Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Ultimate Playlist...5th through 8th Grade

In August of 1985, I started fifth grade at The Greenhill School in Addison, TX. I don't remember what I was wearing (and that's a shame), but I do recall the music that took me from 5th grade through 8th grade. I left Greenhill after sixth grade, and at the time, it was the only school I'd ever known. I left right before seventh grade too; the Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitvah year. I still got invites though, but it wasn't the same.

I finished 8th grade in May of 1989 from the Lakehill Preparatory School in the liberal enclave of a neighborhood known as Lakewood in east Dallas, moments from White Rock Lake and the mansions that seem to float on the water just so.

So, the other day I was thinking about all of the great music from that period, and I figured that I should compile it in one place, and that's the beauty of an iPod. Thank you Steve Jobs.

In no particular order other than song title...

Shoutout to a young Video Hits One and a young BET.

Addicted to Love - Robert Palmer
After All - Peter Cetera & Cher
Always - Atlantic Starr
Always Remember - Andrae Crouch
Angel of Harlem - U2
Another Part of Me - Michael Jackson
Anything for You - Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine
Back to Life - Soul II Soul
Bad - Michael Jackson
Batdance - Prince
The Batman Theme - Danny Elfman
Breakout - Swing Out Sister
Bust A Move - Young MC
C'est La Vie - Robbie Nevil
Call Me Al - Paul Simon f. Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Can't Stay Away From You - Gloria Estefan
Candle in the Wind - Elton John
Casanova - Levert
Chanson Francaise - James Taylor
Cold Hearted - Paula Abdul
Come On Let's Go - Los Lobos - La Bamba Soundtrack
Crazy Love - Paul Simon f. Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Da Butt - E.U.
Dance Little Sister - Terence Trent D'Arby
Dancing on the Ceiling - Lionel Richie
Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
Day-O - Harry Belafonte
A Day in the Life - The Beatles
Deja Vu - Dionne Warwick
Don't Be Cruel - Bobby Brown
Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House
Don't Mean Nothing - Richard Marx
Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
Earth Angel - New Edition
Endless Summer Nights - Richard Marx
Every Little Kiss - Bruce Horsnby and the Range
Every Little Step - Bobby Brown
Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
Faith - George Michael
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Father Figure - George Michael
Fight For Your Right to Party - Beastie Boys
The Final Countdown - Europe
Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul
Free Fallin' - Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers
Funky Cold Medina - Tone' Loc
Get Outta My Dreams - Billy Ocean
Girl You Know It's True - Milli Vanilli
Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble - DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
Giving You The Best That I Got - Anita Baker
Glory of Love - Peter Cetera
Going Home - Kenny G
Good Love - Anita Baker
Good Thing - Fine Young Cannibals
The Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston
A Groovy Kind of Love - Phil Collins
A Hazy Shade of Winter - The Bangles
Head to Toe - Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam
Heaven is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
Higher Love - Steve Winwood
Hold On To The Nights - Richard Marx
How Can I Fall - Breathe
Hungry Eyes - Eric Carmen
I'm Only Human - Human League
I'm That Type of Guy - LL Cool J
I've Been In Love Before - Cutting Crew
I've Got My Mind Set On You - George Harrison
The Time of My Life - Bill Medley f. Jennifer Warnes
I Don't Want Your Love - Duran Duran
I Knew You Were Waiting for Me - Aretha Franklin and George Michael
I Miss You Like Crazy - Natalie Cole
I Need Love - LL Cool J
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
I Think We're Alone Now - Tiffany
I Want To Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
I Want Your Sex - George Michael
If You Don't Know Me By Now - Simply Red
If You Let Me Stay - Terence Trent D'Arby
Iko Iko - The Dixie Cups
In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
Is This Love - Whitesnake
It Takes Two - Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock
Jumping Someone Else's Train - The Cure
Just Because - Anita Baker
Just Got Paid - Johnny Kemp
Just To See Her - Smokey Robinson
Killing an ... - The Cure
Kokomo - The Beach Boys
La Bamba - Los Lobos
La Isla Bonita - Madonna
The Lady In Red - Chris DeBurgh
Lean On Me - Club Nouveau
Leave Me Alone - Michael Jackson
Let's Wait Awhile - Janet Jackson
Like A Prayer - Madonna
Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
Loc'ed After Dark - Tone' Loc
Lost In Emotion - Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam
Love Shack - The B-52's
Love Will Conquer All - Lionel Richie
Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson
Mandolin Rain - Bruce Hornsby and The Range
Mary, Mary - Run DMC
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard - Paul Simon
Me, Myself and I - De La Soul
Mediate - INXS
Meet Me Half Way - Kenny Loggins
Mercedes Boy - Pebbles
Moonlighting - Al Jarreau
More Than Words - Extreme
My Prerogative - Bobby Brown
Mystify - INXS
Need You Tonight - INXS
Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
Never Tear Us Apart - INXS
Next Time I Fall In Love - Peter Cetera and Amy Grant
A Nightmare on My Street - DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
Nite and Day - Al B. Sure
No One in the World - Anita Baker
Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You - Glenn Medeiros
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship
Notorious - Duran Duran
On My Own - Patti LaBelle
On Our Own - Bobby Brown
One Moment in Time - Whitney Houston
One More Try - George Michael
Only In My Dreams - Debbie Gibson
Open Your Heart - Madonna
Opposites Attract - Paula Abdul
Paradise City - Guns N Roses
Parents Just Don't Understand - DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
Partyman - Prince
Patience - Guns N Roses
Please Don't Go Girl - New Kids On The Block
The Pleasure Principle - Janet Jackson
Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
Power of Love - Huey Lewis and the News
Push It - Salt N Pepa
Rapture - Anita Baker
Red, Red Wine - UB40
Rock Wit'cha - Bobby Brown
Run's House - Run DMC
Scandalous - Prince
Self Destruction - The Stop the Violence Movement
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) - The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
Shattered Dreams - Johnny Hates Jazz
She's Leaving Home - The Beatles
She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
Sign Your Name - Terence Trent D'Arby
Silhouette - Kenny G
Simply Irresistible - Robert Palmer
Skeletons - Stevie Wonder
Sleep Come Free Me - James Taylor
Something About You - Level 42
Songbird - Kenny G
Soul Food To Go - The Manhattan Transfer
St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion) - John Parr
Stand - R.E.M.
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Straight Up - Paula Abdul
Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N Roses
Tender Love - Force M.D.'s
There's Nothing Better Than Love - Luther Vandross and Gregory Hines
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
Top Gun Anthem - Harold Faltermeyer
True Colors - Cyndi Lauper
Two Hearts - Phil Collins
Up On The Roof - James Taylor
Walk This Way - Run DMC and Aerosmith
Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
What I Am - Edie Brickell
What You Need - INXS
When I'm Sixty Four - The Beatles
When It's Love - Van Halen
When The Going Gets Tough - Billy Ocean
When We Was Fab - George Harrison
Where Do Broken Hearts Go - Whitney Houston
Where The Streets Have No Name - U2
Who's Lovin' You - Terence Trent D'Arby
Who's That Girl - Madonna
Wild Thing - Sam Kinison
Wild Thing - Tone' Loc
Wild Wild West - The Escape Club
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
Wishing Well - Terence Trent D'Arby
With A Little Help From My Friends - The Beatles
You Give Love A Bad Name - Bon Jovi
You Got It All - The Jets
You Will Know - Stevie Wonder

My August 1985 until August 1989 respectively.

I'm Joe, and that's how I see it.


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