Thursday, March 10, 2011

Find your Magical Musical Connection

Hello 1964, our MMC.
Tired of year-end best song lists that don't come close to matching your musical sensibilities? Take a simple test to determine your Magical Musical Connection (MMC). It's easy and fun -- and we have nothing else for you today!

We should mention that the MMC is a very unscientific exercise.  How unscientific?  We just came up with it after polishing off a bottle of Broke Ass wine, and now we need to tell you how it works before we forget. Here goes:

We'll provide a link to the Top 5 songs from 1946-2010.  Now start with 2010 and go backward until you find a year when you can comfortably say you liked all 5 songs on that year's list.  That's the year you made your magical musical connection.  We're assuming the older you are the farther back you'll have to go to find your MMC, but who knows?  We're the only ones who've tried it, and and it went like this:

We knew we could skip the ranked music of the 21st century, which has not been good to us. But we didn't realize we'd have to go back, back, back to find a Top 5 that appealed to us from 1 through 5 without a hiccup. We whizzed through the Nineties and the Eighties and nearly got through the Seventies before things started to get interesting. In 1971 we were waylayed by the Osmonds (who says one bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch?)  We liked 1970 except for the Carpenters.

Surely the Sixties would hold a winner, but not 1969, not with the Archies' "Sugar, Sugar" in the No. 1 slot.  And not 1968, which included Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey" (a song that admittedly grows worse with each listen). We gave serious consideration to 1967 and 1966 but were unable to reach a concensus.  We nearly succumbed to 1965 but could not pull the trigger with Sam the Sham in the No. 1 spot with "Wooly Bully."  (Again, it might be the ceaseless play of a song. Some tunes just wear you out over time.)

Where is a British Invasion when you need one?  That was it!  We finally settled on 1964, which looked like this:

1. I Want To Hold Your Hand, Beatles
2. She Loves You, Beatles
3. Hello, Dolly!, Louis Armstrong
4. Pretty Woman, Roy Orbison
5. I Get Around, Beach Boys

Here's a Top 5 link (with thanks to Bob Borst, who happened to have the list).  Now go find your MMC.


  1. 1965! Stones in high gear and Sam the Sham kicking it out of the barn!

  2. Yeah I have to agree I'm not hatin' on Sam the Sham ... '67 also was pretty good except for the Association.

    One thing is pretty clear though - as far as hits go, things took a turn for the worse after the 70s.

  3. 1963 for me. Skeeter with one of may all time favorites along with Rhythm of the Rain strong enough to hold my nose on Sugar Shack as a gimme.

  4. Had to dig back to 1965. Ouch! Some good 4/5 in the 60's, but things started slipping and have been going in the wrong direction for a looooong time. Remarkable how much great music was created and recorded with all that ancient gear.Please pass the Broke Ass!

  5. What a bunch of geezers! '83 ruled --for those of us who aren't getting fitted for walkers. lol.

    1.Police - Every Breath You Take
    2.Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
    3.Irene Cara - Flashdance... What A Feeling
    4.Men At Work - Down Under
    5.Michael Jackson - Beat It

  6. DG, advances in recording gear have not made records better, any more than Microsoft Word has spawned more great novels than ever before.

    In fact, leaving aside the quality of songs, records today don't even sound as good as they used to.

    Gizmos like Autotune and ProTools have made it possible to 'correct' imperfections in pitch and time, so people who can't sing in key or play in time can make records. Most people listen to compressed digital files on iPods or computers. In other words, hardly anybody even seems to care music sounds like these days.

  7. i just read through the list for 2000-2010 ... that's a joke, right?

  8. I think I tuned in with Doggie in the Window in 1953 and tuned out with When Doves Cry in 1984. Interesting that Nirvana didn't make any of the lists. 1964 was indeed a landmark year.

  9. 1967, but I'm cheating: Look at some of the songs that didn't make the Top 5 that year but blister just about anything that has charted in the last 30 years:

    10. Incense And Peppermints Strawberry Alarm Clock
    11. Groovin' The Young Rascals
    13. Little Bit O'soul The Music Explosion
    14. Respect Aretha Franklin
    23. I Think We're Alone Now Tommy James &The Shondells
    29. Soul Man Sam And Dave
    31. A Whiter Shade Of Pale Procol Harum
    32. Ruby Tuesday The Rolling Stones
    37. Come On Down To My Boat Every Mother's Son
    38. For What It's Worth (Stop, Hey What's That Sound) Buffalo Springfield
    42. San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) Scott Mckenzie
    44. I Got Rhythm The Happenings
    54. Gimme Little Sign Brenton Wood
    56. Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
    59. Baby I Need Your Lovin' Johnny Rivers
    61. (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet Blues Magoos
    68. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy The Buckinghams
    77. Silence Is Golden The Tremeloes
    78. Carrie-Anne The Hollies
    83. Somebody To Love Jefferson Airplane
    84. Gimme Some Lovin' Spencer Davis Group
    86. Let's Live For Today The Grass Roots
    87. White Rabbit Jefferson Airplane
    92. Strawberry Fields Forever The Beatles
    96. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) The Electric Prunes