erin made a soundtrack for her life — her hot one hundred — using billboard’s year-end lists. i’d originally done the same, but i didn’t love the result, so i redid it. instead of using the year-end’s selections, though, i’m using hot one hundred lists compiled each year (mostly) the week of my birth, only i don’t love anything on the charts that week, so we’ll start with the year after. and it’s hard whittling it down to one hundred, yall. it hurt to cut some from the list.
la grange. zz top.
dream on. aerosmith.
bohemian rhapsody. queen.
go your own way. fleetwood mac.
you really got me. van halen.
mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys. waylon jennings and willie nelson.
we will rock you/we are the champions. queen.
i will survive. gloria gaynor.
roxanne. the police.
lost in love. air supply.
the rose. bette midler.
don’t stand so close to me. the police.
open arms. journey.
separate ways (worlds apart). journey.
should i stay or should i go now. the clash.
photograph. def leppard.
i melt with you. modern english.
against all odds (take a look at me now). phil collins.
hold me now. thompson twins.
crazy for you. madonna.
save a prayer. duran duran.
don’t you (forget about me). simple minds.
everybody wants to rule the world. tears for fears.
the boys of summer. don henley.
why can’t this be love. van halen.
your love. the outfield.
the power of love. jennifer rush.
livin’ on a prayer. bon jovi.
with or without you. u2.
hysteria. def leppard.
wind beneath my wings. bette midler.
nothing compares to you. sinead o’connor.
hold on. wilson phillips.
personal jesus. depeche mode.
i remember you. skid row.
get here. oleta adams.
where does my heart beat now. celine dion.
silent lucidity. queensryche.
she talks to angels. black crowes.
right now. van halen.
ordinary world. duran duran.
i will always love you. whitney houston.
streets of philadelphia. bruce springsteen.
name. goo goo dolls.
i got id. pearl jam.
caught a lite sneeze. tori amos.
high and dry. radiohead.
foolish games/you were meant for me. jewel.
secret garden. bruce springsteen.
the freshmen. the verve pipe.
silent all these years. tori amos.
sweet surrender. sarah mclachlan.
given to fly. pearl jam.
angel. sarah mclachlan.
back to good. matchbox twenty.
breathe. faith hill.
pour me. trick pony.
in the end. linkin park.
how you remind me. nickelback.
wherever you will go. the calling.
a thousand miles. vanessa carlton.
standing still. jewel.
i’m with you. avril lavigne.
unwell. matchbox twenty.
my immortal. evanescence.
numb. linkin park.
you raise me up. josh groban.
when i look to the sky. train.
she will be loved. maroon five.
collide. howie day.
somewhere only we know. keane.
because of you. kelly clarkson.
over my head (cable car). the fray.
black horse and the cherry tree. kt tunstall.
how to save a life. the fray.
love song. sara bareilles.
the climb. miley cyrus.
so what. pink.
when i look at you. miley cyrus.
don’t you wanna stay. jason aldean.
for the first time. the script.
arms. christina perri.
stronger (what doesn’t kill you). kelly clarkson.
rumour has it. adele.
shake it out. florence and the machine.
lonely boy. the black keys.
stay. rihanna featuring mikky ekko.
just give me a reason. pink and nate ruess.
all of me. john legend.
say something. a great big world and christina aguilera.
brave. sara bareilles.
shut up and dance with me. walk the moon.
shake it off. taylor swift.
mumford and sons.
what songs comprise your hot one hundred?