Lite rock: A confession

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:

  1. Soldier of LoveDonny Osmond
  2. The Heart of the MatterDon Henley
  3. Sara SmileHall & Oates
  4. Keep On Loving YouREO Speedwagon
  5. You’re the InspirationChicago
  6. The Longest TimeBilly Joel
  7. Missing YouJohn Waite
  8. Against All OddsPhil Collins
  9. At This Moment – Billy Vera & The Beaters
  10. I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues – Elton John
  11. Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)Glass Tiger
  12. Stuck With YouHuey Lewis & The News
  13. No One Is To BlameHoward Jones
  14. Walking on Broken GlassAnnie Lennox
  15.  Higher LoveSteve Winwood

What are YOUR favorites? And don’t act like you’re too cool for lite rock…

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