SNGF: Number One Songs

SNGF: Number One Songs

Randy’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge over at Genea Musings is to look up the #1 songs for the important days in our lives.

Here are some of mine:

Day I was born:

I Want To Hold Your Hand by the Beatles

Day I went to Kindergarten:

Honky Tonk Woman by the Rolling Stones

Day I entered Junior High:

Best of My Love by the Emotions

Day I entered High School:

Grease by Frankie Valli

Day I graduated High School:

Ebony and Ivory by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder

Day I turned 21:

I Want to Know What Love Is by Foreinger

Day I became an Aunt for the first time:

Nothins Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship

Day I turned 30:

All For Love by Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart

Day I started my website,

Fallin’ by Alicia Keys

Day I turned 40:

Hey Yeah by Outkast

I can’t say that many of those are my favorite songs.  I did find it interesting that I still like  every song that was #1 on my first 9 birthdays:

1973     Crocodile Rock     Elton John
1972     American Pie     Don McLean
1971     Knock Three Times     Dawn
1970     I Want You Back     The Jackson 5
1969     Crimson & Clover     Tommy James & the Shondells
1968     Green Tambourine     The Lemon Pipers
1967     I’m a Believer     The Monkees
1966     We Can Work It Out
1965     Downtown     Petula Clark

Now to have some more fun…

The number one song the day my Grandma Shellabarger was born (24 Sep 1912): “I Love You Truly” by Elsie Baker

The number one song the day my Grandpa Pacheco Smith was born (28 Mar 1907): “My Gal Sal” by Byron G. Harlan

The number one song the day my Grandma Lassalle was born (17 Oct 1897): “There’s A Little Shining Star For You” by Dan Quinn

The list doesn’t go back to 1888, so I can’t get my Grandpa Lassalle.

…My Mom: “The Way You Look Tonight?” by Fred Astaire

…My Dad: “Some of These Days” by Sophie Tucker

I tried to find the recordings of my Grandparents.  The only one I could find was “I Love You Truly” by Elsie Baker.  It seems very familiar.  It must have been used in the movies of the 1930s.  If you’d like to hear the song, you can listen to it by clicking on “stream” from this link at

That was a fun trip down memory lane!


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