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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 May 18TH 1997:

  1. “MMMBop” – Hanson
  2. “ESPN Presents The Jock Jam” – Various Artists
  3. “One More Time” – Real McCoy
  4. “Call Me” – Le Click
  5. “I Like It Like That” – The Blackout Allstars

Hanson and #Eurodance topped my hit music chart 25 years ago this week. The ESPN sports anthem mash-up was quite the strange one on the radio. It was like a modern techno counterpart to “Stars On 45” from 16 years earlier which itself was a medley of hit songs set to a disco beat. “The Jock Jam” was one of the most-played songs at Top 40 radio in 1997, as it received heavy airplay from May to November. It spent 31 weeks on my chart, and it was my # 7 hit of the entire year.

At the movie theatre I saw “Breakdown” 25 years ago. Now if memory serves me correct (and it may not) – I believe that Kurt Russell is in it, and it’s a road-trip thriller, and he and his wife are being chased and stalked by a sadistic truck driver. One of my favorite movies of all-time is Steven Spielberg’s “Duel” from 1971. I think “Breakdown” reminded me very much of “Duel” (same premise). I actually want to see both movies again. I thought about going to Wikipedia to see if my memory has indeed served me correctly, but I don’t want to read the plot and be spoiled by it. I’d rather watch “Breakdown” again to see if it’s what I remember.

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 30 years ago to May 1992. It’s when the 7″ Good For You Mix of Amy Grant’s “Good For Me” was in my Top 3.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday with 3 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going retro with me !

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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 April 13TH 1997:

  1. “Every Day Is A Winding Road” – Sheryl Crow
  2. “MMMBop” – Hanson
  3. “I Like It Like That” – The Blackout Allstars
  4. “Call Me” – Le Click
  5. “One More Time” – Real McCoy

Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson from Tulsa Oklahoma introduced themselves to the world with a radio smash that dominated the airwaves during the Spring and Summer of 1997 (or Autumn and Winter south of the Equator). The world soon knew them as simply “Hanson”, and they stormed pop charts worldwide with their catchy popper “MMMBop”. It spent 28 weeks on my chart including 4 non-consecutive weeks at # 1. It was my # 6 hit of 1997 (out of 161 that charted).

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 30 years ago to April 1992. It’s when a hard rock band from Southern California skyrocketed to the top of my pop chart with a track more reminiscent of the rockin’ late-1980s.

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 !

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

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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 !

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp

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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 February 09TH 1997:

  1. “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” – Madonna
  2. “Spiderwebs” – No Doubt
  3. “I Want You” – Savage Garden
  4. “Wannabe” – The Spice Girls
  5. “I Like It Like That” – The Blackout Allstars

My Top 5 hits a quarter of a century ago were all # 1 hits – 2 formers, 2 futures, and the current. Also – “I Want You” and “I Like It Like That” were 2 of my Top 5 hits for the entire year of 1997.

“I Like It Like That” was an ENORMOUS smash in 1997 here in Miami, but it wasn’t the radio mix of the single. It was the D’Ambrosio Club Mix [Edit] that became an anthem that year in heavy rotation for most of the year from start to finish. Whenever that jam was played on Y-100 I cranked it up in my 8-year-old 1989 Geo Spectrum while cruising up and down South Dixie Highway. (Now that’s retro !)

Next #RetroFriday I’ll go back 30 years ago to February 1992.

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 !

All rights reserved (c) 2022 Christopher M. Day, CountUp