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Written By : Richard SchwartzCategory : 3. Everything
Location : Nashua, NH

OK... Libby started this. I'll follow.

The instructions are: Go to, 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, at the very least, "wouldn't immediately change the radio station from.") Pick a favorite. Underline that favorite. And Strikethru the ones you loathe. Italicize the ones you consider to be guilty pleasures.

Here's my list. It's very hard to pick a favorite, but I'm going to go with Because The Night. Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad,Hollywood Nights, Lay Down Sally, and What's Your Name? were all in contention. There are probably quite a few more that should be struck through, but I decided that if I can't even emember how the song goes I shouldn't say that I loathed it.

1. Shadow Dancing, Andy Gibb
2. Night Fever, Bee Gees
3. You Light Up My Life, Debby Boone
4. Stayin' Alive, Bee Gees
5. Kiss You All Over, Exile
6. How Deep Is Your Love, Bee Gees
7. Baby Come Back, Player
8. (Love Is) Thicker Than Water, Andy Gibb
9. Boogie Oogie Oogie, A Taste Of Honey
10. Three Times A Lady, Commodores
11. Grease, Frankie Valli
12. I Go Crazy, Paul Davis
13. You're The One That I Want, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
14. Emotion, Samantha Sang
15. Lay Down Sally, Eric Clapton
16. Miss You, Rolling Stones
17. Just The Way You Are, Billy Joel
18. With A Little Luck, Wings
19. If I Can't Have You, Yvonne Elliman
20. Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah), Chic
21. Feels So Good, Chuck Mangione
22. Hot Child In The City, Nick Gilder
23. Love Is Like Oxygen, Sweet
24. It's A Heartache, Bonnie Tyler
25. We Are The Champions / We Will Rock You, Queen
26. Baker Street, Gerry Rafferty
27. Can't Smile Without You, Barry Manilow
28. Too Much, Too Little, Too Late, Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams
29. Dance With Me, Peter Brown
30. Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad, Meat Loaf
31. Jack And Jill, Raydio
32. Take A Chance On Me, Abba
33. Sometimes When We Touch, Dan Hill
34. Last Dance, Donna Summer
35. Hopelessly Devoted To You, Olivia Newton-John
36. Hot Blooded, Foreigner
37. You're In My Heart, Rod Stewart
38. The Closer I Get To You, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
39. Dust In The Wind, Kansas
40. Magnet And Steel, Walter Egan
41. Short People, Randy Newman
42. Use Ta Be My Girl, O'Jays
43. Our Love, Natalie Cole
44. Love Will Find A Way, Pablo Cruise
45. An Everlasting Love, Andy Gibb
46. Love Is In The Air, John Paul Young
47. Goodbye Girl, David Gates
48. Slip Slidin' Away, Paul Simon
49. The Groove Line, Heatwave
50. Thunder Island, Jay Ferguson
51. Imaginary Lover, Atlanta Rhythm Section
52. Still The Same, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
53. My Angel Baby, Toby Beau
54. Disco Inferno, Trammps
55. On Broadway, George Benson
56. Come Sail Away, Styx
57. Back In Love Again, L.T.D.
58. This Time I'm In It For Love, Player
59. You Belong To Me, Carly Simon
60. Here You Come Again, Dolly Parton
61. Blue Bayou, Linda Ronstadt
62. Peg, Steely Dan
63. You Needed Me, Anne Murray
64. Shame, Evelyn "Champagne" King
65. Reminiscing, Little River Band
66. Count On Me, Jefferson Starship
67. Baby Hold On, Eddie Money
68. Hey Deanie, Shaun Cassidy
69. Summer Nights, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
70. What's Your Name, Lynyrd Skynyrd
71. Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue, Crystal Gayle
72. Because The Night, Patti Smith
73. Every Kinda People, Robert Palmer
74. Copacabana, Barry Manilow
75. Always And Forever, Heatwave
76. You And I, Rick James
77. Serpentine Fire, Earth, Wind and Fire
78. Sentimental Lady, Bob Welch
79. Falling, LeBlanc and Carr
80. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, Santa Esmeralda
81. Bluer Than Blue, Michael Johnson
82. Running On Empty, Jackson Browne
83. Whenever I Call You "Friend", Kenny Loggins
84. Fool (If You Think It's Over), Chris Rea
85. Get Off, Foxy
86. Sweet Talking Woman, Electric Light Orchestra
87. Life's Been Good, Joe Walsh
88. I Love The Night Life, Alicia Bridges
89. You Can't Turn Me Off (In The Middle Of Turning Me On), High Inergy
90. It's So Easy, Linda Ronstadt
91. Native New Yorker, Odyssey
92. Flashlight, Parliament
93. Don't Look Back, Boston
94. Turn To Stone, Electric Light Orchestra
95. I Can't Stand The Rain, Eruption
96. Ebony Eyes, Bob Welch
97. The Name Of The Game, Abba
98. We're All Alone, Rita Coolidge
99. Hollywood Nights, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
100. Deacon Blues, Steely Dan
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Comments :v

1. Esther Strom08/24/2005 05:13:26 PM

Hmm... I notice you didn't actually mention the year you graduated... This is fun, though. I'll have to look at it. I just downloaded a bunch of songs from iTunes the other day - they have entire sections called One-Hit Wonders (from 70s, 80s, and 90s) and Guilty Pleasures.

2. Richard Schwartz08/24/2005 05:59:57 PM

Yep It wasn't hard at all for me to figure out Libby's graduation year, so I doubt it will be hard for anyone who really wants to know to figure out mine. I will admit, though, that mine is considerably earlier than Libby's

3. Jon Johnston08/24/2005 06:19:04 PM

Holy Cow, these people are out of Ely, Minnesota! Dat's up nort, dat is!

I'll try this later. Too much travel now.

4. Ben Langhinrichs08/24/2005 09:13:24 PM

I added mine on my blog, but it is downright scary how few songs I like from back then.

5. Richard Schwartz08/24/2005 09:48:23 PM

@Ben: I think I like your year better than mine Not quite so sure about your choices, though. I listened to the Sex Pistols and Talking Heads, too, and I'm not sure why you would have loathed Blondie. You must have been one of those guys who felt that Heart of Glass was a sell-out. Did you also loathe Talking Heads' Life During Wartime? Some of your guilty pleasures qualified as songs that I loathe, and at best I'd have put The Logical Song as a guility pleasure. It might have been ok the first couple of times I heard it, but it has to have been one of the most over-played songs in the history of radio. Sultans of Swing would have to be my favorite on your list. Some of the best songs of that year weren't even on the list though: Paradise By The Dashboard Light, and Good Girls Don't.

6. Ben Langhinrichs08/25/2005 02:56:19 PM

I didn't feel it was a sell out, just not one of the Blondie songs I liked (and I liked many). The Talking Heads are fantastic. I never seem to tire of The Logical Song, and it certainly wasn't as overplayed as many of the songs on that list.

7. Richard Schwartz08/25/2005 11:44:45 PM

@Esther: It's 1978. Rocky asked about it too, over in Libby's comments, and although I said above that it wasn't that hard to figure out Libby's graduation year, I took a closer look at the release dates on the songs and realized that I can only pin it down to a window of 1988 to 1990 because some songs don't make the charts until well after they are released and because school years cross calendar years.

8. Curt Stone08/26/2005 03:28:17 PM

I believe I'd mark my list from this year much like you did.
(In my best Jack Black voice from "High Fidelity") Except, how'd you give bold to:
If I Can't Have You, Yvonne Elliman
It's A Heartache, Bonnie Tyler
Whenever I Call You "Friend", Kenny Loggins
I Love The Night Life, Alicia Bridges
We're All Alone, Rita Coolidge

Please don't categorize these songs along with songs from Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, ELO, Kansas, Steely Dan, Bob Seeger and Boston. You'd get thrown out of the used record store for admitting this travesty.

9. Richard Schwartz08/26/2005 04:24:43 PM

I have diverse tastes. I notice that you don't classify the Bob Welch or Gerry Rafferty songs with any of the above, and I don't either. But I like them. And the Boston, Kansas and ELO tunes doesn't compare at all with Clapton or the Stones, either, but I like them too.

The Yvonne Elliman song is, IMHO, absolutely the best pop-disco tune of that year. It's fast-moving and it is musically interesting -- much more so than 99% of disco. In particular, I think that the stacatto in the refrain is what makes it interesting. And yeah, it's very danceable. The Alicia Bridges song... admittedly that's a long stretch from my usual tastes, but what can I say... it's infectious and generally inoffensive. I could have put it as a "guilty pleasure". I have several other disco-pop tunes listed that way, but y'know... I don't really feel guilty about appreciating a few disco-pop tunes. I was a progressive rock DJ in college, and I was even prone to saying things like "disco sucks!" but not all disco sucks.

Moving on... Bonnie Tyler had a truly interesting voice. I've got that song listed simply because of that. And I just happen to like Kenny Loggins -- without Messina better than with. He's done some good tunes, and that's one that I like. I like "Return To Pooh Corner", too.

And the Rita Coolidge... good voice, but mainly I think it's a mood thing. You gotta bear in mind that we're talking about tunes from senior year in high school. There are a lot of different reasons why a song might appeal to me, and that was the year that I was literally "barely seventeen" and sometimes also "barely dressed" -- but unfortunately Paradise By The Dashboard Light isn't on this list! (Inexplicably, as I know it was a monster hit in '78.) We're All Alone simply reminds me of some aspects of that time of my life. It does it in a very different way than Meatloaf does, and although I don't find it all that interesting a piece of music I still like to hear it sometimes.

There are several other songs that ought to be on the list, like Wonderful Tonight for example. And I recall spending a lot of time listening to Santana that year. He did a cover of She's Not There that was amazing. And then there's all the Punk and New Wave that was emerging that year. That's the stuff that I was really getting into, but I never got to the point of excluding stuff just because it was pop even though I was into progressive.


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