Hit Songs From the Year You Were Born
Why do some songs soar toward the firmament while others crash into the chasm of obscurity? Regardless of the reason, every year, a few songs do make that mighty clime, rising on the thermals of society’s whim to find an altitude beyond the reach of mortal ken.
Which is to say: every year there’s a song that, for some reason, popped like a crazy jack-in-the box to the top of music charts everywhere, blowing away the competition and enamoring fans from then on. Some of these might be one-hit wonders, songs that topped out the charts but were followed by years of ho-hum attempts to recapture glory’s shooting star. Others were just one star in a vibrant artistic sky, just one song in an already incredible musical constellation into which the band or artist is still pouring new and vibrant work.
Either way, there’s something magical about learning what people were in love with during your first year of life—like knowing what sign you were born under, only more tangible. “Best” is, of course, subjective (we all have different views on what’s best, and that’s okay!) but I’ve aimed to put together a collection that hopefully won’t be what you expect, so check it out.