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  • The best of the charts

       February 09, 2010

    I was having fun looking at Wikipedia's lists of number one songs throughout the years and decided to figure out what year had the absolute best huge hits. After careful consideration, I narrowed it down to four main contenders:


    Classics: "The Sounds of Silence", "Good Vibrations", "Paperback Writer", "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'", "You Can't Hurry Love", "When a Man Loves a Woman", "Summer in the City", "Cherish"

    Personal Favorites: "Good Lovin'", "Strangers in the Night", "Wild Thing", "Paint It Black"

    WTF?: "Ballad of the Green Berets", "Winchester Cathedral", "My Love"


    Classics: "Me and Bobby McGee", "It's Too Late" / "I Feel the Earth Move", "You've Got a Friend", "Maggie May", "Theme from Shaft", "Joy to the World"

    Personal Favorites: "My Sweet Lord", "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"

    WTF?: "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)", "Want Ads", "One Bad Apple"


    Classics: "Billie Jean", "Come On Eileen", "Beat It", "Every Breath You Take", "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"

    Personal Favorites: "Down Under", "Say Say Say", "Islands in the Stream"

    WTF?: "Maneater"


    Classics: "Sweet Child o' Mine", "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", "Faith"

    Personal Favorites: "The Flame", "Never Gonna Give You Up", "Need You Tonight"

    WTF?: "Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car", "Don't Worry, Be Happy", "Groovy Kind of Love"

    I think my favorite year is 1988, just for the sheer weirdness of the charts that go from utter cornball schlock like "Kokomo" to GnR. If you want consistency, it was hard to find a really bad number one song from 1983. If you want classics then it's 1966. But I'm going to settle on 1971 for the wide variety of classic styles (everything from sensitive 70s singer songwriters to funk) and the inclusion of not one, but two, cheesy songs from ex-Beatles not named John Lennon. Oh sure, there's some Osmond nonsense cluttering that chart, but hey, every rose has its thorn, baby!

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    #  February 9th, 2010 3:06 PM      cherlynda
    I guess I would pick 1971 also. I really loved the Cherokee Nation song..and you know Crocket loved One Bad Apple ;). I also love "My Sweet Lord". I really was torn between 71 and 83. I like "Come on Eileen" a lot.  
    #  February 9th, 2010 3:26 PM      KVBigSis
    No surprise, it's 1971 for me. You left off "Family Affair," which was a truly great song, unlike anything Sly and the Family Stone had done before. It's still one of my favorite songs.

    Yeah, your brothers' faves are well represented on this list: Future Mr. Heavy Metal was sending fan mail to Donny Osmond, and your oldest brother's favorite band was Three Dog Night. I have to admit I had the single "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves." Lots of good memories with most of these songs.  
    #  February 9th, 2010 3:51 PM      BVBigBro
    You do 1966 a disservice. It includes Monday, Monday, and We Can Work it Out. Also, the B sides of We Can Work it Out and Paperback Writer were Day Tripper and Rain.

    1970 is a good year. It's better than 1971, I think.  
    #  February 9th, 2010 3:58 PM      kris
    Oh yeah, I meant to include Monday, Monday among the classics.  



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