Thursday, May 22, 2008

Soundtrack To Our Teeny Bopper Lives

I was researching an album released in 2001 when I came across a list of hits from the same year. This made me curious: what provided the soundtrack to my senior year of high school. As a graduate of the class of '99, of course Prince reigned omnipresent over every house party and school dance, along with Nena's "99 Luft Balloons," a ditty about the nuclear holocaust which we sang at graduation. I'm not joking. That's just a sample of the numerically themed songs that colored my life. What about the hits that were actually released that year? Click here to see the sad state of affairs of 1999's pop charts. Was your senior year any better or worse?

(Jamie Gadette)


  1. These weren't hits my grad year ('03), but I swear--I won't be able to listen to Eve6's "Here's to the Night" or Filter's "Take a Picture" again without wanting to stab someone with the corner of my mortar board.

  2. I'm old enough to tell you much worse (and most readers won't remember anyway), but we had to hear Seals and Crofts singing "We May Never Pass This Way Again" at every graduation-related event in--gulp--1975.

  3. Ive read this topic for some blogs. But I think this is more informative.

  4. Can you figure it out based on a random sampling of my top 100? (Note that Cher was in my teeny-bopper soundtrack, too.)

    1. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Roberta Flack
    3. American Pie, Don McLean
    7. Lean On Me, Bill Withers
    15. My Ding-A-Ling, Chuck Berry
    17. Heart Of Gold, Neil Young
    28. A Horse With No Name, America
    32. Nights In White Satin, Moody Blues
    40. Rocket Man, Elton John
    41. Rockin' Robin, Michael Jackson
    44. Morning Has Broken, Cat Stevens
    47. I Can See Clearly Now, Johnny Nash
    48. Burning Love, Elvis Presley
    60. Layla, Derek and The Dominos
    62. The Way Of Love, Cher
    68. Puppy Love, Donny Osmond
    70. Hot Rod Lincoln, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
    73. Anticipation, Carly Simon
    76. School's Out, Alice Cooper (Jerre Wroble)

  5. Yo. Jer.. That was too easy. Looks like we have the same year...1987, right?

    2. Alone Again (Naturally), Gilbert O'Sullivan
    4. Without You, Nilsson
    11. Let's Stay Together, Al Green
    13. Oh Girl, Chi-Lites
    16. If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right, Luther Ingram
    18. Betcha By Golly, Wow, Stylistics
    21. The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Robert John
    24. Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress), Hollies
    29. Everybody Plays The Fool, Main Ingredient
    30. Precious And Few, Climax
    39. Day Atter Day, Badfinger
    50. Hold Your Head Up, Argent
    55. The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A., Donna Fargo
    64. Sylvia's Mother, Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show
    66. Coconut, Nilsson
    74. Never Been To Spain, Three Dog Night
    75. Kiss An Angel Good Morning, Charlie Pride
    80. Family Affair, Sly and The Family Stone
    81. Troglodyte, Jimmy Castor Bunch
    86. Taxi, Harry Chapin
    91. Roundabout, Yes
    100. Pop That Thang, Isley Bros.

  6. Well, OK:

    It was the year the B-52s released Bouncing off the Satellites, which I feel has always been underrated, except for "Summer of Love," which has always been overrated. (But: "Wig, wig, wig, wig!!!!" What's not to love?!?!)

    Boys Don't Cry wanted to be a cowboy--which was funny for, like, two days--Dick Dale made a comeback, and the Pixies formed.

    David Lee Roth released his solo album after some kind of star fit sundered him from Van Halen; "Eat 'Em and Smile" was widely agreed to be both a sexual innuendo and a crappy album.

    Some favorites:

    "Bitchin' Camaro," The Dead Milkmen
    "Not My Slave," Oingo Boingo
    "Hairstyles and Attitudes," Timbuk 3
    "Caught Somewhere in Time," Iron Maiden
    "Don't Get Me Wrong," The Pretenders
    "The Queen Is Dead," The Smiths
    "Battery," Metallica
    "Dear God," XTC
    "Once in a Lifetime," Talking Heads

    Gacktabulous not-so-favorites:

    "That's What Friends Are For," Dionne Warwick (Where did Burt Bacharach go wrong?)

    "The Greatest Love of All," Whitney Houston (dedicated to: Whitney Houston.)

    "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)," Billy Ocean (yes, and Billy Ocean will be sobbing into the microphone for a few more years.)

    "Who's Johnny," El DeBarge (turns out Johnny was an irritating robot in love with Ally Sheedy or something; I wasn't enough of a 12-year-old to get it.)


    Finally, I have to say, I hated Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" at the time, but these days I'm liking it--it's kind of taken on a new meaning.


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