Thursday, September 01, 2005

Pop Song Memories

I gacked this from Hugh at Three Bed Two Bath and thought it might be an interesting trip down memory lane.

The Rules:

...find the Top 100 songs from the year you graduated from high school, list 'em on your site, highlight the ones you like and cross out the ones you hate. You underline your favorite, and ignore the ones to which you're kind of indifferent.

1. "That's What Friends Are For", Dionne Warwick, Elton John, and Gladys Knight

2. "Say You, Say Me", Lionel Richie

3. "I Miss You", Klymaxx

4. "On My Own", Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald

5. "Broken Wings", Mr. Mister (I am an unabashed Mr. Mister fan. And this is one of my favorite songs of all time.)

6. "How Will I Know", Whitney Houston

7. "Party All The Time", Eddie Murphy

8. "Burning Heart", Survivor

9. "Kyrie", Mr. Mister (Not as good a song as #5, but a nice tune.)

10. "Addicted To Love", Robert Palmer

11. "Greatest Love Of All", Whitney Houston

12. "Secret Lovers", Atlantic Starr 13. Friends And Lovers, Carl Anderson and Gloria Loring

14. "Glory Of Love", Peter Cetera

15. "West End Girls", Pet Shop Boys (A nice bridge between my punk/industrial sensibilities and pop music.)

16. "There'll Be Sad Songs", Billy Ocean

17. "Alive And Kicking", Simple Minds (I really love Simple Minds and this is probably my favorite song of theirs. And that love has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that my HS Sweetheart thought I looked like the lead singer. No connection. None at all.)

18. "Never", Heart

19. "Kiss", Prince and The Revolution (God, this song is sooooo sexy.)

20. "Higher Love", Steve Winwood (This is not the greatest Stevie Windwood tune, but I really like the whole production of the song. It's slick, it sounds big, it's cool.)

21. Stuck With You, Huey Lewis and The News (This is quite possibly the worst song ever. I'm serious. "I'm so happy to be stuck with you"??? Real romantic, Huey.)

22. "Holding Back The Years", Simply Red (Not much of a song, but his voice just hit me like a hammer the first time I heard it! I actually pulled my car over so I could listen to it better. It still takes my breath away.)

23. "Sledgehammer", Peter Gabriel (I will forever link the album "So" with the summer of 1986. I was down in Bush Gardens Williamsburg headlining a theme park show and having the time of my life. My flatmates and I would crank this song really up on our days off.)

24. "Sara", Starship

25. "Human", Human League


lemming said...

See, the best songs of your year are so much better than mine...

John B. said...

"That's What Friends Are For"---definitelyone of the worst songs of all time....although 'Say You, Say Me' is right up there.

I realy like "Kyrie" and 'Stuck with You'...and anything by Peter Gabriel.

Joe said...

Son of a gun... you do look like the lead singer from Simple Minds!

oddangel said...

When I look at my list, I can understand why the mainstream music of the day gave me hives. No Roxette, Paula Abdul, Mariah Carey, Wilson Philips, or watered down Billy Idol for me, thanks.

Probably the only songs worth mentioning on my list are "Vogue" by Madonna and "Enjoy the Silence" by Depeche Mode.

Of course, this was also the year I started listening to early Mudhoney and Nirvana....