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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 July 14TH 1996:

  1. “Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand” – Primitive Radio Gods
  2. “Ooh Aah … Just A Little Bit” – Gina G
  3. “C’Mon N’ Ride It (The Train) – Quad City DJs
  4. “The Crossroads” – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
  5. “Follow You Down” – Gin Blossoms

I never saw “The Cable Guy” in the movie theatres in June and July 1996. It made over $60 million at the box office here in North America, but it was considered a box office disappointment because it didn’t make as much money as Jim Carrey’s previous movies. It just didn’t seem appealing to me to go to the movie theatre to see it. I saw the movie after-the-fact on either VHS or DVD. Fun Fact:  From 2005 to 2010 I was a member of the original Netflix subscription service – receiving, watching, and returning DVDs via the mail and their red envelopes.

I mention “The Cable Guy” because my # 1 smash 25 years ago (and a surprise North American rock and pop smash) broke-out from that movie. It’s got a quirky title that has nothing to do with the quirky song that heavily samples a B.B. King track from 32 years earlier (in 1964) – “How Blue Can You Get (Downhearted)”.

“Standing Outside …” actually went straight-in at # 1 on my chart – a rare feat. Back in 1996 I was compiling and publishing online a Top 30 hit music chart each week. “Standing Outside …” has stood the test of time. I still enjoying hearing it today. It’s in medium rotation on my iPod Shuffles that play at my desk at my workplace with 417 plays over the past 13 years.

Incidentally – at the movie theatre I saw Eddie Murphy’s “The Nutty Professor” on July 20TH 1996.

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