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27 June 2013

30 thursdays: 30 years of my life in song.

One of the projects I assigned myself for my birthday was to create a playlist to listen to throughout the day of songs from my lifetime. I knew I'd never be able to pick just one song from each year, so I decided to go with 5. Yes, that's right, 155* songs for me to listen to on my 30th birthday [actually the final list has 160 songs, because I cheated and gave myself 6 songs in a few of the years. hey, 1992 was a REALLY good year for music, ok]. I came up with the idea in January while I was in Bombay and began making lists of specific songs or artists I knew I needed to include. Some were iconic songs, and some were ridiculous choices that I knew needed to be on the playlist because of how representative they were of particular points in my life. Along the way, I enlisted help from a few chosen friends who were asked to provide 3 songs for my playlist that I could not veto [with a few restrictions] that they felt I absolutely needed to include in my playlist. I had some additional help from Uday and his friends who provided me with an extensive list - see picture at the bottom of the post - of songs and artists to consider for inclusion. You will find the final playlist below.

30 years of my life in song:

Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2
The Trooper - Iron Maiden [Norten #1]
Faithfully - Journey
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler

Let's Hear it for the Boy - Deniece Williams
Wake Me up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister
Like a Virgin - Madonna
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper

Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue
Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds
I Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
We Are the World - USA for Africa
Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen

Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Sometimes - Erasure
Kiss - Prince
The Final Countdown - Europe
Papa Don't Preach - Madonna

I Wanna Dance With Somebody [Who Loves Me] - Whitney Houston
Surfing With the Alien - Joe Satriani [Norten #2]
Nimrod's Son - Pixies [Dylan #1]
Need You Tonight - INXS
[I've Had] The Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Fight for Your Right - Beastie Boys

Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
You've Got It [The Right Stuff] - New Kids on the Block
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
[I'll Be] 500 Miles - The Proclaimers
Kokomo - Beach Boys
Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson

When I See You Smile - Bad English
Wicked Game - Chris Isaak
About a Girl - Nirvana
Part of Your World - from The Little Mermaid
Heaven - Warrant

Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
Hold On - Wilson Phillips
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air [theme song] - DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
Blaze of Glory - Bon Jovi
U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer

Walkin' in Memphis - Marc Cohn
Everything I Do [I Do it For You] - Bryan Adams
Motownphilly - Boyz II Men
Life is a Highway - Tom Cochrane
It Ain't Over 'til It's Over - Lenny Kravitz

November Rain - Guns 'n Roes
Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-a-Lot
How do you Talk to an Angel - The Heights
Pehla Nasha - Udit Narayan & Sadhana Sargam
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
No Rain - Blind Melon

Chattahoochee - Alan Jackson
Runaway Train - Soul Asylum
Whoomp! [There It Is] - Tag Team
I'd Do Anything For Love [But I Won't Do That] - Meatloaf
Hey Jealous - Gin Blossoms

Zombie - The Cranberries
Basket Case - Green Day
Stay - Lisa Loeb
Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Elton John
All For Love - Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, & Sting

Glycerine - Bush
All Along the Watchtower [Live] - Dave Matthews Band [Tushar #1]
Where the River Flows - Collective Soul [Tushar #2]
Ho Gaya Hai Tujkho - Lata Mangeshkar & Udit Narayan
Waterfalls - TLC

The Freshmen - The Verve Pipe
Always Be My Baby - Mariah Carey
My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama - Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, & Steve Vai [Norten #3]
Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
Virtual Insanity - Jamiroquai

Don't Go Away - Oasis
Concrete Schoolyard - Jurassic 5 [Nathan Jesson #1]
How Do I Live - Trisha Yearwood
At the Beginning - Donna Lewis & Richard Marx
Tubthumping - Chumbawumba

C'est La Vie - B*Witched
Out Loud [Live] - Dispatch
You're Still be One - Shania Twain
Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve
All My Life - K-Ci & JoJo

Scar Tissue - RHCP
Going to Tennessee - The Mountain Goats [Dylan #2]
Cowboy Take Me Away - Dixie Chicks
Typical Situation [Live] - Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds live at Luther College [Brother #1]
Colorblind - Counting Crows

Drive - Incubus
Absolutely [Story of a Girl] - Nine Days
Pinch Me - Barenaked Ladies
Oops!... I Did it Again - Britney Spears
Only God Knows Why - Kid Rock

Celebrity - *N SYNC
Escape - Enrique Iglesias
Hanging by a Moment - Lifehouse
Fallin' - Alicia Keys
Drops of Jupiter - Train

Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
Cry Me a River - Justin Timberlake
If You're Not the One - Daniel Bedingfield
Cannonball - Damien Rice
Dola Re - Kavita Krishnamurthy & Shreya Ghoshal

Your Hand in Mine - Explosions in the Sky [Bee #1]
Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
Soul Refreshing - Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Wave on Wave - Pat Green
Defying Gravity - Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth
Amen Omen - Ben Harper

Peaches and Cream - John Butler Trio
This Love - Maroon 5
Redneck Woman - Gretchen Wilson
Bless the Broken Road - Rascal Flatts
When Everything Seems Wrong - Ari Hest

Roobaroo - AR Rahman & Nilesh Iyer
Caught up in Your Love - Ari Hest
Dheere Jalna - Sonu Nigam & Shreya Ghoshal
Piyu Bole - Sonu Nigam & Shreya Ghoshal
Lazarus - Porcupine Tree

Black Swan - Thom Yorke [Tushar #3]
Yellow Ledbetter [Live] - Pearl Jam [Brother #2]
Kuch is Tarah - Atif Aslam
Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
Rehab - Amy Winehouse

Icky Thump - The White Stripes
Ninnindale - Sonu Nigam
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Hump de Bump - RHCP
Umbrella [feat. Jay-Z] - Rihanna

Sequestered in Memphis - The Hold Steady [Nathan Jesson #2]
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
You Already Know - Bombay Bicycle Club
Gun Song - Lounge Piranha
Dog Days are Over - Florence + the Machine

Empire State of Mind [feat. Alicia Keys] - Jay-Z
Time to Pretend - MGMT
Horn Ok Please - Something Relevant
But it Rained - Parikrama
Dooriyan - Mohit Chauhan [Brother #3]

Sheila Ki Jawani - Sunidhi Chauhan & Vishal Dadlani [PC #1]
The Cave - Mumford & Sons [Saranya #1]
Home - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Memphis Beat - Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Rolling in the Deep - Adele

Houdini - Foster the People [Debooooo #1]
Senorita - Farhan Akthar, Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, & Maria del Mar Fernandez
Why This Kolaveri Di - Dhanush
Chikni Chameli - Shreya Ghoshal
Just a Kiss - Lady Antebellum

I Love It - Icona Pop [Bee #2]
Born to Die - Lana Del Ray [PC #2]
I Can't Wait - Star & Micey [Dylan #3]
From Womb to Waste - Dying Fetus [Sastri #1]
We are Young [feat. Janelle Monae] - Fun.
Stubborn Love - The Lumineers

Panic Station - Muse
Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
When I was Your Man - Bruno Mars
Just Give Me a Reason [feat. Nate Ruess] - Pink

[thank you, Uday and friends, for the numerous suggestions. you'll find a few of them made the final list]
It's going to be an awesome 11.8 hours come Monday.

*I was born in the middle of the year, so with both 1983 and 2013 represented, that's technically 31 years of songs.
**subject to change if I can't find my brother's No Fences cd in the attic between now and Monday.

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