Another Music Meme

I picked this one up from Katharine, and it looked like fun, so I thought I’d try it. Here are the instructions per Katharine, as she got them from arafel.

Go to and do a search for the top 100 songs from the year you graduated from high school by typing "100 best 1988" or whichever year is appropriate for you. Underline the ones you like, and strike out the ones you hated.

I’ll follow Katharine’s example and go the extra step of making the songs I really liked bold. If you want to join in, on your blog/journal or in the comments, feel free.

I realize I’m dating myself a bit here, but I graduated in 1987. Here’s the top 100 songs from that year. Around that time, my musical tastes ran from middle-of-the-road pop to alternative, with a big dollop of dance music. You’ll notice, I was a Madonna fan even then. Kinda telling, dontcha think?

  1. Walk Like An Egyptian, Bangles 
  2. Alone, Heart
  3. Shake You Down, Gregory Abbott
  4. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me), Whitney Houston
  5. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, Starship
  6. C’est La Vie, Robbie Nevil
  7. Here I Go Again, Whitesnake
  8. The Way It Is, Bruce Hornsby and the Range
  9. Shakedown, Bob Seger
  10. Livin’ On A Prayer, Bon Jovi
  11. La Bamba, Los Lobos
  12. Everybody Have Fun Tonight, Wang Chung
  13. Don’t Dream It’s Over, Crowded House
  14. Always, Atlantic Starr*
  15. With Or Without You, U2 
  16. Looking For A New Love, Jody Watley
  17. Head To Toe, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
  18. I Think We’re Alone Now, Tiffany
  19. Mony Mony, Billy Idol
  20. At This Moment, Billy Vera and The Beaters
  21. Lady In Red, Chris De Burgh
  22. Didn’t We Almost Have It All, Whitney Houston
  23. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, U2
  24. I Want Your Sex, George Michael
  25. Notorious, Duran Duran
  26. Only In My Dreams, Debbie Gibson
  27. (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
  28. The Next Time I Fall, Peter Cetera and Amy Grant
  29. Lean On Me, Club Nouveau
  30. Open Your Heart, Madonna
  31. Lost In Emotion, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
  32. (I Just) Died In Your Arms, Cutting Crew
  33. Heart And Soul, T’pau
  34. You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Kim Wilde
  35. Keep Your Hands To Yourself, Georgia Satellites
  36. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me), Aretha Franklin and George Michael
  37. Control, Janet Jackson
  38. Somewhere Out There, Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram
  39. U Got The Look, Prince
  40. Land Of Confusion, Genesis
  41. Jacob’s Ladder, Huey Lewis and The News
  42. Who’s That Girl, Madonna
  43. You Got It All, Jets
  44. Touch Me (I Want Your Body), Samantha Fox
  45. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett
  46. Causing A Commotion, Madonna
  47. In Too Deep, Genesis
  48. Let’s Wait Awhile, Janet Jackson
  49. Hip To Be Square, Huey Lewis and the News
  50. Will You Still Love Me?, Chicago
  51. Little Lies, Fleetwood Mac
  52. Luka, Suzanne Vega
  53. I Heard A Rumour, Bananarama
  54. Don’t Mean Nothing, Richard Marx
  55. Songbird, Kenny G
  56. Carrie, Europe
  57. Don’t Disturb This Groove, System
  58. La Isla Bonita, Madonna
  59. Bad, Michael Jackson
  60. Sign ‘O’ The Times, Prince
  61. Change Of Heart, Cyndi Lauper
  62. Come Go With Me, Expose
  63. Can’t We Try, Dan Hill
  64. To Be A Lover, Billy Idol
  65. Mandolin Rain, Bruce Hornsby and the Range
  66. Breakout, Swing Out Sister
  67. Stand By Me, Ben E. King
  68. Tonight, Tonight, Tonight, Genesis
  69. Someday, Glass Tiger
  70. When Smokey Sings, ABC
  71. Casanova, Levert
  72. Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine
  73. Rock Steady, Whispers
  74. Wanted Dead Or Alive, Bon Jovi
  75. Big Time, Peter Gabriel
  76. The Finer Things, Steve Winwood
  77. Let Me Be The One, Expose
  78. Is This Love, Survivor
  79. Diamonds, Herb Alpert
  80. Point Of No Return, Expose
  81. Big Love, Fleetwood Mac
  82. Midnight Blue, Lou Gramm
  83. Something So Strong, Crowded House
  84. Heat Of The Night, Bryan Adams
  85. Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You, Glenn Medeiros
  86. Brilliant Disguise, Bruce Springsteen
  87. Just To See Her, Smokey Robinson 
  88. Who Will You Run Too, Heart
  89. Respect Yourself, Bruce Willis
  90. Cross My Broken Heart, Jets
  91. Victory, Kool and The Gang
  92. Don’t Get Me Wrong, Pretenders
  93. Doing It All For My Baby, Huey Lewis and The News
  94. Right On Track, Breakfast Club
  95. Ballerina Girl, Lionel Richie
  96. Meet Me Half Way, Kenny Loggins
  97. I’ve Been In Love Before, Cutting Crew
  98. (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right To Party, Beastie Boys
  99. Funkytown, Pseudo Echo 
  100. Love You Down, Ready For The World

*I actually sang this one, with a classmate named Monica, in the talent show on the last day of school — which was also the last day of our senior year. 

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7 Responses to Another Music Meme

  1. Ron says:

    I like the songs you really like (in bold), but I have to admit I’m a lot older than you are. (I was looking at the top songs of 1975, the year I got my MA degree from Hopkins.) BTW, you can do this same sort of search (ad infinitum it seems) in the fantastic iTunes search program. What a great engine that thing is. But you probably know that. ;-P

  2. Lauren says:

    I tried but the one and only song I liked was by Jay-Z. Is my slip showing? 😉

  3. Tim Who? says:

    Don’t know how to strike out so I marked Hate. Those I bought or listened to all the the time I marked Love the rest are unknown or I just don’t care one way or the other.

    In the mid 70’s I was totally into SOUL music Gladys Knight, Temptations, Spinners, O Jays, Little Stevie Wonder and the break out artist for me was Barry White. The very first time someone played a Barry White record (remember those?) At the end of the first song I went to the store and bought every album in stock and there were plenty. Barry released albums 3 ways.
    Barry White (at last, a bass lead vocalist)
    Love Unlimited (his female back up singers)
    Love Unlimited Orchestra (just the band)
    I forget how many I bought but I could barely cary them all. And to this day I still rank Barry White as one of the great composers of my time. Its one thing to write a song and play a piano or guitar and its a whole different ball game to write for a 200 piece Orchestra, He did and he was good at it!

    Ok here’s my list.

    (hate)1. Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree, Tony Orlando and Dawn
    (hate)2. Bad Bad Leroy Brown, Jim Croce
    (love)3. Killing Me Softly With His Song, Roberta Flack
    (love)4. Let’s Get It On, Marvin Gaye
    (love)5. My Love, Paul McCartney and Wings
    (hate)6. Why Me, Kris Kristofferson
    (love)7. Crocodile Rock, Elton John
    (love)8. Will It Go Round In Circles, Billy Preston
    (love)9. You’re So Vain, Carly Simon
    10. Touch Me In The Morning, Diana Ross
    (hate)11. The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia, Vicki Lawrence
    (hate)12. Playground In My Mind, Clint Holmes
    13. Brother Louie, Stories
    (hate)14. Delta Dawn, Helen Reddy
    15. Me And Mrs. Jones, Billy Paul
    (hate)16. Frankenstein, Edgar Winter Group
    (hate)17. Drift Away, Dobie Gray
    (hate)18. Little Willy, Sweet
    (love)19. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, Stevie Wonder
    (love)20. Half Breed, Cher
    (hate)21. That Lady, Isley Bros.
    (hate)22. Pillow Talk, Sylvia
    (hate)23. We’re An American Band, Grand Funk Railroad
    (love)24. Right Place, Wrong Time, Dr. John
    (hate)25. Wildflower, Skylark
    (love)26. Superstition, Stevie Wonder
    (love)27. Loves Me Like A Rock, Paul Simon
    (hate)28. The Morning After, Maureen McGovern
    (love)29. Rocky Mountain High, John Denver
    (love)30. Stuck In The Middle With You, Stealers Wheel
    (hate)31. Shambala, Three Dog Night
    (love)32. Love Train, O’Jays
    (love)33. I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Barry White
    (hate)34. Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose, Tony Orlando and Dawn
    (hate)35. Keep On Truckin’ (Pt. 1), Eddie Kendricks
    (hate)36. Dancing In The Moonlight, King Harvest
    (hate)37. Danny’s Song, Anne Murray
    (hate)38. Monster Mash, Bobby “Boris” Pickett and The Crypt Kickers
    (hate)39. Natural High, Bloodstone
    (love)40. Diamond Girl, Seals and Crofts
    (love)41. Long Train Running, Doobie Brothers
    (love)42. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth), George Harrison
    (love)43. If You Want Me To Stay, Sly and The Family Stone
    (hate)44. Daddy’s Home, Jermaine Jackson
    (love)45. Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye), Gladys Knight and The Pips
    (hate)46. I’m Doing Fine Now, New York City
    (love)47. Could It Be I’m Falling In Love, Spinners
    (love)48. Daniel, Elton John
    (love)49. Midnight Train To Georgia, Gladys Knight and The Pips
    (hate)50. Smoke On The Water , Deep Purple
    51. The Cover Of Rolling Stone, Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show
    52. Behind Closed Doors, Charlie Rich
    (love)53. Your Mama Don’t Dance, Loggins and Messina
    (love)54. Feelin’ Stronger Every Day, Chicago
    (hate)55. The Cisco Kid, War
    (love)56. Live And Let Die, Wings
    (hate)57. Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?, Hurricane Smith
    (hate)58. I Believe In You, Johnnie Taylor
    59. Sing, Carpenters
    (love)60. Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I Got), Four Tops
    (love)61. Dueling Banjos, Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel
    (love)62. Higher Ground, Stevie Wonder
    (love)63. Here I Am (Come And Take Me), Al Green
    64. My Maria, B.W. Stevenson
    (hate)65. Superfly, Curtis Mayfield
    (hate)66. Get Down, Gilbert O’Sullivan
    (hate)67. Last Song, Edward Bear
    (love)68. Reelin’ In The Years, Steely Dan
    (hate)69. Hocus Pocus, Focus
    (love)70. Yesterday Once More, Carpenters
    (love)71. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Bette Midler
    (hate)72. Clair, Gilbert O’Sullivan
    (love)73. Do It Again, Steely Dan
    (hate)74. Kodachrome, Paul Simon
    (love)75. Why Can’t We Live Together, Timmy Thomas
    (hate)76. So Very Hard To Go, Tower Of Power
    77. Do You Want To Dance?, Bette Midler
    (love)78. Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu, Johnny Rivers
    79. Ramblin’ Man, Allman Brothers
    (love)80. Masterpiece, Temptations
    (hate)81. Peaceful, Helen Reddy
    (love)82. One Of A Kind (Love Affair), Spinners
    (hate)83. Funny Face, Donna Fargo
    (hate)84. Funky Worm, Ohio Players
    (love)85. Angie, Rolling Stones
    (hate)86. Jambalaya (On The Bayou), Blue Ridge Rangers
    (hate)87. Don’t Expect Me To Be Your Friend, Lobo
    (love)88. Break Up To Make Up, Stylistics
    (hate)89. Daisy A Day, Jud Strunk
    (hate)90. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001), Deodato
    (hate)91. Stir It Up, Johnny Nash
    (hate)92. Money, Pink Floyd
    (hate)93. Gypsy Man, War
    94. The World Is A Ghetto, War
    95. Yes We Can Can, Pointer Sisters
    (hate)96. Free Ride, Edgar Winter Group
    (hate)97. Space Oddity, David Bowie
    (love)98. It Never Rains In Southern California, Albert Hammond
    (hate)99. The Twelfth Of Never, Donny Osmond
    (love)100. Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Temptations

  4. Tim Who? says:

    opps Missed #15
    I LOVED Me and Mrs Jones

  5. sennoma says:

    Hey, we’re the same age. We even have pretty similar tastes in 80s cheese, except I like Huey Lewis and don’t like Whitney Houston. I wonder what happened to Pseudo Echo? I saw them live once…

    *nods off in rocking chair*
    *drools, snores*

  6. Katharine says:

    I think your graduating year was better for music than mine was. 🙂

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