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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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Queen
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Wall of Voodoo
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Elvis Costello
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Radio Radio is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Songs About Radio
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Patti Smith
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Roy Orbison
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R.E.M.
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Oh Yeah by Roxy Music is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Songs About Radio
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Transmission by Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs About Radio
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On the Radio by Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs About Radio
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Rock & Roll by The Velvet Unde... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs About Radio
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Elvis Costello
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Cheap Trick
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George Harrison
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Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
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This is Radio Clash is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About Radio
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FM by Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs About Radio
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