Friday, March 12, 2010

Top 5 Friday* - Favorite Songs From High School

*Since Mondays have now become my weigh-in post day, I am moving "Music Monday" to every other Friday.  Also, it's now called "Top 5 Friday", so that the lists could include topics other than music if I want.  I like the blogging community and it has been fun for me to get to know all of you on topics other than exercise and food.

So, today's Top 5 Friday is a list of The Top 5 Songs From High School.  This is not necessarily what was on the Billboard Top 40 list at the time.  Just think back (off the top of your head) and tell us What were your Top 5 favorite songs during your high school years?

Here's my list, from the preppy years of 1981-84:
  1. Should I Stay Or Should I Go? by The Clash
  2. Back in Black by AC/DC
  3. The Stroke by Billy Squier
  4. What I Like About You by The Romantics
  5. Land Down Under by Men At Work
Now, it's your turn.  What were you jammin' to during your high school years?  Give me your list.


Larry said...

The songs that immediately popped into my mind when I thought back to my days and nights at New Castle High were as follows...

Air Supply's ALL OUT OF LOVE - my teenage heart was a fragile, fragile thing, BC.

Soft Cell's TAINTED LOVE - the first time I ever heard it was watching the cheerleaders practice a routine to the tune... to this day, nothing has ever been as erotic.

Night Ranger's SISTER CHRISTIAN - how I first fell in love with the electric guitar.

Boz Scaggs' LIDO SHUFFLE - I have this vivid memory of riding shotgun in my brother's Datsun (pre-Nissan) pickup as he drove down the road, steering with his knees and playing air guitar on a racquetball racket while the tape deck blasted this song. In that moment, there was not a cooler human on the planet.

Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band's AGAINST THE WIND - let me say right up front, I hate this song. I can't listen to it. It makes me physically ill. Seriously. As I write this, my stomach is getting queasy. I have no idea why I have such a visceral reaction to this (and a couple other songs), but I do. And I cannot think back to the music of my youth without this one invading my thoughts. I hate it, but it's there forever.

Songs that just missed the list:
Another Brick in The Wall - Pink Floyd
Don't Stand So Close to Me - The Police
Anything by REO Speedwagon
Anything by Journey
It Might Be You - Stephen Bishop
October - U2
Sunday, Bloody Sunday - U2

Losing Harry said...

When I was in HS, grunge was in. I had aspirations of moving to Seattle.

1. Pearl Jam - Evenflow
2. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
3. Soundgarden - Rusty Cage
4. Guns N' Roses - November Rain
5. DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince - Summertime (We used to listen to this song while we cruised for chicks. We didn't like it, but we thought the ladies would.)

Have a great weekend, Clyde.

Big Clyde said...

Larry, welcome back. I hadn't heard from you in awhile and your writing is always interesting. I completely understand about Tainted Love. I had a similar experience with Funkytown.

Harry, I actually went to the same school as Cobain and Novoselic from Nirvana. Cobain dropped out and Novoselic's mom cut my hair for years. He would come in and talk to us about training to be an EMT, always bumming money from his mom, but she was always so proud of whatever he was doing.

Thanks for the songs.

Larry said...

Forgive the absence. We lost an employee at the warehouse this past week. Whenever you mix ice and chain saws it's dangerous, but doing something for years and years can cause you to take it for granted, then something like this happens and everything is put in perspective.

I started this weight-loss thing because of my fear of death. I never think about the fact that you can die any way, any time. From having a heart attack because you're fat, to getting hit by a bus, or even, when God decides, having a dolphin ice sculpture unexpectedly shatter causing a Poulan 400E to cut through the femoral artery of a haemophiliac.

Rest in Peace, Dirk Shuckersand.

Tricia said...

Man, I'm only 31 but I can't remember much from high school music-wise. That's pretty sad! I do remember I was going through my "discovering classic rock" phase in my junior and senior year, so maybe that's why the then-modern music doesn't ring much of a bell. I just wanted to comment and say that I think I would have been better suited to have been in high school in the 80s instead of the 90s because I still listen to mostly 80s tunes and your list kicks ass :)

Duane said...

Ok, I'm old, so what!
1. Stairway to Heaven
2. Layla
3. Aqualung
4. Baba O'Reilly
5. I'd Love to Change the World