Every Billboard Modern Rock Chart #1 through 2005, listed in order of preference.
September 16 - October 7, 1989
Despite my raised-in-the-'80s bias, I can see how Rocks
and why Every Picture Tells A Story
smokes Out Of Order
. And yet I prefer Cosmic Thing
to The B-52's
. As much as I can appreciate the naive-surf drive of Ricky Wilson, their 1989 breakthrough is a more varied, and more consistent pop hook waterfall. Less unique, perhaps, but it's not like anything featuring Fred Schneider could sound commonplace. "Love Shack," the primest of examples, is one of those fucking amazing songs that almost sacrifices any chance of being called fucking amazing because everybody on earth knows it. Like "YMCA" and "Louie Louie," it sells illicit hedonism to small children and geriatrics alike by presenting it at its most benignly infectious.I got me a car, it's as big as a whale
and we're headin' on down to the Love Shack!
I got me a Chrysler, it seats about twenty
So hurry up and bring your jukebox money!