Thursday Trivia: Billboard Hits

Photo credit courtesy of The Internets and Max Bachhuber.

One of the few things I love about changing buses at Jamaica is that, every so often, I go over to the Central Library and borrow as many CD’s as possible, along with the latest issues of Baseball America and Billboard. On that note, here’s five bits of trivia (if you want more trivia, you’re going to have to read later posts) on Billboard #1 Hits:

  1. Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, which was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for four weeks in 1980 and was certified gold by the RIAA, was, according to legend, was written by Freddie Mercury (pictured above, holding a cat – therefore making your argument, whatever it may be, invalid) in a bubble bath in Munich, and was recorded in less than half an hour. 
  2. Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” which hit #1 on the charts in 1978, was originally a B-side for a cover of The Righteous Brothers’ “Substitute,” but went all the way to being the first, last, and only Grammy Award winner for Best Disco Song.
  3. What was the top-selling album for 2007? None other than Josh Groban’s Noël, which was the first Christmas album to spend five consecutive weeks on the Billboard Top 200, and went quintuple-platinum.
  4. Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” was the first #1 single in the UK based on digital download sales alone in 2006, but never hit #1 in the US – spending 7 consecutive weeks at #2 behind Nelly Furtado’s “Promiscuous”.
  5. In 1987, Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” was certified gold and hit #1 on the Billboard charts, and (as part of the “Rickrolling” Internet meme) was the Mets’ eighth-inning sing-along for exactly 2 games in 2008.

Join me next week for the next installment of Thursday Trivia, where we discuss five bits of trivia regarding something to be determined.

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