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Top hit on your birthday.


What was the top hit when you were born?

Playback is a website that offers something different and interesting. The other day we were introduced to Play your Birthday Song and it was such fun we thought we would share it with you on LaterLife.

Basically, the site offers you the chance to hear the song that was at the top of the radio play list on the day of your birthday. You simply pop in the date of your birth and up comes a great video of the song that your Mum might have been humming as she waited for you to arrive!!

That is interesting enough, but of course the site goes a lot further than that. You can track back the key hits at any period in your live – bring back memories of your first love; your wedding era; and of course other memorable times in your life as well.

 

Surprisingly some of the really early songs (November 1929, Making Whoopee by Eddie Cantor) are quite familiar even today. When war broke out in September 1939 the top hit song was Judy Garland singing Over the Rainbow.

Top in 1950 was Anton Karas playing The Third Man Theme on the zither, another familiar tune for most people even today; then a couple years later and the music scene changed forever. It wasn’t long before Elvis and then the Beatles started dominating almost every birthday for month after month.

 

There are some horrors of course – glad I wasn’t born in May 1958 when David Seville’s Witch Doctor (with the Chipmunks) for some inexplicable reason captured the public’s imagination!! October 1969 wasn’t a lot better with the Archies Sugar Sugar although to give it its due, it is an energetic catchy song. Appropriately on February 6 th 1952 when George VI died, the top song was Cry by Johnnie Ray.

Sometimes the public was clearly very fickle; in Jan 4 th 1966 the top song was Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel but just a week later on Jan 11 th 1966 the top song was We Can Work It Out by the Beatles and just a couple of weeks after that Petula Clark knocked them both down the lists with her song My Love.

The site also interestingly tells you how many millions of minutes you have been alive – of course it would be more valuable if it would tell us how many more minutes we had left but I guess that is too challenging even for a well informed site like this!!

www.playback.fm/birthday-song

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