Sunday, April 13, 2008

#1 through the years

This could possibly be the start of a meme, but maybe not.

Here's the thing.

1) Go to this site and you can find out what song was #1 (according to Billboard Magazine) on the US Charts on any particular week in history.

2) Look up your birthday.

3) List the #1 songs that have occurred on your birthday throughout the years you've been alive.

4) Cringe at how bad music was, and how bad it is now!

Here's mine:

1975 ... "Sister Golden Hair" by America - Hooray! We're off to a really good start!!

1976 ... "Silly Love Songs" by Paul McCartney & Wings - What's wrong with that?

1977 ... "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac - Huh. Apparently this is the only Fleetwood Mac song to ever hit #1. And it did it during my birthday.

1978 ... "Shadow Dancing" by Andy Gibb - [shudder]

1979 ... "Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer - The late 70s just were not all that good, were they?

1980 ... "Funkytown" by Lipps, Inc. - Won't someone please take them to Funkytown? ....Please?

1981 ... "Medley: Intro Venus/Sugar Sugar/No Reply/I'll Be Back/Drive My Car/Do You Want to Know a Secret/We Can Work It Out/I Should Have Known Better/Nowhere Man/You're Going to Lose That Girl/Stars on 45" by Stars on 45 - Woo! Disco!!... god. When does it *end*?

1982 ... "Ebony and Ivory" by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder - Man. Paul McCartney is in here again. Three times, if you count the '81 cover/medley thing. Weird. Anyway, I can never hear this song without thinking about the SNL skit where they mocked it.

1983 ... "Flashdance ... What a Feeling" by Irene Cara - I've never seen this movie.

1984 ... "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper - Cyndi Lauper could probably sing the phone book and still give me goosebumps. Be sure to check out the cheesy video!

1985 ... "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears - After seeing the video, I have only one question. What the hell, Tears for Fears??

1986 ... "On My Own" by Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald - I don't know what I was listening to on my 11th birthday, but I can guarantee that it wasn't this.

1987 ... "Head to Toe" by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - See, maybe it's a good thing that MTV stopped playing videos. People actually liked this??

1988 ... "Together Forever" by Rick Astley - There's probably some sort of RickRoll joke to be made here, but I'm too tired to figure it out.

1989 ... "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)" by New Kids on the Block - Steph just walked by and asked me, "Why are you listening to 9th grade?"

1990 ... "It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette - Hee. "Pretty Woman". I actually thought that this song came from "Mannequin".

1991 ... "Rush Rush" by Paula Abdul - We're just going to ignore the number of times I watched this back then, shall we?

1992 ... "I'll Be There" by Mariah Carey - Yeah. Wasn't this song #1 for, like, 985 consecutive weeks or something? Mariah Carey was just unavoidable for a while.

1993 ... "That's the Way Love Goes" by Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814 was better, but whatever.

1994 ... "I Swear" by All-4-One - There were much better songs coming out in 1994, people. Why was *this* the top of the charts?

1995 ... "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" by Bryan Adams - You know... this is the second time in less than a month that this song has been mentioned on my blog. I think that's plenty. No more Bryan Adams for me. I'm putting a moratorium on him.

1996 ... "Tha Crossroads" by Bone thugs-n-harmony - ...and just like that, we're into songs I've never heard. [sigh]

1997 ... "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112 - ...and now we're into songs that I've heard, but wish I never had. ...although the first 16 seconds of the video almost make up for the crappiness of the song. (Okay, they don't, really, but they are pretty good.)

1998 ... "The Boy Is Mine" by Brandy & Monica - WHAT?

1999 ... "If You Had My Love" by Jennifer Lopez - Jennifer Lopez ROCKS!!!

2000 ... "Try Again" by Aaliyah - I have a headache now.

2001 ... "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya & Pink - I like this song, actually.

2002 ... "Foolish" by Ashanti - I think I'm going to just stop commenting, because, really, I am so out of my element with regard to these remaining songs...

2003 ... "21 Questions" by 50 Cent featuring Nate Dogg

2004 ... "Burn" by Usher - NIN's Burn was a LOT better. But then, it came out in '97.... and also, it was Nine Inch Nails.

2005 ... "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey

2006 ... "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean

2007 ... "Umbrella" by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z


P@ said...

Obviously if you do this on your own blog, you don't have to include youtube links to the songs. I just went the extra mile because I'm weird that way.

Amy said...

Okay, doing this immediately. Also, I have commentary on your songs, but I'm kind of tired right now for some reason.

Meghan said...

Dear god... the last good #1 song on my birthday happened in the 80's. How tragic. Here are the songs I actually think deserved their spot at the top of the chart:

1987 ... "With or Without You" by U2
1970 ... "American Woman/ No Sugar Tonight" by The Guess Who
1965 ... "Ticket to Ride" by The Beatles
1963 ... "If You Wanna Be Happy" by Jimmy Soul
1958 ... "All I Have to Do Is Dream" by The Everly Brothers
1957 ... "All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley

Kirk said...

Patti LaBelle did a song with Michael McDonald?? Why, was she on crack?

Also, the first concert Mary-Jane ever went to was Rick Astley, which I find endlessly amusing. Oh, and her dad took her and had to suffer thru it too, which makes the story even better.