My autobiography playlist

I’ve mentioned my Autobiography playlist several times over the last few weeks in my 30 Day Song Challenge posts and it makes sense for me to post the playlist here for people to see it. At first I thought I would provide an explanation for why each song appears on the list but with nearly 200 songs, that is quite a task. Instead, I decided to post the list and if people have a question as to why a particular song appears, I’d be happy to answer it in the comments.

I should mention that just because a song appears on the list doesn’t necessarily mean I like it. Sometimes it is on the list simply because it reminds me of something, whether I like it or not. Also, the list is in roughly chronological order. I created the list from memory and failures in my memory are included in the list. I wasn’t going to go and check the dates for every song, and besides, the songs fall in where they had some sort of impact or memory in my life, not when they were first released. And when I say “by” I mean “performed by”.

Here is the list:

  1. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John
  2. Rhinestone Cowboy by Glen Campbell
  3. Love Will Keep Us Together by Captain & Tennille
  4. Do You Know the Way to San Jose? by Dionne Warwick
  5. Games People Play by The Spinners
  6. Tin Man by America
  7. Welcome Back Kotter by John Sebastian
  8. Afternoon Delight by Starland Vocal Band
  9. December 1963 (Oh What a Night) by the Four Seasons
  10. Cat’s in the Cradle by Harry Chapin
  11. Do You Know Where You’re Going To? by Diana Ross
  12. Dance with Me by Orleans
  13. If You Leave Me Now by Chicago
  14. Take It to the Limit by the Eagles
  15. Silly Love Songs by Paul McCartney & Wings
  16. New Kid in Town by the Eagles
  17. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
  18. Still the One by Orleans
  19. Dream Weaver by Gary Wright
  20. Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel
  21. Short People by Randy Newman
  22. Jive Talkin’ by the Bee Gees
  23. Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees
  24. Night Fever by the Bee Gees
  25. How Deep Is Your Love by the Bee Gees
  26. Take the Long Way Home by Supertramp
  27. Rio by Duran Duran
  28. Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles
  29. Mexican Radio by Wall of Voodoo
  30. Shock the Monkey by Peter Gabriel
  31. Photograph by Def Leppard
  32. Runnin’ with the Devil by Van Halen
  33. Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne
  34. Believe It Or Not by Joey Scarbury
  35. Hey Jude by the Beatles
  36. Ebony and Ivory by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
  37. Never Be the Same by Christopher Cross
  38. American Pie by Don McLean
  39. Africa by Toto
  40. Eye in the Sky by Alan Parson’s Project
  41. Rosanna by Toto
  42. Slow Hand by the Pointer Sisters
  43. Upside Down by Diana Ross
  44. Queen of Hearts by Juice Newton
  45. Leader of the Band by Dan Fogelberg
  46. Magic by Olivia Newton-John
  47. Sailing by Christopher Cross
  48. Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do) by Christopher Cross
  49. Borderline by Madonna
  50. Safety Dance by Men Without Hats
  51. Centerfold by the J. Geils Band
  52. Jump by Van Halen
  53. I Ran by Flock of Seagulls
  54. On the Loose by Saga
  55. The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough by Cyndi Lauper
  56. I Love L. A. by Randy Newman
  57. Ghostbusters by Ray Parker
  58. Footloose by Kenny Loggins
  59. All Night Long by Lionel Richie
  60. We Don’t Need Another Hero by Tina Turner
  61. We Are the World by U.S.A. for Africa
  62. Axel F by Harold Faltermeyer
  63. Let’s Go Crazy by Prince
  64. Neutron Dance by The Pointer Sisters
  65. Fortress Around Your Heart by Sting
  66. Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds
  67. Money for Nothing by Dire Straits
  68. Back In Time by Huey Lewis & The News
  69. One Night in Bangkok by Murray Head
  70. 19 by Paul Hardcastle
  71. Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
  72. Life In a Northern Town by The Dream Academy
  73. Nightshift by the Commodores
  74. St. Elmo’s Fire by John Pars
  75. Crazy For You by Madonna
  76. Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins
  77. True Colors by Cyndi Lauper
  78. Live To Tell by Madonna
  79. Rythm of the Night by DeBarge
  80. Sussudio by Phil Collins
  81. Take My Breath Away by Berlin
  82. High On You by Survivor
  83. California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and the Papas
  84. Michelle by the Beatles
  85. You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker
  86. Three Little Birds by Bob Marley
  87. These Dreams by Heart
  88. Cult of Personality by Living Colour
  89. Hysteria by Def Leppard
  90. Close My Eyes Forever by Lita Ford & Ozzy Osbourne
  91. Fade to Black by Metallica
  92. Cherry Pie by Warrant
  93. Sowing the Seeds of Love by Tears for Fears
  94. Good Thing by Fine Young Cannibals
  95. Broken Hearts by Living Colour
  96. Everlasting Love by Howard Jones
  97. Knockin’ on Heavens Door by Guns N’ Roses
  98. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You by Bryan Adams
  99. Love In an Elevator by Aerosmith
  100. Dr. Feelgood by Motley Crue
  101. Blaze of Glory by Jon Bon Jovi
  102. Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty
  103. Revelation (Mother Earth) by Ozzy Osbourne
  104. Straight Up by Paula Abdul
  105. In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
  106. Kokomo by the Beach Boys
  107. Rocket Man by Elton John
  108. Think of Laura by Christopher Cross
  109. A Little Respect by Erasure
  110. I Remember You by Skid Row
  111. Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue
  112. Poison by Alice Cooper
  113. If I Could Turn Back Time by Cher
  114. She’s Like the Wind by Patrick Swayze
  115. Right Here Waiting by Richard Marx
  116. I’m Gonna Miss You by Milli Vanilli
  117. Somebody by Depeche Mode
  118. Without You by Motley Crue
  119. Janie’s Got a Gun by Aerosmith
  120. Patience by Guns N’ Roses
  121. 18 and Life by Skid Row
  122. Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison
  123. Never Say Goodbye by Bon Jovi
  124. What It Takes by Aerosmith
  125. Civil War by Guns N’ Roses
  126. I’ll Be There For You by Bon Jovi
  127. One by Metallica
  128. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
  129. The Last Resort by the Eagles
  130. Hold Onto the Nights by Richard Marx
  131. All This Time by Sting
  132. Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel
  133. Signs by Tesla
  134. Thunderstruck by AC/DC
  135. Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
  136. When the Angels Fall by Sting
  137. Mercy Street by Peter Gabriel
  138. Freewill by Rush
  139. Breadfan by Metallica
  140. Nothing Else Matters by Metallica
  141. God’s Comic by Elvis Costello
  142. On Your Shore by Enya
  143. Exile by Enya
  144. You’re My Best Friend by Queen
  145. Leather and Lace by Stevie Nicks
  146. Let’s Get Rocked by Def Leppard
  147. We’ve Only Just Begun by the Carpenters
  148. Wuthering Heights by Pat Benatar
  149. Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You by Stevie Nicks
  150. Me In Honey by R.E.M.
  151. What’s Up? by 4 Non Blondes
  152. Plush by Stone Temple Pilots
  153. Don’t Cry for Me Argentina by Sinead O’Conner
  154. Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ by Journey
  155. Shape of My Heart by Sting
  156. This Woman’s Work by Kate Bush
  157. Haunt Me by Sade
  158. On the Radio by Donna Summer
  159. The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite by R.E.M.
  160. Try Not To Breathe by R.E.M.
  161. Maureen by Sade
  162. Fractured Love by Def Leppard
  163. Lost For Words by Pink Floyd
  164. Your Ghost by Kristin Hersh
  165. I’ll Remember by Madonna
  166. What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?  by R.E.M.
  167. Mary by Oingo Boingo
  168. I Was Brought To My Senses by Sting
  169. Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen
  170. Last Dance by Donna Summer
  171. Secret Garden by Bruce Springsteen
  172. Kid Fears by Indigo Girls
  173. Lithium Sunset by Sting
  174. Electrolite by R.E.M.
  175. Walkin’ on the Sun by Smash Mouth
  176. Hook by Blues Traveler
  177. Fly by Sugar Ray
  178. The World Is New by Save Ferris
  179. Doin’ Time by Sublime
  180. Tubthumping by Chumbawamba
  181. Spiderwebs by No Doubt
  182. Spies by Coldplay
  183. Change Partners by Bing Crosby
  184. Come Sail Away by Styx
  185. Blinded By The Light by Manfred Mann
  186. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
  187. Who I Am by Jessica Andrews
  188. Long World by Christopher Cross
  189. Fill Her Up by Sting
  190. Words of Wisdom by Christopher Cross
  191. Ghost Story by Sting
  192. You’re Worth It by Nate Buscher
  193. Oh Father by Nate Buscher
  194. Looking for Space by John Denver
  195. 30,000 Pounds of Bananas by Harry Chapin
  196. In My Place by Coldplay
  197. Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley