Saturday, June 13, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 28. Paradise by the dashboardlight (Meat Loaf)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #28, we find Meat Loaf's' breakthrough single, memorable not least because of the steamy video (#1 in 1977). Whilst the corresponding brilliant album Bat out of hell contains several songs that are superior, it is easy to see why this song had such an impact - even though its 8+ minutes length far exceeded the usual run time of a single. Some knowledge of baseball and its use in metaphors for love making does help in understanding the middle part, though! Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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