Travel back in time, year by year, with three 50 year-olds to find out what was happening back in the day and which song is actually the best song for each year they’ve been alive.
The Best Album of 1981 – 50 Years of Music w/ 50 Year Old White Guys
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Our Picks Through the Years
|Year||Grammy Winner||#1 Hit||Ben’s Pick||Jeff’s Pick||Tim’s Pick|
|1969||Games People Play||Aquarius/Let the Sunshine in||You Got the Silver||I Want You Back||Ooh Child|
|1970||Bridge Over Troubled Water||Bridge Over Troubled Waters||Super Bad||Signed, Sealed, Delivered||If You Could Read My Mind|
|1971||You’ve Got a Friend||Joy to the World||Love the One You’re||Bargain||Me and Bobby McGee|
|1972||First Time I Ever Saw Your Face||First Time Ever I Saw Your Face||The Rain Song||Papa was a Rolling Stone||Mona Lisa and Mad Hatters|
|1973||Killing me Softly||Tie a Yellow Ribbon…||Roll Um Easy||Stir it Up||These Days|
|1974||The Way We Were||The Way We Were||Papa Don’t Take No Mess||O My Soul||Living for the City|
|1975||Send in the Clowns||Love Will Keep Us Together||Thunder Road||Idiot Wind||It’s a Long Way to the Top|
|1976||I Write the Songs||Silly Love Songs||Hots On For Nowhere||American Girl||Rich Girl|
|1977||Evergreen/You Light Up My Life||You Light Up My Life||Vienna||Marquee Moon||Paradise By the Dashboard Lights|
|1978||Just the Way You Are||Shadow Dancing||You Got That Right||Radio, Radio||Last Dance|
|1979||What a Fool Believes||My Sharona||Rapper’s Delight||Clampdown||And the Healing Has Begun|
|1980||Sailing||Call Me||Back in Black||Tattooed Love Boys||I Will Follow|
|1981||Bette Davis Eyes||Physical||Sexual Healing||Every Little Thing She Does is Magic||Never Too Much|
|1982||Always On My Mind||I Love Rock-n-Roll/Ebony and Ivory||Wanna Be Starting Something||Town Called Malice||Uncertain Smile|
|1983||Every Breath You Take||Every Breath You Take||White Lines (Don’t Do It)||Kiss Off||Islands int he Stream|
|1984||What’s Love Got to Do With It?||When Doves Cry/Jump||Purple Rain||This Ain’t No Picnic||Bobby Jean|
|1985||We Are the World||Like a Virgin/We Are the World||Raising Hell||Left of the Dia||She Sells Sanctuary|
|1986||That’s What Friends Are For||That’s What Friends Are For||The New Style||In Your Eyes||I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man|
|1987||Somewhere Out There||Livin’ On a Prayer||Push It||Where the Streets Have No Name||Birthday|
|1988||Don’t Worry Be Happy||Roll With It||Bring the Noise||We Will Not Be Lovers||Fairytale of New York|
|1989||Wind Beneath My Wings||Miss You Much||Kickstart My Heart||The Mayor of Simpleton||Most of the Time|
|1990||From a Distance||Nothing Compares 2 U||The Humpty Dumpty Dance||Merchandise||Friends in Low Places|
|1991||Unforgettable||(Everything I Do) I Do It For You||Freedom 90||Smells Like Teen Spirit||One|
|1992||Tears in Heaven||End of the Road||Pass the Mic||When the Circus Comes to Town||Tennessee|
|1993||A Whole New World||I Will Always Love You||Acuff Rose||Rearview Mirror||Late at Night|
|1994||Streets of Philladephia||I’ll Make Love To You||Cursed Diamond||Crawling Back to You||Mr. Jones|
|1995||Kiss From a Rose||One Sweet Day||Cradle and All||Caught by the Fuzz||Fake Plastic Trees|
|1996||Change the World||Macarena||A Long December||Stickshifts and Safetybelts||Heroes|
|1997||Sunny Came Home||Candle in the Wind (1997)||Father of Mine||Paranoid Android||Highlands|
|1998||My Heart Will Go On||The Boy is Mine||Breath||Car Wheels on a Gravel Road||California Stars|
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