I grew up listening to lite rock. NOT by choice. Let’s make that clear.
It was just that my mom happened to be a suburban 30-something-year-old woman whose preferred method of transportation was a Dodge minivan with Lite fm 93.9 firmly holding its spot on radio preset button #1.
She also wore shirts adorned with masterfully self-applied puffy paint and iron-on decals. You know the type. And if you grew up in the 80s/90s that type was probably your mom also.
It wasn’t until I reached my tween years that I discovered there were other kinds of music out there besides synthesized pop and the strained crooning produced by the vocal chords of Kenny Loggins and the like.
That’s when I swore off lite rock and began storing my Michael Bolton tape in the back of my sock drawer.
But then a funny thing happened.
I’m a station surfer when I drive, so whenever a bad song comes on, I hit the seek button until I find something I like. A few years ago, I noticed an alarming pattern associated with this behavior.
Inexplicably, I found myself pausing upon hearing the familiar chords of a Chicago or REO Speedwagon song.
What?!? Why?!? I don’t even LIKE that music!
Or do I…?
Ok, ok, I DO. But only in small doses.
I don’t know if I actually enjoy the music or if it’s just the nostalgia of hearing the soundtrack to my childhood (I’m inclined the believe the latter), but I will publicly admit that I don’t completely dislike lite rock.
So since I posted a list of my favorite oldies to welcome summer a few months back, I decided to compile a list of my favorite lite rock songs to welcome fall. Even though lite rock really has nothing to do with fall. As previous posts have indicated, I clearly have no qualms about making extremely loose connections and exploiting them on this blog.
So here’s the list:
- Soldier of Love – Donny Osmond
- The Heart of the Matter – Don Henley
- Sara Smile – Hall & Oates
- Keep On Loving You – REO Speedwagon
- You’re the Inspiration – Chicago
- The Longest Time – Billy Joel
- Missing You – John Waite
- Against All Odds – Phil Collins
- At This Moment – Billy Vera & The Beaters
- I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues – Elton John
- Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone) – Glass Tiger
- Stuck With You – Huey Lewis & The News
- No One Is To Blame – Howard Jones
- Walking on Broken Glass – Annie Lennox
- Higher Love – Steve Winwood
What are YOUR favorites? And don’t act like you’re too cool for lite rock…