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3 Pairs of songs played back-to-back on the radio

David K. Israel
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Before I even get into the subject, let me just state up front: I know there are plenty of other songs that are usually played back-to-back on the radio. These are just some of my favorites. How about you all? Let's hear what some of your favorite pairs are in the comments below.

1 & 2) "Heartbreaker" and "Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)" "“ Led Zeppelin

These two songs open side 2 of the 1969 release, Led Zeppelin II, the second studio album the band put out. In all my years of listening to the radio, I've never, ever heard them played separately. Interestingly, however, when the band played "Heartbreaker" live, they NEVER went directly into "Living Loving"¦" because guitarist Jimmy Page hated the tune.

Also interestingly, on many of the bootleg recordings I own, in the middle of the extended "Heartbreaker" guitar solo, Page starts playing Bach's "Bourrée in E Minor." This is later mocked in the movie This is Spinal Tap. During a performance of the song "Heavy Duty," the band suddenly breaks into a minuet by composer Luigi Boccherini.

3 & 4) "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "With a Little Help from My Friends" "“ The Beatles

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5 & 6) "Eruption" and "You Really Got Me" "“ Van Halen

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Though VH's remake of The Kink's "You Really Got Me" is often played alone, I've never heard "Eruption" played alone on the radio. (It's not even two minutes long.) It's always followed by the Ray Davies' cover.

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