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Pause-and-Playlist: More Shoulda-Been Hits

We haven’t dug up Shoulda-Been Hits in a while. Well, we’re going to rectify that oversight right now. Here are a bunch of songs that shoulda and coulda been hits but weren’t for whatever reason … neatly packaged in this A-to-Z playlist.

And if you haven’t already, check out our massive Shoulda-Been Hits list.

(Follow along with our Pause-and-Playlist on Spotify, or click on the Spotify player at the bottom of this page.)

ABC
“King Without a Crown” (1987)

TONI BRAXTON & BABYFACE
“Roller Coaster” (2014; Hear here)

CARPENTERS
“Merry Christmas Darling” (1970; See here)

DEEP PURPLE
“Highway Star” (1972; See here)

ERIC B. & RAKIM
“Paid in Full” (1987)

ARETHA FRANKLIN
“This Girl’s in Love With You” (1970; Hear here)

THE GUESS WHO
“Bus Rider” (1970; B-side of “Share the Land”; Hear here)

DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES
“When the Morning Comes” (1973; Hear here)

INCREDIBLE BONGO BAND
“Apache” (1973; one of the most sampled songs of all time, often called “hip-hop’s national anthem”)

THE JAMES GANG
“Take a Look Around” (1969; Hear here)

THE KILLERS
“Just Another Girl” (2013; See here)

LOOSE ENDS
“Slow Down” (1987; See here)

BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
“Jamming” (1977)

NEW RADICALS
“Someday We’ll Know” (1998; See here)

OASIS
“Supersonic” (1995; reached No. 31 in the U.K. in 1994; See here)

PRINCE
“When You Were Mine” (1980)

SUZI QUATRO
“Devil Gate Drive” (1974; a No. 1 hit in the U.K., did not chart in the U.S.)

THE ROLLING STONES
“Bitch” (1971; B-side of “Brown Sugar”; Hear here)

CARLY SIMON
“We Have No Secrets” (1973; B-side of “The Right Thing to Do”; Hear here)

TEARS FOR FEARS
“Mad World” (1983; a U.K. Top 5 hit, did not chart in the U.S.)

UB40
“Many Rivers to Cross” (1983; a Top 20 hit in the U.K.; Hear here)

LUTHER VANDROSS
“A House Is Not a Home” (1981; Hear here)

DIONNE WARWICK
“Wishin’ and Hopin'” (1963; Hear here)

X
“Los Angeles” (1979; Hear here)

THE YARDBIRDS
“Evil Hearted You” (1965; peaked at No. 3 in the U.K., did not chart in the U.S.)

THE ZUTONS
“Why Won’t You Give Me Your Love” (2006; See here)

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Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.

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