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My Top 100 Songs from Twelve Years Ago

Back in 2013, I took some time to assemble as many journal and blog posts that I still had into an ebook for myself. Recently, I’ve taken some time to scroll through some of these old thoughts and stories and I ran across this one project that is a bit of an embarrassment. I called it The Eighty-Eight and it was a shameful rip off of another blog called 83 Goals or something to that effect. Basically, the idea was to have a set amount of goals to accomplish and use the blog to track the status of it.

I loved the idea so much, I attempted to mimic it but I really dropped the ball. I forced myself to make a list of goals and then shortly thereafter I changed them, and then changed them again. Some of the goals were authentic and others were lets just say, goals of opportunity. A prime example would be: “own a professional sports team.” Like seriously? That was never going to happen… but then I learned about this crowdfunding MyFootballClub thing and next thing you know I’m an owner of a professional sports team.

I’m a bit off-topic here, but needless to say The Eighty-Eight is not a blog I look back on fondly, but not everything was a bust. For example; I put some goals on there of things I’d like to try or better define for myself. Things that I wouldn’t normally do, but now that I had the blog, I did them. So, I painted my first ever picture, went geocaching, and started shaving with a safety razor (something I still do). Then I wrote out my top twenty-five favorite movies after agonizing for days regarding the order. Then I undertook my biggest organization project and I assembled my Top 100 Songs.

I had a blast looking over this list and I’m currently working on a playlist of these songs. No doubt, my list would be drastically different today, but I thought it was a fun snapshot of what I enjoyed back in 2010. As you’ll see from the blog post, my initial goal was 500 songs and eventually I threw in towel.

March 6, 2010

Goal # 32 – Top 100 Favorite Songs (Completed)

Welcome to my third and final installment of my Goal # 32. This post we’ll be looking at my top 100 songs.
This was by far, the most difficult list to create. I honestly would have struggled with a top 500 songs! I managed to make the 100 cut off, but there is simply no way for me to organize these in order from 1-100. So instead, I present to you, the list, with my top 10 favorite songs, and songs 11-100 in no particular order.

Top 10 Favorite Songs (in order)
1. Coastline Journey – Mishka
2. Float On – Modest Mouse
3. One Way Out – The Allman Brothers
4. Take Me Out – Franz Ferndiand
5. The Zoo – Scorpions
6. Something to Say – Kane
7. Went out Last Night – Kenny Chesney
8. Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
9. The End Has Come – Ben Moody w/ Jason C. Miller and Jason “Gong” Jones
10. Painted on My Heart – The Cult
Songs 11-100 (Not in order)
11. Life Loves a Tragedy – Poison
12. Guy With a Guitar – Mishka
13. Cocaine Blues – Johnny Cash
14. Two Dozen Roses – Shenandoah
15. What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am
16. You Know Me Better Than That – George Strait
17. Your Last Song – Scorpions
18. The Cross – Scorpions
19. Rosa Parks – Outkast
20. Always on My Mind – Elvis
21. Okay Toots – Eddie Cantor
22. Life Got in the Way – Sister Hazel
23. Bohemian Like You – Dandy Warhols
24. In Too Deep – Phil Collins
25. I Just Want You – Ozzy
26. It’s All Coming Back to Me Now – Meatloaf
27. How Soon is Now – The Smiths
28. I’d Die Without You – PM Dawn
29. I’m With You – Avril Lavigne
30. Ignition Remix – R Kelly
31. Just Stop – Disturbed
32. Let Go – Frou Frou
33. Long Way to Go – Def Leppard
34. Love Conquers All – Deep Purple
35. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm – Crash Test Dummies
36. Much to Young to Feel This Damn Old – Garth Brooks
37. Next Time I Fall in Love – Peter Cetera
38. Nine in the Afternoon – Panic at the Disco
39. No Air – Glee
40. Not Enough – Our Lady Peace
41. Fighter – Candlefuse
42. Open Your Eyes – Guano Apes
43. Out of Touch – Hall and Oates
44. Queen of Apology – The Sounds
45. Right Here in My Arms – HIM
46. Shakin – Eddie Money
47. So Tell Me Why – Poison
48. Somebody’s Crying – Chris Isaak
49. We Let Her Down – Chris Isaak
50. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming – Deep Purple
51. Son of a Son of a Sailor – Jimmy Buffett
52. Five O’Clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson w/ Jimmy Buffett
53. Stay – Giant
54. Straight Tequila Night – John Anderson
55. Sweat – Inner Circle
56. Tell Me – Jake Owen
57. Teenage Dirtbag- Wheatus
58. That Ain’t No Way to Go – Brooks and Dunn
59. That’s Life – Frank Sinatra
60. Beaches of Cheyenne – Garth Brooks
61. The Flame – Cheap Trick
62. The Great Beyond – REM
63. The Wicker Man – Iron Maiden
64. World I Know – Collective Soul
65. Through Glass- Stone Sour
66. Twisted – Keith Sweat
67. Under Your Spell – Buffy Musical
68. Waiting for a Star to Fall – Boy Meets Girl
69. We 3 – Soul Asylum
70. We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel
71. Why Can’t I – Liz Phair
72. Wreck of the Day – Anna Nalick
73. You Belong to Me – Dean Martin
74. Numb Encore – Linkin Park/Jay-Z
75. What I’ve Done – Linkin Park
76. Just Died in Your Arms Tonight –
77. A Favor House Atlantic – Coheed and Cambria
78. Feathers -Coheed and Cambria
79. A Song for Everyone – Phenix TX
80. All These Years – Sawyer Brown
81. All Over You – Live
82. Better Class of Losers – Randy Travis
83. Between the Bars – Elliott Smith
84. Body – The Servant
85. Breathe Me – Sia
86. Breakup Song – Greg Kihn
87. Broken – Seether ft. Amy Lee
88. Burning for You – Blue Oyster Cult
89. Diggin – The Seatbelts
90. Colorblind – Counting Crows
91. Shoot to Thrill – AC/DC
92. Endless Love – Jackie Chan
93. Every You, Every Me – Placebo
94. Flagpole Sitta – Harvey Danger
95. Don’t Think I Don’t Think – Darius Rucker
96. Come Undone – Duran Duran
97. Don’t Speak – No Doubt
98. Ego – The Sounds
99. Clearly Quite Absurd – Deep Purple
100. Come Monday – Jimmy Buffett

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  1. I remember that blog. Good list. I have played around doing a top 50. Joe Elliott just recently posted his top 100 of all time

  2. When I was a teenager like 14 I used to read this magazine that would have goals for the month. So I do things on a technicality. One of the goals was something like find a new form of exercise. I felt watching an infomercial on a exercise product counted. Or there would be some appearance related ones like wear barrettes in your hair. I would get my barrettes put them on and wear them for about 10 minutes at home. Take them off then check that off on the list.

    • That’s fun! I always loved when magazines offered weird little suggestions like that. It was so isolating reading a magazine, yet you felt connected due to suggestions to go out and do something.

      I do like the idea of doing one goal a month and it definitely makes me feel better knowing that other folks took shortcuts to accomplish them. Ha!

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