When thinking about what I wanted to talk about this week, I thought I had already hit an end to my ideas (yes, in two weeks… writer’s block is too real). Eventually a huge mass of throwback articles about 2007, which was TEN YEARS AGO if you can believe it, led me to the idea of choosing songs to talk about from that year, an iconic year in music that included Rihanna’s mainstream breakthrough and that Soulja Boy song that everyone in my high school learned the dance to.
Then I decided to look back further for a feature I’m calling: On the Sevens, which includes songs from the past fifty years on the sevens from 1967 all the way to 2007. I’m picking one from each year this time to talk about. As I went through each year’s discography, I found that it was really hard to just choose one per year, but I think I chose good ones… Let’s get into it.
1967: Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
It was really, really hard to overlook hits like Respect by Aretha Franklin and the entire psychedelic Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, but then I came across the song, Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison. This song brings back so many memories from my two years playing with the Gadsden State show band under Mr. Rip Reagan. This song was cemented in my brain as one of my favorites during those years where I got to play in one of the coolest ensembles imaginable with a great group of people. I will always hold this tune close because of those memories and because of the joy it brings when I hear it.
1977: The Chain by Fleetwood Mac
I could not possibly overlook one of my favorite albums of all time for my 1977 pick: Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, namely their song, The Chain. This song is a perfect mixture of upbeat music, featuring guitar and tambourine, set against dark lyrics that represent the love/hate relationship between vocalists Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. This song is just excellent, there’s no other way to describe it.
1987: Here I Go Again by Whitesnak
The 1987 song choice was honestly the toughest. I love so many songs from this era in music, so after narrowing down my list to three choices, I eliminated So Emotional by Whitney Houston (LOL) and Mony Mony by Billy Idol (a staple for singing in the car), and chose Here I Go Again by Whitesnake, a song that I have been known to scream at the top of my lungs both in the car and while playing Rock Band. This dramatic hair metal track came out before I was born but certainly resonates with me in my current life.
1997: Tubthumping by Chumbawumba
1997’s Tubthumping by Chumbawumba is just fun. That’s the perfect word to describe this track that’s been on my Spotify daily playlist since I got the app.
It’s so great to sing (more like yell at the top of my lungs), and it may or may not be my go-to karaoke song should the moment ever arise that I muster up the courage to do that.
2007: That’s What You Get by Paramore
The final song on this list comes from 2007, which I repeat for the second time, was TEN YEARS AGO and still feels like yesterday. I remember seeing Paramore’s That’s What You Get for the first time on some random TV station playing the video, and that’s the moment I fell in love with not just this song, but this whole band. This song cuts deep with strong rock beats that let you headbang a little at their concerts and lyrics that still have a hold on me today.
Well there you have it. The first edition of On the Sevens. If you’d like to see more throwback posts, please let me know! I really enjoyed writing this, so I hope you stick around until next week for a full recap of my trip to Columbus, Ohio next week as I venture to see Twenty One Pilots end their Blurryface album era during the last show of #TourDeColumbus!
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