Introducing the my99 Playlist Challenge

The Great my99 Challenge: Selecting the top songs of your lifeIN A BLOGSHELL:Who: You! Finally, a countdown that matters to you
What: Challenge to post your lifelong top 99-song playlist, with accompanying anecdotes that tell the story behind some of your selections
When: Postings should be on July 3 and 4, before 9 p.m.
Where: Post on your blog and leave a link to your posts in the comments section of this post
Why: Lots of reasons, like having your lifestory compiled in song, telling stories about those memories, and WINNING A FREE iPOD!
How: It’s all below!I started to play around with the 10,000-plus songs on my iPod and realized that, if I had to choose my top 99 favorite songs, there would be very strong reasons why they would make the cut. There are stories behind these songs that make them my favorites, the ones I go back to time and time again when I am sad, when I feel the need for energy, when I feel on top of the world.Here’s what I’m doing: I’m building a playlist on iTunes of all the songs that rightfully qualify to be deemed important in my life. Then, I’m moving the top songs from that playlist into my final my99 playlist to create the most significant soundtrack of my life.Ranking them will be a challenge, but this is where the stories come in, I think. Did this song elicit a stronger emotion than this other tune? Does it signify something that is more important in my life right now? These are the stories that will be begging to be told. What part of you is being bottled up in those three minutes and 41 seconds of music?To put it simply, my 99 songs are the stories of my life. I bet yours are, too.So I introduce to you: The First Annual my99 ChallengeOn the mornings of July 3 and 4, I will post my countdown in two batches of 49 and 50, respectively, along with a few stories about those songs that made it into my final 99. I’m challenging you to do the same. If you break it in two batches like me, then on July 3, you’ll post your songs counting down from 99 to 51; on July 4, you’ll post the final top 50. For both days, choose at least one song to share a story of how that song fits into your life, your history. Bring your my99 to life for you and for the rest of us.Don’t want to break it into two posts? No problem. If you want to list your my99 in one blog entry, go for it. Just make sure your entry is posted by the time the fireworks are lighting up our skies, and don’t forget to leave a comment on this post telling us that your my99 are up.These songs can come from anywhere—whether you find them on your iPod or in your stack of old 45’s in the basement, any song is fair game. Don’t own the song? No matter. Throw it in the mix anyway.Feel free to give as much info about the song (in addition to the title) as you want—group, year released, year memory made—it’s up to you entirely. Any stories you wish to tell—long or short—about the songs can be embedded right into the countdown.

Also, feel free to offer an intro about how you narrowed it down to the top 99 and how you ranked them. Did you base your decisions on emotions? experiences? lyrics? melody?

Oh yeah…The Prize: Free iPod?
Yep! When I moved up to my 150-gb iPod a few months ago, I had to retire my older iPod. So…The best storyteller online gets my 15-gb iPod, complete with docking station and charger! All you have to do is leave a link in the comments section of this post to your my99, and as long as you complete your countdown and tell a few stories along the way, you are entered to win the iPod!

Stories will be read by the acclaimed editor of Maryland Voices, the lovely Carla (a blogger-to-be), who will judge your stories on originality, believability, and sheer likeability! The winner will be posted on Monday, July 7 at

Finally, there’s this: Invite your friends to join along. Spread the word far and wide about the my99 Challenge. I guarantee we’ll learn more about each other—and ourselves—in sharing our playlists and our stories.

Good luck…and have fun! If you have any questions at all, feel free to email me off-blog: theoldmanse (at) gmail (dot) com.

22 thoughts on “Introducing the my99 Playlist Challenge

  1. Thanks for playing along!

    I know what you mean… I can’t believe how many songs OVER my 99 are in my “without a doubt” playlist….I feel like I’m interviewing the songs to see if they are worthy to make the cut! Ha!


  2. So, when we break the song list into two parts, we’re only supposed to choose one song to write our life story on? Do we need to make short annotations for each song about why it’s important to us, or are we allowed to just list and leave them as they are?


  3. That’s a great question, Lucy. You can choose as many songs as you wish to write about, and the length can vary as well. Some of my songs have very short annotations, such as “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” by Dylan: “I stood on the steps of the church, the first to arrive to bury my second Mom, when a pick-up truck pulled up to the stop light and blared this song. The light stayed red long enough to let Dylan get in me, and I somehow felt like Mom was with me the rest of the day we buried her.”
    Then I might not write anything for the next 12 songs or so, and then go into another little (or longer) story to bring greater meaning to that song in my lifelong playlist. It’s really your choice….the more you annotate, the more we understand the deeper story… 🙂


  4. I love the logo you designed for the contest and I have to say it is a brilliant idea. BUT….not being a music person I am not sure I can come up with anywhere near a 100 songs…so I am disqualifying myself and will look forawrd to learning many new songs from everyone else.


  5. I think we’re all going to learn so much from the lists people post. What I’m learning most about myself are the events that have shaped who I am today–and maybe a little of who I am not.

    If the 99 number is too intimidating, feel free to post your top 9! It’s all good…. 🙂


  6. So . . . in one long burst of energy fueled by copious amounts of AC/DC and Metallica . . . my playlist is ready! Should I post today or wait until the 4th?

    Also . . . realized once I was done annotating that mine counts up . . . not down. I think I had a massive brain fart and missed the point of a countDOWN. Is that cool with everyone? It just goes 1 . . .2 . . .3 . . .99.


  7. Oh, please feel free to post yours now! No better time than the present!!! Cannot wait to see your list, and no worries about the order–up or down, it’s all good!


  8. Ok! Here’s T-Light’s first batch! How many of these do YOU remember?

    99. Rhapsody in Blue. Gershwin
    98. Petalakia. Rockin’ Greek tune
    A big block of Vera Lynn songs:
    97. We’ll meet again
    96. White Cliffs of Dover
    95. When the Lights Go On again
    And big block of Frank Sinatra Songs:
    94. The Way you Look Tonight
    93. Summer Wind
    92. The Last Dance
    With the Rat Pack:
    91. Luck Be a Lady
    90. Begin the Beguine
    89. You Can’t Love ‘Em All

    88. The Main theme from Exodus
    87. Over the Rainbow Judy Garland version only.
    And now begins my favorite music decade: the 70s!!!!
    Bring on Da Funk!
    George Clinton (Parliament)
    86. Flashlight
    85. We Want the Funk
    84. One Nation Under a Groove
    More Funk:
    83. Love Roller Coaster
    82. Strawberry Letter 23
    81. Pick up the Pieces (uh huh!)
    80. Fire (Ohio Players)
    79. Shining Star (Earth Wind and Fire)
    78. (Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again
    77. Tell Me Something Good (Rufus & Shaka Khan)
    76. Jungle Jazz (Kool and the Gang)
    75. Mercy, Mercy Me
    74. Papa Was a Rolling Stone
    73. I’ll Be Good To You
    72. Signed Sealed Delivered
    71. Outa-Space
    70. Dazz
    69. Serpentine Fire
    68. Fantastic Voyage
    67. Hollywood Swingin’
    66. Just Don’t Want to Be Loney
    65. Grazing in the Grass I don’t know why it’s called this but I absolutely love this song! Such a happy tune!!!!
    64. That Lady (Isley Brothers)
    63. T.S.O.P (The Sound of Philadelphia) Soul train theme….I guess I’m a closet disco freak too.
    62. Sing a Song (EW&F)
    61. Boogie Nights
    Let us not forget those awesome AWESOME rock bands of the 60s-70s
    60. You Really Got me (The Kinks)
    59. A Whiter Shade of Pale This song embodies the decade!
    58. Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In Seems like everyone was singing this when I was in elementary school. I remember seeing the 5th dimension on TV with their cool jive outfits. The act was so different for its time and they had a great message.
    57. Crystal blue Persuasion
    56. Wild Thing (The Troggs) Who DOESN’T sing to this when it comes on????
    55. Summer in the City A long gone friend loved this song. Always think of them when I hear it.
    54. So you want to be a rock n roll star
    53. Strange Brew
    52. Born Under a Bad Sign
    51. The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
    50. Empty Pages
    49. Glad
    48. Mr. Fantasy
    47. Medicated Goo The lyrics say it’s “good for you”. 🙂


  9. T-Light’s final 47! Thanks for playing, T!

    These songs are not numbered or ordered because I love each song so much, I can’t put one above another!!!
    Mad world (Gary Jules)

    Stupid Girl (Garbage)

    It’s My Life (the Gwen Stefani ripoff version)

    Karma Police Radio head

    Porcelain Moby

    commercial songs (like commercials on TV: Some really great songs get introduced to me via commercials:
    W.A.N.D Flaming Lips
    Starry Eyed Surprise Paul Oakenfold
    Pink Moon Nick Drake
    Today’s the Day Forever Thursday JC Penney commercial….hey, if the song’s good, who cares where ya heard it first??)

    beastie boys
    Sure Shot (I knew the reference “It’s like the taking of Pelham 123…great ’70s movie)
    Intergalactic No, I do not know why I like the Beastie Boys. This song would make my 2 year old drop what he was doing and rock to the beat…haha!

    Clocks coldplay

    Brand New Day Sting This song was played over and over during the turn of the century. At the time, a considerable number of people were worried about millenium carnage….every computer turning to 00 and the devastation it could cause. People were stockpiling food and water. I must admit, having a small child I was a little worried. But this song was played and it really did feel like a brand new day, everyone behaved, nothing crazy happened and the world seemed very beautiful.

    Beautiful day U2

    Led Zep:
    over the hills and far away
    gallows pole
    the ocean
    Kashmir: Helping to push a friend’s mother’s car down her driveway with a dead engine so we wouldn’t wake anyone up. Once we got the car far enough away from the house, we started it up and drove away to drink beer and drive around. then we had the nerve to come back and crash in her club basement. We had a fire going in the fireplace and had some more beer and some smokes. What nerve!
    Misty mountain hop

    The National Anthem
    God Bless America

    Silent Night
    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
    Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Gene Autrey version only
    Let it Snow Dean Martin version only

    The B52s
    Follow Your Bliss great instrumental danced to it at my wedding then listened to the whole album on the way to Hilton Head SC.
    June Bug

    Sunrise Sunset From Fiddler on the Roof. Always made my mom mist up. Now it makes me mist up. Played it at my wedding for my parents. I think my mom didn’t want me to because it was already a very emotional day.

    Pump it Black Eyed Peas

    All songs/hymns at my church This may be a slight breach in etiquette but I have to include all the music in my church and will count it as one.

    A horse with no name

    Black Water

    What a fool believes

    The Wind Beneath My Wings I love Bette!!!

    American Pie
    One Week Bare naked ladies
    Always have a training song that is long and enjoyable. These 2 songs were a triathlon song and the other an endurance adventure race song. Some how, after singing them over many miles, I am still not sick of them.

    Beyond the Sea (Bobby Darrin version only)

    Crosby still nash and young
    Carry On
    Teach your Children Always liked this song but I have a distinct memory of watching an old British Movie that was playing this song and while this song was playing, a rampaging group of school children where beating up their teachers and ripping their clothes off. I think they may have even tipped over and set fire to a car. Don’t really remember anything else about the movie!
    Suite: Judy Blue eyes
    Love the one you’re with
    Wooden Ships
    Most or all of these CSNY songs will always remind me of my favorite road warrior who helped me experience and/or cause 5 foot tall bullfrogs, a big gaping hole in the top part of the upholstered roof of the car, the jump off the boardwalk on two wheels of said car in front of a cop car, the trip to the North Pole and a molested reindeer and a lesbian in denial (CP-remember her?). Also beer, beer, and more beer. Well of course also the giant spider guarding the duck sign.
    Mack the Knife Sitting at a piano bar drinking, requesting Mack the Knife, or was it Pennsylvania 65000? And the guy played it. Wowwwwww.
    Everybody wants to rule the world
    Head over heals
    These two Tears for Fears songs remind me always of my favorite road warrior while totally ripping off the Door Store at White Marsh Mall (before Rt. 43 was even built). Running up a down escalator with a stuffed Daffy Duck. I believe there was a hopeful search for a stuffed Mac Tonight (Macdonald’s crescent moon smooth singing guy.)

    Whew! (that’s not a song, I’m done!)


  10. The Oldies which shaped my life…
    99. Kokomo by the Beach Boys
    My mom and I shared some great memories in the basement as she played this song over and over through her jukebox. Unfortunately though every time the song would skip or repeat a lyric since the record inside was probably ancient and scratched. This song could also be one reason why we love cruises so much! Reminds me of this song every time!
    98. The Way You Do the Things You Do by The Temptations
    Another played in the basement
    97. Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys
    96. Up On the Roof by The Drifters
    This is definitely a favorite of both my mom and I.
    95. Under the Boardwalk by The Drifters
    94. A Little Less Conversation by Elvis Presley
    My mom absolutely loved Elvis, so there’s no way I could get away without having him on here, even though I wasn’t first introduced to this song by my mom, but actually another friend.
    93. Please Mr. Postman by The Beatles
    Of course my dad loved the Beatles so I had to include them also.
    92. Twist and Shout by The Beatles
    91. The Twist by Chubby Checker
    My mom loves dancing, but the twist is absolutely her favorite. Where would I be without it, even though I hate dancing?

    Those that were always on the radio at the right time…
    90. I Get Knocked Down by Chumbawamba
    This was always on when I’d be in the car with my dad. I could never actually figure out what they were saying in the song so I used to think they were saying something about “Tom” and that was my dad’s name. haha! He didn’t know what they were saying either, so it was okay.
    89. Where Do You Go by No Mercy
    This song used to always be on 106.5fm when I’d visit my godparents and we’d drive to the Baltimore Zoo. Believe me, we went to the zoo a lot and it was practically always on.
    88. The Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning) by Vertical Horizon
    87. One Week by Barenaked Ladies
    86. If You Could Only See by Tonic
    85. Never Let You Go by Third Eye Blind
    84. Jumper by Third Eye Blind
    83. Semi-charmed Life by Third Eye Blind
    82. Black Balloon by the Goo Goo Dolls
    81. Name by the Goo Goo Dolls
    80. Hanging by a Moment by Lifehouse
    79. Everything You Want by Vertical Horizon
    Absolutely love this song and it has related so well to my life!
    78. Roll to Me by Del Amitri
    77. Closing Time by Semisonic
    76. Absolutely (Story of a Girl) by Nine Days
    75. You’re A God by Vertical Horizon
    This song was in Bruce Almighty! Absolutely B-E-A-utiful!
    74. Drops of Jupiter by Train

    Those that remind me of my dramatic side…
    73. The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber
    The best Broadway play I’ve ever seen!
    72. Masquerade by Andrew Lloyd Webber
    71. You Can’t Stop the Beat by Company from Hairspray
    This song always makes me happy and reminds me of chorus at Dunloggin Middle where we sang it.
    70. Season of Love from Rent
    Another song sang at Dunloggin for a talent show.
    69. La Vie Boheme from Rent
    This is a very funny song that also reminds me of times during orchestra when my friend and I would listen to it.
    68. Prince Ali from Aladdin motion picture
    Not only was this a great Disney movie, but also a great childhood memory from when my friend Rachel and I used to dance to it.
    67. Friend Like Me from Aladdin the motion picture
    Oh how I love this song and Robin Williams as the part of Genie.

    Childhood Days…
    66. The Medallion Calls by Klaus Badelt from The Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack
    Not only do I absolutely love these movies, but I’ve loved playing this theme song in orchestra during middle school and at a music camp one summer. It sure brings back memories of middle school and how much easier life was back then.
    65. Wannabe by the Spice Girls
    Truly a childhood song from when all my friends and I would listen to them for hours when we were about 8 years old.
    64. Larger Than Life by the Backstreet Boys
    My best friend and I made dance moves for this song that I still remember.
    63. All Star by Smash Mouth
    Once again makes me think of good old Dunloggin Middle School when my good friend made a skit to this song that I still remember to this day.
    62. Barbie Girl by Aqua
    A true classic from my childhood that I’m sure many people dislike. Many of my friends and I also made our own dance to this song too. Plus it reminds me of those good old days when I did in fact have Barbie dolls.
    61. Doctor Jones by Aqua
    Another one that my friends and I made a dance for. It definitely is a perfect song for summer with the sound of crickets in the beginning.
    60. This is Your Life by Switchfoot
    Not only is it a wonderful song, but it also makes you think. Plus it reminds me of a church retreat that I attended last year and my friend, who was thinking about suicide, mentioned this song in his sermon.
    59. Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega
    A great reggae beat that always reminds me of the many cruises that I’ve been on with my mom.
    58. Get Down by Audio Adrenaline
    Reminds me of the workcamp/ mission trip from last summer in Ohio. Everyday they’d play this song and by the end of the week, everyone knew how to dance to it. It was amazing to see every one off of the bleachers!
    57. I Want it That Way by the Backstreet Boys
    Every time I hear it, it reminds me of when I went to Disney World with my mom when I was about 9 years old. At the time this was probably my favorite song and all throughout the amusement park I was singing it. Eventually my mom even began to sing the chorus from hearing it so much!
    56. We Go Together by John Travolta
    Always remind me of the movie, my mom, and my best friend, Rachel. The first time I saw it with my mom I though it was going to be a scary movie, but it definitely wasn’t. Rachel and I ended up watching it everyday for about a year.
    55. Greased Lightin’ by John Travolta
    54. Build Me Up Buttercup by the Foundations
    Once again reminds me of Dunloggin when we sang this in chorus and it was definitely a favorite.
    53. First Date by Blink 182
    Reminds me of 10th grade English with Mr. O’Brien when we listened to and analyzed this song. Also, reminds me of my friend Kathy because it’s also one of her favorites.
    52. Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down
    Reminds me of my cousin Bobby who when we visited him last summer always played this song in his car.
    51. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day
    A great song that was also used for our 8th grade graduation.
    50. Minority by Green Day
    49. American Idiot by Green Day
    Reminds me of their concert at Merriweather a few years ago when I met my friend Keri there.
    48. Whoomp There it is by Tag Team
    Ms. Shipp had a button on her desk that would play this song so it reminds me of her and our crazy class.
    47. Macarena by Los del Mar
    46. Spinnin’ Around by Jump 5
    Another childhood memory that I’m sure Rachel and I made up a dance for.
    45. Oh Gravity! By Switchfoot
    My friend Mara first had me listen to this song before I knew that their new album was out. Plus we went to their concert together so it reminds me of her.
    44. Awakening by Switchfoot
    43. Life and Love and Why by Switchfoot
    42. One Way or Another by Melissa Joan Hart
    Reminds me of one of my old favorite tv shows, Sabrina the teenage witch
    41. Jump on It by Sir Mix A Lot
    Another one that reminds me of my childhood and Dunloggin
    40. Do You Believe In Magic? By the Lovin’ Spoons from the Parent Trap
    39. I Want a New Drug by Huey Lewis and the News
    Reminds me of the concert that I went to with my parents and my friend, Rachel.
    38. Where Are You Tonight? By Tom Johnston
    37. She’s Like the Wind by Patrick Swayze
    From the movie Dirty Dancing, a true favorite of both my and I.
    36. August’s Rhapsody by Mark Moncina from August Rush

    Those more recent…
    35. Clocks by Coldplay
    34. Caught in the Rain by October Fall
    Rachel introduced this to me about a year ago and I absolutely fell in love with it.
    33. Here it Goes Again by OK GO
    Every time I hear this song it puts a smile on my face and reminds me of the music video with them on tread mills.
    32. Shut Up and Drive by Rihanna
    Reminds me of my cousin Shyam. We listened to this song every day when I visited him in New Hampshire last summer.
    31. Don’t Stop the Music by Rihanna
    30. Here in Your Arms by Hellogoodbye
    29. Hands Held High by Linkin Park
    28. I Wanna Love You by Akon
    27. Drive by Incubus
    26. Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
    25. Believe by the Bravery
    24. Stop and stare by One Republic
    23. Apologize by One Republic
    22. Straight Lines by Silverchair
    21. Days Go By by Keith Urban
    20. Master of the House by Andrew Lloyd Webber
    19. Work Songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber
    18. Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber
    17. Memory by Andrew Lloyd Webber
    16. Because You loved Me by Celine Dion
    Reminds me of my godparents when I’d listen to this at their house
    15. My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
    14. 25 or 6 to 4 by Chicago
    13. Does Anybody Really Know what time it Is? By Chicago
    12. Saturday in the Park by Chicago
    11. The Christmas Song by Chicago
    10. The Way I Are by Timbaland
    9. Realize by Colbie Caillat
    Reminds me of my friend Erin since she first introduced this song to me every time I hear it reminds me of her.
    8. All Good Things Come to An End by Nelly Furtado
    7. Almost Lover by A Fine Frenzy
    6. Disarray by Lifehouse
    5. Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears
    I had always heard this song when I was younger and wanted to know who sang it. It wasn’t until this year when my hairdresser told me, so ti reminds of him an when he played it.
    4. Shout by Tears for Fears
    3. Shake It by Metro Station
    2. Our Time Now by Plain White T’s
    1. Say by John Mayer


  11. I posted this on my site (, but I’m putting it here too just in case…

    I actually don’t own an mp3 player, so I couldn’t just scroll through my favorite songs and pick them. That being said, I realized this project was going to be hard for me, but I didn’t know it was going to be this hard. Considering how I listen to a wide range of music from classical to heavy metal depending on my mood, it was hard to choose my favorite songs objectively. From day one when this contest started, I wrote and rewrote my list many times. Nevertheless, I had a blast going through most of my songs and choosing which ones would make it to the list. Most are chosen due to the emotional appeal, like love and humor. Others were chosen simply because of the addicting rhythm the song has, making my day so much more enjoyable when I listen to them. My two life stories are at the very end of the list. Enjoy, and thanks for the fun summer project!


    99. “The Sore Feet Song”- by Ally Kerr

    98. “Jesus of Suburbia”- by Green Day

    97. “Purple Haze”- by Jimi Hendrix

    96. “Never Never Land”- from Peter Pan

    95. “Bad Day”- by Daniel Powter

    94. “My Pace Daiou”- by Manzo

    93. “Minority”- by Green Day

    92. “Wait”- from Sweeney Todd
    Simply put, sometimes the best things come to those who wait. Because of that simple philosophy, I’ve been able to control my impatience over certain things.

    91. “All in All”- by Point of Grace

    90. “Heresy”- by Nine Inch Nails

    89. “Nobody Knows”- by Suga Shikao

    88. “Another Brick in the Wall”- by Pink Floyd

    87. “I Want to be Bad”- from Good News

    86. “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”- by Green Day

    85. “London Beckoned Songs About Money Written By Machines”- by Panic! At the Disco

    84. “Bop to the Top”- from High School Musical
    This choice surprised even me. I highly dislike High School Musical, so why put one of their songs in my “Top 99 Playlist”? Honestly, whether I like it or not, this song has an addicting beat that cannot find its way out of my head. The lyrics aren’t half-bad, appealing to my side of wanting to do the best in whatever I do.

    83. “The World”- by Nightmare

    82. “Every Heart”- by BoA

    81. “Time is Running Out”- by Muse

    80. “Hare Hare Yukai”- by Aya Hirano
    I didn’t choose this song for the actual song in itself, but rather the dance that goes along to it. My friends and I spent this entire summer rehearsing through the dance choreography so that we can perform it at Otakon, a Japanese anime convention center this August. I had a blast learning the dance movements with my friends!

    79. “Siberian Railroad”- by Polysic

    78. “Seasons of Love”- from Rent

    77. “Sandstorm”- by DJ Darude
    This song first became memorable to me because it was the first song I beat in Dance Dance Revolution, but it became more memorable to me due to my friends. My friends and I love techno, and after hearing it at every single school dance we’ve attended to so far, Sandstorm gave us the idea of bringing glow sticks to dances. Spanning from that idea, we started to hold raves in our basements filled with strictly techno songs and learned how to spin glow sticks in our hands along with many other tricks.

    76. “Tori no Uta”- by Lia

    75. “Play With Your Food”- from Honk!

    74. “Good”- by Polysic

    73. “Treason”- by Kutless
    This song reflects what I believe is happening in today’s society. I see people everywhere calling themselves Christians, but not do a single Christian act. This song talks about how a person would praise God, but then go off and curse or do other un-Christian acts. Although my religion isn’t Christianity, I still feel infuriated when people claim a religion, but never actually pray nor worship unless they’re in trouble and suddenly “need” God.

    72. “Für Elise”- Ludwig van Beethoven

    71. “Helena”- by My Chemical Romance

    70. “Jessica”- by Dir En Grey

    69. “19 O’Clock News”- by Tokio

    68. “I Wanna Be a Producer”- from The Producers
    Other than the hilarious opening with all the accountants being in synch with their typing to the beat, this song was pretty inspiring to me. An accountant who is forced to have no self-confidence is able to dream big of becoming a huge Broadway producer. While I’m not exactly in the same boat, this song helped me gain confidence in pursuing my dream, no matter how absurd it might be.

    67. “Reflection”- from Mulan
    This song conquered my pre-teen days when I struggled a lot with my identity. I was in the stage where I wanted to break free of what my parents wanted from me and going into what I wanted from myself. We had a lot of family conflicts, but I believe that this song helped me steer myself to my dream instead of my parents’ dream.

    66. “The Domestic Fucker Family”- by Dir En Grey
    *Sorry for the vulgar language in the title, but it’s a really good song! *Bows apologetically*

    65. “Hello Goodbye”- by The Beatles

    64. “My Heart Will Go On”- by Celine Dion
    After attending Lily’s, my close friend’s, funeral, I watched a series of movies during my span of depression. Both this song from Titanic and the one below from Phantom of the Opera brought tears to my eyes at the time. The songs spoke strongly about the death of someone close to their hearts. Even though this song is about a lover and the song below is about a father, I developed a strong connection to these two songs as they helped me through my depression. This song especially showed me the importance of getting back on the track of life because I’ll still have the memories of Lily in my heart.

    63. “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again”- from Phantom of the Opera

    62. “Seasons”- by Vincent Cheng

    61. “Rock On”- by KJ25

    60. “Sonatina 3”- by Muzio Clementi

    59. “Mistakes”- by Blue October (the British band)

    58. “The Saint”- by Dr. Seok Kwee Chew

    57. “Different”- from Honk!
    Being the conforming non-conformist I am, this song appealed to me how the Ugly Duckling insists that he’s just different, not strange, weird, etc. Especially to people who believe that there is only one way to live, this song speaks out that it’s ok to be different, because in the end, we’re all human (never mind the fact that the character who sings this is a duck).

    56. “Hate Me”- by Blue October (the American band)

    55. “Seize the Day”- from Newsies
    *Life story for this song at the end of the list

    54. “Give Me Novacaine”- by Green Day

    53. “Jealous”- by Dir En Grey

    52. “Mad as Rabbits”- by Panic! At the Disco

    51. “Russian Dance, Trépak”- by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, from The Nutcracker

    50. “Aoki Haru”- by MUCC

    49. “Katamari on the Swing”- by Shigeru Matsuzaki
    Come on, who doesn’t love any of the songs from the video game Katamari? I was tempted to put all the songs form Katamari in my “Top 99 Playlist,” but I felt as though that’d be cheating. (^-^) Without these simply amazing songs, Katamari wouldn’t be half as fun to play. Besides, I got a few of my friends addicted to the video game simply because of the soundtrack. Game on!

    48. “Halloween”- by Aqua

    47. “For Fruits Basket”- by Ritsuko Okazaki

    46. “More Than Useless”- by Relient K
    While all my friends pursue their talents and decide on their careers, I was still struggling to find mine. I began to feel left behind, useless, and unimportant as I blindly tried out many different things, not finding what I’m good at anywhere. My friend gave me a mix CD with this song being the first one on it, and it shook me back into reality that just because I don’t know what I want to do in the future right now does not mean I’m useless.

    45. “Which!”- by Polysic

    44. “Kinjirareta Asobi”- by Ali Project

    43. “Open Wounds”- by Skillet

    42. “Seishoujo Ryouiki”- by Ali Project

    41. “Around the World”- by Aqua

    40. “Think of Me”- from Phantom of the Opera

    39. “Futatsu no Kodou to Akai Tsumi”- by On/Off

    38. “Epic Symphony”

    37. “Teenagers”- by My Chemical Romance

    36. “Sakura Kiss”- by Chieko Kawabe

    35. “A Little Pain”- by Olivia

    34. “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two”- from Oliver!
    The first time I watched Oliver! was three in the morning. No doubt I was dead tired and wanting to sleep. When this song came up though, I bolted up as though I just drank three cups of coffee. The song appealed to me about how poor boys have to pick pockets in order to survive. Again, I am reminded of the saddening fact about the measures some people take to simply survive while others practically sleep on money. I know this world could never become a socialist society, but it’s nice to dream…

    33. “The Becoming”- Nine Inch Nails

    32. “So I Thought”- by Flyleaf

    31. “Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel)”- by Billy Joel

    30. “Starless Night”- by Olivia

    29. “Forever Yours”- from Once On This Island

    28. “Back From Mars”- by Aqua

    27. “Saishuu Ressha”- MUCC

    26. “I’m So Sick”- Flyleaf

    25. “Becoming Insane”- by Infected Mushrooms

    24. “Build God, Then We’ll Talk”- by Panic! At the Disco

    23. “Pika Pika no Taiyo”- by Ueda Kana
    This upbeat song was a favorite from my childhood. I used to play this song every morning while getting ready for the day. It was a nice adrenaline boost and washed away all the remaining sleepiness I felt.

    22. “Flight of the Bumblebee”-by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    At age fourteen, it took me three months to master this song on the piano. I look back and laugh at myself over how much I struggled through this song, but my determination back then to play this song the best I could give was what made my piano recital memorable.

    21. “Roses Are Red”- by Aqua

    20. “Pink Killer”- by Dir En Grey

    19. “All I Ask of You”- from Phantom of the Opera
    It may be just me, but I think this song is one of the sweetest love songs ever written. My boyfriend was such a good sport to go along with my obsession to this song. I played this song on the piano and sang Christine’s part while he sang Raoul’s part after school.

    18. “Kesenai Tsumi”- by Nana Kitade

    17. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”- by The Proclaimers

    16. “Ready, Steady, Go!”- by L’Arc~en~Ciel

    15. “Definitely Maybe”- by FM Static

    14. “My Oh My”- by Aqua

    13. “El Tango de Roxanne”- from Moulin Rouge

    12. “Still Doll”- by Kanon Wakeshima

    11. “Worst Pies in London”- from Sweeney Todd
    I am amazed that you can sing about something being so horrible. People usually opt for singing about how great this is, or how wonderful that is, but this song is truly unique in the sense for singing about how horrible (in this case) these pies taste. In reality, many people would try to cover up blemishes about themselves, trying to make themselves as perfect as possible. I believe that a perfect person is someone who’s imperfect. One’s mistakes should be part of their character, not hidden in some dark corner of their life. Like this song, people should sing out about their flawed parts! Wouldn’t that be so much more fun than egotistically singing about how great you are?

    10. “Paint it Black”- by Rolling Stones

    9. “Gee, Officer Krupke”- from West Side Story

    8. “American Idiot”- by Green Day

    7. “Bohemian Rhapsody”- by Queen

    6. “Your Song”- from Moulin Rouge
    This sweet song dedication made me go “awww” while watching Moulin Rouge. Besides the fact that I am a sucker for love songs, Ewan McGregor’s voice still penetrates me every time I listen to this song, giving me that warm-and-fuzzy feeling deep inside. This song reminds me of how my younger sister would play sweet ballads on the piano and always tell me with a grin that she’s dedicating the song to me.

    5. “Hero (Red Pill Remix)”- by Superchic[k]

    4. “Come What May”- from Moulin Rouge

    3. “The World Will Know”- from Newsies
    This song with its powerful beat speaks of sheer determination towards a certain goal. Many times when I feel like I can’t handle what’s going on in my life, I use this song as a energy boost to help convince myself that I can do anything I want to as long as put my mind into it.

    2. “Elephant Love Medley”- from Moulin Rouge
    *Life story at the end of the list

    1. “Epiphany” from Sweeney Todd

    My stories:

    55. “Seize the Day”- from Newsies

    I’ve known this song long before I’ve even seen the musical. I was in a summer camp called “Broadway Juniors,” where we perform various songs from a variety of Broadway productions. One of the songs was “Seize the Day.” I was offered to sing David’s part in the song, but since it would be my first time singing a solo part, I almost refused the offer immediately. I decided to think about it and give my director an answer the next day. That night I listened to “Seize the Day” over and over again while arguing with myself whether I should do it or not. While I was going around in circles, the lyrics to the song got stuck in my head. I heard the message, especially the line, “Don’t be afraid and don’t delay,” and it kept spinning ’round and ’round in my head. When I really focused on the song’s message, it gave me enough confidence to accept the offer.

    Opening night came much sooner than I anticipated, and I was shaking from head to toe. Suddenly I didn’t feel so brave anymore and wanted to bail out of there as soon as possible. The responsibility seemed too great—I didn’t know how to lead a group of people into a song! Suddenly all those rehearsals seemed meaningless. No matter how smooth those rehearsals went, I knew something was going to go wrong the minute I stepped onto that stage. Silently, I chanted the lyrics to myself seconds before going onstage, hoping I’d get that burst of confidence, but no such luck. Shaking, I went onstage and started the opening lines weakly. As the music picked up and more people joined in to sing, my confidence and energy rose with them. I felt like I was bouncing off the walls with energy and couldn’t stop grinning from ear to ear. We ended the song with a bang, striking our ending poses to a cheering audience. Never have I felt so exuberant than that moment.

    To this day, this song became my motto- Carpe Diem; seize the day. You never know what’s going to happen unless you go for it, and more often than not, you have nothing to lose. I now love experimenting with things, so I always dive headfirst in new ideas with no worries about what’s going to happen.

    2. “Elephant Love Medley”- from Moulin Rouge

    “Some people wanna fill the world up with silly love songs.” “Well what’s wrong with that? I’d like to know.” Lyrics from this song filled the classroom used by our after school club. Blasting from an iPod, the song continues while we sing along to the duet. After having a Moulin Rouge fest, my friends and I couldn’t get enough of the songs, especially this one. Days spilled into weeks, and weeks dragged on to nearly three full months of nothing but singing songs from this musical from my friends and me. Also being the anime freaks we are, we searched up AMV’s (anime music videos) on YouTube where fans like us used this song and made a music video out of a certain anime series. Almost immediately we found our favorite (titled “Ouran Love Medley;” here’s the link in case you’re interested in watching it:

    Time goes on and eventually my enthusiasm for Moulin Rouge died down. A few weeks ago, however, I encountered the song again. I believe there are no such things as consequences, only the inevitable, and this encounter made it clear that “Elephant Love Medley” was definitely a song that was dear to my heart. Especially for someone who cannot imagine this world without love, I cannot possibly imagine people turning their backs on love, especially something for so trivial as lack of money. Part of the reason why I love this song so much is because Satine finally “gives in” to Christian’s love for her and the sheer fact that it came from the movie Moulin Rouge. The other reason why I love this song is because of all the memories it invokes.

    I hope you enjoyed reviewing this as much as I had doing this project!


  12. Now that I’m back from (you think I’m going to say ‘watching fireworks’, right? nope.) watching V for Vendetta with the family, I’m all ready to begin reading your submissions. It’s so thrilling to see what a great time you all had with this project–even at first glance I can tell that a lot of introspection went into your decisions, and that you all have come away with some new insights. These are important steps to take toward authentic writing and toward the truth.

    I will choose the winner by the end of the weekend.
    Happy 4th, all.

    PS–I didn’t pick the movie for tonight.


  13. Thanks to all for playing along! Great Fun! I have a lot of songs to check out after reading your life playlists. . . .Such diverse musical interests and fascinating stories!


  14. Too bad I found out about this so late! Oh well. Here goes nothing:

    “Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.”

    – Plato

    Growing Up
    1. “Pokemon Theme” (What can I say, I was young!)
    2. “Lean To Crawl” – Black Lab
    3. “Mama Who Bore Me” – Spring Awakening: A New Musical
    4. “Right Before Your Eyes” – Hoobastank
    5. “Shed My Skin” – Alter Bridge

    Family Matters
    6. “The Perfect Fan” – The Backstreet Boys (About a mother’s support)
    7. “Just The Two of Us” – Will Smith (This version is about a father and his son)
    8. “Everlasting Friend” – Blue October (Like how close I am with my brother)
    9. “Home” – Daughtry
    10. “Come On Home” – Franz Ferdinand
    11. “Photograph” – Nickelback
    12. “Birthday” – The Beatles (Many members of my family, including extended, all have birthdays in March, so we celebrate together.)

    Love (Or Lack Thereof)
    13. “Drops of Jupiter” – Train
    14.” Hey There Delilah” – Plain White T’s
    15. “Someone That You’re With” – Nickelback
    16. “The B**** of Living” – Spring Awakening: A New Musical
    17. “Simple and Clean” – Hikaru Utada
    18. “Always Come Back To You” – Ryan Cabrera
    19. “Valentine’s Day” – Linkin Park
    20. “I Don’t Wanna Be In Love” – Good Charlotte
    21. “See Her Smile” Jonathan Larson, “tick, tick… boom!”

    All Work and No Play (A.K.A. High School)
    22. “Wake Me Up When September Ends” – Green Day
    23. “Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night” – Bon Jovi
    24.”All That’s Known” – Spring Awakening: A New Musical
    25. “Working Man” – Rush
    26. “Rent” – Jonathan Larson, Cast of Rent
    27. “Born to Lead” – Hoobastank
    28. “30/90” – Jonathan Larson, “tick, tick… BOOM!”
    29. “Fade Out/In” – Paloalto

    That Video Game Hobby*
    30. “Through The Fire And Flames” – DragonForce – “Guitar Hero III”
    31. “Still Alive” – Jonathan Coulton – “Portal”
    32. “Snake Eater” – Cynthia Harrell – “Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater”
    33. “Blow Me Away” – Breaking Benjamin – “Halo 2”
    34. “Super Mario Bros. Theme” – Super Mario Series

    *This list was fun to make – composed solely of video game soundtracks.

    Technological Revolution
    35. “My Console” – Eiffel 65
    36. “Hyperlink” – Eiffel 65
    37. “Technologic” – Daft Punk
    38. “Drive My Car” – the Beatles
    39. “The Body Electric” – Rush
    40. “Big Machine” – Velvet Revolver

    The Issues I Think About
    41. “Tell Me Why” – Will Smith Feat. Mary J. Blige (A laundry list of recent events)
    42. “If Everyone Cared” – Nickelback
    43, “Two Weeks From Twenty” – Yellowcard (Thoughts on Iraq war)
    44. “Life Support” – Jonathan Larson, Cast of Rent
    45. “Black and White People” – Matchbox Twenty
    46. “View From Heaven” – Yellowcard
    47. “No Jesus Christ” – Seether
    48. “Hero” – Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott

    Tourette’s and OCD
    49, “There’s No Solution” – Sum 41
    50. “Gifts and Curses” – Yellowcard
    51. “Keep the Faith” – Bon Jovi
    52. “Cochise” – Audioslave
    53. “Won’t Back Down” – Fuel
    54. “Streetcorner Symphony” – Rob Thomas
    55. “Kirkirimai – Fantastic Four Remix” – ORANGE RANGE (This song is in Japanese, so I can’t understand what they say, and the rhythm is chaotic.)
    56, “Everything Burns” – Ben Moody featuring Anastacia
    57. “The Dark I Know Well” – Spring Awakening: A New Musical
    58. “Papercut” – Linkin Park
    59. “Never Will I Break” – 3 Doors Down
    60. “Scared of Myself” – Simon Dawes

    Life Lessons
    61. “Louder Than Words” – Jonathan Larson, “tick, tick… boom!”
    62. “Come To Your Senses” – Jonathan Larson, “tick, tick… boom!”
    63 “Freewill” – Rush
    64. “It’s My Life” – Bon Jovi
    65. “Seasons of Love” – Jonathan Larson, Cast of Rent
    66. “What You Own” – Jonathan Larson, Cast of Rent
    67. Those You’ve Known” – Spring Awakening: A New Musical
    68. “The Song of Purple Summer” – Spring Awakening: A New Musical
    69. “Out Out Damn Spot” – Anthony Rapp

    Questions To Think About
    70. “Stellar” – Incubus
    71. “Will I?” – Jonathan Larson, Cast of Rent
    72. “Getting Thru?” – Fuel
    73. “Whatever Happened To The Heroes” – Joss Stone
    74. “Why” – Jonathan Larson, “tick, tick… BOOM!”
    75. “What More Do You Want?” – Plain White T’s

    On the List Because They’re Fun (Sometimes you can’t explain)
    76. “Sandstorm” – Darude
    77. “Ballroom Blitz” – Sweet
    78. “Killer Queen” – Queen
    79. “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)” – Cobra Starship
    80. “Back in the USSR” – The Beatles
    81. “One More Time” – Daft Punk
    82. “Come On, Come In” – Velvet Revolver
    83. “Miami” – Will Smith
    84. “Rock Star” – Nickelback
    85. “Sharp Dressed Man” – ZZ Top
    86. “Dani California” – Red Hot chili Peppers
    87. “Viva La Vida” – Coldplay
    88. “Into The Night” – Santana featuring Chad Kroegers

    An Uncertain Future
    89. “Here it Goes Again” – OK Go
    90. “Vindicated” – Dashboard Confessional
    91. “Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind” – Spring Awakening: A New Musical
    92. “Did You” – Hoobastank
    93. “We Are” – Ana
    94. “Live and Learn” – Crush 40
    95. “Unwritten” – Natasha Bedingfield
    96. “Life Of My Own” – 3 Doors Down
    97. University of Maryland Fight Song
    98. “This Is Your Life” – Switchfoot
    99. “In The End” – Linkin Park


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