A Birthday Playlist

On the day I turned two years old, the Democratic National Convention nominated John F. Kennedy as its presidential candidate (he went on to win that November). The #1 song in the country was “Alley Oop,” by The Hollywood Argyles. Yeah, I don’t remember any of this. But here’s the song:

On the day I turned 12, construction started on the underground metro in Amsterdam. Apparently planning had been in the works for 50 years. I’ve been to Amsterdam, but I walked everywhere. More familiar to me was the #1 song, “Mama Told Me (Not to Come) by Three Dog Night. Here it is:

On the day I turned 22, I was a recent college graduate in search of a job. It was a slow news day. The temperature in Memphis reached 108 degrees. And the #1 song on the Billboard R&B chart was “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” by The S.O.S. Band. I loved this song! Here it is:

On the day I turned 32, Pima County in Arizona considered banning foam products like Styrofoam containers and coffee cups. “Dick Tracy” and “Die Harder” were in the movie theaters. And the #1 song in the country was “Step by Step” by New Kids on the Block. Travel back to 1990 here:

On the day I turned 42, HarperCollins and Warner Books had both bid $7 million for publishing rights to Jack Welch‘s biography. And the #1 song on the country charts was “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack. Here it is:

On the day I turned 52, George Steinbrenner died at the age of 80. I remember standing at the entrance to a restaurant on that day, and the news was on a TV screen above us. I said to my husband, “Oh, Steinbrenner died. Well, he was 80.” Two old guys were in line behind us. One of them said to the other, “Hey, Steinbrenner died. And he was only 80.” The #1 song on the adult contemporary charts was “Need You Now” by Lady A. Have a listen here:

And so here we are. I’m 62 today. Yikes. The #1 song as of today (July 9) has been at #1 for the past 17 weeks. It’s “Memories” by Maroon 5 (appropriate!), and here it is:

Now you make a playlist!

15 thoughts on “A Birthday Playlist

  1. Martha,

    I like you play list. I am tempted to write one of my own, maybe for next year’s birthday.
    I remember when my daughter said the New Kids on the Block would be bigger than the Beatles.🀣

    Terry

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  2. Good morning Martha Reynolds, well my friend we share the same Birthday day, I’m just a little older than you. How awesome is that! “Happy Birthday!” May your day be filled with Beautiful things and May God Shower you with Blessings all day long and there after. Enjoy your Very Special Day! That is a really nice playlist. God Bless you. Have a Great week and stay safe.

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  3. Happy Birthday a Martha thanks for the music playlist ! Remember all except the first one also ! Enjoy your day .
    Love you 😍
    Karen

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  4. That is some impressive Googling. The only song I know is Alley-oop. Shades of American Bandstand are filling my head.
    I’ve been to Amsterdam twice and did not even know they had an underground. I walked or rode the bus, plus taxis.

    Happy Birthday.

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