October 1 – Happy Birthday Month to Me! (Spotify playlist included)

I’ve been trying to do a Spotify list each month for the listeners as many always ask me about music. 

Taking the October birthday theme, I made a playlist with a song from each year. It may or may not have been the best song that year. However, most mean something to me for one reason or another. I’ll share some of the stories below. Here is the list itself:


1969 – A Boy Named Sue, Johnny Cash

1970 – Mississippi Queen, Mountain (What can I say, I’m a Mississippi queen.)

1971 – Brown Sugar, Rolling Stones (If I had to pick, this is my favorite by the Stones.  What an influence they had on my music life.)

1972 – Let’s Stay Together, Al Green

1973 – Let’s Get It On, Marvin Gaye (THE voice. Gone way to soon.)

1974 – Band on the Run, Paul McCartney & the Wings (We have two in a row by Wings.   Adored them. Reminds me of family trips with that AM radio coming through…sometimes.)

1975 – Junior’s Farm, Paul McCartney & the Wings (See 1974)

1976 – Sara Smile, Hall & Oates (Such a great song. The old H&O is the best!)

1977 – Barracuda, Heart (My uncle who wasn’t that older than me taught me GOOD music. His album collection was something else. He is no longer with us but when I hear certain songs especially Heart, I think of him.)

1978 – Slip Slidin’ Away, Paul Simon (Fav PS song)

1979 – Le Freak, Chic (Man, I rocked it out to this song on roller skates!!  Good times!  Funtime Skateland!)

1980 – Call Me, Blondie (This began my obsession with the somewhat punk and new wave movement.)

1981 – Hit Me With Your Best ShoT, Pat Benatar (She taught me girls can rock it too. She was a woman in a man’s world and kicked ass.)

1982 – We Got The Beat, Go-Gos (My group as a kid!)

1983 – Let’s Dance, David Bowie

1984 – The Warrior, Scandal

1985 – I’m on Fire, Bruce Springsteen (BRRUUUCCCCEEEEE!)

1986 – True Colors, Cyndi Lauper (When I heard this song, it gave me comfort. I knew I was “different”, but was scared to acknowledge what it actually was. 20 something years later of being out, I hear this song and it still gives me chills – and comfort.)

1987 – With or Without You, U2 (U2 – wow, what can you say!  They truly changed my life. I was old enough to comprehend that any of us can make social change. That is what is at the heart of this group. Favorite U2 moment was taking my sister to see them after so many years she had adored them. Her happiness was awesome!)

1988 – I Get Weak, Belinda Carlisle (Many of you know the story lol. So when the GoGo’s kicked Kathy Valentine out of the band, many of the fans (including me) were bummed. What stunk is that they sold tickets to their show without revealing this until later. Kathy was my favorite GoGo. She gave us her pick at the concert before this one. Many took to Twitter being downright ugly. Now with my wicked sense of humor, I said I wonder if they’ll give 20% of our ticket back to us. It was funny. Many were calling them ugly names, etc. Many found the tweet funny. Next thing I know, Belinda has blocked me from her Twitter account lol.)

1989 – Love Shack, B-52s (Someone who ended up being one of my dearest friends moved to Missssippi from Seattle one summer. Our parents were friends.  She opened my eyes to the B52s – the old, really good stuff.  We had never heard this in Mississippi well befor this song.  Thanks, Deana, for bringing this and so much more into my life!  Side note:  Fred was the guest musician with the STL Gateway Chorus. We went to a fundraiser where he was guest of honor. I met Fred!  80s kid went nuts – after meeting him that is.)

1990 – We Didn’t Start The Fire, Billy Joel (The history nerd loves this one.)

1991 – Justify My Love, Madonna (I loved this song for it’s video. Since it was banned from MTV, our local video store rented it.  lol Hard to believe that was banned.)

1992 – November Rain, Guns n Roses

1993 – Weak, SWV

1994 – Whatta Man, Salt n Pepa & En Vogue (Reminds me of good times. Fresh out of grad school the year before, my best friend since I was 3 and I remained in Starkville a little bit working. We would crank this cassette tape UP riding through MSUs campus blaring this plus singing and our choreographed moves. He is n longer here on this earth, but I still JAM to this song – enough for the both us!)

1995 – Big Poppa, Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie Smalls – game changer!) 

1996 – Sittin’ Up In My Room, Brandy

1997 – Where Have All The Cowboys Gone, Paula Cole

1998 – This Kiss, Faith Hill (Mississippi girl from the county where my family lives!)

1999 – Believe, Cher (My inner gay man comes out to Cher. Also, Nora and I had our second date at the Cher concert.)

2000 – Say My Name, Destiny’s Child

2001 – Fallin’, Alecia Keyes (goddess) 

2002 – Hot in Herre, Nelly (Put the Lou and music on the map. Fun times)

2003 – Crazy In Love, Beyonce with Jay-Z (Queen and King. What else can I say here.)

2004 – Hey Ya – Outkast

2005 – Gold Digger, Kanye West with Jamie Foxx

2006 – Promiscuous, Nelly Furtado with Timberland

2007 – Umbrella, Rhianna with Jay-Z

2008 – Just Fine, Mary J. Blige (MJB – top 5 singers of all time. Hell of a concert too – have seen 3 times! A fourth in November!)

2009 – Sober, Pink (She upped the game of being a bad ass!)

2010 – Need You Now, Lady Antebellum 

2011 – Rolling in the Deep, Adele (How can you not fall in love with this voice. So much so I’m going to freaking Toronto to see her Monday, October 3, 2016.)

2012 – Payphone, Maroon 5 with Wiz Khalifa

2013 – Suit & Tie, Justin Timberlake with Jay-Z

2014 – Stay With Me, Sam Smith (Smooth as silk!)

2015 – Send My Love (To Your New Lover), Adele (See 2011. Also, favorite song of 25 album.)

2016 – Hymn for the Weekend, Coldplay (Love this group and fell in love even more seeing them live this year!!  You left the concert feeling so good about yourself and others.  That’s the sign of an impactful group of musicians.  And Chris Martin is easy on the eyes!)

For the actual playlist, see the link below:

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I had fun making it.  Now, happy birthday to me!  Where are my presents??? lol

– Tracy Fort


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