Old Hits

If there was anything we hated in the retro era, it was old stuff. We had a healthy disdain of anything that was pre-80. The things of the previous generations were always being ridiculed on Nickelodeon and Saturday morning cartoons. There were a few exceptions, though. Those were a couple of old songs that began popular once again. I’m not talking remakes (there were dozens of those in the retro era) but the original songs that found their way back to the spotlight, usually through a movie. Here are a few of them.

The Righteous Brothers’ 1955 “Unchained Melody” hit #1 in 1990 thanks to Ghost.

Ben E. King’s 1961 song “Stand By Me” hit #1 in 1986 thanks to the movie Stand By Me.

The Del Viking’s 1957 song “Come Go With Me” became pretty popular in 1990 after being used in Joe Versus The Volcano.

And there were several others besides these. It seems strange that these songs would become hits when there was so much hatred of old things in the retro era. But I guess even that era wasn’t exempt from the fact that everything old become new again.


Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

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4 thoughts on “Old Hits

  1. JR says:

    Not true! I remember the 80’s having fond feelings and nostalgia for the 50’s, Disneyland even did a month (or year?) long celebration of the 50’s in 86 or 87, very popular.

  2. Maybe just my experience, then. I distinctly remember old things and ways being hated and ridiculed. Disney probably would have gotten a pass, but old pop music was particularly ridiculed.

  3. mwentworth says:

    My friends and I loved old music, tv, movies, etc. However, as I recall, we also got beat up a lot.

  4. DrNobody says:

    I think there was a large disdain for older things, but there was also a love for some things… Such as 60’s Batman, Bullwinkle, Looney Tunes, etc…. I remember watching all of those and loving every minute… The Alvin Show too!!

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