100 songs which have meant something special to me throughout my life
I was challenged...
"I don't think you can think of 100 songs that meant something to you. You'll stop before 50."
IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER...
1. Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond - This song was one of my Mom's favorites. I can remember riding with her in her black Mazda RX7 and she'd be playing this... Yea, It means a lot.
2. Lucky Star by Madonna - I used to LIVE to hear this song come on the radio because I loved to sing along. "Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight..."
3. Eye of the Tiger by Survivor - My Grandaddy (Mom's Dad) bought me a Smurf Drum Set one year and I sat in my room at that drum set waiting sometimes HOURS for this to come on the radio so I could play along. These days I sing it but I change all the "HE"s to "SHE".
4. My Toot Toot by Fats Domino - My Mama Ruby (Mom's Mom) would sing this to me all the time... I had no idea what it was about back then but now I do. It's a riot. I love it.
5. Fade to Black by Metallica - While BATTERY was the first introduction I had to Metallica back in 1983 at the age of 6, Fade to Black is MY song when it comes to Metallica. This song saved my life when I tried to kill myself. I felt like NO ONE understood me. Metallica constantly reminds me that I am not alone... and I owe them SO much. The lyrics that got to me where "life it seems will fade away, drifting further everyday, getting lost within myself, nothing matters no one else...".
6. Boy from New York City by Manhattan Transfer - It said KITTY in it. I fell in love instantly. I used to sing this by request for my parents as a child. Still love it to this day.
7. Queen of Hearts by Juice Newton - I was taught to play cards by age 3 so when I heard this song I fell in love. "Playing with the Queen of Hearts, Knowing it ain't really smart, the Joker is the only fool, who'll do anything for you."
8. Fire and Ice by Pat Benatar - This one use to give me chills as a child but I loved it. I dreamed of a lady of fire battling a lady of ice. It made my imagination ignite... I loved it.
9. Thriller by Michael Jackson - When I first heard this song (being the horror lover I was and am) I was enthralled. I loved how Michael embraced his love for horror movies with the song and video and also adding Vincent Price who is all ALL TIME FAVORITE HORROR MOVIE ACTOR to do the "rap" was awesome.
10. Alone by Heart - For some reason this song just speaks to me on so many levels. Perhaps because I have been in love with people I can't have a lot in my life.
11. The Gambler by Kenny Rogers - As a VERY young child my parents were awesome and taught me to play not only dice but cards. So any song involving CARDS was awesome in my books. I always loved this song because it was just FUN!
12. Karma Chameleon by Culture Club - It's a fun song. I don't care what any one says... I love it. I used to listen to the record in my room all the time and it made me smile... for some reason, it still holds that special place in my life.
13. Monster Mash by Bobby "Boris" Pickett - Yea, I love this song. It was about a bunch of MONSTERS dancing around ... what's NOT to love?!?!
14. Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley - OK Judge me I don't care... "it was a one eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater..." It's FUCKING awesome ok?!?
15. Crazy Train by Ozzy - "Crazy but that's how it goes..." How can you not love OZZY?!?! His stuff is always some of the best metal has had to offer, solo OR with Black Sabbath. I enjoy Ozzy's early years especially this song "I'm going off the rails on a crazy train"... classic.
16. The Stroke by Billy Squire - I would have a record on while in my pool as a child swimming with my little toys while this song played. It was some of the BEST DAYS of my life.
17. Rebel, Rebel by David Bowie - You might see Bowie on this list more than once because my Dad LOVED David Bowie and I happened to inherit that love. LOL. Honestly, Rebel Rebel was one of the best songs with a catchy beat and great lyrics.
18. Duel of Fates from Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace - This freaking song... is BRILLIANT. It sets up the duel between Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Qui Gon Jinn. It was just a GREAT freaking melody and haunting vocals. AWESOME.
19. Cirice by Ghost - Ok Ok, Most true Ghost fans would say if you think this is their best song you are not a TRUE Ghost fan. I've been a fan of Ghost since WAY before this song... but this song I swear is for me. "I can hear the thunder that's breaking in your heart, I can see through the scars inside you". I love it so much.
20. The Devil in I by Slipknot - "Undo these chains my friend I’ll show you the rage I've hidden" It is so much me that I can't help but love it. I held in so much of my anger and rage from years of bullying and abuse that this song helps me to vent that.
21. Snuff by Slipknot - of all the broken heart songs in the world... this one describes everything I have ever felt in one song. "Bury all your secrets in my skin Come away with innocence, and leave me with my sins The air around me still feels like a cage And love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again So if you love me, let me go. And run away before I know. My heart is just too dark to care. I can't destroy what isn't there. Deliver me into my fate, if I'm alone I cannot hate I don't deserve to have you My smile was taken long ago, if I can change I hope I never know' For a heavy metal group, Slipknot sure shows a lot of heart.
22. Speed of Pain by Marilyn Manson - another song that describes all the heartbreak I used to feel "I wish I could sleep But I can't lay on my back Because there's a knife For every day that I've known you"
23. Wicked Game by Chris Issacs and Slipknot - I love both versions of this song because Chris Issacs sang the original and he was AWESOME... but then I heard my guy Corey Taylor of Slipknot do an acoustic of this song and I was blown away. So much feeling is in this song. I love it.
24. Wrong Side of Heaven by Five Finger Death Punch - "Arms wide open I stand alone I'm no hero and I'm not made of stone Right or wrong I can hardly tell I'm on the wrong side of heaven and the righteous side of hell" Something about this song speaks to the younger version of me who used to think I was alone in this world and no one understood me. It was hard for me being an only child not to know if I was really doing the right thing... but this song really makes me feel like I wasn't really alone in that feeling.
25. From the Ashes by In This Moment - "So here we are This is the end But all that dies Is born again The scars will still remain From the ashes, I will rise again" This reminds me that I have been a STRONG woman and that no matter what happens I will rise and become stronger still. Nothing can keep me down if I don't allow it to.
26. We Are the World by USA for Africa - I loved this song when it came out because Michael Jackson sang with a bunch of other artists and I thought that was the greatest thing ever. I loved it so much I organized my entire 2nd grade class, taught them the lyrics, and we sang it.
27. Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr. - It's part of my youth. I was so EXCITED when the movie hit but I loved the soundtrack too... it was one of the BEST soundtracks ever done.
28. Against All Odds by Phil Collins - This is another song that just breaks my heart. I used to listen to it when I would love someone but couldn't have them... which happened a lot in my youth.
29. Paint It Black by Rolling Stones - This song is a classic and it was way ahead of it's time. The Stones always did that though. I love the lyrics especially "I look inside myself and see my heart is black I see my red door and must have it painted black Maybe then I'll fade away and not have to face the facts It's not easy facing up when your whole world is black"
30. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me by George Michael & Elton John - This song is just so beautiful. I can't help but love it. It has so much heart and meaning in the lyrics that you can feel the desperation of someone who is just hanging on... and hoping.
31. The Ghost of Vincent Price by Wednesday 13 - I love this song because it is about my favorite actor... VINCENT PRICE. He was a master of horror and could really do comedy well. I loved his movies.
32. Sadness Part 1 by Enigma - I love the real gothic nature of this song (watch the video it is even more so) but this song had Gregorian Chants in it and it was AWESOME. Made me love Gregorian Chants as well.
33. Let's Hear it for the Boy by Deniece Williams from Footloose - I don't know why I loved this song when I was younger but it just called out to me. It's a fun upbeat song about a girl who really loves her guy and is just singing his praises.
34. I'm Free (Heaven Help the Man) by Kenny Loggins from Footloose - Yea another song from Footloose that I love. I hated the movie actually but this song especially the lyric "If anything's worth my love it's worth the fight". Awesome lyric.
35. Down with the Sickness by Disturbed - This song showed up in a lot of movies I loved and it helped introduce me to a group that became one of my favorites... Disturbed.
36. Human Nature by Michael Jackson - This song was on the Thriller album which was the first album I ever bought with my own money. I love the slow and haunting rhythm of this song.
37. Wanderlust by Paul McCartney - Off of his solo album Tug of War, This song for some reason was my favorite off that album. It's not a well known song or even really was released as a single but when Mom would put on this record, I'd live to hear this song.
38. Black Cat by Janet Jackson - The wild cat growl and metal guitar had me the moment I heard this song. Janet always knew how to push the boundaries and take it a step further... this song was a huge change from her usual and I loved it.
39. Time after Time by Cyndi Lauper - Cyndi Lauper was one of the most unusual women in music at the time I first saw her. She had a lot to do with the WWE and Wrestlemania 1 so I started listening to her music. Time after Time because a huge part of my life because it made me feel better when I felt a little overwhelmed in my life.
40. Here Comes the Rain Again by The Eurythmics - I love anything involving RAIN. This song became my instant favorite because it was about Rain. Yea petty I know but I was a kid and I knew what I liked.
41. Love Song for a Vampire by Annie Lennox from Bram Stoker's Dracula - After the Eurythmics, Annie Lennox went solo and released some of the BEST music. One song was for the Dracula soundtrack in the 90's. The song is so heartbreakingly beautiful that it leaves me at a loss for words most times when I hear it.
42. Only my Heart Talking by Alice Cooper - This was off the Trash Talk album. My Mom was a HUGE Alice Cooper fan all my life and I liked Alice but this song was released in the late 80's early 90's and I bought the album ... It had the song Poison on it and I loved all the songs... but this one... this one was my favorite.
43. My Heart Can't Tell You No by Rod Stewart - My Dad loved "do you think I'm sexy" and would sing it all the time. But I was flipping through a magazine that had song lyrics in it one day and came across this.... the lyrics captured me and I fell in love from that moment on.
44. Say You, Say Me by Lionel Richie - This song... is perfection. Lionel can preach it like NO other. I was a huge Lionel Richie and Commodores fan growing up. They had a unique sound and it was COOL ... SMOOTH. This song in particular was one that always made me sing along.
45. I just called to say I love you by Stevie Wonder - Mom and I would sing this together all the time... we both ADORED this song. It's just the best of Stevie's work... and no one can make you feel good about a bad situation like Stevie Wonder can.
46. As the World Falls Down by David Bowie from Labyrinth - When I saw Bowie as the Goblin King I was in awe this man could sing, act... is there anything Bowie couldn't do? This song was just beautiful and it made me love Bowie even more for doing something with Jim Henson.
47. Self Control by Laura Brannigan - "Oh the Night, is my world..." I was in with that one lyric. It made me think of a woman who was dark and controlled the creatures of the night. So I loved it. What a young child won't think of huh?
48. I can't make you love me By Bonnie Raitt - The utter heartbreak of this song is so moving. It describes ever feeling of rejection I have ever suffered.
49. Constant Craving by KD Lang - I love this song. The undertones of this song was enough to make me love it but the lyrics are stellar. I didn't really like any other music KD Lang did but this song was enough for me.
50. Say Say Say by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson - I thought this song was so funny because of the video they did. I loved that two of my favorite musicians teamed up to do such a great song.
51. Ebony and Ivory by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder - Another awesome duet with Paul McCartney but this one really means a lot... it's about overcoming the boundaries set by racism. Beautiful song.
52. Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven - I am not a huge fan of Beethoven. Ode to Joy is obnoxious to me... and Symphony No. 5 is WAY overused. Moonlight Sonata is haunting and heartbreaking. You can hear his pining for a lost love or a love he couldn't have in this work.
53. Until it Sleeps by Metallica - "Where do I take this pain of mine? I run, but it stays right by my side So tear me open, pour me out There’s things inside that scream and shout And the pain still hates me So hold me until it sleeps" James Hatfield wrote this song for his mom who had cancer. I liked this song before I knew Mom had cancer... but I can see James' meaning in this song now... and I love it all the more.
54. Square Hammer by Ghost - "Are you on the square, are you on the level, are you ready to swear right here right now before the devil" I don't know why Ghost's song Square Hammer is so freaking awesome but it is. It's very up beat but the message is clear... don't be a fake, but on the square... on the level.
55. Twilight Zone by Golden Earring - "Help I'm steppin' into the twilight zone The place is a madhouse Feels like being cloned My beacon's been moved Under moon and star Where am I to go Now that I've gone too far Soon you will come to know When the bullet hits the bone" I remember the first time I heard this song on the radio and immediately fell in love with it. Golden Earring really knows how to make you like a song with incredible lyrics.
56. Don't Fear The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult - This song is iconic and classic. I remember dreaming of the Grim Reaper coming to a girl and offering to help her with her problems ... an escape if you will. This song always makes me smile. Plus it made for one of the BEST Saturday Night Live Skits EVER with Christopher Walken, Will Ferrell, and a Cowbell.
57. Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler - This song is awesome. In 1993 I won the ACE (Academic Challenge for Excellence) competition's third place vocalist with this song and in 1996 I sang it again at ACE to win a full vocal scholarship so yea, this song means a lot to me. I cry every time I sing it.
58. Who Wants to Live Forever by Queen from Highlander - I loved the Highlander movie but this song was my favorite from ALL the ones Queen did for the soundtrack. It speaks volumes and is beautiful.
59. Music of the Night from the Broadway Musical Phantom of the Opera (Original London Recording) - Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford singing the "official" "original" version of this song... when I heard this in the 80's I became an instant fan of Phantom and Sarah Brightman. This song is so haunting and it shows how vunerable the Phantom TRULY is.
60. What are you doing for the rest of your life? by Chris Botti & Sting - Botti's smooth jazz trumpet and Sting's vocals make this a sexy song that speaks softly and soothingly to me.
61. Martha My Dear by The Beatles - Paul McCartney wrote this for his dog... but I don't care. It's a cute upbeat song and not a lot of songs out there for MARTHAs.
62. After the Rain by Nelson - A lot of people won't remember in the late 80's early 90's this hair metal band named NELSON but I do. Sons of Ricky Nelson of Ozzie and Harriet TV Show fame... this was a song that was just beautiful "After the rain washes away the tears and all the pain, only after the rain you live again..." awesome.
63. Crossroads by Bone Thugs N Harmony - Bone Thugs N Harmony was huge in the late 90's for this song... it was an awesome song about missing those who have been lost. Honestly, these guys were a great musical talent... wish they had continued.
64. Who's Johnny by El Debarge from Short Circuit - When Mom, Dad, and I would go on vacation and this song would come on Dad would sing it cause it had HIS name in it. Makes me smile just thinking about it.
65. Circle of Life from The Lion King - This song moved me so much in the few minutes it's on screen... that I cried. It is beautifully written and performed. I still cry to this day at the end of it.
66. Don't Drink the Water by Dave Matthews Band (With Alanis Morrisette)- This is a gritty song that just grinds and shows a lot of anger... I love it. It's very theraputic.
67. C is for Cookie by the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street - Damn it C is for Cookie and It's good enough for me. AMEN COOKIE MONSTER PREACH!
68. My Home's in Alabama by Alabama - This song means a lot to me because I discovered in my limited experience of travel that I can leave Alabama but it doesn't leave me. Plus my first year in Marching Band Mr. Kilmury (my band director) wrote his own version of this song and it was BEAUTIFUL.
69. Defying Gravity from the Broadway Musical Wicked - This instantly became a favorite because it is the Wicked Witch of the West's song at a turning point in her story where she sees no matter what she does people will judge her and she's tired of trying to fit a mold... she just wants to be her own person. It's a great song.
70. Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio - This was my senior year homecoming theme... but it meant more than that for me. I loved the movie Dangerous Minds that this was attached to but I loved the message too in the song. We sang it all the time that summer it came out. Fond memories.
71. I've got Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks - OK Garth Brooks is by far one of the best country music talents ever to grace the world. His talent is amazing and this song was just FUN! Everyone sang it and it still to this day gets me singing along.
72. Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears - This song always had me singing along because the lyrics are amazing. Tears for Fears had a lot of great songs but this one was always my favorite.
73. Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard - OH MY GOD This song is so much fun. It's the ultimate fun song to just sing and have a good time with. In grade school we'd sing this at PE time.
74. Man Eater by Hall and Oates - "The beauty is there but a beast is in her heart" WOW. What a lyric. This song MADE me love it with the great up beat and smooth bass ... the lyrics. Perfection
75. Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland from The Wizard of Oz - As a little girl, this song touched me because I knew how Dorothy felt to want so much more from life... but as I grew up it meant a lot more.
76. Jump for my Love by the Pointer Sisters - When I was a small girl I sang this song all the time. Mom would yell that it was on the radio and I'd come in singing.... fun times.
77. Stricken by Disturbed - Something about this song speaks volumes to me. The primal scream of it yet it is heartbreaking in a way. Disturbed has a way of making a song say more than what the actual lyrics mean.
78. Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival - I always pictured werewolves. Yep. This song made me think of werewolves. Still does.
79. Black No. 1 by Type O Negative - Peter Steele's vocals here are amazing. He was taken WAY too soon. This song makes me smile because it's about a little goth girl.
80. This life by Curtis Stigers & The Forest Rangers from Sons of Anarchy - "Ridin' through this world All alone God takes your soul You're on your own The crow flies straight A perfect line On the devil's path Until you die This life is short Baby that's a fact Better live it right You ain't comin' back Gotta raise some hell Before they take you down Gotta live this life Gotta look this world In the eye Gotta live this life Till you die" These lyrics... are EVERYTHING. I always wanted to be a biker chick but sadly I am short and can't ride a motorcycle. I wish I knew people who did cause I would BEG for a ride. Use to ride in my teen years with some people.... I love to ride. It's life.
81. House of the Rising Son by Dolly Parton - Many people have sang this song through the years but I clearly remember this song on Dolly's 9 to 5 album (Cause I had it) and I would sing it all the time. I love this song but her version has a lot of soul behind it.
82. Bad Romance by Lady Gaga - This video was AWESOME but the song itself is one of the best songs I have ever heard... why because it's honest and that's what Lady Gaga is all about.
83. Demons by Imagine Dragons - This song is me ... it screams me... It's beautiful. I love it but I can play it on piano so I sing it like that and it's awesome. Well written song.
84. Bela Lugosi is Dead by Bauhaus - A young girl heard this song ... and she was hooked. Not only was it about BELA LUGOSI one of the greatest horror actors of all time but it was dark and broodingly gothic.
85. Slow Chemical by Finger Eleven (WWE's Kane Entrance Theme) - This was Kane's best theme and I wish he still used it but WWE stopped using music like this for some reason. I love this song for some reason... something dark and fiery about it.
86. Metalingus by Alter Bridge (WWE's Edge Entrance Theme) - This was one of the most BAD ASS Themes ever to grace WWE. "On this day I see clearly everything has come to life A bitter place and a broken dream And we'll leave it all, leave it all behind On this day its so real to me Everything has come to life Another chance to chase a dream Another chance to feel Chance to feel alive"
87. Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd - As a young girl I grew up listening to a lot of what people call CLASSIC ROCK but Pink Floyd was always my favorite because their lyrics made a lot of sense to me. This song helped me a lot through my teen years because it soothed me.
88. Harden my Heart by Quarterflash - In the 80's I used to listen to this on a record I had. I loved it. Something about this song just made me identify with it and now I know why. It's about becoming STRONGER and walking away from pain.
89. The Warrior by Scandal - "Shooting at the walls of heartache, bang bang, I am the warrior, yeah I am the warrior and heart to heart you win if you survive". I love those lyrics.
90. Monster You Made by Pop Evil - This song is kind of a theme for me. Everything the lyrics say is pretty dead on about me except I don't want to erase the monster because the monster is what I became after all the bad things... it made me stronger. The monster for me isn't a sign of weakness or bad things it is a sign that I OVERCAME everything.
91. I feel so numb by Rob Zombie - "Blacken the sun what have I done I feel so good I feel so numb" This song is awesome. I love Rob Zombie but this song really goes with me because I feel I am this way... I am torn about being who I am versus who everyone wanted me to be and I want to blacken the sun (the mistakes) but regret it in a small way... get what I'm saying? LOL.
92. I still haven't found what I'm looking for by U2 - Yea I feel this is me. I've searched my whole life for what I need, want ... but I still haven't found it. I don't know if I ever will.
93. All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix - Why this version of this song? Because it's the version my Dad loved the most. He was a huge Hendrix fan and this version just shows how GREAT Hendrix truly was.
94. Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler - 80's love song that just stuck with me to this day. Something about the piano and the lyrics just take me back.
95. Time by Alan Parsons Project - This song makes me smile. It's so soothing and calming. I love it to this day. Just a slow moving other worldly sound.
96. Year 2525 by Zager and Evans - Mom had this on a little .45 if you don't know what it means it was a small record single. I loved this song. It was kinda morose but it had a deep meaning WAY before it's time.
97. More Human Than Human by White Zombie - Before Rob Zombie went solo he was in White Zombie and this was the FIRST song I heard by them. It changed EVERYTHING. I was an instant fan. I loved how dark it was but also the clever working in of horror and sci-fi.
98. Sissy Dat Walk by RuPaul - I love a lot of RuPaul's songs but this one changed a lot for me. It gave me more confidence and courage to be myself. Hell if RuPaul can do it... so can I!
99. Ruby by Kenny Rogers - When I was little and bought this album, Mom and I would laugh cause my grandmother would go by Ruby but after she died in 96 Mom started going by Ruby. This reminds me of them. I miss them.
100. Let it Be by The Beatles - This song comforted me and reminded me just to let things go and in time things will be ok. Thanks Beatles.
SO THERE. ALL 100. CHALLENGE COMPLETE. I DID IT. YAY.