NFPA challenge: how many songs can you name with "Fire", "Flame", or "Smoke" in the title?

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Sep 20, 2011

Dr. John Hall, who heads up NFPA's Fire Analysis and Research division, recently took a break from crunching numbers and did some fun research for our Fire Prevention Week campaign. The result? He's come up with a list of the 100 or so highest-charting popular songs with "Fire", "Flame", or "Smoke" in the title, going back to the late 19th century.

Some of the songs include:

  • "We Didn't Start the Fire" (Billy Joel)
  • "Smokin' in the Boy's Room (Brownsville Station)
  • "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" (which The Platters took to #1 on the charts in 1959 and another musical act took to #1 decades earlier)

And now John has issued this challenge: how many more songs can you come up with that feature "Fire", "Flame", or "Smoke" in the title". And if you really want to show off, which musical acts performed those songs? (Note: some songs were hits for several acts.)

We'll post John's entire list during Fire Prevention Week, but we'd like to hear from you.

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- Mike Hazell

Enjoy the Platters singing one of their biggest hits...Smoke Gets In Your Eyes