Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Song for Every Year


Changed song for 1974, "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" by Elton John (from Caribou) to "No Woman, No Cry" by Bob Marley (from Natty Dread)

Changed song for 1976, "Hitch A Ride" by Boston (from Boston) to "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult (from Agents of Fortune)

Added song for 2009, "3000 Miles Away" by Star Fucking Hipsters (from Never Rest in Peace)

Changed song for 2008, "Everybody Knows" by John Legend (from Evolver) to "Sober" by Pink (from Funhouse)

    Just for kicks, I recently made a playlist featuring a song for each year that I've been alive.

    Of course, with any playlist that spans one's childhood year, I wasn't listening to all these songs when they were originally released, so there's some built-in retrofitting.

    A couple of caveats:
    • This type of playlist was interesting to put together, but it was hard to pick one song for some years, particularly in years when there were several great songs to choose from (like in 1975, the year of release for not only Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road", but also Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry" and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"). In the end, I opted not to do ties and just picked songs that had the greatest influence on me.

    • I listened and exposed myself to a lot more music in the 80s and 90s that I did from 2000 on, and this probably shows in the selections from those later years. I'm beginning to listen to new music a lot more frequently now, so I plan to update some of the selections as I discover better songs.
    Anyway, without further preamble, here's the list:

    1971 - "Baba O'Riley" by The Who (from
    Who's Next)
    1972 - "Rocket Man" by Elton John (from
    Honky Chateau)
    1973 - "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye (from
    Let's Get It On)
    1974 -
    "No Woman, No Cry" by Bob Marley (from Natty Dread)
    1975 - "Thunder Road" by Bruce Springsteen (from Born To Run)
    1976 -
    "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult (from Agents of Fortune)
    1977 - "Solsbury Hill" by Peter Gabriel (from
    Peter Gabriel 'Car')
    1978 - "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" by Van Halen (from
    Van Halen)
    1979 - "Message in a Bottle" by The Police (from
    Reggatta De Blanc)
    1980 - "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne (from
    Blizzard of Ozz)
    1981 - "Under Pressure" by Queen (from
    Hot Space)
    1982 - "Jack and Diane" by John Mellencamp (from
    American Fool)
    1983 - "New Year's Day" by U2 (from
    1984 - "Bad" by U2 (from
    The Unforgettable Fire)
    1985 - "No One Is to Blame" by Howard Jones (from
    Dream Into Action)
    1986 - "Master of Puppets" by Metallica (from
    Master of Puppets)
    1987 - "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N Roses (from
    Appetite for Destruction)
    1988 - "Suedehead" by Morrissey (from
    Viva Hate)
    1989 - "Closer to Fine" by Indigo Girls (from
    The Indigo Girls)
    1990 - "Home for a Rest" by Spirit of the West (from
    Save This House)
    1991 - "Black" by Pearl Jam (from
    1992 - "Man on the Moon" by R.E.M. (from
    Automatic for the People)
    1993 - "Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (from
    Facing Future)
    1994 - "Nautical Disaster" by Tragically Hip (from
    Day for Night)
    1995 - "1979" by Smashing Pumpkins (from
    Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness)
    1996 - "The Old Apartment" by Barenaked Ladies (from
    Born on a Pirate Ship)
    1997 - "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day (from
    1998 - "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" by Lauryn Hill (from
    The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill)
    1999 - "What's My Age Again?" by Blink 182 (from
    Enema for the State)
    2000 - "Stan" by Eminem (from
    Marshall Mathers LP)
    2001 - "Running" by No Doubt (from
    Rock Steady)
    2002 - "The Rising" by Bruce Springsteen (from
    The Rising)
    2003 - "Where Is the Love?" by Black Eyed Peas (from
    2004 - "Jesus of Suburbia" by Green Day (from
    American Idiot)
    2005 - "How to Save a Life" by The Fray (from
    How to Save a Life)
    2006 - "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse (from
    Back To Black)
    2007 - "Big Casino" by Jimmy Eat World (from
    Chase This Light)
    2008 - "Sober" by Pink (from
    2009 - "3000 Miles Away" by Star Fucking Hipsters (from Never Rest in Peace)

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