I’ve decided to take some money that came my way this Christmas and buy five songs. I really do not have that many songs in mind, but five seemed like a fairly reasonable amount to play with.
I thought I would solicit some help from five or six of you who read this blog. So I ask you: If you could only listen to five songs the rest of your life, what would they be? Please leave your selections in the comment section. I am not saying I will chose from your suggestions (for instance,
I did a little research to find some really popular albums and songs. Looking up top albums in different places yields very different answers. Amazon’s Listmania had many top album lists full of albums I’m sure only the list maker knew about. Wikipedia was helpful, but gave different answers for world-wide and American sales. We may have produced Michael Jackson, but at least we didn’t make him #1. The Eagles came up near the top in many lists, which didn’t surprise me, but AC/DC’s Back in Black really surprised me as almost always in the top five. I really think record books do not go back far enough, because no Elvis Presley album makes any top 10 sales charts I could find. He does show up in some of the top singles charts.
But the singles are a wholly different animal. “Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel” sold over 4 million copies, but so did Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now.” “I Want To Hold Your Hand” is there along with “The Chipmunk Song.” In fact if you wanted to compose a song list featuring five of the top 25 singles ever sold, it could go like this:
- "Islands in the Stream", Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton;
- "I Think We're Alone Now", Tiffany;
- "Ballad of the Green Berets", Sgt Barry Sadler;
- "Whoomp! (There It Is)", Tag Team;
- "Macarena", Los Del Rio
I hope everyone can agree that best-selling does not equal best. After all, I could not find Audio Adrenaline’s “Bloom” or Steve Taylor’s “Squint” on any of these lists.RED
On a recent visit to Jill’s parents home in
Other highlights of the show included people falling off those “difficult to use” exercise balls. Also, while the models were using the machine, their abs would flash as though their muscles were filled with neon lights. They continually referred to the device as “Red.” As in, “Using Red for just 30 minutes a day will cut your waistline 7 inches.” Maybe red is the name of some kind of hormone that speeds up metabolism, so their statements are technically true. The name is the biggest marketing blunder. In the internet age your name should be uniquely searchable (my theory of why Microsoft named their media player Zune, try finding something else called that on Google). I vote for the Norminizor. I also think you should have a little voice recorder to say your name into, so that every time you start to exercise it would greet you like a bar full of people where everybody knows your name. Unfortunately, I cannot find any place on their website to leave suggestions.