What was the most popular song the year you were born?
Ever wonder which tunes were blasting through the airwaves the day you were delivered? Look no further than Mic’s comprehensive guide to “songs the year you were born” (specifically, years 1981-1997).
Admittedly, we’ve forgotten about some of these classics, but for selfish, playlist-making reasons, we’re certainly happy to see them again. We’re looking at you, “Careless Whisper”!
Now, before you start freakin’ and wondering why the heck TLC’s “Waterfalls” wasn’t included for the year 1995, just know that the songs were selected according to Billboard’s year-end charts which, according to Mic, “serve as an accumulation of [a track’s] performance through the year on the Billboard Hot 100.”
Oddly enough, three of the 17 songs are covers. Whitney’s “I Will Always Love You” was originally Dolly Parton’s back in 1974, and Dionne Warwick’s “That’s What Friends Are For” was originally recorded by Rod Stewart. The real zinger though, is Kim Carne’s “Bette Davis Eyes.” Much like Whitney’s recording of “I Will Always Love You,” the overwhelming popularity of Kim Carne’s version overshadowed Jackie DeShannon’s original recording in 1974, leading many people to believe it was originally Kim’s (who knew?). Since we’re curious beings, we decided to dig up Jackie’s bluesy original (which you can enjoy to here).
Now, Elton John’s “Candle In The Wind 1997” doesn’t exactly qualify as a cover song, but he did rework his 1973 original to pay tribute to Princess Diana. He performed “Candle In The Wind 1997” at her funeral.
When it comes to more recent pop culture, Mic smartly noted that both Wilson Phillips’ “Hold On” and Dionne Warwick’s “That’s What Friends Are For” appeared in the movie, Bridesmaids. Coincidence? Or were the makers scouring the Billboard Hot 100 charts of year’s past?
So, which song coincides with your birth year? Let us know!
P.S. If you were born before 1981 or after 1997 (or if you wanna just take a trip down memory lane), check out Billboard’s Hot 100’s over the years to get your song established.
[Images via Mic/Billboard, YouTube]