As I'm forty-one years old in a few days (you can see my Amazon Wishlist if you want to buy me a pressie!) I thought I'd take a look back at the songs which were number one in the UK chart each year on my birthday.
Today it's the turn of the 1990's.
This is the decade when, I'm afraid, the singles chart became more or less irrelevant. I've been wracking my memory to recall the last single I bought. it was either "The Race" by Yello or "Headlights On The Parade" by the Blue Nile. And I think they were both in around 1989 or 1990. Since then it's been albums all the way for me. And mostly on CD. I still haven't got around to buying downloads. I think I prefer to have a real "thing" to own, rather than an intangible set of bits and bytes sitting around on my hard-drive.
Right - let's see what the decade had to offer. What tasty morsels did the British music industry serve me up on my birthdays?
1990: Bombalurina with Timmy Mallett - "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini"
August 19 for 3 weeks
1991: Bryan Adams - "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You"
July 7 for 16 weeks
Crikey. That's just as bad.
1992: Snap! - "Rhythm is a Dancer"
August 2 for 6 weeks
Oh, for heaven's sake...
1993: Culture Beat - "Mr Vain"
August 22 for 4 weeks
What? What? Am I going to go the whole decade without a decent song at No.1 on my birthday...?
1994: Wet Wet Wet - "Love Is All Around"
May 29 for 15 weeks
Flipping 'eck. It gets worse!
1995: Blur - "Country House"
August 20 for 2 weeks
Phew! Finally. OK, it's not one of their best, but those lovable pretend cockneys from the posh bit of Essex at least won the "Britpop battle for number one" and stopped those naughty Northern monkeys from Oasis from being no.1 on my birthday.
1996: Spice Girls - "Wannabe"
July 21 for 7 weeks
Now, stop it. A brief respite and now you're off again. I can't believe I actually thought that Posh was the sexy one back then...
1997: Will Smith - "Men in Black"
August 10 for 4 weeks
The Fresh Prince gets totally fresh on some alien butt. Loses musical credibility in the process (if he ever had any... Yeah, "Summertime" was great).
1998: Boyzone - "No Matter What"
August 9 for 3 weeks
Boyzone. Please, please just stop it. Stop it now!
1999: Geri Halliwell - "Mi Chico Latino"
August 22 for 1 week
Right - that's it. Hang on. Which song was this? The only Geri solo number I remember is the one where she was very lithe and toned and rolling around in a speedboat. There might have been dwarves chasing her... Then again, that might just have been my sordid fantasy. Ah, poor Geri. Rubbish songs, but she was quite sexy for a couple of months, until she got too thin.
Is that it? The 1990's are over? Thank heavens. Will the new decade bring any decent new music?