No kidding. It may have been fifty years since debut of The Beatles in America, but 2014 is also the fortieth anniversary since one of the most unique solo releases by one of its members.
Ringo Starr did a cover version of a classic Hoyt Axton song, which the Beatles drummer included on his Goodnight Vienna album in 1974. “The No No Song,” which was about the temptations of drugs and alcohol to a recovering addict, climbed as high as number three on the U.S. charts.
Here are fifteen other songs that have charted since then, all with two word titles beginning with “No.”
“No Action” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions: The punk New Wave nerd opened his sophomore album This Year’s Model with this track, on which he admits, “Sometimes I phone you when I know you’re not lonely, but I always disconnect it in time.”
“No Time” by the Guess Who: This classic is one of the catchiest singles from American Woman, the album which also spawned hits like the title track, “No Sugar Tonight” and “New Mother Nature.”
“No Depression” by Uncle Tupelo: Jeff Tweedy’s first band, co-founded with Jay Farrar of Son Volt, covered this folk classic from the New Lost City Ramblers.
“No Regrets” by the V-Roys: Scott Miller’s band helped pave the way for the alt-country movement, highlight by tunes like this one from Just Add Ice.
“No Dancing” by Elvis Costello: The sparkling debut album, My Aim Is true, is filled with pop-rock goodies like this one.
“No Rain” by Blind Melon: The alt-rock band was short-lived, but their biggest hit endures as one of the best tunes to emerge from the 90s.
“No Charge” by Tammy Wynette: The country music Hall of Famer closes this poignant ballad with the line, “when you add it all up, the cost of real love is no charge.”
“No Quarter” by Led Zeppelin: This tune offers one of the classic Jimmy Page riffs from the Houses of the Holy album.
“No Surprises” by Radiohead: Thom Yorke and his alt-band included this single on their OK Computer album.
“No Surrender” by Bruce Springsteen: Though not one of the many singles from Born in the USA, this tune ranks among its finest.
“No Way” by Pearl Jam: This song is one of the two numbers written by guitarist Stone Goddard for the Yield album.
“No Money” by Kings of Leon: An all-too common theme inspired this song from the Grammy-nominated album, Come Around Sundown.
“No Sunlight” by Death Cab for Cutie: This tune from the excellent Narrow Stairs also found its way to the soundtrack to the film Choke.
“No Reply” by The Beatles: The Fab Four are still being celebrated after fifth years, thanks to many rock classics like this one.