Monthly Archives: January 2012

Rollercoaster of Love (Say what?) — The Ohio Players ride to the top in 1976

On Jan. 31, 1976, the top single on the Billboard Hot 100 was “Love Rollercoaster” by the Ohio Players. Hailing from Dayton, Ohio, this was the band’s second #1 song (“Fire,” the title track to their previous LP, had hit … Continue reading

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I only wanted to be just a man, fulfilled but a little more free (Chicago III hits high in 1971)

On Jan. 30, 1971, Chicago III was the highest ranking album to enter the Billboard Top LP’s chart, landing at #22. In four weeks it would plateau at #2 (for two weeks), kept out of the #1 spot by the … Continue reading

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On Jan. 29, two songs enter the singles charts at #75 (Beck and the Bobby Fuller Four)

On January 29, two singles entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #75—but they were 28 years apart. So which one do I write about? The 1994 song “Loser” by Beck, or the 1966 song “I Fought the Law” by the … Continue reading

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Keep me in a daydream, keep me goin’ strong (Superstition, Stevie Wonder, 1973)

On Jan. 27, 1973, the top single on the Billboard Hot 100 was “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder. It was Wonder’s first #1 song since 1963’s “Fingertips (Pt. 2),” when the 12-year-old known as Little Stevie Wonder reigned the singles charts … Continue reading

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Sometimes I think life is just a rodeo (John Fogerty back in a big way — 1985)

On Jan. 26, 1985, John Fogerty’s Centerfield entered the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart at #49. This was Fogerty’s first solo album in 10 years (his third solo LP since leaving Creedence Clearwater Revival). The album would shoot to #1. … Continue reading

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But I do know Mandinka (Sinéad O’Connor in 1988)

On Jan.24, 1988, a video for the song “Mandinka” by Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor premiered on MTV’s 120 Minutes. The song generated positive response and was moved into heavy rotation on the cable channel’s playlist. “Mandinka” was the single from … Continue reading

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Jenny don’t change your number … (Tommy Tutone hits at 4 with 867-5309 in 1982)

Quite a few people asked to have their telephone number changed thanks to the success of one pop song in the 1980s. On Jan. 23, 1982, “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #88. The new wave … Continue reading

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