Mixtape: 30 for 30

To kick off my wife’s next trip around the sun, the annual birthday mixtape. 30-For-30 is the title this year and I’ve chosen one top-100 song from each year of her life. That’s right, music lovers: we start back in the mid-80s and take you for a stroll down amnesia lane. This one was harder than I thought it’d be. Needed a deft balance of actual good songs that represent the era well, something Ray Ray is going to like, mixed with a bit of “this is what I remembers about this year.”

This year's mixtape artwork. On location in Central Park.

Note: There are actually 31 tracks on this one. The last song is a nod to Ray Ray’s birthday surprise.

For those interested in keeping track, we begin by setting the Way Back Machine to 1986. As always, you can find this playlist on our Spotify station.

Mr. Mister – Kyrie

Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody

George Harrison – Got My Mind Set On You

Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy

Bel Biv Devoe – Poison

Janet Jackson – Love Will Never Do

Alice In Chains – Would?

Mariah Carey – Dreamlover

Salt-N-Pepa – Whatta Man

Blues Traveler – Run-Around

Tracy Chapman – Give Me One Reason

The Notorious B.I.G. – Mo Money Mo Problems

Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)

Eagle-Eye Cherry – Save Tonight

*NSYNC – It’s Gonna Be Me

U2 – Beautiful Day

Eminem – Lose Yourself

Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why

OutKast – Hey Ya!

Weezer – Beverly Hills

Christina Aguilera – Ain’t No Other Man

Ne-Yo – Because Of You

Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

Beyoncé – Single Ladies

Jay-Z – Empire State of Mind

Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks

Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe

PSY – Gangnam Style

Pharrell Williams – Happy

Maclemore & Ryan Lewis – Downtown

Phillipa Soo & Original Broadway Cast – Helpless


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