I love everything The Pudding does. The other day, they made this music challenge to see how top hits relate to generations. I played the quiz over and over. It turns out I have a good knowledge of (american) hits of the 60s, 80s and 90s. The other decades are fairly random. And pretty much all of it is because of (thanks to?) listening to the radio. I guess being a radio listener makes me a “Gen X-er”, but I think, being born in 1980, I’m maybe ²/₃ “Gen X” and ¹/₃ “Millennial”. If this labeling makes sense at all. Here is an example of the outcome of millions of people taking the Pudding quiz:
Somehow, this made me go down a rabbit hole of reading stuff about Mariah Carey. I never listened to her, at the time I stupidly filed her away under “girl music”. Here’s the music video of the second single of her first album. It’s exactly 30 years old. 30 years. Fuck.
She was 20 at the time, and smoking! Strangely, watching this video made me feel anemoia, really, for a couple of hours. Music is weird.