Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 15+ years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, and B-movies. Part time ninja. Kicked cancer’s ass. Book coming soon! See my complete profile
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, with Valentine’s Day being this Friday I’ve created a special edition of Pop Shots in honor of the holiday … well, sort of.
Everyone knows Valentine’s Day is all about love, and sometimes that love includes chocolates, flowers, and Hallmark cards, but I wanted to go in a slightly different direction. I combed the Billboard Hot 100 archives looking for songs that were #1 on Valentine’s Day that Involved loves of a different kind. How different, you ask? You know me, so you know this is going to get ridiculous.
Of course, since this is Pop Shots you also know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
1983: Men at Work – Down Under
If you have a love of travel, and exploring foreign cultures, Men at Work are here for you with their classic mega-hit “Down Under.” On this song we not only get valuable info on Australia – where women glow and men plunder – we also get some insight on Brussels, and Bombay!
1987: Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer
Yes, this song has the love of Tommy and Gina, but I have it on this list for the love of drunkenly shouting the lyrics at the top of our lungs alongside dozens of strangers at a bar, because we all know that’s the optimal way to sing “Livin’ on a Prayer.”
1991: C+C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
If you’re anything like me, you have a love of working out, and no one wants to work you out harder than C+C Music Factory. Freedom Williams says he’s gonna make you sweat ’til you bleed. I mean, that sounds to me like a callus ripped, but hey, we’ve all been there.
1992: Right Said Fred – I’m Too Sexy
Self-love is an incredibly important form of love, and the ultimate form of self-love is knowing exactly what you’re too sexy for. Right Said Fred has a list of what they’re too sexy for, and it includes their shirt, Milan, New York, Japan, your party, their car, their hat, their cat, and their love. Heck, they’re even too sexy for this song.
1995: TLC – Creep
In 1995 TLC showed us a love of having multiple loves with their infidelity anthem, “Creep.” The man in the song is cheating, and the woman is cheating back. Basically, there’s a whole lotta cheatin’ goin’ on. Maybe someone should open up the lines of communication here. Just a thought.
2001: Shaggy – It Wasn’t Me
Going one step further than TLC, Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me” exemplifies a love of making excuses for infidelity … well, one excuse, and a pretty weak one at that, but it made for a heck of a song! Also, judging by the video, he apparently had one of those Ring doorbells way before anyone else.
2010: Ke$ha – TiK ToK
This one’s for all the single people out there, because while the couples of the world are celebrating their love for each other, you can brush your teeth with a bottle of Jack, and celebrate your love of partying! Who knows, maybe you’ll find another love while doing so!
2013: Macklemore w/ Wanz – Thrift Shop
This one’s close to my heart, because much like Macklemore and Wanz, I have a love of discovering great finds on clearance racks, at second hand stores, and at flea markets. Seriously, don’t leave me unsupervised at a Goodwill.
That’s all for this edition of Pop Shots, but come back next Monday for more shots on all things pop.