September 01, 2005

Another music meme

And no, I'm not going to be tagging you this time, Rand!

Courtesy of Kelly at Paradoxes and Problems comes the following music meme:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year.
  3. Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you hate and underline your favorite. Do nothing to the ones you don't remember (or don't care about).

Well, my graduating year was 1989, so my list looks like this:

  1. Look Away, Chicago
  2. My Prerogative, Bobby Brown
  3. Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Poison
  4. Straight Up, Paula Abdul
  5. Miss You Much, Janet Jackson
  6. Cold Hearted, Paula Abdul
  7. Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler
  8. Girl You Know Its True, Milli Vanilli
  9. Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird, Will To Power
  10. Giving You The Best That I Got, Anita Baker
  11. Right Here Waiting, Richard Marx
  12. Waiting For A Star To Fall, Boy Meets Girl
  13. Lost In Your Eyes, Debbie Gibson
  14. Don't Wanna Lose You, Gloria Estefan
  15. Heaven, Warrant
  16. Girl I'm Gonna Miss You, Milli Vanilli
  17. The Look, Roxette
  18. She Drives Me Crazy, Fine Young Cannibals
  19. On Our Own, Bobby Brown
  20. Two Hearts, Phil Collins
  21. Blame It On The Rain, Milli Vanilli
  22. Listen To Your Heart, Roxette
  23. I'll Be There For You, Bon Jovi
  24. If You Don't Know Me By Now, Simply Red
  25. Like A Prayer, Madonna
  26. I'll Be Loving You (Forever), New Kids On The Block
  27. How Can I Fall?, Breathe
  28. Baby Don't Forget My Number, Milli Vanilli
  29. Toy Solider, Martika
  30. Forever Your Girl, Paula Abdul
  31. The Living Years, Mike and the Mechanics
  32. Eternal Flame, The Bangles
  33. Wild Thing, Tone Loc
  34. When I See You Smile, Bad English
  35. If I Could Turn Back Time, Cher
  36. Buffalo Stance, Neneh Cherry
  37. When I'm With You, Sheriff
  38. Don't Rush Me, Taylor Dayne
  39. Born To Be My Baby, Bon Jovi
  40. Good Thing, Fine Young Cannibals
  41. The Lover In Me, Sheena Easton
  42. Bust A Move, Young M.C.
  43. Once Bitten, Twice Shy, Great White
  44. Batdance, Prince
  45. Rock On, Michael Damian
  46. Real Lov, Jody Watley
  47. Love Shack, B-52's
  48. Every Little Step, Bobby Brown
  49. Hangin' Tough, New Kids On The Block
  50. My Heart Can't Tell You No, Rod Stewart
  51. So Alive, Love and Rockets
  52. You Got It (The Right Stuff), New Kids On The Block
  53. Armageddon It, Def Leppard
  54. Satisfied, Richard Marx
  55. Express Yourself, Madonna
  56. I Like It, Dino
  57. Soldier Of Love, Donny Osmond
  58. Sowing The Seeds Of Love, Tears For Fears
  59. Cherish, Madonna
  60. When The Children Cry, White Lion
  61. 18 And Life, Skid Row
  62. I Don't Want Your Love, Duran Duran
  63. Second Chances, .38 Special
  64. The Way You Love Me, Karyn White
  65. Funky Cold Medina, Tone Loc
  66. In Your Room, Bangles
  67. Miss You Like Crazy, Natalie Cole
  68. Love Song, Cure
  69. Secret Rendesvous, Karyn White
  70. Angel Eyes, Jeff Healey Band
  71. Patience, Guns N' Roses
  72. Walk On Water, Eddie Money
  73. Cover Girl, New Kids On The Block
  74. Welcome To The Jungle, Guns N' Roses
  75. Shower Me With Your Love, Surface
  76. Stand, R.E.M.
  77. Close My Eyes Forever, Lita Ford
  78. All This Time, Tiffany
  79. After All, Cher and Peter Cetera
  80. Roni, Bobby Brown
  81. Love In An Elevator, Aerosmith
  82. Lay Your Hands On Me, Bon Jovi
  83. This Promise, When In Rome
  84. What I Am, Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians
  85. I Remember Holding You, Boys Club
  86. Paradise City, Guns N' Roses
  87. I wanna Have Some Fun, Samantha Fox
  88. She Wants To Dance With Me, Rick Astley
  89. Dreamin', Vanessa Williams
  90. It's No Crime, Babyface
  91. Poison, Alice Cooper
  92. This Time I Know It's For Real, Donna Summer
  93. Smooth Criminal, Michael Jackson
  94. Heaven Help Me, Deon Estus
  95. Rock Wit'cha, Bobby Brown
  96. Thinking Of You, Sa-fire
  97. What You Don't Know, Expose
  98. Surrender To Me, Ann Wilson and Robin Zander
  99. The End Of The Innocence, Don Henley
  100. Keep On Movin', Soul II Soul

And the moral of the story is . . . 1989 sucked, musically speaking, being the year of NKOTB and Milli Vanilli, amongst others.

I guess there's something to be said after all for coming from a hick town where we hadn't heard of half these songs and had to be content with good music.

(By the way, just for the sake of contrast, here is why I consider 1983 to be the best year in music: lots I like, some I'm indifferent to, nothing I couldn't stand):

  1. Every Breath You Take, Police
  2. Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
  3. Flashdance... What A Feelin, Irene Cara
  4. Down Under, Men At Work
  5. Beat It, Michael Jackson
  6. Total Eclipse Of The Heart, Bonnie Tyler
  7. Maneater, Daryl Hall and John Oates
  8. Baby Come To Me, Patti Austin and James Ingram
  9. Maniac, Michael Sembello
  10. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), Eurythmics
  11. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, Culture Club
  12. You And I, Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle
  13. Come On Eileen, Dexy's Midnight Runners
  14. Shame On The Moon, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
  15. She Works Hard For The Money, Donna Summer
  16. Never Gonna Let You Go, Sergio Mendes
  17. Hungry Like The Wolf, Duran Duran
  18. Let's Dance, David Bowie
  19. Twilight Zone, Golden Earring
  20. I Know There's Something Going On, Frida
  21. Jeopardy, Greg Kihn Band
  22. Electric Avenue, Eddy Grant
  23. She Blinded Me With Science, Thomas Dolby
  24. Africa, Toto
  25. Little Red Corvette, Prince
  26. Back On The Chain Gang, Pretenders
  27. Up Where We Belong, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
  28. Mr. Roboto, Styx
  29. You Are, Lionel Richie
  30. Der Kommissar, After The Fire
  31. Puttin' On The Ritz, Taco
  32. Sexual Healing, Marvin Gaye
  33. (Keep Feeling) Fascination, Human League
  34. Time (Clock Of The Heart), Culture Club
  35. The Safety Dance, Men Without Hats
  36. Mickey, Toni Basil
  37. You Can't Hurry Love, Phil Collins
  38. Separate Ways, Journey
  39. One On One, Daryl Hall and John Oates
  40. We've Got Tonight, Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton
  41. 1999, Prince
  42. Stray Cat Strut, Stray Cats
  43. Allentown, Billy Joel
  44. Stand Back, Stevie Nicks
  45. Tell Her About It, Billy Joel
  46. Always Something There To Remind Me, Naked Eyes
  47. Truly, Lionel Richie
  48. Dirty Laundry, Don Henley
  49. The Girl Is Mine, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney
  50. Too Shy, Kajagoogoo
  51. Goody Two Shoes, Adam Ant
  52. Rock The Casbah, Clash
  53. Our House, Madness
  54. Overkill, Men At Work
  55. Is There Something I Should Know, Duran Duran
  56. Gloria, Laura Branigan
  57. Affair Of The Heart, Rick Springfield
  58. She's A Beauty, Tubes
  59. Solitaire, Laura Branigan
  60. Don't Let It End, Styx
  61. How Am I Supposed To Live Without You, Laura Branigan
  62. China Girl, David Bowie
  63. Come Dancing, Kinks
  64. Promises, Promises, Naked Eyes
  65. The Other Guy, Little River Band
  66. Making Love Out Of Nothing At All, Air Supply
  67. Family Man, Daryl Hall and John Oates
  68. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', Michael Jackson
  69. I Won't Hold You Back, Toto
  70. All Right, Christopher Cross
  71. Straight From The Heart, Bryan Adams
  72. Heart To Heart, Kenny Loggins
  73. My Love, Lionel Richie
  74. I'm Still Standing, Elton John
  75. Hot Girls In Love, Loverboy
  76. It's A Mistake, Men At Work
  77. I'll Tumble 4 Ya, Culture Club
  78. All This Love, Debarge
  79. Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy, Sammy Hagar
  80. Heartbreaker, Dionne Warwick
  81. Faithfully, Journey
  82. Steppin' Out, Joe Jackson
  83. Take Me To Heart, Quarterflash
  84. (She's) Sexy + 17, Stray Cats
  85. Try Again, Champaign
  86. Dead Giveaway, Shalamar
  87. Lawyers In Love, Jackson Browne
  88. What About Me, Moving Pictures
  89. Human Nature, Michael Jackson
  90. Photograph, Def Leppard
  91. Pass The Dutchie, Musical Youth
  92. True, Spandau Ballet
  93. Far From Over, Frank Stallone
  94. I've Got A Rock 'N' Roll Heart, Eric Clapton
  95. It Might Be You, Stephen Bishop
  96. Tonight I Celebrate My Love, Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack
  97. You Got Lucky, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
  98. Don't Cry, Asia
  99. Breaking Us In Two, Joe Jackson
  100. Fall In Love With Me, Earth, Wind and Fire