PorkTrack helps you discover what song was playing when you were conceived

If that's something you want to know... 


Mike Fenn


Published May 27, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 6:05 am CDT

“Every Breath You Take” is a beautiful song that brings to made lots of 80s movies. And it was also the song that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg likely was conceived to. In essence, Sting could have been indirectly responsible for Facebook.

Such trivia is culled from the website PorkTrack.com, which uses a simple algorithm to calculate which song was probably playing on the radio while planting the seed that would ultimately become you. By subtracting 40 weeks from your date of birth and making necessary adjustments (such as an early or late birth), the site produces which song was atop the Billboard Hot 100 that week.

“Real doctors can only kind of estimate the date of conception, and they have real, tangible data to work with. This is just a computer somewhere,” its site creator, who goes by the handle literallyelvis on both Twitter and Reddit, wrote in the site’s FAQ section regarding PorkTrack’s accuracy.

According to PorkTrack, my own parents may have conceived me to the Herb Alpert song “Rise,” resulting in my birth on August 7, 1980. And Grumpy Cat’s April 4, 2012 birthdate means that she was likely a twinkle or some cats’ eyes when Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” was a big hit.

Unfortunately, not everyone can enjoy PorkTrack. If you were born before Jan. 1, 1959, the earliest date available on the site, it’s anyone’s guess what your cavorting parents’ musical accompaniment was. For example, we’ll sadly never know what was playing on the radio (phonograph?) nine months before Stan Lee’s Dec. 28, 1922 birthday.

Its lack of accuracy aside, PorkTrack is a fun little tool that takes you on a musical journey through time. Perhaps you may even find a new track to conceive your own children to, if you aren’t a fan of this week’s Number 1 Billboard Hot 100 single, “All of Me” by John Legend.

H/T The Vine / Image via Tristan Bowersox/Flickr

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*First Published: May 27, 2014, 2:44 pm CDT