1990s Blogging Music Radio

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1997

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 March 09TH 1997:

  1. “I Want You” – Savage Garden
  2. “Call Me” – Le Click
  3. “I Like It Like That” – The Blackout Allstars
  4. “Wannabe” – The Spice Girls
  5. “Please Don’t Go” – No Mercy

Good solid chart from 25 years ago. I still like all of those songs today. Well actually I had to go on YouTube to actually hear “Please Don’t Go” from No Mercy because the only “Please Don’t Go” song that I remembered was the 1992 dance cover version from KWS of the original 1979 K.C. And The Sunshine Band ballad.

“Wannabe” was sitting at # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Savage Garden (Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones) scored a # 1 smash with their very first single (“I Want You”), and this was its 3RD week atop my chart (out of 4). They would follow it up with 5 more hits after that through 2000. They broke-up in 2001. As far as I know Darren and Daniel have never performed together since. Their career as a duo was short-lived, but there were several memorable songs during the era including two of the most successful hits ever at U.S. Hot Adult Contemporary radio – “Truly Madly Deeply” and “I Knew I Loved You”. Both of those hits enjoyed unusually long 2½-year runs in heavy and active rotation at pop radio.

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 30 years ago to March 1992. It’s when a legendary country singer was sitting at # 1 on my pop chart.

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.