This Day in Music great for trivia lovers

Jul 2, 2010
Music

The $2.99 This Day in Music iPhone app has the kind of information I crave — and the kind of information that answers all your burning musician-related questions: What musician has the same birthday as you, what song was the No. 1 hit the day you were born, what musical act occurred each day you […]

The $2.99 This Day in Music iPhone app has the kind of information I crave — and the kind of information that answers all your burning musician-related questions: What musician has the same birthday as you, what song was the No. 1 hit the day you were born, what musical act occurred each day you view the app?

I had been anxiously curious to know which famous singer worked at Dunkin’ Donuts when I read it on the app’s description in the iTunes App Store. So when I spotted the “Things You Didn’t Know” section on the home page, I clicked on it, quickly racing through tons of fascinating trivia until I found the answer. But it would be dishonorable if I gave it away (it’s just too good!); if you want to discover this singer’s secret identity, you’ll have to buy the app yourself.

There were several more morsels which were just as interesting to learn, such as the fact that only eight artists have had two different albums hit No. 1 in the same year on the U.S. chart; and Mariah Carey once worked as a coat check attendant. Love it.

I also learned that I have the same birthday as Bryan Ferry and Olivia Newton-John, which is awesome because I am big fans of both. I impressed myself with my musical knowledge when I took the quiz, though I did have some misses. I guessed it was Linkin Park who had a hit album titled Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water, but after cheating and looking it up on the Internet, I now know it was Limp Bizkit. But I did know Belinda Carlisle was the lead singer of the Go-Go’s and that Bob Dylan did not appear at Woodstock.

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My favorite part about this app overall? The facts are endless. I thought I would run out of quiz questions or things I didn’t know about rock stars way before I wanted to. On the contrary, in all cases, I wound up running out on them, not because I ever got bored, but out of eagerness to see what the next sections of the app had to offer.

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Jesse Sposato

Jesse Sposato is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer, and one of the founders and editors of Sadie Magazine, an online counter-culture magazine for young women.

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