No. 1 Song on My Birthday

No. 1 Song on My Birthday

Updated Jul 03, 2012 at 06:44PM EDT by Brad.  

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What Song Was #1 On Your Birth Date? is a Facebook status game in which users post YouTube video links to the songs that were placed at number one on music charts such as Billboard on the date they were born.

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One of the most comprehensive catalogs of number one songs, #1 Song on This Day in History[1] was created by Josh Hosler on December 5th, 2004. Currently, it has lists dating back to the 1890s and provides YouTube, Rhapsody and iTunes links to the songs when possible. EveryHit[5] hosts a catalog that includes celebrity birthdays in addition to the song. This Day in Music also hosts a widget[2] where users can put in their birthday and pick from US, UK, or Australian music charts.

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On July 7th, 2006, a link to EveryHit was posted to Digg[7], where it received 1760 diggs and 118 comments. Two years later, in September 2008, the TV network Current[6] also shared a link to EveryHit and readers posted YouTube videos of their songs in the comments. In March 2010, NPR Music[3] published an article with the writers’ birth date #1s, encouraging readers to share theirs. The same month, a Facebook app[4] launched but has since been removed.

In January 2012, pop culture blogs The FW[8] and PopCrush[9] observed that the trend was appearing on Facebook statuses with instructions entitled “Facebook Challenge”

Facebook Challenge
1) Find out the song that was #1 the week you were born.
2) Find that song on YouTube.
3) Post that video on your wall without shame.



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I feel so sorry for people that were born recently. They’ll be putting up The Black Eyed Peas and Kesha…

I REFUSE TO PUT THE DOLLAR SIGN IN YOUR MONKIER, KESHA, BECAUSE THE DOLLAR SIGN IS NOT A LETTER.

IT IS A SYMBOL.

REPRESENTING CASH.

FUCK.

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