Tuesday, January 24, 2017

34 Years of Songs Part 1

The other day I was surfing around Facebook and I saw this video that showed songs that are 20 years old. As I watched I felt gray hairs beginning to grow, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Granted, I don't like many of the songs but I remember them when they came out like "If you wanna be my lover" by SpiceGirls and BSB and 'NSYNC songs that started their career, including the Ramen-haired Justin Timberlake. This got me thinking about a great blog post. I have been alive for 34 years, what would be the songs I think are the best from each year that I have been alive. Such a daunting task, one that I will be undertaking with you over the course of the next few weeks, with links of course to the songs.

The process that I undertook with creating this list was to look up each year and then choose my favorite song from that year. The song has to have been released in the year that we are claiming it for. So even if the song was number 1 in 1985 but it was released in 1984, it would be connected to 1984 (You'll see this later). The songs are also based on my opinions of them now, not when I was that age.

With all of that being said I will begin with the year I was born.

1982: Should I Stay or Should I Go - The Clash, For this year it came down to songs from John Cougar Mellencamp, The Clash or Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. Some might say Eye of the Tiger but it's super annoying

1983: Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2. This one was easy as in, every other choice pales in comparison to this song, soooooo goood!!!!!

1984: Pride (In the Name of Love) - U2. Again, I mean come on it's U2, one of the greatest bands of all time. I am sure there are other songs that are good but nothing beats this anthemic song!

1985: Money for Nothing - Dire Straits - This was a tough year, there were really only two worthwhile songs, this one and Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds. It really could have been either song.

1986: Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi. This was another tough choice, not many songs that were great to choose from, but there is nothing wrong with a Bon Jovi song making the list

1987: Where the Streets Have No Name - U2. Finally, a year with a lot of good music, from Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson but this was the year Joshua Tree came out, I was struggling in choosing just one song and which song to choose from Joshua Tree

1988: Every Rose Has It's Thorn - Poison. It's a weak year for music, makes me either look forward to the next year or wish I could choose another U2 song

1989: About A Girl - Nirvana. While there were many songs to choose from, I was leaning heavily towards Free Fallin or a couple of different REM songs, but ultimately I went with the first Nirvana song that comes up on the list

1990: Thunderstruck - AC/DC. This one was an easy choice, just listen to that opening riff. Yes there were some good pop songs that released, but this song is epic and they are not!

1991: Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana. This one again was an easy choice, epic, song by an all time great. Although there were a few other good songs that came out this year too like Losing My Religion, Enter Sandman, Learning to Fly, Into the Great Wide Open, Shiny Happy People, November Rain, Man in the Box, and that doesn't include the pop songs that are available to choose from. Nirvana was the best band in the world at the time and this was there biggest hit.

1992: Friday, I'm in Love - The Cure. This one was a difficult choice because most of the good popular songs for 1992 were released in 1991. So if you think I should have gone with Jeremy, Mysterious Ways, One, Nothing Else Matters, or the best song from the movie Waynes World, or Bohemian Rhapsody, you would be wrong in choosing one of those songs for this year since they were released in 1991.

Next week, 1993 - 2005, let me know in the comments what you think or even start your own list! See ya next week!

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