Here's the gig. Go to www.musicoutfitters.com. Type the year of your high school graduation [or first year, if still in high school] into the search function. Retrieve the Top 100 songs from that year. Strike through the songs you hate(d). Underline the songs you like(d). Bold the songs you love(d). Leave blank those you don't care about or don't remember. Annotate at will.
1. Physical, Olivia Newton-John</strike> Tainted by over-play, aerobics, video etc.
2. Eye Of The Tiger, Survivor
3. I Love Rock N' Roll, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
5. Centerfold, J. Geils Band
6. Don't You Want M, Human League
7. Jack And Diane, John Cougar Have you ever noticed that Tracy Chapman totally stole the riff from this song for Fast Car?
8. Hurts So Good, John Cougar
9. Abracadabra, Steve Miller Band
11. Tainted Love, Soft Cell
12. Chariots Of Fire, Vangelis
13. Harden My Heart, Quarterflash
14. Rosanna, Toto
15. I Can't Go For That, Daryl Hall and John Oates-I remember when this was number one for weeks and weeks. We were in rehearsal for our senior musical and I heard it all the time when we hung out in the parking lot.
16. 867-5309 (Jenny), Tommy Tutone
17. Key Largo, Bertie Higgins-I used to like it and then it lost me.
18. You Should Hear How She Talks About You, Melissa Manchester
19. Waiting For A Girl Like You, Foreigner
20. Don't Talk To Strangers, Rick Springfield-One of the follow ups to Jesse's Girl that just wasn't as awesome.
21. The Sweetest Thing, Juice Newton
22. Always On My Mind, Willie Nelson (The Pet Shop Boys did it so much better.0
23. Shake It Up, Cars
24. Let It Whip, Dazz Band
25. We Got The Beat, Go-Go's
26. The Other Woman, Ray Parker Jr.
27. Turn Your Love Around, George Benson
28. Sweet Dreams, Air Supply KILLER HARMONIES, especially the acapella bit at the end.
29. Only The Lonely, Motels
30. Who Can It Be Now?, Men At Work
31. Hold Me, Fleetwood Mac
32. Eye In The Sky, Alan Parsons Project One of my favorites of all time.
33. Let's Groove, Earth, Wind and Fire
34. Open Arms, Journey
36. Leather And Lace, Stevie Nicks and Don Henley
37. Even The Nights Are Better, Air Supply
39. '65 Love Affair, Paul Davis
40. Heat Of The Moment, Asia
41. Take It Easy On Me, Little River Band
42. Pac-man Fever, Buckner and Garcia Ah, the novelty songs of yesteryear.
43. That Girl, Stevie Wonder
44. Private Eyes, Daryl Hall and John Oates
45. Trouble, Lindsey Buckingham
46. Making Love, Roberta Flack-The theme to the movie with Harry Hamlin and Michael Ontkean. Very daring at the time.
47. Love's Been A Little Bit Hard On Me, Juice Newton
48. Young Turks, Rod Stewart Rod goes synth-pop. Great song and awesome video.
49. Freeze-frame, J. Geils Band
50. Keep The Fire Burnin', REO Speedwagon
51. Do You Believe In Love, Huey Lewis and The News Just before they got reallyreally big. This is actually my favorite song of theirs.
52. Cool Night, Paul Davis
53. Caught Up In You, 38 Special
54. Why Do Fools Fall In Love?, Diana Ross
55. Love In The First Degree, Alabama-Back when I still listened to contemporary country on WHN
56. Hooked On Classics, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
57. Wasted On The Way, Crosby, Stills and Nash
58. Think I'm In Love, Eddie Money
59. Love Is In Control, Donna Summer
60. Personally, Karla Bonoff
61. One Hundred Ways, Quincy Jones
62. Blue Eyes, Elton John
63. Our Lips Are Sealed, Go-Go's
64. You Could Have Been Wih Me, Sheena Easton-Whiney ballad.
65. You Can Do Magic, America
66. Did It In A Minute, Daryl Hall and John Oates
67. I Ran, A Flock Of Seagulls
68. Somebody's Baby, Jackson Browne
69. Oh No, Commodores
70. Take It Away, Paul McCartney
71. It's Gonna Take A Miracle, Deneice Williams-Wow, I would have thought this was from much earlier.
72. Love Will Turn You Around, Kenny Rogers
73. Don't Stop Bellevin', Journey
74. Comin' In And Out Of Your Life, Barbra Streisand
75. Gloria, Laura Branigan We love you Laura!
77. Yesterday's Songs, Neil Diamond-I like Neil but this isn't his best.
78. Crimson And Clover, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
79. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Police Although now it'll always be a Barrowman song to me.
80. Here I Am, Air Supply
81. I Keep Forgettin', Michael Mcdonald
82. Get Down On It, Kool and The Gang
83. Any Day Now, Ronnie Milsap
84. Make A Move On Me, Olivia Newton-John Much better song than Physical and more effective for carrying on the post-Grease, grown up (i.e. slutty) Olivia image.
85. Take My Heart, Kool and The Gang
86. Mirror Mirror, Diana Ross
87. Vacation, Go-Go's Man they had a great year.
88. (Oh) Pretty Woman, Van Halen
89. Should I Do It, Pointer Sisters
90. Hot In The City, Billy Idol
91. Kids In America, Kim Wilde
92. Man On Your Mind, Little River Band
93. What's Forever For, Michael Murphy
94. Waiting On A Friend, Rolling Stones Memories of hanging out in the village with my friend Eddie, and actually passing the club where the Stones jam at the end of the video and seeing some of the locations.
95. Do I Do, Stevie Wonder
96. Working For The Weekend, Loverboy
97. Goin' Down, Greg Guidry
98. Arthur's Theme, Christopher Cross
99. Through The Years, Kenny Rogers
100. Edge Of Seventeen, Stevie Nicks What the fuck are you talking about, Stevie?