Television star and hit singer Demi Lovato is making waves on the national surveys with two songs as of recent: her version of “Let It Go”, featured on the soundtrack to Frozen, and the third single from her album simply titled Demi, “Neon Lights”. The latter release takes a big leap from 64-46 on the Hot 100 this week, marking a new peak for it. Looking to brighten and enlighten, it’s time to illuminate all there is in the electric and eclectic bunch of titles with “neon” in them. Let’s light it up:
“Neon Rainbow”, The Box Tops (#24, 1967)
This was another solid pop/rock tune from the Memphis band.”Rainbow” was the followup to their signature song “The Letter”, and this ultimately crashed out further down as it faded into the shadow of their #1 hit. They last hit the top 40 in 1969 with “Soul Deep” (#18) and entered the Hot 100 for the last time in 1970. Lead singer Alex Chilton died in 2010.
“Neon Nites”, Atlanta Rhythm Section (#42, 1977)
They’re the dudes from Doraville; in fact, their first top 40 hit was named after their hometown. Three years later, they were ranking with this single from A Rock and Roll Alternative, a followup to their top ten breakthrough, “So Into You”. It missed the top 40 in June, but remains in their concert sets today. The band hits a few spots in the Midwest this week.
“In Neon”, Elton John (#38, 1984)
The 66-year-old legend may be climbing my chart in a duet with Gary Barlow, but he was sure lighting up the lists years ago. Issued as the final U.S. single from 1984’s Breaking Hearts, this song barely dented the Hot 100, peaking in January 1985. He would chart again later that year with “Wrap Her Up”, a collaboration with George Michael, which did better.
“Neon Moonlight”, Rosco Martinez (#57, 1994)
A former member of the 80’s trio Bandera, who never charted on any of the big U.S. surveys, Martinez ventured out as a solo act with both an English and Spanish album in 1994 via label Zoo Entertainment. This song was his only significant success from either effort, just missing the top 20 on the CHR survey during the spring. A followup single failed to chart.
“Neon”, Chris Young (#92, 2012)
From Nashville Star to superstar, Young’s career in music has had its ups and downs along the way, but it’s certainly been a ride to watch. After scoring five #1 singles in a row on the Country survey, this single faltered, peaking outside the top 20. The singer is currently on the same survey was “Who I Am With You”, which has been building for a few weeks.
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