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{July 25, 2011}   Breaking it down from 1983 to now

I came up with an idea to showcase the top song of each year from the year I was born-1983 up until now as a list and give you my take on each. This is all completely my own opinion and you can take it or leave it. I just thought it would be something fun and different. I got the top songs by year from this site, just to let you know where it came from. ๐Ÿ™‚

1983-“Every Breath you take” by The Police (Great song, good beat, but the lyrics feel a little stalkerish, don’t you think? “Every move you make, I’ll be watching you?” Dude…what if I just wanted to use the bathroom? Can you say, Clingy???

1984-“When Doves Cry”-Prince (My only issue with this song was as a child when I didn’t get the metaphors…..I never quite understood how doves crying sounded like people screaming at each other…..Now I understand the metaphor and actually like this song. On the other hand, I still do not get his fashion style or the need to change names….oh well….)

1985- “Careless Whisper”-Wham (Good lesson in the words of this song….Rumors and gossip can ruin friendships)

1986- “That’s what friends are for”-Dionne Warwick ( For some reason, I never liked the flow of this song and I’m not sure why…..it’s got good lyrics, I just always thought the song was majorly cheesy but I’m thinking in ’85 people were big on rumors and in 86′ they must have mended friendships so this ended up being their big anthem. I’m not sure because I was only 3….)

1987-‘Walk like an Egyptian”-Bangles (OK…this music video played a lot when I was a little girl and I loved it. I remember doing the egyptian dance as a tiny tyke and singing along. Adults at this time might have considered it cheesy like the Locomotion(which I also loved) or The Macarena(that came in later years) but for a 4 yr. old, this song was awesome!)

1988-“Faith” by George Michael-(From a hit about gossip to a hit about having faith in a relationship where the girl plays the same games as HE plays…..hmmm, opening up your diary, George? This was a very catchy tune, one that I catch myself singing along with to this day, so I can’t really hate on it)

1989- “Look Away”-Chicago(I had never heard this song until now. I searched it online to listen for this post, I love many other songs by this group and this song sounds like the Chicago I love. Sad lyrics about letting go of someone you love because they don’t feel the same but it hurts to just be friends…so you’d rather they look away. I can remember times from the past where these lyrics would have fit so well)

1990- “Hold on”-Wilson Phillips (I have to admit that I’m not familiar with Wilson Phillips…sorry to those that may be thinking I possibly don’t know good music. In fact, I wasn’t sure I even had heard of this song until I looked it up and then I had a flash! NOW I remember this song! I always thought it had a good beat but never paid attention to the lyrics, now that I read the lyrics…it sounds very inspirational.

Don’t you know things can change
Things’ll go your way
If you hold on for one more day

1991-“Everything I do(I do it for you)-Bryan Adams (One of my absolute favorite love songs…what can I say? )

1992- “End of the Road”-Boyz II Men (Ah, the group responsible for making young girls misspell the word Boys….and making them giddy with their irresistible harmonies. At 9 years old, I had older friends obsessed with this group and while I was never obsessed with them, I couldn’t help but love their songs. This one was no exception.)

1993- “I will always love you”-Whitney Houston (Back when Whitney wasn’t on drugs(or at least not to my knowledge) and her voice was at its best….Did anyone NOT love this song?)

1994- “The Sign”-Ace of Base (Is it OK to admit I was obsessed with this song? It was just so upbeat and peppy and made you want to dance. Now that I am older, I have to say the beat is still so much fun but the lyrics are definitely not the best….”No one’s gonna drag you up to get into the light where you belong”…I am still confused as to what the message here is, surely it’s not meaning the light at the end of the tunnel? I mean, I have been mad at some guys, but that’s a little much! And let’s face it…with lyrics like “Under the pale moon, where I see a lot of stars”….no one’s winning any lyric awards)

1995- “Gangsta’s Paradise”-Coolio (One of the very few rap songs that I know all the lyrics to….There’s very few rap songs that I am a fan of and this one happened to come out when I was a pre teen obsessed with the music on the radio and I just picked up on all the lyrics. Really sad song…)

1996- “Macarena”-Los Del Rio(OMG…..Was there really nothing better in music in 1996? Seriously? I mean, I knew the little dance…it’s not as if you needed to be a genius, there were 2 year olds to 99 year olds dancing the Macarena, but great music? No….The Macarena gives me nightmares…..)

1997- “Candle in the Wind”-Elton John(Tribute to Princess Diana….beautiful song, talented singer/songwriter…I can’t possibly say anything bad)

1998- “Too Close”-Next (Great beat…When I first heard this song, I loved it, but I wasn’t thinking about how naughty the lyrics were….definitely not appropriate for young kids)

1999- “Believe”-Cher (“Do you believe in life after love?” Yes, I do…and this song came at a time in my life as a teen when I needed to believe so for that reason I liked and still like this song)

2000- “Breathe”-Faith Hill (For someone like me who has never been a fan of country music, this was just one of the many cross overs that I grew to love and think of as pop instead of country)

2001- “Lady Marmalade”-Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Pink and Mya (I was already a big fan of Christina, Pink AND Mya so no surprise that I loved this song….oh and still do!)

2002- “A thousand miles”-Vanessa Carlton (I would sing this song but I never LOVED it…..maybe it was because I could never picture myself walking a thousand miles….)

2003- “Crazy in Love”-Beyonce ft. Jay-Z (When you’re in love, you DO tend to go crazy…and look it…I have found that out….and when someone sings that they are crazy in love with such a happy dance beat and is so proud of the fact, how can you rain on their parade?)

2004- “The Reason”-Hoobastank ย (Besides the simple fact that the name of this band makes me think of things that stink….This song far from stinks….in fact, I think it’s an amazing song and shows that people CAN truly change)

2005- “We belong together”-Mariah Carey (Finally she makes this list! I’ve always loved her and apart from the movie “Glitter” she made that flopped, she can’t go wrong in my eyes)

2006- “Bad Day”-Daniel Powter (I remember this song being the original Goodbye song for American Idol…..maybe I could blame that for being the reason I have always hated this song…..but I think the truth is I would have hated it regardless…sorry)

2007- “Irreplaceable”-Beyonce (Awesome woman’s anthem to her man letting him know that he better treat her right cause he is NOT irreplaceable) Note to my husband: Disregard last statement ๐Ÿ™‚

2008- ‘Low”-Flo-rida (He took his home state and made it his name by splitting it into two and then made a club anthem that people still are singing…..smooth move)

2009- “Boom Boom Pow”-Black Eyed Peas (I danced to this song with 2 of my nieces at my Bachelorette Party. Very fun song!)

2010- “Telephone”-Lady Gaga (The Madonna of this new generation singing about being too busy partying and having fun to answer that darn phone. Well, sometimes I don’t feel like answering the phone even when I’m not having fun so sing on, girl! Here’s to ignoring the phone when you’ve just had enough of the phone calls!)

2011- ? Well….since 2011 hasn’t finished yet, who knows what the top song will be for this year. I have my guesses….one guess would be ‘Firework” by Katy Perry…which I like but I think it’s been overplayed. What song do YOU think will be the top song of 2011? What song would YOU pick if you were the judge? And lastly, did you enjoy my music post? If you did, please let me know. Any suggestions on other music posts you would like to see me do if you liked this one?

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Haha I like all the commentary on the song choices Sharon! Nice choices! ๐Ÿ™‚



Thanks, I am glad you liked it! ๐Ÿ™‚



Tilly Bud says:

Mostly a good choice (The Macarena…?) ๐Ÿ™‚ Wilson Phillips are some of the children of The Mamas and the Papas. The album is brilliant. I think they only did the one before they split up.

I am much older than you so I have to prefer Dolly Parton’s version of ‘I Will Always Love You’ (she wrote it), especially as it was the song we had for our first dance at our wedding in 1985. Not a great omen because really it’s about splitting up, but we’re still together ๐Ÿ™‚



My husband always reminds me that Dolly Parton is the original singer of that song and I always tell him, I know! It’s just that Whitney Houston’s came out at a later date where I got exposed to that version more. That’s cute that you had that as a wedding song. ๐Ÿ™‚
I’ve heard of The Mamas and the Papas but didn’t know Wilson Phillips was some of their kids….pretty neat!



nrhatch says:

Fun idea, Sharon! I’m sure you enjoyed reviewing fave songs for each year of your life. ๐Ÿ˜€



Yes, I did enjoy it, it was kind of like going back in time and remembering being a kid. ๐Ÿ™‚



Haha, if I had to do something similar, I don’t think I would have picked any of these songs! Funny how songs touch some of us and not others. I love it!



Even out of the songs that I DID like….there were very few that I would have personally picked as MY FAV. from that year…..I just went by the top song on the site that THEY listed for each yr. I believe they list the top 100 from each yr., so it would have taken me quite awhile to pick out a fav. for EACH yr. myself.



Ah, that makes sense. Well, imagine how long it would take me to pick one song a year!



A few years more than me….Your’e only like 30, right? ๐Ÿ™‚



The Hook says:

Very well done! AWESOME!



Thanks! Glad you liked! ๐Ÿ˜‰



eof737 says:

Love your post and love every single one of those songs… ๐Ÿ™‚



Thanks! Glad you like!



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