May 31, 2012

Soundtrack of My Life

Have you ever thought of the songs that make up the soundtrack of your life?  Not necessarily your favorite songs, but the ones that take you back to specific points in time.  I've thought of attempting to make a list several times in the past, but I found it too daunting a task.  However, I've seen a couple others do it and decided I should give it a shot.

It would be too difficult to explain the story or explanation behind each song, although maybe I'll do that at some point.  For example, when I hear 'Borderline', I am suddenly 9 years old, swimming in the pool at the apartment complex we lived in at that time.  It reminds me of ice cold Mountain Dew.  Every song on this list brings back specific memories like that.

For now, let's just stick to the playlist.

Early Childhood
1.  Borderline - Madonna
2.  Thriller - Michael Jackson
3.  Hungry Like The Wolf - Duran Duran
4.  Ladies of the Canyon - Joni Mitchell
5.  Tide is High - Blondie
6.  Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes

High School
7.   Is It Really So Strange? - The Smiths
8.   Just Like Heaven - The Cure
9.   Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
10. The Joker - Steve Miller Band
11. Vienna - Billy Joel
12. Born to Lose - Social Distortion
13. Hunger Strike - Temple of the Dog
14. Give it Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers

15. Carolina in my Mind - James Taylor
16. Betterman - Pearl Jam
17. Jimi Thing - Dave Matthews Band
18. The Wood Song - Indigo Girls
19. Counting Backwards - Throwing Muses
20. Hand in my Pocket - Alanis Morissette
21. One in a Million - Pet Shop Boys
22. Judas My Heart - Belly
23. When I Come Around - Green Day
24. Here & Now - Letters to Cleo
25. Live in Tomorrow - Juliana Hatfield
26. Little Plastic Castle - Ani DiFranco
27. Omaha - Counting Crows
28. This Time of Year - Better Than Ezra

My 20s
29. Blue - The Jayhawks
30. If I had $1,000,000 - Barenaked Ladies
31. Inside - Patti Rothberg
32. Between The Bars - Elliott Smith
33. His Lamest Flame - Mary Lou Lord
34. Summertime - The Sundays
35. Elevation - U2

Early 30s
36. Hey Ya! - Outkast
37. Times Like These - Foo Fighters
38. Making Pies - Patty Griffin
39. Somewhere - K's Choice
40. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road - Lucinda Williams
41. Alone - Susan Tedeschi
42. You're The First, The Last, My Everything - Barry White

Married with Children
43. This is the Life - Amy MacDonald
44. Barton Hollow - The Civil Wars
45. I and Love and You - The Avett Brothers
46. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People
47. Boom - Wild Flag
48. Helplessness Blues - Fleet Foxes
49. Rhthm and Soul - Spoon
50. Lonely Boy - The Black Keys

I can't believe what an eclectic mix this is, or that I wrote Throwing Muses next to Alanis Morisette.  This was a really fun exercise, though.  Not so fun was cutting songs to keep the list to 50!  My life, it seems, is very full of music.  It was also hard to steer clear of my personal favorites and focus on the songs that bring back memories - those are often very different.

What are the songs that leap to mind as you think about what would be on your own life soundtrack?


  1. Oh my goodness - such a great list. So many songs I recognised from similar stages. I'm off to hunt out a few of them for old times sake :)

  2. What a great idea! Some of those songs totally go with the ice cold Mountain Dew in a big plastic cup! And, come on, did you put that BJ clip just for me...???? :)

  3. Elsa May - you should! It's really fun. Dawn - but of course! Blister in the Sun is really for you, though. :-)


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