10 Songs From My Youth {Listable Life}

Of all the things I could live without, music isn’t one of them. Music is my solace. It is my outlet. Music is, quite frankly, my saving grace during stressful times.

Music can stir up emotions and memories like nothing else. It reminds me of  good times as well as the bad. It transports me back to times of laughter, wild abandon and the trenches of heartbreak. Music can instantly elevate my mood and inspire me to keep pushing forward through the most difficult of times.

So, when I looked at the three prompts I gave you last week I knew I had to choose the 10 Songs that Remind Me of My Youth. 

I must warn you, I chose to add pictures in the mix and the images you will be seeing may or may not cast me in a negative fashion-light.

{Ahem}

Here goes.

1.) Hair Bands. I had a hard time singling out one song for the first in this list, simply because I immediately thought of “hair bands” when thinking of my youth. I was a child of the 80′s (although technically born in the late 70′s) so REO Speedwagon, Def Leppard, AC/DC , Bon Jovi,  Poison and White Snake all take me back to my youngest years.  “Hair” bands definitely conjure up some of the better memories of my youth. As a bit of trivia, Def Leppard’s Bringing on the Heartbreak, was the first metal band video on MTV in 1982. Which is about the age I was in this picture. Of course, MTV no longer plays music videos…but I digress.

2.) What’s a Virgin? I distinctly remember riding in a car with a friend around this age with Madonna blaring on my new casette player. The tape was playing, Like a Virgin.

I belted out those lyrics with the best of them and had NO idea what in the world I was singing.

Madonna was so classy….and such a good influence….it’s no wonder I would rewind that tape over and over again.

{Ahem}

Like my ankle boots? Apparently, I saw ahead to 2011 fashion trends back in the late 80′s.

3.) Hanging Tough.  I went to my first concert when I was 9. It went to see New Kids on the Block.

Oh how I loved that boy band.

And I was no dummy when I chose which of those boys I would swoon over. No Sir-ree.  I chose Joey McIntire…because he was closest to my age, and dating him could TOTALLY happen.

I mean, I was quite the fashionista with that red butterfly belt complete with slouchy sock jelly shoe ensemble – I was a beautiful force to be reckoned with, no?

4.) Naughty By Nature. Color Me Bad. Bette Midler…. I was developing my eclectic taste, what can I say. I remember belting out “From a Distance” by Bette Midler with such passion. I loved to sing and I was in Chorus… so I was good and stuff.

Ok, not really – but when you sing with the tape, you sound exactly like Bette.

Just sayin’

Then of course, “You down with OPP? Yeah you know me!”  Except, I wasn’t down with OPP… but it was a catchy tune, no? And I Wanna Sex You Up?  TOTALLY appropriate for a twelve year-old.

Moving on to high-waisted jeans and poofy bangs…..

5.) On Bended Knee. When I was 15, I had my first real boyfriend and Boyz II Men spoke to our cheesy puppy-love-hearts. Some of my fondest memories are from age 15-17 when I dated this boy. He was a good one. I’m not sure WHY Boyz II Men comes to mind since the boyfriend wasn’t a philandering heartbreaker….but it does…Anyway, sprinkle in a little Coolio, Gangsta’s Paradise and you get me at 15-16ish.

6.) 1997.  This is a snapshot of my graduation memory book. Outside of the Smashing pumpkins, I was a little bit rap-centric.  And while I was actually quite the shy-insecure-wall-flower-type, I did drive a white buick with pimp red interior – so in that sense… it was fitting.

Even now, I have more rap on my ipod than any other genre.

7.) Da’ Dip. You know how that one goes right? By the oh-so-classy artist “Freak Nasty”? No? Huh…well let me educate you.


My college years were filled with songs like this. Thankfully not the fashion…although admittedly, not much better.

8.) Breathe, Faith Hill. By 2001, I was a college graduate (Honors Grad…Holla!) and I had met my husband. Breathe, by Faith Hill was our song. We would sit on the phone for hours at a time and chat about everything. And we found our “song” by playing music we liked to each other on the phone.

Awwwww…….

{Ahem}

So, in the years that followed college (prior to kids) there have been many songs. But to complete this list I have to say….

9.) Sweet Home Alabama and Pour Some Sugar on Me  two of my best girlfriends and I used to go to this piano bar and we always danced and sang at the top of our lungs (it was quite the sight, I have no doubt) when the dueling pianists played and sang these songs.

Good times.

Really and truly.

10.) Fly – Nicki Minaj This fairly new release speaks to my youth and present day approach to life. I grew up with many challenges and the lyrics in this song, they resonate…

I came to win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive
I came to win, to survive, to prosper, to rise
To fly…

So that’s my list for week #1!

Can’t wait to look at yours! Link up below and leave a comment telling me which topic you’ll tackle next week and what you thought of the first week of #ListableLife!

Week #2 Listable Life Prompts:
1.) 5 fashion trends you wish you had not taken part of – hair, shoes, clothes, make-up – it’s all fair game.
2.) 5 things you would tell your younger self.
3.) 5 all time favorite TV Shows or Movies

Choose one of the above, write a post and come back next Tuesday, January 24th and link up!

*** While I put FIVE as the starting number for your list, feel free to add more. I realized through this post, that 10 may be too many…so, tweak as you see fit! List away!

 

 

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45 thoughts on “10 Songs From My Youth {Listable Life}

    1. Nicole
      Twitter: MTDLBlog
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      Don’t you just love my fashion sense at age 9? Now I see where Jordan must get it…she puts some interesting looks together! I owe you an email, it’s coming soon. Char was sick this AM and I had to do the doctor for the first half of my day. Boo!

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    1. Nicole
      Twitter: MTDLBlog
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      Aren’t they great. The fashions and dancing in Da’ Dip cracked me up! I had never seen the video before!

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    1. Nicole
      Twitter: MTDLBlog
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      Haha! Yeah, Da’ Dip was a fun one. This post was so much fun to write. Hope to see you next week!

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    1. Nicole
      Twitter: MTDLBlog
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      I’m so glad you joined in! This post was so fun to write, looking forward to reading your post next week!

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  2. angela

    Da’ Dip?

    We absolutely could’ve hung out. Or could still hang out. Either way, I love your list and your choices and your photo montage!

    This is a great link up! (Making a note in my planner about possibly the fashion trends one.)

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    1. Nicole
      Twitter: MTDLBlog
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      OH…the fashion trends one would be a fun one to do. Hunt down some great pictures….it could be laughable since we grew up in the 80′s and 90′s – I’m guessing you’re similar in age to me?

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    2. Nicole
      Twitter: MTDLBlog
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      I can’t wait to see your fashion trend post! Those will no doubt be interesting posts for whoever chooses them!

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    1. Nicole
      Twitter: MTDLBlog
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      You can totally do more than 5. I just noticed that it took me a LONG time to do my 10. But I’m wordy by nature and usually have to have photos…so I’m going to try out 5 as the starting point. Looking forward to your link up next week!

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    2. Nicole
      Twitter: MTDLBlog
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      I hope you can link up Elaine! You can totally do more than five of either of those, five is just a starting off point!

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    1. Nicole
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      I had a friend who went to an NKOTB concert when they went back on tour too. She said the same thing :-)

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  3. Briana
    Twitter: bkmcfadden

    I distinctly remember when Breathe came out. My friends and I all LOVED it and played it on repeat.

    Thank you so much for starting this link up. I did 10 Things I’d Rather Do Besides Chores. I really enjoyed the experience.

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    1. Nicole
      Twitter: MTDLBlog
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      There are definitely times when I enjoy cleaning simply because it’s time in my own head. It’s best when the husband takes all the kids out and I can be alone….oh how I miss being alone at times. :-) Thanks for linking up! I commented over at your place too.

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  4. Sherry
    Twitter: #!/acherishedevent

    Wow, do these songs ever bring back memories..I love it! I totally forgot about Da’ Dip I love how you added the video for a refresher. Oh man, I forgot to add No Diggity to my list. The pic with you and the horse is adorable!! Jordan looks SO much like you.

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    1. Nicole
      Twitter: MTDLBlog
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      Don’t you love the ensemble from the horse picture! I was so fashion forward ;-) Who knew belts and ankle boots would be back in. :-) I hope you’ll link up on Tuesday!

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  5. Zinedine

    For me writing top ten would be quite impossible.

    I have top 10 for every period of my life. And there was a lot different periods…

    Like for example i associate Eminem album (The Eminem Show/2002) with my first girlfriend. (summer period)

    Now every time i listen to it i remember all the feelings i experienced with her.

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    1. Nicole
      Twitter: MTDLBlog
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      I hope you’ll join in next week! Da’ Dip is hilarious when you watch it on the video – that fashion was horrific! ha!

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  6. Suzi

    This was sooo much fun to do. The entire “listable” idea is wonderful. Thanks so much for setting it up.
    You “10″ brought back memories for me!!!

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  7. Courtney Kirkland
    Twitter: CourtneyKirklnd

    I remember a lot of these songs, but I was a total 90′s kid. I grew up in the Carson Daily TLC and Boy Band days. I could jam Backstreet Boys & NSync with the best of them…

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    1. Nicole
      Twitter: MTDLBlog
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      I loved my boy bands too! I took my cousin to an NSync concert when she was 11 and I was 19 – I was just as excited as she was! haha!

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  8. Bernadette @b3hd
    Twitter: B3HDtheBLOG

    Ahhh…to finally have Internet back. And power. I did the first week for chore avoidance. I think it was a message from on high that the power then went out and I was unable to do 8 of those ten things for almost a week. I had to read a real book! The horrors.

    http://www.b3hd.blogspot.com/2012/01/10-things-id-rather-do-than-chores.html

    Getting my post ready for next week. Top ten movies or tv shows…clearly, we know where I spend all of my time now (smile).

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  9. Heather
    Twitter: hleatherton

    Thanks for the fun read! I think we had the same exact music experiences growing up. Re: #2, I specifically remember singing “I Want Your Sex” by George Michaels in the car and having absolutely no idea what he was singing about… but I liked it anyway!

    Hope to link up with your list tomorrow!

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