Top 40 Smash Taps: “I’ve Never Found a Girl”

These posts are about the songs that can accurately claim to crossed the key line of chart success, becoming Top 40 hits on Billboard, but just barely. Every song featured in this series peaked at number 40.

Eddie Floyd started at Stax Records as a songwriter. In the mid-nineteen-sixties, Floyd partnered with guitarist Steve Cropper to write something for Otis Redding, emerging with the song “Knock on Wood.” After hearing it Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records (then deeply connected to Stax) was convinced that Floyd didn’t need to loan the song out. He had a hit on his own if he wanted it. Wexler convinced the Stax label head, Jim Stewart, to release Floyd’s version of the song. It wasn’t Floyd’s first single, but it was definitely his first hit, topping the R&B chart and making it up to #28 on the main Billboard chart. It also had a fine afterlife, getting covered a bevy of times, including a 1979 disco version by Amii Stewart that actually made it all the way to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. While Floyd had a long, prolific career that stretched in the late seventies, he only made it back to the Top 40 on two other occasions, the first coming in 1968. “I’ve Never Found a Girl” was a fairly typical soul/R&B number in the Stax mold, with expert playing, heartfelt songwriting and a easy but intense vocal by Floyd. It goes down easy. The song landed in the runner-up spot on the R&B charts. On the Billboard pop charts, it made it to #40.

“Just Like Heaven” by The Cure.
“I’m in Love” by Evelyn King
“Buy Me a Rose” by Kenny Rogers
“Who’s Your Baby” by The Archies
“Me and Bobby McGee” by Jerry Lee Lewis
“Angel in Blue” by J. Geils Band
“Crazy Downtown” by Allan Sherman
“I’ve Seen All Good People” and “Rhythm of Love” by Yes
“Naturally Stoned” by the Avant-Garde
“Come See” by Major Lance
“Your Old Standby” by Mary Wells
“See the Lights” by Simple Minds
“Watch Out For Lucy” by Eric Clapton
“The Alvin Twist” by Alvin and the Chipmunks
“Love Me Tender” by Percy Sledge
“Jennifer Eccles” by the Hollies
“Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Olympics
“The Bounce” by the Olympics
“Your One and Only Love” by Jackie Wilson
“Tell Her She’s Lovely” by El Chicano
“The Last Time I Made Love” by Joyce Kennedy and Jeffrey Osborne
“Limbo Rock” by The Champs
“Crazy Eyes For You” by Bobby Hamilton
“Who Do You Think You’re Foolin'” by Donna Summer
“Violet Hill” and “Lost+” by Coldplay
“Freight Train” by the Chas. McDevitt Skiffle Group
“Sweet William” by Little Millie Small
“Live My Life” by Boy George
“Lessons Learned” by Tracy Lawrence
“So Close” by Diana Ross
“Six Feet Deep” by the Geto Boys
“You Thrill Me” by Exile
“What Now” by Gene Chandler
“Put It in a Magazine” by Sonny Charles
“Got a Love for You” by Jomanda
“Stone Cold” by Rainbow
“People in Love” by 10cc
“Just Seven Numbers (Can Straighten Out My Life)” by the Four Tops
“Thinkin’ Problem” by David Ball
“You Got Yours and I’ll Get Mine” and “Trying to Make a Fool of Me” by the Delfonics
“The Riddle (You and I)” by Five for Fighting
“I Can’t Wait” by Sleepy Brown
“Nature Boy” by Bobby Darin
“Give It to Me Baby” and “Cold Blooded” by Rick James
“Who’s Sorry Now?” by Marie Osmond
“A Love So Fine” by the Chiffons
“Funky Y-2-C” by the Puppies
“Brand New Girlfriend” by Steve Holy
“I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” by Bonnie Pointer
“Mr. Loverman” by Shabba Ranks

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