I remember growing up in the 70s and there were a few songs in Chicago that were very big here but not really elsewhere.
For instance, Helen Reddy’s, Gladiola and Ariel by Dan Friedman were played all the time on Chicago radio when I grew up, but nationally not so much. *Gladiola * wasn’t even a single for Reddy, but it was played in Chicago a lot. I also remember in the 80s, Leslie Pearl’s, If The Love Fits was played and my biggest example was Matthew Wilder’s, Break My Stride.
Now that actually got play all over the country too, (it was like #3 nationwide but the song was much bigger in Chicago). I still recall the DJs at B96 in Chicago saying “and now for the SIXTH straight are number one song is…OH NO…Break My Stride”
So my question is what songs did you hear in your area of the country and thought would be popular nationwide only to learn later on, that those songs weren’t really hits or big hits at all and they were only played on heavy rotation in your city