In case you were wondering, GrrlScientist has a link to Billboard’s list of number one songs, so you can find out what people were listening to on important dates in recent history.

For instance, in the month when I was conceived, the number one song in the US was “Teddy Bear” by Elvis Presley, and on the day I was born it was “Young Love” by Tab Hunter. Mom does like Elvis, and those songs are so appropriate that this might beat astrology as a signifier of prospective character.

Unfortunately, the number one song on the day I was married was “Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd. Never mind.


  1. Jeremy says

    Wait, what’s wrong with “Another Brick in the Wall?” You don’t like Pink Floyd? Say it ain’t so, PZ!

  2. Jeremy says

    Oh crud. The #1 song when I was born was “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” by Cutting Crew.

  3. says

    A song called “Witch Doctor”, by some one-hit wonder no one’s ever heard of.

    Well, that’s just beautiful, PZ. I think I’ll knock off work early on the dissertation today.

  4. says

    I love Pink Floyd, one of the best bands ever. It’s just that particular song isn’t exactly the kind of optimistic, hope-filled thing you think of on your wedding day.

  5. says

    RavenT wrote:

    “A song called “Witch Doctor”, by some one-hit wonder no one’s ever heard of.”

    Everyone’s heard of Ross Bagdasarian aka David Seville. He had one of the best selling and most popular records of all time, “The Chipmunk Song”

    Ooo eee, ooo ah ah ting tang
    Walla walla, bing bang
    Ooo eee, ooo ah ah ting tang
    Walla walla, bing bang…
    Ooo eee, ooo ah ah ting tang
    Walla walla, bing bang
    Ooo eee, ooo ah ah ting tang
    Walla walla, bing bang

    Great song!

    Hear it here:

  6. Cyde Weys says

    Don’t badmouth the Floyd! That’s a great song. You should be honored that could’ve been your wedding music.

  7. Dawn says

    Hmmmmm…Runaway by Del Shannon around my approximate conception date and Duke of Earl by Gene Chandler when I was born. Then…Like a Virgin by Madonna for my wedding day…..I don’t know….maybe this isn’t as accurate as I had hoped.

  8. snakelass says

    “The Chipmunk Song”? I guess it could be worse, my wife got “Rhinestone Cowboy”. At least the day we met was “Independent Women Part 1” and our wedding was “Family Affair.”

  9. Bachalon says

    Actually, there’s already a field of study for this. It’s called “popstrology.”

    And no, I’m not making this up.

    There’s even a book available on amazon on the subject.

  10. dbpitt says

    If you are disappointed about Another Brick in the Wall because it’s a retaliation against school or a government-mandated education system, an expression of the beliefs of kids who refuse to do their homework and people who believe government should stay out of education, you have misinterpreted Rodger Water’s objectives. The song was intended to be a retaliation against a specific type of education, which Waters himself went through as a child, which involved “thought control” and “dark sarcasm” used by the teachers to mold children the way they wanted, to produce socially acceptable clones.

    An educational system involving intelligent design would fit under this category of education in many respects, since it aims to replace the scientific knowledge of children with people’s personal fundamentalist theistic views.

  11. says

    For my birthdate: “Goodnight Irene,” by Gordon Jenkins and the Weavers.

    I always did like that HUAC-despising Pete Seeger; now I know why.

  12. says

    I don’t normally pay attention to popular music, so I am not shocked that I haven’t heard of this ” “Rock’n Me” by Steve Miller Band ” result …

  13. Sean Foley says

    “Southern Nights” by Glen Campbell. I guess this means I’ve spent my whole life running from my birthright.

  14. says

    1969 … “Everyday People” by Sly & the Family Stone (Birthday)

    1982 … “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John (Husband’s birthday)

    1999 … “If You Had My Love” by Jennifer Lopez (Met and fell in love with my husband)

    We had two weddings, an elopement with two strangers as our witnesses in SF in January(home at the time) and one for the family that same year, just on 4th of July at my father’s house in NY. So I’m not even going there with that.

  15. says

    Birth — 1965 … “Yesterday” by The Beatles
    Marriage 1 1994 … “I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men (liar! lol!)
    Marriage 2 2004 … “Burn” by Usher (Yikes! Strike two on the same pitch. {shakin’head})

    Damn man, I’m trying to ignore “signs” like this. They never work in forsight, just with hindsight, and these are spot on. Unfortunately, even the first one.

    Life sure was easier for me the day before I was born.


  16. Jeff Chamberlain says

    “Manana,” by Peggy Lee. Fusilier — Leave the youngsters be. The children are our future.