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‘Welcome Back’ by John Sebastian – Classic Hit or Miss

Welcome Back" is a popular record that was the theme song of the 1970s American television sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter. Written and recorded by former Lovin' Spoonful frontman John Sebastian, it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week in May 1976 after only five weeks on the chart (the show itself had become an instant ratings success upon its premiere the previous Fall). The song also topped the Easy Listening chart and reached number 93 on the Country chart.

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‘Domino’ by Van Morrison – Classic Hit or Miss

It was released by Warner Bros. Records in October 1970 as the first of three singles from the album and reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. As of 2010, "Domino" remains Morrison's highest charting single ever, surpassing Morrison's signature song, "Brown Eyed Girl" which had charted at number 10 in 1967.

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‘Change’ by John Waite – Classic Hit or Miss

Waite was born in Lancaster, England. He first came to attention as the lead singer and bassist of The Babys, a British group which had moderate chart success, including two pop hits that both coincidentally peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100, "Isn't It Time" (1977) and "Everytime I Think Of You" (1979),and a solid following for their concert tours. Over the course of five years, the band produced five albums ending with the final album On the Edge in October 1980, after which the group broke up.

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‘You Are’ by Lionel Richie – Classic Hit or Miss

"You Are" is the title of a popular song from 1983 by the R&B singer-songwriter Lionel Richie. "You Are" was written by Richie and his then-wife, Brenda Harvey Richie. It appears on his self-titled debut solo album, which came out in 1982.Released as the follow-up single to his number-one hit song "Truly", "You Are" reached the top five on three major Billboard music charts. On the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, the song spent two weeks at number four in early 1983. It peaked at number two on the R&B chart and spent six weeks at number one on the adult contemporary chart.

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‘Saturday Night Special’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd – Classic Hit or Miss

"Saturday Night Special" is a hard rock song by Lynyrd Skynyrd. It is the opening track on their album Nuthin' Fancy. The song addresses the issue of gun control. Its lyrics refer to the cheap handguns popularly associated with the term "Saturday Night Special", and associates them with impulsive violence; the following examples being given: a man being shot by a home intruder, a gambler shooting his gambling partners during a losing night, and accidentally shooting oneself while intoxicated. Notably, it argues that they "in't good for nothin' / 'Cept for puttin' a man six feet in a hole."

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‘Sailing’ by Christopher Cross – Classic Hit or Miss

"Sailing" is the title of a song written and recorded by American artist Christopher Cross. It was released in June 1980 as the second single from his eponymous debut album. The song was a success in the USA, winning Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Arrangement of the Year, and helping Cross win the Best New Artist award. VH1 named this the greatest "softsational soft rock" music song of all time.

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“The Immigrant” by Neil Sedaka – Classic Hit or Miss

Elton John and Sedaka met at a party in London in 1973. When John realized Sedaka had no American record label, John suggested he sign with Rocket, and Sedaka accepted the proposition. When John visited Sedaka's London apartment, they discussed the plans for relaunching his career in the US.

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‘Modern Woman’ by Billy Joel – Classic Hit or Miss

"Modern Woman" is a song performed by Billy Joel from his album The Bridge.The song was the first single off the album and was also featured on the soundtrack to the film Ruthless People.  Though the song was quite successful, Joel has since said in interviews he does not care for it, and subsequently it has been left off most of his compilation sets (the exceptions appear to be My Lives and The Ultimate Collection)

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‘I’ll Be Over You’ by Toto – Classic Hit or Miss

"I'll Be over You" is a hit single by the American rock band Toto. Taken as a single from their 1986 album, Fahrenheit, the song reached number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in late 1986. Michael McDonald also participated in the recording of the song.In addition, it spent two weeks at number one on the adult contemporary chart, Toto's second song to top this chart (following 1983's "I Won't Hold You Back")

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‘Nights are Forever’ by England Dan and John Ford Coley

The duo began while they were friends and classmates at W. W. Samuell High School in Dallas, Texas. Seals and Coley performed first as part of Dallas pop/psych group Southwest F.O.B. (Freight on Board) Seals was the younger brother of Jim Seals of the 1970s soft rock duo Seals and Crofts. Dan's childhood nickname was "England Dan" because he was a fan of English rock band The Beatles, and he occasionally adopted an affected English accent. John Colley's last name was re-spelled "Coley" for ease of pronunciation; "Ford" was added as his middle name for flow purposes, thus England Dan and John Ford Coley.

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‘Come Monday’ by Jimmy Buffet – Classic Hit or Miss

"Come Monday"  was first released on his 1974 album Living & Dying in ¾ Time and was his first Top 40 hit single reaching #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as #3 Easy Listening and #58 Country.  Buffett wrote the song to his wife while he was on tour. At a live performance in 1974, Buffett mentioned that he wrote the song heading out to California the previous year, so would have been written as he was "heading up to San Francisco for the Labor Day Weekend show" in 1973. The single version of the song replaces the third line, "I've got my Hush Puppies on," with "I've got my hiking shoes on."

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‘Coconut’ by Nillson – Classic Hit or Miss [VIDEO]

The third single from his 1971 album, Nilsson Schmilsson, it reached #8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and it features three distinct characters (the narrator, the sister, and the doctor), all sung in different voices by Nilsson.

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