Gary and Trevor time-travel back 20 years and chat with Paula Cole, who ranked in the top 40 this week in 1997 with her breakthrough smash "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?"
Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, where each week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts department, discuss why what's on the charts … is on the charts, while also looking at current chart action in a historical context for even greater insights.
This week, Gary and Trevor revisit the Billboard Hot 100 this week in 1997 and count down the chart's top hits, from No. 40 to No. 1. Back in the heyday of Michael Jordan's basketball (and film) career and the early days of email, the Hot 100 this week 20 years ago blended pop and R&B boy and girl groups, dueling versions of "How Do I Live" and hits by multiple artists who thrived during the Lilith Fair singer-songwriter era.
One of those stars, Paula Cole, also stops by to discuss her hit in the Hot 100's top 40 this week in 1997, "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" "I was listening to a lot of XTC," Cole remembers of the song's origin. "They were smart, and funny, and telling stories, and I had this a-ha moment, thinking, 'There are not a lot of songs with humor written by women, for women.' I wanted to try that."