I’m often told that I was born in the wrong era based on my favorite clothes, movies, music, and TV shows. I don’t think that is entirely accurate though. My favorite everything is from the mid 80s to early 90s. I was born in 1984, so really, I guess I was too young to appreciate most of it at the time. But I grew up with a sister who is 18 years older than me, so this stuff was all I knew growing up. When I was younger, Nick at Night didn’t play shows like Roseanne and Friends. Those were the Thursday night hit shows. No it played amazing things like Taxi, Mork and Mindy, and Gilligan’s Island. The shows I watched at night with my parents were shows like Married with Children and Perfect Strangers. Aw yes, Perfect Strangers. Best theme song ever.
I won’t lie, I have this song as a ringtone on my phone. Nothing like the Dance of Joy to get your day going. And yes, I own this show on DVD.
Anyway, the real point of this post wasn’t talk to about TV shows. Although I could go all day. But no, the real point was to talk about music. My favorite music, music of the mid 80s to the early 90s. I love late 90s to early 00s music, because I was in middle school then and I grew up with it. But when most people think of the 90s they think of BSB, NSync, etc. But that’s really not true. That is mostly late 90s. BSB didn’t even make it big in the states till 1998. I do love that music, but it’s not my favorite. My favorite is often referred to as Adult Contemporary. It’s the music you probably made fun of your mom for loving. It’s all cheesy and has lots of gratuitous saxophones. Yes, I get called old on a regular basis for this. Yes, I listen to the “easy listening” station. My 80s to 90s playlist is the biggest in my itunes and the one I’m most knowledgeable about. My favorite artists of this time are Bryan Adams, Richard Marx, Don Henley, Roxette, Peter Cetera, and Tears for Fears. There are tons and tons more though of course. And yes I do love The Eagles and Chicago… I just also like the solo stuff. I even listen to Genesis and Phil Collins. Are you judging me yet?
Remember the whole Rick Rolled thing? I mean… how can you not? This is going to make me sound so “hipster” but I promise it’s true. I loved that song before that whole joke. In fact, I like a lot of Rick Astley songs. I still have four in my itunes, and none of them are “Never Gonna Give You Up”. My very first cassette was The Cars, Heartbeat City. I played the crap out of it on my little walkman. I have even told Steven on many occasions that “You Might Think” is our song. One of my all time favorite songs is by Starship, originally Jefferson Starship… and Jefferson Airplane, from 1987. It was featured in the movie “Mannequin” (which is one of my favorite movies hahahaha) but Andrew McCarthy was so cute back then!! And Kim Cattrall is a babe as usual. This song just embodies everything I love about that time period.
Instead of writing 50 more paragraphs about why I love all of this music as much as I do, I decided to share my top 10 songs with you, in no particular order. I’m going to cut the rest of this post though because It’s going to get pretty long. I hope you enjoy them! You’ve probably heard them all before!
Bryan Adams, Run to You
Tears for Fears, Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Drive, The Cars
Hungry Eyes, Eric Carmen
Should’ve Known Better, Richard Marx
Invisible Touch, Genesis
If I Could Turn Back Time, Cher
Fading Like A Flower, Roxette
These Dreams, Heart
Missing You, John Waite
I hope you enjoyed a little peak into my oldness!!