These posts are about the songs that can accurately claim to crossed the key line of chart success, becoming Top 40 hits on Billboard, but just barely. Every song featured in this series peaked at number 40.
The band 10cc started in 1972. At least that’s when the group of British musicians who’d been writing and recording together for a while decided to formally become a band under that name. Before that, they’d operated in several different iterations, including a stint as a band called Hotlegs, as which they had a minor hit in 1970 with the song “Neanderthal Man.” Supposedly the name 10cc was bestowed upon them by UK Record label head Jonathan King, based on a dream he’d had. (There’s a far grosser tale about the inspiration for the band’s moniker that I’m not all that interested in describing.) King signed the band convinced that their song “Donna” was a surefire hit. He was right about that, at least when it came to 10cc’s homeland. In the U.K., “Donna” made it all the way to #2.
It took a little longer for 10cc to make a notable appearance on the U.S. charts. It wasn’t until the band was signed to Mercury Records, which gave the band a five album contract on the basis of a single song: “I’m Not in Love.” The song was included on the band’s third LP, The Original Soundtrack, and did indeed have the sort of chart impact the label paid for, making it all the way to the runner-up spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
The band got as high as the Top 5 in the U.S. one more time, with “The Things We Do for Love,” off of 1977’s Deceptive Bends album. They had one other appearance on the Billboard Top 40, peaking at #40, with the third single from that same album, “People in Love.” By this time, the lineup of the band was fairly different, having lost key members Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, who’d split to work as a duo, unimaginatively named Godley & Creme. They recorded several albums, but had only one significant hit, the grindingly dull “Cry,” in 1985. As expected, there were eventually all sorts of 10cc reunions, including shows as recently as last year.
—“Just Like Heaven” by The Cure.
—“I’m in Love” by Evelyn King
—“Buy Me a Rose” by Kenny Rogers
—“Who’s Your Baby” by The Archies
—“Me and Bobby McGee” by Jerry Lee Lewis
—“Angel in Blue” by J. Geils Band
—“Crazy Downtown” by Allan Sherman
—“I’ve Seen All Good People” and “Rhythm of Love” by Yes
—“Naturally Stoned” by the Avant-Garde
—“Come See” by Major Lance
—“Your Old Standby” by Mary Wells
—“See the Lights” by Simple Minds
—“Watch Out For Lucy” by Eric Clapton
—“The Alvin Twist” by Alvin and the Chipmunks
—“Love Me Tender” by Percy Sledge
—“Jennifer Eccles” by the Hollies
—“Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Olympics
—“The Bounce” by the Olympics
—“Your One and Only Love” by Jackie Wilson
—“Tell Her She’s Lovely” by El Chicano
—“The Last Time I Made Love” by Joyce Kennedy and Jeffrey Osborne
—“Limbo Rock” by The Champs
—“Crazy Eyes For You” by Bobby Hamilton
—“Violet Hill” and “Lost+” by Coldplay
—“Freight Train” by the Chas. McDevitt Skiffle Group
—“Sweet William” by Little Millie Small
—“Live My Life” by Boy George
—“Lessons Learned” by Tracy Lawrence
—“So Close” by Diana Ross
—“Six Feet Deep” by the Geto Boys
—“You Thrill Me” by Exile
—“What Now” by Gene Chandler
—“Put It in a Magazine” by Sonny Charles
—“Got a Love for You” by Jomanda
—“Stone Cold” by Rainbow