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« on: September 16, 2008, 06:51:30 PM »

Don't agree with some of the inclusions (there are much better #1 records for 1974 than "The Joker" by THE STEVE MILLER BAND) but the list is fun, and I agree with the author's assertion that "...To my ears the 60's and 70's and even the 80's were filled to the brim with timeless tracks, while both the quality and quantity of  #1 hits took a nosedive in the 90's and 00's..."  For the sake of ease, I copy/pasted the list, but only the beginning of the article.  Follow the link if interested in the full item: 

Greatest Number One Hits 
The Billboard Hot 100 chart began identifying the top songs in America back in 1958. The list takes airplay and sales into account and is a good measure of what the most popular songs are at a point in time. Songs that make to the very top of this list on any given week can claim the moniker "number one hit".

This playlist is a collection of the best of the best. The greatest hits to ever peak on the Billboard Hot 100 chart...

http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/yradish/26198/greatest-number-one-hits 

Greatest Number One Hits

1958: All I Have To Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers
1959: Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
1960: Stay - Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
1961: Surrender - Elvis Presley
1962: I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles
1963: Fingertips Pt. 2 - Stevie Wonder
1964: House Of The Rising Sun - The Animals
1965: (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
1966: Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
1967: Hello, Goodbye - The Beatles
1968: (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
1969: Everyday People - Sly & the Family Stone
1970: The Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
1971: Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) - The Temptations
1972: Let's Stay Together - Al Green
1973: Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
1974: The Joker - Steve Miller Band
1975: Island Girl - Elton John
1976: 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon
1977: Hotel California - The Eagles
1978: Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
1979: Heart Of Glass - Blondie
1980: Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2 - Pink Floyd
1981: Starting Over, (Just Like) - John Lennon
1982: Jack And Diane - John Cougar Mellencamp
1983: Beat It - Michael Jackson
1984: When Doves Cry - Prince
1985: Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears for Fears
1986: Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
1987: With Or Without You - U2
1988: Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
1989: Like A Prayer - Madonna
1990: Vision Of Love - Mariah Carey
1991: Set Adrift On Memory Bliss - P.M. Dawn
1992: Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot
1993: I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
1994: Bump N' Grind - R. Kelly
1995: Waterfalls - TLC
1996: California Love - 2Pac
1997: Mo Money Mo Problems - Notorious B.I.G.
1998: Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill
1999: Smooth - Santana
2000: Amazed - Lonestar
2001: All For You - Janet Jackson
2002: Hot In Herre - Nelly
2003: Hey Ya! - Outkast
2004: Yeah! - Usher
2005: Gold Digger - Kanye West
2006: SexyBack - Justin Timberlake
2007: Irreplaceable - Beyonce
2008: Whatever You Like - T.I. 
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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2008, 07:14:59 PM »

I also agree with the assertion that the songs in the '50s-'80s were better than ones in the '90s/'00s.  But, I grew up in the '90s, so I do like some of the #1s listed.  I do think the quality of a LOT of music now is crap. 

Some songs listed that I like in particular include:
'92's "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix A Lot
'94's "Bump N Grind" by R. Kelly
'96's "California Love" by Tupac (not a fan at the time, but now appreciate some of his stuff, actually.)
'68s "Sitting on The Dock of The Bay" by Otis Redding
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'03's "Hey Ya" by Outkast
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2008, 07:31:24 PM »



Greatest Number One Hits

1959: Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price


Amazing that an old blues song about a pimp shooting one of his lowlife buddies in a crapshooting dispute could become a #1 hit.  The best song on the list, I think.  Like Academy Award winners or New York Times bestellers, Billboard #1 hits are necessarily good, but bland and unadventuresome--the songs that alienate the least number of people.  Still, more than a few catchy tunes on there, as well as a few that make me cringe.
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2008, 07:46:38 PM »

...'68s "Sitting on The Dock of The Bay" by Otis Redding

1959: Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
Amazing that an old blues song about a pimp shooting one of his lowlife buddies in a crapshooting dispute could become a #1 hit.  The best song on the list, I think.  Like Academy Award winners or New York Times bestellers, Billboard #1 hits are necessarily good, but bland and unadventuresome--the songs that alienate the least number of people.  Still, more than a few catchy tunes on there, as well as a few that make me cringe.
Some great records, but I think my list of the best #1 record for each year would be drastically different (and I'd give up by say, '95)  I see your point, REV, but I don't agree that #1 records are "...necessarily good, but bland and unadventuresome--the songs that alienate the least number of people."  Records like "Satisfaction" and "Let's Get It On" and "House Of The Rising Sun" and "Sweet Child O' Mine" are not bland and in fact alienated lots of people...
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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2008, 08:34:05 PM »

1959: Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
Amazing that an old blues song about a pimp shooting one of his lowlife buddies in a crapshooting dispute could become a #1 hit.  The best song on the list, I think.  Like Academy Award winners or New York Times bestellers, Billboard #1 hits are necessarily good, but bland and unadventuresome--the songs that alienate the least number of people.  Still, more than a few catchy tunes on there, as well as a few that make me cringe.
Some great records, but I think my list of the best #1 record for each year would be drastically different (and I'd give up by say, '95)  I see your point, REV, but I don't agree that #1 records are "...necessarily good, but bland and unadventuresome--the songs that alienate the least number of people."  Records like "Satisfaction" and "Let's Get It On" and "House Of The Rising Sun" and "Sweet Child O' Mine" are not bland and in fact alienated lots of people...

I should never speak in absolutes unless I want counterexamples thrown in my face.  Still, I might argue that those records, though very good ecamples of straight-ahead rock n'r roll, were artistically unadventurous (except for "House of the Rsisng Sun--that's another surprisng hit).  And, while those records might have alienated sububan parents, they didn't alienate the record buying public, mainly teenagers. 
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2008, 09:11:41 PM »

I should never speak in absolutes unless I want counterexamples thrown in my face.  Still, I might argue that those records, though very good ecamples of straight-ahead rock n'r roll, were artistically unadventurous (except for "House of the Rsisng Sun--that's another surprisng hit).  And, while those records might have alienated sububan parents, they didn't alienate the record buying public, mainly teenagers.
Uhm... "thrown in your face...?"  "Thrown in your face...??"  C'mon, REV.  That's a curious statement. 

Radio stations altered "Satisfaction" where MICK sings "...tryin' to make some girl..."  And I think it's also fair to point out the use of the fuzztone (which probably does not occur on a charting record prior to its release) is artistically adventurous.  "Let's Get It On" is a breakthrough record that is pretty clearly sexual in theme (and we know how Americans are not only prudish, but hypocritical about that topic.) 
And alienating parents is something kids have striven to do since time immemorial.    Oh, and I'd "throw" one more example in your face: PRINCE's "When Doves Cry" which was not alienating, but certainly adventurous for excluding a bass line (I think unheard of  on every other Top 40 record, let alone a #1...)
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2008, 10:10:15 PM »

I should never speak in absolutes unless I want counterexamples thrown in my face.  Still, I might argue that those records, though very good ecamples of straight-ahead rock n'r roll, were artistically unadventurous (except for "House of the Rsisng Sun--that's another surprisng hit).  And, while those records might have alienated sububan parents, they didn't alienate the record buying public, mainly teenagers.
Uhm... "thrown in your face...?"  "Thrown in your face...??"  C'mon, REV.  That's a curious statement. 

Radio stations altered "Satisfaction" where MICK sings "...tryin' to make some girl..."  And I think it's also fair to point out the use of the fuzztone (which probably does not occur on a charting record prior to its release) is artistically adventurous.  "Let's Get It On" is a breakthrough record that is pretty clearly sexual in theme (and we know how Americans are not only prudish, but hypocritical about that topic.) 
And alienating parents is something kids have striven to do since time immemorial.    Oh, and I'd "throw" one more example in your face: PRINCE's "When Doves Cry" which was not alienating, but certainly adventurous for excluding a bass line (I think unheard of  on every other Top 40 record, let alone a #1...)

Not a curious statement, just an expression I used.  People often state things as absolutes when they really mean to express a trend.  That's what I did, and I got called on it, for being imprecise.  No subtext intended.

You're right, some elements of some of those songs are groundbreaking, I just think more of them play it safe and execute a formula well in order to attain their success rather than pushing the boundaries.  And I don't mean that in a negative way; not all music needs to push the boundaries, and in fact it would ironically become boring if every song tried to.
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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2008, 10:19:05 PM »

Not a curious statement, just an expression I used.  People often state things as absolutes when they really mean to express a trend.  That's what I did, and I got called on it, for being imprecise.  No subtext intended.

You're right, some elements of some of those songs are groundbreaking, I just think more of them play it safe and execute a formula well in order to attain their success rather than pushing the boundaries.  And I don't mean that in a negative way; not all music needs to push the boundaries, and in fact it would ironically become boring if every song tried to.
I'm sorry but I don't think it's just an expression.  When people argue, you often hear that comment, about things (like out of the past) getting "thrown in your face." 
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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2008, 10:47:29 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2008, 11:12:45 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2008, 11:19:55 PM »

Sigh...unfourtantly...nothing that cool will ever make it too Billboard....



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ee...doya think this coversation got a little off track off No.# 1 Hits...? ?  Thumbup

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« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2008, 11:56:12 PM »

CheezezKriest!  I love that sh!t!  Especially where SCREAMIN' LORD SUTCH strangles the guy!  Yup, we're way offa #1 records.  Found my favorite CRAMPS: 
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« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2008, 08:46:21 AM »

...'68s "Sitting on The Dock of The Bay" by Otis Redding

1959: Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
Amazing that an old blues song about a pimp shooting one of his lowlife buddies in a crapshooting dispute could become a #1 hit.  The best song on the list, I think.  Like Academy Award winners or New York Times bestellers, Billboard #1 hits are necessarily good, but bland and unadventuresome--the songs that alienate the least number of people.  Still, more than a few catchy tunes on there, as well as a few that make me cringe.
Some great records, but I think my list of the best #1 record for each year would be drastically different (and I'd give up by say, '95)  I see your point, REV, but I don't agree that #1 records are "...necessarily good, but bland and unadventuresome--the songs that alienate the least number of people."  Records like "Satisfaction" and "Let's Get It On" and "House Of The Rising Sun" and "Sweet Child O' Mine" are not bland and in fact alienated lots of people...
Very true.  In fact, "Let's Get It On" is a personal favorite of mine.  Marvin Gaye was a great singer, in my opinion.

I should never speak in absolutes unless I want counterexamples thrown in my face.  Still, I might argue that those records, though very good ecamples of straight-ahead rock n'r roll, were artistically unadventurous (except for "House of the Rsisng Sun--that's another surprisng hit).  And, while those records might have alienated sububan parents, they didn't alienate the record buying public, mainly teenagers.
Uhm... "thrown in your face...?"  "Thrown in your face...??"  C'mon, REV.  That's a curious statement. 

Radio stations altered "Satisfaction" where MICK sings "...tryin' to make some girl..."  And I think it's also fair to point out the use of the fuzztone (which probably does not occur on a charting record prior to its release) is artistically adventurous.  "Let's Get It On" is a breakthrough record that is pretty clearly sexual in theme (and we know how Americans are not only prudish, but hypocritical about that topic.) 
And alienating parents is something kids have striven to do since time immemorial.    Oh, and I'd "throw" one more example in your face: PRINCE's "When Doves Cry" which was not alienating, but certainly adventurous for excluding a bass line (I think unheard of  on every other Top 40 record, let alone a #1...)
While I like When Doves Cry, I figured Prince would've had some other song listed.  I don't know if it was a #1 hit, but I'm more fond of the song Purple Rain.  Either way, Prince is a great musician, who's had some somewhat sexual songs in his career.
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