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Music Box Dancer – Frank Mills

Music Box Dancer – Frank Mills

Every year, thousands of kids start piano lessons. The first lesson begins with great enthusiasm. Then the teacher throws a little theory, a few sharps and flats the student’s way, and the battles begin. Battles to perfectly master the music if you’re mom happens to be a Tiger Mom or former concert pianist. Battles to convince a parent that “piano is too hard” or “piano is too boring.” Battles to convince a parent that football or … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

VH1’s 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the ’90s

VH1’s 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the ’90s

Vh1 has created a cottage industry around lists. Everything from the “100 Most Shocking Music Moments” to “The 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 90s.” People tune in and remember those single great songs and moments from artists they may have forgotten. My criteria for a one-hit wonder is described in the article “What’s a One-Hit Wonder” and differs from VH1 in one big way: I only count artists who hit the Billboard Top 40 once. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Featured, Lists

You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone

You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone

Ten weeks. Ten long weeks. That’s how many weeks “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone spent at the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100. At the time, that was the longest-lasting #1 hit of all time. Better than Elvis. Better than The Beatles. Better than everyone, in fact, until Boyz II Men landed at #1 for 13 weeks with “End of the Road” in 1991. That’s 70 days. That’s 2.5 months. That’s a really … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Rehab – Amy Winehouse

Rehab – Amy Winehouse

Editor’s note: Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27 on July 23, 2011. Sad and quite a waste of raw talent. Sadly, my January 2011 prediction proved prescient. Going out on a limb on this one. I’m predicting Amy Winehouse will remain a one-hit wonder for her 2007 hit “Rehab.” Why is that going out on a limb, you ask? Well, with an artist so supremely gifted like Winehouse, it’s possible and even likely she could … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s