The Top 113 Requests of 2023 – Plus the second 113

During Keener’s first official year back on the air, 22,769 listeners made 14,738 requests for over 2,300 different records. It’s fascinating how time deepens our love for some tunes and presses other back into the deeper recesses of our memories. Here’s a list of the 226 most requested songs you made on the Keener Digital Hitlines, in order of popularity. Keep em comin!

Title Artist
1 Respect Aretha Franklin – Rationals
2 Grazing in the Grass Friends of Distinction – Hugh Masekela
3 I Can’t Help Myself “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” Four Tops
4 Like a Rolling Stone Rolling Stones
5 “We Ain’t Got” Nothin’ Yet Blues Magoos
6 I Fought the Law Bobby Fuller Four
7 Do You Believe in Magic Lovin’ Spoonful
8 Five O’Clock World Vogues
9 Nowhere to Run Martha and the Vandellas – Isley Brothers
10 Get on Up Esquires
11 Twist and Shout Isley Brothers – Beatles
12 I Had Too Much to Dream “Last Night” Electric Prunes
13 Fire Crazy World of Arthur Brown – Jimi Hendrix
14 Along Comes Mary Association
15 I Can See for Miles Who
16 It’ the Same Old Song Four Tops
17 Light My Fire Doors
18 Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
19 Time Won’t Let Me Outsiders
20 You’re the One Vogues
21 Sugar and Spice Cryan Shames
22 Somebody to Love Jefferson Airplane
23 I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonite Boyce and Hart
24 For Your Love Yardbirds
25 Good Vibrations Beach Boys – Todd Rundgren
26 California Dreamin’ Mamas and Papas – Beach Boys
27 Come On Down to My Boat Every Mother’s Son
28 You Keep Me Hangin’ On Supremes
29 There’s a Kind of Hush Herman’s Hermits
30 Runaway Del Shannon
31 Pleasent Valley Sunday Monkees
32 Love Child Supremes
33 Hungry Paul Revere and the Raiders
34 I Know a Place Petula Clark
35 Journey to the Center of the Mind Amboy Dukes
36 Go Where You Wanna Go Fifth Dimension
37 Touch Me Doors
38 Feelin’ Stronger Every Day Chiacago
39 Glad All Over Dave Clark Five
40 Catch Us If You Can Dave Carlk Five
41 Bits and Pieces Dave Clark Five
42 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
43 All I Really Want to Do Byrds – Cher
44 We Can Work It Out Beatles – Stevie Wonder
45 Walk Away Renee Left Banke
46 Shotgun Jr. Walker and the All Stars
47 Oh Pretty Woman Roy Orbison
48 Paperback Writer Beatles
49 I’m Into Something Good Earl Jean – Herman’s Hermits
50 Lightnin’ Strikes Lou Christie
51 For What It’ Worth Buffalo Springfield
52 Can’t Buy Me Love Beatles
53 Wichita Lineman Glen Campbell
54 Words of Love Mamas and Papas
55 Vehicle Ides of March
56 Superfly Curtis Mayfield
57 Spinning Wheel Blood, Sweat and Tears
58 She’s Not There Zombies – Neil MacArthur
59 Shakin’ All Over Guess Who
60 Mr. Tambourine Man Byrds
61 Rambilng Gambling Man Bob Seger
62 Never My Love Association
63 Rescue Me Fontilla Bass
64 Kicks Paul Revere and the Raiders
65 I Dig Rock and Roll Music Peter, Paul and Mary
66 Do Wah Diddy Manfred Mann
67 California Girls Beach Boys
68 “I Can’t Get No” Satisfaction Rolling Stones
69 Carpet Man Fifth Dimension
70 Turn, Turn, Turn, Byrds
71 The River Is Wide Forum
72 Your Precious Love Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
73 Up Up and Away Fifth Dimension – Johnny Mann Singers
74 Valleri Monkees
75 The Game Of Love Mindbenders
76 Sweet Pea Tommy Roe
77 Secret Agent Man Johnny Rivers
78 Thank the Lord for the Night Time Neil Diamond
79 Soul Finger Bar-Kays
80 She’s Just My Style Gary Lewis and the Playboys
81 Please Mr. Postman Beatles
82 Look Through Any Window Hollies
83 Mony Mony Tommy James
84 No Matter What Badfinger
85 I Saw Her Again Mamas and Papas
86 I Get Around Beach Boys
87 Don’t Pull Your Love Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds
88 Eight Days a Week Beatles
89 Good Lovin’ Rascals
90 19th Nervous Breakdown Rolling stones
91 Baby Blue Badfinger
92 Build Me Up Buttercup Foudations
93 Baby I Need Your Loving Johnny Rivers – Four Tops
94 Cherry Cherry Neil Diamond
95 Classical Gas Mason Williams
96 Born to Be Wild Steppenwolf
97 You’ve Got Your Troubles Fortunes
98 You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice Lovin’ Spoonful
99 Turn-Down Day Cyrcle
100 To Sir With Love Lulu
101 The Beat Goes On Sonny and Cher
102 San Francisco Scott MacKenzie
103 Silence Is Golden Tremeloes
104 The Letter Box Tops – Joe Cocker – Arbors
105 Pinball Wizard Who – Elton John
106 Magical Mystery Tour Beatles
107 Over And Over Dave Clark Five
108 I Only Want to Be With You Dusty Springfield
109 Indian Lake Cowsills
110 I Like It Like That Dave Clark Five
111 Green Tambourine Lemon Pipers
112 Elusive Butterfly Bob Lind
113 Hang on Sloopy McCoys
114 Here Comes My Baby Tremeloes
115 Him or Me Paul Revere and the Raiders
116 Baby It’s You Smith
117 A Well Respected Man Kinks
118 California Soul Fifth Dimension
119 Can’t Take My Eyes Off You Four Seasons – Lettermen
120 25 Miles Edwin Starr
121 Be My Baby Ronettes
122 Dancing in the Street Martha and the Vandellas
123 Up-Up and Away Fifth Dimension – Johnny Mann Singers
124 Ticket to Ride Beatles – Carpenters
125 You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me Sandy Posey
126 She’d Rather Be With Me Turtles
127 She Loves You Beatles
128 The Girl’s Song Fifth Dimension
129 Ruby Tuesday Rolling Stones
130 Monday Monday Mamas and Papas
131 Piece of My Heart Big Brother & the Holding Company
132 Memphis Johnny Rivers
133 Needles and Pins Searchers
134 Only the Lonely Roy Orbison
135 Nobody But Me Human Beinz
136 Nothing but a Heartache Flirtations
137 Last Train To Clarksville Monkees
138 Itchycoo Park Small Faces
139 I’m a Believer Monkees
140 Friday On My Mind Easybeats
141 Hanky Panky Tommy James
142 Everybody Loves a Clown Gary Lewis and the Playboys
143 Eight Miles High Byrds
144 “Just Like” Romeo and Juliet Reflections
145 Dance to the Music Sly and the Family Stone
146 Barbara Ann Beach Boys
147 Anyone Who Had a Heart Dionne Warwick
148 Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In Fifth Dimension
149 Cool Jerk Capitols
150 Wishin’ and Hopin’ Dusty Springfield – Dionne Warwick
151 You Can’t Always Get What You Want Rolling Stones
152 Yakety Yak Coasters
153 White Room Cream
154 This Diamond Ring Gary Lewis and the Playboys
155 Wild Night Van Morrison – John Mellencamp
156 Time for Livin’ Association
157 Western Union Five Americans
158 See You in September Happenings
159 Shape of Things to Come Yardbirds – Max Frost
160 Sunshine Superman Donovan
161 Shake Me Wake Me “When It’s Over” Four Tops
162 Temptation Eyes Grassroots
163 Shake Rattle and Roll Arthur Conley
164 Summer in the City Lovin’ Spoonful
165 Proud Mary Creedence Clearwater Revival – Ike & Tina
166 Love or Let Me Be Lonely Friends of Distinction
167 Music to Watch Girls By Bob Crewe Generation
168 Love Grows “Where My Rosemary Goes” Edison Lighthouse
169 MacArthur Park Richard Harris
170 My Boyfriend’ Back Crystals
171 Midnight Confessions Grassroots
172 Little Darlin’ Diamonds
173 Mirage Tommy James
174 My Whole World Ended “the Moment You Left Me” David Ruffin
175 If I Were a Carpenter Bobby Darin
176 I Got You Babe Sonny and Cher
177 I’m Happy Just to Dance With You Beatles
178 It Hurts to Be in Love Gene Pitney
179 I Want to Hold Your Hand Beatles
180 I’m Telling You Now Freddie and the Dreamers
181 I Want to Take You Higher Sly and the Family Stone
182 I Was Made to Love Her Stevie Wonder
183 Help Beatles
184 Bus Stop Hollies
185 1,2,3 Len Barry
186 Bernadette Four Tops
187 Dance Dance Dance Beach Boys
188 Twistin’ the Night Away Sam Cooke
189 Will You Be Staying After Sunday Peppermint Rainbow
190 The Pied Piper Crispian St. Peter
191 You Were on My Mind Wee Five
192 Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get Dramatics
193 Shake Sam Cooke
194 Magic Carpet Ride Steppenwolf
195 Rag Doll Four Seasons
196 Out of Limits Marketts
197 I’m Gonna Make You Mine Lou Christie
198 Kentucky Woman Neil Diamond
199 I Want You Back Jackson Five
200 I Should Have Known Better Beatles
201 I Feel the Earth Move Carole King
202 In the Midnight Hour Wanted
203 Don’t Sleep in the Subway Petula Clark
204 Hello I Love You Doors
205 Domino Van Morrison
206 Help Me Rhonda Beach Boys
207 Dead Man’s Curve Jan and Dean
208 Done Too Soon Neil Diamond
209 Good Morning Starshine Oliver
210 Fever Little Willie John
211 Cherish Association
212 All My Loving Beatles
213 Beechwood 4-5789 Marvelettes
214 A Sign of the Times Petula Clark
215 Bend Me Shape Me American Breed
216 Awaiting On You All Silverhawk
217 Can’t You See That She’s Mine Dave Clark Five
218 September Earth Wind and Fire
219 Big Yellow Taxi Joannie Mitchell – Counting Crows – Amy Grant
220 Baby Now That I Found You Foundations
221 Because Dave Clark Five
222 Be True to Your School Beach Boys
223 You Really Got Me Kinks
224 Turn Back the Hands of Time Tyrone Davis
225 We Can Fly Cowsills
226 Town Without Pity Gene Pitney

The Top 13 Most Requested Artists were…

The Beatles
The Beach Boys
The Four Tops
The 5th Dimension
The Rolling Stones
The Dave Clark Five
The Temptations
The Monkees
Neil Diamond
The Mamas & Papas
The Association
The Supremes

Question: Do listener requests reflect a song’s popularity on Keener?

Answer: Yes and no. When we launched the reinvigorated, we built our music library by researching every record Keener played, should have played and might have played, using sales data, chart positions across several of the country’s most popular top-40 stations and with a keen set of eyes on what you told us you wanted to hear on the digital hitlines. Listener preferences ebb and flow with time and familiarity. Yup, you hear a lot of the same songs you remember, some more frequently than others. If you tell us it’s “too frequent,” we’ll put a song on vacation for awhile. Every bit of music feedback molds the Keener sound for you every day. Hopefully it’s a mix of both the fresh and the familiar, with the personal attention to you and your interests that made Keener popular when it first burst onto the scene in the fall of 1963. This list reflects the specific requests you made over the past year. Some songs, you may not have asked for, because you were already hearing them. Perhaps that’s why classics like the Temptations, “I Can’t Get Next to You,” The Doors’ “Light My Fire,” and other records that charted at the top of the WKNR Music Guide aren’t on this list. We play em, and you’re hearing them. So you’re thinking about other tunes you might not hear as often and plugging those into the request queue. Whatever the methodology, we’re thrilled by the audience participation in the new Keener Thirteen. We’re still your station, we still care about Detroit – Michigan and about you. Boomers still rule and we still play what you say.