#199 - Memories Are Made of This - Dean Martin
- #1 for 5 Weeks in 1956 (January - February)
- Replaced: Sixteen Tons - "Tennessee Ernie" Ford
- Replaced by: Rock and Roll Waltz - Kay Starr
- Sample Headline from its Reign: Egyptian President Nassar pledges to reconquer Palestine
- #2 Hits It Prevented from Reaching #1: The Great Pretender - The Platters
- Top 200 #1 Hits 1955-2000 Rank: #23
Despite its dramatic fall, Memories Are Made Of This is a song that John and I hold very dear. It was one of the first we were able to identify as an old number one hit when we heard it in a pop cultural context and, for a brief period, it became the theme song for our entire music collection. Bouncy and fun, it provided Dino with only his first number one of two. And this one is more fun than Everybody Loves Somebody anyway.
From my 100 words blog:
There was a time when this song was going to be the theme song for John and my radio station. It was perfect because it was from the 50s (so it proved our ability to be versatile) and we loved the song. It was not until 3 years later that I realized the song was supposed to be a recipe. Boy do I feel stupid. The backing male chorus is the best and Dean’s vocals are the smoothest of the rat pack (including Frank). Hey, and there’s even a walking bass part. What more do you people want?
Coming Up: #198 - "Ain't got a care in the world, but got plenty of beer"