Poptastic linky: What was Number 1 in the Hit Parade when you were born?

I love this very simple idea from Dawn, who blogs as The Moiderer: What was Number 1 when you were born?

Here’s the challenge

1. Find the song that was number one on the day you were born.  (You can do that by entering your date of birth here for the UK.)
2. Find the video on You Tube.
3. Post it onto your blog (or Facebook as some are doing)

I’ve decided to do our whole family – my 42 year-old wife, 10 year-old stepdaughter, and two sons, aged 7 and 4, as well as my soon to be 48 year-old self.

Cue Top of the Pops theme…

Me…Searchers: Needles and Pins
Very happy with this. A cool classic, which clearly matches my own personality

My Successful Other Half..Marvin Gaye: I Heard It Through The Grapevine (which, coincidentally, is the first single I ever bought – it must be fate)
Damn! Trumped by the missus again. Songs just don’t come cooler than this all-time Motown great. The version below is A Capella i.e. no music, and it is stunning. What a voice.

Daisy…Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman: Something Stupid
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Oh. Dear.
Oh dear.


Tom…Brian McFadden: Real To Me

Never heard of it, but not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Sounds like Bryan Adams’s hoarser brother.


Sam…Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson & DOE: The Way I Are
And with grammar like that, they wonder why the country is in the state it’s in. Ninety million people have viewed this YouTube clip. NINETY MILLION. And one.


The final result is unequivocal: Parents = Pop Heroes; Kids = Music Zeroes

Does anyone have anything worse than my kids’ number 1s the day you were born?




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4 Responses to Poptastic linky: What was Number 1 in the Hit Parade when you were born?

  1. What a great idea – my song is “Mary’s Boy Child” by Harry Belafonte

  2. Hit Parade? How old do you sound calling it the hit parade?
    Get with the times Keithy. It’s the charts.
    Great post though. Your wife definitely comes out as the overall winner.
    My hubby’s song is Louis Armstrong’s It’s a Wonderful World – which is also unbeatable.
    Can I just lie and say my song is Adamski’s Killer? (That was number one on my birthday – only 21 years ago)

  3. The Way I Are?! Oh, good grief. Never heard of it, but equally appalled at the grammar! Tsk. Kids nowadays!
    I’m liking your wife’s song by the way – I Heard it Through the Grapevine is a classic song! :-)

  4. Keith, I’m getting a little nervous (or excited, whichever way you look at) because I think we might be twins! When I looked up mine here in Australia it was “I Saw Her Standing There” by The Beatles and in the UK, at the same time, was “Needles and Pins” by The Searchers. Yikes! My birthday is 20th February 1964. When’s yours? We might have to have a virtual birthday drink together.

    I can’t even be bothered looking up my kid’s songs. It’ll be something by Puff or Diddy or Big or something “feat.” someone. LOL

    Anne xx