The Soothing Soft Rock Sounds of Yesteryear

Growing up in Price, there were only a handful of radio stations—most of which were country. So we were dedicated listeners of KISN 97, which at the time featured soft rock hits of the 80's and early 90's.

I really had no idea how much brain space I was using to store song lyrics until after Dave and I got married. We would frequently find ourselves in some store or restaurant where they play soft rock, and without fail, I would know all the words to whatever song happened to be playing. I didn't really think much of this, but Dave found it to be quite an amazing phenomenon.

A recent trip to Arby's once again reminded us of this "talent" of mine. As we sat enjoying our roast beef and swiss, listening to FM 100, I suddenly found myself singing every word to "Back For Good" by Take That. That was followed by REO Speedwagon's "Keep on Loving You" and Chicago's "Hard to Say I'm Sorry."

This inspired some internet research. When we got home, we ended up perusing Billboard Top 100 songs of the 80's and early 90's and listening to song snippets on iTunes for most of the evening. So while I may not be able to remember the last time I changed Eddie's diaper, here is a handful of songs that I still know all the words to:

Tainted Love // Soft Cell (1981)

Baby Baby // Amy Grant (1991)

Hazard // Richard Marx (1991)

Just Another Day // Jon Secada (1992)

I think you get the point. On a semi-related note, have you ever wondered what song was #1 on the day you were born? Or any other important day for that matter? Now you can find out thanks to this website, which lists the #1 song on any day in history. Mine is "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham! Please look yours up and share it in the comments. I'm dying to know!


robmba said...

The #1 song for the week that included my birthday was "Da Doo Ron Ron" by Shaun Cassidy.

The previous week's #1 song was "Undercover Angel" by Alan O'Day.

The following week's #1 was "Looks Like We Made It" by Barry Manilow.

Too bad I couldn't have waited just a few days for Barry Manilow.

Dave said...

Mine is "Coming Up (Live at Glasgow)" by Paul McCartney. Huh? Never heard of it. If only I was born 5 days earlier, I would have been taken to "Funkytown", courtesy of Lipps, Inc.

And in regards to the special talents of Mr. Michael Bolton, this clip says it all.

Cheryl said...

Mine was Without You by Nilsson, huh. Never heard of it. The beginning of February that year it was American Pie by Don McClean I know that one.

Ben said...

"Bad Girls" by Donna Summer. That's right! The 70s! And yes, I have no idea what that song is. Oh and Dave, where's Jason when we need him to do his "dontchu know (know) things'll change (know!) things'll go your way!" rendition?

Caitlinp said...

How about "Everything She Wants" by WHam! for me (whatever) and "Jack and Diane" by John Cougar for Mike. His is way better, can I trade?