Saturday, October 15, 2005

A Music Game

I found this on Chris Campbell's blog and Corey Patterson's blog. I thought I would give it a try. The idea is this:

1. Go to and, in the search box provided, enter the year you graduated high school. For me, that would be 1989.
2. From the search results, click the link for the top 100 songs of that year.
3. With the resulting list:

1. Bold the songs you like
2. Italicize the ones you hate
3. Underline your favorite
4. Ignore the ones you don't remember/don't care about.

NOTE: I did my list to reflect how I feel about these songs NOW. If I put how I felt about these songs back then, the list would probably look a lot different.

Top 100 Songs from 1989
1. Look Away, Chicago
2. My Prerogative, Bobby Brown
3. Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Poison
4. Straight Up, Paula Abdul
5. Miss You Much, Janet Jackson
6. Cold Hearted, Paula Abdul
7. Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler
8. Girl You Know Its True, Milli Vanilli
9. Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird, Will To Power
10. Giving You The Best That I Got, Anita Baker
11. Right Here Waiting, Richard Marx
12. Waiting For A Star To Fall, Boy Meets Girl
13. Lost In Your Eyes, Debbie Gibson
14. Don't Wanna Lose You, Gloria Estefan
15. Heaven, Warrant

16. Girl I'm Gonna Miss You, Milli Vanilli
17. The Look, Roxette
18. She Drives Me Crazy, Fine Young Cannibals
19. On Our Own, Bobby Brown
20. Two Hearts, Phil Collins
21. Blame It On The Rain, Milli Vanilli
22. Listen To Your Heart, Roxette
23. I'll Be There For You, Bon Jovi
24. If You Don't Know Me By Now, Simply Red
25. Like A Prayer, Madonna
26. I'll Be Loving You (Forever), New Kids On The Block
27. How Can I Fall?, Breathe
28. Baby Don't Forget My Number, Milli Vanilli
29. Toy Soldier, Martika
30. Forever Your Girl, Paula Abdul
31. The Living Years, Mike and the Mechanics
32. Eternal Flame, The Bangles
33. Wild Thing, Tone Loc
34. When I See You Smile, Bad English
35. If I Could Turn Back Time, Cher
36. Buffalo Stance, Neneh Cherry
37. When I'm With You, Sheriff
38. Don't Rush Me, Taylor Dayne
39. Born To Be My Baby, Bon Jovi
40. Good Thing, Fine Young Cannibals
41. The Lover In Me, Sheena Easton
42. Bust A Move, Young M.C.
43. Once Bitten, Twice Shy, Great White
44. Batdance, Prince
45. Rock On, Michael Damian
46. Real Love, Jody Watley
47. Love Shack, B-52's
48. Every Little Step, Bobby Brown
49. Hangin' Tough, New Kids On The Block
50. My Heart Can't Tell You No, Rod Stewart
51. So Alive, Love and Rockets
52. You Got It (The Right Stuff), New Kids On The Block
53. Armageddon It, Def Leppard
54. Satisfied, Richard Marx
55. Express Yourself, Madonna
56. I Like It, Dino
57. Soldier Of Love, Donny Osmond
58. Sowing The Seeds Of Love, Tears For Fears
59. Cherish, Madonna
60. When The Children Cry, White Lion
61. 18 And Life, Skid Row
62. I Don't Want Your Love, Duran Duran
63. Second Chances, .38 Special
64. The Way You Love Me, Karyn White
65. Funky Cold Medina, Tone Loc
66. In Your Room, Bangles
67. Miss You Like Crazy, Natalie Cole
68. Love Song, Cure
69. Secret Rendesvous, Karyn White
70. Angel Eyes, Jeff Healey Band
71. Patience, Guns N' Roses
72. Walk On Water, Eddie Money
73. Cover Girl, New Kids On The Block
74. Welcome To The Jungle, Guns N' Roses
75. Shower Me With Your Love, Surface
76. Stand, R.E.M.
77. Close My Eyes Forever, Lita Ford
78. All This Time, Tiffany
79. After All, Cher and Peter Cetera
80. Roni, Bobby Brown
81. Love In An Elevator, Aerosmith
82. Lay Your Hands On Me, Bon Jovi
83. This Promise, When In Rome
84. What I Am, Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians
85. I Remember Holding You, Boys Club
86. Paradise City, Guns N' Roses
87. Iwanna Have Some Fun, Samantha Fox
88. She Wants To Dance With Me, Rick Astley
89. Dreamin', Vanessa Williams

90. It's No Crime, Babyface
91. Poison, Alice Cooper
92. This Time I Know It's For Real, Donna Summer
93. Smooth Criminal, Michael Jackson
94. Heaven Help Me, Deon Estus
95. Rock Wit'cha, Bobby Brown
96. Thinking Of You, Sa-fire
97. What You Don't Know, Expose
98. Surrender To Me, Ann Wilson and Robin Zander
99. The End Of The Innocence, Don Henley
100. Keep On Movin', Soul II Soul

A few comments:

1) I like Bon Jovi, but "I'll Be There for You" is just plain stupid. Here are some lines to illustrate my point:

- "I heard your suitcase say goodbye"
- "I didn't mean to miss your birthday, baby
I wish I'd seen you blow those candles out" (After this line comes a blood-curdling wail courtesy of either Jon Bon Jovi or Ritchie Sambora. It's one of the most ridiculous moments in rock history.)

2) "Bust a Move" has one of the best rhymes ever: "She's dressed in YELLOW, she says "HELLO, come sit next to me, ya fine FELLOW!"

3) Yes, I still like Madonna. Always have. Deal with it.

4) I had pretty much had it with no-talent hair bands (Warrent, Skid Row, etc.) by the end of the '80s.

5) New Kids on the Block made me rethink my feelings on murder.


  • At Sat Oct 15, 08:12:00 PM, Blogger Jacinda said…

    I LOVED "Bust A Move!"

  • At Mon Oct 17, 08:50:00 AM, Blogger Sarah P said…

    I had no idea you held such an affection for Paula Abdul...

    But then again who wouldn't have been impressed by her ability to balance that 80s hair so gracefully...

    Did I mention that I not only had her Barbie Dance Video as a little girl, but had a roommate with a VHS of her music videos when we were in college?...Tragedy.

  • At Tue Oct 18, 06:25:00 AM, Blogger Paige Robins said…

    This might be something for me to do in about 10 years...

  • At Tue Oct 18, 07:49:00 AM, Blogger stuckinthe80s said…

    LOVE Young MC...but HOW DARE YOU refer to Skid Row in the same breath that you use the phrase "no talent." Sebastian Bach should come to your house with the entire Skid Row catalog and MAKE YOU LISTEN TO ALL OF IT!!!

  • At Wed Oct 19, 08:49:00 AM, Blogger Steve Duer said…

    Thanks for the idea. That is fun. It looks like you weren't one for the sappy love songs/power ballads. Here is a link to an accapella group who had done a template to the boy bands love songs. I think you will get a kick out of it.

  • At Wed Oct 19, 09:39:00 AM, Blogger Steve Duer said…

    The link I posted has problems with the sound. Here is another link that might give you an idea of how it sounds

  • At Wed Oct 19, 04:46:00 PM, Blogger KentF said…

    You are too funny -- and this is too fun. I do agree on the Paula Abdul issue - Paula Abdul - really? Ok, whatever. And, shouldn't Milli Vannili be stricken from the record books?


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