CHART TOPPERS: Week of Oct. 5by krista kurisaki on Oct, 05 2012
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I loooooove music. You just can’t beat tackling that midterm essay whilst humming Queen’s (totally fitting) “Under Pressure” or pretending you can moonwalk to Michael Jackson. Heck, The Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me” is still my go-to karaoke song (no shame). But that’s not to say I don’t appreciate today’s hits too. I’ve even got my KPop-obsessed roommates belting out Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” with me on a weekly basis. Chalk that up on my list of life accomplishments.
So, as an individual of eclectic musical tastes, one who embraces both “Rhiannon” and Rihanna, I’ve decided to attempt the impossible and bring it all together — “We Are the World” style. Every so often (or whenever my blog posts lose inspiration), I’ll post the current number one song from Billboard’s Hot 100 along with a few classics that were also number ones in the same week. Call it what you will: a blast from the past or one crazy DeLorean ride back to the future. Either way, it’s interesting to see just how much music has changed. We didn’t always have auto-tune, you know?
TODAY: ONE MORE NIGHT – MAROON 5
Writers: Adam Levine, Shellback, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha
Weeks at Number One (So Far): 3
Genre: Reggae pop
A catchy “OOH-OOOOOH-OOH-OOH” (another addition to today’s trend of wordless hooks, including, but not limited to: whistling, humming, and even grunting – yes, I’m talking about you, Cher Lloyd) laid over a slick beat, signature of producers Shellback and Max Martin. This is the second single off Maroon 5′s Overexposed, following “Payphone,” which peaked at number 2. Clearly, the band’s self-proclaimed “poppiest album yet” has paid off well in mainstream success.
- The Archies were fictional characters from the cartoon Archie; the actual performers of the song were session musicians.
- The song is rumored to have been previously offered to The Monkees.
- This is the first song from a Welsh artist to top the US charts.
- It was written by Jim Steinman, who wrote all of Meat Loaf’s hits, including “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.”
- The song got its name from La Macarena, a district of Seville, Spain.
- It sparked a huge US dance craze (the “Gangnam Style” of the 90s) because the steps were so easy to learn and done in a group setting.
- This was Alicia Keys’ first number one single in the US. It would later win her three Grammy awards in 2002.
- Keys used her mother as inspiration for writing this song.
- Mick Jagger has said that he enjoys the song but that it “puts a bit of pressure on [him] when [he] goes out dancing!”
- Each verse and chorus are 30 seconds long and the intro and bridge are each 15 seconds.