Monday, September 03, 2007

Top 100 Songs From Graduation Year

From Christine at The Simple & The Ordinary.

It's simple: what songs did you like the year your graduated from high school.

Bold = I loved it!
Underlined = I liked it ...OK, I'm changing this to italics, I liked it, because that's easier on blogger
Strikeout = I hated it!

List of songs from this site

Top 100 Hits of 1984/ Top 100 Songs of 1984

1. When Doves Cry, Prince
2. What's Love Got To Do With It, Tina Turner
3. Say Say Say, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
4. Footloose, Kenny Loggins
5. Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now), Phil Collins
6. Jump, Van Halen
7. Hello, Lionel Richie
8. Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Yes
9. Ghostbusters, Ray Parker Jr.
10. Karma Chameleon, Culture Club
11. Missing You, John Waite
12. All Night Long (All Night), Lionel Richie
13. Let's Hear It For The Boy, Deniece Williams
14. Dancing In The Dark, Bruce Springsteen
15. Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper
16. The Reflex, Duran Duran
17. Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper
18. Jump (For My Love), Pointer Sisters
19. Talking In Your Sleep, Romantics
20. Self Control, Laura Branigan
21. Let's Go Crazy, Prince and The Revolution
22. Say It Isn't So, Daryl Hall and John Oates
23. Hold Me Now, Thompson Twins
24. Joanna, Kool and The Gang
25. I Just Called To Say I Love You, Stevie Wonder
26. Somebody's Watching Me, Rockwell
27. Break My Stride, Matthew Wilder
28. 99 Luftballons, Nena
29. I Can Dream About You, Dan Hartman
30. The Glamorous Life, Sheila E.
31. Oh Sherrie, Steve Perry
32. Stuck On You, Lionel Richie
33. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues, Elton John
34. She Bop, Cyndi Lauper
35. Borderline, Madonna
36. Sunglasses At Night, Corey Hart
37. Eyes Without A Face, Billy Idol
38. Here Comes The Rain Again, Eurythmics
39. Uptown Girl, Billy Joel
40. Sister Christian, Night Ranger
41. Drive, Cars
42. Twist Of Fate, Olivia Newton-John
43. Union Of The Snake, Duran Duran
44. The Heart Of Rock 'N' Roll, Huey Lewis and The News
45. Hard Habit To Break, Chicago
46. The Warrior, Scandal
47. If Ever You're In My Arms Again, Peabo Bryson
48. Automatic, Pointer Sisters
49. Let The Music Play, Shannon
50. To All The Girls I've Loved Before, Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson
51. Caribbean Queen, Billy Ocean
52. That's All, Genesis
53. Running With The Night, Lionel Richie
54. Sad Songs (Say So Much), Elton John
55. I Want A New Drug, Huey Lewis and The News
56. Islands In The Stream, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
57. Love Is A Battlefield, Pat Benatar
58. Infatuation, Rod Stewart
59. Almost Paradise, Mike Reno and Ann Wilson
60. Legs, ZZ Top
61. State Of Shock, Jacksons
62. Love Somebody, Rick Springfield
63. Miss Me Blind, Culture Club
64. If This Is It, Huey Lewis and The News
65. You Might Think, Cars
66. Lucky Star, Madonna
67. Cover Me, Bruce Springsteen
68. Cum On Feel The Noize, Quiet Riot
69. Breakdance, Irene Cara
70. Adult Education, Daryl Hall and John Oates
71. They Don't Know, Tracy Ullman
72. An Innocent Man, Billy Joel
73. Cruel Summer, Bananarama
74. Dance Hall Days, Wang Chung
75. Give It Up, K.C.
76. I'm So Excited, Pointer Sisters
77. I Still Can't Get Over Loving You, Ray Parker Jr.
78. Thriller, Michael Jackson
79. Holiday, Madonna
80. Breakin'... There's No Stopping Us, Ollie And Jerry
81. Nobody Told Me, John Lennon
82. Church Of The Poison Mind, Culture Club
83. Think Of Laura, Christopher Cross
84. Time Will Reveal, Debarge
85. Wrapped Around Your Finger, Police
86. Pink Houses, John Cougar Mellencamp
87. Round And Round, Ratt
88. Head Over Heels, Go-Go's
89. The Longest Time, Billy Joel
90. Tonight, Kool and The Gang
91. Got A Hold On Me, Christine McVie
92. Dancing In The Sheets, Shalamar
93. Undercover Of The Night, Rolling Stones
94. On The Dark Side, John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band
95. New Moon On Monday, Duran Duran
96. Major Tom (Coming Home), Peter Schilling
97. Magic, Cars
98. When You Close Your Eyes, Night Ranger
99. Rock Me Tonite, Billy Squier
100. Yah Mo B There, James Ingram and Michael McDonald

What I tried to do was remember, lo, those many years ago -- what did I like? What did sing along to? Do I care at all that Sophie B loses all respect for my music taste?

A number of these I had totally forgotten; thanks, YouTube, for the memories!

So of course, I tag the Pop Goes the Library crew: Sophie, Susan, Carlie, Melissa, John and Karen.


Jackie Parker said...

So I looked at my year, and I don't remember most of them. Boy bands, Usher and 'Puff Daddy' were WAY over represented.

This is probably why I don't remember many of them.

Paige Y. said...

I know I sound like my parents, but music was lots more fun back then (I'm a 1983 graduate). Many of your songs brought a smile to my face. 1984 was my first year at UNC and I spent much time in our dorm lounge watching MTV back when they actually showed music videos.

christine M said...

Thanks for the 99 Luftballoons video. My kids love this song (I have the 45). Remember the time we tried to fill Chris's Camero with balloons?

Brian Farrey said...

How does one love "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and hate "She Bop?"

RM1(SS) (ret) said...

1984? Wow, you're young.... 8)

I'm posting the list for '72 on my blog. Didn't even recognise more than half the songs.

Robin Brande said...

Wow, Liz, what a total treat for the brain and memory. Those songs were my songs--although you were awfully harsh on some of them I mean, come on--what's wrong with Hall and Oates? You must have been a *rebel.*

Anonymous said...

Jackie, that's totally what I said when I looked at my year! Actually, forget not remembering the songs, I haven't even heard of a good third of those people/bands. I think I know more songs from 1984 than 1998. And a lot of those songs are better, too. *sob* I mean, "When Doves Cry"? Total classic! The #1 song for my year is "Too Close" by Next. I don't remember that at all. And who is Next?

Anonymous said...

Dang, I can't edit my last comment.

I meant, *whines*

Anonymous said...

Too... many... horrifying... fashion memories. Make it stop. Oh please, god... make it stop.

Mike Thomson said...

I too am a 1984 grad but my favs don't show up on most lists. Metallica's Ride the Lightning album came out that year and changed hard rock music forever.

During 1984, I walked into a music story in Chicago and heard an EP by a band called Queensryche -- they soon became one of my favorite bands of all time. They are kind of heavy metal version of The Who.

I was very much into Dokken back then and they released an album called Tooth and Nail that year.

Bon Jovi also came on the music scene that year with his first album and a song called Runaway.

And, back then I was still listening to Triumph on a regular basis. They released an album entitled Thunder Seven that year.

I now spend my time listening to Irish folk music and bands like Iron & Wine but in those days I was essentially a heavy metal guy.

Liz B said...

Revisiting those old high school songs, who knew it would be such fun? I'm surprised at how many of the videos I do remember... but then, MTV played vidoes back then. M did stand for music.

While I can't pretend to "know" music, I can say that as I got older my tastes moved away from top 40.

Music phases since then? Hm, there was grunge (god, I loved Nirvana), Indigo Girls, the Pogues (still one of my favorite bands), Irish music (Chieftans and the like).

Sadly, a lot of music I like now is music I first hear on a TV show or movie and I go, hey, what's that song?

Mike Thomson said...

I still love the Indigo Girls. As far as grundge goes, I was and am still into Pearl Jam rather than Nirvana.

Check out Planxty and Christy Moore if you like the Chieftans.

Liz B said...

Thanks for the recommendation; and years ago I saw Luka Bloom (Christy's brother) in concert in Philadelphia. Acoustic Motorbike is one of my favorite albums.

Mary Beth said...

Oh My God! Not only do I know all those songs, I can sing them all (not well, but I know all the words). I graduated HS in 1984 also and this really brought back memories. Some of them are such favorites, I have them (Major Tom) on my Ipod right now:)