Songs The Best Songs About Radio  

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Don't turn that dial. We've ranked a list of the best songs about radio that will make you nostalgic for the days of bunny ears, vinyl crackling through your speakers and DJ's who actually spun their own music on air. From songs about selling out to songs about rocking out to a song on the radio, these songs pay homage to a dying medium.

Unsurprisingly, there aren't too many modern songs about radio, what with youtube and iTunes replacing the medium. So we'll have to turn the knob back a few decades to the 70's for Elvis Costello's raucous "Radio, Radio" and Queen's arena-friendly "Radio Ga Ga" (which inspired the name of one Lady). But no list of songs about radio would be complete without the hit 80's tune that called out a fledgling MTV for ignoring talented musicians with faces for radio, The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star."

What songs about radio as a subject do you think deserve to sit at the top of the chart? Vote for your favorites and share your best radio songs in the comment section below.

 

 

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Radio Ga Ga Queen

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Mexican Radio Wall of Voodoo

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Radio Baghdad Patti Smith

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Radio, Radio Elvis Costello

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Turn Up The Radio Autograph

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Radio Nowhere Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

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On the Radio Cheap Trick

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Radio Head Talking Heads

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Radio Control Mick Jagger

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Radio Waves Roger Waters

Celebrities Killed by the Internet

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Radio/Video System of a Down

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Radio Song R.E.M.

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Devil's Radio George Harrison

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Heartbreak Radio Roy Orbison

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Raised on Radio Journey

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The Radio Is Broken Frank Zappa

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Radio Silence Elvis Costello

The Greatest Dance Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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Guest_0c38bdf7-007e-425d-a69b-1c349a678632 added Radio Beyoncé Knowles

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Radio by Sylvan Esso is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Songs About Radio
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Panic by The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Songs About Radio
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18 Pictures of Taylor Swift Not Wearing Makeup

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Transmission by Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs About Radio
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Guest_0c38bdf7-007e-425d-a69b-1c349a678632 added Heard It On The X ZZ Top

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On My Radio The Selecter

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Turn on the Radio Reba McEntire

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Radio Free Moscow Jethro Tull

The Finest Breasts In Entertainment

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Radio and TV The Everly Brothers

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Radio Radio is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Songs About Radio
slaft added Radio Radio Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Elvis Costello

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Radio Spot Ringo Starr, Keith Moon

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Universelles Radio by Nina Hag... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Songs About Radio
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Border Radio by The Blasters is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Songs About Radio
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20 Hilarious GIFs of Cats Pretending to Be People

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This is Radio Clash is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Songs About Radio
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FM by Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Songs About Radio
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Rock & Roll by The Velvet Unde... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Songs About Radio
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Oh Yeah by Roxy Music is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Songs About Radio
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On the Radio by Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs About Radio
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