One of my favorite things to do for New Year’s, as a teenager, was to listen to the Top 100 songs of the year. In most cities, you can hear at least one radio station playing this. Considering we are quickly approaching New Year’s Day I thought I would take a look back in time…
Let’s see, in December of 2001 I was still living in Athens, Oh. Fresh out of Grad School, I was teaching voice at Ohio University and starting to think about what part of the country I would end up in at the end of the school year…I guess California won.
Our top 10 included: Lifehouse, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, Train. Actually I could sing 8 of the 10 without any help and recognized the other 2 immediately after about 5 seconds of the recording. My favorite three were Lifehouse Hanging By a Moment, Alicia keys Fallin’, and Let Me Blow Ya Mind by Eve and Gwen Stefani.
Now I need to think all the way back to 9th grade…my favorite song of the top 10 is, hands down, More Than Words by Extreme. We even did an arrangement of this in Vocal Ensemble. Today you can still hear people breaking into harmony and singing along with every word. The number one song went to Bryan Adams and his ballad for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Everything I Do (I Do it For You). I watched this movie over and over again during my high school years.
One more decade back; in 1981 I was only 4 years old. I’m sure I learned all of the top 10 at some point throughout the ’80s but probably couldn’t sing them for you at 4. I was at home playing with my siblings and singing to some extent I’m sure. We listened to the Carpenters and a lot of country music in my house back then. All top 10 of the songs in the Billboard Top 100 for that year are familiar to me and I know them as well as any of the other songs in the top 10 of 1991, 2001 and 2011.
The two songs I know best and also have on my iPod are Eddie Rabbitt’s I Love a Rainy Night and Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5. Number 14 is Queen of Hearts by Juice Newton and is one of my all time favorite songs. I evidently have good taste in ’80s country music.
I think this post was great fun; it took far too long to write because I kept stopping to listen to music! It brought back some good music memories and I now have vivid images in my head of roller skating and dancing in the basement to music that has stood the test of time…at least for 20 or 30 years…
Now I have to go purchase more of them.