Countdown to 50: Week 3 Roundup (Days #15-21 of 365)

Welcome to the Week 3 Countdown to 50 Roundup post.

Each week, I’ll be posting a weekly recap of the week’s posts that I’ve been posting over on my Instagram account, and giving a little more info on why I chose the songs I did. If you want to see the entire list, check it out, here. And if you are on Spotify and want to listen to my Countdown to 50 playlist, you can follow and listen to the playlist, here.

Happy Listening!

Day #15 of 365 
Song: Free Your Mind
Artist: En Vogue
Album: Funky Divas

I’ve always loved En Vogue. Their harmonies are amazing. A lot of their songs have soul and R&B sounds, but this song has a very distinctive rock vibe to it. I love it! Plus, the lyrics are great and sung with such strong vocals almost like they are attacking the lyrics. I just love this song! 

Day #16 of 365 
Song: Rooster
Artist: Alice in Chains
Album: Dirt

Another song with amazing lyrics. I just love a song with strong lyrics. Rooster tells the story of a Vietnam Vet soldier and his experiences in war. Alice in Chains’ guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell wrote this song for his father who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Not only are the lyrics gritty but it is sung with a combination of sadness and rage by the late, great Layne Staley. This is such an amazing song on an album with so many hits. More songs from this album will be making the countdown as the year goes on. 

Day #17 of 365 
Song: Electric Youth
Artist: Debbie Gibson
Album: Electric Youth

Ahh, Debbie Gibson. Back in the ’80s, I wanted to be just like Debbie Gibson. I even dressed like her and wore her Electric Youth perfume. And, of course, I had every album of hers. This song was always one of my favorites. I remember the video being a lot of fun too. 

Day #18 of 365 
Song: If I Die Young
Artist: The Band Perry
Album: The Band Perry

I’m a fan of all kinds of songs and all styles of songs. I feel like there is a song for every emotion you might be feeling. This is one of those songs that tugs at your heartstrings, and I still listen to it. It is a beautifully sung song with some really powerful lyrics. 

Day #19 of 365 
Song: I Just Want To Be Your Everything
Artist: Andy Gibb
Album: Flowing Rivers

My very first celebrity crush was Andy Gibb. I think I was 4 years old! I just thought he was the greatest. I even had a puzzle with this album cover on it. Gosh! I wish I still had that puzzle. . . Anyway, this was always my favorite song of his. 

Day #20 of 365 
Song: Candy
Artist: Iggy Pop featuring Kate Pierson
Album: Brick by Brick

In the ’90s, I really started to get into alternative music. We had a radio station that ran out of one of the local high schools. They played a lot of underground alternative and indie music. Thanks to Piper High, I was introduced to Concrete Blonde, 10,000 Maniacs, Tori Amos, The B-52’s and so many others. There I learned about this song too. I love it not only because I love anything Kate Pierson does, but also because of Iggy Pop’s low almost growling lyrics. Such a great song. 

Day #21 of 365 
Song: Nothin’ But A Good Time
Artist: Poison
Album: Open Up And Say. . . Ahh

I’m a huge Poison fan. I always have been and always will be. They might be tied with Aerosmith for the most live concerts I’ve seen. This is one of my favorite songs, and I just realized I spelled it wrong on my little thumbnail. Oops!  Oh, well. I’m sure it won’t be my last mistake in this countdown. I used to request this video on Dial MTV a lot! This song is one I always put on and sing at the top of my lungs.