Old School…Music 4


I’m a lover of many things “old school.” I watch old school shows and listen primarily to old school music. And I don’t mean just the 80’s “old school.” I mean, old school.

See, back in the day my mother used to have these things called “card parties.” You may or may not know what I’m speaking of if you were born after 1981. During the card parties, they’d play old, which was current for them, music. Whether it was listening to Herb Kent on the radio (for all my Chicago radio peeps) or playing records, music was the back drop of those card parties. Yes, records. Albums, to be exact.

For today’s old school installment, I want to talk some of my favorite old school songs. Now, this list could go on and on, but I’m going to attempt to stop at 25 30. And these are in no particular order, because that would take days, or weeks. And I also limited myself to 1980 and prior, with no repeat artists unless part of a duet. REALLY tough, especially because of my love for Lionel Richie, but here goes!

Lisa’s Old School Hit List

  1. Sara Smile, Hall & Oates
  2. Float On, The Floaters
  3. Oh What a Night for Dancing, Barry White
  4. Love Ballad, L.T.D.
  5. Knocks Me Off My Feet, Stevie Wonder
  6. Lost Inside of You, One Way (ft. Al Hudson)
  7. Never Can Say Goodbye, Jackson 5
  8. I’ll Never Love This Way Again, Dionne Warwick
  9. Sailing, Christopher Cross
  10. Love X Love, George Benson
  11. If I Can’t Have You, Yvonne Elliman
  12. Stairway to Heaven, O’Jays
  13. Then Came You, Spinners & Dionne Warwick
  14. You Know How to Love Me, Phyllis Hyman
  15. What You Won’t Do for Love, Bobby Caldwell
  16. This Time I’ll Be Sweeter, Angela Bofill
  17. It’s Gonna Take A Miracle, Deniece Williams
  18. Let Me Be Your Angel, Stacy Lattisaw
  19. Our Love, Natalie Cole
  20. Am I Dreaming, Atlantic Starr
  21. Close the Door, Teddy Pendergrass
  22. Zoom, Commodores
  23. Would You Mind, Earth, Wind & Fire
  24. Show & Tell, Al Wilson
  25. Young Hearts Run Free, Candi Staton
  26. A Love of Your Own, Average White Band
  27. Don’t Ask My Neighbors, Emotions
  28. Reunited, Peaches & Herb
  29. Strawberry Letter 23, The Brothers Johnson
  30. Sweet Thing, Rufus and Chaka Khan

Yes, I know – most of them are ballads. And, I know I’m missing A LOT of hits. (Like, a lot.) Maybe I’ll do one more list from 1980 through 1990. Why not share some of your favorites in the comments?


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