A Music Poll

I saw this courtesy of Ali Martell:

Okay, here’s how it works:

1. Go to Music Outfitters.
2. Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year.
3. Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you hate and underline your favorite. Do nothing to the ones you don’t remember or don’t care about. Commentary is optional, as is good taste.

Top 100 Hits of 1987 / Top 100 Songs of 1987
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

Some things to note. I remember the group “Jet” – they were from Malaysia or someplace like that and there were about 8-10 kids in the family. For some really weird reason my high school was chosen as the place for them to perform to hype their coming to America. So one day we were all shuffled into the auditorium and sentenced to die watching this bubble pop group lip-sync their songs. What made it ironic was that my high school was pretty much filled with two types of music lovers: heavy metal and The Grateful Dead. No joke – that was probably about 75% of my school. My high school loved the Dead so much that at my high school pre-graduation ceremony “Ripple” was the performed song.

As for the bulk of those songs, I believe at some point during my senior year I shied away from pop music and began listening to alternative music like The Smiths, The Cure (I loved the album “Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me”) and Throwing Muses. I also know I was listening to a LOT of rap – the old school rap like “La di da di” and stuff from folks like Dana Dane (“Nightmares”), The Real Roxanne and yes, The Fresh Prince (“One of those Days” being one of my favorites from him). I got into rap because of my friend Susie, who saw Beastie Boys open for Madonna in concert and decided she prefered Beasties to Madonna.

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    2. What’s Love Got To Do With It, Tina Turner
    3. Say Say Say, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
    4. Footloose, Kenny Loggins
    5. Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now), Phil Collins
    6. Jump, Van Halen
    7. Hello, Lionel Richie
    8. Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Yes
    9. Ghostbusters, Ray Parker Jr.
    10. Karma Chameleon, Culture Club
    11. Missing You, John Waite
    12. All Night Long (All Night), Lionel Richie
    13. Let’s Hear It For The Boy, Deniece Williams
    14. Dancing In The Dark, Bruce Springsteen
    15. Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper
    16. The Reflex, Duran Duran

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    19. Talking In Your Sleep, Romantics
    20. Self Control, Laura Branigan
    21. Let’s Go Crazy, Prince and The Revolution
    22. Say It Isn’t So, Daryl Hall and John Oates
    23. Hold Me Now, Thompson Twins
    24. Joanna, Kool and The Gang
    25. I Just Called To Say I Love You, Stevie Wonder
    26. Somebody’s Watching Me, Rockwell
    27. Break My Stride, Matthew Wilder
    28. 99 Luftballons, Nena
    29. I Can Dream About You, Dan Hartman
    30. The Glamorous Life, Sheila E.
    31. Oh Sherrie, Steve Perry
    32. Stuck On You, Lionel Richie
    33. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues, Elton John
    34. She Bop, Cyndi Lauper
    35. Borderline, Madonna
    36. Sunglasses At Night, Corey Hart
    37. Eyes Without A Face, Billy Idol
    38. Here Comes The Rain Again, Eurythmics
    39. Uptown Girl, Billy Joel
    40. Sister Christian, Night Ranger
    41. Drive, Cars
    42. Twist Of Fate, CootieGirl Newton-John
    43. Union Of The Snake, Duran Duran
    44. The Heart Of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Huey Lewis and The News
    45. Hard Habit To Break, Chicago
    46. The Warrior, Scandal
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    48. Automatic, Pointer Sisters
    49. Let The Music Play, Shannon
    50. To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before, Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson
    51. Caribbean Queen, Billy Ocean
    52. That’s All, Genesis
    53. Running With The Night, Lionel Richie
    54. Sad Songs (Say So Much), Elton John
    55. I Want A New Drug, Huey Lewis and The News
    56. Islands In The Stream, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
    57. Love Is A Battlefield, Pat Benatar
    58. Infatuation, Rod Stewart
    59. Almost Paradise, Mike Reno and Ann Wilson
    60. Legs, ZZ Top
    61. State Of Shock, Jacksons
    62. Love Somebody, Rick Springfield
    63. Miss Me Blind, Culture Club
    64. If This Is It, Huey Lewis and The News
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    74. Dance Hall Days, Wang Chung
    75. Give It Up, K.C.
    76. I’m So Excited, Pointer Sisters
    77. I Still Can’t Get Over Loving You, Ray Parker Jr.
    78. Thriller, Michael Jackson
    79. Holiday, Madonna
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    81. Nobody Told Me, John Lennon
    82. Church Of The Poison Mind, Culture Club
    83. Think Of Laura, Christopher Cross
    84. Time Will Reveal, Debarge
    85. Wrapped Around Your Finger, Police
    86. Pink Houses, John Cougar Mellencamp
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    88. Head Over Heels, Go-Go’s
    89. The Longest Time, Billy Joel
    90. Tonight, Kool and The Gang
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    92. Dancing In The Sheets, Shalamar
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    97. Magic, Cars
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