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Number 1 Billboard Song When I Was Born

Posted 57 months ago|7 comments|12,143 views
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Chris D
Seattle, WA
The new game on Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace is “What was the number 1 song on Billboard when you were born.” It’s quite a successful marketing campaign – it puts the Billboard name in people’s minds, and the Billboard site sells iTunes and Rhapsody mp3s.

My meta-meme-analysis says that the “number 1 song on Billboard” thing came about because Billboard hired a SEO-smart contractor, and they were successful in shooting the phrase to the front page of Google. Facebook memes, like the “Post your bra color for breast cancer” thing, tend to blow up super huge and then crash away.

For me, the number 1 Billboard song on my birthday was “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon. See, I don’t think there’s anything special about that – I don’t even like REO Speedwagon – but some people are stupidly saying that the number 1 Billboard song on your birthday says “a LOT about your personality.” How can a song that came out when I was born predict the way that I act?

Most people post YouTube videos on Twitter or Facebook, or link to the Billboard number 1 hits site – it’s on the left. The trend is interesting because it can help identify generational gaps. Hey, maybe you can even find an mp3 of a song that’s personally important to you.

So, tell me, what was the number 1 song on Billboard when you were born?

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57 months ago: Hate to admit it but it was "Beyond The Sea" - Bobby Darin. Yeah, 1960 was a long time ago....
57 months ago: Mine was "My Ding-a-Ling" by Chuck Berry

Hear it here
57 months ago: That is a very cool song Mburnside

Thanks for sharing Chris.
57 months ago: Ha ha, now I know how old you are.

For me it was "The Way We Were" by Barbra Streisand
Out Of The Box
Out Of The Box
57 months ago: Mine was the favorite make-out and slow dance instrumental,
Theme from 'A Summer Place' by Percy Faith.

guess it really does say a lot about your personality after all. ;-}
57 months ago: "I Can't Go for That" by sirs Hall & Oates.
For those of you who don't know it, here's a snippet:

"I can't go for that... nooooo Iiiiieyeeee... no can do!"

Eugene, OR
57 months ago: Pretty fun site. My tune, the the Twelfth Street Rag by Pee Wee Hunt (talk about old!) was apparently the only one on the site that had to be paid for to hear, but I found it elsewhere. Love it and disturbingly apropos.

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