ignore punctuation, but not leading articles.

To help you out, the artists, in chronological order, are: The Turtles, The Zombies, Norman Greenbaum, Terry Jacks, Leo Sayer, Wings, Rickie Lee Jones, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Chaka Khan, R.E.M., Whitney Houston, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. (Why thirteen artists? Because one of these acronyms represents two different #1 songs that charted five years apart.)

Incidentally, while I can't be reached in the LL forum because my membership has long since lapsed, you can reach me by email with username "tahnan" at domain "suberic.net" with any feedback, questions, or complaints.

Full Results:

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1 Mudrak 446 98 15
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2 SorensonG 413 94 15
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3 AnthonyBianca 409 90 15
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4 BoyerA 390 87 15
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5 JonesRW 375 83 15
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6 GoodmanDL 357 79 15
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7 WeikleB 349 75 15
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8 GriffinJoe 334 72 15
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9 rouquinne 326 68 15
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10 VenguswamyK 322 64 00
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11 jsparkyp 319 61 15
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12 raccoonleaf 312 57 00
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13 JudyD 286 53 00
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14 ShampooCell 267 50 15
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15 TheLuggage 237 46 00
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16 KravisA 230 42 00
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17 IvixorB 211 33 00
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17 MatherV 211 33 00
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17 DixonD 211 33 15
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17 DFisher 211 33 00
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21 KosmanJ 166 24 15
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22 GeneStoye 162 20 15
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23 GordonT 158 16 00
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24 quarterrican 68 11 00
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24 PipkeR 68 11 00
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26 DouglasLovesVixey 0 3 00
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Questions:

CEIL

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Chuck E.'s In Love (Rickie Lee Jones, 1979)

IAMB

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It Ain't Me Babe (The Turtles, 1965)

IFFY

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I Feel For You (Chaka Khan, 1984)

LIME

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Look Into My Eyes (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, 1997)

LITE

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Late in the Evening (Paul Simon, 1980)

OMIT

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One Moment in Time (Whitney Houston, 1988)

SITS (Two answers required)

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Spirit in the Sky (Norman Greenbaum, 1970) / Seasons in the Sun (Terry Jacks, 1974)

THAI

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Tell Her About It (Billy Joel, 1983)

TOIL

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The One I Love (R.E.M., 1987)

TOTS

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Time of the Season (The Zombies, 1969)

WALL

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With a Little Luck (Wings, 1978)

WINY

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When I Need You (Leo Sayer, 1977)