Friday, February 02, 2007

Songs I've Loved To Death: The Early Years

I mentioned in my last post that at certain times in my life, I listen to the same song over and over again until I can't stand it anymore.

In other words, I love the song to death.

Right now, that song is "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by Celtic Woman.

But last night I started thinking about all the songs that have perished under the weight of my affection, and I saw a perfect opportunity for a beautiful bulleted list, which may or may not be in chronological order.

Hence, Songs I've Loved to Death: The Early Years

  • Elvira, by the Oak Ridge Boys. My dad bought a used truck with an 8 track. The Oak Ridge Boys came with the truck (bonus!) and I used to go sit in his truck in the garage and listen to Elvira. "Giddy up, um boppa mouw mouw..."
  • Sing Your Praise to Lord, by Amy Grant. Age to Age was the first album that was truly mine, and the instrumental lead-in to this song was thrilling.
  • Friends by none other than Michael W. Smith. The second album I owned. I dreamed of having friends who would sing this song to each other and vow to never, ever change. Wasn't really the point of the song, but that's how I heard it.
  • I Think We're Alone Now by Tiffany. "Children, behave! That's what they say when we're together..." Deliciously rebellious.
  • Only in My Dreams by Debbie Gibson. I always thought Tiffany and Debbie should be best friends.
  • Word Up by Cameo. My sister and I recorded this one off the radio on her Sidestep boombox. That's some serious dedication: Sitting by the radio until the song comes on and then hurry-up! Push record! Push record! Inevitably we missed the first few seconds of the song or had to endure a fade-in from the song previously playing.
  • Parents Just Don't Understand by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. My friend Michelle and I could sing it word for word one summer when our families shared a rented cottage on the lakeshore.

That's it for the early years.

Share--what songs have you loved to death?


chelle said...

...and a friend will not say never, cause the welcome will not end....

Songs I loved, now not so much:

Garth Brooks--Friends In Low Places
Hoobastank--The Reason
Shout to the Lord--various artists
Robert Palmer--Addicted to Love
Bryan Adams--Everything I Do, I Do It For You
Hootie and the Blowfish--Only Wanna Be With You

and so many more...

Dana said...

Oooh, I still have a soft spot for Hootie.
Addicted to Love can hit the trail, for sure.

chelle said...

Overall Hootie is still acceptable,

just that song was played one too many times in the Cavalier.

Sonny said...

I would agree with almost all of your choices and add:

Holiday - Modanna
Billy Jean - Michael Jackson
Father Figure - George Michael
How will I Know? - Whitney Houston

Sonny said...

Do you like how I spelled Madonna?

I pushed publish before I was ready - whoops!

Escapade - Janet Jackson
It Takes Two - Rob Base
The Right Stuff - New Kids On the Block
Push It - Salt N Pepa

chelle said...

Push It--still rules.

good call on Janet Jackson!!! she gots to GO!!

Curious Blogger said...

What about "Pump up the Jam"??

tami said...

Good songs, great songs. A few to add

Girl just wanta have fun (and the movie)
Anything Bon Jovi
Let's not forget Richard Marx songs

Now I am just going down hill

Dana said...

My sister will still list Girls Just Want to Have Fun as the Number 1 movie of all time.

And the opening notes of Pump up the Jam will start my feet moving every time.

chelle said...

most excellent photo header!

TeSlaa said...

Oh my word. Those song titles bring back so many memories for me too. All of them!!!

Michelle said...

Wow did the memories start rolling hearing all those songs. I'll never forget the many memories formed at the cottage Dana - hilarious.

I had sudden memories to horrible fluffy pink dresses and big hair while all the girls of our graduating 8th grade class sang friends are friends forever!

Has no one mentioned I'm too sexy? I have another group that has come to mind that I can't think of right now. Inspiration of course by Michelle D. I'll come up with it.

Michelle said...

Got it! Steve Miller Band. I had to look through some old CD's. I can't believe some of the CD's I actually owned:
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Reality bites Soundtrack (My Sharona - The Knack)
Jimmy Buffet

I moved into the 90's too, but still fun memories. Where does it end? Thanks for the great memories Dana!!

Sonny said...

I second Tami on the Bon Jovi! "Livin' on a Prayer"

Unfortunately, I loved Richard Marx too "I Will Be Right Hear Waiting for You" "I Shoulda' Known Better"

Can you believe I admitted to loving New Kids on the Block? I even saw them in concert - with Tiffany, I might add! Stellar!

Red7Eric said...

Mine are super embarrassing ...

"Calypso" - John Denver
"Top of the World" - Carpenters
"Time After Time" - Cyndi Lauper
"Something About You" - Level 42
"New Song" - Howard Jones
"Lucky Star" - Madonna
"Holding Back the Years" - Simply Red
"Fly Away" - John Denver and Olivia Newton-John (for cryin' out loud)
"Shine Shine" - Barry Gibb

And there are more, but I'm already blushing ...

Dana said...

Hi, R7E,
Welcome from over Lorraine's way.

I always thought Madonna and Cyndi should be BFF, just like Debbie and Tiffany.

Lorraine said...

Tee! Red's list reads like his favorite songs of all time, not the ones he loved to death.

There were a bunch of songs by bands whose names I can't recall that we sang to death in youth choir. I grew weary of all of them. (But not Second Chapter of Acts. On the other hand, we never sang any Second Chapter of Acts).

Well, that was useful.

"Mockingbird" by Carly Simon & James Taylor
"Crocodile Rock" by Elton John

You know what's amusing? As I've been reviewing songs I played over and over I'd think, "Yeah. Still love that one though..."

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