Happy 35 To Me!


It’s a great day to be alive!! (Stealing a quote from MBIII, one of my former football coaches) It’s something he used to say at the beginning of practice when he knew nobody wanted to be there. It’s always stuck with me. I figured it was the perfect way to start this post. My 35th birthday is here.

Those who know me know that I actually enjoy my birthday. Always gets me into a good mood. No reason to put my head in the sand because I’m getting a year older. I’d rather celebrate! And that’s why we’re here.

Some of you may remember the HUGE blog I did to celebrate my 30th birthday called A Rock & Roll Birthday Salute: 30 for 30. The whole thing was listing the 30 albums that shaped the first 30 years of my life. So I wanted to do something in the same vein for my 35th birthday.

Sooooooo, for my 35th I’m bringing you another music inspired blog – My All Time 35 Favorite Songs.

This was a pretty hard task for me to complete. Limiting my favorite songs to only 35?? I mean, c’mon!!! Any music fan can relate to how impossible doing something like this really is. But, for my bday, I’m gonna tackle it head on. And I’m gonna love every minute of it. Wooo!!

Spoiler alert, there is at least one KISS song on this list. Surprised?? If you are shame on you, lol!!

What might surprise you readers is that there were country songs considered for this list. I’m not a huge country song dude, but a few trickled onto the list I ended up selecting the final 35 from. “My Maria” by Brooks and Dunn was the closest… that groove, that hook. Always freakin loved that song. But.. didn’t make the cut.

Some other jams that were among the final cuts… “Shine” by Collective Soul, “What Is Life” by George Harrison, and “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney. I know “Shine” kinda seems weird sitting next to the other two jams I listed, but it’s always been a fav of mine. Couldn’t let it go unmentioned.

The BIGGEST snub that didn’t make the list of 35.. that would be “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits. Huge drums into that epic guitar riff intro, totally killer. I’ve loved this song since I was 7 years old. Easily the song I feel the worst about not having on my 35th birthday celebration list.

It has taken me about 4 weeks to whittle it down to these jams. I chose not to list them 35 to 1, simply alphabetical. Leaving it ambiguous to the readers seemed intriguing to me for some reason. Also, I don’t think it would be humanly possible for me to do it. I give to you my top 35!

Ain’t Talkin ‘Bout Love – Van Halen

American Girl – Tom Petty

Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You –  Led Zeppelin

Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen

Crash Into Me – Dave Matthews Band

Detroit Rock City – KISS

Everlong – Foo Fighters

Every Breath You Take – Police

Everything I Do – Bryan Adams

Firewoman – The Cult

Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones

Here Comes The Sun – Beatles

Interstate Love Song – Stone Temple Pilots

Let’s Go Crazy – Prince

Life is a Highway – Tom Cochran

Love Gun – KISS

Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty

Mirrors – Justin Timberlake

My Hero – Foo Fighters

Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison

Poison – Alice Cooper

Refugee – Tom Petty

Right Down The Line – Gerry Rafferty

Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through – Meatloaf

Rock N Roll All Nite – KISS

Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top

Smooth – Carlos Santana

Soul Man – Blues Brothers

Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin

Start Me Up – Rolling Stones

Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand

Thriller – Michael Jackson

Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen

What I’ve Done – Linkin Park

Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin

Whew!! There is it. My bday list is finally revealed. I’ve been excited to share for a little bit.

I thought about giving you all a huge breakdown of the list, but I’m opting to take your questions in the comment section. Please, I’m eager to answer stuff, fire away!!!

Thank you all who scrolled this far down. I truly appreciate it. I’m glad I could share some of my birthday happiness with you.


4 thoughts on “Happy 35 To Me!

  1. Truly outstanding list. A couple of bands I hate who you chose the one good song they ever made (STP, Dave). Props. I love to be critical but I’m having a tough time other than needing to say that Jungleland is a million times better than Thunder Road and in our house “Thriller” is only referred to as “The scary song” because Missy traumatized our 5 year old making her watch the video.:)

    1. It actually means a great deal to get near 100% approval from the one and only Randy Deppen. LOL!!!

      Seriously though, thanks for the comment. It’s funny to see you have a tough time giving a rebuttal for these 35 jams… knowing you, I prolly had 20 more songs lurking right outside the top 35 were songs you def woulda hated… Frampton, Peter Gabriel, Alanis Morissette. Way more you would approve of – the Aerosmith, AC/DC, The Who, Deep Purple, more Bruce, more KISS, more Zep. There was so much stuff to pour through. I almost went old school like we used to and made a top 250 song list.

      Not sure if you remember this little factoid or not, but each time I did a 250 list when we were at Chowan (which I believe was 5 times) The Who – Who Are You and AC/DC – Back In Black were never outside of the top 3. Now age 35 list, neither are included, def still floating around in the top 50. That is the first thing I noticed when I stepped back and looked at my final 35. I just couldn’t take anything off the 35 I posted to get them in there…. how the times have changed.

  2. You change over time, for sure. Came up with a rough draft of mine and it looks a good bit different from my old lists. You broaden musically and some stuff doesn’t resonate the same way. For instance, when it came out I wouldn’t have said 1979 was one of the top 10 best songs on it’s album. Now, I love it and think it’s an all time great song. Different perspective.

    Both of our lists will have a Linkin Park song and neither a Bob Jovi unless I change my mind. Couldn’t have predicted that in 2002.

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