10.16.2008

My Favorite Pop Song Per Decade: 1950-2000

Here I pick my favorite pop song and runner-up from each decade from 1950-2000. I picked based on two criteria: 1) the song had to chart in the top 40 on the equivalent of today's Billboard Hot 100 and 2) the song should be the best signifier of the entire decade of music in my head. (Off topic question: can one be nostalgic for a time in which they did not live?)

50s:
"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" by The Platters (1959, #1)


Runner Up: "Sleep Walk" by Santo and Johnny (1959, #1)

60s:
"Elenore" by The Turtles (1968, #6)


Runner Up: "Just One Look" by Doris Troy (1963, #10)

70s:
"Dancing in the Moonlight" by King Harvest (1973, #13)


Runner Up: "September" by Earth Wind and Fire (1978, #8)

80s:
"Promises, Promises" by Naked Eyes (1983, #11)


Runner Up: "I Can't Go For That" by Hall & Oates (1982, #1)

90s:
"Your Woman" by White Town (1997, #23)


Runner Up: "Dreamlover" by Mariah Carey (1993, #1)

Interesting note: Chicago barely missed my list in two generations: "Saturday in the Park" (1972, #3) and "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" (1982, #1)

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