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Almost Hits: Jackson Browne, “In the Shape of a Heart” from Lives in the Balance (1986)

Almost Hits: Jackson Browne, “In the Shape of a Heart” from Lives in the Balance (1986)

Jackson Browne’s 1986 single “In the Shape of a Heart” was a big hit in certain circles. It went to No. 10 on the adult contemporary chart, but rose to only No. 70 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Almost Hits: Blood Sweat and Tears, “Go Down Gamblin’” (1971)

Almost Hits: Blood Sweat and Tears, “Go Down Gamblin’” (1971)

The problem with Blood, Sweat and Tears was that many rock fans didn’t consider them to be a real rock band. Their guitarist, Steve Katz, never reeled off the flaming, red hot, twelve-minute, guitar jams

Almost Hits: Herman’s Hermits, “No Milk Today” (1967)

Almost Hits: Herman’s Hermits, “No Milk Today” (1967)

Even though “No Milk Today” (#35, Hot 100 in 1967) was released in the USA by Herman’s Hermits as the B-side to “There’s a Kind of Hush” (#4, Hot 100) it was the better song of the two

Almost Hits: Chicago, “Questions 67 and 68″ (1969)

Almost Hits: Chicago, “Questions 67 and 68″ (1969)

Back when the famous, classic, horn-rock band was known as Chicago Transit Authority, they released a top-notch single called “Questions 67 and 68,” off of a 1969 eponymously titled debut album. It didn’t do much on the charts

Almost Hits: R.E.M., “It’s the End of the World as We Know It [and I Feel Fine]” (1987)

Almost Hits: R.E.M., “It’s the End of the World as We Know It [and I Feel Fine]” (1987)

“It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)” is one of the longer song titles in rock ‘n roll and one of the more oddball releases from R.E.M. (probably only superseded by “Leave” from New Adventures In Hi-Fi).

Almost Hits: The Beach Boys, “I Can Hear Music” (1969)

Almost Hits: The Beach Boys, “I Can Hear Music” (1969)

Released as a single in 1969 from 20/20, the Beach Boys’ last album for Capitol Records, “I Can Hear Music” is possibly their greatest single of the post-Pet Sounds era — and, unusually, it’s not an original.

Gimme Five: Our Christmas favorites include Nat King Cole, Vince Guaraldi … and Henry Rollins?!?

There are as many Christmas music traditions as there are stockings hung with with care. For some, the process of awaiting ole St. Nick requires a classic soundtrack, filled with old favorites. For others, something newer makes sense.

Desert Island Discs: Christmas Songs Edition

Desert Island Discs: Christmas Songs Edition

Worried about being running aground in some tropic locale this Christmas season? Something Else! has you covered, with a new list of Yuletide favorites criss-crossing the usual stylistic landscape.

Desert Island Discs: Cover Songs Edition

On this particular island, there will be sun and sand — but nary an original artist. Join us, as we query our intrepid panel on its must-have cover songs for their fateful journey.

Desert Island Discs: Guilty Pleasures Edition

Desert Island Discs: Guilty Pleasures Edition

Proof that every one’s guilty pleasure is their own: We reached almost no consensus on this particular version of Desert Island Discs, with only the Carpenters, the Electric Light Orchestra, Hall and Oates and Olivia Newton-John garnering more than one mention.