Classic Songs That Gained New Life In 2013

When it came to mining songs of the past, 2013 took – as Breaking Bad‘s Mike Ehrmantraut might have said – no half-measures.

The following songs came firing back into our lives through some strange pathways: a fictional chemist, an overzealous Celtics fan, blurry courtroom controversies and a Toyota commercial.

If this list proves anything, it’s that you never know when a song is due for its cultural comeuppance and summoned forward in time. Clearly, we had no idea what these songs were capable of the first time around so as we look ahead to 2014, we’ll tread lightly.

“Livin’ On A Prayer” – Bon Jovi

Released: October 31, 1986 The lesson here may be that “Livin’ On A Prayer” will just never go away. Tommy? Gina? Forever holding on to what they’ve got: in our cars, our computers and later, in our microchip brain inserts.

Back in November, Bon Jovi’s jock jam of 1987 reentered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 25, thanks to a video of basketball fan Jeremy Fry rocking out to “Prayer” in the aisle of a Boston Celtics game. The video was originally posted in 2009, but it went viral again.

According to Billboard, the twice-viral video received 11 million worldwide views and was shared on Facebook more than 1.6 million times, thereby spurring a global streaming frenzy of “Livin’ On A Prayer.” In a single week, Nielsen SoundScan estimates the rock anthem was played 5.1 million times in the United States, making that week both the happiest and least productive week of the entire year.

Read about two more songs that gained new life in 2013 at 

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