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Another Music Meme: Gotta make a move to the town that's right for me

I am such a sucker for music memes. So here's another.

Via Johnny Bacardi and Pop Culture Gadabout:
A.) Go to musicoutfitters.com
B.) Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year
C.) 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).


1. Call Me, Blondie
2. Another Brick In The Wall, Pink Floyd
3. Magic, Olivia Newton-John
4. Rock With You, Michael Jackson
5. Do That To Me One More Time, Captain and Tennille
6. Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Queen
7. Coming Up, Paul McCartney
8. Funkytown, Lipps, Inc.
<9. It's Still Rock And Roll To Me, Billy Joel
10. The Rose, Bette Midler
11. Escape (The Pina Colada Song), Rupert Holmes
12. Cars, Gary Numan
13. Cruisin', Smokey Robinson
14. Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me Girl, Spinners
15. Lost In Love, Air Supply
16. Little Jeannie, Elton John
17. Ride Like The Wind, Cristopher Cross
18. Upside Down, Diana Ross
19. Please Don't Go, K.C. and The Sunshine Band
20. Babe, Styx
21. With You I'm Born Again, Billy Preston and Syreeta
22. Shining Star, Manhattans
23. Still, Commodores
24. Yes, I'm Ready, Teri De Sario With K.C.
25. Sexy Eyes, Dr. Hook
26. Steal Away, Robbie Dupree
27. Biggest Part Of Me, Ambrosia
28. This Is It, Kenny Loggins
29. Cupid-I've Loved You For A Long Time, Spinners
30. Let's Get Serious, Jermaine Jackson
31. Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer, Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes
32. Sailing, Christopher Cross
33. Longer, Dan Fogelberg
34. Coward Of The County, Kenny Rogers
35. Ladies Night, Kool and The Gang
36. Take Your Time, S.O.S. Band
37. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough), Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer
38. Too Hot, Kool and The Gang
39. More Love, Kim Carnes
40. Pop Muzik, M
41. Brass In Pocket, Pretenders
42. Special Lady, Ray, Goodman and Brown
43. Send One Your Love, Stevie Wonder
44. The Second Time Around, Shalamar
45. We Don't Talk Anymore, Cliff Richard
47. Heartache Tonight , Eagles
48. Stomp, Brothers Johnson
49. Tired Of Toein' The Line, Rocky Burnette
50. Better Love Next Time, Dr. Hook
51. Him, Rupert Holmes
52. Against The Wind, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
53. On The Radio, Donna Summer
54. Emotional Rescue, Rolling Stones
55. Rise, Herb Alpert
56. All Out Of Love, Air Supply
57. Cool Change, Little River Band
58. You're Only Lonely, J.D. Souther
59. Desire, Andy Gibb
60. Let My Love Open The Door, Pete Townshend
61. Daydream Believer, Anne Murray
62. I Can't Tell You Why, Eagles
63. Don't Let Go, Isaac Hayes
64. Don't Do Me Like That, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
65. She's Out Of My Life, Michael Jackson
66. Fame, Irene Cara
67. Fire Lake, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
68. How Do I Make You, Linda Ronstadt
69. Into The Night, Benny Mardones
70. Let Me Love You Tonight, Pure Prairie League
71. Misunderstanding, Genesis
72. An American Dream, Dirt Band
73. One Fine Day, Carole King
74. Dim All The Lights, Donna Summer
75. You May Be Right, Billy Joel
76. Hurt So Bad, Linda Ronstadt
77. Should've Never Let You Go, Neil Sedaka and Dara Sedaka
78. Pilot Of The Airwaves, Charlie Dore
79. Off The Wall, Michael Jackson
80. I Pledge My Love, Peaches and Herb
81. The Long Run, Eagles
82. Stand By Me, Mickey Gilley
83. Heartbreaker, Pat Benatar
84. Deja Vu, Dionne Warwick
85. Drivin' My Life Away, Eddie Rabbitt
86. Take The Long Way Home, Supertramp
87. Sara, Fleetwood Mac
88. Wait For Me, Daryl Hall and John Oates
89. Jo Jo, Boz Scaggs
90. September Morn, Neil Diamond
91. Give Me The Night, George Benson
92. Broken Hearted Me, Anne Murray
93. You Decorated My Life, Kenny Rogers
94. Tusk, Fleetwood Mac
95. I Wanna Be Your Lover, Prince
96. In America, Charlie Daniels Band
97. Breakdown Dead Ahead, Boz Scaggs
98. Ships, Barry Manilow
99. All Night Long, Joe Walsh
100. Refugee, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Wow, 1980 was a horrible year for popular music. Horrible. I know 99% of the songs on there, but most of them are left blank because...meh. They were songs I heard on the radio and dismissed as not good enough to like but not bad enough to hate. Honestly, I can sing almost every single song on that chart word for word. I'm not proud of it, but it's not my fault. These things just seep into your head through some sort of top 40 radio osmosis. And they stay there forever, embedded in your brain and mosly forgotten about until one day you wake up singing Coward of the County and you don't know why. It's just your brain fucking with you, is all.

So, yea, I like Air Supply. I think I've admitted to that enough times by now. And even though I was big into the "Disco Sucks" thing, that one Donna Summer song makes me want to dance, and who in their right mind can really resist Funkytown?

And Emotional Rescue? Easily the worst song the Rolling Stones EVER made.

My god, look at that list. Olivia Newton John. Captaine and Tenille. Keeny Rogers. Bob Seger. Neil Diamon. Mickey freaking Gilley. How white bread America (read: boring) were the charts back then? No wonder I holed myself up in my room with my ginormous headphones and my satanic metal and "dangerous" punk.

Here's what I was really listening to in 1980 (not an all inclusive list, just a list of songs that were played a lot that particular year)

  • AC/DC - "You Shook Me All Night Long"
  • Split Enz - "I Got You" (wrote about that one here)
  • The Clash - "Brand New Cadillac" (need I get into the whole LONDON CALLING ROCKS thing again?)
  • Talking Heads - "Once in a Lifetime"
  • Pink Floyd - "Comfortably Numb" (yea, everyone was playing Run Like Hell or Brick in the Wall, but the stoners mellowed out Gilmour's solo)
  • The Vapors - "Turning Japanese"
  • The Jam - "That's Entertainment"
  • The Pretenders = "Tattooed Love Boys"
  • B-52's - "Dance This Mess Around"
  • The Cure - "Boys Don't Cry"
  • Boomtown Rats - "I Don't Like Mondays"
  • Van Halen - "And the Cradle Will Rock"
  • Ramones - "Rock 'n' Roll High School"
  • Steve Forbert - Romeo's Tune" (long story)
  • Utopia - "Set Me Free" (what an amazing albumP
  • Rush - "Spirit of Radio"
  • ZZ Top - "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" (which would have been my tagline had blogs existed in 1980)
  • Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers (from a truly amazing album I should write more about)
  • U2 - "I Will Follow" (best debut album ever)
  • Queen - "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
  • The Police = "Canary in a Coal Mine" (I just could not bring myself to sing that dodododadada song out loud. this one was far superior)
  • Judas Priest - "Breaking the Law" (ok, show of hands: how many of you automatically do the Beavis and Butthead thing when you hear this song?)
  • Black Sabbath - "Heaven and Hell" (Ronnie James Dio!)


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Heh. I was all set to post that meme on Friday, but I took one look at the 1980 list and couldn't bear it.

You must hate your entire page!


Fixed it. Stupid strikeouts.

Solly, that's why you have to do it, but then add your own list of what you really listened to so we know who cool you were.

It would look almost like yours... except I wouldn't have bothered fixing all the strikeouts.

I heard a report on NPR that Steven Greenberg still makes six or seven figures a year from writing Funkytown. 25 years later this is. Inclusion on musical soundtracks like Shrek 2 is worth $100,000 or so, but a good commercial can be worth a million.

To heck with this blogging thing. I'm firing up GarageBand.

1973 blew chunks royal,the only song on the list I can tolerate is GFR "We're an American Band"
" A Wizard a True Star" was my fave back then,still in my top 10.

Wow, you folks are old. ;)

I just looked over the 1990 list and realized that it too sucked as far as listenable popular (oxymoron?) music went.

I'll blog the meme later today.

Wow, 1990 was harsh. As much crap as there was in 1982, I mean, you know, there wasn't any New Kids on the Block or Milli Vanilli. Milli Vanilli.

However, the number one song of 1990 was way better than 1982.

Here's my list, albeit with the ones I don't like or didn't remember removed, rather than a strike through them:

5. Broken Wings, Mr. Mister
7. Party All The Time, Eddie Murphy
10. Addicted To Love, Robert Palmer
19. Kiss, Prince and The Revolution
21. Stuck With You, Huey Lewis and The News
23. Sledgehammer, Peter Gabriel
27. Take My Breath Away, Berlin
28. Rock Me Amadeus, Falco
29. Papa Don't Preach, Madonna
30. You Give Love A Bad Name, Bon Jovi
31. When The Going Gets Tough, Billy Ocean
38. Venus, Bananarama
40. Conga, Miami Sound Machine
48. Manic Monday, Bangles
51. Two Of Hearts, Stacey Q
54. Invisible Touch, Genesis
55. The Sweetest Taboo, Sade
89. Walk This Way, Run-D.M.C.

1973 blew chunks royal,the only song on the list I can tolerate is GFR "We're an American Band"

I liked these:

4. Let's Get It On, Marvin Gaye
16. Frankenstein, Edgar Winter Group
19. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, Stevie Wonder
21. That Lady, Isley Bros.
24. Right Place, Wrong Time, Dr. John
26. Superstition, Stevie Wonder
32. Love Train, O'Jays
37. Danny's Song, Anne Murray
40. Diamond Girl, Seals and Crofts
41. Long Train Running, Doobie Brothers
45. Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye), Gladys Knight and The Pips
47. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love, Spinners
49. Midnight Train To Georgia, Gladys Knight and The Pips
50. Smoke On The Water , Deep Purple
52. Behind Closed Doors, Charlie Rich
60. Ain't No Woman (Like The One I Got), Four Tops
61. Dueling Banjos, Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel
62. Higher Ground, Stevie Wonder
65. Superfly, Curtis Mayfield
68. Reelin' In The Years, Steely Dan
69. Hocus Pocus, Focus
73. Do It Again, Steely Dan
74. Kodachrome, Paul Simon
80. Masterpiece, Temptations
92. Money, Pink Floyd
100. Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Temptations

Look, Papa Was A Rolling Stone is like one of the greatest songs, ever.

Look at all of those soul and rhythm and blues greats. We'll never see their likes again.

in 30+ years, there has never been a yodeling prog-rock song that even comes close to Hocus Pocus.

And Charlie Rich? "He sure can sing, that sonnofabitch."

I saw Stevie Wonder open for the Stones in 72, and he kicked their ass. He played drums, keyboards, harp, bass, and that funky guitar stuff. And of course sang. The guy was freaking awesome.

You guys are right...1973 does suck bigtime. I mean, the first song on the list is Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree, Tony Orlando and Dawn, for god's sake.

But there were some good ones - these are by no means all of the ones I like or even all of the favorites, but ones that immediately brought back memories:

Will It Go Round In Circles, Billy Preston
Superstition, Stevie Wonder
Shambala, Three Dog Night
Midnight Train To Georgia, Gladys Knight and The Pips
Dueling Banjos, Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel
Reelin' In The Years, Steely Dan
Ramblin' Man, Allman Brothers
Angie, Rolling Stones
Money, Pink Floyd
The World Is A Ghetto, War
Yes We Can Can, Pointer Sisters
Free Ride, Edgar Winter Group
Space Oddity, David Bowie

Heh, there were a grand total of 3 songs on the '97 list that I like. The majority of the rest I don't even know. Guess I don't like popular music very much!

Oh, lord what a nightmare. Thank god I never listened to the radio back in those days (or ever, for that matter).
Stripped of the rubbish and assorted crimes against nature, here's what's left of 1978 that wouldn't make me dive for the nearest sharp object to plunge into my ears.

23. Love Is Like Oxygen, Sweet
39. Dust In The Wind, Kansas
87. Life's Been Good, Joe Walsh
94. Turn To Stone, Electric Light Orchestra
(Again, keep in mind I never voluntarily listen to the radio. This means the number of times I've heard Dust in the Wind can be expressed without using scientific notation.)

On my stereo back in those days was King Crimson, Rush, Jethro Tull, ELP, Pink Floyd, Peter Hammill...that sort of thing.

You want to see bad? Type in 1988 and look at what comes up. Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Richard Marx. George Michael. Huey Lewis. Foreigner. Poison.

Oh. My. God.

This was a fun meme ... not remembering the crap music that was popular in 1982 but remembering that music that was important to ME and my evolution from teenybopper to punk DJ in college.

Rather than listening to Olivia Newton John, Toto and Willie Nelson, I dove into Black Flag, The Cure, Dead Kennedys, Husker Du, PiL, and the Sex Pistols. Good times ... good times ...

mrbandw, I am so there with you. I forgot what shit music was that year. Really sad thing is, I didn't know at the time just how bad it was.

I know, 88 really was awful eh? I underlined Joan Jett, Hate Myself for Loving You as my fav.

The only other really decent songs on the list are Sweet Child O' Mine and a couple INXS and U2 songs that are on there.

All I can say about 1988 is, thank god I went and became a dj at my college's radio station!

Irene Cara "Fame" was the 3rd piece of Vinyl that I ever bought. The first was a great song called "I Got You" by Split Enz (which was either late 79 or early 80). I'm not sure if it ever got out there - Split Enz had Neil Finn of Crowded House fame.

Frank, see here about Split Enz (scroll down a bit).

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A few of your links are still broken.

If I do this I'll have to go back further, maybe to my sophmore year - the 1989 list is one big disaster (the name "Milli Vanilli" looms large on the list). Probably the closest to a favorite I had on that list was "Love Shack" by the B-52s, which at least is a fun song to dance to.


Let's see, My Sharona, Sultans of Swing, Heart of Glass, and .........I got nothin for ya.

Ooohh, yeah, "I Was made for Loving You", Kiss' disco hit

1. My Sharona, The Knack
2. Bad Girls, Donna Summer
3. Le Freak, Chic
4. Da Ya Think I'm Sexy, Rod Stewart
5. Reunited, Peaches and Herb
6. I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor
7. Hot Stuff, Donna Summer
8. Y.M.C.A., Village People
9. Ring My Bell, Anita Ward
10. Sad Eyes, Robert John
11. Too Much Heaven, Bee Gees
12. MacArthur Park, Donna Summer
13. When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman, Dr. Hook
14. Makin' It, David Naughton
15. Fire, Pointer Sisters
16. Tragedy, Bee Gees
17. A Little More Love, Olivia Newton-John
18. Heart Of Glass, Blondie
19. What A Fool Believes, Doobie Brothers
20. Good Times, Chic
21. You Don't Bring Me Flowers, Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
22. Knock On Wood, Amii Stewart
23. Stumblin' In, Suzi Quatro and Chris Norman
24. Lead Me On, Maxine Nightingale
25. Shake Your Body, Jacksons
26. Don't Cry Out Loud, Melissa Manchester
27. The Logical Song, Supertramp
28. My Life, Billy Joel
29. Just When I Needed You Most, Randy Vanwarmer
30. You Can't Change That, Raydio
31. Shake Your Groove Thing, Peaches and Herb
32. I'll Never Love This Way Again, Dionne Warwick
33. Love You Inside Out, Bee Gees
34. I Want You To Want Me, Cheap Trick
35. The Main Event (Fight), Barbra Streisand
36. Mama Can't Buy You Love, Elton John
37. I Was Made For Dancin', Leif Garrett
38. After The Love Has Gone, Earth, Wind and Fire
39. Heaven Knows, Donna Summer and Brooklyn Dreams
40. The Gambler, Kenny Rogers
41. Lotta Love, Nicolette Larson
42. Lady, Little River Band
43. Heaven Must Have Sent You, Bonnie Pointer
44. Hold The Line, Toto
45. He's The Greatest Dancer, Sister Sledge
46. Sharing The Night Together, Dr. Hook
47. She Believes In Me, Kenny Rogers
48. In The Navy, Village People
49. Music Box Dancer, Frank Mills
50. The Devil Went Down To Georgia, Charlie Daniels Band
51. Gold, John Stewart
52. Goodnight Tonight, Wings
53. We Are Family, Sister Sledge
54. Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy, Bad Company
55. Every 1's A Winner, Hot Chocolate
56. Take Me Home, Cher
57. Boogie Wonderland, Earth, Wind and Fire
58. (Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away, Andy Gibb
59. What You Won't Do For Love, Bobby Caldwell
60. New York Groove, Ace Frehley
61. Sultans Of Swing, Dire Straits
62. I Want Your Love, Chic
63. Chuck E's In Love, Rickie Lee Jones
64. I Love The Night Life, Alicia Bridges
65. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now, McFadden and Whitehead
66. Lonesome Loser, Little River Band
67. Renegade, Styx
68. Love Is The Answer, England Dan and John Ford Coley
69. Got To Be Real, Cheryl Lynn
70. Born To Be Alive, Patrick Hernandez
71. Shine A Little Love, Electric Light Orchestra
72. I Just Fall In Love Again, Anne Murray
73. Shake It, Ian Matthews
74. I Was Made For Lovin' You, Kiss
75. I Just Wanna Stop, Gino Vannelli
76. Disco Nights, G.Q.
77. Ooh Baby Baby, Linda Ronstadt
78. September, Earth, Wind and Fire
79. Time Passages, Al Stewart
80. Rise, Herb Alpert
81. Don't Bring Me Down, Electric Light Orchestra
82. Promises, Eric Clapton
83. Get Used To It, Roger Voudouris
84. How Much I Feel, Ambrosia
85. Suspicions, Eddie Rabbitt
86. You Take My Breath Away, Rex Smith
87. How You Gonna See Me Now, Alice Cooper
88. Double Vision, Foreigner
89. Every Time I Think Of You, Babys
90. I Got My Mind Made Up, Instant Funk
91. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, Michael Jackson
92. Bad Case Of Lovin' You, Robert Palmer

Judas Priest - "Breaking the Law" (ok, show of hands: how many of you automatically do the Beavis and Butthead thing when you hear this song?)

I do the Jac Mac and Rad Boy GO GO GO!!! thing when I hear this song; close enough.

1988 - was my year too. My God, what a bunch of krep. Escape Club. Cheap Trick's most embarrassing moment. Sam Fox, the chavvier, less talented version of Vanity. Bobby Fucking McFerrin. Debbie Gibson ("is pregnant with my two-headed love child" - Mojo Nixon). Rick Astley ("is a pantywaist" - same song). And the two worst of the year, "Kokomo" and that insipid George Harrison song.

More importantly, how the hell did "Love Removal Machine" by The Cult fail to even make the list?

Looking at those songs, I noticed a few that I hated back then but grew on me over the years to the point where I kind of like them now - like the INXS stuff. Also, songs that I loved back then but make a dive for the preset button when I hear the opening notes on the car radio today - "Sweet Child O'Mine" in particular.

I also graduated in 1980, so your list was my list. Remembering some of these songs makes me smile, but all in all, reading through the list makes me feel a little melancholy...it feels like it was a long time ago and I was such a different person. I remember sobbing on my bed listening to "All out of love" when my boyfriend of two years left for college two weeks before I did; I thought my heart was irrevocably broken. I remember listening to my (very) annoying freshman roommate listen to "Driving My Life Away" a zillion times a day. I remember listening to Boz Scaggs "Love, Look What You've Done to Me" on the local college FM station as I fell asleep alone at around 9:30 p.m. on one of my first Friday nights at college. I remember dancing to "Call Me" with a big circle of my girlfriends at Prom. Wow. To this day, I'm instantly transported back to my boyfriend's car on a warm summer night when I hear "Longer". It's amazing how powerful a memory stimulator music can be.

WOW! I agree with nearly everything you wrote. I graduated a few years later than you and yet found we listened to a lot of the same stuff (I still own 2 of Split Enz's LPs... rememebr the laser etchiung on the first one??)

In those days, I annoyed my contemporaries by repeatedly pointing out the problem with Top-40 is that about 38 of the songs sucked.

You want to see bad? Type in 1988 and look at what comes up. Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Richard Marx. George Michael. Huey Lewis. Foreigner. Poison.

I remember glancing up from a magazine and saying "Good Lord - Tiffany is going to pose nude for Playboy!" to a friend.

They looked back at me and said "Tiffany who?"

And at that moment, I knew I was old.

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