Top 40 Smash Taps: “I’m Going to Let My Heart Do the Walking”

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.

Unquestionably the most successful group of the highly successful Motown record label, the Supremes had thirty-three Top 40 singles in the U.S., with more than a third of them reaching the very top of the Billboard chart. That included an amazing run of five straight #1 singles in 1964 and 1965, beginning with “Where Did Our Love Go” and ending with “Back in My Arms Again.” Across 1966 and 1967 they came close to duplicating that feat with four straight songs reaching the top spot. This time “You Can’t Hurry Love” started the streak, and “The Happening” closed it, with their next single, “Reflections,” needing to settle for the runner-up slot on the chart. After Diana Ross officially split from the group in 1970, there were no more trips to the pinnacle of the Hot 100, though seven of their Top 40 hits did occur in this era. The last of which, stalled out at #40. Released in 1976, “I’m Going to Let My Heart Do the Walking” has a distinct disco feel. It was also the first Supremes song to assign lead vocal duties to Scherrie Payne, fairly new to the group as Mary Wilson was scrambling to keep the ever-splintered act together (Cindy Birdsong had quiet at least twice in the prior four years). The track became the first venture into the Top 40 for the group that once has almost permanent resident there since 1972’s minor hit “Automatically Sunshine.” After four more widely ignored singles (only “You’re My Driving Wheel” saw any chart action, and even then it was barely a blip), the Supremes were officially and permanently disbanded in 1977.

“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
“I’ve Never Found a Girl” by Eddie Floyd
“Plastic Man” and “Happy People” by the Temptations
“Okay” by Nivea
“Go On” by George Strait
“Back When My Hair Was Short” by Gunhill Road
“Birthday Party” by the Pixies Three
“Livin’ in the Life” by the Isley Brothers
“Kissing You” by Keith Washington
“The End of Our Road” by Marvin Gaye
“Ticks” and “Letter to Me” by Brad Paisley
“Nobody But You Babe” by Clarence Reid
“Like a Sunday in Salem” by Gene Cotton

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