Day 359: Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Song: “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison
Reached #1: December 24, 1988 (their first, 3 weeks)

But do Christmas trees have thorns?

So… does this song get ALL of the blame for the reality TV trainwreck that is Bret Michaels, or just some of it?

All kidding aside, the fact that Poison have been at it for 30 years – and that three of the members of the band have been with it from the start – is impressive. 

“Thorn” stands as the best-remembered song from Poison’s biggest album, Open Up and Say… Ahh!, but I’m not sure it was the best song.  “Nothin’ But a Good Time” rocked harder, “Fallen Angel” told a better story, and their version of “Your Mama Don’t Dance” was arguably more fun than the Loggins & Messina original.

I guess we could get into the question of how a song reaches #1, or why some songs get there and some don’t… but after 359 days, I think it’s fairly obvious that nobody is ever going to figure that out.

Nobody is ever going to figure out Bret Michaels, either… he’s got more lives that many cats (surviving a terrifying 1994 car wreck, drug and alcohol abuse, and bleeding on the brain that almost got him in 2010).  He’s won Apprentice, done those awful “dating” shows (and then reconciled with the mother of his two daughters anyway, and then broke up with her again)…

And I can’t figure out where to stop… so I’ll just wish you a Merry Christmas Eve and leave it at that…

For Christmas, we’ll “key” on the 1971 holiday #1…

Other songs that reached #1 on December 24:
1977 –
“How Deep Is Your Love” by the Bee Gees (their fourth, 3 weeks)


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