Originally written August 31, 2013.
Welcome to Saturday night, loyal readers! Enjoying your holiday weekend? Let’s make it a little better by remembering the songs you may have heard on the radio during a Labor Day weekend past.
We will set the controls for the year 1992 and focus our attention once again on New York’s Z100, WHTZ, which is pretty much the only station that was still publishing music surveys this late in the game. Survey dated August 31, 1992. Oh, it was one week ago that my baby daughter was born. She now can drink at the bar. Christ, I’m old!
Anyhow, on with the countdown!
Friday I’m In Love – The Cure
I always thought of The Cure as Depeche Mode for happy people. This song is kind of a throwback – it would fit just fine in a 1982 playlist.
The One – Elton John
You know how I’ve said in previous flashbacks that there have been NO good Elton John albums since “Rock Of The Westies”? Here’s proof. Not a terrible song, but so fucking bland. At least he was still active.
This Used to be My Playground – Madonna
There have been NO good Madonna songs since “Vogue.”
End of the Road – Boyz II Men
Tearjerker ballad, but beautifully done. Boyz II Men was/is an outstanding vocal group.
Baby Baby Baby – TLC
TLC’s best song (“Waterfalls”) was three years in the future. While not complete shit, this is the kind of music I had to endure when the ladies were around.
Life is a Highway – Tom Cochrane
One of the few songs from this countdown that still works today. Simple, fun, irresistible chorus, it’s a modern-day classic.
Move This – Technotronic
I know BOTH the words to this song!
Just Another Day – Jon Secada
This is actually a pretty good song. Jon Secada should have done more.
November Rain – Guns ‘N’ Roses
G ‘N’ R fans, raise your hands! OK, if this is the first song you reach for when you want to hear them, keep your hands up! Hmm…nobody?
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Here it is, ladies and gentlemen, the number one song from 21 years ago this week, as determined by Z100 in New York:
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