In cyberspace, no one can hear you meme.

The very lovely and quite gracious Poppy has posted an interesting meme ovah theah on her blog. The rules are quite simple. Go over to popculturemadness.com, click on the decade you turned 18, find the actual year you turned 18, and copy the top songs for that year...pasting them. Then you Bold the ones you liked; strikeout the ones you hated; and italicize the ones about which you were neutral. The ones you've never heard will stay unformatted. I assume this means at the time...not that my tastes have evolved much in the intervening decades.

1. Mickey - Toni Basil
2. Apache - Sugarhill Gang
3. Through The Years - Kenny Rogers
4. I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
5. Open Arms - Journey
6. 867-5309 (Jenny Jenny) - Tommy Tutone
7. Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor
8. You Dropped A Bomb On Me - Gap Band
9. Hard To Say I'm Sorry - Chicago

10. I'm So Excited - Pointer Sisters
11. Ribbon In The Sky - Stevie Wonder
12. On The Wings Of Love - Jeffrey Osborne
13. State of Independence - Donna Summer
14. We Got The Beat - GoGos
15. She's Got a Way - Billy Joel
16. Rock This Town - Stray Cats
17. Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
18. Tainted Love - Softcell
19. One Hundred Ways - Quincy Jones and James Ingram
20. Who Can It Be Now - Men at Work
21. Get Down On it - Kool & the Gang
22. Turn Your Love Around - George Benson
23. Let It Whip - Dazz Band
24. Planet Rock - Afrika Bambaataa
25. Gloria - Laura Branigan
26. Everybody Wants You - Billy Squire
27. Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson
28. Don't You Want Me - Human League
29. I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow
30. Waiting On A Friend - Rolling Stones
31. Genius Of Love - Tom Tom Club
32. Goobye To You - Scandal
33. Situation - Yaz

34. Circles - Atlantic Starr
35. Memory - Barbra Streisand
36. Abacab - Genesis
37. Cool (Part 1) - The Time
38. Juke Box Hero - Foreigner
39. Hot In The City - Billy Idol
40. Shadows Of The Night - Pat Benatar
41. Murphy's Law - Cheri
42. You've Got Another Thing Comin' - Judas Priest
43. Jack and Diane - John Cougar (Mellencamp)
44. Leader Of The Band - Dan Fogelberg
45. Workin' For A Livin' - Huey Lewis and the News
46. Working For The Weekend - Loverboy
47. Truly - Lionel Richie
48. Mama Used To Say - Junior
49. Paperlate - Genesis
50. I Wouldn't Have Missed It For The World - Ronnie Milsap
51. Under Pressure - Queen and David Bowie
52. I Know What Boys Like - The Waitresses
53. Going To A Go-Go - Rolling Stones
54. Hurt So Good - John Cougar (Melloncamp)
55. Maneater - Hall and Oates

56. Kids In America - Kim Wilde
57. Love Plus One - Haircut One Hundred
58. Should I Stay Or Should I Go - The Clash
59. I Feel Like A Number - Bob Seger
60. I Ran (So Far Away) - A Flock Of Seagulls
61. Centerfold - J. Geils Band
62. Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) - Elton John
63. I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) - Hall and Oates
64. Vacation - GoGo's
65. Early In The Morning - Gap Band
66. Someday, Someway - Marshall Crenshaw
67. Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band
68. I've Never Been To Me - Charlene
69. Leather and Lace - Stevie Nicks and Don Henley
70. Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson
71. I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton
72. Let Me Tickle Your Fancy - Jermaine Jackson (& Devo)
73. Shakin' - Eddie Money
74. The Message - Grandmaster Flash
75. Talk Talk - Talk Talk

You will notice, kind reader, that there is much I never heard (19 out of 75!). If it was on a station that played rhythm & blues or disco (i.e. "rhythm & blues" for people with neither) or country, it simply never crossed my radar. I rarely bothered with Top 40 stuff, and what did manage to slip into my eardrum was rejected quite frequently. Come to think of it, it still does. I was lucky to grow up pretty close to one of those College Radio Stations (the ones with music you never heard anywhere else and a whopping 16 watts of power) and that shaped my destiny musically speaking.

Now you know.

-J.

Comments

Caro said…
Now I have to navigate to Napster and listen to 867-5309 and then pay for it. Damn you! :)
Badger said…
Dammit, your list is better than mine, too! Curse you, 1984!

You would be shocked to learn how many of the songs on your list I owned on 45. Or maybe you wouldn't.

Holy crap, my WVW is chubwm. Even the internet thinks I'm fat.
Joke said…
C.,

I'm an enabler. Sue me.

Badge,

1984 is no 1982, but it's a'ight. Could be worse. coulda been 1975 or something.

-J.
Stomper Girl said…
Have you made any distinction between hated them at the time or hate them now? There's a few on that list that I didn't mind at the time but I look at now with horror.
Joke said…
A very few have migrated from neutral to dislike or, less likely, from like to neutral.

-J.
Sarah O. said…
I hate it when everybody's younger than me.

And when their years have better songs.

But I love it when they don't complain that I steal their memes.

Rock on.
Joke said…
I only had children so I could have people my own age with whom to play.

-J.
Lazy cow said…
We're the same year! I'm going to have to do this too, though I HATE memes in general.
But... I'm astounded that you've never heard of The Message, or Streisand's Memory (quite envious of that one actually!), or even George Benson. I used to listen to Casey Kasem's (sp?) American Top 40 every Sunday night on a local radio station. There was a LOT of crap around back then!
Lazy cow said…
Oops, I read that you were 1984 but that was Badger. Must go and check my year.
meggie said…
I had a full comment forulatated, & blogger decided to eat it.Crap!

I enjoyed this trip down memory lane, but it reminded me how old I am. Bummer.
Good memories though, & some I would rather forget!!?
meggie said…
OH crap, it decided to publish the munted version... what else could I expect!
Joke said…
LC,

The reason why I had never heard that excresence by Streisand or George Benson (which might've been palatable) is, quite simply, because I didn't listen to those radio stations.

I still don't.

At the time I was caught up in a New Wave reverie, around which orbited some Power Pop, Ska, Rockabilly and all their attendant influences. A guy who listens to Agent Orange in 1982 is not a guy who listens to La Streisand.

At least not without some expectation of some white-clad gentlemen who show up to give him one-way passage aboard the Disoriented Express.

-J.

P.S. Meggie, if it's any consolation, I've been feeling this way since I was 21.
Tere said…
I checked my year, and almost all the songs sucked. The list doesn't even get interesting till #11, Better Man by Pearl Jam. Dave Matthews Band is on the list twice - yay - but the BEST song of that year came in last - Adam Ant's Wonderful.
Joke said…
Wow, Tere...you ARE right. Bad, bad, bad year for music.

(Memo to Badger: Count your blessings.)

Very, very bad year.

-J.

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