Song: “Firework” by Katy Perry
Reached #1: December 18, 2010 (her fourth, 4 weeks)
Previously: Day 187
“Firework” was the third straight #1 off the Teenage Dream album, and may wind up being Katy Perry’s signature song.
The string started with “California Girls” (her duet with Snoop Dogg) in May 2010, then the title track in July, and then this track – an anthem for self-empowerment.
She’d go on to add two more #1s, making Teenage Dream one of just two albums to produce five #1 singles (Michael Jackson’s Thriller was the other) – “E.T.” (featuring Kanye West) and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”. If “The One That Got Away” had made it two more spots up the chart, she’d have the record on her own.
There is a technicality, of course. Teenage Dream was re-released in 2012 with a couple of new tracks as Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection… one of which, “Part Of Me” hit #1. But since “Part Of Me” wasn’t on the original album, and the first five singles charted off the original album… she isn’t going to get credit for 6 #1 hits off the same album. Now it weren’t MJ’s record she was breaking, perhaps it’d be different?
There’s a new album in the works, due in summer 2013, which Perry is promising will be “darker”. Seems like marketing hype – she does light pop so well, why mess with it?
Oh, almost forgot… you may have heard of a cover of “Firework” by Yoko Ono. It’s a hoax – it was Ono screeching as part of a Museum of Modern Art exhibit with “Firework” overlaid on it much later. The YouTuber who committed this aural sin, Kroiker McGuire, also created “covers” of Lady GaGa’s “Bad Romance” and the Star Spangled Banner (among others) out of the same Ono screechfest…
Tomorrow, Motown’s go-to girl group sees about going to #1 again…
Other songs that reached #1 on December 18:
1961 – “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by the Tokens (their first, 3 weeks)
1982 – “Maneater” by Hall & Oates (their fifth, 4 weeks)