My 80’s Funeral Playlist
Morbid title right? Or is it… preemptive brilliance!? That’s what I’m going with!
I was at a funeral months ago for the father of family member, and as funerals do, I was reminded of the brevity of life.
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4:14
The 80’s ended over 27 years ago! But much like every generation, the songs from that particular time provide the largest part of the soundtrack of my life and also for many of us that grew up as young adolescents during that time. Plus, the music is just freaking awesome.
Anyway, as I listened to the same song being played for the third time on the same video during the funeral, the thought crossed my mind that maybe I should come up with my own list that was long enough so as not to overlap for those in attendance.
Sure there are other songs from other decades, but this site is dedicated to the 80’s and so let’s look at what my playlist might look like if I was forced to narrow it down to 5 songs from the 80’s for this post.
I want my friends and family to smile some and enjoy the video that essentially becomes the photographical summation of one’s life.
- “I Remember You” by Skid Row – every good funeral of an 80’s man needs at least one good hair metal ballad, but this one won’t be my last.
Key lyric – “We’ve had our share of hard times, but that’s the price we paid.
And through it all we kept the promise that we made.”
2. “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2 – I hope to be in that spiritual location where the streets have no name and the divisions of class and race and gender have all been broken down. Can I get an “Amen!
Key lyric – ” I wanna feel sunlight on my face. I see the dust-cloud disappear without a trace.”
3. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds – probably one of my top 3 favorite 80’s songs from one of my all-time favorite movies, “The Breakfast Club.” “Thinkin’ of tryin’ out for a scholar…ship.”
Key lyric – “Don’t you forget about me. I’ll be alone dancing you know it, baby.”
4. “Goodbye” by Night Ranger – not their most popular song (“Sister Christian” has that title hands down), but a solid ballad by a solid band.
Key lyric- “I was never much good at goodbye.”
5. “Home Sweet Home” – how could I leave this appropriate classic by the Crüe off? I can’t.
Key lyric – “I’m on my way… I’m on my way… home sweet home…”
Of course I need an honorable mention and still possibilities list, so here it is:
“Love Somebody” by Rick Springfield
“I Can Dream About You” by Dan Hartman
“Glory Days” by the Boss
“Every Breath You Take” by the Police – yes, I could be that creepy apparition following you!
“Where Everybody Knows Your Name” – theme song from the best sitcom of the 80’s and one of the best of all-time, “Cheers”
“I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man)” by Kenny Loggins
“Only the Young” by Journey
“Best of Both Worlds” by Van Halen
“Just Like Paradise” by David Lee Roth
I also reserve the right to dip into the early 90’s for an emotional tearjerker with some Boys II Men and “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.” You watching some awesome pictures of me on the screen with this song playing in the background – that’ll mess you up! LOL.