My Favorite New Songs, #101-150

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Today is Son #1’s birthday. He is becoming a good, independent young man, but I do miss the days of me and my boys going to a record store and browsing. I remember going to the local record store and taking #1 into the store in his stroller, taking him out and placing him on top of the records while I flipped through the albums. Since children imitate adult’s actions, I would watch him flipping through albums and choosing an album based on the cover art, which isn’t a bad way to go. At the time, his favorite band name was Little Feat. You just never know what will stick with a toddler.

Anyway, when he was around three years old, he loved the Escape Club’s megahit “Wild Wild West”. He would play the cassette single (or “cassingle”) over and over, while jumping on his bed singing interesting versions of the lyrics that only a young child could come up with. See, once again, another life changed by New Wave music.

So, here’s #150 through 101, setting us up for my top 100. Enjoy!

101. The B-52’s – “Rock Lobster” (1979)

102. Adam & the Ants – “Antmusic” (1980)

103. Joe Jackson – “Steppin’ Out” (1982)

104. Toni Basil – “Mickey” (1982)

105. Cheap Trick – She’s Tight” (1982)

106. Crowded House – “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (1986)

107. The Undertones – “Teenage Kicks” (1978)

108. Diesel – “Sausalito Summernight” (1980)

109. Missing Persons – “Words” (1982)

110. Frank & Moon Unit Zappa – “Valley Girl” (1982)

111. Pseudo Echo – “Funky Town” (1986)

112. Bram Tchaikovsky – “Girl of My Dreams” (1979)

113. Haircut One Hundred – “Love Plus One” (1982)

114. The Sicilian Vespers – “Baccala” (1988)

115. Talk Talk – “It’s My Life” (1984)

116. Duran Duran – “Is There Something I Should Know?” (1983)

117. Naked Eyes – “Always Something There to Remind Me” (1983)

118. Cheap Trick – “I Can’t Take It” (1983)

119. Peter Gabriel – “Shock the Monkey” (1982)

120. Divinyls – “I Touch Myself” (1990)

121. The Tubeway Army – “Are ‘Friends’ Electric” (1979)

122. Fotomaker – “Where Have You Been All of My Life” (1978)

123. Tim Curry – “I Do the Rock” (1979)

124. Martin Briley – “The Salt in My Tears” (1983)

125. Berlin – “Sex (I’m a…)” (1982)

126. ABC – “The Look of Love (Part One)” (1982)

127. Moving Pictures – “What About Me” (1982)

128. Musical Youth – “Pass the Dutchie” (1982)

129. Blondie – “Rapture” (1980)

130. The Payola$ – “Eyes of a Stranger” (1982)

131. Sniff ‘n’ the Tears – “Driver’s Seat” (1979)

132. UB40 with Chrissie Hynde – “I Got You Babe” (1985)

133. Tears for Fears – “Mad World” (1983)

134. The Outfield – “For You” (1986)

135. Ministry – “Everyday Is Halloween” (1984)

136. ‘Til Tuesday – “Voices Carry” (1985)

137. Billy Idol – “Rebel Yell” (1984)

138. A Flock of Seagulls – “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)” (1983)

139. Eurythmics – “Here Comes the Rain Again” (1983)

140. The Stranglers – “Peaches” (1977)

141. Bonnie Tyler – “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (1983)

142. Tom Tom Club – “The Man with the 4-Way Hips” (1983)

143. XTC – “Making Plans for Nigel” (1981)

144. Patti Smith Group – “Because the Night” (1978)

145. Charlie Sexton – “Beat’s So Lonely” (1986)

146. INXS – “Need You Tonight” (1987)

147. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – “So in Love” (1985)

148. The Human League – “Mirror Man” (1983)

149. Depeche Mode – “Never Let Me Down” (1987)

150. Crowded House – “Something So Strong” (1986)

Tomorrow, we begin our venture into My 100 Favorite New Wave Songs. It’s going to get more fun!

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

One thought on “My Favorite New Songs, #101-150”

  1. (these comments were written the day after you posted this though they are only being shared now that you’ve published all 300 songs)

    Knowing your favorite band is Cheap Trick, I would have guessed at the onset of this list that the very nouvelle vague sounding track “She’s Tight” would have been much higher, possibly in the Top 10. Now I am all discombobulated. Guess, I’ll have to turn the door and open the key.

    Didn’t think some of these tracks would have been on Spotify but once again, I’ve been proven wrong. A song like Toni Basil’s “Mickey” was on Spotify up until a few months ago but fortunately, I have it added and available as a Local File. The countdown rolls on.


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