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Music and Me

So, this post is about music. Why? Because author extraordinaire Alex J. Cavanaugh is doing a music blogfest. For those who chose to sign up and write about this subject, like me, we get the opportunity to muse about the top ten songs that have inspired us the most over our life.

This is a rather subjective and varied blog idea, because sometimes the strangest music can inspire us, or move us, or allow us to remember a time or place or moment or person ... for the rest of our lives!

And that is also why it is such a grand idea to make a list of the most inspirational songs: to remember, to pontificate, and think about such like: Wow, that song was awful, but I sure loved it!

Warning: This list is going to be majorly filled with eighties music. Why? Again, for the reasons listed above. I was age "ten and up" in the mid-eighties. Talk about an inspirational and impressionable time of anyone's life!

Because of that, I feel the eighties were good to me. And I don't mean in the leg-warmer, semi-permed-hair or poufy-prom-dress-sleeves kind of way. I was all of those things, by the way. But the music, like literature, transcends decades or time (though, those keyboards are nowhere to be found) -- even today.

Here's that list:

1. Take on Me: A-Ha -- This reminds me of skating rink parties and that cute boy who didn't give a darn about me. Still love this song today (but, not the boy).

2. Sign Your Name: Terence Trent D'Arby -- Woah. Haven't heard that name in a while. Why this song? Because it was cool ... and it was tied to another big crush of mine. Moving on.

3. Thriller: Michael Jackson --You'd have to have lived under a rock if you can't agree. Yes, it's super-eighties. So what. I loved it. Still do.

4. Lead me On: Amy Grant -- She had a big thing going in the eighties. Still has a following today, and I love her stuff, but this song ROCKED!

5. Who's that Girl: Madonna -- I know, I know. I don't really like her either. But, this song was so incredible when it came out. It still gives me those eighties chills when I hear it today.

6. You give Love a Bad Name: Bon Jovi -- Yes, I still love this song, and yes Bon Jovi is still cute.

7. Man in the Mirror: Michael Jackson -- Not only an amazing, heart-felt song, but a life changing one as well. Who didn't hear this song and think about what they could change about themselves?

8. Tonight: Genesis -- Wow, such a techno cool song.

9. The Final Countdown: Europe -- I had completely forgotten about how great this song was, until I heard it on a commercial. This has to be a part of my musical youth.

10. Billie Jean : Michael Jackson -- I would be remiss not to include it. With that amazing bass line, it haunts me everywhere I go.  Never done before, never done since. A great song.

There you have it. Me in an eighties bottle. And I wouldn't change it a bit.

Now, where did I put my jelly shoes?


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  2. Maybe your jelly shoes are half-buried under a bush in the backyard. At least, that's where mine ended up after the German Shepherd got to them... :)

  3. the final countdown doesn't get the respect it deserves. Same thing with We Built this city.

  4. I see a big 80's influence here!
    Thanks for participating.

  5. Anne, I think my Jelly shoes are with your. May they REMAIN buried in the dirt too.

    Budd, YES! And I like "We Built This City" too. Man, good times.

    Alex, thanks for reading. Sorry about the typos. Wrote this post SUPER fast.

  6. Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson??? Awesome artists!!

  7. Your list has filled me with so many emotions - I'm an 80s child myself. I was lucky enough to see Aha at The Royal Albert Hall as part of their fairwell tour last year. I think too often they are only associated with Take On Me (which is an awesome song) and not given enough credit for their body of work. Scoundrel Days is my favourite album.

    Thank you for bringing back such fond memories!

    My Top Ten Songs

  8. OMG, I love the 80s and listen to it at work all the time. Take On Me is def in my top ten 80s songs. Well done!

  9. I think most of these would make my Top 80's songs list!

  10. oh,finally some list without rock :) Love your choice of the 80's hits!

  11. Fantastic list!! 80s was the best! The Final Countdown - I haven't heard that song in forever. I have to go listen to it on You Tube now!

  12. I actually know these songs. This was a period of time when I was still keeping up with current music.

    Make sure you check my Wednesday post!
    Tossing It Out

  13. As you say, nostalgia in a bottle! Brings me back...

  14. I loved The Final Countdown by Europe, and You Give Love a Bad Name is my fave Bon Jovi song. :)
    Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday. I'm following you now. :)

  15. Ooh you've chosen some of my favs like Final Count Down and Bon Jovi and Genesis. Great list. Have you seen the spoof on Take on Me on youtube. It's quite amusing.( :O)

  16. A-Ha! My friends and I watched that video on MTv OBSESSIVELY! Such a good one. Love this list - it brings back a ton of memories ~ :)

  17. Hi!
    I love 80's music and every one of your selection, ooh the nostalgia!
    My friend and I had matching blue jelly shoes, the height of cool hehe.

  18. Thanks everyone for the comments! It makes me feel "not so freaky" that I still love those 80s songs... well, okay, so it IS freaky, but we're all in it together, oui?

    Hannah, yay girlie! We're all about A-ha.

    Madeline, I'll check out the spoof! Haven't seen it.

    Donea, yes. That's all I can say. Yes. Me too!

    Pen and paints: I SWEAR I had blue as well. :)

  19. Ah, the eighties! Love every song on this list. And, I think Madonna rocks. Even at her craziest, I'm proud to be a fan.

    You have a great blog! Thanks for the follow, and I'm looking forward to reading more from you :))

  20. These are some great songs, though I realized that there are a few where it's not so much the song as the video that I love.

  21. Just a guess here, but I think we were born at exactly the same time!!! Great list!!

    (and sorry to post here, but I couldn't find your email. Our blogfest is tomorrow and hope you still plan on participating. Super easy-peasy, just a pic of your favorite mug!)

  22. Oi, I love Madonna! :P And MJ too.

    and wow, I really HADN'T heard Terence Trent D'Arby's name till I saw this blog entry. hehe. Thanks for the reminder!

  23. 80's all the way baby!!! I stopped by for the Hot Mug Blogfest but this was just as fun!!! I'll stop by later to see the yummy goodness you post on your blog!

  24. Heather. Good to meet you. I'm still working my way through the list. You cracked me up with the "moving on" comment at the end of the Darby answer. It made my wife smile, too!
    I must say that I have the A-Ha video on my iPhone. I love classic videos and cannot believe that it isn't held with higher regard.
    I love the Genesis, Bon Jovi and Europe mentions.
    Take care,

  25. Thanks everyone for your awesome comments!
    James, you are too kind. Glad I could make you smile. That's what it's all about.
    Love meeting fellow A-ha lovers.


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