The A-side and B-side are the two sides of phonograph records and cassettes; these terms have often been printed on the labels of two-sided music recordings. The A-side usually features a recording that its artist, producer, or record company intends to be the initial focus of promotional efforts and radio airplay and hopefully become a hit record. The B-side (or “flip-side”) is a secondary recording that typically receives less attention, although some B-sides have been as successful as, or more so than, their A-sides. (Wikipedia).
This post will share a few of those instances of when the B-side turned out to be more popular than the A-side.
- “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor (originally the B-side of “Substitute”)
- “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice (originally the B-side of “Play That Funky Music”). I’ve only heard of the A-side
- “I’ll Be Around” by the Spinners (originally the B-side of “How Could I Let You Get Away”)
- “Maggie May” by Rod Stewart (originally the B-side of “Reason to Believe”) – two great songs
- “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley & His Comets (originally the B-side of “Thirteen Women (And Only One Man in Town))”
- “We Will Rock You” by Queen (originally the B-side of “We Are The Champions”) – two great songs
- “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” by Green Day (originally the B-side to “Brain Stew/Jaded”)
I thought I’d share one of the pairings where I never heard of the A-side, to see if it is obvious that someone messed up when they chose the A-side over the B-side.
Here’s the wonderful Time of Your Life from Green Day, which to me is one of their most well-known songs.
And here is the song that was on the A-side, one I’ve never heard of. After listening to it, I thought it wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t as good as the B-side…
I guess someone at the record company just didn’t have the ear that I have for what makes a hit record…