1990s Blogging Music Radio

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1996

Every Friday I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 15, 25, 30, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 2ND Friday of the month, so I go back 25 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday June 09TH 1996:

  1. “Everything Falls Apart” – Dog Eye’s View
  2. “Follow You Down” – Gin Blossoms
  3. “Old Man & Me (When I Get To Heaven)” – Hootie & The Blowfish
  4. “Theme From ‘Mission: Impossible'” – Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen
  5. “Plush” – Stone Temple Pilots

Good music there from a quarter of a century ago when I turned 29 years old.

Recorded in 1995 when they were in heavy rotation on Rock, Top 40, and Hot A.C. radio with a string of hits in a row here in the U.S.A. – that’s from Hootie’s 2ND album – “Fairweather Johnson” – which was not nearly as HUGE as their debut album – “Cracked Rear View”. That music video was filmed in their hometown of Columbia South Carolina.

I credit Hootie with ending the grunge era in 1994 and rescuing Top 40 music. As grunge was dying Hootie came on the scene with “happy rock” that made you feel good. It was the dawn of a new era on the radio.

Speaking of grunge – let me explain “Plush” from Stone Temple Pilots. What was that song doing at # 5 on my chart in 1996 when it was 3 years old by that time ?  Believe it or not it was my # 1 smash the week before – for the week ending Sunday June 02ND 1996. I was visiting my family in my original hometown area of Washington D.C. during the Memorial Day holiday week leading up to that, and my brother (age 21 at the time) played that song a lot in his car. It grew on me. I brought it back home to South Florida with me.

Next Friday on RETRO I’ll go back 30 years ago to June 1991.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with 2 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

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By Chris M. Day

I'm almost 56 years old. I've been online for 30 years - starting with my own dial-up bulletin board system in 1993 - and continuing with AOL, my own web site, Myspace, WordPress, Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook.