We all have a favorite song or songs, one that we will sit in the car and listen to completion even when we are running late, one that we hear and can’t help but smile. Songs are snapshots along our continuum that allow us to recall special times, people, and places.
This list is a remembrance of my high school years (85-89) and a shout out to the 75115. Not all of these songs were released during those years, but were the soundtrack to my life at that time. And no, Rod Stewart’s “Forever Young” despite being the class theme and I’m told prom song, did not make the list. Sorry to both Rod and the class of 89 from 75115.
Twenty years later, when I hear any of these songs, I fondly remember the times and the friends I shared the moments with. I contend that these artists and their songs stand the test of time and are just as relevant today as they were many years ago.
I realize that 25 songs is a relatively short list to sum up the high school years and while there are no duplicate artists on the list, these artist and songs shaded and formed a critical time in my life and it is a safe bet the album from which the song came, was and is currently in heavy rotation in my car, home, IPod, and office.
Below are the top 25 songs that harken back the halcyon days of my youth:
Simple Man Lynyrd Skynyrd
It’s The End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine) R.E.M.
Louisiana Rain Tom Petty
Seven Bridges Road The Eagles
Tiny Dancer Elton John
Dream On Aerosmith
Shooting Star Bad Company
Jungle Love Steve Miller Band
The Weight The Band
Fire Lake Bob Seger
My Hometown Bruce Springsteen
Drive The Cars
I Believe In You Don Williams
It’s In the Way That You Use It Eric Clapton
Sweet Child O’ Mine Guns ‘N’ Roses
The Pretender Jackson Brown
Jackie Brown John Mellencamp
Dyers Eve Metallica
Rockin’ In the Free World Neil Young
With Or Without You U2
Gimme Shelter The Rolling Stones
Mystic Rhythms Rush
Don’t You Forget About Me Simple Minds
Copperhead Road Steve Earle
Congratulations Traveling Wilburys
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