Top 20 Songs of Your High School Years

As I was driving to work this morning, my iPod shuffled through a bunch of random songs:  “Rite of Spring” from Fantasia, Beyonce’s “Work it Out,” the Overtures from the musicals Thoroughly Modern Millie and Seussical: The Musical, INXS’ “One of My Kind.”  And then it played a song I hadn’t heard in awhile: OMD’s “Secret” from the album Crush.

“Secret” is one of those songs that brings back a flood of memories of the High School Years.  I’ve never been a huge fan of listening to the radio (too many commercials, even back in the 1980’s) and have always been a big proponent of the mix tape, cd, etc.  (Which is why an iPod on shuffle is ultimate listening heaven to me.)  I created a tape that my friends and I listened to in the car as we drove to sports events, when we went to movies, etc.  It was a tape of songs that will forever remind me of high school.  Music–like a sudden whiff of a smell that reminds you of something you hadn’t thought of in a long time–is one of those rare things that can instantly transport you back to a different time in your life.

These are the top 20 songs of my High School Years.  What are yours?

20) She Loves Me by Stephen Duffy (Some Kind of Wonderful Soundtrack)
19) Looking for the Whales by a-ha (Scoundrel Days)
18) If You Leave by OMD (Pretty in Pink Soundtrack)
17) Drive by The Cars (Heartbeat City)
16) Wot You Do by INXS (Listen Like Thieves)
15) Bring on the Dancing Horses by Echo & the Bunnymen (Pretty in Pink Soundtrack)
14) The Shyest Time by The Apartments (Some Kind of Wonderful Soundtrack)
13) True Blue by Madonna (True Blue)
12) Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins (Top Gun Soundtrack)
11) Wild Wild Life by Talking Heads (True Stories)
10) Naturally by Huey Lewis and the News (Fore!)
9) Living On a Prayer by Bon Jovi (Slippery When Wet)
8) Playing with the Boys by Kenny Loggins (Top Gun Soundtrack)
7) Human by The Human League (Human)
6) The Sun Never Shines on TV by a-ha (Hunting High and Low)
5) Think for a Minute! by The Housemartins (London 0, Hull 4)
4) I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You by Lick the Tins (Some Kind of Wonderful Soundtrack)
3) People Like Us by Talking Heads (True Stories)
2) Secret by OMD (Crush)
1) Happy Hour by The Housemartins (London 0, Hull 4)

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