Monday’s Music Moves Me: Numbers Songs

So, today, Michelle wants songs with numbers in the title. I’ve already done a couple of numbers posts (here and here), so I cannibalized those, leaving several songs out and adding a few I thought you’d enjoy.

  1. Stacey Q, “Two Of Hearts” From 1986, this was the lovely Miss Q’s biggest hit, reaching #3 in the US and #1 in Canada.
  2. The Four Aces, “Three Coins In The Fountain” Theme song from the 1954 movie, it was written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1955. The Four Aces took it to #1 in 1954.
  3. Tennessee Ernie Ford, “Sixteen Tons” The song was originally performed by Merle Travis in 1947, but Ernie took it to #1 on both the Country and Pop charts in 1955. Not bad for such a downer of a song, but that voice…
  4. From The Music Man, “76 Trombones” The final scene from the 1962 film adaptation of the Meredith Wilson-Franklin Lacey musical.
  5. Tommy Emmanuel and Frank Vignola, “Swing 42” Django Reinhardt wrote an annual song called “Swing (the year),” and this is the one from 1942. Tommy and Frank give an impromptu performance backstage while waiting to go on.
  6. Tommy Tutone, “867-5309/Jenny” I did not know this: Tommy Tutone is the name of the band, whose lead singer is Tommy Heath. The original name of the band was Tommy and the Tu-Tones. This was their one big hit, reaching #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart in 1982.
  7. Ry Cooder, “One Meat Ball” In 1855, George Martin Lane write “The Lone Fish Ball” while a student at Harvard, and it became a favorite of undergraduates there. It was modernized in 1944 by Hy Zaret and Lou Singer as “One Meat Ball”, and Ry Cooder recorded it for his 1970 eponymous debut album.
  8. Traffic, “40,000 Headmen” From Traffic’s first live album, 1971’s Welcome To The Canteen. I first heard the overblown version done by Blood Sweat & Tears off their third album, and I like this one better.
  9. Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra, “Route 66 (TV Theme)” CBS, who originally carried the 1960-1964 series Route 66, didn’t want to pay royalties to license Bobby Troup’s 1946 song originally done by Nat King Cole, so they commissioned Nelson Riddle to write a theme song. The piano riff that dominates the song was Riddle’s tribute to the original.
  10. Warren Barker Orchestra, “77 Sunset Strip (TV Theme)” The series ran from 1958 to 1964 and starred Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Roger Smith and Edd “Kookie” Byrnes, and the only thing I remember is the song…

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 16, 2018.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, Alana, Michelle and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


29 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Numbers Songs

  1. I’m back! I was in Vancouver and the Rockies and then helping my friend move..poor thing. Back to reality😁. I love the last 2 songs which has a great beat. I never cared for 3 Coins in the Fountain…that dip in the voices when they sing “fountain” never appealed to me. I would add “10 Cents a Dance” sung by Ruth Etting but Doris Day sang it in the movie about her life.

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    1. Hey, you did fine. Marie over at has a list of themes, if you want to try to keep up with the rest of us, and she’s got the Linky so you can let everyone know you have a post. Every other week is a freebie, when you can do whatever you want, so next week is whatever you want to do. And really, there are times you end up getting stumped by the theme (or get sick of it, since they tend to repeat themselves) and end up doing a freebie anyway…


  2. Amazed myself; I knew almost all of these. I had to look up One Meat Ball and see if Dr. Demento had ever played it and he did, but it was the “original” Jimmy Savo version. What a backstory. But, apart from that, it was great hearing some of these songs again, especially the TV themes of my childhood (77 Sunset Strip, Route 66).


        1. I’ve done lots of TV theme posts already, but commercials would be interesting, because I don’t think many commercial jingles went on to be Top 40 hits. I can think of three off the top of my head… now, as for songs that have been used in commercials, there are a whole bunch of those…


  3. John,

    You brought some interesting tunes to this week’s theme mix and I have to admit half are introductions (the last four as well as Swing #42). Suzie Q really put me in the dance mood. My goodness, I had all but forgotten “Two of Hearts”. Thanks for the reminder. Have a boogietastic week!


    1. I saw the song by Suzie Q elsewhere and thought it would be a good addition, even though I didn’t remember it. That’s why I don’t know much about current music: I’m still discovering the old stuff…


  4. Sorry, I’m so late, but yesterday I had to leave for some tests on my back & so far we found out I have three pinched nerves… aughhhhh total bummer, but anyway… back to the tunes!!! You found some good ones to say the least… Well, your 2 of hearts is an introduction for me, but it’s definitely a foot tapper.. awww 3 Coins in the Fountain I remember from my Mom & the movie nice one, & Ernie.. nice one.. we use to listen to him all the time.. mama like him too & 16 tons I haven’t heard that one in forever, but I truly remember it. It’s definitely a finger snapper! The Music Man was a favorite of Mama’s & mine too! 76 Trombones very nice! We learned those words quickly.. it’s just one of those tunes you get it the first time you hear it! ~hehehe~ Swing 42.. nope can’t say I remember that one at all, but a foot tapper all the same! You’re surely on the right track my friend! The rest of your tunes are totally fab!!! Big hugs & have a rockin’ week! All the tunes left the 77 Sunset Strip program was definitely on our TV when I was little Efrem Zimbalist Jr. & let’s not forget “COOKIE… COOKIE Lend me your comb…” just an old tune they created just for him! bwahahahaha I think Connie Stevens was on that one too!!! Very pretty girl!!!


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