On the day I was born, "Addicted To Love" by Robert Palmer was the #1 song in the country. Maybe we put too much stock in horoscopes as a way to define our personalities. Tauruses are stubborn, Leos are loyal, Virgos are self-righteous. What if we looked to the #1 song on the day we were born as a way to explain our personality traits, behaviors, and characteristics?
Whoa, you like to think that you're immune to the stuff, oh yeah
It's closer to the truth to say you can't get enough
You know you're gonna have to face it, you're addicted to love
For years, I've described myself as having an "addictive personality", never making the parallels to the #1 song the day I was born. I've had my vices over the years, my obsessions, and one of the most powerful would have to be my insatiable need for the music that keeps driving me.
You can't be saved
Oblivion is all you crave
If there's some left for you
You don't mind if you do
And doesn't this song just describe the go-go 80's more perfectly than any other? The 80's are about excess, the aesthetics of glamour, a synthesizer and a drum beat, day-glo and cocaine, neon and strobe lights, the indulgence of every obsession you could dream of.
From that heavy pounding drum intro to the moment the guitar kicks in, the swing of the song is what drives it. And the lyrics. You might as well face it, you're addicted to love. The song urges you: just give in, don't fight it anymore, just succumb to the desires you so badly need. Didn't we all in the 80's? The song marries lyrics that suggest the darker side of need with a ever-so-slightly dirty groove.
Your mind is not your own. It's the devastation of knowing you're hooked and conversely knowing you love it. It's no coincidence that the term addiction is most commonly affiliated with drug use. Palmer makes the parallels between withdrawal from narcotics and the agony/ecstasy of falling in love, which is pretty much the same thing.
If you'd like to look up the #1 song on your birthday and stop using an arbitrary astrological sign to explain your neuroses, check out this link, which will show you the #1 song on that date for each year of the existence of the Billboard Hot 100.