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Addendum: Billboard Music "Meme"

Snurched from robyn_ma by way of humglum. To quote the former: "Go here and see what was on the top of the charts on the day you were born and every birthday thereafter. Learn just how astrologically-musically lame your life has been. If you want, add in your own favorite Hot 100 hit single of that year, wishing that your birthday had been cool enough to have that song be #1. Share your findings with your unsuspecting friendslist. Put it behind a damn cut."

1964: "My Guy"/Mary Wells
Favorite here is easy: "The House of the Rising Sun" by Eric and the Animals. And it annoys me that, had I been born one week later, I'd have had a Beatles song.

1965: "Ticket to Ride"/The Beatles (Which helps make up for missing them the year before.
Favorite: "Yesterday"/The Beatles

1966: "Monday, Monday"/The Mamas & the Papas
Favorite: "The Sounds of Silence"/Simon and Garfunkel

1967: "Groovin'"/The Young Rascals (*shudder*)
Favorite: A tie between "To Sir, with Love"/Lulu and "Ode to Billie Joe"/Bobbie Gentry.

1968: "Tighten Up"/Archie Bell & the Drells (If you say so, Wikipedia.)
Favorite: "Hey Jude"/The Beatles

1969: "Get Back"/The Beatles with Billy Preston
Favorite: "Crimson and Clover"/Tommy James & the Shondells

1970: "American Woman"?"No Sugar Tonight"/The Guess Who
Favorite: "My Sweet Lord"-"Isn't It a Pity"/George Harrison

1971: "Joy to the World"/Three Dog Night

1972: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"/Roberta Flack
Favorite: "American Pie"/Don McLean

1973: "Frankenstein"/The Edgar Winter Group
Favorite: "You're So Vain"/Carly Simon (Oh, the shame.)

1974: "The Streak"/Ray Stevens
Favorite: Well, pretty much anything besides "The StreaK" by Ray Stevens, but let's say "Cat's in the Cradle"/Harry Chapin

1975: "Shining Star"/Earth, Wind & Fire
Favorite: "Sister Golden Hair"/America

1976: "Silly Love Songs"/Wings

1977: "Sir Duke"/Stevie Wonder
Favorite: "Hotel California"/Eagles

1978: "With a Little Luck"/Wings

1979: "Reunited"/Peaches & Herb
Favorite: "Heart of Glass"/Blondie

1980: "Call Me"/Blondie
Favorite: "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)"/Pink Floyd

1981: "Bette Davis Eyes"/Kim Carnes

1982: "Ebony and Ivory"/Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder (*shudder*)
Favorite: "Centerfold"/J. Geils Band

1983: "Flashdance... What a Feeling"/Irene Cara
Favorite: "Every Breath You Take"/The Police

1984: "Let's Hear It for the Boy"/Deniece Williams
Favorite: "Time After Time"/Cyndi Lauper

1985: "Everything She Wants"/Wham!
Favorite: "Take on Me"/a-ha

1986: "Greatest Love of All"/Whitney Houston
Favorite: "Live to Tell"/Madonna

1987: "With or Without You"/U2

1988: "Anything for You"/Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine

1989: "Forever Your Girl"/Paula Abdul
Favorite: "She Drives Me Crazy"/Fine Young Cannibals

1990: "Vogue"/Madonna
Favorite: "Nothing Compares 2 U"/Sinéad O'Connor

1991: I Don't Wanna Cry"/Mariah Carey

1992: "Jump"/Kris Kross
Favorite: "Baby Got Back"/Sir Mix-a-Lot

1993: "That's the Way Love Goes"/Janet Jackson

1994: "I Swear"/All-4-One

1995: "This Is How We Do It"/Montell Jorda
Favorite: "Kiss from a Rose"/Seal

1996: "Tha Crossroads"/Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

1997: "MMMBop"/Hanson

1998: "My All"/Mariah Carey

1999: "Livin' la Vida Loca"/Ricky Martin

2000: "Maria Maria"/Santana featuring The Product G&B

2001: "All for You"/Janet

2002: "Foolish"/Ashanti

2003: "Get Busy"/Sean Paul

2004: "Burn"/Usher

2005: "Hollaback Girl"/Gwen Stefani

2006: "SOS"/Rihanna

2007: "Makes Me Wonder"/Maroon 5

2008: "Take a Bow"/Rihanna

Those last 15 years or so, sheesh.



( 7 comments — Have your say! )
Aug. 25th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
Those last 15 years or so, sheesh.

You said it! I like every single track up to 1991. With the exception of "Baby Got Back," however, the 1990s and 2000s are a pop-music wasteland.
Aug. 25th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
This will no doubt be the only time the words 'Sir Mix-a-Lot' will ever appear in your blog.

I am perversely pleased to have brought that about.
Aug. 25th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
The #1 Song the week I was born was, dear God, "Alley Oop" by the Hollywood Argyles. In a twisted and semi-depressing kind of way, that explains so much....

Thanks for posting this.
Aug. 26th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
...1992 - Favorite: "Baby Got Back"/Sir Mix-a-Lot...

Really? (I have to admit, I've never heard it. I was so traumatized by his "Square Dance Rap" I have to suppress a scream whenever I hear his name...)
Aug. 26th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
it HURTS! to think my song "Reunited" by Peaches & Herb may have in any way contributed to my creation. and makes me even more horrified by the role "mood music" may have played in influencing the sexual proclivities of millions of unsuspecting people and livestock. Damn that infernal website and the harbingers of foulness who created it.
Aug. 26th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
what is utc it's not even midnight est
on a virtually unrelated note I finally got my hands on a copy of "Wrong Things" via an inter-library loan from Alabama. And just wanted to say that it has kicked a little sand in my jaded eyes.
Thank you. And thank Poppy too.
Aug. 26th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC)
Not so lame astrologically-musically, especially the stuff from the 60's and early 70's though, of course, I'd like that era...I'm ten years older than you and that was my youth.

You're maybe just a little too young to remember some of that stuff when it first came out - in 1970 you were 6 and I was 16, but "No Sugar Tonight" wasn't a lame song in its time, it was good, and still sounds good to me.

I have a theory about music, that most people's favorite music is centered around the period when they were children and teen-agers. Not that people don't like other era's, but that "their era" is the music they always come back to, and most enjoy. Do you agree or disagree?
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