Do you remember the most popular song from your senior year of high school?
No Such Thing by John Mayer…2002/2003. It was in the running for our class song, but of course my redneck classmates chose When I'm Gone by 3 Doors Down because the music video had soldiers in it. WOMP WOMP.
The theme for senior prom was a hotly contested debate between The Best of Times by Styx and Celebration by Kool & the Gang.
I hated high school.
Green day- time of our lifeWas our senior song. But popular songs were your body is a wonderland and dave Matthews crash into me. Those are two I remember hearing my senior year.
@smashbash – time of your life was my class song too, but it actually came out when i was in middle school. i'm pretty sure nimrod never left my discman for at least a year.
Lean wit it, Rock wit it by Dem Franchize Boys. 06/07…white kids in suburbia at its finest!
1988-1989 graduating year. Faith by George Michael and Every Rose Has It's Thorne by Poison. There are soooo many from that year though, I could go on and on.
I'm so ancient, it was the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack. Circa 1978 Oh for the glory days of disco. *sigh*
"End of the Road," "To Be With You," and "More Than Words" came to mind.
What about some stupid GNR song?
Class of 97 here. I remember Pony by Ginuwine ALWAYS playing. I think Vitamin C's song was my graduation song.
If by Bread and Ain't no Sunshine by Bill Withers
Mr Jones by the Counting CrowsWhat Would You Say by Dave Matthews Band
Oh and Forever Young was our prom song.
@ Reno – '89 here, too! Class song was Never Tear Us Apart by INXS. Popular that year – with me, it was Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction (maybe more the next year), the soundtrack from the Batman movie (Prince), plus more I can't think of right now.
Drinking was also very popular – perhaps killed a few brain cells that are preventing me from remembering the music! I know that my tape of U2's The Joshua Tree literally broke in my car's tape deck from overuse. Lots of Yaz – Upstairs at Eric's, too.
"And she's buying a Stairway to Heaven…" (Led Zeppelin for you youngsters.)
Class of 84, and I don't remember. I went to a private Catholic high school with 135 in my senior class. I was listening to Duran Duran, The Police, and Spandau Ballet, but at least half my class was listening to Van Halen and Def Leppard. Music was all over the place back then, it seems. The only thing bands agreed on was big hair and men wearing eyeliner.
Class of 89 and it was Richard Marx's "Hold Onto the Night." Pretty much anything by Richard Marx was big back then.
*waves to @Unknown*
Would you like to share some Werther's Originals and Metamucil with me?
Class of '88 here. Sr. prom theme was "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday". BoyzIIMen were popular–I went to school in suburban Philly…what can I say?!
Living on a Prayer (Bon Jovi), DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince were huge….and of course, that year spawned the greatest hit the future Internet would ever know: Never Gonna Give You Up!
So many great songs from that era…my iTunes library is full of them. Oh! One of my guiltiest pleasure songs is a one-hit wonder gem called "Wild Wild West" by Escape Club. Anyone else remember them?
Close to Me – The Cure
Class of 82, and we just had a reunion and I had to make the music play list. Freeze Frame by J Giles Band, Whip It by Devo, Superfreak by Rick james. All pep rally songs!
Save some of the Metamucil for me too..Class of '78..ELO, Magnet and Steel, loads of Bee Gees but they sure weren't popular in CLT, Billy Joel, It's a Heartache by Bonnie Tyler and no doubst some Lynard Skynard and Allman Bros. Kansas'"Dust In The Wind".
Class of '81 – WEEEEEE are the champions, my friii-eeends …
At our school dances Stairway to Heaven was always the last song, and we used to bet how many times the dj would play Celebration by Kool & the Gang. The average time was 6. Hate that song.
I remember Escape Club! I thought the singer was hot with his long hair. 😉
Love Bill Withers, the Cure, and Yaz, as mentioned by others…
1992 here: "If you needed somebody" Bad Company and "Save the best for last" Vanessa Williams were big.
Class of 99 – "I Will Remember You" Sarah Mclachlan
@redfishbluefish, me too!
I just remember my class song was "Dream On" by Aerosmith, but I don't think the song was actually from that year. I was hugely into Duran Duran like woah.
I not only remember that "Wild Wild West" song, I'd swear it was originally released with the title "The Outlaw". I bet your iTunes library and mine are very similar.
I graduated in '98 but I was such an asshole buzzkill hardcore punk rocker that I never payed close attention to what music my classmates loved. Probably something not good though. I do remember people wanted the theme of our prom to be "We Be Clubbin'" which is an Ice Cube song.
I am much more easygoing and delightful to be around now though, it should be noted.
1997 – Spice Girls Who Do You Think You Are and Aqua Barbie Girl. I'm sure there was some trendy indie stuff too but I'm all about the cheesy pop.
Class of 1986 – "That's What Friends are For" was most popular. That song still gives me the creeps. My personal fan favorite of that year – "Party All the Time" by Mr. Murphy.
"1992 here: "If you needed somebody" Bad Company"
I'm Class of '92 as well, and I'm worried because I've never heard of this song. I also listened to a lot of classic rock stations, who probably would have played a new one from BC. What the hell was I doing?! 😉
Cathy- such a good song actually! It makes me teary eyed sometimes.
Jesus Jones – Right Here Right Now.
When the wall came down in Berlin!
I didn't graduate, so I'll give my junior year's most popular song: Clint Eastwood by The Gorillaz and So Fresh, So Clean by Outkast. I refuse to mention any of the others, because it was during a dark period for music, but these were my group's most popular songs.
Class of 83 (just had our school reunion a few weeks ago tons of fun)
Hurts So Good by John Cougar remember cranking it every time it came on the radio, thought it was a bit risque (lol)
Class of '93-no idea, but I was into Pearl Jam/RHCP, Alice in Chains.
Every Breath You Take – The Police
I graduated in 1983
Remember Eras Tu? It was big my senior year, but the big songs during May 1974 were Band on the Run, If You Love Me Let Me Know, Sundown, Billy Don't Be a Hero, and Tubular Bells!!!!!!!! Yes, I'm ancient
Class of '95 – God help us was that the year old Hootie and The Blowfish or what? Ugh. Can not STAND that band! I also remember that damned remixed version of The Cotton Eyed Joe at pep rallies.
Our class song was "These Are Days" by 10,000 Maniac, so we reached back a couple of years for that.
I also remember that "Take a Bow" by Madonna was pretty popular because it come on MTV at 3am when I was making out with my older stepbrother's friend I'd had a crush on since my Freshman year of high school. And yes, I feel very crazy for remembering that but I seriously was nuts about this guys for years. Like certifiably Looney Tunes. I was going to do anything he said and go anywhere he told me – except away. lol Poor Greg.
But I do feel old now.
Good god. Do I get a ribbon for the most lewd sounding typo correction today?
Graduated in 2000. The graduation song was that Vitamin C crap.
As for the popular music at school, I remember Mystikal "Shake ya Ass", Sisqo "The thong song", and lots of NAS, J-z and stuff. But of course there was lots of the old country classics being blared every Friday and Saturday night.
OT but funny, Savage Garden was big back then and the lead singer knew my sis-in-law. He met my husband and hit on him and later asked him out through my sis. It broke her heart he dug her brother and not her.
I don't remember. Whatever it was, I would have hated it, because I listened to Dead Kennedys and hated all buttrock and new wave stuff. CUZ I WAS SO HARDCORE.
Class of 1983–She Blinded Me with Science by Thomas Dolby is what sticks out to me. Oh, and I Ran by Flock of Seagulls. It was the very early days of MTV and I couldn't get enough of it.
Class of O5- I did way too many drugs and drank way too much to remember any popular music of that time but the winners of my class picked "Pour Some Sugar on Me" as our class song and "wonderful tonight" by Clapton was prom theme (only reason I went)
I was a musical outcast in school- I listened to the Beatles, Floyd and Zeppelin, Jimi and Bob Dylan.
Class of '79 here–I don't remember a lot of individual songs off the top of my head, but I do know the first Cars album was HUGE at my school. Basically, if it was mid- to late-'70s top 40, we were listening to it–a lot of soft rock, Aerosmith, some Zeppelin, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, Village People (yes, really, even in upstate NH), Donna Summer; Blondie was just starting to break big around then, too. Ah, memories…
Hmmmmmm, mb sunshine if your love? I hated hs too.
Class of 1960. We had some WONDERFUL music…Bobby Darin, Elvia, Paul Anka, Lloyd Price, the Drifters, Everly Brothers, Della Reese…but my class song was "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" by the Platters.
I was really fond of "I'm Gonna Get Married" by Lloyd Price and "Sixteen Candles" by the Crests.
Thank you Syko for depriving me of being the oldest one here…
Class of '70. Beatles, Jackson 5, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Diamond. I remember hearing "Spill the Wine" a lot that summer.
EmEyeKay – All I Wanted was a Pepsi! (I know, not Dead Kennedys, but just sprung instantly to mind.)
@Frufra – AND SHE WOULDN'T GIVE IT TO ME!
I knew I liked you for a reason.
Hinky Dinky Parlay Vous.
Class of '99 and we had Sarah McLachlan's I Will Remember You, too!
Thank god I am not 1 year younger, the class behind me had that god-awful Vitamin C song.
For me and my friends it was definitely "It's Britney, bitch." and probably anything from Justin Timberlake's FutureSexLoveSounds. 2007.
Em – right on, girl! Finish sharpie-ing up your Vans and we'll hit the park :-). Or do you wear Chucks? I was a Chuck girl myself. Only the off-white ones for maximum graffitting space.( But we called them Converse back then, not Chucks.)
I am admitting that I have no earthly idea what the Vitamin C song is; that is pleasing to me.
Nola – that Eddie Murphy song has a special place in the awesomely terrible hall of fame. He could simply do no wrong after Beverly Hills Cop :-). Truly one of the greats – video, too.
Class of 96…. Raekwon's only built for cuban linx had a song called Ice Cream and Jay-z… Reasonable Doubt album had a song called Dead Presidents
Ohhh the good old days when there was real hip hop
Not for me. I did not listen to radio music.. BUT our prom theme what PM Dawn "Set a Drift on Memory bliss".. LOL
Bon Jovi -Living on a prayer
Class of 72 — just went to my 40th reunion (really? But I'm only 25 in my mind…). The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and American Pie were big on 72.
Class of 85. I remember Bryan Adams' song Heaven being hot that year, and we were all in love with Prince!
@discoflux: I grew up in TN and lived less than a mile away from a bar called The Cotton Eyed Joe. *sigh*
Class of 92: "End of the Road" and "It's so Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" (Boyz II Men) and "Finally" (CeCe Peniston)
Most popular song senior year? I don't really know. I spent my senior year in Chile and got back mid-summer, after it was all over. Most popular song there was "How Deep is Your Love" by the Bee Gees. You figure out the year.
FS, Fru and Em and all you other alternative kids out there, you would all love my mix tapes…class of 87 here, the google tells me that sweet child o'mine and never gonna give you up were the "popular" songs, but I was all about the cure, the smiths, new order, depeche mode, beastie boys, rhcp, the descendants, minor threat, 7 seconds, you get it. And since I was on the committee, I choose melt with you for our senior ball theme, after Valley Girl, I thought it was the most romantic song ever!
Class of 91. Ice, Ice, Baby by Vanilla Ice.
Yo, stop, collaborate and listen!
Anyone with un-ironic Vanilla Ice listening in their past is forbidden from taking themselves too seriously.
Listen up, E Gee BeSometimes this late in the eve I feel like it's just the 2 of us anyway. Let me think of what CA-SINGLES I had in my Ford Escort glove compartment: Punk Rock Girl – Dead MilkmenPlease Do Not Go – Violent FemmesBad – u2
1/2 joking about the ca-singles, but we only listened to "alt rock" on 91-X. Although our stupid prom song was "Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel. Gag
*sidenote. GnR sophmore/junior year baby. I can do air drums like no other bizbitch
E Gee Be, there was a station out of Toronto (Ontario) that was like a ray of light into an otherwise morass of mediocrity: CFNY, 102.1–The Spirit of Radio (the same one referred to in the Rush song, believe it or not). The artists you mentioned would have been right at home there. If not for CFNY my musical education would be woefully inadequate. The station doesn't exist in the same form anymore. Crying shame.
I swear I pay for my Sirius just for the 1st Wave station…it is just like the old days of "The Quake" here in the Bay Area! Snapdragon, you would love it! And Sunny! How could I forget the dead milkmen (i may have dated a boy just because he played "bitchin camero" in. His. Camero. and the Femmes! I lost my voice once making singing along to their first album the entire drive from Nor Cal to LA!
1983, so the popular songs were prolly by gross Journey or even grosser Loverboy. I was punk and way too cool for everyone and everything. But if I could have picked when to be a teenager, mid 70s would have been my choice. Now that seemed like a party.
First time poster and graduated HS in '92. I was into alternative music, like several of you. I remember when Depeche Mode's Violator blew me away… Anyway, hi to all you 80's alternative fans. Oh the stories I could tell you! Still into music. In fact, our bar just had Jello Biafra perform almost a week ago. Dead Kennedy's!
Billboard says it was "Candle in the Wind 1997" by Elton John. Senior year for me was 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G. and b/c it was played on the radio ALL the time, was Puff Daddy.
Class of 81 – Keep on lovin you by REO Speedwagon. And that summer after I graduated it was Jesse's Girl… Sing it Rick!
Nice, Stuntgirl, and welcome! Looking forward to hearing your stories
Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand – epic song, horrible year.
Oh and Float On by Modest Mouse … ohhhhh 2004 was a good music year actually. Black Betty by Spiderbait too I think, Mr Brightside by the Killers, Breathe Me by Sia.
This is when I realize how young some of you are. Mr Brightside feels like "a couple of years ago" to me (and I was not a fan). It's hard to imagine that a person who had that song in high school is a real adult now. I know, time marches on; I'm just shocked from time to time.
Like when a co-worker asked what my favorite outfit as a kid was, and it was a dress I called the pinwheel dress, and then she said hers was a Little Mermaid short and top set. Um, I was in college when Little Mermaid came out. Suddenly she went from being a co-worker to a mere CHILD.
I'm so old.
(Our school wouldn't allow "Melt with you" because of one specific line. Our senior year [1988-89] homecoming song was "Never tear us apart." I feel like the prom song was a Kenny Loggins thing, but since I didn't go I don't quite remember.)
Oh, oh – I know – "making love to you was never second best"
Did I win??
I am still a little in love with the Nic Cage from Valley Girl.And I hear you about the oldster thing. One of Mr. Frufra's and myself's first dates was to see Home Alone – in the theater.
I'm English ,so we don't have senior songs or prom songs ..well we have have prom I just can't remember much!
Top song when I left school was probably Christina Aguilera "dirty" or That awful nelly and kelly song!
@E Gee Be, I've heard of The Quake from friends, when I lived in the Bay Area. I am positive I would have loved it.
@WUWT? — OMG, that happens to me all the time. I mostly cringe and back away, feeling like old woman of the hills.
@Frufra, I am too (re: Nic Cage).
Me too on Nic and Valley Girl. Also have always had a girl crush on Debrah Foreman too.
Aw, someone mentioned Valley Girl. I had it on tape for years, and would watch it all the time. I loved that movie.
Rick Astley- "Never gonna give you up"- ugh- was all over the radio. "Sweet Child of Mine"- GNR, "Need you Tonight"- INXS, a lot of Whitney, "Love Bites" by Def Leppard was a big summer song. Oh and of course that's when Debbie Gibson, Taylor Dane & Tiffany were big.
2003-2004 Yeah by UsherLean Back by Terror SquadTurn Me on by Kevin LyttleTalk About Our Love by BrandyThe Reason by HoobastankDip It Low Pt.2 by Christina MilianHey Ya by OutkastMove Ya Body by Nina SkyCollege Dropout by Kanye West
OT about being old:My history teacher from junior high couldn't believe we needed to be taught about the VietNam war, since it had "JUST HAPPENED." Well, for us, it was history, something that started before we were born and ended about the time we started kindergarten, before we processed information outside of our own worlds.
I get it now.
This year's freshmen college class was born AFTER Kurt Cobain died, and after OJ [allegedly] killed his wife. Apartheid was already over and Nelson Madela had been elected president of South Africa. All these things that JUST HAPPENED were before their time. Scary, huh?
All your band mentions take me back! I first heard the Dead Milkmen in 5th grade. My mom's best friend's daughter was 3-4 years older and played "Bitchin Camero" and taught me Spanish curse words. Oh Catholic school girls…