I stole this from Suldog, who thought his graduating year of 1974 was dark in terms of the music produced. I think my graduating year of 1986 may eclipse that.
A) Go to Music Outfitters.
B) In the search function, enter the year you graduated from high school. Get the list of the 100 most popular songs of that year.
C) Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you hate, and underline or italicize your favorite.
D)Do nothing to those you don’t remember or don’t care about.
I prefer his take of breaking them down in to lists.
Songs I love: Those I turn up when I hear them on the radio,dance, and sing along to, thus tormenting my children on three levels (80s music along with my personal visuals and audio).
19. Kiss, Prince and The Revolution (I've said it before, I'll say it again. regardless of what any internet blog quiz says, THIS is my stripper song. Anyone got a pole?)
38. Venus, Bananarama (Just silly fun)
40. Conga, Miami Sound Machine (Yeah, I get in conga lines. Shaddup, just shaddup already.)
55. The Sweetest Taboo, Sade (Sade is just terrific.)
72. Small Town, John Cougar Mellencamp (Ironically, he married a girl from my small town who graduated a year after me. Love the song though.)
Wow, that's it...5 songs from my senior year that I really dig. Sad huh?
Songs I sorta like: I might sing along or dance in my kitchen to these depending on my mood.
10. Addicted To Love, Robert Palmer
17. Alive And Kicking, Simple Minds
20. Higher Love, Steve Winwood
21. Stuck With You, Huey Lewis and The News (This one's for you, Diesel.)
23. Sledgehammer, Peter Gabriel
27. Take My Breath Away, Berlin
29. Papa Don't Preach, Madonna
41. True Colors, Cyndi Lauper
48. Manic Monday, Bangles
49. Walk Of Life, Dire Straits
56. What You Need, INXS
58. Nasty, Janet Jackson
65. Living In America, James Brown
80. Sleeping Bag, ZZ Top (The only ZZ Top song to make the list at all and it's this? Lots of theirs are so much better and woudl be on the upper list.)
89. Walk This Way, Run-D.M.C. (I liked the version when they teamed up with Aerosmith better.)
Songs that are marginally better than a sharp stick in the eye: Self-explanatory, I should hope. These songs get a solid...meh.
5. Broken Wings, Mr. Mister
9. Kyrie, Mr. Mister
15. West End Girls, Pet Shop Boys
30. You Give Love A Bad Name, Bon Jovi
33. These Dreams, Heart
59. Take Me Home Tonight, Eddie Money
69. Why Can't This Be Love, Van Halen (I like Van Halen a lot. Why can't this be good?)
74. All I Need Is A Miracle, Mike + The Mechanics
Songs whose writers should be poked in the eye with a sharp stick: Suldog had a list of songs that would be in heavy rotation if he were condemned for all eternity. I say we just condemn the songwriters and singers.
1. That's What Friends Are For, Dionne Warwick, Elton John, and Gladys Knight
2. Say You, Say Me, Lionel Richie (Just say no!)
4. On My Own , Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald
6. How Will I Know, Whitney Houston (She's got a fabulous set of pipes, but gads the crap she sang...)
7. Party All The Time, Eddie Murphy (And the winner of the WTF Award goes to....)
11. Greatest Love Of All, Whitney Houston
14. Glory Of Love, Peter Cetera
16. There'll Be Sad Songs, Billy Ocean (I really want to like this guy's music because he is from Trinidad, but ugh...this is just not good.)
28. Rock Me Amadeus, Falco
31. When The Going Gets Tough, Billy Ocean
39. Dancing On The Ceiling, Lionel Richie (Runner up in the WTF category)
42. Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins (The danger is in prolonged exposure to this song)
47. Words Get In The Way, Miami Sound Machine
50. Amanda, Boston
51. Two Of Hearts, Stacey Q (Great, now the chorus to this will be running through my head all day.)
60. We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off, Jermaine Stewart
66. R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A., John Cougar Mellencamp (I want music, not a spelling bee)
87. Nikita, Elton John
88. Take Me Home, Phil Collins
92. Spies Like Us, Paul McCartney (The man should have just stopped when the Beatles broke up. First "Wings" then movie theme songs? What's next, Mcdonald's jingles?)
Huh?: Songs either I can't remember or don't give a rip about.
3. I Miss You, Klymaxx
8. Burning Heart, Survivor
12. Secret Lovers, Atlantic Starr
13. Friends And Lovers, Carl Anderson and Gloria Loring
18. Never, Heart
22. Holding Back The Years, Simply Red
24. Sara, Starship
25. Human, Human League
26. I Can't Wait, Nu Shooz
32. When I Think Of You, Janet Jackson
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
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
52. Crush On You, Jets
53. If You Leave, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
54. Invisible Touch, Genesis
57. Talk To Me, Stevie Nicks
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
67. Who's Johnny, El Debarge
68. Word Up, Cameo
70. Silent Running, Mike + The Mechanics
71. Typical Male, Tina Turner
73. Tarzan Boy, Baltimora
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
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
90. Sweet Love, Anita Baker
91. Your Wildest Dreams, Moody Blues
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
And there you have a very dark year musically....sad, isn't it? What are your thoughts on this list? Tell me some of your favorites from your graduating year.