Soundtrack of Life

Taking a day off from personal finance stuff….

I was looking through my MP3 collection, which is 98% stuff that I have from ripping my CDs.

I came across songs that I love to listen to and evoke some great memories.  If you can’t tell, a good part of my musical history is stuck in the 90’s, but that’s cool with me:

  •  Bawataba – Kid Rock – Listening to this song always makes my blood flow and makes me want to pump my fist.  Awesome energy here!
  • Return to Innocence – Enigma –  I just love this song.  I actually didn’t find this in my collection but heard it on the radio a couple of weeks back.  This song (and the video) are just amazing.
  • Tonight, Tonight – Smashing Pumpkins – I loved the Pumpkins back in the day and this was probably the song I remember most from the time we went to see them in concert.
  • Here I Go Again – Whitesnake – This song was like it for me for a while in the mid-80’s.  It just got me charged up and still makes me smile when I listen to it.
  • Funky Cold Medina – Tone Loc – Tone Loc had a short flame but he had a couple of gems, and this is the one that makes me laugh every time as his ‘Spanish fly’ has awful results every time
  • Amazed – Lonestar – This was the song that my wife and I did our first dance to as husband and wife, as a Lonestar concert she invited me to opened the door to our relationship.  This will always hold a spot special in my heart because I’ll always be amazed by her!
  • Sandstorm – Da Rude – This was a popular song right around the time we were going out nightclubbing most often.  Hint to all those who are getting married soon: It’s a great song for the DJ to play as he introduces you at the reception.
  • Peter Gunn Theme – Blues Brothers – For some (awesome) reason, my dad let me watch The Blues Brothers movie as a kid.  Even though it was filled with cursing, crime, and general debauchery, I loved it.  Oh, come on, that’s precisely why I loved it!  And I still turned out OK!  Still, this song reminds me of what is still one of my favorite movies to this day (thanks, Dad!)
  • The Freshmen – The Verve Pipe – They were a local band for years before they ‘hit it big’ for a brief time.  They played at our college right before this song took off.
  • Summertime – Will Smith – I have to admit, most of the stuff he talks about in the song (playing basketball, cruising, etc.) are not things I do, but even so, this song epitomizes the awesomeness of summer more than any other!
  • Zoo Station – U2 – Achtung Baby was one of my favorite CDs, to the point where during freshman year of college I was known as ‘the guy who played that U2 CD all the time’.  This song opened up the album, what I consider one of the greatest I’ve heard.
  • Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve – Great song that makes me want to learn how to play the violin every time I hear it, a feeling that goes away moments after the song ends!
  • Lie In Our Graves – Dave Matthews Band – Makes you think about ensuring you live life to the fullest!
  • Cry Little Sister – The Lost Boys Soundtrack – I went with a friend and his family to an amusement park a few hours away, and played this song over and over again on my Walkman during the ride down.
  • Shine – Newsboys – Just a great, great song that often gets me motivated to start going to church again when I find myself slipping out of the habit.
  • Cure For Pain – Morphine – I was in a relationship once that got me very little in the way of good, but one thing I did get was introduced to Morphine, a band with a unique sound that was cut short when their lead singer passed away unexpectedly during a concert.
  • Rest Stop – Matchbox Twenty – When this song came out, I was dating a girl, and I joked that one day she would dump me this way.  She laughed and said she never would.  A few months later, she did.  I started trusting my instincts when it came to dating a lot more after that.
  • Who’s That Man – Toby Keith – Who knew Toby Keith would ever be so big, with this being one of his first hits and one of my first introductions to the fact that country music could be cool?  Plus, I have always seen it as a little poke at the ‘my dog, my wife, and my house are gone’ that country got a reputation for, all while putting on a fresh spin.
  • South Side – Moby – A number of years back, I had some friends over for the 4th of July, where we grilled, drank, laughed, talked, etc.  There was a lull where Moby was playing, and we all just seemed to sit and reflect on things.  I’ve had more than one person tell me that Moby reminds them of that moment.
  • Disneyland – Five For Fighting – This and the next few are just because
  • Run Around – Blues Traveller
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
  • Captain Jack – Billy Joel
  • Rock of Ages – Def Leppard
  • The World I Know – Collective Soul
  • It Takes Two – Rob Base & DJ Easy Rock
  • Superman – Crash Test Dummies
  • Find The River – R.E.M. – This is the last song on one of my favorite albums ever (Automatic For The People) and I’ve always saw it as the most fitting song to close an album ever.  I would love for it to one day (a long way away) be played at my funeral.  But for now, I’ll leave it, fittingly, as the last song on this list!

Any of these bring back some good memories for you?

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1 thought on “Soundtrack of Life

  1. Here I go again is a good memory from the 80s. I think it was on the radio constantly that summer…87?? 88? lol

    songs are definitely a trigger for me. When Don Henley's "Boys of summer" comes on, it takes me straight back to High School. I swear they had that song on during laps in gym class for a whole semester. Still love it though.

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