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Published on November 25th, 2015 | by Gerry Galipault

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Shoulda-Been-Hits: The Modern Rock Tracks Era, Part 3

Pause & Play finishes up its look at the Modern Rock Tracks era (1988-2009), digging up long-forgotten “hits,” songs that made a splash on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart but never reached the pop Hot 100.

Welcome to Part 3, our final installment. File these greats under our Shoulda-Been-Hits list. (FYI: Part 2 and Part 1.)

Click and hear for yourself. Also: Go to Spotify and follow our Shoulda-Been-Hits: The Spotify Playlist.

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THE RAILWAY CHILDREN
“Every Beat of the Heart” (1990)

R.E.M.
“Orange Crush” (1988)

THE REPLACEMENTS
“Merry Go Round” (1990)

STAN RIDGWAY
“I Wanna Be a Boss” (1991)

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SCHOOL OF FISH
“3 Strange Days” (1991)

SCREAMING TREES
“Nearly Lost You” (1992)

SHAKESPEAR’S SISTER
“Goodbye Cruel World” (1992)

SIMPLE MINDS
“This Is Your Land” (1989)

THE SISTERS OF MERCY
“More” (1990)

SLOAN
“Underwhelmed” (1993)

THE SMITHEREENS
“Top of the Pops” (1991)

SOCIAL DISTORTION
“Ring of Fire” (1990)

SOMETHING HAPPENS
“Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello (Petrol)” (1990)

SQUEEZE
“If It’s Love” (1989)

THE STONE ROSES
“One Love” (1990)

THE SUGARCUBES
“Motorcrash” (1988)

THE SUNDAYS
“Here’s Where the Story Ends” (1990)

MATTHEW SWEET
“Girlfriend” (1992)

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TALKING HEADS
“Sax and Violins” (1991)

TANITA TIKARAM
“Twist In My Sobriety” (1989)

THE TRASH CAN SINATRAS
“Hayfever” (1993)

TRAVIS
“Sing” (2001)

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UB40
“Breakfast in Bed” (with Chrissie Hynde; 1988)

UNDERWORLD
“Stand Up” (1989)

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VERTICAL HORIZON
“We Are” (1999)

THE VERVE
“Lucky Man” (1998)

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THE WATERBOYS
“Fisherman’s Blues” (1988)

PAUL WESTERBERG
“World Class Fad” (1993)

THE WHITE STRIPES
“Fell in Love With a Girl” (2002)

WORLD PARTY
“Put the Message in the Box” (1990)

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XYMOX
“Obsession” (1989)

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PETE YORN
“For Nancy (‘Cos It Already Is)” (2001)

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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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