My next personal challenge is to memorize all of the Billboard “Hot 100” #1 songs from 1960-2010. But after playing around with just the first two songs, I’d appreciate hearing how others here might go about it.
Here are all the elements I’m wanting to memorize:
- The date a song first appeared at #1 on the “Hot 100” list (Month/day)
- The date of its last week at #1 (sometimes this is the same as the first week)
- The total number of weeks spent at #1, even if they are not consecutive (and maybe an indication about that)
- The song title
- The artist
I use Major for dates and I already have images I use regularly for months. Those aren’t the issues.
I think what’s perplexing me at this point is having to come up with associations not only for song titles but also for artists that I don’t know anything about (so any image would be based on their names rather than appearance, etc.)—and then combining up to maybe a dozen different but connected images within each of my locations for each song. (Some songs won’t need much. But if I don’t know them, and they have a long title, I may need several images just for the title. And for unfamiliar artists, I may need multiple images for first/last names.)
Example: The very first song is “El Paso” by Marty Robbins. In 1960, it appeared on the Hot 100 list on January 4 and stayed through the week of January 11, spending two weeks at the top.
My Aunt Jan is January for me. She is swinging an oar (rhyming for 4) like a baseball bat and hits a tater tot (my 11) through the air, splashing into a jar of El Paso Taco Sauce.
Then I get a little stuck. I’ve heard of Marty Robbins, but have no other connection to him. I’ve tried Marty McFly (my usual “Marty” association) eating an ice-cream cone (for Baskin-Robbins). I’ve tried a Wal-Mart getting robbed. But nothing seems particularly memorable. And neither of those images is connected in any way to my dates/song images. And I still haven’t incorporated a “2” (for its weeks at the top)—at least not without just doing the math!
So: If you had to memorize the example above, I’m curious how, exactly, you’d store it.