As I’ve said here many times before, I try to stay far, far away from Facebook memes, mostly because I don’t like encouraging that kind of thing. But, as you probably know, I also have a hard time resisting one that has to do with music.

And this one, my friends, is a doozy.

My friend @TheLegendofJill posted this to Facebook late Wednesday; I saw it this morning and had to take a look. What Jill posted:

1) Find out the song that was No. 1 the week you were born.
2) Find that song on YouTube.
3) Post that video on your wall without shame.

Jill was happy to post a video of Rupert Holmes’ “Escape (The Pina Colada Song),” a delightfully cheesy slice of the late 1970s. In response, I joked that no one was making music videos in 1966.

And oh, how I wish I was correct. Had I been born a couple weeks earlier, it would have been The Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love.” A week later? The Four Tops’ “Reach Out I’ll Be There.” And I would have been perfectly happy with either classic Motown song.

But no.

Ladies and gentlemen, the No. 1 song on Oct. 12, 1966:

Let’s be straightforward here. I know this song. I know it well. And I’ve always hated it. As in, The Association’s “Cherish” Is One Of The Worst Songs In The History Of Music Hatred.

So, Jill. I found the song. I found and posted the video.

But posting it without shame? Sorry. No can do.


  1. That is possibly my #1 most hated song, EVER. Was it redone in the 80’s? Because it was on the radio all the time and I hated it.


  2. I’m horrified what mine would be. Born in the autumn of 1978 — there’s no way I wouldn’t plotz from shame.


  3. fuck, if i would have been born in may i could have had joy to the world! instead i get carole king’s i feel the earth move. i’ve got no shame about it, though. no shame about much, come to think of it…


  4. Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe”

    Relatively respectable. Had I been born two weeks earlier it would have been The Beatles “All You Need is Love”


  5. US charts – Love is here and Now You’re Gone by The Supremes.

    UK charts — Release Me by Englebert Humperdinck

    2 comments – they both deal with failed relationships and I am old enough that singers did not take good stage names – Mr. Humperdinck


  6. I just missed total coolness. My song is “Take Good Care of my Baby” by Bobby Vee. No idea what that is, but it sounds lame.

    However, if mom could have held out a week, it would have been “Hit the Road, Jack” by Ray Charles. No shame there. The weeks following that, the top hit was Runaround Sue, then Big Bad John. I was just a tad early.


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