Published on October 1st, 2017 | by Gerry Galipault


Happy Birthday to Us! Turns 20 Today

Where were you 20 years ago, on Oct. 1, 1997?

Mariah Carey had the No. 1 song that week with “Honey.” The top-selling album was LeAnn Rimes’ “You Light Up My Life – Inspirational Songs.” In theaters, the George Clooney/Nicole Kidman action-political thriller “The Peacemaker” was No. 1 at the box office, and Charles Frazier’s “Cold Mountain” stood atop the New York Times Best Sellers list.

Meanwhile, in a quaint little house in St. Petersburg, Fla., a website called was born that day. Thanks to the Wayback Machine, here’s how our little site looked back then … yep, we’ve come a long way, baby.

To celebrate our 20th birthday, we have handpicked 20 songs from exactly 20 years ago … songs we were listening to then. Join along with our Spotify playlist.’s Fall Music Preview 2017 »

Bitter Sweet Symphony, The Verve

Keep Hope Alive, The Crystal Method

Brimful of Asha, Cornershop

Chan Chan, Buena Vista Social Club

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Something About the Way You Look Tonight, Elton John

Tubthumping, Chumbawamba

2 Become 1, Spice Girls

Legend of a Cowgirl, Imani Coppola

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Quit Playing Games (With My Heart), Backstreet Boys

Walkin’ on the Sun, Smash Mouth

Building a Mystery, Sarah McLachlan

Alma Matters, Morrissey

D’You Know What I Mean?, Oasis

Du hast, Rammstein

Honey, Mariah Carey

Come on Eileen, Save Ferris

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It’s Yourz, Wu-Tang Clan

Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (I Can’t Help Falling in Love), Spiritualized

Do You Know (What It Takes), Robyn

Zoot Suit Riot, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

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Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.

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