Overthinking (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life

  1. Let’s just get this out of the way: this is an amazing, beautiful song.
  2. This song was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1987, when Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes are 47 and 41 respectively. Can you imagine anyone of that age making it to the top of the pop charts today? It sort of seems impossible.
  3. As a follow-up: I was thinking maybe they’d have a shot at the adult contemporary charts today. But you know, a quick look at the #1s on the 2010 adult contemporary chart shows just four artists: Colbie Caillat, Taylor Swift, Michael Buble, and Train. On further investigation, the lead singer of Train is 41, but a quick look at the video for “Hey Soul Sister” prompts the observation that he’s not 41 in the same way Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes are in their 40s in 1987. He’s more like an aging rocker in his mid-30s; they’re more like a suburban mom and dad karaoke-ing together. (Also, I can’t figure out why the song “Hey Soul Sister” made #1. It’s not unpleasant, just kind of mediocre. Or is that the definition of adult contemporary?)
  4. However, maybe this is an unfair comparison. Bill & Jennifer may have likely rocketed onto the charts owing to the success of Dirty Dancing (cf. C. Dion, My Heart Will Go On.)
  5. And finally: here’s Bill and Jennifer singing the song live on Top of the Pops. It sort of seems like “The Singing Bee” or any number of those singing reality TV shows, no? Let’s all appreciate Jennifer’s choice of a sensible skirt suit and tights for her show wardrobe, however. Different time, the 80s.

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Like the commenters say, that little jump at 1:31 is precious.

said Dave on 17 Aug 2010 at 10:15pm

Word. She’s just so excited!

said Jhenifer on 17 Aug 2010 at 11:44pm

Does that mean Bill Medley is SEVENTY?  Regarding Train, I find it impossible not to bop to that song. I just wish the lyrics weren’t so horrifying, especially when kids really love that song (“untrimmed chest”?).  Back to you, Jason Mraz. Also, this font is hot.

said J-Ro on 18 Aug 2010 at 12:13am

Yes, Bill Medley is 70 years young this year. I was wondering if his name was real (a member of the Righteous Brothers named Medley? Come on) but it turns out it IS his real name. Also, I have never heard that Train song until I played it via YouTube. I can see how it would be relatively pleasant while driving, in the background at a beach BBQ, etc—but yes, Jason Mraz called, and he wants his sound back.

said Jhenifer on 18 Aug 2010 at 7:48am

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