2000s Blogging Music Radio

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2002

Hello again retro music fans. 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, 20, 25, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 2ND Friday of the month, so I go back 20 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday December 08TH 2002:

And here’s an actual snapshot of my Top 5 exactly the way it appeared on my web site at the time:

That’s from the 738TH overall edition and 379TH online edition of my weekly hit music chart – known at the time as my “Pure Dance Chart”. It was right in the middle of the 2ND era of my chart that lasted a little over 14 years from October 1995 to January 2010. For a little over 2 years from 2002 to 2004 I was immersed in the #EDM culture, and my chart reflected that short era of my life.

It was an all-female-led Top 5 – with Shaft leading the pack at # 1. Shaft were actually two English producers who did a bunch of covers and remixes right around the turn of the 21ST century. Donna Canale ultimately sang the vocals of their cover of “Sway” – retitled as “(Mucho Mambo) Sway” – but their original version included Rosemary Clooney’s vocals from her 1959 cover of the song. That version had to be pulled from the market due to a copyright dispute. Dean Martin scored a pop hit with his 1954 cover of the song.

Shaft’s 2ND version of the song was a Top 10 pop smash in Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and New Zealand. A HI-NRG dance remix of the track was my # 1 smash for 2 weeks 20 years ago. It was a huge hit on the radio here in Miami.

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 25 years ago to December 1997. It’s when a 19-year-old New York City native hit # 2 with her debut smash that’s legendary.

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.