Blurred Lines (Official Video) by T.I. & Robin Thicke & Pharrell on VEVO.
Billboard.com has put together a list of ‘The 100 Biggest Summer Songs of All Time.’ To do it, they looked at the most popular songs from Memorial Day up through Labor Day, for every year from 1959 to 2016.
Then, they ranked them based on each song’s chart performance on the Hot 100. So, there was a bunch of calculation involved, and no personal preferences. This list is 100% MATHEMATICALLY SOUND! (???)
Here’s the Top 20:
- “I’ll Be Missing You”, Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112, 1997
- “The Boy Is Mine”, Brandy and Monica, 1998
- “Tossin’ and Turnin'”, Bobby Lewis, 1961
- “Blurred Lines”, Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, 2013
- “Every Breath You Take”, The Police, 1983
- “We Belong Together”, Mariah Carey, 2005
- “I Just Want to Be Your Everything”, Andy Gibb, 1977
- “When Doves Cry”, Prince & the Revolution, 1984
- “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”, Bryan Adams, 1991
- “Alone Again (Naturally)”, Gilbert O’Sullivan, 1972
- “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, The Rolling Stones, 1965
- “Hot in Herre”, Nelly, 2002
- “Bad Girls”, Donna Summer, 1979
- “Roses Are Red (My Love)”, Bobby Vinton, 1962
- “I’m Sorry”, Brenda Lee, 1960
- “In the Year 2525”, Zager & Evans, 1969
- “Eye of the Tiger”, Survivor, 1982
- “Lonely Boy”, Paul Anka, 1959
- “Umbrella”, Rihanna featuring Jay Z, 2007
- “Crazy in Love”, Beyoncé featuring Jay Z, 2003
(Billboard.com has the whole Top 100)
We’re gearing up for a big weekend. Here are seven interesting stats about Memorial Day . . .
1. 25 cities around the country CLAIM to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. But the first state that officially recognized it as a holiday was New York in 1873.
2. 75% of us will go to a barbecue this weekend. It’s the second most-popular holiday for grilling. Fourth of July is first.
3. Between now and Labor Day, Americans will eat about 7 BILLION hot dogs. That’s 818 hot dogs every second.
4. 39.3 million Americans are traveling this weekend, up about 3% from last year. 88% are driving to their destination. Orlando is the most popular place to go.
5. 41% of us expect to buy something this weekend at a Memorial Day sale.
6. Be careful out there: There’s a 25% bump in cooking-related fires on Memorial Day. About 50,000 people will be injured in car accidents this weekend. And 44% of traffic fatalities will involve alcohol.
7. 42 million veterans have served in war time. And a total of 1.3 million Americans have lost their lives defending the United States. That’s an important stat since remembering THEM is what Memorial Day is really about.
If you’re grilling for Memorial Day, here’s a trick to tell whether your steak is rare, medium, or medium-well . . . by comparing it to different parts of your FACE.
1. If you like it rare. Then pushing on it with your finger should feel like pushing on the soft part of your cheek.
2. If you like it medium. It should feel like the top of your chin.
3. If you like it medium-well. It should feel harder, like your forehead.
It doesn’t say what to compare it to if you like your steak REALLY well-done. I’m not sure what part of your face is harder than your forehead . . . maybe your TEETH?