Top 100 Meme: 1997

The meme (as taken from Rudy's Ramblings: the top 100 songs the year you graduated high school. Go to Per Rudy's instructions, type the year of your high school graduation [or first year, if still in high school] into the search function. Retrieve the Top 100 songs from that year. Strike through the songs you hate(d). Underline the songs you like(d). Bold the songs you love(d). Leave blank those you don’t care about or don’t remember. Annotate at will.

Here goes, the list for my high school graduation year of 1997 *cringe* - I found that some of them I just didn't remember. Honorable mentions from other years below 1997:

1. Candle In The Wind 1997, Elton John

2. Foolish Games/You Were Meant For Me, Jewel Played to death

3. I'll Be Missing You, Puff Daddy and Faith Evans If they liked him that much, they'd've written a new song instead of ripping off an old classic. Just saying.

4. Un-Break My Heart, Toni Braxton I heart me some Toni.

5. Can't Nobody Hold Me Down, Puff Daddy Another ripoff, but seriously catchy. I have been known to sing this when success looks against the odds. "Cain't nobody ever hold me dow-own, whoa no, I gots to keep on mo-vin'...."

6. I Believe I Can Fly, R. Kelly

7. Don't Let Go (Love), En Vogue

8. Return Of The Mack, Mark Morrison

9. How Do I Live, LeAnn Rimes Trisha Yearwood's was better. Both are whiny.

10. Wannabe, Spice Girls Anything involving the Spice Hurls get stricken.

11. Quit Playing Games (With My Heart), Backstreet Boys - I take the fifth on this one. Neither loved nor hated. (They reminded me of my beloved NKOTB)

12. MMMBop, Hanson The world would have been a better place without this band. Srsly.

13. For You I Will, Monica

14. You Make Me Wanna..., Usher Usher's hot. Nuff said.

15. Bitch, Meredith Brooks

16. Nobody Keith Sweat

17. Semi-Charmed Life, Third Eye Blind I liked this song even more when I bought the cd and found the parts they refused to play on the radio.

18. Barely Breathing, Duncan Sheik

19. Hard To Say I'm Sorry, Az Yet Featuring Peter Cetera

20. Mo Money Mo Problems, Notorious B.I.G.

21. The Freshmen, Verve Pipe Loved this one. It was overplayed, but I thought it was haunting.

22. I Want You, Savage Garden

23. No Diggity, BLACKstreet Featuring Dr. Dre This is still at the top of my playlist. "Herb's the word, spin's the verb..."

24. I Belong To You (Every Time I See Your Face), Rome

25. Hypnotize, Notorious B.I.G.

26. Every Time I Close My Eyes, Babyface

27. In My Bed, Dru Hill

28. Say You'll Be There, Spice Girls

29. Do You Know (What It Takes), Robyn

30. 4 Seasons Of Loneliness, Boyz II Men

31. G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T., Changing Faces

32. Honey, Mariah Carey No fan of Mariah

33. I Believe In You And Me, Whitney Houston

34. Da' Dip, Freaknasty When I have control of the tunes, this still comes on. And I still dance. There may have also been a dancing-on-the-bar incident related to this song.

35. 2 Become 1, Spice Girls Seriously, killing me with the Spice Girls here.

36. All For You, Sister Hazel

37. Cupid, 112

38. Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?, Paula Cole

39. Sunny Came Home, Shawn Colvin This song made me want to set things on fire.

40. It's Your Love, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

41. Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit, Gina G

42. Mouth, Merril Bainbridge YES. I still have this CD. She was interesting.

43. All Cried Out, Allure Featuring 112

44. I'm Still In Love With You, New Edition

45. Invisible Man, 98 Degrees It did not hurt that this band was uber-hot, but they got lost since they were sort of the same as the backstreet Boys and the other boyband at the time.

46. Not Tonight, Lil' Kim

47. Look Into My Eyes, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

48. Get It Together, 702

49. All By Myself, Celine Dion best drunk-and-singing-to-myself-after-a-breakup song ever.

50. It's All Coming Back To Me Now, Celine Dion Yes, I am embarrassed that i just bolded two Celine Dion songs in a row. But c'mon, these are the best ones to sing along to!

51. My Love Is The Shhh!, Somethin' For The People

52. Where Do You Go, No Mercy Where do you go? Mah lovely....I wanna lovely. Love this song.

53. I Finally Found Someone, Barbra Streisand and Bryan Adams Bryan Adams makes my heart go pitter-patter. Babs I can take or leave.

54. I'll Be, Foxy Brown Featuring Jay-Z

55. If It Makes You Happy , Sheryl Crow

56. Never Make A Promise, Dru Hill

57. When You Love A Woman, Journey

58. Up Jumps Da Boogie, Magoo And Timbaland

59. I Don't Want To/I Love Me Some Him, Toni Braxton Seriously. Toni Braxton *hearts*

60. Everyday Is A Winding Road, Sheryl Crow - was not enamored of this one, though I like Crow

61. Cold Rock A Party, Mc Lyte

62. Pony, Ginuwine This one also involved in a dancing-on-the-bar incident.

63. Building A Mystery, Sarah McLachlan - Couldn't stand her in college when some girls would wear black, lock their door, and put her on repeat in the dark, but she really is a talented musician.

64. I Love You Always Forever, Donna Lewis Grown women with voices like three year olds do nothing for me, musically. Neither do really elementary rhymes in the lyrics. Creepy.

65. Your Woman, White Town

66. C U When U Get There, Coolio

67. Change The World, Eric Clapton

68. My Baby Daddy, B-Rock and The Bizz

69. Tubthumping, Chumbawamba Le sigh. This was a staple of the fraternity parties I attended in freshman and sophomore year.

70. Gotham City, R. Kelly

71. Last Night, Az Yet

72. ESPN Presents The Jock Jam, Various Artists Yes. Excellent source of tunes.

73. Big Daddy, Heavy D

74. What About Us, Total

75. Smile, Scarface

76. What's On Tonight, Montell Jordan - I don't remember this one, but if they had put in "Let's Get it on Tonight, it would have been bolded.

77. Secret Garden, Bruce Springsteen Aw. I love the Boss's softer side.

78. The One I Gave My Heart, w Aaliyah

79. Fly Like An Eagle, Seal I like Steve Miller band's version better.

80. No Time, Lil' Kim

81. Naked Eye, Luscious Jackson

82. Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix), Los Del Rio I know it's annoying...

83. On and On, Erykah Badu

84. Don't Wanna Be A Player, Joe

85. I Shot The Sheriff, Warren G - Dear everyone: stop with the remakes and write your own goddamned songs.

86. You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time), Brian McKnight Featuring Mase

87. Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Madonna I love Madge. She's the pop queen.

88. Someone, SWV

89. Go The Distance, Michael Bolton

90. One More Time, Real McCoy

91. Butta Love, Next

92. Coco Jamboo, Mr. President

93. Twisted, Keith Sweat

94. Barbie Girl, Aqua Too annoying for words.

95. When You're Gone/Free To Decide, Cranberries

96. Let Me Clear My Throat, DJ Kool Ah huh, ah huh, ah ah! If y'all wanna party like we do, say if y'all wanna party like us, lemme hear you say ah, ah, ahahahah...

97. I Like It, Blackout Allstars YEEEEAAAAH, baby, I like it like that (I like it like that) I got soul!

98. You're Makin' Me High/Let It Flow, Toni Braxton

99. You Must Love Me, Madonna

100. Let It Go, Ray J

My faves from 1998 that I have to include are:

14. Gettin' Jiggy Wit, Will Smith Dear Ben - you dance like a rock star. You're like the white Will Smith, and this song reminds me of you *wink*

40. Make Em' Say Uhh!, Master P (This one is a shout-out to Brandy: Make 'em say uhhhh (uhhhh) nana nanAH!

70. Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are), Pras Feat. Ol' Dirty Bastard and Mya

77. Touch It, Monifah Dirty, fun to dance to

Honorable mentions from 1999:

11. Where My Girls At?, 702 "From the front to back and if you're feelin' that, put one hand up, can you repeat that? Tryin' to take my man, see I don't need that! So don't play yourself..." Dedicated to man-stealers everywhere.

21. Bills, Bills, Bills, Destiny's Child - Mostly I was impressed with the use of the lyrics "Can you pay my automobills?"

26. Bailamos, Enrique Iglesias - Ask Brandy abotu the incident of holler-singing BAILAMOOOOOOS off of a balcony in the wee hours. Much fun.

39. Can I Get A F- You..., Jay-Z This is actually in my car's CD player RIGHT NOW. (Yeah, I'm classy like that.)

53. Miami, Will Smith - Beacause Will Smith is awesome, and I prefer my rap without "bitches," "hos" and the n-word.

56. Please Remember Me, Tim McGraw - So sad. To screw with some Toni Braxton lyrics, I love me some Tim

63. Give It To You, Jordan Knight - This was dirty. A little creepy. I liked it anyway.

75. Back That Thang Up, Juvenile Featuring Mannie Fresh and Lil' Wayne. Just because. I mean, how can you *not* dance to this?


I did this for 1984 and was seriously depressed: only about 4 songs were ones that I liked (sorta) in 1984 (or now), the rest is exactly why I became a college radio DJ in the fall of 1984 so I could help share non-drecky music.
Andrew said…
We graduated the same year and I don't remember half of those songs, mostly because I tried to block out all memory of any boy bands, specially Hanson. Trying not to get that song stuck in my head now, thanks :P
~*sim*~ said…
i've been lurking for a little while, but i HAD to come out of hiding to say that man, 1997 was a GREAT year! i'm jealous!!
C Rader said…
I did it for 1988 and all I have to say is that Michael Jackson was a whole lot less skeezy back then. And there was a whole lotta power ballads going on. Feh. I was in Canada back then anyway. Still, a good crash down memory road. I'm still gonna look for a couple of them on iTunes. Sadly to say, I already have a number of them. Sigh.
Greg Schwartz said…
I only have the album version of Semi-Charmed Life, so that's what I know. I was crushed when I did that song at karaoke at it skipped over my favorite section. Crushed and confused.
Meredith said…
I don't like ANY of the songs from my year (1995) and there are maybe 3 that I even find tolerable. It's probably why I was listening to jazz music in the mid-1990s.

Stephen, if you think 1984 was bad (and how could it be with 2 Springsteen songs on the list???) you should take a look at the top 100 for 1995. Painful. Truly painful.
Bunheadky said…
I think I have just discovered what is wrong with American Culture... Not one decent song on that list.
elllbeecee said…
I barely remember a lot of the songs from 1991. Was I completely clueless? (the correct answer is yes)

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