->''Time everlasting,''
->''Time to play B-sides...''
-->-- '''Music/BlueOysterCult''', ''Burning For You''

Often when bands release a single, they want to put a little extra on there for the fans. It so happens that back in the days of the 45 rpm record, there was a whole half of the vinyl record left over for the extra music; the side with the main song on it was the "A-side" and the side with the rest on is the B-side.

Even today, now that the 45 rpm single is more-or-less on the way out, the terminology persists. A B-side is a song released alongside a single. It may be a good song that doesn't fit in with an album (or recorded for the single), is not good enough for release on an album, something too experimental to be commercially viable on its own, or just a joke. It could be a song written by a young up-and-coming songwriter, or a cover of a pop, country, jazz or R&B standard.

The single is usually denoted as "A-side b/w B-side", the b/w standing for 'backed with'.

Occasionally, both sides of the single are promoted equally; the single is then called a "double A-side". Famous examples are "[[Music/TheBeatles Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane]]" and "[[Music/{{Queen}} We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions]]". B-sides may be collected onto {{GreatestHitsAlbum}}s, or be included on an extra disc for deluxe reissues and {{Box Set}}s. They might also turn up as bonus tracks on [[UpdatedRerelease later printings of the album]].

In Japan, this is a requirement for many bands, in order to control grey-market imports. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard It backfired]]. The Japanese Editions are among the most wanted (and thus, among the most pirated) editions of the albums. In the past, it was a convention that European B-sides would contain non-album tracks (often outtakes or covers), while American singles would usually feature a second album track.

Unscrupulous publishers used to cheaply buy the rights to B-sides of songs they predicted to be hits. Since the B-side got 50% of the airplay royalties, the publishers would clean up.

B-side songs may well become {{Black Sheep Hit}}s. Even if they don't, it's not uncommon for them to become staples of an artist's live repertoire and even become fan favorites.

[[OmnipresentTropes Ubiquitous throughout]] the music industry, so examples should be parodies subversions or otherwise noteworthy.

See also BMovie, BSideComics.
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[[folder:B-sides]]
* An entire ''AmericanCountryCountdown'' program (a special that aired Oct. 4, 1975, in place of that weekend's regular countdown) was [[http://www.popsike.com/American-Country-Countdown-10475-B-Sides-Special/110311141408.html dedicated to B-sides of country music]]. The special featured classic gems by JohnnyCash, Patsy Cline, Hank Willliams Sr., Lefty Frizzell, ElvisPresley, Ray Price, Hank Snow, Kitty Wells, Eddy Arnold, Merle Haggard and many others. The top song: "The Tennessee Waltz," as recorded by Patti Page.
* Hank Williams Sr. had multiple B-sided hits, plus one that never charted but has gone on to be one of his all-time classic performances and most covered:
** '''1949'''
*** "Never Again (Will I Knock on Your Door)," backed "Lovesick Blues."
*** "Lost Highway," which backed "You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)."
*** "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," backed "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It." Initially -- according to at least one Time-Life Records compilation this song is included on -- "I'm So Lonesome ... " was virtually ignored when "Bucket" was first released, unlike many other Hank B-sides. But then, in 1966, a handsome young country and pop singer from Hugo, Oklahoma, named B.J. Thomas recorded the song about loneliness in a troubled relationship, and Williams' song finally got the recognition it deserved, with Thomas reaching No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. All of a sudden, country disc jockeys began playing Williams' original version (and sometimes, Thomas' new version as well), and although it never charted, finally was heard and appreciated. In the years since, more than 300 performers have recorded "I'm So Lonesome ... ."
** '''1950'''
*** "My Son Calls Another Man Daddy," backed "Long Gone Lonesome Blues."
*** "They'll Never Take Her Love from Me" backed "Why Should We Try Anymore."
*** "Nobody's Lonesome for Me," backing "Moanin' the Blues."
** '''1951'''
*** "Dear John," the flip side to the all-time classic "Cold, Cold Heart."
*** "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)," backed "Howlin' at the Moon."
*** "Crazy Heart," the other side of a lonesome song called "(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle."
** '''1952'''
*** "You Win Again," backed "Settin' the Woods on Fire."
** '''1953'''
*** Perhaps his biggest two-sided hit ever -- "Your Cheatin' Heart," backing "Kaw-Liga." Both were multi-week No. 1 country hits, with "Kaw-Liga" becoming the biggest country hit of 1953.
* The B-side to 1970s pop singer Andy Kim's No. 1 hit "Rock Me Gently" was ... an instrumental of "Rock Me Gently." (It was simply the same music track, minus Kim's vocals.) This became ''very'' common in the years to come.
* The B-side to Napoleon XIV's "They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haaa!" was called "!aaaH-aH yawA eM ekaT ot gnimoC er'yehT" and was a backwards version of the A-side.
* The Series/SpittingImage single "The Chicken Song" b/w "I've Never Met a Nice South African" was jokingly promoted on the cover as a "double B-side", [[DontExplainTheJoke implying that both songs were of dubious quality]].
* [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Marvin]] released a "Double B Side" too.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8L_LbyE-cg Dance You Fuckers]] by WallOfVoodoo is one Hell of a b-side. Over 5 minutes long, it is the most CrazyAwesome track both line-ups ever recorded. Your mileage may not vary.
* By his own admission, Jasper Carrott's "Funky Moped" only charted as a hit single because the B-side had a [[SubvertedKidsShow risqué]] ''TheMagicRoundabout'' sketch.
* Music/{{Radiohead}}'s B-sides are popular among fans for their strangeness and experimentation; "Kinetic" features a looped, backwards, slowed-down vocal part.
* Muse's B Sides are popular amongst fans. The most popular is Fury, which the band have played live, and Matt wanted on Absolution but the band voted him out. The band have a compilation called Hullabaloo which collects several of their B Sides, and another one called Random 1-8 which covers similar ground but has a couple of exceptions. Other popular B Sides include Agitated (a funk-thrash song that was a live staple for years), Eternally Missed (A 6 minute long epic that was in the running for Absolution but left off due to length), Nishe (a moody instrumental which the band still do live), and the band's cover of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", (which even got radio airplay in the UK).
* The Protomen released a white vinyl record roughly one year prior to releasing their Act II CD with the single "Father of Death". The other side contained a remixed version of "No Easy Way Out" from Rocky IV.
* Music/{{Blur}} have so many b-sides, that the situation is very close to ArchivePanic.
** Music/{{Blur}} recorded so often that they'd have brand new songs to release as B Sides, and not have to put out anything substandard (something Music/TheSmiths also did). This was particularly common during the "Leisure" and "Modern Life Is Rubbish" periods. In the case of the former, the more mature "Inertia" and "Luminous" were released as B Sides before "Leisure" came out, despite being recorded after it.
** Their Japan only release The Special Collectors' Edition which collects B Sides up to the Parklife singles. In terms of box sets, they have the more substantial 10th Anniversary Collection and the even more substantial Blur 21 set (of which all the albums were released as 2CD sets including most of the B Sides).
** And Music/KylieMinogue.
** And Music/ToriAmos.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJRO0guayb0 Eye of The Lens]] by The Comsat Angels could have been their biggest hit in the early 80's, had it been included on an album.
* Music/{{Nightwish}} has a few of these from the Anette era, notably "The Escapist" and "While Her Lips are Still Red."
* Self's "No B-sides": The back story is that Matt Mahaffey of Self was streaming one B-side (more accurately "outtake") from forthcoming album ''Ornament And Crime'' a day until the album's release date. When the anticipated release date came and the album didn't, the song for the day was "No B-sides", a catchy, jingle-like number where Mahaffey informed fans that there weren't any b-sides left, the album was delayed by record label issues but was still going to come out, and if anyone pirated the streaming songs in mp3 form, he would personally GroinAttack them. Now that ''Ornament And Crime'' is a MissingEpisode, the song is a mild FunnyAneurysmMoment.
* The B-side of Three Dog Night's "Shambala" was called, appropriately enough, "Our B-Side."
* The original "Garage Days Revisited" by {{Music/Metallica}}. This was the B-side to the European release of "Creeping Death," and contained two covers, "Am I Evil?" (originally by Diamond Head) and "Blitzkrieg," by the group of the same name. Metallica would use the "Garage" name for a number of future cover-based releases, and would release many NWOBHM cover tunes as B-sides (later collected into the "Garage, Inc." album).
* Birmingham stand-up comic Creator/JasperCarrott had a hit single with a mildly diverting funny song called ''Funky Moped''. However, what people were ''really'' buying it for was a B-side that because of content could not be broadcast on the radio: an adult-themed version of popular children's animation ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicRoundabout'', in which, among other things, aspersions are cast as to prim and proper Florence's sexual preferences.
* The B-side of Yes's "Leave It" was the same song ''a capella.''
* Music/KeithWhitley had ''three'' B-sides that were CoveredUp by other artists - two of which were themselves covers (see the notes):
** "Nobody in His Right Mind Would've Left Her"[[note]]originally recorded by Dean Dillon[[/note]], the B-side to "Ten Feet Away", was later a #1 hit for Music/GeorgeStrait...
** "On the Other Hand", the B-side to "Homecoming '63", was later a #1 hit for Music/RandyTravis[[note]]although that was the re-release; the first release of the song only got to #67[[/note]], and...
** "Brother Jukebox"[[note]]originally recorded by Phil Everly of Music/TheEverlyBrothers[[/note]], the B-side to "I Wonder Do You Think of Me", was later a #3 hit for Mark Chesnutt.
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[[folder:B-side compilations]]
* Music/{{Gorillaz}} have two whole B-side albums: ''G Sides'' for their self-titled first album, and ''D Sides'' for their second album ''Music/DemonDays''. They contain both unused songs and remixes by other artists.
* Music/{{Radiohead}}'s ''My Iron Lung EP'' contains outtakes from the early stages of ''Music/TheBends'' sessions. The only exception is Creep (Acoustic) which was a B side in the Pablo Honey era.
* Music/{{Muse}}'s Hullabaloo has one disc of B Sides and the other of a live concert. During the Showbiz era, the band released a Japanese tour EP called Random 1-8, which had a similar tracklisting to Hullabaloo (sans the Origin Of Symmetry era B Sides), but also had Agitated, a live version of Do We Need This, as well as three Sunburn mixes which were hidden tracks.
* Music/EltonJohn's ''Rare Masters'' collects his B-sides from 1968 through 1975 along with a few soundtrack recordings and other rarities.
* ''Alternative'' by Music/PetShopBoys collects their B-sides from 1986 through 1994. ''Format'' does the same for 1995-2012.
* ''Shits & Giggles'' by the Kleptones is a 2010 compilation of Kleptones b-sides from 2004 to the present day. The catch is that, as a mash-up artist, all of his albums have been released online for free and they've never had a proper "single". Also, [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome it's damn good]].
* Music/RedHotChiliPeppers are notorious for producing a ton of songs that don't quite make it onto their albums, though this is mainly because they release a new album every four years on average as of late.
** ''Music/BloodSugarSexMagik'' was notable given that the band recorded the entire album in less than a year, but produced over twenty original songs and a bunch of pretty good cover versions.
*** "Soul To Squeeze" was the B-Side to both "Give It Away" and "Under The Bridge" in 1991. In 1993 it appeared on the ''Coneheads'' soundtrack and was [[BreakawayPopHit released as a single]]. Many people thought it was a new song, which was why the song was a hit.
*** "Sikamikanico" and "Search and Destroy" (an Music/IggyPop cover) were featured on Film/WaynesWorld and Series/BeavisAndButthead, respectively.
** Same with ''Music/{{Californication}}''
** They took this UpToEleven with the release of the 2006 double-album ''Stadium Arcadium'', with a whopping 28 songs. While it earned them [[UsefulNotes/GrammyAward Grammy Awards]] for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song (for lead single "Dani California"), many critics bashed its, well, bloatedness and filler. The band actually had plans to release a third album, but had to cut over ten songs at the insistence of management.
** To accompany their tenth album ''I'm With You'' (which contained 14 songs), the band released an unofficial series of tracks called ''I'm Beside You'', with no less than '''17''' songs that didn't make it onto the album.
* Music/TheSmashingPumpkins have ''four'': ''Pisces Iscariot'', ''The Aeroplane Flies High'' (which is a debatable case as it includes five single A-sides as well), ''Judas Ø'', and ''Rarities and B-Sides''. The last of these is a digital-only release that contains ''114'' tracks, and it still wasn't complete as of the time of its issue (and, because plenty of additional material has been unearthed from the band's vaults for the band's recent deluxe reissues of its discography, it's even less complete now). It's fair to say that Billy Corgan is one of the most prolific songwriters of his generation.
* The Used's ''Shallow Believer''.
* Music/ManicStreetPreachers has ''Lipstick Traces'', featuring their B-sides from 1989 to 2002.
* Music/{{Suede}}'s ''Sci-Fi Lullabies'' is reckoned by many critics to be the equal of their better studio albums.
* Music/{{Oasis}} has ''The Masterplan'', which contains many classics and fan favorites like "Acquiesce" that were never featured on their studio albums.
* Music/CrowdedHouse released ''Afterglow'' which featured, among others, "Recurring Dream," their first recorded song.
* Music/{{Pearl Jam}} has ''Lost Dogs'', a two-disc compilation of B-sides and non-album singles like "Last Kiss".
* Music/{{Nirvana}}'s ''Music/{{Incesticide}}'' has many of their B-sides from the ''Music/{{Bleach}}'' and ''Music/{{Nevermind}}'' eras. Many fans consider it to be the album most representative of the band's style.
* Music/{{Green Day}}'s ''Shenanigans''.
* Music/ThePixies' ''Complete [='B'=] Sides''.
* ''Miscellaneous T'' by Music/TheyMightBeGiants collects b-sides from their first two albums.
* Music/{{REM}}'s ''Dead Letter Office'', a collection of B-sides from their first four albums. Later editions would also include the out-of-print ''Chronic Town'' EP in it's entirety as bonus tracks. A deluxe version of ''In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003'' also included a disc of B-sides.
* Music/{{Disturbed}}'s ''The Lost Children'', released shortly after the beginning of their hiatus.
* Disk 4 of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' box set "Playback" consists of B-sides.
* Sugar's ''[[PunBasedTitle Besides]]''
* Music/NickCave's ''B-Sides and Rarities''.
* Music/{{Anthrax}}'s ''Attack of the Killer B's''.
** ''Attack Of The Killer B's'' was also a compilation album of B-sides released in 1983. Included were songs such as "You're My Favorite Waste Of Time" (Marshall Crenshaw), "In The Sticks" (the Pretenders), "Babysitter" (the Ramones), and "Love Goes To A Building On Fire" (Talking Heads).
* Music/TheBrokenSocialScene's ''Bee Hives'', which was entirely {{B Side}}s from ''You Forgot It In People''.
* The second disc of Metallica's ''Garage, Inc.'', as mentioned above.
* Music/{{XTC}}'s ''Rag N Bone Buffet'' is a compilation of {{B Side}}s and other rarities (such as contributions to film soundtracks, singles released under other names, and "Mermaid Smiled", the song that was originally left off the US version of ''Music/{{Skylarking}}'').
* Music/TheReplacements' DistinctDoubleAlbum compilation ''All for Nothing / Nothing for All'' - one disc was a GreatestHitsAlbum covering the last five years of the band, the other was b-sides, outtakes and other rarities from the same period.
* Music/TheKillers' ''Sawdust'' is a collection of B-sides, rarities, and remixes from ''Hot Fuss'' and ''Sam's Town''.
* Music/{{Ash}} released a collection of B-Sides titled "Cosmic Debris" as a bonus with their greatest hits album Intergalactic Sonic 7"s.
* Zig-zag: The Capitol records release of the Beatles' ''Hey Jude'' album were composed of songs, a and b-sides that were not previously featured on albums. The 1980 release ''Rarities'' features other cuts not previously released on American albums.

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[[folder:Double A-sides]]
* Music/HankWilliams had several two-sided hits, but his best known was "Kaw-Liga"/"Your Cheatin' Heart," both which went No. 1 in 1953, several months after his death.
* Music/ElvisPresley: Also famous for scoring with dual-sided hits, his most famous was one of popular music's all-time most popular songs -- from 1956, "Don't Be Cruel"/"Hound Dog." Both sides of this double A-sided hit were No. 1 on all three of the major charts -- the Top 100 (as ''Billboard'' magazine called it at the time), the country, and the rhythm and blues charts. Incidentally, the song's designation as a double-A single didn't come until 1960.
* Music/DollyParton had several, including "It's All Wrong, but It's All Right"/"Two Doors Down" and "Baby I'm Burning"/"I Really Got the Feeling". Both sides went to #1.
* Razzy Bailey also had two #1 singles with double A-sides: "I Keep Coming Back"/"True Life Country Music" and "Friends"/"Anywhere There's a Jukebox". "Midnight Hauler" also went to #1, with its b-side "Scratch My Back" reaching #8 soon afterward.
* Music/LindaRonstadt had several double A-sided hits in 1975 and 1976 alone, allowing her to have as many as six top 10 hits (divided between the country and Hot 100 charts) within a year's span:
** '''Early 1975''': The single "You're No Good"/"I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)." "You're No Good" (with a searing rock guitar solo from Andrew Gold) topped the Hot 100 in February 1975, right around the same time the flip side -- a cover of a classic Hank Williams Sr. song [[note]](and one of more than 150 cover versions)[[/note]] -- peaked at No. 2 on the country chart; the Hank Sr. cover included vocal harmonies from her good friend, Emmylou Harris. (And yes, both sides got airplay on both country and pop radio.)
** '''June 1975''': "When Will I Be Loved," a soaring cover of the Everly Brothers' hit from 15 years earlier, was backed with "It Doesn't Matter Anymore." Although the flip side didn't chart on its own, it did get lots of airplay in both the country and Top 40 genres, going to No. 1 country and No. 2 Hot 100.
** '''October 1975''': "Heat Wave"/"Love is a Rose." "Heat Wave" was a No. 5 hit, and Ronstadt's cover of the old Martha and the Vandellas smash from the early 1960s. "Love is a Rose," a cover of a Neil Young-penned album track, was the side of choice for country radio. Incidentally, ''both'' songs stopped at No. 5 on the Hot 100 and Hot Country Singles charts, respectively.
** '''February 1976''': "The Sweetest Gift"/"Tracks of My Tears." Again, released to both country and rock radio stations, "The Sweetest Gift" -- with Emmylou Harris providing backing vocals -- got the nod early on at country radio, but it wasn't long before the pop side "Tracks of My Tears" (covering Smokey Robinson & the Miracles) earned its keep at country radio and (depending on the chart) made the top 10 or stopped just short.
** '''November 1977''': Some pressings of "Blue Bayou" (top 5 both country and Hot 100) had as the flip side the Warren Zevon-penned "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me," the latter which became a top 30 pop hit.
* Music/ConwayTwitty released a single in 1975 that ultimately became a double A-sided hit – "Touch the Hand"/"Don't Cry, Joni." The two songs were subsequent hits, with "Touch the Hand" (a ballad) becoming the first hit, becoming a No. 1 country hit in the summer of 1975. As that song's popularity began falling off, there came "Don't Cry, Joni," a tale about a 15-year-old girl's infatuation with her 22-year-old neighbor, his rejection of her, and – several years later, after realizing she may have been the girl for him all along – returning home to start a relationship but learning that she had wed his best friend. "Don't Cry, Joni," whose female vocal was by Joni Lee James (Twitty's daughter), became a top 5 hit that fall.
* Don Williams, country music's "Gentle Giant," had one of his earliest major successes in the late spring through summer of 1973 with a double A-sided hit, "Come Early Morning" and "Amanda." The double-sided hit never got any higher than No. 12 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, but like Kris Kristofferson on the Hot 100 in 1973 with his memorable spiritual "Why Me," it was one of those crazy occurrences where the song was popular in one area of the country early on, then caught on in a different region and/or at different radio stations just a few weeks later; toward the end of the run, "Amanda" [[note]](the Bob McDill-penned song, not the rock song recorded by Boston that was a No. 1 pop hit in 1986)[[/note]] was the listed A-side because that was the song getting more airplay than "Come Early Morning." That allowed the two-sided "Come Early Morning"/"Amanda" to spend 19 weeks in the top 40 (an extended run for any country hit at that time even for a No. 1 song [[note]](as at this time, 12 and 15 weeks was the average)[[/note]]), but thanks to its long run and general all-around popularity, "Come Early Morning"/"Amanda" was the No. 5 song of the entire year on the Hot Country Singles chart. [[note]]Which, by the way, was the last time a song failing to reach the top 10 of the chart ever ranked as high on a year-end chart. Even more amazingly, "Amanda" was the listed song at No. 5 ... despite its own individual peak of No. 33.[[/note]][[note]]A postscript to "Amanda": The song is better known today in its 1979 cover version by Waylon Jennings.[[/note]]
* Music/RodStewart's "Reason To Believe"/"Maggie May", already listed below under "Famous songs that were originally B-sides", is similar to the Twitty single especially in terms of the second song's subject matter.
* Music/MichaelJackson did this with the first single release from ''Music/HistoryPastPresentAndFutureBookI'', "Scream"/"Childhood".
* Music/{{Wings}} had the double A side "Mull of Kintyre"/"Girls School". "Mull of Kintyre" was massively popular in the UK, while "Girls School" was ignored; in the USA, "Girls School" was a hit and nobody remembers "Mull of Kintyre".
* The commercial single of Music/{{Lonestar}}'s "No News" (their second single) was a double A-side with its predecessor, "Tequila Talkin'."
* "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions" by Music/{{Queen}}, both from their LP ''Music/NewsOfTheWorld'', are usually played one after the other on radio stations.
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[[folder:Famous songs that were originally B-sides]]
* From the aforementioned ''Radio/AmericanCountryCountdown'' B-Sides Special came these songs where the B-side/intended B-side was the hit:
** "The Jamestown Ferry" by Tanya Tucker, from 1972. The original A-side, "Love's the Answer" was not the answer to what would be the follow-up to the 14-year-old Tucker's first hit, "Delta Dawn."
*** In introducing the song, [=ACC=] host Don Bowman explained that by the late 1960s, record companies were servicing radio stations with vinyl 45 RPM records having the same song on both sides of the records, that is, a specific song the record company and/or artist wanted radio stations to play. (Plus, it allowed jockeys to play the other side of the record once one side became worn or "skipped.") [[note]]By this method, if the song flopped, it was no big deal; the song would fall into recurrent status and a new single would be released.[[/note]] However, "Love's the Answer"/"The Jamestown Ferry" was an exception, since -- according to Bowman -- there seemed to be uncertainty at Columbia Records which song would be the stronger hit, so the label sent out copies of what also went to the stores.
** "The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page, from 1950. The song was issued that October, with [[ChristmasSongs "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus"]] as the A-side. The story was that, with only about an hour left in Page's recording session for the day, they would record "Waltz," put it on the B-side and forget about it. When the record sold better than expected, months before the holiday rush, someone asked why fans were loving "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus." It turned out they loved the B-side -- a cover of a then 2-year-old Pee Wee King song, with vocals by Redd Stewart -- instead ... and it was the B-side that became Page's signature song and about 15 years later one of Tennessee's state songs.
** "My Special Angel" by Bobby Helms, from 1957. The intended A-side, as the follow-up to "Fraulein," was "Standing at the End of My World." "... End of My World" was a flop, but it wasn't the end of that particular record by country radio, as disc jockeys found the real hit on the other side.
** "He'll Have to Go" by Jim Reeves, from early 1960. The original A'er was a nice ballad called "In a Mansion Stands My Love." Like "... End of My World," "Mansion" flopped. The jockeys flipped the record over and found what went on to become a country standard.
** "Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean, from 1961. The original A-side was a cover of one of Stuart Hamblein's last drinking songs, "I Won't Go Huntin' With You Jake (But I'll Go On Chasing Women)." In the years since, Dean's cover version has gotten some classic country radio airplay. However, it was -- both then and now -- the B-side where jockeys and the public found a memorable tale of a miner who sacrifices his own life to save the lives of several hundred of his fellow miners.
** "Release Me" by Ray Price, from 1954. The Cherokee Cowboy had a few hits under his belt during the previous four years but not that one, definitive breakthrough. The original A-side, "I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)" did OK, but it was "Release Me" that became the real hit. [[note]](Incidentally, it was a cover version by Gail Davies 27 years later when "I'll Be There" finally became a hit.)[[/note]]
* Tom T. Hall's 1975 No. 1 country hit "Sneaky Snake." The original A-side (and one most often listed as the No. 1 hit) was a ballad called "I Care," but not too many cared about that song. Instead, disc jockeys, country music radio listeners and the record-buying public instead liked "The Storyteller's" flip-side silly story about a snake (metaphorically so) who had a fondness for others' root beer and girlfriends. "Sneaky Snake" was a rare novelty song to become a major country hit.
* Music/RodStewart's "Maggie May," with the first A-side being "Reason to Believe." While "Reason to Believe" gained airplay during the summer of 1971, it wasn't long before "Maggie May" – the song about a young adult's infatuation and mixed emotions over his infatuation with an older woman – became the clear favorite of both the radio-listening audience and disc jockeys. Despite its length of 5:15 ("Reason to Believe" itself clocks in at just over four minutes), the song was fitted on a standard 7-inch single in its full edit (excepting for an early fade) ... and soon became a classic that is played heavily to this day.
* Music/BoneyM originally released "Brown Girl in the Ring" as the B-side to "Rivers of Babylon". Once "Rivers of Babylon" had become a hit and was slipping down the charts, they asked radio stations to start playing "Brown Girl in the Ring" instead — and then released that as the A-side of a single, with the B-side — what else? — "Rivers of Babylon". Effectively, many people ended up buying the same record again but upside down.
* The song "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" (by "[[FakeBand Steam]]") was written for the purpose of being the inferior B-side song for a number of A-side songs. It became a hit, while most of the A-sides were forgotten.
* Music/VanillaIce's "Ice Ice Baby" was originally the B-side to his cover of Wild Cherry's "Play That Funky Music," which was also a top five hit but not as big as "Ice Ice Baby" and is today forgotten to the point where he is usually considered a one-hit wonder.
* "Move It" by Music/CliffRichard and the Drifters and "Shakin' All Over" by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates (the first British rock record and rock number 1, respectively).
* "Beth", Music/{{KISS}}' biggest pop hit, was originally the b-side to "Detroit Rock City." The latter is probably the better known song today, however.
* Music/{{ABBA}}'s "S.O.S.", which was one of their first worldwide hits, was originally issued as the B-side to the mainly forgotten "Man in the Middle".
* "How Soon Is Now?" by TheSmiths was first released as a B-side to "William, It Was Really Nothing", then appeared on the compilation "Hatful Of Hollow" and the US version of ''Music/MeatIsMurder'', and only after that given a proper single release. This is commonly cited as the reason for its comparatively poor chart performance.
* Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" was originally the B-side to "Substitute."
* Music/{{Oasis}}'s "Acquiesce" started out as the B-side to "Some Might Say". Such was its popularity with fans that it became a single itself a few years later (natch, it was as the lead-off single from ''The Masterplan'', a collection of B-sides).
* Music/GreenDay 's "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)" was originally the B-Side to Brain Stew/Jaded (itself a Double A-Side), but rerecorded for the following album ''Music/{{Nimrod}}'', and subsequently became one of their best known (if not ''the'' best known, period) songs. The song "Maria" on ''International Superhits'' was originally released in a different version as the B-Side to the 7" version of "Waiting", which meant it was widely regarded as a new song.
* Many songs by Music/TheBeatles were originally released as B-sides, including such classics as "Rain", "I Am the Walrus", "Revolution", "Don't Let Me Down" and "The Inner Light". The album ''Music/PastMasters'' compiles a lot of them.
** Some Beatles albums managed to have the A-side ''and'' the B-side end up as #1 hits.
* A really weird example is "Hey Hey What Can I Do?" by Music/LedZeppelin. The band was no stranger to releasing singles, however, none of them were non-album songs. This one, released as the B-side of "Immigrant Song", was, and yet remains a beloved radio staple to many a Zepp fan.
** They originally recorded it to be a non-album single in the UK, but decided against it, so it was an obvious choice for interntational B Side. It was in the running for ''Music/LedZeppelinIII'' at one point but not included.
* "Incense And Peppermints" by Music/TheStrawberryAlarmClock. "Birdman Of Alkatrash" was its original A-side, but radio [=DJs=] preferred the flip-side instead.
* An abridged version of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was the B-side of Music/TheRollingStones' "Honky Tonk Women". When the full version was released on ''Let It Bleed'', it became just as popular.
* "Dear God" is one of Music/{{XTC}}'s most well-known songs, but it originally was the b-side to their single "Grass". Once it started unexpectedly getting radio play, it not only got it's own single, but it also was added to the US version of their album ''Music/{{Skylarking}}'', replacing the song "Mermaid Smiled". The most recent reissue of ''Skylarking'' includes both songs, though: "Mermaid Smiled" is in it's original place on the album, while "Dear God" is included as a bonus track.
* A near example came while Music/GeorgeHarrison was working on doing a B-side for a single off his new solo album. Visiting with his friend Music/BobDylan, who had a mini recording studio in his place, he ended up doing a little song along with a few other friends, Music/RoyOrbison, [[Music/ElectricLightOrchestra Jeff Lynne]] and Music/TomPetty, taking the name from a tag on one of Dylan's travel cases. When he sent it to the record company, they saw immediately that this was NOT B-side material song and asked for more. The result was that ''Handle With Care'' became the lead song from Music/TheTravelingWilburys' first album.
* Music/PinkFloyd's ''CarefulWithThatAxe, Eugene".
* Music/ElvisCostello & The Attractions' cover version of Brinzley Shwarz's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding", which came to [[CoveredUp cover up]] the original. Not only was it originally a b-side, but it wasn't even a B-side to an Elvis Costello single - it first appeared as the B-side to "American Squirm", a single by Music/NickLowe, who wrote "...Peace Love And Understanding".
* Music/{{U2}}'s "The Sweetest Thing" was originally a b-side to "Where the Streets Have No Name" in 1987. Eleven years later they re-recorded it for ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum The Best of 1980-1990]]'' and that version became a sizable hit.
** U2 did it again with their B.B. King collaboration ''When Love Comes To Town'' from ''Music/TheJoshuaTree''. While the A-side was certainly strong, many radio stations flipped it over and gave equal airtime to the B-Side, a cover of Music/PattiSmith's ''[[Music/{{Wave}} Dancin' Barefoot]]''.
* {{Music/Chicago}}'s "Colour My World" was a B-side twice; it backed "Make Me Smile" in 1970 and "Beginnings" in '71.
* Music/AlanJackson used "Home", a track off his debut album, as a b-side for ''five'' songs before he released it as a single off a GreatestHitsAlbum in 1996. (He wanted to release it off the debut album, but backed down because Joe Diffie had released another song of the same name.)
* "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas was originally supposed to be a B-side to "I Want to Give You My Everything" (they had a three-hour recording session, and had to rush "Kung Fu Fighting" in the last ten minutes). The label decided to swap and make it an A-side. The novelty song kept him from ever being taken seriously again and led to him being a one-hit wonder.
* "Born Slippy .NUXX" by Msuic/{{Underworld}} ("lager, lager, lager, mega-mega-white thing..."), famous for appearing in the final scenes of ''Film/{{Trainspotting}}'', was originally a B-side to the very different track "Born Slippy" and was more or less thrown together as a joke.
* Feeder's "Just A Day" was originally the B Side to "Seven Days In The Sun", before it appeared on the Gran Turismo 3 soundtrack, from which it was released as a single in its own right. It ended up becoming a huge hit.
** As with "Shatter", once the B Side to "Tumble And Fall", and then released on their GreatestHits album "The Singles" from which it was a single (albeit slightly remixed). The band really wanted this track on Pushing The Senses but the record company felt it was too heavy, so they were glad to have it on The Singles.
* When Music/NewOrder released their singles compilation ''Substance'' in 1987, they recorded the song "1963" to promote it, but when they came to produce a B-side for it, they came up with "True Faith", and "1963" got relegated to the flipside instead. However, "1963" was so popular with both critics and fans that when they put out their next GreatestHits compilation a few years later, a remixed version finally got released as an A-side in its own right.
* Music/DepecheMode were famous for including exclusive B-Sides on almost all their singles, and their US label really liked their song "But Not Tonight" (the B-Side of Stripped) and flipped the tracks. The song was included on a movie soundtrack as well as the US version of the band's album "Black Celebration". The band were annoyed about this as they felt "Stripped" to be one of their best songs yet (something that many fans agree with), and felt that "But Not Tonight" was a rushed, thrown together pop song in comparison. "But Not Tonight" remains popular in the US, but "Stripped" is also widely known, largely in recent years thanks to the infamous version by {{Rammstein}}.
* Music/FleetwoodMac's "Silver Springs" was left off of the ''Rumours'' album and became a B-side to "Go Your Own Way" (much to Music/StevieNicks' chagrin). The song finally got its time to shine when the live version from ''The Dance'' became a single in 1997.
* When Music/EltonJohn's "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" became the greatest-selling single of all time since [[Music/BingCrosby "White]] [[Music/MerryChristmas Christmas"]], it was largely thanks to its B-side: the [[TheHouseOfWindsor Princess Diana]] tribute "Candle in the Wind 1997;" in America, it was "Candle" whose name usually appeared first during its reign atop the Hot 100.
** Actually, "Something"/"Candle" was technically a double A-side, as both songs' names were prominently displayed on the cover; the ''actual'' B-side on this release was a third song called "You Can Make History Young Again", the title of which did not appear anywhere other than the liner notes and the disc itself.
* Music/BruceSpringsteen's version of "[[ChristmasSongs Santa Claus is Coming to Town]]" was a B-side to "My Hometown" (from the ''Music/BornInTheUSA'' album).
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