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.