Tuesday, 30 January 2018

The Hot 100 Countdown #99

99 was always going to be a tough one. Thanks for all the suggestions, which ranged from Mr. Beyonce (one of his better efforts) to Wilson Pickett (at least I presume it was Wilson's version you meant, CC - I might be wrong... could it be Creedence?) to the always glorious Half Man Half Biscuit and then to Megadeth (not as scary as you might think: thanks, Rigid Digit).

(Disappointed that nobody suggested Ann Peebles or Slaves though.)

And of course, let's not forget those luftballoons... even better in the original German.

In the end though, it came down to a toss-up between Bruce and Suzanne. A tough one, because Johnny 99 comes from one of my three joint favourite Springsteen albums, making it one of the greatest albums ever recorded by anyone ever. (Hyperbole comes free on this blog. Fill your boots.)

But then there's this... surely the sexiest song Suzanne Vega ever recorded. I need a cold shower, just thinking about it.

99. Suzanne Vega - 99.9 °F

The first point goes to Alyson then. Can she make it two... or will someone else guess next week's song?

I've got 98 problems... but working out #98 isn't one of them.


  1. I can't take credit for this suggestion (although once I heard it I realised I knew it very well) but Mr SDS immediately came up with '98.6' by Keith.

  2. Damn and blast!


  3. 99 Luftballons springs to mind. I see it's an honorable mention. I've always liked Suzanne Vega's voice.

  4. Which is correct?
    99.9 Degrees Fahrenheit
    99.9 Fahrenheit Degrees

    The former I think- unless this is some US convention, like putting the month before the date that I'm not aware of.
    Ignoring the syntax error (or is it?), that is one corking song.

    All I can offer is 3 Lions '98 (which is probably not the correct answer)

    1. Good question - one for Brian to answer, perhaps?

    2. Degrees Fahrenheit, friends. Great song, Rol. Was really into Vega during this period.

  5. Gosh - didn't expect any points out of this series but when I think about it you were just at the right age for Suzanne Vega in her heyday so makes sense.

    As for the no. 98 I'm stumped although as an aside, and bit of trivia, I see that the NOW That's What I Call Music people have just put out a 98 in that very long series.

  6. 98 is a tough one, the first of many one suspects.


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