Paper No.1: The Number One Songs in America on your date of birth and subsequent birthdays….
My Birthday is May 28th, 1978
- Research and create a list of the Number One songs in America on each of these dates:
The Day you were born, your first birthday, your second birthday, your third birthday, and so on up until your present age OR to age 21 if you are beyond age 18. Your list should have approximately 18 to 21 songs.
- Provide the name of the song and the recording artist.
- Research the artists and the songs so that you can answer these questions:
- How are these songs similar to each other?
- How are these songs different from each other?
- Provide your list of songs and then write your original essay that answers questions 3a and 3b.
The project, then, is to compare and contrast the songs in your list.
Your list should look like this:
BIRTHDAY NUMBER ONES for DOB: 9-21-1956
1956 – Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley
1957 – That’ll Be the Day – The Crickets (Buddy Holly &)
1958 – Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)- Domenico Modugno
1959 – Sleep Walk – Santo and Johnny
1960 – My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own- Connie Francis
1961 – Take Good Care of My Baby – Bobby Vee
1962 – Sherry – The Four Seasons
1963 – Blue Velvet – Bobby Vinton
1964 – Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
1965 – Eve of Destruction – Barry McGuire
1966 – Cherish – The Association
1967 – The Letter – The Boxtops
1968 – Harper Valley PTA – Jeannie C. Riley
1969 – Sugar, Sugar – The Archies
1970 – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough- Diana Ross
1971 – Go Away Little Girl – Donnie Osmond
1972 – Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me- Mac Davis
1973 – Let’s Get it On – Marvin Gaye
1974 – Can’t Get Enough of Your Love- Barry White
1975 – I’m Sorry/Calypso – John Denver
1976 – Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
I like to use the lists found at this page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Billboard_number-one_singles
At that page you’ll see a list of years. Click on the year of your date of birth (DOB). Scroll down the list and find THE WEEK that includes your birthdate. The dates in the list are the end-of-the-week (Saturdays). So if your birthdate is September 21, find the Week that includes that date. If you ‘miss’ by a week either previous or after that date that is immaterial to the creating of your list……Collect the data and put it in the form you see above: year, song title and artist. Repeat this process for the other songs so that you create a list like you see above.
You may use whatever sources you like to find the data to create your list of songs.
Once you have your list, examine it, LISTEN TO THE SONGS, research the songs (since you don’t really know much about each song except for the year, title and artist) and answer those two questions at 3a and 3b in essay form. What to include? Focus on musical style. Song #1 above is Rock and Roll. So is Song #2. Song 3 is what style? Song 4 is an instrumental number one. And so on. From that information you’ll be able to better determine how the songs are similar and dissimilar. Write your original essay about what you find.
Your essay must be at least 1000 words not including your list of songs.
Please DO Not compare Song #1 to Song #2, then Song #2 to Song #3. That’s not the task. The task is to examine your list and find similarities between the songs and dissimilarities.