So here’s the longest list of songs for the year I graduated high school…1996.
In 1996, the area near my high school experienced a really rough winter. We missed something like 20 days of school due to snow and ice storms that closed down entire sections of major expressways. School normally is scheduled to dismiss and graduating seniors are scheduled to walk the last week of May…we graduated June 10…the last scheduled day of school.
The shortest summer vacation I had in school was between my senior year of high school and my freshman year of college. It was a DRAG.
And I’ve written several posts about how high school wasn’t my favorite time of life. I was certainly happy it was over, but I wasn’t really super happy to participate (we were REQUIRED to participate) in the ceremony. My real maiden name is in the latter part of the alphabet. So I had to sit on the second to last row of stacked, wobbly bleachers on an auditorium stage wearing not only the cap and gown but (somehow?…this made NO sense because of the cap and gown) an even STRICTER dress code than we dealt with at school (why?!?!?!…it was covered up by the cap and gown! Gah!). And our principal threatened several times that anyone who threw their cap at the end would have their diploma held, and transcripts and recommendations held if they were going to college or trade school. Right? What a freaking killjoy.
It’s almost like he was TRYING to be the antagonist in a 1980s teen movie. ???
But those guys ^^^^ at least only threatened kids who really did BAD stuff at least once.
Even though I didn’t really want anything to do with my own high school graduation, I truly think it sucks big time for kids approaching that milestone now who don’t get a choice either, but for an even worse set of circumstances. Even though you finished up in remote learning, YOU STILL MADE IT! Your families and friends are proud of you and happy for you. Even without the ceremony and parties. I promise. And so am I.
Here’s a big ol’ list of music from 1996. Someday, you young folks will be holding onto the music of your youth too. 😉
- Big Me by Foo Fighters
- Hey Jupiter by Tori Amos
- Shadowboxer by Fiona Apple
- Where It’s At by Beck
- (Love Is) What I Got by Sublime
- New Test Leper by REM
- Be Mine by REM
- 1nce Again by A Tribe Called Quest
- On and On by Erykah Badu
- Just a Girl by No Doubt
- Don’t Cry by Seal
- If It Makes You Happy by Sheryl Crow
- Sunny Came Home by Shawn Colvin
- You Oughtta Know by Alanis Morrisette
- Closer to Free by The BoDeans
- Hook by Blues Traveler
- Time by Hootie and the Blowfish
- Bulls On Parade by Rage Against the Machine
- Killing Me Softly by The Fugees
- Goodnight Elizabeth by Counting Crows
- No Diggity by Blackstreet
- One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
- The Distance by Cake
- Untouchable Face by Ani DiFranco
- Follow You Down by Gin Blossoms
- Naked Eye by Luscious Jackson
- Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand by Primitive Radio Gods
- High and Dry by Radiohead
- Stupid Girl by Garbage
- Two Step by Dave Matthews Band
I know. That’s a lot. What can I say. I was a loner in high school and listening to music was my company most of the time. I was self isolating way before it was necessary. And it only includes songs that were released on an album and/or got significant radio play in 1996, not all of high school. Because damn, I wanted to include some Pearl Jam and Nirvana and Soundgarden and Sarah McLachlan and Janet Jackson and TLC and Beastie Boys stuff. Know what? I’m linking this video because it’s in my opinion the best music video ever (yeah, I said it). It reminds me of Brooklyn 99 now. HAHAHA!
Congratulations to all of you high school grads out there and parents and grandparents and older siblings of high school grads too. There WILL be a time to celebrate in proper, traditional fashion in the near future, I’m sure. Hopefully this is under control and settled and all over with as soon and as painlessly as possible. But in the meantime, I still think connection is there. Stay home if you can (I KNOW it’s getting old…even introverts like me are starting to tire of it and worry about it). Wash your hands. Help someone if you possibly can. ❤