Saturday, November 28, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 4. Goodnight Saigon (Billy Joel)

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 #4, we find Billy Joel with Goodnight Saigon (#1 in 1983). Its striking lyrics reflect on the Vietnam war. "And who was wrong, and who was right? It didn't matter in the thick of the fight." Right. The video was as impressive, focusing on war images and children playing with war toys. The song did not score highly in the USA, which could be due to the critical notes in an era when the Vietnam war was not fully digested. Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant song, one of the 200 best of all time).

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