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Unreleased Pop Hit Songs, 1960 to 1993

Nearly every pop song from 1960 through 1993 was released as a 'single.' A very small number of songs became Pop Top 20 hits without a single release. Here is the full list of these very special songs, including Stairway To Heaven.


1960-1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

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  1 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 19   Jun 1967  
  The Beatles  
    YouTube    

  2 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) 16   Dec 1971  
  John & Yoko And The Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir  
    YouTube download at Amazon  

  3 Jingle Bells 18   Dec 1971  
  Don Charles Presents The Singing Dogs  
    YouTube    

  Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin has often been acclaimed as the greatest rock song ever. Despite no single record release, the song made it big on pop radio, even hitting number one on some stations. Overall, the song made number 10 on the Tunecaster music chart.
Classic rock band Led Zeppelin released a few singles and some became pop hits, but Stairway To Heaven was the band's biggest pop hit.
 

  4 Stairway To Heaven 10   Sep 1972  
  Led Zeppelin  
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  5 Funeral For A Friend (Love Lies Bleeding In My Hands) 20   Nov 1973  
  Elton John  
    YouTube    

  6 Isn't She Lovely 15   Jan 1977  
  Stevie Wonder  
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  7 More Than A Woman 3   Mar 1978  
  Bee Gees  
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  Madonna joined the small circle of artists with an unreleased song hit when Into The Groove reached number 5 in 1985. The song was later included on her greatest hits album, called The Immaculate Collection.
An unreleased song is a song that did not have an official regular-issue single record. At the time of its popularity, Into The Groove existed only as a 12-inch maxi-single, and as a promotional record.
 

  8 Into The Groove 5   Aug 1985  
  Madonna  
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  9 Last Christmas 18   Dec 1985  
  Wham!  
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  10 Never Say Goodbye 9 4   May 1987  
  Bon Jovi  
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  11 Edge Of A Broken Heart 28   Sep 1987  
  Bon Jovi  
    YouTube    

  12 Orange Crush 1 28   Dec 1988  
  R.E.M.  
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  13 State Of The World 25   Mar 1991  
  Janet Jackson  
    YouTube download at Amazon  

  14 Steel Bars 13   Jun 1992  
  Michael Bolton  
    YouTube download at Amazon  

  15 Plush 1 27   Jul 1993  
  Stone Temple Pilots  
    YouTube download at Amazon  


Related Song Features for Unreleased Pop Hit Songs, 1960 to 1993


Top Unreleased Pop Hit Songs 1960-1993

1More Than A Woman
 Bee Gees
2Into The Groove
 Madonna
3Never Say Goodbye
 Bon Jovi
4Stairway To Heaven
 Led Zeppelin
5Steel Bars
 Michael Bolton
6Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
 The Beatles
7Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
 John & Yoko And The Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir
8Jingle Bells
 Don Charles Presents The Singing Dogs
9Funeral For A Friend (Love Lies Bleeding In My Hands)
 Elton John
10Plush
 Stone Temple Pilots
11Isn't She Lovely
 Stevie Wonder
12State Of The World
 Janet Jackson

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