Apparently, the game is this:
The instructions are: Go to musicoutfitters.com, and do a search on the most popular 100 songs from the year you graduated high school. (You can do this by searching on the year you graduated). Bold the ones you actually like. (Understand that the word "like" in this case means, at the very least, "wouldn't immediately change the radio station from.") Pick a favorite. Underline that favorite. And Strikethru the ones you loathe. Italicize the ones you consider to be guilty pleasures.
Well, I never actually graduated High School. I was granted sufficient credits to graduate from the Catholic school I had been attending on a part-time, casual, not-enough-money-to-play-pool-today basis at the end of the 12th grade in 1978, but without merit and on the condition that I continue elsewhere. You see, in my day, and in the province of Ontario, there was still a year to go if you wanted to attend University. I took three maths and three sciences in grade 13, but dropped out of Chemistry with a month or so to go in the year due to irreconcilable differences with my teacher (who, by the way, taught my kid brother the same analysis technique I was failed for inventing some years later, so although my year remains incomplete, I feel somewhat vindicated). I would have graduated in '79, along with Ben and Gregg, though, so here's my list:
- My Sharona, The Knack
Bad Girls, Donna Summer Le Freak, Chic Da Ya Think I'm Sexy, Rod Stewart Reunited, Peaches and Herb I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor Hot Stuff, Donna Summer Y.M.C.A., Village People Ring My Bell, Anita Ward Sad Eyes, Robert John Too Much Heaven, Bee Gees MacArthur Park, Donna Summer When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman, Dr. Hook Makin' It, David Naughton Fire, Pointer Sisters Tragedy, Bee Gees A Little More Love, Olivia Newton-John Heart Of Glass, Blondie What A Fool Believes, Doobie Brothers Good Times, Chic You Don't Bring Me Flowers, Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond Knock On Wood, Amii Stewart Stumblin' In, Suzi Quatro and Chris Norman Lead Me On, Maxine Nightingale Shake Your Body, Jacksons Don't Cry Out Loud, Melissa Manchester
- The Logical Song, Supertramp
My Life, Billy Joel Just When I Needed You Most, Randy Vanwarmer You Can't Change That, Raydio Shake Your Groove Thing, Peaches and Herb I'll Never Love This Way Again, Dionne Warwick Love You Inside Out, Bee Gees
- I Want You To Want Me, Cheap Trick
The Main Event (Fight), Barbra Streisand Mama Can't Buy You Love, Elton John I Was Made For Dancin', Leif Garrett After The Love Has Gone, Earth, Wind and Fire Heaven Knows, Donna Summer and Brooklyn Dreams The Gambler, Kenny Rogers Lotta Love, Nicolette Larson Lady, Little River Band Heaven Must Have Sent You, Bonnie Pointer Hold The Line, Toto He's The Greatest Dancer, Sister Sledge Sharing The Night Together, Dr. Hook She Believes In Me, Kenny Rogers In The Navy, Village People Music Box Dancer, Frank Mills The Devil Went Down To Georgia, Charlie Daniels Band Gold, John Stewart Goodnight Tonight, Wings We Are Family, Sister Sledge Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy, Bad Company Every 1's A Winner, Hot Chocolate Take Me Home, Cher Boogie Wonderland, Earth, Wind and Fire (Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away, Andy Gibb What You Won't Do For Love, Bobby Caldwell New York Groove, Ace Frehley
- Sultans Of Swing, Dire Straits
I Want Your Love, Chic
- Chuck E's In Love, Rickie Lee Jones
I Love The Night Life, Alicia Bridges Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now, McFadden and Whitehead Lonesome Loser, Little River Band Renegade, Styx Love Is The Answer, England Dan and John Ford Coley Got To Be Real, Cheryl Lynn Born To Be Alive, Patrick Hernandez Shine A Little Love, Electric Light Orchestra I Just Fall In Love Again, Anne Murray Shake It, Ian Matthews I Was Made For Lovin' You, Kiss I Just Wanna Stop, Gino Vannelli Disco Nights, G.Q. Ooh Baby Baby, Linda Ronstadt September, Earth, Wind and Fire Time Passages, Al Stewart Rise, Herb Alpert Don't Bring Me Down, Electric Light Orchestra
- Promises, Eric Clapton
Get Used To It, Roger Voudouris How Much I Feel, Ambrosia Suspicions, Eddie Rabbitt You Take My Breath Away, Rex Smith How You Gonna See Me Now, Alice Cooper Double Vision, Foreigner Every Time I Think Of You, Babys I Got My Mind Made Up, Instant Funk Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, Michael Jackson Bad Case Of Lovin' You, Robert Palmer Somewhere In The Night, Barry Manilow We've Got Tonite, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band Dance The Night Away, Van Halen Dancing Shoes, Nigel Olsson The Boss, Diana Ross Sail On, Commodores I Do Love You, G.Q. Strange Way, Firefall
Not exactly a great year. Then again, some of these songs don't seem to belong at all. I'm pretty sure that "Pieces of Eight" was a very early '78 release — I distincly remember it blaring on the 8-track in a Pacer belonging to a friend at the aforementioned Catholic school — so "Renegade" shouldn't be there. "Parallel Lines" was a mid-'78 release, so "Heart Of Glass" should have come and gone before the new year. (Okay, it should have gone much sooner than that. I liked Blondie the punk band; that disco album was more than a little disappointing. And "Autoamerican" did nothing to make me feel better.) I have a feeling that the release and promotion schedule in Canada is/was significantly different than in the US; there are a lot of songs I remember from different years from my American friends, sometimes by quite a few years. "Sunshine On Lieth" was everywhere in Canada in '88; I hear it didn't get any non-college airplay in the 'States until after Benny And Joon was released.
I won't apologise for "Chuck E's In Love". Rickie Lee Jones' eponymous album is one of my all-time favorites and still gets heavy rotation in my listening list. Song 1, side 1, may not be the best song on the album, but it was the song that got me to listen to the rest.