Flashback Time

All right, so Pam’s tagged me with a music meme. And what the hell, I’ll play along. The idea is to go here and grab the list of the top 100 songs from your high school graduation year (though I’m not exactly sure what measuring stick they’re using to pick the “top songs”). Then mark them up as directed. (Oh, and I’ve added hyperlinks from the song titles to the track in the iTunes Store — when it’s available — in case your memory needs some refreshing... or if this little trip down memory lane inspires you to expand your collection.)

I’m going to try to do this with my high-school self in mind; in other words, this is what I thought about the songs then (and I was fairly tolerant at the time, going through a bizarre sort of pop/metal phase). In at least one case (and I’ll leave it to you to pick which one) a song I hated has since grown on me, and in several instances a tune I liked has deteriorated in my estimation into a stinking pile of pus.

I don’t think I can realistically ask you to completely withhold judgment, but I can tell you that any barbs directed my way will leave me psychologically unscathed — I’m long past obsessing over my teenage shortcomings (but if you want clarification on any of my choices, ask away and I’ll gladly address it in the comments).

So without further ado, here’s the list.

Green = Made everyone shut up so I could hear it clearly
Black = Could certainly tolerate it, but wasn’t running out to buy the single (yes, we had singles back then)
Red = Actually made the effort to get up and change the dial on the radio
Blue = Um... what was that one again?

  1. That’s What Friends Are For, Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder
  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
  6. How Will I Know, Whitney Houston
  7. Party All The Time, Eddie Murphy
  8. Burning Heart, Survivor
  9. Kyrie, Mr. Mister
  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
  16. There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry), Billy Ocean
  17. Alive And Kicking, Simple Minds
  18. Never, Heart
  19. Kiss, Prince and The Revolution
  20. Higher Love, Steve Winwood
  21. Stuck With You, Huey Lewis & The News
  22. Holding Back The Years, Simply Red
  23. Sledgehammer, Peter Gabriel
  24. Sara, Starship
  25. Human, Human League
  26. I Can’t Wait, Nu Shooz
  27. Take My Breath Away, Berlin
  28. Rock Me Amadeus, Falco
  29. Papa Don’t Preach, Madonna
  30. You Give Love A Bad Name, Bon Jovi
  31. When The Going Gets Tough, Billy Ocean
  32. When I Think Of You, Janet Jackson
  33. These Dreams, Heart
  34. Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone), Glass Tiger
  35. Live To Tell, Madonna
  36. Mad About You, Belinda Carlisle
  37. Something About You, Level 42
  38. Venus, Bananarama
  39. Dancing On The Ceiling, Lionel Richie (a song that I now ridicule mercilessly, but at the time, it didn’t particularly bother me)
  40. Conga, Miami Sound Machine
  41. True Colors, Cyndi Lauper
  42. Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins (maybe this is a Top Gun thing, but I still love it)
  43. What Have You Done For Me Lately, Janet Jackson
  44. No One Is To Blame, Howard Jones
  45. Let’s Go All The Way, Sly Fox
  46. I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On, Robert Palmer
  47. Words Get In The Way, Miami Sound Machine
  48. Manic Monday, Bangles
  49. Walk Of Life, Dire Straits
  50. Amanda, Boston
  51. Two Of Hearts, Stacey Q
  52. Crush On You, Jets
  53. If You Leave, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
  54. Invisible Touch, Genesis
  55. The Sweetest Taboo, Sade
  56. What You Need, INXS
  57. Talk To Me, Stevie Nicks
  58. Nasty, Janet Jackson
  59. Take Me Home Tonight, Eddie Money
  60. We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off, Jermaine Stewart (this one still makes me cringe)
  61. All Cried Out, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam With Full Force
  62. Your Love, Outfield
  63. I’m Your Man, Wham!
  64. Perfect Way, Scritti Politti
  65. Living In America, James Brown
  66. R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A., John Cougar Mellencamp
  67. Who’s Johnny, El Debarge
  68. Word Up, Cameo
  69. Why Can’t This Be Love, Van Halen
  70. Silent Running, Mike and The Mechanics
  71. Typical Male, Tina Turner
  72. Small Town, John Cougar Mellencamp
  73. Tarzan Boy, Baltimora
  74. All I Need Is A Miracle, Mike and The Mechanics
  75. Sweet Freedom, Michael McDonald
  76. True Blue, Madonna
  77. Rumors, Timex Social Club
  78. Life In A Northern Town, Dream Academy
  79. Bad Boy, Miami Sound Machine
  80. Sleeping Bag, ZZ Top (I was a big ZZ Top fan after Eliminator, but this just didn’t do it for me)
  81. Tonight She Comes, Cars
  82. Love Touch, Rod Stewart
  83. A Love Bizarre, Sheila E.
  84. Throwing It All Away, Genesis
  85. Baby Love, Regina
  86. Election Day, Arcadia
  87. Nikita, Elton John
  88. Take Me Home, Phil Collins
  89. Walk This Way, Run-D.M.C.
  90. Sweet Love, Anita Baker
  91. Your Wildest Dreams, Moody Blues
  92. Spies Like Us, Paul McCartney
  93. Object Of My Desire, Starpoint
  94. Dreamtime, Daryl Hall
  95. Tender Love, Force M.D.’s
  96. King For A Day, Thompson Twins
  97. Love Will Conquer All, Lionel Richie
  98. A Different Corner, George Michael
  99. I’ll Be Over You, Toto
  100. Go Home, Stevie Wonder
As for tagging... well, since I pretty much abandoned this blog several months back, I think my readership is about nil. So that means that if you’re reading this, then you’ve been tagged. And I do expect you to participate.



At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Tim Talbott said...




At 11:39 AM, Blogger Bill/Cinéaste/FatherReader said...

Hey, watch it. You want me to tell everyone what your absolute favorite song freshman year was? 'Cause I still remember, you know...

At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Tim Talbott said...

Shutting up now.


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