50 Years of Music, A to Z playlist for 2008-9-21

EurythmicsSweet dreams
Eddie GrantElectric Avenue
Frankie Goes to HollywoodRelax
ZZ TopSharp dressed man
U2Sunday bloody Sunday
YesIt could happen to you
Jackson BrowneLawyers in love
Billy JoelThe longest time
Hall & OatsOne on one
The CureThe love cats
David BowieModern love
Culture ClubKarma chameleon
The PretendersBack on the chain gang
Joe JacksonSteppin' out
Men At WorkDown under
StingEvery breath you take
Cindy LauperTime after time
Alan Parsons ProjectTime
Todd RundgrenThe emperor of the highway
Pat BenatarLove is a battlefield
Kenny LogginsFootloose
Huey Lewis & the NewsI want a new drug
The ClashShould I stay or should I go?
Paul McCartney & Michael JacksonSay say say
Paul SimonHearts and bones


The music of 1983 was remarkable in many ways. In part, the sheer quantity was impressive, fed in part by the growth of MTV. In addition, the quality and far-reaching influence of the music was also surprising--something I didn't notice until I reviewed it all. Wanting to cover the peaks of the entire year I decided to give a little of everything so you can feel both the quantity and quality in 60 minutes. Despite the amputory editing it's fun to get a little of all of these 25 tracks in several hopefully smooth mash-ups.

Interestingly, Michael Jackson had 2 of the biggest singles of the year, but I didn't include them here because they were technically released in 1982.

Despite the great music, the highlight of the year was the birth of my son Eric.