First Hit #1: December 3, 1988
At one point in 1988, the most popular single was a medley of 70s hits performed by a group whose name was a reference to Nietzsche and whose members – according to the below video, at least – were possibly extras from the movie Roadhouse. This actually happened. The weirder thing is, it’s actually not bad at all.
It’s not that Will to Power actually added much to the proceedings. I genuinely like Baby I Love Your Way as a song, and while Freebird had a much more minor role in the proceedings it is also a pretty good song. Combined, and then dusted with a pinch of synthesizers and some female vocals, and you get a pretty good song. It’s not something that makes a compelling argument for its own existence, of course, since while it’s pretty good it’s not like either Baby I Love Your Way or Freebird were ever all that hard to find. It’s good because they’re working with good original material, and their changes neither add nor detract from the song in question. Thus, the single’s ascent to the pinnacle of the Hot 100 is baffling to say the least. If you read that opening sentence, those seem like words that could not be combined into a true statement in that order. Yet, here we are.