Monday, September 14, 2009

Favorite tunes - young & old

Every once in a while when the kids are with me and when I have had all of the kid movies or music that I can stand, I turn on XM radio. I usually listen to channel 26, formerly known as "Flight 26", now "The Pulse" {I still don't understand the whole XM/Sirius buyout. XM supposedly bought Sirius and Sirius named all the channels. Whatever...}. Anyway, Grace has picked up on a song that has been playing a lot lately. She now has her first non-church, non-kid favorite song. It is "Still Have My Heart" by Caitlin Crosby. She only knows the chorus, of course, but it is so cute to hear her sing it.

Sam found his first favorite song at about the same age back in 2006. He loved "Hey There Delilah" by Plain White T's...."oh, what you to do to me...oh what you to do to me".

Sam seems to have continued his fascination with Plain White T's cause he can belt out the chorus to their new song "1,2,3,4".

I even caught him {and Grace} on video today...

So this trip down memory lane made me wonder what I was singing at 2 1/2 years old. I thought about it, and the earliest stuff I could think of was "Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen {or in my words, "another one rides the bus"} and "Africa" by Toto.

Upon further research, I learned that they were both early 1980's songs and as much as I'd like to be younger, the 2 1/2 year old time frame puts me clear back in 1976/1977. I turned to my trusty friend, Google, and searched for the Top 100 Hits of 1976 {they did keep records back in those days}. You can see the whole list at that link, but I went through the list & paired it down to songs that I know {complete with ranking for the year} - at least somewhat. Some good stuff, but I am not sure that I was singing along with many of them at 2 & 1/2 {maybe Mom might see something on the list that seems familiar? although, she did have a newborn around that time - so maybe not}. It was the day of disco, make-up wearing, dope smoking folks. And you had to be careful cause some of those people even had evil messages when you played their records backwards. I got to know most of these songs when I was older through movies, TV, and even going to various sports events.

2. Don't Go Breaking My Heart , Elton John and Kiki Dee

4. December, 1963 (Oh What A Night!), Four Seasons

5. Play That Funky Music , Wild Cherry

11. Sara Smile , Daryl Hall and John Oates

12. Afternoon Delight , Starland Vocal Band

13. I Write the Songs , Barry Manilow

18. Bohemian Rhapsody , Queen

20. Boogie Fever, Sylvers

21. I'd Really Love to See You Tonight , England Dan and John Ford Coley

23. Love Hurts (Live) , Nazareth

25. Take It to the Limit , Eagles

26. (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty , K.C. and The Sunshine Band

31. You Should Be Dancing , Bee Gees

32. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine , Lou Rawls

37. Dream Weaver , Gary Wright

38. Turn the Beat Around , Vicki Sue Robinson

40. All By Myself , Eric Carmen

45. That's the Way (I Like It) , K.C. and The Sunshine Band

50. Show Me the Way , Peter Frampton

51. Dream On , Aerosmith

56. Fooled Around and Fell In Love , Elvin Bishop

63. Shop Around , The Captain and Tennille

70. Evil Woman , Electric Light Orchestra

78. Got To Get You Into My Life, Beatles

81. She's Gone , Daryl Hall and John Oates

82. Still the One , Orleans

83. You're My Best Friend , Queen

85. Slow Ride , Foghat

89. Baby I Love Your Way , Peter Frampton

96. Rock and Roll All Nite , Kiss

97. The Boys Are Back in Town , Thin Lizzy

So do you remember your first favorite song? Or something close? Or even your favorite song from this time period? Like my friend Hillary {who recently took a trip down the musical memory lane}, I may be visiting itunes soon.

1 comment:

  1. This is so fun! I know the Delilah song and I like it, too. I don't know the 1,2,3 song... but I think your kids' rendition is adorable!!
    Some of my childhood favorite songs (I left out of my list from college) were: Elvira (classic, if you ask me) and Just a Swangin' by Jon Anderson. Completely embarrassing, but I still love it!!

    AND- I love all those songs on that list!
    And I don't know if I'd advise a trip to iTunes. I ended up spending $25!! haha!!