Okay, I’m afraid I have to punt on this one. Fact is, I never listen to music radio anymore. Never. There’s just no point. Once upon a time, if you wanted to get your ears on the latest, coolest tuneage, you turned on the radio. Now, if you want to get your ears on the latest, coolest tuneage, radio is the absolute last place you turn. So I never hear songs on the radio, except for whatever the sports talk shows play as they come out of commercial breaks.
The best I can do, then, is to remember back to a time when I did listen to radio. Of course, this opens the field wide up because now I can pick anything that I ever used to hear often on the radio.
Let’s see. How about late 1985/early 1986, back when I worked at Z-93 in Winston-Salem, NC. For a few sparkling months we were actually the coolest radio station in history, as we were actually one of the first commercially operated Alternative stations anywhere. Yeah, it crashed and burned thanks to a variety of asshat management issues, but man, the incredible stuff you could hear on the radio. Like this, from Let’s Active.