5/28/2009

Songs From the Year I was Born...

Last night, Jimmy Fallon had this year's American idol winner (Kris Allen) on his show (and Dennis Beckner in his audience). Jimmy asked about a few of the songs that he did on the show, including which ones Kris thought he didn't do great on. He said his performance of Don Henley's All She Wants to Do is Dance during "songs from the year they were born" week made him think he was doomed.

So I started to wonder; if I had to perform a song from my birth year (1980), what song would I choose?

After a thorough search of itunes (itunes store -> music -> itunes essentials -> your favorite year your favorite song -> 1980), I made a short list of the best songs 1980 had to offer...

  • Another Brick in the wall, Pt. 2- Pink Floyd
  • Another One Bites the Dust- Queen
  • Funkytown- Lipps, inc.
  • Rock With You- Michael Jackson
  • Whip It- Devo
  • Cars- Gary Numan
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love- Queen
  • All Out of Love- Air Supply
  • The Rose- Bette Midler
  • On the Road Again- Willie Nelson
  • What I Like About You- The Romantics
  • Any Way You Want It- Journey
  • Heartbreaker- Pat Benatar
  • Could You Be Loved- Bob Marley
  • Theme from the Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)- Waylon Jennings
  • He Stopped Loving Her Today- George Jones

    Editor's Note: Wow. Seeing what songs came out the year I was born makes me feel super old.

    But I couldn't do all of them. So then I narrowed it down to five...

  • Rock With You- Michael Jackson
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love- Queen
  • What I Like About You- The Romantics
  • Any Way You Want It- Journey
  • Theme from the Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)- Waylon Jennings

    Hmm... There's probably no way they'd let me perform five songs. Time to eliminate three more...

  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love- Queen
  • What I Like About You- The Romantics

    Oh my gosh. I would rock these songs harder than someone waiting for their name to get called at the Cracker Barrel. What? They only want to let me perform one song? Hmm... That's tougher...

    OK, I'm going to go with Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen. It feels a little more melodic than What I Like About You plus you could speed it up or slow it down.

    What song from your birth year would you perform...
  • 2 comments:

    Julie Hibbard said...

    I was a junior in high school in 1980, and all of these songs have GREAT memories attached. (Well not so much the Dukes of Hazard song...)
    What I Like about You was HUGE!
    I saw QUEEN at the Forum in 1980...so great...
    I also saw Journey in 1980. They were part of a concert that included Cheap Trick and Black Sabbath.
    Oh, those were the days.
    A very good year for music, and obviously, for births....

    Josh(ua) Treece said...

    Julie, you have lived a DREAM life of concerts. I'm so jealous!