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Access To Rock

Rock Songs That Debuted On WMMR Between 1968-2023

On April 29th, 1968, Metro Media in Philadelphia turned its little-used FM frequency into a forward reaching experiment. It was 93.3 WMMR, and because it was a stereo signal, the company offered music on it. Some standards, like The Frank Sinatra Hour, but one show truly was an experiment-It was called The Marconi Experiment and featured a burgeoning genre call Album Oriented Rock.

We played The White Album when it was new. Introduced Philadelphia to little known bands like U2, Bon Jovi, Nirvana, The Police, Green Day,  AC/DC, Tool and a guy named Bruce Springsteen (to name just a few). Thousands of songs of have debuted on these airwaves over the last 55 years. And we’re still going strong!

Related: An Incomplete History of 93.3 WMMR and It’s Philly Roots

Below, we highlighted a handful of songs that debuted each year that radio station has been around. It’s not every new song, it’s just a little taste. Tune into MMR all weekend to hear more songs from every year of our existence during our Big 5 Birthday Celebration.

  • 1968

    • Steppenwolf – “Born to Be Wild”
    • The Rolling Stones – “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
    • The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “All Along the Watchtower”
  • 1969

    • Led Zeppelin – “Whole Lotta Love”
    • Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Fortunate Son”
    • The Beatles – “Come Together”
  • 1970

    • Mountain – “Mississippi Queen”
    • Black Sabbath – “Paranoid”
    • Chicago – “25 or 6 to 4”
    • The Guess Who – “American Woman”
  • 1971

    • Rex – “Bang a Gong (Get It On)”
    • Derek and the Dominos – “Layla”
    • John Lennon – “Imagine”
    • Rod Stewart – “Maggie May”
  • 1972

    • The Doobie Brothers – “Listen to the Music”
    • Alice Cooper – “School’s Out”
    • Neil Young – “Heart of Gold”
  • 1973

    • Pink Floyd – “Money”
    • Elton John – “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”
    • Deep Purple – “Smoke on the Water”
  • 1974

    • Bachman-Turner Overdrive – “Takin’ Care of Business”
    • David Bowie – “Rebel Rebel”
    • Queen – “Killer Queen”
  • 1975

    • KISS – “Rock and Roll All Nite”
    • Bad Company – “Feel Like Makin’ Love”
    • Foghat – “Slow Ride”
    • Bruce Springsteen – “Born on the Run”
  • 1976

    • Thin Lizzy – “The Boys Are Back in Town”
    • Kansas – “Carry On Wayward Son”
    • Steve Miller Band – “Take the Money and Run”
    • Boston – “More Than a Feeling,”
  • 1977

    • Supertramp – “Give a Little Bit”
    • Fleetwood Mac – “Go Your Own Way”
    • Hall & Oates – “Rich Girl”
  • 1978

    • Bob Seger – “Hollywood Nights”
    • The Who – “Who Are You”
    • Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky”
    • Foreigner – “Hot Blooded”
  • 1979

    • KISS – “I Was Made for Lovin’ You”
    • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Don’t Do Me Like That”
    • Blondie – “One Way or Another”
  • 1980

    • Pat Benatar – “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”
    • REO Speedwagon – “Keep On Loving You”
    • Pink Floyd – “Another Brick in the Wall”
  • 1981

    • Queen & David Bowie – “Under Pressure”
    • AC/DC – “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)”
    • Phil Collins – “In the Air Tonight”
    • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”
  • 1982

    • Duran Duran – “Hungry Like the Wolf”
    • Scorpions – “No One Like You,” Toto – “Africa”
    • The J. Geils Band – “Centerfold”
    • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – “Southern Cross”
  • 1983

    • The Police – “Every Breath You Take”
    • Def Leppard – “Photograph”
    • Ozzy Osbourne – “Bark at the Moon”
    • ZZ Top – “Sharp Dressed Man”
    • Yes – “Owner of a Lonely Heart”
  • 1984

    • Prince & The Revolution – “Let’s Go Crazy”
    • Billy Idol – “Rebel Yell”
    • Motley Crue – “Looks That Kill”
    • Van Halen – “Jump”
    • Sammy Hagar – “I Can’t Drive 55”
  • 1985

    • Simple Minds – “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”
    • Starship – “We Built This City”
    • Bryan Adams – “Somebody”
    • The Hooters – “And We Danced”
  • 1986

    • Bon Jovi – “Livin’ on a Prayer”
    • Europe – “The Final Countdown”
    • Genesis – “Invisible Touch”
    • Huey Lewis & The News – “Hip to Be Square”
  • 1987

    • Whitesnake – “Here I Go Again ’87”
    • Grateful Dead – “Touch of Grey”
    • Bryan Adams – “Heat of the Night”
  • 1988

    • Jane’s Addiction – “Jane Says”
    • U2 – “Desire”
    • E.M. – “Orange Crush”
    • Living Colour – “Cult Of Personality”
    • Tommy and the Young Rumblers –  “I’m Not Your Man”
  • 1989

    • The B-52’s – “Love Shack”
    • Tom Petty – “Free Fallin”
    • Ramones – “Pet Semetary”
  • 1990

    • AC/DC – “Thunderstruck”
    • Jane’s Addiction – “Been Caught Stealing”
    • Billy Idol – “Cradle of Love”
    • Jesus Jones – “Right Here, Right Now”
    • The Cure – “Never Enough”
  • 1991

    • Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Give It Away”
    • Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
    • U2 – “Mysterious Ways”
    • Guns N’ Roses – “November Rain”
    • E.M. – “Losing My Religion”
  • 1992

    • Peter Gabriel – “Steam”
    • Black Crowes – “Remedy”
    • Faith No More – “Midlife Crisis”
    • Ozzy Osbourne – “Mama, I’m Coming Home”
  • 1993

    • Alice In Chains – “Rooster”
    • Pearl Jam – “Daughter”
    • Lenny Kravitz – “Are You Gonna Go My Way”
    • Blind Melon – “No Rain”
    • Counting Crows – “Mr. Jones”
  • 1994

    • Soundgarden – “Black Hole Sun”
    • Stone Temple Pilots – “Interstate Love Song”
    • Green Day – “Basket Case”
  • 1995

    • Oasis – “Wonderwall”
    • Spacehog – “In the Meantime”
    • Everclear – “Santa Monica”
    • The Offspring – “Gotta Get Away”
  • 1996

    • The Wallflowers – “One Headlight”
    • Alanis Morrissette – “Ironic”
    • 311 – “Down”
  • 1997

    • Third Eye Blind – “Semi-Charmed Life”
    • Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
    • Metallica – “Fuel”
  • 1998

    • Rob Zombie – “Dragula”
    • Beastie Boys – “Intergalactic”
    • Eve 6 – “Inside Out”
  • 1999

    • Live – “Dolphin’s Cry”
    • Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Scar Tissue”
    • Rage Against the Machine — “Guerrilla Radio”
  • 2000

    • 3 Doors Down – “Kryptonite”
    • Papa Roach – “Last Resort”
    • Fuel – “Hemorrhage”
  • 2001

    • Nickelback – “How You Remind Me”
    • Linkin Park – “In the End”
    • System of A Down – “Chop Suey”
  • 2002

    • Red Hot Chili Peppers – “The Zephyr Song”
    • Coldplay – “Clocks”
    • Korn – “ Here to Stay”
  • 2003

    • Three Days Grace – “ I Hate Everything About You”
    • The White Stripes – “ Seven Nation Army”
    • Jet – “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”
  • 2004

    • Green Day – “Holiday/ Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
    • U2 – “Vertigo”
    • The Killers – “Mr. Brightside”
    • Velvet Revolver – “Fall To Pieces”
  • 2005

    • Bon Jovi – “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”
    • Weezer – “Perfect Situation”
    • Foo Fighters – “Best of You”
    • Audioslave – “Doesn’t Remind Me”
  • 2006

    • Stone Sour – “ Through Glass”
    • Pearl Jam – “World Wide Suicide”
    • Tool – “The Pot”
  • 2007

    • Incubus – “Dig”
    • Finger Eleven – “Paralyzer”
    • Rush – “Far Cry”
    • Linkin Park – “What I’ve Done”
  • 2008

    • Puddle of Mudd – “Psycho”
    • Shinedown – “Second Chance”
    • Apocalyptica – “I Don’t Care”
  • 2009

    • Alice In Chains – “Check My Brain”
    • Muse – “Uprising”
    • Breaking Benjamin – “I Will Not Bow,”
  • 2010

    • Skillet – “Monster”
    • Five Finger Death Punch – “Bad Company”
    • Sick Puppies – “Maybe”
    • Disturbed – “Another Way To Die”
  • 2011

    • Cage The Elephant – “Shake Me Down”
    • Seether – “Country Song”
    • Bush – “The Sound Of Winter”
  • 2012

    • Muse – “Madness”
    • Staind – “Eyes Wide Open”
    • The Black Keys – “Gold On The Ceiling”
  • 2013

    • Avenged Sevenfold – “Hail To The King”
    • Halestorm – “Freak Like Me”
    • Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington – “Out Of Time”
  • 2014

    • Foo Fighters – “Something From Nothing”
    • Royal Blood – “Figure It Out”
    • Jack White – “Lazaretto”
  • 2015

    • The Struts – “Could Have Been Me”
    • Chris Cornell – “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart”
    • X Ambassadors – “Renegades”
    • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “S.O.B.”
  • 2016

    • Volbeat – “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown”
    • Highly Suspect – “My Name Is Human”
    • Shinedown – “State Of My Head”
    • Sixx A.M. – “Rise”
  • 2017

    • Queens of the Stone Age – “The Way You Used To Do”
    • Kaleo – “Way Down We Go”
    • Greta Van Fleet – “Highway Tune”
  • 2018

    • Ghost – “Rats”
    • The Glorious Sons – “S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun)”
    • The Revivalists – “All My Friends”
    • Rival Sons – “Do Your Worst”
  • 2019

    • Cage the Elephant – “Ready To Let Go”
    • Barns Courtney – “99”
    • Dirty Honey – “When I’m Gone”
  • 2020

    • Chris Cornell – “Patience”
    • The Pretty Reckless – “Death by Rock and Roll”
    • The Killers – “Caution”
    • Pearl Jam – “Dance Of The Clairvoyants”
  • 2021

    • Royal Blood – “Trouble’s Coming”
    • Weezer – “All My Favorite Songs”
    • The Offspring – “Let The Bad Times Roll”
  • 2022

    • Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Black Summer”
    • Shinedown – “Daylight”
    • Mammoth WVH – “Epiphany”
    • Ozzy Osbourne – “Patient Number 9”
  • 2023 (so far)

    • Larkin Poe – “Strike Gold”
    • Tiger Cub – “The Perfume of Decay”
    • Måneskin – “Gossip”

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