Big Names Topped A Decade In Music


Doesn’t it seem like it was just the other day that we were terrified the business world was going to come to an end because our computer systems weren’t equipped to handle Y2K?

Wow! A decade has come and gone since that fearful corporate prognostication rankled us with impending doom. Ten years already!

A couple of weeks ago this music column took a look at the top songs and artists of 2009. This week, I thought it would be fun to check out which recording stars and hits had the most success during the just-completed first decade of our 21st century, 2000-2009.

As you can imagine, some big names in the music industry have stood out among their peers.

Billboard Magazine has named Faith Hill as the top Adult Contemporary Artist of the Decade and “I Knew I Loved You” (2000) by Savage Garden as the Adult Contemporary Song of the past 10 years.

Pink has been recognized as pop music’s top artist, with Timbaland’s “Apologize” (2007) earning pop’s top song.

Toby Keith was named Country Music’s No. 1 artist and Keith Urban’s “Somebody Like You” (2002) took home Song of the Decade honors.

Billboard’s Hot 100 (which takes in all music genres) named Usher as its top artist, on the strength of his six hits that topped the chart from 2000-2004.

The Hot 100 Song of the Decade was “We Belong Together,” which remained on top of Billboard’s chart for 14 consecutive weeks in 2005.

This week’s music trivia is: Can you name the 39-year-old pop singer who recorded “We Belong Together?”

This New York born and raised artist rose to superstardom on the strength of her stunning five-octave voice. An elastic talent who moved easily from glossy ballads to hip-hop-inspired dance-pop, she earned frequent comparison to rivals Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, but did them both one better by composing all of her own material.

Her 18 No. 1 hits are tied with Elvis Presley for second place behind the Beatles (20) for the most No. 1 hits of the rock era.

Is the artist who recorded the top hit of 2000-2009, “We Belong Together,” A) Janet Jackson, B) Christina Aguilera, C) Mariah Carey or D) Carol McFarland?

Be caller number six and have the right answer and you’ll win a CD that includes all 18 of this artists No. 1 hits. You’re just gonna love it!

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Which of the following is a true statement regarding Elvis Presley and Priscilla?

A) Priscilla was 14 years old when the two met, B) Elvis was a strict Catholic and Priscilla a devout Baptist, C) Elvis brought Priscilla flowers every day while he was stationed in Germany or D) Elvis admitted to Priscilla that he got his music start at the Rye Bar & Grill?

The correct answer was A) Priscilla was 14 years old when she and Elvis began dating.

Congratulations to this past week’s first-time trivia winner, Otis Trimble, who won a Best of Elvis Presley CD.

A little about Otis: He was born in East Point, Ga., where he lived until he enlisted into the Air Force in 1950.

After completing basic training, Otis was stationed in Germany to complete his four-year military obligation. There, he met Maria, a young German gal, with whom he instantly fell in love. The two enjoyed their first date on New Year’s Eve 1951, at the 700 Club in Munich. They married in 1955.

Otis is now retired after spending all of his post-military adult life working in different capacities for the government. Marie always worked in the clerical field.

In 1985, Otis and Marie moved from Fort Worth to Payson to be close to Marie’s sister.

Reading, watching television and working in the yard are now Otis’ favorite leisure time activities. He enjoys listening to big band and classic country music and lists Patsy Cline, Andrea Bocelli and Elvis Presley as three of his favorite artists.


Last, I would like to extend my sincere apology to Bob Brill, the Paysonite whom I wrote about in last week’s article — the man who knew Elvis in Germany.

Throughout the article, I referred to Bob as “Bill.” (My brain must have still been recovering from the New Year’s party for which I played at The Happy Jack Lodge.) Sorry, Bob.

Have a great week, everyone!

DJ Craig — Phone: 468-1482

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