Best of 2016: The Most Popular Stories from CBS-FM

2016: What. A. Year.

We can aptly apply that sentiment to the past 12 months on CBS-FM. We published a ton of stories this year: covering breaking news stories, viral trends and juicy gossip, great interviews and performances, and our own brand of engaging content. We thought it would be nice to revisit the various stories you clicked on the most over the past year.


The Most Frequently Played Songs in the World May Shock You

If asked what the most played song in the world is, one might quickly jump to YouTube to find Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” as the clear cut winner with 2,489,962,546 views as of January 3, 2016. That’s 1.1 BILLION more views than runner up Taylor Swift and her music video for “Blank Space.”

But that’s not what this video from This Exists is talking about. When it comes to radio (and in some instances, television), there is a surprising winner.


Watch Bruce Springsteen Sing “Thunder Road” Over 41 Years

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One fan decided to edit together footage of Bruce Springsteen performing the song through the years, in different incarnations: (mostly) with the E Street Band, but also solo while playing acoustic guitar, or even solo while playing piano.

Watch them here.


CBS-FM’s Holiday In Brooklyn | James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett & Sarah McLachlan

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 09: Sarah McLachlan, headliner James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett onstage during finale at WCBS-FM 101.1’s Holiday in Brooklyn concert at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on December 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for CBS Radio)

CBS-FM would like to thank all of the wonderful listeners who came out to celebrate our “Holiday in Brooklyn” starring James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett and Sarah McLachlan on Friday, December 9th, 2016.

Revisit the memorable night here.


Shannon in the Morning Summer Blast Off 2016: Bret Michaels at the Seaside Boardwalk

Scott Shannon in the Morning kicks off the summer with a live broadcast and performance from Poison’s Bret Michaels on May 27, 2016 at the Seaside Heights Boardwalk. (Photo: Bobby Bank)

WCBS-FM and the Shannon in the Morning show kick off the summer of 2016 proper with performances by Bret Michaels singing his Poison hits, a Springsteen set from local legends The E Street Shuffle, and Mike Rocket with his song 
”Gotta Get to the Jersey Shore.”

Remember the moments here.


Listen: The Monkees’ New Song ‘She Makes Me Laugh’ Written by Rivers Cuomo of Weezer

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The Monkees announced they would be releasing a new album with the aid of songwriters and fellow musicians like Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Andy Partridge (XTC), and others.

“She Makes Me Laugh” is the first single released by the band and it’s crafted by none other than Weezer’s Cuomo. The song has the classic Monkees sound accompanied by Cuomo’s natural ability to create a catchy hook.

Listen here.


Don Henley Talks Eagles Reunion

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Could a reunion performance be in the works for the Eagles?

Don Henley may have changed his mind after the death of band mate Glenn Frey. Listen here.


Scott Shannon’s Morning Zoo Reunion: Live in the Adorama Theater

On Friday, April 1st (no, this is NOT an April Fool’s joke) WCBS-FM and Scott Shannon in the Morning flash back to the ’80s with an historic ‘Morning Zoo’ reunion show featuring Scott’s old Z-100 pals Ross Brittain, Claire Stevens and Jonathan B. Bell!

Check it out here.


Joe Causi Wants to Know: Where is the Best Ice Cream in the Tri-State?

“Brooklyn’s Own” Joe Causi visits Uncle Louie Gs in Keyport, NJ as part of CBS-FM’s ‘Best Ice Cream in the Tri-State’ contest on August 18, 2016 (Photo: CBS-FM)

Pizza? Been there.

Hot dogs? Done that.

Now it’s time for dessert.

Congratulations to Uncle Louie G in Keyport, New Jersey! Joe Causi and the CBS-FM Street Team paid a visit to the tri-state’s best ice cream shop from Keyport, NJ on Wednesday, August 17th. Relive it here.


Randy Bachman Reveals the Wild Origins of ‘American Woman’

Randy Bachman, founding member of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive in studio with Scott Shannon in the Morning on WCBS-FM. (Photo: Joe Cingrana/CBS Local)

Creativity can strike at any time, anywhere. For Randy Bachman, that place happens to be on stage. Certainly, the circumstances weren’t ideal during those times, but they led to some instant classics for both The Guess Who and Bachman–Turner Overdrive.

“When you were doing gigs… five and six hours a night, you had to take a rest and let someone else sing. That’s why I became a singer. Fred Turner lost his voice one night and said, ‘You gotta sing a song!’ And I wrote ‘Taking Care of Business’ right on stage there,” recalls Bachman during an interview with WCBS-FM’s Scott Shannon, describing the birth of Bachman–Turner Overdrive’s 1974 hit. “This magic was happening on stage, like when I wrote ‘American Woman’ on stage.”

Read more here.


Kenny Loggins Says Yacht Rock Is A Thing

With the 30th anniversary of Top Gun‘s release occurring this week, a more fitting guest could not have been found to sit down with Brigitte Quinn during her latest edition of 22 Minutes: Kenny Loggins.

Loggins contributed “Danger Zone” to the film’s dynamite soundtrack, along with “Playing With The Boys.” Loggins’ music — along with other musicians like Michael McDonald, Toto, and Hall & Oates — have had their infusion of soft rock and smooth jazz dubbed “Yacht rock.”

Watch the interview here.

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