Last first day

Savannah Sawyer

It’s weird to think that I will never have a fir­­­­­­st day of school again.

To go along with that, I will also never have a real summer vacation again.

Talk about depressing.

But one great thing about summer that will never change is the hits of the summer.

Every summer there is always at least one hit single that is constantly played on the radio and is consequently in everyone’s heads.

This summer, it was arguably “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, which is currently No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

It’s interesting to look back on Hot 100 charts from years past.

I remember a few years back you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.”

Or, can you believe I was only in middle school when “SexyBack” by Justin Timberlake was popular?

Looking back at the charts from different eras in my life, it’s interesting to see what was popular then and which songs have gained that ‘one hit wonder’ status.

I decided to look back at 1995, when I first started school and ironically the song is one I still listen to today – TLC’s “Waterfalls.”

The only reason I still listen to it is because it was featured in the movie “We’re the Millers” and I can’t seem to get it out of my head.

The song was on the chart at No. 1 for seven weeks straight.

Nearly 20 years later, I’m still trying to memorize the rap portion of that song.

Lastly, I looked up what the Hot 100 chart for 1990 was – just for shits and giggles – knowing I wouldn’t remember much of the music from that time.

For four weeks in a row, Mariah Carey held the No. 1 spot with her single “Vision of Love.”

Yup. No idea.

But looking back on all these hits, it’s interesting to see what was and what still is and how much music changed over the years.

So, even though I will no longer have a first day of school, there will always be the songs of summer that I can look forward to, no matter how bad or good they may be.


Story by Savannah Sawyer, Features Editor