It all started when I heard American Pie by Don Mclean over the Labor Day Holiday. It was on Jenna's playlist. I immediately spoke up and said - that was the winter of 1971 my senior year of High School. A vivid image of a grey Saturday in Cleveland popped into my head. I was driving a group of us from the Methodist youth group to a volunteer activity on the West side. We were all singing the song (8 + minutes worth) in the car. Why I connect that particular event with the song is a mystery - but many songs conjure up a vivid memory in time.
So - that put me on to a music project. I decided to create a playlist of songs for each year from 1962-1982 consisting of only ONE SONG for each of the years. Upon a search of the internet I found Music Outfitters which had a list of the top 100 songs for each of those years. This task is not easy given my history of the endless hours I spent listening to the radio and taping songs on Dad's reel to real tape recorder. Regardless - I plowed on and for the hardest years I picked three first and then tried to narrow to one.
Before I publish my list, I intend to go back an find what songs I actually taped to verify if my taste in favorites has evolved (however back then I was not just limiting my recordings to just one song per year).
BTW - American Pie was my 1972 pick. (Why 1972 - the song was released in November 1971 but made the top 100 in 1972).