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Saturday, September 03, 2005

My Husband Tagged Me!

No, it's nothing dirty. He tagged me for a blog meme. But still... my first tag. I feel so (sniff) honored.

Here's how it works:
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. Commentary is optional, as is good taste.

And the fun part... tag, you're it!

Here's my list, for 1985:

1. Careless Whisper, Wham!
2. Like A Virgin, Madonna Uh, like a what?
3. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Wham!
4. I Want To Know What Love Is, Foreigner
5. I Feel For You, Chaka Khan
6. Out Of Touch, Daryl Hall and John Oates
7. Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Tears For Fears
8. Money For Nothing, Dire Straits (So in-your-face.)
9. Crazy For You, Madonna
10. Take On Me, A-Ha
11. Everytime You Go Away, Paul Young (The instrumental, and the use of stereo was phenomenal.)
12. Easy Lover, Phil Collins and Philip Bailey
13. Can't Fight This Feeling, REO Speedwagon (Easy to sing with.)
14. We Built This City, Starship (I like this one even more now than I did then. I think it was just too sophisticated for teenyboppers.)
15. The Power Of Love, Huey Lewis and The News
16. Don't You (Forget About Me), Simple Minds
17. Cherish, Kool and The Gang
18. St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion), John Parr (I would have liked it better in smaller quantities, though.)
19. The Heat Is On, Glenn Frey
20. We Are The World, U.S.A. For Africa (I wasn't sure if there was a way to do a double slashthrough. If you recall, they were raising money for a starving Ethiopia through the virtue of self-righteousness. When they delivered, the dictator confiscated it all, and distributed it among his well-fed cronies.)
21. Shout, Tears For Fears
22. Part-Time Lover, Stevie Wonder (see comment below, for #23.)
23. Saving All My Love For You, Whitney Houston (Ah, the beauty and romance of adultery. Does anything really say "love" like doing someone else's spouse?)
24. Heaven, Bryan Adams
25. Everything She Wants, Wham!
26. Cool It Now, New Edition
27. Miami Vice Theme, Jan Hammer
28. Lover Boy, Billy Ocean (I don't remember this one, but I put a slashthrough for any Billy Ocean song on principle. I'm firmly convinced the only reason he ever sold any music was that BMG continually selected him as "featured artist" and slow mailers kept accidentally ordering his stuff.)
29. Lover Girl, Teena Marie
30. You Belong To The City, Glenn Frey
31. Oh Sheila, Ready For The World
32. Rhythm Of The Night, Debarge (I'm gonna give it a 70, Dick. It had a great beat and you could dance to it.)
33. One More Night, Phil Collins
34. Sea Of Love, Honeydrippers
35. A View To A Kill, Duran Duran
36. The Wild Boys, Duran Duran
37. You're The Inspiration, Chicago (Extra points merely for being a Chicago song.)
38. Neutron Dance, Pointer Sisters
39. We Belong, Pat Benatar
40. Nightshift, Commodores
41. Things Can Only Get Better, Howard Jones
42. All I Need, Jack Wagner
43. Freeway Of Love, Aretha Franklin
44. Never Surrender, Corey Hart
45. Sussudio, Phil Collins (I can't decide about this one. Maybe I'm just embarrassed about having enjoyed a song so stupid.)
46. Strut, Sheena Easton
47. You Give Good Love, Whitney Houston
48. The Search Is Over, Survivor
49. Missing You, Diana Ross
50. Separate Lives, Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin (Nice angst. Good for singing in the shower, or when really peeved at someone.)
51. Raspberry Beret, Prince and The Revolution (This was the only song of his that I ever liked.)
52. Suddenly, Billy Ocean (Why did BMG like him so much? Was someone taking kickbacks?)
53. The Boys Of Summer, Don Henley
54. One Night In Bangkok, Murray Head
55. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, Sting (Trite, even then.)
56. Obsession, Animotion
57. We Don't Need Another Hero, Tina Turner
58. Material Girl, Madonna (Much more honest than "Like a Virgin," don't you think?)
59. Better Be Good To Me, Tina Turner
60. Head Over Heels, Tears For Fears
61. Axel F, Harold Faltermeyer (I was never big on techno, but this was a shining example of its kind.)
62. Smooth Operator, Sade
63. In My House, Mary Jane Girls
64. Don't Lose My Number, Phil Collins
65. All Through The Night, Cyndi Lauper
66. Run To You, Bryan Adams
67. Glory Days, Bruce Springsteen
68. Voices Carry, 'Til Tuesday
69. Misled, Kool and The Gang
70. Would I Lie To You?, Eurythmics
71. Be Near Me, ABC
72. No More Lonely Nights, Paul McCartney (Joel says it was almost good. I concur.)
73. I Can't Hold Back, Survivor
74. Summer Of '69, Bryan Adams
75. Walking On Sunshine, Katrina and The Waves
76. Freedom, Wham!
77. Too Late For Goodbyes, Julian Lennon
78. Valotte, Julian Lennon
79. Some Like It Hot, Power Station
80. Solid, Ashford and Simpson
81. Angel, Madonna
82. I'm On Fire, Bruce Springsteen
83. Method Of Modern Love, Daryl Hall and John Oates
84. Lay Your Hands On Me, Thompson Twins
85. Who's Holding Donna Now, Debarge
86. Lonely Ol' Night, John Cougar Mellencamp
87. What About Love, Heart
88. California Girls, David Lee Roth
89. Fresh, Kool and The Gang
90. Do What You Do, Jermaine Jackson
91. Jungle Of Love, The Time
92. Born In The USA, Bruce Springsteen
93. Private Dancer, Tina Turner
94. Who's Zoomin' Who, Aretha Franklin
95. Fortress Around Your Heart, Sting
96. Penny Lover, Lionel Richie
97. All She Wants To Do Is Dance, Don Henley
98. Dress You Up, Madonna
99. Sentimental Street, Night Ranger
100. Sugar Walls, Sheena Easton