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I don't recognize most of the top 100 songs from my birth year (1961 - I'd like to see you do better), so I like this top 100 songs meme better.

kshandra memes:
Go to musicoutfitters.com, and do a search on the most popular 100 songs from the year you graduated high school. (You can do this by searching on the year you graduated). Bold the ones you actually like. (Understand that the word "like" in this case means, in the very least, "wouldn't immediately change the radio station from.") Pick a favorite. Underline that favorite. And strikethrough the ones you loathe.

New wrinkle: Italicize the ones you consider to be guilty pleasures.
(Note, I'm too lazy to feel guilty about my musical tastes, so I didn't italicize any...but there are songs I both like and loathe. I did bold and strikethrough for those. I also underlined more than one favorite, and "PTUI'd" ones I especially loathe.)

Also note that I am terrible at remembering songs by title. I had to look up a lot of these on iTunes, and it didn't have some of them, so I don't know if I like them or not. I also don't remember having heard some of them.
1. My Sharona, The Knack That was number ONE? I had no idea.
2. Bad Girls, Donna Summer
3. Le Freak, Chic

4. Da Ya Think I'm Sexy, Rod Stewart PTUI
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 (don't remember this)
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 (don't remember this)
15. Fire, Pointer Sisters
16. Tragedy, Bee Gees (don't remember this)
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 (don't remember this)
23. Stumblin' In, Suzi Quatro and Chris Norman
24. Lead Me On, Maxine Nightingale (cognitive dissonance!)
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 (I know a song by this name, but not this artist name)
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 (don't remember this)
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. (I don't remember this)
77. Ooh Baby Baby, Linda Ronstadt
78. September, Earth, Wind and Fire
79. Time Passages, Al Stewart

80. Rise, Herb Alpert (don't remember this)
81. Don't Bring Me Down, Electric Light Orchestra
82. Promises, Eric Clapton
83. Get Used To It, Roger Voudouris (don't remember this)
84. How Much I Feel, Ambrosia
85. Suspicions, Eddie Rabbitt
86. You Take My Breath Away, Rex Smith (don't remember this)
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 (don't remember this)
91. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, Michael Jackson
92. Bad Case Of Lovin' You, Robert Palmer

93. Somewhere In The Night, Barry Manilow
94. We've Got Tonite, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
95. Dance The Night Away, Van Halen

96. Dancing Shoes, Nigel Olsson (don't remember this)
97. The Boss, Diana Ross
98. Sail On, Commodores
99. I Do Love You, G.Q. (don't remember this)
100. Strange Way, Firefall PTUI PTUI PTUI

Comments

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kshandra
Aug. 20th, 2005 07:01 am (UTC)
Makin' It, David Naughton (don't remember this)

The theme-song (and lead actor) from a very short-lived TV series that was trying to capitalize on Saturday Night Fever mania. (I actually kinda liked the show....)

Rise, Herb Alpert (don't remember this)

Does it help if I mention it was an instrumental? Or by "looking things up" on iTunes do you mean you actually listened to a sample?
firecat
Aug. 20th, 2005 07:10 am (UTC)
I listened to samples, but iTunes didn't have samples of either of those.

I've now found samples of "Makin' It" (it sounds very vaguely familiar) and "Rise" (it sounds a bit more familiar).
lysana
Aug. 20th, 2005 07:14 am (UTC)
Interestingly, I remember most of the ones you don't. "Sad Eyes" was one of the quintessential 70's ballads. Of course, this isn't saying much for it.
firecat
Aug. 20th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
I just found a sample on Amazon. I really don't remember it at all!
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firecat
Aug. 20th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC)
I'd probably remember more of the 1961 songs if I tried to find samples. Growing up my house was pretty much "classical music only."
jinian
Aug. 20th, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
I'd forgotten how highly partitioned my musical experience was in 1994. No radio-listening to speak of, new bands only by recommendation, and I successfully avoided almost all of the rap and boy groups and r&b-oid stuff. I think I know as many songs from your graduation year as I do from mine.
firecat
Aug. 20th, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
I think that's part of why I don't recognize a lot of songs from my grad year - I only listened to rock radio and soul/disco radio, not pop radio.
elynne
Aug. 20th, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
I love "My Life"... I sing along with it every time it comes on the radio.
gregbo
Aug. 21st, 2005 03:52 am (UTC)
That was my HS grad year also. I remember all of them.
davesslave
Aug. 22nd, 2005 11:19 pm (UTC)
Hello! The Ogre told me about you and that you do work with the Peninsula Humane Society. So, I checked your LJ. Can I add you to my friends list? I would also love more details about adopting a new kitty. My kitty Dave died June 7, this year, and my heart longs to meet a new kitty.
firecat
Aug. 23rd, 2005 01:34 am (UTC)
Of course you may add me!

I'm so sorry to hear that you lost your kitty. San Francisco has several animal shelters - here are two I know about:

Animal Care & Control (the pound - open door shelter)
http://www.sfgov.org/site/acc_page.asp?id=6607

SF SPCA (no kill shelter)
http://www.sfspca.org/adoption/adoption_cat.html

Cats at the shelter I volunteer at, PHS (open door shelter), are here:
http://peninsulahumanesociety.org/adopt/cat.html
The shelter is at Coyote Point Park in San Mateo (directions on the web site), the hours are 11am to 6pm. If you see a cat you want to adopt, you fill out an adoption form, meet the cat, talk to an adoption counselor, pay $75 or so, and you can take the cat home the same day. Or you can just fill out the form and ask the adoption counselor to show you suitable cats. You can also come to our mobile adoptions (details on the web site); there are usually some cats available (a much better selection at the shelter though).

There is also http://petfinder.org - you can input your zip code and look at all the cats in your area, or specific breeds.

Let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck finding a kitty!
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