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The Greatest Playlist Of All Time (GPOAT)

I am driving from North Carolina to Colorado next weekend, and to get ready for this roadtrip, I decided to amass a collection of all the songs released since 1955 that I am confident I could sing along to.  The end result is a 234-song, 15-hour playlist that does not feature the same artist twice*. The entire playlist is listed in chronological order after the jump.

Yet, perfection can still manage some improvement (I think), so I am turning to all Playground readers for suggestions on possible oversights.

First, a few rules:

1) Like I said before, you can't suggest anything from an artist I have already listed.  So don't try and argue "Living on a Prayer" because I already included "Wanted Dead Or Alive," which, trust me, was an agonizing decision.

2) Suggestions need to be songs that are somewhat upbeat and fun to sing along to.  In other words, spare me your Meatloaf.

3) These can't just be personal favorites.  They need to be pop classics.  You would have to be somewhat confident that anyone your age might not necessarily know the words, but can at least recite the chorus.

*By which I mean no same group is listed twice.  For instance, there is both a Jackson 5 song and a Michael Jackson song (as well as both Wham! and George Michael tracks) because I consider these to be separate musical acts.

Without further ado:

01) Bill Haley - Rock Around The Clock (1955)

02) Elvis Presley - Hound Dog (1956)

03) Frankie Lymon - Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1956)

04) Johnny Cash - I Walk the Line (1956)

05) Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls of Fire (1957)

06) Buddy Holly- Every Day (1958)

07) Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode (1958)

08) The Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes For You (1959)

09) The Isley Brothers - Shout (1959)

10) Richie Valens - La Bamba (1959)

11) Chubby Checkers - The Twist (1960)

12) Dion & Belmonts - Runaround Sue (1961)

13) The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight (1961)

14) The Contours - Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance) (1961)

15) Neil Sedaka- Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (1962)

16) Lesley Gore - It's My Party (1963)

17) The Beatles - Twist and Shout (1963)

18) Manfred Mann - Doo Wah Diddy (1964)

19) Herman's Hermits - I'm Into Something Good (1964)

20) Aretha Franklin - Respect (1965)

21) The Beach Boys - California Girls (1965)

22) The Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Loving Feeling (1965)

23) The Rolling Stones - I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) (1965)

24) ? And The Mysterians - 96 Tears (1966)

25) Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made For Walkin' (1966)

26) The Association - Windy (1967)

27) Johnny Rivers - Baby I Need Your Lovin (1967)

28) Tommy James and The Shondells - I Thnk We're Alone Now (1967)

29) The Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup (1968)

30) Simon and Garfunkel - Mrs. Robinson (1968)

31) Peter Sarstedt - Where Do You Go To My Lovely (1969)

32) The Jackson 5 - I Want You Back (1970)

33) Mungo Jerry - In the Summertme (1970)

34) Tony Orlando - Knock Three Times (1970)

35) Dave Edmunds - I Hear You Knockin (1971)

36) Elton John - Levon (1971)

37) Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (1971)

38) Don Maclean - American Pie (1972)

39) Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now (1972)

40) The O'Jays - Love Train (1973)

41) Steeler's Wheel - Stuck In the Middle With You (1973)

42) Bachman-Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet (1974)

43) Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama (1974)

44) ABBA - Mamma Mia (1975)

45) Aerosmith - Walk This Way (1975)

46) KC and the Sunshine Band - That's the Way I Like It (1975)

47) Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town (1975)

48) Bob Dylan - Hurricane (1976)

49) Starland Vocal Band - Afternoon Delight (1976)

50) The Eagles - Hotel California (1977)

51) Queen - We Are The Champions (1977)

52) Rose Royce - Car Wash (1977)

53) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - American Girl (1977)

54) The B-52s - Rock Lobster (1978)

55) The Bee Gees - Staying Alive (1978)

56) Chaka Khan - I'm Every Woman (1978)

57) The Village People - YMCA (1978)

58) Anita Ward - Ring My Bell (1979)

59) Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive (1979)

60) The Knack - My Sharona (1979)

61) Robert Palmer - Bad Case Of Loving You (1979)

62) ACDC - You Shook Me All Night Long (1980)

63) Devo - Whip It (1980)

64) Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out (1980)

65) Lipps Inc - Funkytown (1980)

66) The Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me (1980)

67) The Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated (1980)

68) Journey - Don't Stop Believing (1981)

69) Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl (1981)

70) Rick James - Super Freak (1981)

71) Soft Cell - Tainted Love (1981)

72) Boy George and Culture Club - Do You Really Want to Hurt Me (1982)

73) Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen (1982)

74) Men At Work - Land Down Under (1982)

75) Survivor - Eye of The Tiger (1982)

76) The Clash - Rock The Casbah (1983)

77) Donna Summers - She Works Hard For The Money (1983)

78) Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (1983)

79) Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (1983)

80) Quiet Riot - Cum On Feel The Noize (1983)

81) The The - This Is The Day (1983)

82) Violent Femmes - Blister In the Sun (1983)

83) Billy Joel - For the Longest Time (1984)

84) Cyndu Lauper - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (1984)

85) Denice Williams - Let's Hear It For the Boy (1984)

86) Madonna - Like a Virgin (1984)

87) Pointer Sisters - Jump For My Love (1984)

88) The Scorpions - Rock You Like a Hurricane (1984)

89) Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (1984)

90) Aha - Take On Me (1985)

91) The Cure - Close To Me (1985)

92) Run DMC - King of Rock (1985)

93) Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me (1985)

94) The Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right (1986)

95) Berlin - Take My Breath Away (1986)

96) Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead or Alive (1986)

97) Europe - The Final Countdown (1986)

98) Jefferson Starship - We Built This City on Rock and Roll (1986)

99) Kenny Loggins - Danger Zone (1986)

100) Wang Chung - Everybody Have Fun Tonight (1986)

Author's Note: 1986 was a trainwreck.

101) Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is a Place on Earth - (1987)

102) Cutting Crew - I Just Died In Your Arms (1987)

103) George Michael - Faith (1987)

104) Guns N Roses - Welcome to the Jungle (1987)

105) LL Cool J - I Need Love (1987)

106) U2 - With or Without You (1987)

107) Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (1987)

108) Billy Ocean - Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car (1988)

109) Salt N Pepa - Push It (1988)

110) Tone Loc - Funky Cold Medina (1989)

111) C & C Music Factory - I'm Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) (1990)

112) EMF - Unbelievable (1990)

113) MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This (1990)

114) Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby (1990)

115) Warrant - Cherry Pie (1990)

116) Naughty By Nature - OPP (1991)

117) REM - Losing My Religion (1991)

118) Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Under the Bridge (1991)

119) Boyz II Men - End of the Road (1992)

120) Dr. Dre - Ain't Nuthin But a G Thang (1992)

121) House of Pain - Jump Around (1992)

122) Snap - Rhythm Is a Dancer (1992)

123) Spin Doctors - Two Princes (1992)

124) Tom Cochrane - Life Is a Highway (1992)

125) Ace of Base - The Sign (1993)

126) Hadaway - What Is Love? (1993)

127) The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) (1993)

128) Tag Team - Whoop There It Is (1993)

129) Beck - Loser (1994)

130) Counting Crows - Mr. Jones (1994)

131) Crystal Waters - 100% Pure Love (1994)

132) Green Day - When I Come Around (1994)

133) Notorious B.I.G. - Big Poppa (1994)

134) Warren G - Regulaters (1994)

135) Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise (1995)

136) Deep Blue Something - Breakfast At Tiffany's (1995)

137) Hootie and the Blowfish - I Only Wanna Be With You (1995)

138) Los Del Rio - Macarena (1995)

139) Mariah Carey - Fantasy (1995)

140) Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It (1995)

141) Oasis - Wonderwall (1995)

142) Weezer - Buddy Holly (1995)

143) Foo Fighters - Big Me (1996)

144) Quad City DJ's - C'mon Ride The Train (1996)

145) Tupac - California Love (1996)

146) Blackstreet - No Diggity (1996)

147) The Wallflowers - One Headlight (1996)

148) Bone Thugs N Harmony - Tha Crossroads (1996)

149) Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight, Tonight (1996)

150) Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity (1996)

151) Spice Girls - Wannabe (1996)

152) Jewel - You Were Meant For Me (1996)

Author's Note: 1996 is the second best year in pop.  We'll see the best soon.

153) No Doubt - Don't Speak (1997)

154) Puff Daddy - Mo Money Mo Problems (1997)

155) Harvey Danger - Flagpole Sitta (1997)

156) Third Eye Blind - Semi Charmed Life (1997)

157) Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply (1997)

158) Chumbawamba - Tubthumping (1997)

159) Usher - Nice and Slow (1997)

160) Will Smith - Men In Black (1997)

161) Cher - Believe (1998)

162) Brandy & Monica - The Boy Is Mine (1998)

163) Semisonic - Closing Time (1998)

164) Barenaked Ladies - One Week (1998)

165) Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight (1998)

166) Marcy's Playground - Sex and Candy (1998)

167) Natalie Imbruglia - Torn (1998)

168) Shania Twain - You're Still The One (1998)

169) Bloodhound Gand - Bad Touch (1999)

170) Mandy Moore - Candy (1999)

171) Sugar Ray - Every Morning (1999)

172) Christina Aguilera - Genie in a Bottle (1999)

173) Backstreet Boys - I Want It That Way (1999)

174) Sixpence None the Richer - Kiss Me (1999)

175) Lou Bega - Mamba No. 5 (1999)

176) Lit - My Own Worst Enemy (1999)

177) TLC - No Scrubs (1999)

178) Len - Steal My Sunshine (1999)

179) Jennifer Lopez - Waiting For Tonight (1999)

180) Blink 182 - What's My Age Again (1999)

181) You Get What You Give - New Radicals (1999)

Author's Note: Further proof that 1999 was the best year in the history of pop.  13 songs!

182) Nsync - Bye Byebye (2000)

183) Britney Spears - Oops! I Did It Again (2000)

184) Eminem - The Real Slim Shady (2000)

185) Destiny's Child - Say My Nae (2000)

186) Enrique Eglesias - Hero (2001)

187) Janet Jackson - It's All For You (2001)

188) Jay Z - Izzo (H.O.V.A) (2001)

189) Lil Kim - Lady Marmalade (2001)

190) Nelly - Ride With Me (2001)

191) Shakira - Whenever, Wherever (2001)

192) Jimmy Eat World - The Middle (2002)

193) Coldplay - The Scientist (2002)

194) Avril Lavinge - Sk8er Boi (2002)

195) Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles (2002)

196) Outkast - Hey Ya (2003)

197) 50 Cent - In Da Club (2003)

198) Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone (2003)

199) Fountains of Wayne - Stacy's Mom (2003)

200) Snoop Dogg - Drop It Like It's Hot (2004)

201) Kelis - Milk Shake (2004)

202) The Killers - Mr. Brightside (2004)

203) Lil Jon - Yeah (2004)

204) Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue (2004)

205) Ashlee Simpson - Boyfriend (2005)

206) Fall Out Boy - Dance Dance (2005)

207) Kanye West - Gold Digger (2005)

208) Black Eyed Peas - My Humps (2005)

209) Marron 5 - This Love (2005)

210) Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten (2005)

211) Cascada - Every Time We Touch (2006)

212) Akon - I Wanna Love You (2006)

213) The All-American Rejects - Move Along (2006)

214) Nelly Furtado - Promiscuous Girl (2006)

215) Justin Timberlake - SexyBack (2006)

216) Fat Joe - Make It Rain (2007)

217) Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love (2007)

218) Mims - This Is Why I'm Hot (2007)

219) Rihanna - Umbrella (2007)

220) T-Pain - Buy U A Drank (2007)

221) Beyonce - Single Ladies (2008)

222) Estelle - American Boy (2008)

223) Fergie - Clumsy (2008)

224) Kardinal Offishall - Dangerous (2008)

225) Lil Wayne - Lollipop (2008)

226) Metro Station - Shake It (2008)

227) Ray J - Sexy Can I (2008)

228) Drake - Best I Ever Had (2009)

229) Jeremih - Birthday Sex (2009)

230) Lady GaGa - Poker Face (2009)

231) Sean Kingston - Fire Burning (2009)

232) T.I. - Live Your Life (2009)

233) Taylor Swift - Love Story (2009)

234) Young Money - Every Girl (2009)

Well, if you are still here, what have I missed?  If I forgot your favorite song, leave it below.  All suggestions are welcome.

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