As I am a total chart geek, I find that whole ‘what the singles chart was like on the day you were born’ thing interesting, as it shows what sort of world you were born into, or at least what pop music was like. There is also that idea that your favourite songs are the soundtrack to your life, if your life was a film which ones would you choose, and which songs remind you of memorable moments.
So I decided to look at the UK singles chart on my birthday, 18th of June 1985, and then look at the singles charts for every 18th of June from 1985-2012, so I could pick a song from each year.
Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
This ’80s classic is from The Breakfast Club, which is the film I always say “that film is the same age as me”.
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
I think this was one of the first pop videos I ever saw, whether that influenced me loving animation I don’t know, but the animation in this video is fantastic.
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
Whitney Houston sadly passed away earlier this year, and for me this pop-dance track is her best song.
Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
This song is a contender for my favourite song of all time. It’s full of hope and sadness, and the story is told extremely well.
Fuzzbox – Pink Sunshine
I just really enjoy this song, the bright colours and the band’s style in the video. It is so much fun.
Adamski featuring Seal – Killer
I very, very vaguely remember this being performed on I think it must have been Top Of The Pops. But the only reason I remember it is because I’m called Adam and it was probably the first time I’d seen someone with a similar name to me on TV. That’s not the reason I’ve included it here, it’s here because it remains one of the strongest dance tracks I’ve ever heard.
Crowded House – Chocolate Cake
Well you’ve got to have chocolate cake on your birthday. Seriously, it’s another video with some good animation.
Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle Empiness
I must have played this song millions of times over the years.
Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams – Ain’t No Love (Ain’t No Use)
I like their later incarnation as Doves too.
Lush – Hypocrite
I’m a sucker for a fairground themed video, and this song is very much ear candy.
Tina Arena – Chains
I like the production on this track, it makes it more interesting than the average mid-90s big ballad.
The Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight Tonight
This song is just lovely. What it is becoming a pattern for this list, the video has some very nice animation.
The Cardigans – Lovefool
This is a lush, summery song.
Catatonia – Road Rage
Catatonia were one of my favourite bands as a teenager.
Hepburn – I Quit
The Buffy The Vampire Slayer soundtrack CD was ace.
Jamelia – Call Me
I always liked Jamelia, and this one is an underrated early gem from her.
S Club 7 – Don’t Stop Movin’
One of those pop songs that crossed boundries, even my parents and people who normally hate pop music liked it.
Shakira – Whenever, Wherever
Like it or not, you could not ignore this track in 2002. A good thing for me as I liked it and still do.
Amy Studt – Misfit
Mean Girls and Heathers plot in song form, this song spoke to all the leftover outcast teen angst in me.
The Corrs – Summer Sunshine
This came out long after the peak of their popularity, but for me this is by far the best Corrs track.
KT Tunstall – Other Side Of The World
My best friend left to live in America temporaily, and this song always made me think of her.
Nerina Pallot – Everybody’s Gone To War
I don’t want to go on too much on this, but I wasn’t a supporter of the Iraq war, which is one reason I liked this song. On a lighter note, the funny supermarket video was great.
Maximo Park – Books From Boxes
I loved this band back then, and this song reminds me of working in a library.
Rihanna – Disturbia
Rihanna has done so many great pop songs, this being one of her best, and I love the horror themed video.
Enter Shikari – Juggernauts
One of my favourite tracks of 2009.
Roll Deep feat. Jodie Connor – Good Times
Sometimes you just want a what-it-says-on-the-tin fun party track, and this delivers.
Lady Gaga – The Edge Of Glory
This song reminds me of so many different moments in 2011,some nice, some sad, and I think one reason I felt a connection to this song is how emotional Lady Gaga sounds when she belts this song out.
Scissor Sisters – Only The Horses
My favourite song in the charts at the moment.