Another Long Weekend Brings Another Long List-Making Exercise

noah | August 29, 2008 2:00 am

Over 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”

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