A birthday playlist

In which I find my music from my birthday number ones.

New York Diner Jukebox

The music when I was born was depressing, it was either the theme from M*A*S*H or don McLean’s crying. Not an entirely auspicious start, although whether the music was for me or the world is still up for discussion (on a brighter note Funkytown was number one in the US).

Throughout my life the number one popular music hit has been a pretty good barometer of my life, I’ve been lucky that I have been blessed that the top of the charts on my birthday has also been a classic. To prove the point I have a Spotify list already assembled (find me at https://play.spotify.com/user/mr_chattaway I’m busy moving from iTunes).


As you shuffle that list there are some bona fide gems, the whole of the 80’s is likely to be on a ‘greatest hits’ album, and has there ever been a finer British-sci-fi-show-based tune than Doctorin’ the Tardis?

The start of the 90’s was also the beginning of my interest in football thanks to Italia 90, Gascoigne’s tears and “That World Cup song every one knows” (aka Nessun Dorma). So it is apt that on my birthday that year was World in Motion, prehaps the last great ‘official’ England football team song.

The rest of the 90’s is made up of middling songs, a musical period akin to the late 70’s where music just wasn’t that good. The evidence for the prosecution presents ‘Love is all around’ which remained at number one in the UK for the whole summer and may still be in the Top 10 now. The following year made Jerome Flynn the only Game of Thrones cast member with a top hit to his name.

After the early musical misery the second half of the decade closed in classic style. This was also the point where I actually started taking some notice of music so is also the period where I most feel at home listening to. In the UK it was a time of Cool Britannia with Oasis v Blur, but whether it is the “One Time, Two Time” hits of the Fugees or the intricate lyrics of Hanson nothing can compare to 1998 and one of the greatest songs ever recorded.

Cheesy girl band pop is one of my guilty pleasures, and after this there were only a few good songs (see my own take on Everybody’s Free) with a brief moment when I thought I was into dance music.

After Sonique my music education stopped. For the last fifteen years I have given up on listening to the main pop hits to slink off onto the fringes and listen to alt/folk/indie/punk/rock. I only know Blurred Lines thanks to BuzzFeed and the internet complaining about it.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Your Number One.”

What was the #1 song when you were born? (not sure? you can find out here.) Write about how the song relates (or not!) to your personality.

Thanks for the fun prompt suggestion, Steve!

Author: geekergosum

Ah, so you worked out the riddle. You just needed to use dwarfish and the doors to Geek Ergo Sum opened. Or perhaps you just used Google. Either way you are here, on my little corner of the Internet.

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