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Like every other person in the world, for my 40th birthday, I assembled a list of my 300 favorite songs.

Now, with only nine months until my 50th, it needs to be revamped and probably trimmed a bit. Just glancing at it today I can see 20 or so songs that have lost their magical powers over me.

I’ll give an example of a few songs that will be sent to the song heap: On Bended Knee, Don’t You Want Me, and One in a Million.

I’m always amazed how certain songs, after years of being twisted off the dial by us, can eventually jump onto our laps like an old blanket and seem to cuddle with our auditory senses uninvited. Sometimes we even ask them to stay. One such song for me is, Once In A Lifetime by Talking Heads. I hated that song 10 – 20 – 25 years ago. 

There are so many interesting trends within my list. One could probably write an indepth analysis of my personality based on it. My darker side is most definealty a product of those songs that have never made it to the radio.

This list is not to be argued with for the mere fact that it is mine. In the intro below, I explained a little about the process and which songs were eligible.

December 31, 2003

My 40th Birthday

While compiling this list of my All-time Favorite Songs, something became very apparent to me.  Some of the music is just downright awful.   Many of the songs are probably considered as poor examples of American contemporary music.  As you will soon see, critical acclaim was not a prerequisite for making this list.

I began to realize that most of these songs are timeless to me because of the special places they take me whenever I hear them: 186 Surrey Drive and dancing around the living room with my mother, listening to Casey Kasem’s Countdown every New Year’s Eve, or on the way to Moose Meadow for a family camping trip.  Still, others serve as markers along the twisting paths that have converged to this very point of my life.

Some of you might think that it is somewhat odd, marking important life events with music.  But I know that I’m not alone in this practice.  Perhaps some of your own memories occasionally rotate around the inside of your head while a scratchy 45 spins background music.

This list has taken me almost two years to compile and edit.  It’s been expanded, deleted, revised, and tweaked over and over again.  And yet its body captivates and intrigues me with every viewing.

Why did I choose three-hundred songs?  Believe it or not, the list once weighed-in at about 350.  Three-hundred became the magic number when the process of eliminating songs began to feel as though I was losing bits and pieces of my musical soul.

Of course this list, much like our own personalities, is always evolving and could inevitably take a slightly different form depending on any number of circumstances.  Music is especially unique in its ability to be pleasing one moment and irritating the next.

The only criterion for making this list was that each song had to have been at least a blip on the popular music screen.  I didn’t want a list of obscure or unrecognizable songs that only I knew or appreciated.  That’s another project for another time.  So, check out the list and see if any of my songs would be included with your all-time favorites.

Without further delay, here is the soundtrack of my life.

I’m Not in Love 10 cc 1975
Dancing Queen Abba 1977
How Long Ace 1975
The One That You Love Air Supply 1980
Sweat Dreams Air Supply 1982
Undercover Angel Alan O’Day 1977
Lonely People America 1975
Lonely Boy Andrew Gold 1977
Obsession Animotion 1985
Sweet Love Anita Baker 1986
Body & Soul Anita Baker 1994
Only Time Will Tell Asia 1982
Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head B.J. Thomas 1969
How Come, How Long Babyface & Stevie Wonder 1997
Manic Monday Bangles 1986
I Write The Songs Barry Manilow 1975
This One’s For You Barry Manilow 1976
Copacabana Barry Manilow 1978
Penny Lane Beatles 1967
Hey Jude Beatles 1968
Let It Be Beatles 1970
The Long And Winding Road Beatles 1970
Love So Right Bee Gees 1976
Night Fever Bee Gees 1978
Tragedy Bee Gees 1979
Too Much Heaven Bee Gees 1978
Stay The Night Ben Orr 1986
Wind Beneath My Wings Bette Midler 1989
She’s Always A Woman Billy Joel 1977
Pressure Billy Joel 1982
Allentown Billy Joel 1983
With You I’m Born Again Billy Preston & Syreeta 1980
In the Dark Billy Squire 1981
Rapture Blondie 1981
When I Die Blood, Sweat & Tears 1969
Billy Don’t Be a Hero Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods 1974
Butterfly Kisses Bob Carlisle 1997
Don’t Worry, Be Happy Bobby McFarrin
I Can’t Make You Love Me Bonnie Raitt 1991
Amanda Boston 1986
On Bended Knee Boyz II Men 1994
Anytime Brian McKnight
Love Is Brian McKnight/Vanessa Williams 1993
The Way It Is Bruce Hornsby 1986
Hungry Heart Bruce Springsteen 1980
Kung-Fu Fighting Carl Douglas 1974
Jazzman Carol King 1974
Close To You Carpenters 1970
Let’s Go Cars 1979
Drive Cars 1984
Wild World Cat Stevens 1971
Oh Very Young Cat Stevens 1974
Through The Fire Chaka Khan
Does Anybody Really Know What Time Chicago 1970
Colour My World Chicago 1971
Fool (If You Think It’s Over) Chris Rea 1978
Sailing Christopher Cross 1980
Time After Time Cindi Lauper 1984
Clocks Coldplay 2003
Easy Commodores 1977
Sail On Commodores 1979
Where The Boys Are Connie Francis 1961
Too Hot Cool & the Gang 1980
Southern Cross Crosby, Stills & Nash 1982
(I Just) Died In Your Arms Cutting Crew 1987
Same Old Lang Syne Dan Fogelberg 1981
Please Come To Boston Dave Loggins 1974
We Just Disagree Dave Mason 1977
You Light Up My Life Debby Boone 1977
Desert Moon Dennis DeYoung 1984
Missing You Diana Ross 1985
Walk On By Dionne Warwick 1964
Dirty Laundry Don Henley 1982
Boys Of Summer Don Henley 1985
Sunset Grill Don Henley 1985
The Day The Music Died Don McLean 1971
What A Beautiful World (IGY) Donald Fagen 1982
Minute By Minute Doobie Brothers 1979
Touch Me Doors 1969
A Little Bit More Dr. Hook 1976
Lyin’ Eyes Eagles 1975
Hotel California Eagles 1977
Reasons Earth, Wind & Fire 1975
Fantasy Earth, Wind & Fire 1977
After The Love Has Gone Earth, Wind & Fire 1979
Let’s Groove Earth, Wind & Fire 1981
Can’t Get It Out Of My Head ELO 1975
Mr. Blue Sky ELO 1977
Telephone Line ELO 1977
Your Song Elton John 1971
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John 1973
Blue Eyes Elton John 1982
Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) Elton John 1982
I Believe In Love Elton John 1995
In The Ghetto Elvis 1969
After The Lovin’ Engelbert Humperdinck 1976
Love Is The Answer England Dan & John Ford Coley 1979
Tears in Heaven Eric Clapton
(Last Night) I Didn’t Get To Sleep Fifth Dimension 1972
Stand Or Fall Fixx 1982
Dreams Fleetwood Mac 1977
Sara Fleetwood Mac 1980
Hold Me Fleetwood Mac 1982
Float On Floaters 1977
Waiting For A Girl Like You Foreigner 1981
Walk Like A Man Four Seasons 1963
Rag Doll Four Seasons 1964
It Was A Very Good Year Frank Sinatra 1965
That’s Life Frank Sinatra 1966
Sweetheart Frankie & The Knockouts 1981
My Eyes Adored You Frankie Valli 1975
Grease Frankie Valli 1978
I’ve Found Someone Of My Own Free Movement 1971
Summertime Fresh Prince 1991
Misunderstanding Genesis 1980
Lonely Man On The Corner Genesis
This Masquerade George Benson 1976
Alone Again (Naturally) Gilbert O’Sullivan 1972
Midnight Train to Georgia Gladys Knight 1973
 Neither One Of Us Gladys Knight 1973
The Way We Were Gladys Knight 1975
Cuts Both Ways Gloria Estafan 1989
Just The Two Of Us Grover Washington Jr. 1981
Sara Smile Hall & Oates 1976
Adult Education Hall & Oates 1984
She’s Gone Hall & Oates 1976
Taxi Driver Harry Chapin 1972
Cats In The Cradle Harry Chapin 1974
You And Me Against The World Helen Reddy 1974
Don’t You Want Me Human League 1982
Centerfold J. Giels Band 1981
I’ll Be There Jackson Five 1970
Just Once James Ingram 1981
One Hundred Ways James Ingram 1982
Fire And Rain James Taylor 1970
Thunder Island Jay Ferguson 1977
Jane Jefferson Starship 1980
Do What You Do Jermaine Jackson 1985
Baker Street Jerry Raferty 1978
Is She Really Going Out With Him Joe Jackson 1979
Breakin’ Us In Two Joe Jackson 1982
Life’s Been Good Joe Walsh 1978
Imagine John Lennon 1971
Starting Over John Lennon 1980
Nobody Told Me John Lennon 1984
Welcome Back John Sebastian 1976
Just Another Day John Secada 1992
Gold John Stewart 1979
I Ain’t Missing You John Waite 1984
Chances Are Johnny Mathis 1957
Wonderful! Wonderful! Johnny Mathis 1957
Too Much, Too Little, Too Late Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams 1978
Light My Fire Jose Feliciano 1968
Who’s Crying Now Journey 1981
World’s Apart (Seperate Ways) Journey 1983
Valotte Julian Lennon 1984
Carry On Wayward Son Kansas 1977
Dust In The Wind Kansas 1978
Constant Craving kd lang 1992
Return To Pooh Corner Kenny Loggins & Amy Grant 1994
She Believes in Me Kenny Rogers 1979
Don’t Fall In Love With A Dreamer Kenny Rogers & Kim Carnes 1980
Beth Kiss 1976
I Was Made For Loving You Kiss 1979
One In A Million Larry Graham 1980
Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin 1970
When I Need You Leo Sayer 1977
Somewhere Out There Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram 1987
All Night Long Lionel Richie 1983
Hello Lionel Ritchie 1984
Happy Anniversary Little River Band 1978
Reminicing Little River Band 1978
Brandy Looking Glass 1972
What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong 1968
Superstar/Until You Come Back To Me Luther Vandross 1983
Don’t Want To Be A Fool Luther Vandross 1991
California Dreamin’ Mamas and The Papas 1966
Monday Monday Mamas and The Papas 1966
Blinded By The Light Manfred Mann 1977
Let’s Just Kiss and Say Goodbye Manhattans 1976
Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye
Morning After Maureen McGovern 1973
Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad Meatloaf 1978
Don’t Cry Out Loud Melissa Manchester 1979
Who Can It Be Now Men At Work 1982
Got To Be There Michael Jackson 1971
Bluer Than Blue Michael Johnson 1978
Keep Forgettin’ Michael McDonald 1982
Taken In Mike + The Mechanics 1985
Lovin’ You Minnie Ripperton 1975
Tuesday Afternoon Moody Blues 1967
Nights In White Satin Moody Blues 1972
Only The Lonely Motels 1983
Broken Wings Mr. Mister 1985
Heartlight Neil Diamond 1982
Southern Man Neil Young 1970
Old Man Neil Young 1972
Mr. Bojangles Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1971
Don’t Speak No Doubt 1996
Backstabbers O’Jays 1972
Use Ta Be My Little Girl O’Jays 1978
Get Here Oleta Adams 1991
The Night Chicago Died Paper Lace 1974
Come To Me Patti Austin & James Ingram 1983
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey Paul McCartney 1971
Band On The Run Paul McCartney 1974
Let Em In Paul McCartney 1976
Silly Love Songs Paul McCartney 1976
Still Crazy Paul Simon 1975
Can You Stop The Rain Peabo Bryson 1991
Next Time I Fall in Love Peter Cetera & Amy Grant 1986
Puff The Magic Dragon Peter, Paul & Mary 1963
In The Air Phil Collins 1981
Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 1975
Roxanne Police 1978
King Of Pain Police 1983
I’ll Stand By You Pretenders 1994
Around The World In A Day Prince 1985
Pop Life Prince 1985
Diamonds and Pearls Prince 1992
Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 1976
Somebody To Love Queen 1977
Another One Bites The Dust Queen 1980
Short People Randy Newman 1978
Just When I Needed You Most Randy Vanwarmer 1979
Jack And Jill Raydio 1978
Scar Tissue Red Hot Chili Peppers 1999
Take Me All The Way Red Hot Chili Peppers
If I Could Regina Belle
Everybody Hurts REM
Garden Party Ricky Nelson 1972
Rock and Roll Heaven Righteous Brothers 1974
Big Log Robert Plant
Killing Me Softly Roberta Flack 1973
The Closer I Get To You Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway 1972
Where Is The Love? Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway 1972
Maggie May Rod Stewart 1971
Tonight’s The Night Rod Stewart 1976
Young Turks Rod Stewart 1981
The Last Farewell Roger Wittaker
Emotional Rescue Rolling Stones 1980
Waiting on a Friend Rolling Stones 1982
Sympathy For The Devil Rolling Stones
Ain’t Nobody Rufus With Chaka Khan
Escape (The Pina Colada Song) Rupert Holmes 1979
Tom Sawyer Rush
A Change is Gonna Come Sam Cooke
I’ve Gotta Be Me Sammy Davis Jr. 1969
Candy Man Sammy Davis Jr. 1972
Winning Santana 1981
Hold On Santana 1982
Never Gonna Let You Go Sergio Mendez
Wildflower Skylark 1973
Tainted Love Soft Cell 1982
Could it be I’m Falling in Love Spinners 1973
Tempted Squeeze
Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band 1976
Dirty Work Steely Dan 1972
Rikki Don’t Lose That Number Steely Dan 1974
Deacon Blues Steely Dan 1977
FM Steely Dan
Oh, Sherrie Steve Perry 1984
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around Stevie Nicks With Tom Petty 1981
Leather and Lace Stevie Nicks/Don Henley 1981
Living For The City Stevie Wonder 1973
Sir Duke Stevie Wonder 1976
That Girl Stevie Wonder 1982
These Three Words Stevie Wonder 1991
If You Really Love Me Stevie Wonder 1971
Fortress Around Your Heart Sting 1985
You Are Everything Stylistics 1971
You Make Me Feel Brand New Stylistics 1974
Best of Times Styx 1981
Mr. Roboto Styx 1983
Come Sail Away Styx
Fooling Yourself Styx
The Logical Song Supertramp 1979
Seasons in the Sun Terri Jacks 1974
Voices Carry ‘Til Tuesday 1985
Private Dancer Tina Turner 1985
Jenny 867-5309 Tommy Tutone 1982
Tie A Yellow Ribbon Tony Orlando & Dawn 1973
Hold The Line Toto 1978
99 Toto 1979
Roseanna Toto 1982
I Won’t Hold You Back Toto 1983
Meet Virginia Train 1999
Drops Of Jupiter Train 2001
Don’t Want To Wait Anymore Tubes
New Year’s Day U2 1983
Sunday Bloody Sunday U2 1983
In The Name Of Love U2 1984
One U2 1992
Walk On U2 2002
One Headlight Wallflowers 1997
Careless Whisper Wham! 1985
Greatest Love Of All Whitney Houston 1986
Always On My Mind Willie Nelson 1982
Owner of a Lonely Heart Yes 1983
Born to Run Bruce Springsteen
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