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 REALLY hate.
I graduated in 1986, the height of high hair and neon fashion accessories. This list brought back some serious memories. High school, freshman year of college, bad boyfriends, and my first car… my ’86 Ford Escort.
But where’s U2 and Depeche Mode on this list? lol……
1. That’s What Friends Are For, Dionne Warwick, Elton John, and Gladys Knight
2. Say You, Say Me, Lionel Richie
3. I Miss You, Klymaxx
4. On My Own , Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald
5. Broken Wings, Mr. Mister
6. How Will I Know, Whitney Houston
7. Party All The Time, Eddie Murphy
8. Burning Heart, Survivor
9. Kyrie, Mr. Mister
10. Addicted To Love, Robert Palmer
11. Greatest Love Of All, Whitney Houston
12. Secret Lovers, Atlantic Starr
13. Friends And Lovers, Carl Anderson and Gloria Loring
14. Glory Of Love, Peter Cetera
15. West End Girls, Pet Shop Boys
16. There’ll Be Sad Songs, Billy Ocean
17. Alive And Kicking, Simple Minds
18. Never, Heart
19. Kiss, Prince and The Revolution
20. Higher Love, Steve Winwood
21. Stuck With You, Huey Lewis and The News
22. Holding Back The Years, Simply Red
23. Sledgehammer, Peter Gabriel
24. Sara, Starship
25. Human, Human League
26. I Can’t Wait, Nu Shooz
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
32. When I Think Of You, Janet Jackson
33. These Dreams, Heart
34. Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone), Glass Tiger
35. Live To Tell, Madonna
36. Mad About You, Belinda Carlisle
37. Something About You, Level 42
38. Venus, Bananarama
39. Dancing On The Ceiling, Lionel Richie
40. Conga, Miami Sound Machine
41. True Colors, Cyndi Lauper
42. Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins
43. What Have You Done For Me Lately, Janet Jackson
44. No One Is To Blame, Howard Jones
45. Let’s Go All The Way, Sly Fox
46. I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On, Robert Palmer
47. Words Get In The Way, Miami Sound Machine
48. Manic Monday, Bangles
49. Walk Of Life, Dire Straits
50. Amanda, Boston
51. Two Of Hearts, Stacey Q
52. Crush On You, Jets
53. If You Leave, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
54. Invisible Touch, Genesis
55. The Sweetest Taboo, Sade
56. What You Need, INXS
57. Talk To Me, Stevie Nicks
58. Nasty, Janet Jackson
59. Take Me Home Tonight, Eddie Money
60. We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off, Jermaine Stewart
61. All Cried Out, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam With Full Force
62. Your Love, Outfield
63. I’m Your Man, Wham!
64. Perfect Way, Scritti Politti
65. Living In America, James Brown
66. R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A., John Cougar Mellencamp
67. Who’s Johnny, El Debarge
68. Word Up, Cameo
69. Why Can’t This Be Love, Van Halen
70. Silent Running, Mike + The Mechanics
71. Typical Male, Tina Turner
72. Small Town, John Cougar Mellencamp
73. Tarzan Boy, Baltimora
74. All I Need Is A Miracle, Mike + The Mechanics
75. Sweet Freedom, Michael McDonald
76. True Blue, Madonna
77. Rumors, Timex Social Club
78. Life In A Northern Town, Dream Academy
79. Bad Boy, Miami Sound Machine
80. Sleeping Bag, ZZ Top
81. Tonight She Comes, Cars
82. Love Touch, Rod Stewart
83. A Love Bizarre, Sheila E.
84. Throwing It All Away, Genesis
85. Baby Love, Regina
86. Election Day, Arcadia
87. Nikita, Elton John
88. Take Me Home, Phil Collins
89. Walk This Way, Run-D.M.C.
90. Sweet Love, Anita Baker
91. Your Wildest Dreams, Moody Blues
92. Spies Like Us, Paul McCartney
93. Object Of My Desire, Starpoint
94. Dreamtime, Daryl Hall
95. Tender Love, Force M.D.’s
96. King For A Day, Thompson Twins
97. Love Will Conquer All, Lionel Richie
98. A Different Corner, George Michael
99. I’ll Be Over You, Toto
100. Go Home, Stevie Wonder
Ok, let’s see yours. Even though I technically graduated in 1986, there are still 9 other great years of 80’s music.
This post is dedicated to my college roommate, and BFF, Steph….
who, regretfully, would choose #51 as her favorite song of 1986 (since Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” did not make this list… how did that happen anyway?)
12 thoughts on “Music meme (warning: 80’s flashback ahead)!”
You did graduate in a year of awesome music! 🙂 As someone else said, so many of those songs are on my Ipod (and in my record collection). In 1987 I was in 6th (in the winter/spring) and then 7th grade (fall/winter) and it is fun to think back to the memories I associate w/ those songs. Thanks for sharing Shelli! I just tried it out on my blog with the songs from 1993 (when I graduated from H.S.), so feel free to check it out if you want. 🙂
What a fun meme! I’m setting my post up right now on my blog to see what my fave and least fave songs of 1993 were! Thanks for sharing.
Oh I love it! You graduated in a year of great music. I can guess mine won’t be as cool.ICLW.
lol. aaaaah, to be 40. 🙂
Oh wow…what a flashback. Shuddering at the “in Kindergarten” comment though.ICLW
I’m sorry, did someone just say they were in KINDERGARTEN when these songs were popular? Oh dear god. Thanks for sharing…Oh yeah, you’ve been tagged, check my blog. 😛
Over from ICLW,This is a great meme. Also, I really love your blog design. pretty.
This is too fun! I think I’ll put it on my blog tomorrow. Thanks for sharing! (ICLW)
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Um, I graduated in 1994. And the music sucked big time! I just went and put the year in. Dear Lord, what a wasteland. Your list, on the other hand, reads like my iPod playlist. Once again, I was born at the wrong time.
hehe in Kindergarten. Nothing like making you feel OLD on your own blog! lmao!!I was 1989…big hair(compliments from Ice mist), Obsession perfume and U2!!!
Okay I am going to have to do this and post it on my blog. And in 1986 I was in kindergarten when these songs were popular- no wonder why I don’t know half of them.Visiting for ICLW.