"Ballad of The Green Berets" was the #1 song of the entire year in 1966 as it was #1 for 5 weeks. I consider "I'm A Believer" a 1967 song as the bulk of it's #1 ride was in 1967. Amazing how one song never gets played while the other is heard like 3 times a day seemingly.
"Ballad of The Green Berets" was a time piece that was extremely popular with the so-called "silent majority" as an answer to the anti-war movement that was grabbing all of the headlines. It, like Victor Lundberg's "An Open Letter to My Teenage Son", was very relevant in it's time period - but would be absolute death on the radio now. The ultimate "stiff" on your *good times great oldies* station. That's why you don't hear these songs anymore. If you can even call them songs.
Now, some of the other songs listed in this tread are played from time to time, others have been forgotten. My guess is that they don't test well (for whatever reason). Frankly, I wish that I was on the side of the glass where I could be 'tested' - because I'd give "Brown Eyed Girl" and "It's the Same Old Song" two of the biggest thumbs-down you've ever seen!
And, why in the hell can't classic hits stations manage to play the other hits that well-known 60s/70s artists had? Artists like Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Supremes, Tommy James and the Shondells, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson, The Rascals and even The Monkees each had several Top 10 hits during the mid-late 60s that NEVER get airplay anymore. Many of those songs are actually better than the ones that PDs have been running into the ground for years. Pull a few of those out as 'new oldies' - I know I'd sure listen!
God I can agree with "Brown Eyed Girl" and "It's The Same Old Song".
How about playing these:
Tommy James & The Shondells - Say I Am, Ball of Fire, Gettin' Together, Mirage, Do Something to Me, Gotta Get BAck To You, Sweet Cherry Wine (Big hit that I never hear)
Supremes - Forever Came Today, Some Things You Never Get Used To, I'm Livin' In Shame, Up The Ladder To The Roof, Stoned Love, Nathan Jones
Paul Revere & The Raiders - Ups & Downs, I Had A Dream, Cinderella Sunshine, Mr. Sun Mr. Moon, Let Me, Birds of a Feather
Grass Roots - Things I Should Have Said, Bella Linda, Lovin' Things, Heaven Knows, Baby Hold On, The Runway
Tommy Roe - Heather Honey, Jack & Jill, Jam Up & Jelly Tight, Dottie I Like It, We Can Make Music (I know the last two were not much of hits but they are great songs)
Stevie Wonder - Travellin' Man, Shoo Be Doo Be Doo Da Day, Never Had A Dream Come True, Heaven Help Us All
Rascals - I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore, You Better Run (later covered very well by Pat Benatar), It's Wonderful, A Ray Of Hope, Carry Me Back
I could go on and on with another dozen artists but we all know how it is. These stations just crank out the same old 300 songs and the masses enjoy them. Thank God for internet radio.