Monday, January 24, 2011

Top Ten Countdown - Music Blogfest


Alex is having one of his GREAT Blogfests again today. They're so much fun! They can also be difficult. As a child of the 80s, I grew up with some great music! It was tough to narrow it all down to 10 songs.




1) Frank DeVol - Teddy Bear's Picnic
This was my favorite childhood song. Listening to it now, I'm not sure why it made me happy instead of giving me nightmares. The idea of Teddy Bears in the forest? And the warning not to go into the woods? But I loved it. Played it over and over and over and over...


2) San Diego Super Chargers Song
I grew up on San Diego football - first game at 2 years old. Here is the extended dance version, I believe. I love it in all disco greatness. They had P.O.D. do a new song in 2009, but this one is old school and my fave.


3) Def Leppard - Photograph
My introduction to "heavy metal" and MTV. Loved the song. Loved the video. Loved Rick Allen.


4) Morris Day and the Time - Jungle Love
I can't explain it. It's the beat? I hear this song and I can't NOT dance.


5) Christina Aguilera - Walk Away
This song is all about BAD ROMANCE. It's such a fantastic display of her vocal range. It just feels naughty. The year it came out, I was in a relationship that needed to be over. But walking away was so hard. This song was my theme song those two years.


6) Mike and the Mechanics - The Living Years
My father and I did not see eye to eye when I was growing up. The only girl, when I hit my teen years I think I completely baffled him. Also, I was the most like him out of all the kids. My theory? My father is full of self-loathing. He didn't want me to be like him for that reason. He loved me too much. So he tried to squash (that's a very gentle way of putting it) the traits we shared. Very sad because I feel those are my strengths. We have healed our relationship in the past decade and are closer than ever. But this song really spoke to me for the longest time. The lyrics are so touching, and true.


7) Kings of Leon - Use Somebody


8) Muse - Uprising
I love the rebellion.



9) Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out for a Hero
Cheesy. 80s. Enough said.



10) Doug E Fresh - The Show
It's fun. It's fresh. It's Doug E Fresh. This one takes me back to my high school years.



This was VERY hard to do!

Coldplay is my all time favorite band. They didn't make the top ten because I love all of their songs and couldn't narrow it down to just one. Yellow and Clocks...almost made the Top Ten. Almost.

What about you - what are some of your favorite songs? Could you narrow it down?

Don't forget to check out the rest of the entries at Alex's blog.

50 comments:

  1. I had a hard time nailing it down to just ten, but eventually I got my list. You have some really good songs on this list, some of which I haven't heard.

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  2. Some I knew others not, i guess it comes from living the otherside of the pond.

    Well done in your choice,

    Yvonne.

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  3. Kings of leon are absolutely amazing! You have some awesome songs on here!

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  4. Great entry Jennie! I have a few new bands to explore! :)

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  5. A great list, Jennie. I think the The Living Years is a song that many people can identify with; I know I can.

    My Top Ten Songs

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  6. As someone who wasn't born in the 80s, I kinda feel a bit stupid cos besides Christina, Kings of Leon, Muse and Bonnie Tyler, I haven't heard the rest :-\

    But I'm going to listen now.

    Also, Coldplay is awesome.

    I mostly like all of Within Temptation and Evanescence's songs, so it'd be hard narrowing down the list. Yeah, I'm a total gothic metal chick!

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  7. photograph! awesome..
    what a great selection of music
    thanks for the melody's,
    jeremy
    [iZombie]

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  8. Always loved The Living Years because I always try to listen as well as I hear.

    Alex
    Breakfast Every Hour

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  9. Seriously, your list is great. Love Kings of Leon and Mike and the Mechanics.

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  10. I think you definitely have the most variety of the entries I've seen so far- childhood classics, sport anthems, Christina Aguilera and Muse. You're one of a kind, miss!
    - Sophia.

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  11. The Chargers' song - now that's great! Good mix. Thanks for participating!

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  12. Teddy Bear picnic! :D lol!!! You cute thing! And Jungle Love--oh-e-oh-e-oh! :D <3

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  13. So, so great! I miss 80's rap! I was a Joe Elliot girl myself... ;)

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  14. Wow, Jungle Love! That brings back memories :) Great list!
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow
    PS Love the header picture :D

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  15. Muse is on my countdown, too. Def Leopard brings back so many memories ... Wonderful list.

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  16. I love Christina’s “Walk Away”. All of her songs have such a level of emotion to them that they inspire me to write emotional scenes. At the time Walk Away came out, my aunt was undergoing a divorce from her domestically abuse husband so that song has special meaning for me and my cousin.

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  17. When I was 11, we danced to Jungle Love for our dance recital!! It was so awesome-- neon pink catsuits with black sequins and cheetah spots down one side!! Complete that with a teased side ponytail and a black sequined headband!!

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  18. Mmm, Coldplay. They'd be among my fave bands, too--love all those songs! And that Christina Aguilera song is a new favorite, too! Thanks for introducing me to it!

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  19. I forgot about Teddy Bear Picnic. I haven't heard that one in a long time! Thanks for the memories. Great list.

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  20. Love Coldplay- they didn't make my list either, but I could easily put a couple of their songs on there. What a great, meaningful list!

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  21. I adore your list. Love Mike and the Mechanics.

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  22. Interesting choices. "Living Years" is such a great song with an excellent message--haven't heard that song in a while.

    Lee
    Make sure you check my Wednesday post!
    Tossing It Out

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  23. uprising is a great song and a great video.

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  24. love use somebody!!! excellent choice! :)

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  25. Awesome list! You're the first Teddy Bear Picnicer I have seen! *snicker* How cute! I love it!

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  26. I love Clocks - such a good song! And I agree, this was a hard one to narrow down to just 10. You have some fun picks! Thanks for sharing ~ :)

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  27. San Diego Super Chargers, San Diego .... Charger! Love that tune. I live in Orange County so I do follow the Chargers too!

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  28. Oh, I love Bonnie Tyler and Muse, myself, even though it's a strange combination :))

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  29. I LOVE your list!! Love it!
    I had a giggle at teddy bear's picnic. I grew up on that. Even learned to play it on the piano. Hahaha

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  30. There's some Def Leppard! And The Living Years is just so sad.

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  31. Your first two choices made me smile. That Muse track is great one.

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  32. Jennie, thanks for the list. I agree with you about "Photograph". And I totally forgot about "The Living Years". I still have my Dad, but I wonder what might happen when he's gone and this song comes on. It'll be a killer...
    Thanks for posting,

    -James

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  33. What a list! I haven't thought about Mike and the Mechanics in forever. Loving this blogfest...jogging my memory left and right!

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  34. Okay, it's settled. This my favorite list. Teddy Bear Picnic put it over the top. I drove folks nutso with that song!

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  35. Great list! CP Yellow was on mine! Love them!

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  36. I love, love that you included Morris Day and the Time. Purple Rain is one of my favorite movies. Def Leppard rocks! Photograph one of my car stereo must plays.

    I had the worst time trying to narrow my list to just ten. Your list is awesome.

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  37. Top 10 songs really is tough. You made some good choices, though!

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  38. It was difficult indeed to narrow it down. my fave band of all time (The Smashing Pumpkins) DID make it in, but only because I've long had a favourite song of theirs...even if I listen to other songs of theirs WAY more than I do that one. weird, huh? :P

    I enjoyed reading your entry and am getting my hands on that Def Leppard song and a couple of others now ;)

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  39. This is a total party mix CD. LOVE it!!

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  40. I love Kings of Leon. Use Somebody is such a fantastic song.

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  41. Interesting list I didn't know them. Thought the including of the Chargers Song was a great idea!

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  42. NICE LIST.
    My fav coldplay song is green eyes. But I also love Don't Panic.

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  43. Great list-a lot of diverse choices.

    I saw Muse last year-great show, great band.

    "Holding Out For A Hero" is classic Jim Steinman cheese, but sung by Ms. Tyler instead of Meat Loaf. Steinman is the master of taking a cliche and making it a song (usually with bombastic Wagnerian overtones!

    Larry

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  44. Great list. I particularly love your first two because they're so unique. I never would have thought to put a football song on my list.

    So I couldn't place "Holding Out for a Hero" so I started it. Now it's running through my head after I only played 20 seconds of it. I suspect it will be there for days :) Must be a sign of a good song, right?

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  45. You deserve a prize for originality. I LOVE that you started with the teddy bear song. In fact, I love your whole list. Every Generation is so heartwarming. I just finished my little dance to Love Jungle. I also can't not dance to that one! Thanks for this and the follow. I'm excited to join the fun around here too.
    xoRobyn

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  46. I'm a child of the 80s too, but find myself drawn to more contemporary music, though 80s was the soundtrack of my life for a loooooong time!

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  47. Yay for Kings of Leon - and Coldplay! I couldn't narrow my choices by song either, so I made playlists [g]

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  48. Wow, that's a very diverse list. Thanks for blogfesting with the rest of us!

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