First Hit #1: February 6, 1982
The saddest pop songs are often uptempo ones. For example, Centerfold, which is an upbeat sounding track complete with some nanas, lots of handclaps, and a particularly goofy and wonderful keyboard riff. The song itself is about the death of innocence, as we hear the tale of a charming girl in high school who eventually shows up in some pornographic literature, and the psychological scars this is leaving on the singer. It’s dark, a story where there are entire lifetimes bubbling over the surface which aren’t quite revealed. And then we get a sing-along stretch of nanas which kind of ignore how dark the actual content is. It’s a fun singalong with an undercurrent of misery, and it’s a common motif that runs through pop songs.