After reading a recent column on the top songs of 50 and 100 years ago, a friend who’s now 50 years old told me he could identify just two of the early 1963 top 10 songs I mentioned. Those songs were popular before he was born, so he suggested that it might be a good idea to look at the songs of the ’80s – music he was more familiar with. That sounded like a good idea to me.
But I’ve always been surprised how many of the old rock and roll hits from the ’50s and ’60s young folks know. Back in the ’90s, when we owned radio station WIZD, our music format was Oldies – hits of the late ’50s, as well as the ’60s and early ’70s. I was amazed when young people told me they listened to the station, and recognized so many of the songs.
We guessed that when their families were traveling, the kids wanted to hear music of their age while the parents preferred songs from a bit earlier. So, as a compromise, the person with control of the buttons on the car radio picked Oldies music! Today, every traveler seems to have an electronic gadget and listens only to “their music” through ear buds.
In any event, I’ve consulted Joel Whitburn’s Top 10 Charts from late March of 1988 – 25 years ago. I was sad to say I could actually recall just a few. That reinforced what I already know – I’m old.