If you’ve been living under a rock, which probably isn’t true of most of you, then you’ve only missed the answer to one of the most important questions in history: “What does the fox say?” The Norwegian duo Ylvis sings about it in their international hit, “The Fox”, which is now being distributed here by Warner Bros. Records. Just yesterday, it was announced that due to strong sales and streaming data, “The Fox” is now a top ten single on the Hot 100, scurrying up to #8 this week. Whether you have the video on repeat or are embarrassed for America, it’s still a major achievement and also brings a furry friend up to a higher region of the chart for the first time in years. This comes at the same time that artist Foxes is also currently on the Hot 100 as a vocalist on the Zedd hit, “Clarity”. It too recently reached #8. So, for probably the only time you’ll see me writing about this subject, let’s go viral into some top ten style:
“Fox On The Run”, The Sweet (#5, 1975)
Up until Ylvis, this song by British rockers The Sweet was the only song to make both the top 40 and top 10 about a fox. Featured on the group’s album Desolation Boulevard, it was written by the members of the band and produced by Mike Chapman, known for later work with Blondie and The Knack. It was their third of four top ten hits in America, the last of them coming in the summer of 1978.
Other foxy Hot 100 entries:
“Foxy Lady”, Crown Heights Affair (#49, 1977)
“Black Fox”, Freddy Robinson (#56, 1970)
“Looking For A Fox”, Clarence Carter (#62, 1968)
“Foxey Lady”, Jimi Hendrix (#67, 1967)
“Fox Hunt”, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass (#84, 1974)
“Fox On The Run”, Manfred Mann (#97, 1969)
Charlie and Inez Foxx
Brother Charlie and sister Inez began in a gospel choir before deciding to settle on recording pop music. In 1963, the two did a version of the popular lullaby “Hush, Little Baby” under a new title of “Mockingbird” and it cracked the top 10, peaking at #7. Inez went solo after this, but never went nearly as high on the charts. They last charted together in 1967; Inez made the R&B charts as late as 1974.
The quintet from Miami and led by Ish “Angel” Ledesma were big on the Disco scene starting in 1976, but began hitting the Hot 100 in 1978 with a top ten single, “Get Off” (#9). It was followed by a minor top 40 entry in 1979 and the band broke up the next year. Ledesma went onto lead Oxo, known for 1983’s “Whirly Girl” (#28), and formed the group Company B who charted with “Fascinated” in 1987 (#21).
The rapper originally from Brooklyn, NY did a bit of damage on the charts in the late 90’s and early 00’s. Her three charting albums all went top ten and were each certified. From her first album, 1996’s Ill Na Na, came her biggest success: “I’ll Be”, a #7 single featuring a rap by Jay-Z. Brown also appeared on a #9 song by Case the same year, “Touch Me Tease Me”. Brown last entered any Billboard chart in 2005.
Actor, comedian and musician Foxx released his first album in 1994 to little attention, but returned a decade later in 2004 on Twista‘s #1 single, “Slow Jamz”. After a starring role in Ray, there was a renewed interest in his music, leading to hits like 2006’s “Unpredictable” (#8), 2009’s “Blame It” (#2), as well as a feature on Kanye West‘s 2006 #1 “Gold Digger”. His last album to date came out in 2010.
Pin-up girl turned pop star Fox took a ride up the charts beginning in 1986 with a string of sexually charged hits. Although she garnered more success in Europe, the U.S. surveys still paid her some attention, making the top ten three times with 1987’s “Touch Me (I Want Your Body)” (#4), 1988’s “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)” (1988) and 1989’s “I Wanna Have Some Fun” (#8). She is still active as a performer.
This duo of Gary Cooper and Michael Camacho formed in Miami with their producer looking to style them in a clean-cut, teen idol image. However, the idea coupled with a big single called “Let’s Go All The Way” didn’t seem to help that at all. The song was a hit, going to #7 on the Hot 100 in 1986, but after a return to that squeaky clean ideal, the national success faded. Both are still in the music business today.
Other foxy Hot 100 artists:
Biggest hit: “Long Way To Love” (#100, 1988)
Biggest hit: “Seasons” (#75, 1981)
Biggest hit: “Only You Can” (#53, 1975)
Biggest hit: “Redneck Games” [with Alan Jackson] (#66, 1995)
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