Song: “You’re Sixteen” by Ringo Starr
Reached #1: January 26, 1974 (his second solo #1, 1 week)
It was a much more innocent era, wasn’t it?
“You’re Sixteen” was written in 1960 for singer Johnny Burnette, when singing a love song to a 16-year-old wasn’t nearly as creepy as it seems today.
And even when Ringo first covered the song in 1974, it still seemed innocent rather than… well… whatever you might be thinking right now.
A rocker couldn’t write this song today. They’d be convicted in the Court of TMZ of pedophilia before the song’s first digital download. Their career would be ruined.
Does that make us better, or just more uptight, than we were then?
About the only people who could sing this song are Disney kids – and most of them are twenty-somethings playing teenagers… which has caused them all kinds of problems when they decide to do adult things like partially-clothed photo shoots… but I digress.
Speaking of youth, tomorrow’s song is from an artist who first hit the charts at age 13.
Other songs that reached #1 on January 26:
1963 – “Walk Right In” by the Rooftop Singers (their first, 2 weeks)
1991 – “The First Time” by Surface (their first, 2 weeks)