Tuesday, August 30, 2005

New Blog Meme

from Roxanne via Creek Running North:
(could any meme have a more distinguished bloggish hyperpath?)


Go here, search on the year of your high school graduation, and when the results come up, choose the "list of the 100 most popular songs."

Format according your opinion of the tunes.

In my case:

Those in blue I either still like or have grown to appreciate.

Italics mark songs I liked then but have no idea why now.

Bolded songs are the ones I considered dreck then, and still dislike.

I remain indifferent to the charms of those in plain text, just as I was in 1968.

1. Hey Jude, The Beatles
2. Honey, Bobby Goldsboro (If DeptHomeSec ever wished to torture me, having me listen to this heinous uulation for an hour would not only have me confessing to killing Jimmy Hoffa, I'd be leading them to his body and Judge Crater's as well.)
3. Love Is Blue, Paul Mauriat
4. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay, Otis Redding (damn, this is a great song)
5. People Got To Be Free, Rascals
6. Sunshine Of Your Love, Cream
7. This Guy's In Love With You, Herb Alpert
8. Stoned Soul Picnic, Fifth Dimension
9. Mrs. Robinson, Simon and Garfunkel
10. Tighten Up, Archie Bell and The Drells
11. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, Hugo Montenegro
12. Little Green Apples, O.C. Smith (Lord, this is one prime piece of musical sewage)
13. Mony, Mony, Tommy James and The Shondells
14. Hello, I Love You, The Doors (Hated The Doors then. Hate them now. Thankfully some things never change.)
15. Young Girl, Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
16. Cry Like A Baby, Box Tops
17. Harper Valley P.T.A., Jeannie C. Riley (Oh the Humanity!)
18. Grazing In The Grass, Hugh Masekela (still as tasty as ever)
19. Midnight Confessions, The Grass Roots
20. Dance To The Music, Sly and The Family Stone
21. The Horse, Cliff Nobles and Co. (Why can't I remember this one? I'm usually the one with the recorder brain.)
22. I Wish It Would Rain, Temptations
23. La-La Means I Love You, Delfonics
24. Turn Around, Look At Me, Vogues
25. Judy In Disguise (With Glasses), John Fred and His Playboy Band
26. Spooky, Classics IV
27. Love Child, Diana Ross and The Supremes
28. Angel Of The Morning, Merrilee Rush (Get it out of my head! Please.)
29. The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde, Georgie Fame
30. Those Were The Days, Mary Hopkin (This song has the power to make me want to tear out my own eardrums rather than listen to it. My. Single. Least. Favorite. Song. Ever.)
31. Born To Be Wild, Steppenwolf (a personal power song)
32. Cowboys To Girls, Intruders
33. Simon Says, 1910 Fruitgum Company (Jaybus, this is bad.)
34. Lady Willpower, Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
35. A Beautiful Morning, Rascals
36. The Look Of Love, Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66
37. Hold Me Tight, Johnny Nash
38. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, Ohio Express (This song set back the sexual revolution for 10 years, at the very least)
39. Fire , Crazy World Of Arthur Brown (A favorite of the asshats in my college dorm. Usually played at top volume at 3AM after everyone else had gone to sleep)
40. Love Is All Around, Troggs
41. Playboy, Gene and Debbe
42. (Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls, Dionne Warwick (Oh dear ghod, make it stop!)
43. Classical Gas, Mason Williams
44. Slip Away, Clarence Carter (Mighty fine)
45. Girl Watcher, O'Kaysions
46. (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone, Aretha Franklin
47. Green Tambourine, Lemon Pipers
48. 1, 2, 3, Red Light, 1910 Fruitgum Company
49. Reach Out Of The Darkness, Friend and Lover
50. Jumpin' Jack Flash, The Rolling Stones
51. MacArthur Park, Richard Harris
52. Light My Fire, Jose Feliciano (another personal power song)
53. I Love You, People
54. Take Time To Know Her, Percy Sledge
55. Pictures Of Matchstick Men, Status Quo
56. Summertime Blues, Blue Cheer
57. Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
58. I Got The Feelin', James Brown and The Famous Flames
59. I've Gotta Get A Message To You, Bee Gees (Another prime example of music that can drive the listener to self-mutilation)
60. Lady Madonna, The Beatles
61. Hurdy Gurdy Man, Donovan
62. Magic Carpet Ride, Steppenwolf
63. Bottle Of Wine, Fireballs
64. Stay In My Corner, Dells
65. Soul Serenade, Willie Mitchell
66. Delilah, Tom Jones (Enough to make you wish the damn Martians had got him)
67. Nobody But Me, Human Beinz
68. I Thank You, Sam and Dave
69. The Fool On The Hill, Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66
70. Sky Pilot, Eric Burdon and The Animals
71. Indian Lake, The Cowsills (The sheer inanity of this song leaves the listener breathless. Or maybe you just feel like you're smothering in all that fluff)
72. I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
73. Over You, Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
74. Goin' Out Of My Head / Can't Take My Eyes Off You, The Lettermen
75. Shoo-Bee-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day, Stevie Wonder
76. The Unicorn, The Irish Rovers (These guys should have been tried for crimes against humanity for recording this song)
77. (You Keep Me) Hangin' On, Vanilla Fudge
78. Revolution, The Beatles
79. Woman, Woman, Gary Puckett and The Union Gap (Thought it was sexist drivel then. Still do.)
80. Elenore, Turtles
81. Sweet Inspiration, Sweet Inspirations
82. The Mighty Quinn, Manfred Mann (A personal alltime fav)
83. Baby, Now That I've Found You, Foundations
84. White Room, Cream
85. If You Can Want, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
86. Cab Driver, The Mills Brothers (tasty, tasty, tasty)
87. Time Has Come Today, The Chambers Brothers (another personal power song)
88. Do You Know The Way To San Jose, Dionne Warwick (Please, please stop playing this song. I'll be good. I promise.)
89. Scarborough Fair / Canticle, Simon and Garfunkel
90. Think, Aretha Franklin (A personal theme song)
91. You're All I Need To Get By, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
92. Here Comes The Judge, Shorty Long
93. I Say A Little Prayer, Aretha Franklin
94. Say It Loud, I'm Black And I'm Proud
95. Sealed With A Kiss, Gary Lewis and The Playboys
96. Piece Of My Heart, Big Brother and The Holding Company
97. Suzie Q., Creedence Clearwater Revival (dancing.dancing.dancing.)
98. Bend Me Shape, American Breed
99. Hey, Western Union Man, Jerry Butler
100. Never Give You Up, Jerry Butler


I'm reminded by one of my betters (Doghouse Riley over to Bats Left, Throws Right) that I need to pick a favorite one from the list. It's a hard choice between the nuttiness and joy of Manfred Mann's The Mighty Quinn and the elegant forceful musicality of Aretha Franklin's Think, but Aretha wins.


Chris Clarke said...

Try wrapping your mind around this little trivium: On the B-Side of that Bobby Goldsboro tune was the equally execrable Watching Scotty Grow.

handdrummer said...

Oh dear lord. Well at least from an environmental angle, less for the landfill.