Alternate Titles For Billboard Charts
Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart has gone by a variety of questionable names including, “The Harlem Hit Parade” (1942-1945), “Race Records” (1945-1949), and “Hot Black Singles” (not a Craigslist ad – 1982-1990).
Here’s what I imagine other categories were originally titled:
Hot Country Songs
Rockabilly Redneck Tunes
Farmin’ Songs for Y’all
The ‘Bama Blues
Smooth Jazz Songs
The Weird One with the Black People
Skit Skat Songs
Canadian Hot 100
Good Songs, Eh?
Maple Syrup Rock
Songs to Sing After Hockey Games
Video Game Music
Hot Latin Songs
This Reminds Us of Ricky Ricardo
This Reminds Us of Julio Iglesias
Hot Dance Club Songs
Kids These Days
Jingles for Broke People
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Even as I write this now I am debating whether or not to erase it all together.
When I say I’m in love with you, I mean I love the story I can tell to my next lover, about my ex-lover, about how beautiful things were, how intense, how storybook, what a couple we were, and how you gradually, inexplicably, painfully, bit by bit, disappeared.
“I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.”
I was 24 and, while not gay, ever since college I had been getting more attention from gay men than from heterosexual women.