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Theme from Mission: Impossible – Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen

Theme from Mission: Impossible – Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen

U2 is the biggest band in the world. Their 360-degree tour of 2010-2011 is the most expensive tour ever staged. It’s also the highest grossing. When most people think about U2, it’s Bono and The Edge. They’re the face and in many ways the spirit of the band. But Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen have served as the backbone and rhythm section of the band since the lads formed back in the late 1970s. And although Bono … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s

I’m Easy – Keith Carradine

I’m Easy – Keith Carradine

Academy Award-winning one-hit wonders are fairly rare. A look of Oscar-winning songs reveals the Academy clearly favors proven, conservative choices. But a few one-hit wonder pop songs have been either nominated or awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song, including: “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone (a winner) “Gonna Fly Now” (Theme from Rocky) by Bill Contil (a loser) “Jai Ho” by I’m Easy by A.R. Rahman (a winner) Add today’s entry by … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Jai Ho – A.R. Rahman

Jai Ho – A.R. Rahman

There aren’t many one-hit wonders that have won both a Grammy Award and an Oscar. In fact, “Jai Ho” is pretty much it. In 2008, Slumdog Millionaire was packing movie theaters with its crazy compelling story of a poor, illiterate kid who wins the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire . As the movie ends in an exciting rush of requited love and joy, you see the cast in a train station … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s

Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) – Bill Conti

Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) – Bill Conti

I still remember the first time I heard the theme from Rocky. I was riding in my parent’s Ford Country Squire station wagon when the song came on the AM radio. I suddenly wanted to leap from my seat and bash through the window so I could run alongside the station wagon. With “Gonna Fly Now” playing in my head, I was going to conquer my fear of snakes. I was going to eat four … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

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

(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

If you’re a child of the 1980s, you know Jennifer Grey as Ferris Bueller’s obnoxious big sister in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Or even more likely, you know her as Baby from Dirty Dancing. Then she pretty much disappeared from public consciousness. Until 2010 when her terrific dancing skills transformed Baby into the deserving winner of Dancing With the Stars. The first time people noticed that Jennifer could dance was during the dramatic finale … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop