The lyrics from the Number One song, halfway though each decade

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“My Humps” – Black Eyed Peas, 2005
What you gon’ do with all that junk?
All that junk inside your trunk?
I’ma get, get, get, get, you drunk,
Get you love drunk off my hump.
My hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump,
My hump, my hump, my hump, my lovely little lumps (Check it out)

“Gangstars Paradise” – Coolio, 1995
As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.
I take a look of my life, and realise there’s nothing left.
‘Cuz I’ve been brassin’ and laughing so long that.
Even my mama thinks that my mind is gone.
But I ain’t never crossed a man that didn’t deserve it.
Me be treated like a punk, you now that’s unheard of.
You’d better watch how you’re talking and were you walking .
Or you and your homie mith be lined in chalk.
I really hate to trip but I gotta lope.
As they croak I see myself in the pistol smoke, FOOL.
I’m the kind of g that little homies wanna be.
Like on my knees in the night sayin prayers in the street light.

“Money for Nothing” – Dire Straits, 1985
Now look at them yo-yo’s that’s the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Money for nothin’ and chicks for free
Now that ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Lemme tell ya them guys ain’t dumb

Maybe get a blister on your little finger
Maybe get a blister on your thumb

“Born to Run” – Bruce Springsteen, 1975
In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines
Sprung from cages out on highway 9,
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin out over the line
Baby this town rips the bones from your back
It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
We gotta get out while were young
`cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run

“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” – The Rolling Stones, 1965
‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try.
I can’t get no, I can’t get no.

When I’m drivin’ in my car
and a man comes on the radio
he’s tellin’ me more and more
about some useless information
supposed to fire my imagination.
I can’t get no, oh no no no.
Hey hey hey, that’s what I say.

“Tutti Frutti” – Little Richard, 1955
A Wop-bop-a-loo-mop alop-bam-boom
Tutti Frutti, all over rootie 
Tutti Frutti, all over rootie
Tutti Frutti, all over rootie 
Tutti Frutti, all over rootie 
Tutti Frutti, all over rootie
Awop-bop-a-loo-mop alop bam boom

1 My Humps – Black Eyed Peas
2 Photograph – Nickelback
3 Gold Diggerv – Kanye West Featuring Jamie Foxx
4 Dance, Dance – Fall Out Boy
5 Don’t Forget About Us – Mariah Carey
6 Hung Up – Madonna
7 Stickwitu – Pussycat Dolls
8 Grillz Nelly – Featuring Paul Wall & Ali & Gipp
9 Because Of You – Kelly Clarkson
10 All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

1. Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio
2. You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette
3. Wonderwall – Oasis
4. 1979 – Smashing Pumpkins
5. Bullet With Butterfly Wings – Smashing Pumpkins
6. The Crossroads – Bone Thugs ‘n’ Harmony
7. Ironic – Alanis Morissette
8. Dear Mama – 2Pac
9. Santa Monica – Everclear
10. Champagne Supernova – Oasis

1. Money For Nothing – Dire Straits
2. Addicted To Love – Robert Palmer
3. We Are the World – U.S.A. for Africa
4. Into the Groove – Madonna
5. Word Up! – Cameo
6. West End Girls ’85 – Pet Shop Boys
7. Walk Like An Egyptian – Bangles
8. How Will I Know? – Whitney Houston
9. The Power of Love – Huey Lewis & The News
10. Saving All My Love For You – Whitney Houston

1. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
2. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
3. Walk This Way – Aerosmith
4. Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
5. Tangled Up in Blue – Bob Dylan
6. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
7. Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
8. One of These Nights – Eagles
9. Low Rider – War
10. I’m Not in Love – 10cc

1. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
2. Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
3. In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
4. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – James Brown
5. My Generation – The Who
6. Mr. Tambourine Man – Byrds / Bob Dylan
7. Yesterday – Beatles
8. The Sounds Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
9. Ticket To Ride – Beatles
10. The Tracks Of My Tears – Miracles

1. Tutti-Frutti – Little Richard
2. Maybellene – Chuck Berry
3. Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley
4. Why Do Fools Fall In Love – Teenagers
5. The Great Pretender – Platters
6. Ain’t It A Shame – Fats Domino
7. Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two
8. Speedoo – Cadillacs
9. Story Untold – Nutmegs
10. My Babe – Little Walter

2 Responses to The lyrics from the Number One song, halfway though each decade

  1. Everett True September 23, 2010 at 5:55 am

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    Matthew Douglas Redlich
    are these the number one song(s) for that whole year?
    15 hours ago · Like

    Edward Guglielmino
    sure are
    14 hours ago · Like

    Matthew Douglas Redlich
    hmm i see yr point, and i agree. you get the same impression from the ‘top 10 albums of each decade’ book i have. it makes me sad.
    14 hours ago · Like

    Matthew Douglas Redlich
    interestingly the number 1 singles from the 90s are quite a bit better than the number 1 albums (from what i remember)…mostly dominated by backstreet boys and shania twain.
    14 hours ago · Like

    Brady Clarke
    Looks like it peaked in 1975.
    I’m surprised how many of those songs I don’t know.
    Frank Zappa was a smart man, but we all knew that.
    5 hours ago · Like

  2. Darragh September 23, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Ok, perhaps I’m just stupid, but I think I need more of an explanation for this one. Zappa is talking about the more experimental artisans involved in music and how they were supported by the corporate faceless men who didn’t seem to have an idea about the music they were selling.

    _I’m_ assuming that you’re trying to relate this point to the change in music over the past 40 years, arguing that it has declined in quality? If I’m right then riddle me this, how do we know that music ‘critics’ or fans at the time Little Richard or Johnny Cash were putting out records felt differently to how we might think of Black Eyed Peas?

    If I’m wrong in my original assumption, well then my question is fairly redundant.

    Clever post though.

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