35 Songs That Mean Something To Me On My 35th Birthday

Well, it’s official. I’m 35-years-old. It’s been a pretty good run so far and I really can’t think of a thing to complain about. What can I say? I’m a lucky guy.

Since it’s a whopping two minutes into my 35th year and possibly because I just finished watching Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist a couple hours ago, I thought it might be cool to share a playlist of 35 songs that have meant something to me over the first 35 years of my life.

These aren’t my favorite songs and some of them I don’t even really like, but every single one of them triggers a vivid memory for me of a specific place, time and event in my life. Some are happy, some are sad, some are embarrassing. But they all have a meaning to me.

Now if I was really bold, I’d share exactly what memory each of these songs trigger. But I’m not that ballsy, so don’t get too excited. But I will tell you that they’re roughly in chronological order of when they had meaning for me so feel free to let your imagination run wild. It’s probably more fun that way anyway.

1. All Night Long by Lionel Richie

2. Dying in Fiction by The Front Lines

3. It’s Tricky by Run DMC

4. Get The Picture by Kool Moe Dee

5. Alone by Heart

6. Moondance by Van Morrison

7. Pick Up The Pieces by Average White Band

8. Old Love by Eric Clapton

9. Let Your Backbone Slide by Maestro Fresh Wes

10. The Joker by Steve Miller Band

11. With or Without You by U2

12. Dark End of the Street by The Commitments

13. Release by Pearl Jam

14.  Rush by Big Audio Dynamite

15. When I Come Around by Green Day

16. The First Time by U2

17. But Anyway by Blues Traveler

18. Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond

19. Maryland Fight Song

20. Thank God I’m A Country Boy by Bob Denver

21. Sexual Healing by Max-a-Million

22. Ants Marching by Dave Matthews Band

23. If Lovin’ You Is Wrong by Faithless

24. Dammit by Blink 182

25. What’s Left Of The Flag by Flogging Molly

26. California by Phantom Planet

27. Tamara’s A Punk by The Queers

28. Valentine’s Day Sucks by J Chris Newberg

29. Keep Me In Your Heart by Warren Zevon

30. If I Should Fall Behind by Bruce Springsteen

31. Lost Cause by Beck

32. I Feel Home by OAR

33. My Dear Acquaintance by Regina Spektor

34. The Likes Of You Again by Flogging Molly

35. West Coast by Coconut Records

Thanks to everybody who’s had any part in creating the memories that I have associated with these songs. You don’t know who you are, but…you know who you are.


One Comment

Alex March 17, 2010 Reply

Will you at least own up to which song you lost your virginity to?

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