Tuesday, October 25, 2005

High school reunions & Top 100 songs of 1985

Over the weekend I received a letter saying that there was going to be 20th year high school class reunion and I have ambivalent feelings about attending it. I don't have a lot of good feelings about my high school years. My grades were okay, nothing spectacular. I had a few friends but a lot of kids at my school thought I was weird. (I was starting to be a "new waver" kid then. And I had the reputation of being a "brain" in spite of my mediorce grades.) I remember I was just biding my time there, thinking that there was a world outside the school walls. I couldn't wait to graduate so I could go to college and live out some new experiences.

Anyhow I did toy with the idea of going to the reunion party but I decided against it. My three reasons for my decisions were: 1. I went to the 5 year reunion and it felt pretty awkward. 2. Tickets to the party were $50 dollars each, a bit too much for me with Christmas coming up, and 3. It's on same the day/evening as Santa Saturday in New Hope and I'd much rather be at the latter; I'd feel far more comfortable with a whole bunch of men in leather rather than my old high school classmates.

According to that letter that reunion party is going to have a "DJ with all the hits from the 80s!", which made me think about what were the big hits the year I graduated, which was in 1985. Thanks to Lady Strathconn and Fat Lady Walking, I was able to find them through the musicoutfitters.com website:

(Note that you can find out what was big the year you graduated high school. Just follow Lady Strathconn's instructions and "Go to musicoutfitters.com and look around a bit [in the Music Resources section]. Okay, now go to their Top 100 Songs/Top 100 Hits and choose the year you graduated from high school. Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you hate and underline your favorite(s). Do nothing to the ones you don't remember (or don't care about)."

Anyhow, here's the Top 100 songs of 1985:

1. Careless Whisper, Wham!
2. Like A Virgin, Madonna
3. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Wham!
4. I Want To Know What Love Is, Foreigner
5. I Feel For You, Chaka Khan
6. Out Of Touch, Daryl Hall and John Oates
7. Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Tears For Fears
8. Money For Nothing, Dire Straits
9. Crazy For You, Madonna
10. Take On Me, A-Ha
11. Everytime You Go Away, Paul Young
12. Easy Lover, Phil Collins and Philip Bailey
13. Can't Fight This Feeling, REO Speedwagon
14. We Built This City, Starship
15. The Power Of Love, Huey Lewis and The News
16. Don't You (Forget About Me), Simple Minds
17. Cherish, Kool and The Gang
18. St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion), John Parr
19. The Heat Is On, Glenn Frey
20. We Are The World, U.S.A. For Africa
21. Shout, Tears For Fears
22. Part-Time Lover, Stevie Wonder
23. Saving All My Love For You, Whitney Houston
24. Heaven, Bryan Adams
25. Everything She Wants, Wham!
26. Cool It Now, New Edition
27. Miami Vice Theme, Jan Hammer
28. Lover Boy, Billy Ocean
29. Lover Girl, Teena Marie
30. You Belong To The City, Glenn Frey
31. Oh Sheila, Ready For The World
32. Rhythm Of The Night, Debarge
33. One More Night, Phil Collins
34. Sea Of Love, Honeydrippers
35. A View To A Kill, Duran Duran
36. The Wild Boys, Duran Duran
37. You're The Inspiration, Chicago
38. Neutron Dance, Pointer Sisters
39. We Belong, Pat Benatar
40. Nightshift, Commodores
41. Things Can Only Get Better, Howard Jones
42. All I Need, Jack Wagner
43. Freeway Of Love, Aretha Franklin
44. Never Surrender, Corey Hart
45. Sussudio, Phil Collins
46. Strut, Sheena Easton,
47. You Give Good Love, Whitney Houston
48. The Search Is Over, Survivor
49. Missing You, Diana Ross
50. Separate Lives, Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
51. Raspberry Beret, Prince and The Revolution
52. Suddenly, Billy Ocean
53. The Boys Of Summer, Don Henley
54. One Night In Bangkok, Murray Head
55. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, Sting
56. Obsession, Animotion
57. We Don't Need Another Hero, Tina Turner
58. Material Girl, Madonna
59. Better Be Good To Me, Tina Turner
60. Head Over Heels, Tears For Fears
61. Axel F, Harold Faltermeyer
62. Smooth Operator, Sade
63. In My House, Mary Jane Girls
64. Don't Lose My Number, Phil Collins
65. All Through The Night, Cyndi Lauper
66. Run To You, Bryan Adams
67. Glory Days, Bruce Springsteen
68. Voices Carry, 'Til Tuesday
69. Misled, Kool and The Gang
70. Would I Lie To You?, Eurythmics
71. Be Near Me, ABC
72. No More Lonely Nights, Paul McCartney
73. I Can't Hold Back, Survivor
74. Summer Of '69, Bryan Adams
75. Walking On Sunshine, Katrina and The Waves
76. Freedom, Wham!
77. Too Late For Goodbyes, Julian Lennon
78. Valotte, Julian Lennon
79. Some Like It Hot, Power Station
80. Solid, Ashford and Simpson
81. Angel, Madonna
82. I'm On Fire, Bruce Springsteen
83. Method Of Modern Love, Daryl Hall and John Oates
84. Lay Your Hands On Me, Thompson Twins
85. Who's Holding Donna Now, Debarge
86. Lonely Ol' Night, John Cougar Mellencamp
87. What About Love, Heart
88. California Girls, David Lee Roth
89. Fresh, Kool and The Gang
90. Do What You Do, Jermaine Jackson
91. Jungle Love, The Time
92. Born In The USA, Bruce Springsteen
93. Private Dancer, Tina Turner
94. Who's Zoomin' Who, Aretha Franklin

95. Fortress Around Your Heart, Sting
96. Penny Lover, Lionel Richie
97. All She Wants To Do Is Dance, Don Henley
98. Dress You Up, Madonna
99. Sentimental Street, Night Ranger
100. Sugar Walls, Sheena Easton


Blogger hot-lunch said...

leather men over high school reunion for sure!!

i didn't even bother going to my 10 year reunion this past summer... funnily enough, my grades were pretty good, though i was known mostly as "the fag" :)

8:52 PM  
Blogger The Divine Ms. Jimmi said...

LOL! I could go with you as your "date" in Divine Drag and cause a ruccus.

I know what you mean. Carrie was my High School Fantasy. Once I left school, I never looked back. I was the fat queer kid who was eons past them.

10:21 PM  
Blogger Maidink said...

I did the same thing to my Top 100 list from 1986.

I was not a big pop music fan.

I vote for Santa Saturday over classmates, also.

9:03 AM  
Blogger PaxRomano said...

I love Voices Carry: What a great tune (becuase it does not sound dated).

I think you should take Jimmi to your reunion!!!!

11:43 AM  

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