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Fan Mail: The number ones

Now that I’ve started the site up again, I have a couple of series I’m going to try to keep running. The first one is “Fan Mail.” In an ongoing effort to make the web less of a cesspool, I’ll occasionally put some fan mail out into the world.

Today: The Number Ones series on Stereogum, written by Tom Breihan.

Breihan has been writing up every song that has hit number one on the Billboard charts, starting back in the fifties. I look forward to reading the new entries in this list every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Now, we’re up to the early 80s, back when Casey Kasem reigned and I have first-hand memories of listening to these songs on the radio.

I Love Rock and Roll ruled the airwaves in fourth grade.

Eye of the Tiger was the first 45s I ever bought.

Today’s entry: Jack and Diane was off one of the first records I ever owned. The first track off American Fool was Hurts So Good, immediately followed by Jack and Diane. That’s a pretty impressive one-two punch.

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