They All Stopped At #3

Last week beat the hell out of all of us and this week isn’t lining up to be much better. Don’t get me started on the political aspect of it all because I could type all day. The less said about Washington, DC and the “leaders” we send there, the better.

Fortunately for me, music is and always has been my salvation so with that in mind, let’s start the week with some happy memories.

Sometimes you hear a song so often you can convince yourself it must be – or must have been – a #1 hit.

That is not always the case. Every single one of today’s songs were certainly monster hits, but none of them reached #1. None of them climbed as high as #2. They all stopped at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100

Memories … That’s What We’re All About

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They Stopped At #3 Medley

Bobby Darin – The Cars – Oliver
Beach Boys – Fats Domino – Jay & The Americans
Dion & The Belmonts – The Rascals

Comments (8)

  1. Don Doyle

    Good morning Ray. Did you take a long weekend or did I sleep through yesterday? I’m confused. This Number 3 thing is crazy. It’s early Monday morning and my head is spinning.
    Bobby Darin sounds like he is channeling Ray Charles on the first number.
    The Cars are a favorite of mine and this song is them at their absolute best. If I was on a desert island and only had one song, it would he this one.
    How did The Beach Boys only reach #3 with Surfing USA? Something is most definitely wrong with the charts for this to happen.
    I can understand Jay having problems with Jose but what did he do to the guys at Billboard?
    I know some surveys were based on airplay but I thought that Billboard based their rankings on sales only. Please Mr DJ explain this to me.
    This was a puzzling but great way to start the week. Thank you Ray, you da man! Rock on.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Don. 🙂
      Yes, I took the weekend off. I couldn’t (thanks to Washington, DC) focus on music. I also thought, perhaps mistakenly, others felt the same way.
      As to your question about the charts, back “in the day,” Billboard ranked the songs based only on record sales and radio performances determined by Billboard’s weekly nationwide survey. Today, Billboard’s methodology includes paid digital downloads and YouTube streams.
      For the record (pun intended), Drive is an absolute gem!

      1. Don Doyle

        Ray you feel free to take off any day you like. I just wanted to let you know you were missed.

        1. Ray (Post author)

          I sincerely appreciate that, Don. Thank you.

  2. Wendyl

    These are all #1 in my book! Thanks for the great listen to sooth my soul as we jump into Monday. I appreciate all you do to try to make the world a happier place! Glad you took a day off when you needed to as well. 🙂 XOXOXOXO 🙂

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Wendyl ❤️
      Finding a happy space is getting more difficult with each passing day but I’m trying! 🙂

  3. Donna Parfitt

    Wonderful way to start the week. It is difficult these days to keep things in perspective but your music medleys always help! Stay strong, we will survive as long as we have faith and remember what is important. I try not to be sucked up in the hysteria, staying calm keeps us sane.

    Thank you for helping me.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Donna. 🙂
      These are indeed very trying times. Everyone (on both sides) MUST remain calm. To that end, we all need to help each other.


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