Monday, August 3, 2009

The list you DIDN'T want to see

People love lists, and here at Six String Sanctuary we feel a responsibility to provide them whenever possible to support our noble mission, which is: Monetize the blog!!!!

No, no, no. Just kidding. Lewie filled the tip jar over the weekend; we're flush for another week.

We're actually here today to squash forever a rumor that circulated for some time following the Green Bay Packers' march to the Super Bowl XXXI championship in New Orleans. (This was probably hatched by Chicago Bears fans hoping to derail the Pack during their exciting 1996 season.)

The rumor: Linemen for the Packers girded for games by dancing the Macarena. After much diligent research, our unbiased conclusion is this: False!!! It's true the team and dance are inexorably linked in history. On this date in 1996 "Macarena'' hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart just as Coach Mike Holmgren was writing his script for the championship run. The song's wild popularity -- 14 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart -- roughly paralleled the Pack's 13-3 regular season. But Reggie White dancing the Macarena? Perish the thought.

I'm just glad we had football back in 1996, because the music and videos they were playing back then, well, look for yourself. Two songs from '96 made Billboard's all-time Top 10. (Don't ask us for the formula; it supposedly is a blend of sales and airplay. We call it a lab experiment gone bad.)

Billboard's All-Time Top 10 Songs
1. The Twist, Chubby Checker, 1960 and 1962
2. Smooth, Santana Featuring Rob Thomas, 1999
3. Mack the Knife, Bobby Darin, 1959
4. How Do I Live, LeAnn Rimes, 1997
5. Macarena, Bayside Boys Mix, 1996
6. Physical, Olivia Newton-John, 1981
7. You Light up My Life, Debby Boone, 1977
8. Hey Jude, Beatles, 1968
9. We Belong Together, Mariah Carey, 2005
10. Un-Break My Heart, Toni Braxton, 1996


  1. Ok, this proves the point about lists. Case closed.

  2. What kind of team would do some goofy dance on their way to a Super Bowl?

  3. These songs wouldn't even make the Top 10 in Abu Dhabi!