The act of listening to music is like time travel. You throw on a record, play a song on your phone, or pump your fist at a concert and suddenly you're transported back to a tender (or terrifying) memory from your youth: that first kiss, that long drive, or that lost afternoon in a basement jamming to Led Zeppelin. Unfortunately, our nostalgia is mostly tied up with feelings and melodies from adolescence and childhood. But what if you could climb into a musical DeLorean, gun it to 88, and get in touch with the biggest songs of the year from when you came screaming into the world as a baby? Thanks to this list, you can.
With the rise of streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal, it's never been easier to travel through a wormhole to the past and live in a cocoon of nostalgia. To help make that process easier, we've gone ahead and identified the "biggest" song in three different ways: the most popular song according to the music charts of the time, the song that was awarded the Song of the Year award at the Grammys that year, and the "best" song that we've gone ahead and selected ourselves. As we did with "The Biggest Movies From the Year You Were Born," the below entries cover everyone from the ages of 10 to 100 because you're never too young or old to find out how bizarre public taste can be!