20 years ago, during my sophomore year of high school, I put together the first of what would become a nearly 20 volume collection of mix tapes, containing my favorite songs that I had gathered either from the radio, a cassette tape, or (eventually) CD. We last looked back at all 20 volumes three years ago to see which of my “favorite” songs still resonated in today’s digital world. Today, we revisit those mix tapes and see how, or if, things have changed in the past 3 years.
Volume 4 places us smack dab in the middle of my junior year of high school, from late 1990 and into 1991, and, s quite possibly, the worst entry in this series. Judging solely from this tape, you would have no idea that Nirvana’s Nevermind would be released later this year.
Damn Yankees – High Enough
Peaking at #3 on the Billboard charts, the one big hit from the supergroup featuring right-wing douchenozzle Ted Nugent added only 4 new plays and hasn’t shown up in rotation in over a year.
|3 plays||6 plays||10 plays, most recently on 11/21/2017|
Sweet Sensation – If Wishes Came True
The #25 hit of 1990 added 8 additional listens over the past 3 years.
|2 plays||5 plays||13 plays, most recently on 8/17/2018|
Poison – Fallen Angel
Poison’s hit from 1988, the only single from Open Up and Say… Ahh! to not crack the top 10, got 9 additional listens over the past 3 years.
|11 plays||13 plays||22 plays, most recently on 12/3/2018|
Simpsons – Do The Bartman
The first single from the animated TV family, which went to #1 in 5 countries but wasn’t officially released as a single in the US, added 7 new listens over the last 3 years.
|0 plays||1 play||8 plays, most recently on 11/19/2018|
Roxette – The Look
Ranked as the #17 single of 1989, the hit for the Swedish duo gained a mere 3 new spins over the past 3 years.
|1 play||8 plays||11 plays, most recently on 7/10/2018|
Poison – I Won’t Forget You
The fourth single from Poison’s debut album, originally taped off a mixtape I “borrowed” from my friend Mike’s sister, tripled its output over the past 3 years.
|1 play||3 plays||9 plays, most recently on 9/6/2018|
Roxette – Listen To Your Heart
Roxette’s second entry on this particular cassette, which hit #1 on the Billboard charts, went up by 8 listens.
|2 plays||5 plays||13 plays, most recently on 8/4/2018|
Tevin Campbell – Round and Round
Produced by Prince and featured in his film Graffiti Bridge, the tune has popped up 7 times over the past 3 years.
|0 plays||2 plays||9 plays, most recently on 9/6/2018|
Poison – Ride The Wind
Poison’s third entry on this cassette, which peaked at #38 on the Billboard charts, has tripled its small total over the past 3 years.
|2 plays||4 plays||12 plays, most recently on 12/19/2018|
Roxette – Joyride
The third entry from Roxette, the #23 single of 1991, enjoyed a 10 play increase over the past 3 years.
|5 plays||8 plays||18 plays, most recently on 12/3/2018|
Nelson – More Than Ever
The third (and last) hit for the grandsons of Ozzie & Harriet remains absent from my iTunes collection.
Cathy Dennis – All Night Long (Touch Me)
The dance hit, which managed to hit #2 on the Billboard charts, was listened to 5 times in the last 3 years.
|3 plays||4 plays||9 plays, most recently on 12/27/2018|
Great White – Once Bitten, Twice Shy
An increase of 6 listens by the band now mostly known for a fatal fire in a small club.
|16 plays||22 plays||28 plays, most recently on 12/14/2018|