StevieWonderLyricTake a moment and think about your childhood.  Now, whether you had a great childhood or maybe it wasn’t so great growing up,  what music did you grow up with?  What music do you remember from your first school dance?  What songs come to mind when you think about your best childhood friends?   Do you have a song in mind when you think about your first kiss?  It’s amazing how our memories are tied to the music we listened to growing up.  

When I think about my own childhood list for instance, #35 on my list is, “I Can’t Get Next To You” by Al Green.   I always think about my now deceased Uncle John; whenever we had a family get together at some point of the event my uncle would pull out his vinyl records and put this song on and try to get his wife to dance with him. Often times she would accept his invitation, but on the occasion she didn’t he was undaunted and would pull out the broom and dance with the broom. The family would always laugh, and he’d just keep on dancing.  I still hear his voice singing along.  My uncle was always the life of the party, and this is a fond childhood memory and that song  is forever locked to that memory.  Even as I’m writing this now I can’t help but smile as I think about my Uncle John, may he rest in peace.

To my readers, what is your childhood soundtrack?  

Start with the year of your birth through year 20. For example, if you were born in 1980, then consider songs that were released between 1980 and the year 2000.  See what you come up with.  Remember, only include songs that you have an affinity to which relates back to a friend or family member or an event.


Invariably, this exercise may illicit  some memories you had completely forgotten about. Hopefully, you can embrace those memories like you would an old friend.


  1. Ain’t No Half Steppin’ –   Heatwave       
  2. Always And Forever –  Heatwave                 
  3. Am I Dreaming –  Atlantic Starr
  4. Annie Mae –  Natalie Cole
  5. Another Star –  Stevie Wonder
  6. As –  Stevie Wonder
  7. Bad Girls –  Donna Summer
  8. Bennie and the Jets –   Elton John      
  9. The Best of My Love –  Eagles 
  10. Billie Jean –   Michael Jackson
  11. Bohemian Rhapsody –  Queen
  12. Boogie Nights – Heatwave       
  13. Break Up to Make Up – The Stylistics                      
  14. Brother Louie –  Stories          
  15. Car Wash –  Rose Royce                        
  16. Children of the Ghetto –   Philip Bailey                        
  17. The Closer I Get to You – Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack         
  18. Cloudy – Average White Band             
  19. Cold As Ice –  Foreigner                 
  20. Come Together –  The Beatles              
  21. Controversy  –    Prince                     
  22. Dancing Machine –    Michael Jackson
  23. Devotion –  Earth, Wind & Fire     
  24. Disco Nights (Rock Freak) –   G.Q.            
  25. Double Dutch Bus – Frankie Smith
  26. Dust In The Wind – Kansas
  27. Easy – Commodores
  28. Faithfully – Journey         
  29. Fly Like An Eagle – Steve Miller Band       
  30. Footsteps In the Dark –  The Isley Brothers      
  31. Georgy Porgy –  Toto   
  32. Got to Be Real – Cheryl Lynn    
  33. Got to Give It Up  –   Marvin Gaye   
  34. Hotel California  –   Eagles 
  35. I Can’t Get Next to You –   Al Green       
  36. I Can’t Tell You Why –   Eagles 
  37. I Keep Forgettin’ – Michael McDonald     
  38. I Wanna Be Your Lover – Prince 
  39. I Wish – Stevie Wonder
  40. I Would Die 4 U –  Prince & The Revolution
  41. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Wanna Be Right –   Luther Ingram 
  42. I’ll Be Around –   The Spinners  
  43. I’m Not In Love  –  10cc  
  44. In the Air Tonight –  Phil Collins     
  45. The Joker –   Steve Miller Band       
  46. Just My Imagination –   The Temptations       
  47. Just the Way You Are –  Billy Joel        
  48. Keep On Truckin’ –  Eddie Kendricks
  49. Keep Your Head to the Sky –   Earth, Wind & Fire     
  50. Lady Marmalade – Patti LaBelle   
  51. Let It Be – The Beatles    
  52. Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
  53. Let’s Get Serious – Jermaine Jackson
  54. Let’s Stay Together –   Al Green       
  55. Little Red Corvette –    Prince 
  56. Love and Happiness –  Al Green       
  57. A Love of Your Own –   Average White Band   
  58. Lowdown – Boz Scaggs    
  59. Make Me Say It Again Girl  –  The Isley Brothers      
  60. Me and Mrs. Jones  –  Billy Paul       
  61. Memory Lane –  Minnie Riperton         
  62. Midnight Train to Georgia –   Gladys Knight & The Pips       
  63. Minute By Minute –  The Doobie Brothers  
  64. Never Too Much –  Luther Vandross        
  65. One of These Nights –  Eagles 
  66. Open Arms –  Journey
  67. Philadelphia Freedom –  Elton John                
  68. Rappers Delight –  Sugarhill Gang
  69. Ring My Bell (Radio Edit) – Anita Ward    
  70. Rock With You – Michael Jackson
  71. Rockin’ Roll Baby – The Stylistics
  72. Sadie –  The Spinners  
  73. Sara Smile –  Hall & Oates   
  74. Shining Star –  Earth, Wind & Fire     
  75. Sho ‘Nuff Must Be Luv –  Heatwave
  76. Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
  77. Sade – Smooth Operator     
  78. Soft and Wet – Prince 
  79. Something in the Past –  One Way  
  80. Sparkle – Cameo
  81. Superstar/Until You Come Back To Me – Luther Vandross
  82. That’s the Way of the World –  Earth, Wind & Fire
  83. Sade – The Sweetest Taboo
  84. The Glamorous Life –  Sheila E
  85. Then Came You – The Spinners & Dionne Warwick         
  86. This Is It – Kenny Loggins 
  87. This Masquerade – George Benson
  88. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole   
  89. Too Hot – Kool & the Gang        
  90. Voyage to Atlantis – The Isley Brothers      
  91. What a Fool Believes –  The Doobie Brothers  
  92. When Doves Cry – Prince & The Revolution        
  93. When Will I See You Again –  The Three Degrees    
  94. Who’s Crying Now –   Journey
  95. Wishing On a Star – Rose Royce    
  96. Yearning for Your Love – The Gap Band
  97. You and I – Rick James               
  98. You Know How to Love Me –   Phyllis Hyman 
  99. You Make Me Feel Brand New – The Stylistics
  100. Sade – Your Love Is King
  101. Zoom – Commodores            
  102. 1999 –   Prince  

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