Another Long Weekend Brings Another Long List-Making Exercise

Aug 29th, 2008 // 56 Comments

borntorun.jpgOver the Independence Day weekend, I challenged you guys to pick one favorite album for each year that you’ve been alive, and you all certainly rose to the occasion. So I figured I’d give it another go–only this time, with songs instead of full-lengths. Obviously, picking a “favorite” song from each year would take longer than a three-day weekend, and possibly drive you utterly mad in the process. So let’s do it this way: Craft a mix CD that contains one track representing each year of your life, in order. This way, you can transfer any fretting you might have about whether or not “Last Child” or “Beth” should be your representative for 1976 to whether or not 1990′s outro transitions well into 1991′s intro. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still difficult, but at least it won’t send you on a holiday trip to the sanitarium, where you’ll only have the Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon to accompany your murmurings about whether “White Belly” is superior to “Rid Of Me.” My stab at it, after the jump.

1975 – Bruce Springsteen, “Born To Run”
1976 – Thin Lizzy, “Jailbreak”
1977 – Hall & Oates, “Rich Girl”
1978 – Althea & Donna, “Uptown Top Ranking”
1979 – The Slits, “Typical Girls”
1980 – Squeeze, “Another Nail In My Heart”
1981 – Scritti Politti, “The ‘Sweetest’ Girl”
1982 – Michael Jackson, “P.Y.T.”
1983 – OMD, “Genetic Engineering”
1984 – Prince, “The Beautiful Ones”
1985 – The Cure, “Close To Me”
1986 – Janet Jackson, “When I Think Of You”
1987 – Terrence Trent D’Arby, “Wishing Well”
1988 – Pebbles, “Mercedes Boy”
1989 – Neneh Cherry, “Buffalo Stance”
1990 – Lisa Stansfield, “All Around The World”
1991 – The La’s, “There She Goes”
1992 – Sugar, “If I Can’t Change Your Mind”
1993 – Belly, “White Belly”
1994 – Mary Lou Lord, “Some Jingle Jangle Morning”
1995 – Edwyn Collins, “A Girl Like You”
1996 – Space, “Female Of The Species”
1997 – Yo La Tengo, “Autumn Sweater”
1998 – Liz Phair, “What Makes You Happy”
1999 – Fiona Apple, “Fast As You Can”
2000 – OutKast, “B.O.B.”
2001 – 2 Many DJs, “Magnificent Romeo”
2002 – Kylie Minogue, “Love At First Sight”
2003 – R. Kelly, “Step In The Name Of Love (Remix)”
2004 – Annie, “Chewing Gum”
2005 – Sleater-Kinney, “Rollercoaster”
2006 – The Raconteurs, “Steady, As She Goes”
2007 – Bat For Lashes, “What’s A Girl To Do?”
2008 – Ida Maria, “Oh My God”

Earlier: A Long Listmaking Exercise For A Long Weekend

  1. highrocks

    Akkkk! 1992 got mangled with 1990 in the list — 1992 should be: Luna – Slash Your Tires

    Close call behind a couple tracks from Ween’s Pure Guava

    Gosh, that list went from lillywhite lame to worse.

  2. zaxxon25

    1969 Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds
    1970 Elton John – My Father’s Gun
    1971 Grin – White Lies
    1972 Todd Rundgren – I Saw The Light
    1973 John Cale – Paris 1919
    1974 Rupert Holmes – Our National Pastime
    1975 Led Zeppelin – Night Flight
    1976 Flamin’ Groovies – Shake Some Action
    1977 Cheap Trick – He’s A Whore
    1978 Elvis Costello & the Attractions – (I Don’t Want to Go to) Chelsea
    1979 Gang of Four – Damaged Goods
    1980 Joy Division – Atmosphere
    1981 Duran Duran – Careless Memories
    1982 Kate Bush – All The Love
    1983 Tears for Fears – Pale Shelter
    1984 The Smiths – This Charming Man
    1985 Kate Bush – Hello Earth
    1986 New Order – Every Little Counts
    1987 The Primitives – Crash
    1988 American Music Club – Western Sky
    1989 The Beautiful South – Song For Whoever
    1990 Ween – Birthday Boy
    1991 Kitchens of Distinction -Drive That Fast
    1992 Jeannette Katt -Can I Call You Daddy?
    1993 American Music Club – Will You Find Me?
    1994 Allen Clapp – Something Strange Happens
    1995 The Ropers – You Have A Light
    1996 Eggstone – Summer and Looking for a Job
    1997 Ween – Cold Blows The Wind
    1998 Sloan -Money City Maniacs
    1999 Damien Jurado – Letters and Drawings
    2000 The Clientele – (I Want You) More Than Ever
    2001 The Avalanches – A Different Feeling
    2002 Montgolfier Brothers – The World Is Flat
    2003 My Favorite – The Happiest Days of My Life
    2004 Sahara Hotnights -Mind Over Matter
    2005 Feist – Lonely, Lonely
    2006 The Futureheads – Favours for Favours
    2007 Laura Viers – Drink Deep
    2008 Working For A Nuclear Free City – Heaven Kissing Hill

  3. Anonymous

    1969:Velvet Underground – Pale Blue Eyes

    1970:Grateful Dead – Ripple

    1971:The Who – Baba O’Riley

    1972:Allman Brothers Band – Blue Sky

    1973:Pink Floyd – Brain Damage

    1974:Supertramp – Dreamer

    1975:Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run

    1976:Modern Lovers – Roadrunner

    1977:David Bowie – Heroes

    1978:The Cars – All Mixed Up

    1979:The Clash – Lost in the Supermarket

    1980:John Lennon + Yoko Ono – Watching the Wheels

    1981:Police – Invisible Sun

    1982:INXS – Don’t Change

    1983:Violent Femmes – Good Feeling

    1984:Prince – When Doves Cry

    1985:New Order – Love Vigilantes

    1986:They Might Be Giants – Don’t Let’s Start

    1987:U2 – With or Without You

    1988:Sonic Youth – Teen Age Riot

    1989:Pixies – La La Love You

    1990:The La’s -Timeless Melody

    1991:Nirvana – Something in the Way

    1992:The Lemonheads – Bit Part

    1993:Smashing Pumpkins – Silverfuck

    1994:Weezer – In the Garage

    1995:Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees

    1996:Belle and Sebastian – Judy and the Dream of Horses

    1997:Yo La Tengo – My Little Corner of the World

    1998:Neutral Milk Hotel – The King of Carrot Flowers

    1999:Wilco – I’m Always in Love

    2000:Bright Eyes – Sunrise Sunset

    2001:Strokes – Take it or Leave it

    2002:The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize?

    2003:The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army

    2004:The Walkmen – The Rat

    2005:Sufjan Stevens – The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts

    2006:Ali Farka Toure – Yer Bounda Fara

    2007:Arcade Fire – Keep the Car Running

    2008:Vampire Weekend – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

  4. Anonymous

    Great, only THREE months behind on this one…anyway…

    1980: Once In A Lifetime (Talking Heads)
    1981: Under Pressure (David Bowie & Queen)
    1982: You Dropped A Bomb On Me (The Gap Band)
    1983: The Lovecats (The Cure)
    1984: Go! (Tones On Tail)
    1985: Cities In Dust (Siouxsie & The Banshees)
    1986: Red Rain (Peter Gabriel)
    1987: Just Like Heaven (The Cure)
    1988: Fisherman’s Blues (The Waterboys)
    1989: Riviera Paradise (Stevie Ray Vaughan)
    1990: Nothing Compares 2 U (Sinead O’Connor)
    1991: Mysterious Ways (U2)
    1992: Deeper And Deeper (Madonna)
    1993: Elsewhere (Sarah McLachlan)
    1994: (It’s Good) To Be Free (Oasis)
    1995: Strangers When We Meet (David Bowie)
    1996: Lovefool (The Cardigans)
    1997: Hey, Johnny Park! (Foo Fighters)
    1998: Blindfold (Morcheeba)
    1999: Soldier Through This (Garbage)
    2000: Disco Science (Mirwais)
    2001: Hash Pipe (Weezer)
    2002: Hurt (Johnny Cash)
    2003: Your Name (Reggie Watts)
    2004: Vertigo (U2)
    2005: The Importance Of Being Idle (Oasis)
    2006: Cruel (T-Time)
    2007: Back To Black (Amy Winehouse)
    2008: Heart Songs (Weezer)

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