On the Day You Were Born, People Had Terrible Taste in Music

Illustration from On the Day You Were Born

“On the eve of your birth … the Earth and her creatures with the Sun and the Moon all moved in their places, each ready to greet you the very first moment of the very first day you arrived.”

That’s how Debra Fraiser’s On the Day You Were Born celebrates the arrival of new life.  It’s a popular gift for new babies, as you might imagine.

For those of us who are now twenty or thirty or seventy years past those first birthdays, here is a different kind of “welcome to the world” gift: a new Facebook status game!

Here’s what you do (and even if you don’t use Facebook or post this kind of thing as your status, you can still play along at home):

1. Find the number one single in your country of origin for the week and year of your birth.

2. Find a YouTube video of that song and post it to your Facebook profile.

3. Do this without embarrassment.

Depending on when you were born, that last step may be the trickiest.  If you’re lucky, the song will be embarrassing in an awesome way, like Mike’s: “Afternoon Delight”.  My favorite version, of course, is Ron Burgundy’s.  The original is not bad, either.  I mean, it’s terrible, but in the best way.

I was not so lucky.  For the week of December 16th, 1979, “Escape (the Pina Colada Song)” was number four.  That would have been fun!  Even more terrible and awesome, “Enough is Enough” (a Barbra Streisand / Donna Summer duet that I loved in middle school) came in at number six.  But alas.  The number one song the week of my birth was Styx.  Styx singing “Babe.”  Really, mid-December 1979?  That’s the best (worst) you’ve got?

Oh, well.  When Zoe plays this game in twenty or thirty years, what will she say?  (Here’s her list.)  Will she lament the fact that Lady Gaga didn’t make the number one slot, or will she say, “Who in the world is Lady Gaga?”  Only time will tell, but either way, Mike and I will horrify her with the information that when she was a baby, her father sang “Poker Face” to her while, yes, poking her face.  And she thought it was hilarious.

Want to play?  Share your song in the comments!

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20 responses to “On the Day You Were Born, People Had Terrible Taste in Music

  1. Who even knew that there were that many sites to help you find the song in question? Hearing for the first time, the Everly Brothers “Bird Dog” is ‘my’ song. Sheesh.

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  2. Laura Aase

    The song I got drives me a little batty – American Pie. And, as I looked at Zoe’s list, I realize I haven’t paid attention to top 10 or 20 lists of popular music since the mid 80s! Even then, my main band was the Beatles.

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    • Yeah, Zoe’s list makes me a little sad, for all of us. Although, I do enjoy Gaga. And Jamie Foxx featuring T-Pain. (Clearly, I have no shame.) But also the Beatles, who were one of the main bands I listened to in the 80s, too, thanks to my parents’ record collection.

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  3. Its the Fours Season’s “Sherry” for me. That must explain my high, nasal voice.

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  4. ♪ ♫ ♪Ya, we’re goin’ to Surf City, ’cause it’s two to one
    You know we’re goin’ to Surf City, gonna have some fun
    Ya, we’re goin’ to Surf City, ’cause it’s two to one
    Ya, we’re goin’ to Surf City, gonna have some fun, now
    Two girls for every boy….

    Blech. That means I am OLD!

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  5. Mine is “Night Fever” by the Bee Gees, and I’m pretty well okay with that. Disco isn’t always my cup of tea, but I can’t say no to a Gibb. 🙂

    BTW, I saw Styx in concert a few years back, and they are awesome. You should be proud to have “Babe” as your song!

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  6. Well I can’t post to FB right now, but my song is “I’m a Believer by the Monkees” I know the song well, and it really is a good song for me cause I am a believer, just really not into the whole Monkees scene lol. But I also found that it was the top song for 6 weeks when I was born so I guess it was more popular then.

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  7. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack. I’m just going to go and throw up now! 😉

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  8. OK, are you ready for really old? Bobby Lewis’ Tossin’ and Turnin’ was the #1 song when I was born. Yikes! @jamieahughes – I was DANCING to Night Fever when it came out!

    Where’s my Geritol?

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  9. Cheryl Peterson

    The #1 song the week I was born was “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles.

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