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Feb 03, 2009

Name That Number One!


Last September, Billboard published its number one hits from 1958 to 2008.  Riffing on the 80s-song quiz you've seen before, here's my quiz for the Billboard list. Hotlinked lyrics go to some fantastic videos.

Name That Number One!

(all songs in chronological order)


I can make you mine, taste your lips of wine
Any time, night or day

The night was clear, and the moon was yellow
And the leaves came tumblin' down…

Please let me hear
You say that you will

1961 to 1970

All the stars will tell the story
Of our love and all its glory
I've made up my mind

Clap your hands just a little bit louder

And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I'm one

When I'm drivin' in my car
And a man comes on the radio

ooo WEE oooooo OOO… OOOooo

I don't know why you say goodbye

I can't do what ten people tell me to do
So I guess I'll remain the same

Different strokes for different folks
And so on and so on 

Don't let my glad expression
Give you the wrong impression 


To have a girl like her
Is truly a dream come true.

Loving you forever
Is what I need

We're all sensitive people
With so much to give

Cause I'm right here, right here, right here, right here at home

She's black as coal but she burn like a fire

"The problem is all inside your head", she said to me

Warm smell of colitas 

I'm a dancin’ man and I just can’t lose

Soon turned out to be a pain in the ass

"If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don't eat yer meat?"


It's been too long since we took the time
No-one's to blame, I know time flies so quickly 

Let the Bible Belt come and save my soul

They Told Him Don't You Ever Come Around Here

Dream if u can a courtyard

There's a room where the light won’t find you

This can be my testimony

Sleight of hand and twist of fate
On a bed of nails she makes me wait

Where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky

Let the choir sing

Still I believed
Somehow the one that I needed
Would find me eventually


Marionette strings are dangerous things,
I thought of all the trouble they bring.

So Cosmo says you're fat
Well I ain't down with that!

If I
Should stay
I would only be in your way 

My mind is telling me no but my body -- my body's telling me yes

Cause he can't seem to keep his self out of trouble

From Oakland to Sacktown
The Bay Area and back down

I'm Bigger than the city lights down in Times Square

Girls you know you better watch out

Gimme your heart, make it real
Or else forget about it 

I'm so in love with you
It just keeps getting better


So you do what you gonna do
Come on and talk to me 

Gucci collar for dollar, got out and walked it

Alright, alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright, alright

..got me thinking that it might good idea to take her with me,

You will see him on TV any given Sunday
Win the Superbowl and drive off in a Hyundai

Come let me make up for the things you lack

You must not know 'bout me
I can have another you by tomorrow

Anytime you want to, pick up the telephone, you
know it ain't nothin', drop a couple stacks on you



1.  Here's an answer key. Please advise of any errors.

2.  Videos -- some are covers, and some (like 1978) are from movies.  One (like 1967) is from a commercial -- so don't click that if you're a purist (or if you hate sellouts).  I'll try to add more in the future.  I'm almost begging you to click on 1983.  And I really like 1976 and 1985, but for different reasons.

3.  Here's a blog with extensive notes on the 2000-2008 songs. If you can find links to the earlier decades, please let me know.

4.  Here's a fill-in-the-blank version of the 80s lyrics quiz.

5.  Oh, here's a Wickedly Difficult 80s lyrics quiz with COOLER ARTISTS and 262 songs. Holy crap. Celeste, do this one at home, not work :-)

10:34 PM in Music | Permalink


58-60 #1: "All I Have to Do is Dream" by the Everly Brothers
61-70 #5: "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones; #10: "Tears of a Clown" by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
71-80: #8: "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees; #9: "Heart of Glass" by Blondie
81-90: #4: "When Doves Cry" by Prince; #5: "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears; #6: "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel; #7: "With or Without You" by U2; #9: "Like a Prayer" by Madonna
91-00: #2: "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot

Posted by: georg | Feb 4, 2009 9:22:28 AM

Ok, this was really fun to try, and I stunk at it! Still, I gave it a link (which is set to publish on Friday) over at 30Threads.com, where I am a guest editor.

Thanks for a really fun post!

Posted by: Lisa Creech Bledsoe | Feb 4, 2009 3:08:38 PM

Apparently, I stopped listening to music after college. :-(

Posted by: Doc | Feb 4, 2009 9:11:52 PM

I did right well up until 1991... and then I hit the proverbial wall. Dunno if that sez a lot about me, or the music. The former... methinks. ;)

Posted by: Buck | Feb 11, 2009 4:49:36 PM