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03-20-2015, 09:45 AM
The year is now 1997, the last year that the Hot 100 was strictly a singles chart. With one double A-side, we have 30 songs on this list. What's your favorite?

* denotes one half of a double A-side

Previous polls: 1956 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=744629) 1957 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=744819) 1958 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=744978) 1959 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=745151) 1960 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=745331) 1961 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=745525) 1962 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=745733) 1963 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=745956) 1964 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=746118) 1965 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=746342) 1966 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=746498) 1967 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=746735) 1968 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=746932) 1969 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=747152) 1970 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=747345) 1971 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=747517) 1972 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=747737) 1973 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=747976) 1974 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=748145) 1975 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=748360) 1976 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=748527) 1977 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=748653) 1978 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=748866) 1979 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=749060) 1980 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=749217) 1981 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=749398) 1982 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=749610) 1983 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=749795) 1984 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=749949) 1985 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=750154) 1986 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=750299) 1987 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=750488) 1988 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=750641) 1989 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=750845) 1990 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=751015) 1991 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=751202) 1992 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=751368) 1993 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=751517) 1994 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=751667) 1995 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=751834) 1996 (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=751992)

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Barkis is Willin'
03-20-2015, 10:00 AM
One of the toughest decisions yet, but The Freshman just edged out Semi-Charmed LIfe for my vote.

03-20-2015, 10:38 AM
"Semi-Charmed Life," with honorable mention to "Bitch" and "Sunny Came Home."

03-20-2015, 11:21 AM
Another good year! :) Bitch was the one I opted for, although a lot of others are also good.

03-20-2015, 11:34 AM
Hmmm...I'm going to have to get back to this and review the handful of songs I'm not familiar with here. What I do recognize is pretty bleh...

03-20-2015, 01:06 PM
Congratulations to the Spice Girls. They join Stevie Wonder (1974) by winning my vote in both polls in the same year: best #1 song and best of the rest of the Top 40. "Say You'll Be There" gets my vote this time around. (Kesha is certain to join the club in 2010.)

I also considered voting for Sister Hazel's "All for You." Like Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, they are from Gainesville, home of the awesome FLORIDA GATORS. Tom Petty never made any of these year-end top 40 polls, so "All for You" is my only chance. Alas, "All for You" just wasn't good enough to beat the Spice Girls.

"Bitch" is dead-ass last.

03-20-2015, 01:25 PM
Third Eye Blind, Verve Pipe and Meredith Brooks will not be getting my votes. Duncan Sheik may, the song is better than the previous three.

Like PONCH8, Spice Girls stand a good chance of getting my vote for 1997, as they did in the #1 poll. Savage Garden, Robyn, Paula Cole, En Vogue, Keith Sweat, Backstreet Boys are all powerful contenders.

The R Kelly song was my elementary school graduation song. I remember AZ Yet and Babyface.

Only two I don't remember. I'll vote later.

03-20-2015, 01:36 PM
Yeah, ended up with The Spice Girls. ETA: Oops. I meant to vote for "Say You'll Be There." I didn't realize there were two here.

03-20-2015, 02:25 PM
Semi-Charmed Life won for me, that chorus is such an earworm (doo doo doo...), with Freshmen and All For You nipping at its heels.

Les Espaces Du Sommeil
03-20-2015, 03:30 PM
Meredith Brooks - Bitch

Pretty much the only passable choice here.

Return of the Mack finishes last. Hated the song, hated his nasal voice, hated his whole attitude.

03-20-2015, 03:33 PM
Sunny Came Home for me, otherwise I could have done Paula Cole.

03-21-2015, 08:16 AM
Who are these people? Granted, I spend much of 1997 living in a shack in the remotest Mexican wilderness. Still, I'm surprised at how little I recognize from this list. No vote.

03-21-2015, 08:50 AM
I don't know why, but I couldn't stand "Bitch" simply because the first line, "I hate the world today", had nothing to do with the rest of the song.

"Sunny Came Home" was my pick, but "You Were Meant For Me" is close.

Baron Greenback
03-21-2015, 09:09 AM
What on earth was I doing in 1997? Apart from the Spice Girls, Mark Morrison and R Kelly I don't know any of these. Perhaps it was a year where the US chart diverged greatly from the UK one. Ah well, I can't vote this year. Also it is hard to think of a worse band name than "The Verve Pipe".

03-21-2015, 10:19 AM
"I Want You" was my jam back in the day.

Now for the others:
*Leanne Rimes got on my last nerve with that horrible whiny "How do I leeeeeeeeeeeeeve without you." Nothing surpassed that irritation until Celine Dion decided to caterwaul about her heart continuing without her.

*I'm partially responsible for "All For You" being on this list as that was the first and only cassingle I ever purchased. It was disappointing. The B-side was nothing but other versions of the same song.

*"Sunny Came Home" was the runner-up. I can sing along with it reasonably in tune, which is rare for a female singer. (Curse my alto voice!)

*Quick way to find out if someone's in their mid-thirties: go into a room and start singing "The sky was gold, it was rose" and see if they continue with "I was taking sips of it through my nose and I wish I could get back there someplace back there smilin' in the pictures you would take doing crystal meth will lift you up until you break...."

I just passed that test.

03-21-2015, 04:44 PM
So many good choices, not easy. In the end after listening to these songs I gave it to the girl group. No not Spice Girls, the all black girl group- EN VOGUE.

03-22-2015, 03:07 PM
"Sunny Came Home" won Grammies for Record and Song of the Year, but I was never fond of it.

I went with Jewel's "Foolish Games."

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