My hands are small I know. Oh, shut up.

I just heard that stupid Jewel song, from the '90s, where she wishes she could tell the whole world, "We're all okay." She also wishes to tell the world not to worry, because worrying's wasteful and something not good something.

Is there anything more annoying than some 21-year-old twit thinking she can tell the rest of us she's figured it out and here's what you do? Alanis Morrisette did it, too. She had the nerve to give us all advice to bite off more than we could chew and get your heart broken and to add insult to stupidity, had as the chorus, "You live, you learn."

YOU'VE LIVED FOR 28 MINUTES, YOU ASS.

My point is, this Jewel song not only made me cranky, but reminded me that the other day, TinaDoris asked me what I thought the best song of the '90s was. "Good blog topic!" I told her, because I am annoying.

So, what do you think the best song of the '90s was? What about the '80s? The '70s?

Go.

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Author: June

At one point, I was sort of hot, in a "she's 27 and probably a 7" kind of a way. Now I'm old and have to develop a charming personality. Guess how that's going.

74 thoughts on “My hands are small I know. Oh, shut up.”

  1. I am a child of the 80s and had my first crush on George Michael. I papered my bedroom walls and ceiling with his pictures ripped out of Teen Beat. I also made book covers and then covered them with clear contact paper so they would last.
    Also, once a boy tried to argue that my boyfriend, George, was gay, so to defend his honor, I hit the boy. That boy had a pencil in his pocket and that pencil lodged itself into my knuckle when it connected with the boy’s chest, leaving a permanent pencil mark embedded in my skin.
    Basically I have a tattoo dot on my knuckle that is a lifelong reminder of my love for George Michael. Turns out he is gay and will never marry me and I’m still very bitter.
    With all that said, though, the best 80s song is “I Want Your Sex.” Or, “Faith” because his butt looked so cute in those Levi’s in that video.

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  2. It’s too hard to choose a BEST, right now am thinking
    The Heart of the Matter by Don Henley.
    Alanis got to kiss Carrie. Isn’t it ironic?

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  3. There was music in the 90s? Sorry… I was in the middle of raising a gaggle of kids. I can list every song Raffi ever recorded, if that counts?

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  4. Phil Collins In The Air Tonight for the eighties.
    You all aren’t going to believe this, but yesterday when a friend was trying to get me to take a stray kitten that had shown up at her place of business, I said to myself ‘When the Lord wants me to have another cat, one will show up here,’ because that is how I’ve gotten all the cats I’ve ever had. Well when my husband got home from work and the kids ran out to meet him, they heard something meowing and a kitten was on the roof of our shed(AND NOT the same kitten friend had offered earlier). The little thing stayed on our porch all night long and scratched the door like a maniac all night long wanting in. It’s very cute, but Miss Hallie cat is not happy!

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  5. There is a girl in my class (want to feel old? Go back to college in your thirties!) who is 21 and had a 6 week relationship. She was CONSTANTLY posting relationship advice on Facebook. Does it make me a horrible person that I thought it was funny when they broke up?

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  6. The ’90s song which immediately comes to my mind is Green Day’s “Fastball,” because we were raising a son who always wanted us to take the time to listen to him whine.
    My favorite ’80s song is “Roam” by the B-52’s [sic], famously misheard as “Roll, Nipsey Russell.”
    Queen wins the ’70s with “Bohemian Rhapsody,” hands down. Freddie forever!

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  7. Ok, it’s official, not only do I have one foot in the grave but my other foot is sliding in as well!!! I do not know any of the songs posted so far?!?!?! I’m a “kid” of the 50’s and 60’s = ancient. But rock-and-roll is here to stay…… Any of you babies ever hear of Elvis or Tom Jones or Aaron Neville or The Drifters????

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  8. Songs that punch me in the gut because of the memories of where I was when they were important to me are what I consider the best. (I sound like a masochist.) Suavacito by Malo ($5 to anyone who knows that song) makes me remember Angelo and our teenage belief that we found true love with each other.

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  9. It would be easier to tell you all about the songs we hate than pick a best one!
    70s: Karen Carpenter was incredible and influential, so I will say Rainy Days and Mondays.
    80s: Although it was released in late 1979, I Don’t Like Mondays by the Boomtown Rats still haunts me because I remember the murders as the first time I realized the world could be dangerous.
    90s: Cantaloop (Flip Fantastia) by Us3

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  10. Vee, I know “Suavacito,” and I still have my 45 r.p.m. record!!! Carlos Santana’s brother Jorge was in that group. It’s a classic!

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  11. I’m another child of the 50s and 60s and recognize about ten percent of the songs named so far. It’s good to know I’m not alone, QueenMarcy. At the doctor’s office Wednesday I was dismayed to see “arthritis” written in the space for diagnosis. Does that mean I’m officially old?

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  12. I’m looking at ‘the top 100 hits of…’ 70s?
    bar none (what DOES that mean?) Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
    80s – Tainted Love by Soft Cell
    90s – Ice, Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
    Memory songs – Your Song by Elton John (sung to me at my wedding reception) The Dance by Garth Brooks (divorce song)

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  13. In the 70s I was a HUGE Bay City Roller fan (Proof: I had high-water jeans with tartan sewed to the bottoms), so anything by them was my favorite. For the 80s, probably “The Show” by Doug E Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew. And of course, “Take on Me” by Aha for the 90s.

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  14. Meatloaf was a god in the 70’s with Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad. Very few things in life are worse than any song from the 90’s

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  15. From the 70’s; “Free Man in Paris” Joni Mitchell (my theme song in the 70’s), “Living Thing” by ELO. From the 80’s, “Watching the Wheels” John Lennon (my theme song at the time) and “September” Earth Wind and Fire.
    I was also singing with a band in the 1980’s and if I ever have to hear “The Rose” or “Love Lift Us up Where We Belong” again I will stab myself.

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  16. OH MY GOD!!!! I totally forgot about my deep and abiding love for Basia!
    Her music makes me SO HAPPY!!!!! Any time, every time I hear it.
    Even now.

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  17. Oooh, I love the “let’s choose our favorites’ game! That said, for me it changes by the minute, or with my mood or what I am smelling, or whatever.
    I love Furry’s list! good ones. I also love the Suavecito, that’s a great one.
    For me the 70s was either old school rock, Led Zeppelin, Queen, or because I grew up in Texas, the outlaw country gang of Waylon, Willie, Jerry Jeff and even that dickhead David Allen Coe. It was not a party till someone put on “You don’t have to call me darlin’ ” and the whole place would sing along as loud as we could. If you can find that song on a juke box today I guarantee you the same thing would happen.
    Later stuff? I gotta go with Pearl Jam and REM

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  18. Ooooh, fun! 1970s: Wow, how to choose? There is a lot of really good stuff from the 70s but for one that everyone remembers, I would have to say Imagine. For one that is my personal favoraite and was sung at my wedding, Your Song by ELton John.
    1980s: Every Breath you Take – Police. One of my all time favorite songs ever. Kind of creepy but I think it is a classic, classic song. Although a close second for me would be Brass in Pocket by the Pretenders.
    1990s: This was hard for me because I think I stopped listening to current music and stuck with my classic rock. I had to look up the top 100 so I’m going with good old Hootie and the Blowfish and Only Wanna Be with You.

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  19. For the 90s it is a tie between Schoop by Salt n Pepper or Nobody Left to Run with Anymore by the Allman Brothers. That shows my taste in music, all over the place. The 80s to me is Born in the USA.

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  20. Lisa Pie, my daughter went to UT-Austin and I remember when she called and told me about the first time she was at a party down there and how the whole entire room completely lit up and turned raucous when that song came on. She said it happened every.single.time. Too funny!

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  21. When I went to college in Central Illinois in the 70’s, the bar song that everyone would stop and sing was “The Battle of New Orleans” Google it.

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  22. Queen Marcy, Elsie and Jeanie, I’m in the old club as well. I don’t have a clue about the music mentioned. Ask me about music of the 60s. Yeah, Elvis, The Beach Boys, Mack Davis, Bill Haley, The Drifters, Ray Charles, Neil Diamond, okay enough from the olds.
    It drives me crazy for these young people that don’t know squat to think they have it together and know what life is about when they are still living in the parent’s basement because they can’t even support themselves. They can’t even find their way out of a wet paper bag.

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  23. so you are basically ignoring GOD?
    saw the photo on facebook last night, wish i could have taken him. he looks so cute.

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  24. 90s: none of them
    80s: 99 Luftballoons (except I like the English version better because I can sing along to it)
    70s: Bohemian Rhapsody

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  25. I’m one of the oldies that doesn’t know most of these songs (I watched the Beatles perform in 63 on Ed Sullivan and remember going outside to play air guitar and sing I Wanna Hold Your Hand), but I do have to agree with whomever/whoever? said Bohemian Rhapsody for the 70s.

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  26. Elton John ruled the 70s!
    Billy Joel – You May Be Right is my favorite 80s song, but I loved REM, too.
    Not a necessarily a favorite, but certainly memorable from the 90s is Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.

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  27. ANYTHING that is NOT by Jewel. Holy Mother of GOD I hate that warble of hers. At least she got her snaggleteeth fixed.
    But, MAN, I cannot stand that voice of hers. Oy. Sorry, Jewel, if you’re reading this. I think you’re a totally cool person and all, but those songs from your youth? Yeesh.

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  28. Y’all remember Helen Reddy? Captain and Tenille? What the fuck was Muskrat Love? Who writes a song like that? And then it becomes a hit? What the hell were we all smoking back then?
    Carole King. She still rocks. She was just on some award show and she hasn’t aged one bit and her voice is still incredible.

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  29. Human Sexual Response sang “Jackie Onassis.” They also sang, “What does sex mean to me.” Dead Kennedys did “Holiday in Cambodia” (where you’ll do what you’re told).

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  30. The 90s are a blur for me. I birthed 2 kids, miscarried another, buried my Dad and Grandma within weeks of giving birth to #2, moved to a new house. New Music of the 90s was low on my list of things I paid attention to.

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  31. I had to leave the house for a while and the minute I got on the road I thought “Holy crap, I didn’t list Marvin Gaye, Al Green and Barry White!”
    70s soul music is just the best.

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  32. Loved Carole King. And James Taylor. As a matter of fact, I’m considering plunking down some big cash to go see him again. I could just close my eyes and I’d be back in the 70s…well, almost.

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  33. Going out on a limb here – has anyone gone to see ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’? [Yes, I have age-appropriate offspring who love to go see these comic hero/anti-hero movies with their Mom.] Chris Pratt is not my type but the soundtrack is truly awesome:

    Enjoy!

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  34. Okay. This is hard. I had to go and look up the Billboard charts because I can’t distinguish between decades. After working all day? Who can think?
    So. Here. This is what I came up with.
    I obviously liked Rod Stewart in the 70s. Queen was not on the charts, but clearly that is ridiculous. So Queen. I am a big Rolling Stones fan, so I am clinging to Brown Sugar because otherwise they are not mentioned anywhere in any chart. There were also some fun memories like “I Shot The Sheriff” and “Crocodile Rock” that were mentioned…Love Will Keep Us Together! Ah. To be a kid again.
    Madonna was my favorite in the 80s. I was perfectly aligned with her stardom: right when MTV began I was in 6th grade…her video was awesome. You know. Plus millions of black rubber bracelets? Who wouldn’t love those? (When you are in Middle School.) But then there is Blonde and Billy Joel, Prince and Duran Duran. The fun favorites were “I Love Rock and Roll,” “Centerfold,” and “Don’t You Want Me.”
    The 90s. Hmmm. Not too many known songs, unless you are really into Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston. I did like Paula Abdul, but not to the REALLY LIKE stage. I didn’t really do Rap, so I ignored that trend. Finally I found ONE SONG: I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith. Whew.
    I am a big Bon Jovi fan, were they in the 90s? I also like Guns N Roses, but again, decade? Who Care? And what about Van Halen? Where do they belong? Journey? Tom Petty? Billy Squier?
    I am sorry I wrote a Thesis. Incomplete, however because I refuse to figure out where all of those bands fit.

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  35. Can I sit with your group? Are we classic, vintage or both? Maybe, classically vintage.
    BamaCarol, I was also going to mention Carole King and James Taylor. Love them.

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