Posted by: Joy | October 29, 2008

Memory Lane

Today I had an lovely phone conversation with one of my best friends that I’ve known since high school. As background, during middle school and early high school we moved around quite a bit and I didn’t end up starting at the high school I graduated from until a couple months into my sophomore year. I was only there until the end of my junior year, at which point I started only taking classes at my community college (through a program we have in Washington where juniors and seniors can take college classes full or part-time). Based on these things and the fact that when I left high school I left that social circle, I really only keep in touch with two people in my graduating class, both of whom I still consider my best friends (other than C). Anyway, today we were reminiscing about people and events that took place during that time frame and it was fun/funny to think back to that time in light of everything that’s transpired since then.
Then I read this Music Meme from A New Day and decided to try it out.

The Rules: A.) Go to Music Outfitters. B.) Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year. C.) Bold the songs you like, italisize the ones you REALLY hate. (And I’m adding, note the ones you’ve never even heard of… because I’m seeing quite a few of those!)


1. Lady Marmalade Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & Pink
2. Fallin’, Alicia Keys
3. I’m Real, Jennifer Lopez
4. Family Affair, Mary J. Blige
5. Butterfly, Crazy Town
6. Thank You, Dido
7. Don’t Tell Me, Madonna
8. He Loves U Not, Dream
9. Gone, ‘N Sync
10. Love Don’t Cost A Thing, Jennifer Lopez
11. Hero, Enrique Iglesias
12. Hanging By A Moment, Lifehouse
13. Drops Of Jupiter, Train
14. Jaded, Aerosmith
15. U Remind Me, Usher
16. Hit ‘Em Up Style, Blu Cantrell
17. Survivor, Destiny’s Child
18. It Wasn’t Me, Shaggy featuring Ricardo “Rikrok” Ducent
19. All For You, Janet Jackson
20. Angel, Shaggy featuring Rayvon
21. Turn Off The Light, Nelly Furtado
22. All Or Nothing, O-Town
23. How You Remind Me, Nickelback
24. Someone To Call My Lover, Janet Jackson
25. Fill Me In, Craig David
26. It’s Been Awhile, Staind
27. I’m Like A Bird, Nelly Furtado
28. Bootylicious, Destiny’s Child
29. Again, Lenny Kravitz
30. Let Me Blow Ya Mind, Eve featuring Gwen Stefani
31. Everywhere, Michelle Branch
32. Stutter, Joe featuring Mystikal
33. Irresistable , Jessica Simpson
34. I Hope You Dance, Lee Ann Womack
35. Nobody Wants To Be Lonely, Ricky Martin & Christina Aguilera
36. Here’s To The Night, Eve 6
37. Beautiful Day, U2
38. Emotion, Destiny’s Child
39. Superman (It’s Not Easy), Five For Fighting
40. Southside, Moby with Gwen Stefani
41. The Space Between, Dave Matthews Band
42. Play, Jennifer Lopez
43. When It’s Over, Sugar Ray
44. Drive, Incubus
45. More Than That, Backstreet Boys
46. What Would You, Do City High
47. Be Like That, 3 Doors Down
48. I Wanna Be Bad, Willa Ford
49. Peaches & Cream , 112
50. Ride Wit Me, Nelly
51. Only Time, Enya
52. Where The Party At, Jagged Edge with Nelly
53. Standing Still, Jewel
54. Pop, ‘N Sync
55. This Is Me, Dream
56. Never Had A Dream Come True, S Club 7
57. Crazy, K-Ci & JoJo
58. You Make Me Sick, Pink
59. What It Feels Like For A Girl, Madonna
60. E.I., Nelly
61. Dig In, Lenny Kravitz
62. Get Ur Freak On, Missy Elliott
63. Breathless, The Corrs
64. Every Other Time, LFO
65. Yellow, Coldplay
66. Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning), Vertical Horizon
67. One Minute Man, Missy Elliott
68. I Do, Toya
69. Fly Away From Here, Aerosmith
70. I’m A Slave 4 U, Britney Spears
71. Smooth Criminal, Alien Ant Farm
72. Still On Your Side, BBMak
73. No More (Baby I’ma Do Right), 3LW
74. My Everything, 98 Degrees
75. Ms. Jackson, Outkast
76. Start The Commotion, The Wiseguys
77. Free, Mya
78. Baby, Come On Over (This Is Our Night), Samantha Mumba
79. Hemmorhage (In My Hands), Fuel
80. Drowning, Backstreet Boys
81. Around The World (La La La…), ATC
82. Thank You For Loving Me, Bon Jovi
83. AM To PM, Christina Milian
84. Izzo (H.O.V.A.), Jay-Z
85. Flavor Of The Week, American Hi-Fi
86. What’s Going On, All Star Tribute
87. Stronger, Britney Spears
88. One More Time, Daft Punk
89. I’m A Believer, Smash Mouth
90. We Fit Together, O-Town
91. Differences, Ginuwine
92. Follow Me, Uncle Kracker
93. There You’ll Be, Faith Hill
94. So In Love With Two, Mikaila
95. In My Pocket, Mandy Moore
96. Mad Season, Matchbox 20
97. Bad Day, Fuel
98. What’s Your Fantasy Ludacris
99. Liquid Dreams, O-Town
100. Babylon, David Gray

I’m not sure if my preferences are based on nostalgia or actual enjoyment of the song, but those are the titles I recognize and believe that I know how the song goes. There are a lot of titles that I don’t recognize (but I also don’t pay much attention to titles of songs and often ask C who it’s by and what the title is when I like a song). I also know I haven’t heard most of those songs since then and that my decision to highlight them is most likely just the result of major airtime back in 2001. Either way it was a fun and unexpected trip down memory lane.


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