Pop History is back! We apologize for missing the last two months, counting the same #1s for this decade each month does become tiresome, but this time we look at six decades worth of #1s from the month of June.
June of ’67 started off with Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin enjoying the first week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with her massive hit “Respect“. The song managed to interest audiences long enough to nab another week atop the charts before being dethroned by The Young Rascal‘s “Groovin” which also spent two week at #1. After five decades, it’s safe to say that Aretha’s demand for respect still remains resonating.
June a decade later saw alot of singles claim the top spot on Hot 100, starting off week one, Stevie Wonder‘s “Sir Duke” finished it’s final week at #1 being replaced by three one week #1s, “I’m Your Boogie Man” by KC and The Sunshine Band, “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac and “Got To Give It Up” by Marvin Gaye. Interestingly enough, the only reigning #1 here was by Fleetwood Mac, whose album spent a record breaking 31 weeks atop #1 on the Billboard 200 Album charts including the entire month of June.
June of ’87 started off with “You Keep Me Hanging On” by Kim Wilde which spent just one week atop the charts, followed by “Always” by Atlantic Starr and “Head to Toe” by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam. The final week was claimed by none other than ‘The Voice’ herself, Whitney Houston and her massive dance hit “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” taken from her sophomore album Whitney which was also enjoying a top spot on the Albums chart.
One-hit wonder Hanson‘s one hit “MMMBop” although a common guilty pleasure, enjoyed it’s final week atop the charts on the first week of June, eventually being replaced by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112‘s “I’ll Be Missing You” which stayed #1 for the rest of month and more.
June in 2007 started off with Maroon 5‘s “Makes Me Wonder” spending it’s only week at #1. It was then replaced by the massively successful signature song by Rihanna, “Umbrella” feat Jay-Z spent the rest of the month and some atop #1.
Continuing the trend of mediocre music plucked from obscurity and unnecessarily blown out of proportion to feed the general public’s need to be culturally inclusive. The uninteresting “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee spent the entire month of June at #1. We’ll be here reporting this same song next month for July as ‘Despacito‘ has been left dethroned for another month pushing the limits of study in the educational field on hearing loss. People have speculated if it might, or come close to dismantling the long standing record for the longest reigning #1 by Mariah Carey for her 1996 hit with Boys II Men, “One Sweet Day“. Well in what would be a great shame, something like Despacito, involving zero creative capacity spending more than a week, let alone sixteen is not something to be proud of.
It is seriously concerning how low the standards for a #1 song have fallen, not to say there’s a certain hostility towards Reggaeton or Latin artists, but what should have been the more-deserving triumph of “Chantaje” by Shakira, Despacito is one unworthy success that has been stretched far too long than 15-minutes.