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It’s time for a new strand here on Good Enough Mother, inspired by one of the most popular features here on the site – our Ten From GEM list (if you haven’t checked the list out yet – take a look in the right hand sidebar!)

Each week on Ten From GEM I’m going to share with you 10 of my favorite things in a certain category – be it movies, TV shows, books, holiday destinations or men! I’ll tell you why I love them – but then I want you to weigh in too. I want to see your Top 10 lists in the comments below so we can all debate and discuss each other’s choices. You get the idea? Great…

Hi everyone.

It’s time for a new strand here on Good Enough Mother, inspired by one of the most popular features here on the site – our Ten From GEM list (if you haven’t checked the list out yet – take a look in the right hand sidebar!)

Each week on Ten From GEM I’m going to share with you 10 of my favorite things in a certain category – be it movies, TV shows, books, holiday destinations or men! I’ll tell you why I love them – but then I want you to weigh in too. I want to see your Top 10 lists in the comments below so we can all debate and discuss each other’s choices. You get the idea? Great…

So this week’s Ten From GEM is all about MUSIC which I think really tells the story of our lives. These are 10 of my favorite songs of all time, with a little insight as to why I chose them and what was going on in my life at the time they were popular.

Here we go…

Good Enough Mother’s 10 Favorite songs in ascending order.

10. Unchain My Heart – Ray Charles: My folks were HUGE Ray Charles fans. They had an old phonograph and every so often, after a long day at work, my dad would put needle to vinyl and play some Ray.

9. You Make Me So Very Happy – Blood, Sweat and Tears: Another group my folks like to listen to. Pre-separation, when they really did make each other happy.

8. Crocodile Rock – Elton John: I had a little mustard yellow transistor radio. At night, when I was supposed to be asleep, I would turn it on and listen to KFRC out of San Francisco. Elton John was on the playlist.

7. Always and Forever – Heatwave: I danced my first slow dance to this song at a house party when I was in the 9th grade. Man, I am old!


6. Celebration – Kool and the Gang: I was in high school still and house parties were a regular part of my routine then. This was a popular one, for obvious reasons. Still makes me smile.


5. Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees: The hair, the clothes, need I say more?


4. Rock With You – Michael Jackson: Wow, easy to listen to and matched my life at the time, easy and carefree.

3. Nightshift – Commodores: Great musicians, great melody, great message. I LOVE me some Commodores.


2. Kiss From a Rose – Seal: This song hit the charts in mid 1994, the year Buff and I got married. It was perfect because he was.


1. Coming Out of the Dark – Gloria Estefan: This song was released in 1991, her first single after that horrifying bus accident that almost killed her. This song speaks to the transformation in her as a result but you cannot help but think how the words could work in your life too. It is my anthem.


What about you? What are your top 10 songs and why they are important to you? Start sharing everyone…!


  1. Lulu

    September 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Oh those are good. Not sure if i can commit to ten tho. First concert I went to was the Commodores in 1976. The Brothers Johnson opened for them. And I think I had my first boy/girl slow dance to Always & Forever as well.

    My all time FAV song is any version of Amazing Grace. Also love “What Going On” by Marvin, “Kiss of Life” by Sade, “It’s Your Love” by Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, “Oh Happy Day” by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, “Eyes Without a Face” by Billy Idol…oh I could go on.

  2. Mike McGinley

    September 2, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Here’s my top 10. May not fit the demographic you’re hoping to target, but I felt the urge to contribute:
    1. “Livin’ On A Prayer” – Bon Jovi … It’s just a feel-good song that ignites a fun time.
    2. “Only The Good Die Young” – Billy Joel … Makes you want to go after what you want and live your life fully. Don’t be scared of what you can’t predict.
    3. “The Freshman” – The Verve Pipe … We NEVER know everything, even though we THINK we do as a teenager.
    4. “City of Blinding Lights” – U2 … We’re all small compared to the bigger things and places out there. Make your own mark.
    5. “Over (I’m Doing Me)” – Drake … Live the live you’ve imagined.
    6. “If You Could Only See” – Tonic … Sometimes you think you love, but then you find someone or something in which you experience a love never felt before. Follow your heart. See how blue or TRUE someone’s eyes are when they say they love you.
    7. “Tick Tock” – Keesha & P. Diddy … Have confidence. And remember, the party don’t start ’til you walk in!
    8. “Jumper” – Third Eye Blind … Cut ties with all the lies you’ve been livin’ in. Put the past away and move forward.
    9. “Anna Molly” – Incubus … We’ve all got weakenesses. Sometimes it’s good to have the security of someone or a group to make us feel better.
    10. “Ocean Avenue” – Yellowcard … We all want to feel like we’re spending a night on Ocean Avenue at the beach. Don’t we all wish, at some points, we were 18 all over again, sleeping all day and staying out all night?

  3. Rene Syler

    September 2, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    ooh i love these!

  4. Faun Reese

    September 2, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Now Rene, you know you’re asking me to do the IMPOSSIBLE because I love music WAY TOO MUCH. I mean, I have to divide them in to favorite genres, moods, and which way the wind is blowing today but I decided to go with whichever song comes to mind first, so here goes:

    1. Fragile Heart – Yolanda Adams
    2. Share My World – DeBarge
    3. No Looking Back -Damita
    4. There’ll Never Be – Switch
    5. Try Again – Champaign
    6. A Dream – DeBarge
    7. Take My Heart – Kool & The Gang
    8. Love Over & Over Again – Switch
    9. She’s A Bad Mamma Jamma – Carl Carlton
    10. Soulmate – Dre

  5. Rene Syler

    September 2, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    That’s true.. it was a hard exercise to do..

  6. Rene Syler

    September 2, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Oh how could I forget Kiss of Life??

  7. Sheila

    September 2, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I love all of those as well especially Heatwave. My favorite Gloria Estefan song is Anything for you…English Version. LOL

  8. Irene

    September 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Hi G.E.M’s!

    Hope everyone is gonna have a great holiday weekend. I hope your kids had fun Ms Rene (also hope Gem had some fun too :-))

    10 songs…Lordie bee…..everyone’s choices are so great. When I think of music I think of my dad. He was diagnosed with a complicated cancer at the age of 40. He lived a quality 16 years…although he fought hard all 16 years always believing some kid that worked hard in school might find the cure! Anyway, he loved to dance (i hate it) and he loved to make up words to songs & hum music all the time.

    1. Jeremiah was a Bullfrog- 3 dog night. When my last child was born he never met my dad. So, I made up words to the song and would dance around with him when he was happy and/or fussy…(oh lordie bee I hope no one ever downloads an episode of that!

    2. Summer Nights Grease…That was the 1st record I remember listening too. I would go to one of my favorite Aunt and Uncles & they had a stereo in their living room…they would let me play it over and over…

    3. Don’t stop Believing-Journey: My highschool song…ended up being my daughters senior highschool co-ed cheer competition song at the ESPN Nationals! (we didn’t win but her father, me, both grandma’s and grandpa were there)

    4. Ocean Front Property- George Strait…what country singer doesn’t have him to thank…and I am sorry but I have political reasons for this one! (cough G.O.P.)

    5. Rock around the Clock- Bill Haley and the Comets: Happy Days!!! The Fonz was a tv favorite of mine.

    6. Whiskey for my men Beer for my Horses! Toby Keith….this one is for the G.E.M.S but boxed whine will do!!! Right G.e.m.s!

    7. Do you believe in Magic- Lovin Spoon…I don’t know why just got the words in my head now and they won’t leave…Do we have any G.E.M counselors in the house for the hidden meaning? lol

    8. Purple Rain- Prince….another highschool dance song

    9. Proud Mary…Creedance clearwater Revival! Rollin on the River

    10. Kiss by a Rose— Oh, Lordie bee that was the one that wasn’t meant to be.

  9. kim

    September 2, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    well, you know i was a club DJ for a lot of years so only 10 will be very tough for me. i got it down to 20 somehow. let’s see if i can cut it in half as i write:

    10. three little birds-bob marley
    my favorite song by one of my favorite artists
    9. suite: judy blue eyes-crosby, stills & nash
    from one of my first 3 albums-reminds me of so
    much about childhood
    8. fight the power-public enemy
    because we all really should
    7. jessica-the allman brothers band
    just get in a car, any car, and play this song while you
    6. girlfriend is better-talking heads
    my favorite band of the late 70’s & early 80’s
    5. lovely day-bill withers
    because when i sing it to my girls, it’s true
    4. come rain or come shine-ella fitzgerald
    no list would be complete without ella
    3. love is a stranger-eurythmics
    because i have been obsessed also-one of the
    coolest, hottest videos ever
    2. traveller (kid loco’s once upon a time in the east
    mix)-talvin singh
    put it on next time you’re kissing someone really hot
    1. a well-mixed combo of penthouse and pavement-
    heaven 17, in the name of love-thompson twins &
    bizarre love triangle-depeche mode
    because i was a DJ and tend to think of dance songs
    in terms of how they mix with other dance songs, i
    get to get away with this-a good DJ could keep me
    dancing for 45 minutes with just these 3 songs

    what did i leave off?
    rie y llora-celia cruz, pride and joy-stevie ray vaughn, viva la vida-coldplay, me and bobby mcgee-janis joplin, rock steady-aretha franklin, somewhere in your heart-frank sinatra, 22 cent stomp-duke ellington, i know a little-lynyrd skynyrd, a message to you rudy-the specials & grazing in the grass-hugh masekela. sorry for cheating!

  10. Rene Syler

    September 2, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    How the heck could I leave off Bob Marley? Clearly I had been drinking!

  11. Rene Syler

    September 2, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Oh crap, How could I leave off PRINCE? What the heck is wrong with me? I’m with ya’ on Journey. I grew up in Sacramento, CA and Journey was a Bay Area band. A little touch of fame from Northern CA!
    (and yes, it’s Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses and boxed wine for my GEMs)

  12. Faun Reese

    September 2, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Okay…..I’m baaaaaaaaaaack! (lol)

    1. Fistful of Tears – Maxwell
    2. Made To Love Ya – Gerald LeVert
    3. So What – Pink
    4. All My Life – K-Ci & JoJo
    5. Who’s Lovin’ You – The Jackson 5
    6. Forever Mine – The O’Jays
    7. Always – Atlantic Starr
    8. Why Would You Stay – Kem
    9. Beautiful – Christina Aguelira (sp?)
    10. Party Train – The Gap Band

  13. Irene

    September 2, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    If we keep on going I just might have to break out an online American Bandstand you tube! 🙂

    What the heck!

  14. Steve Pickett

    September 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    If you are a true lover of lyrics, message and voices…try this list:
    1. Love Don’t Love Nobody-Spinners (heartbreak at its essence)
    2. All About Love-Earth, Wind & Fire (Maurice White is the master)
    3. You’ve Got A Friend-James Taylor (I prefer his version)
    4. Angel-Anita Baker (that voice 1983. I remember the 1st time I heard it)
    5. I Try-Angela Bofill (Latina Soul-dipped in jazz passion)
    6. Remind Me-Patrice Rushen (a true musician, classic song)
    7. Betcha’ Wouldn’t Hurt Me-Patti Austin (from Quincy Jones’ Dude Album 1980)
    8. Let’s Work-Prince (try not to dance to this!)
    9. Make It Last-Con Funk Shun (11th grade love song for me)
    10. Promise Me-Luther Vandross (the greatest voice of a Generation)

  15. Rene Syler

    September 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    NICE!! Thanks Steve 🙂

  16. Steve Pickett

    September 2, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Oh yeah….these songs exemplify my true self….a true lover of love…songs that wallow in the heart of up or down…but always love. Earth, Wind & Fire, Prince, Luther, Anita. But don’t forget the passion of Teena Marie, the silly genius of Steely Dan, and the greatest of James Brown, Aretha and Michael!

  17. Irene

    September 3, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Steve…we do a little tv trivia thing over at Z ON TV facebook daily just for fun.

    Well, a question I picked was about Simon Cowell telling 2 contestants on American Idol, they would go farther if they lost weight. When I saw that I thought immediately of Aretha Franklin. If that were true we would never have the songs like, “R*e*s*p*e*c*T…

  18. Mike W.

    September 3, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Narrowing my favorite songs down to just 10 is TOUGH! So many have stuck with me over the years and most people would think of them are just CRAZY. LOL (The Telephone Man by Meri Wilson and Disco Duck by Rick Dees come to mind.) I like a little bit of everything– classical, rock, R&B, Jazz, gospel, and some rap. About the only think I don’t care for is country.

    Anyway– here are ten songs (in no particular order) that sort of define my diverse, sometimes manic musical tastes:

    1. I’ll Be There- The Jackson Five
    I was a HUGE J5 fan and like almost everything they released. But, I’ll Be There remains my all-time favorite.

    2. Rapper’s Delight- The Sugarhill Gang
    Generally considered to be the first commercially successful rap song released in 1979. Thirty-one years later, I think I can still do Karaoke to the long version! (Everybody go hotel, motel, Holiday Inn…)

    3. International Lover- Prince
    Prince can do NO wrong in my book! While most people would site 1999, Purple Rain or Let’s Go Crazy as the songs they like most from His Royal Badness, International Lover was sultry, seductive Prince without the in-your-face, nearly XXX vulgarity of the Dirty Mind days. (“Welcome to satisfaction. Please remain awake until the aircraft has come to a complete stop.”)

    4. If You Believe- Lena Horne.
    This combines my love for the classic story of The Wizard of Oz and the music of the late, great Lena Horne. I discovered my affection for Ms. Horne when a friend loaned me her copy of “Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music,” the Grammy-winning soundtrack from the broadway hit.

    5. Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen.
    I was a mere 11 years old when the British rock group released this classic in 1975. (I’m only a couple years behind you, Rene’!) The mix of ballad, opera and rock is fantastic!

    6. She’s Got Papers- Richard “Dimples” Fields.
    HILARIOUS!!!! If you’ve never heard this song or don’t remember it, look it up! LOL

    7. Always and Forever- Heatwave
    Seeing this one on Rene’s list brought back memories of my middle school days.

    8. Reasons- Earth, Wind and Fire.
    I’m particularly partial to the live version from the “Gratitude” album.

    9. Work It Out (Remix)- Dr. Charles Hayes featuring Diane Williams.
    This is rousing gospel remake that will have you dancing in the aisle.

    10. Be Open- Richard Smallwood & Vision.
    Another gospel song. This is from Smallwood’s “Live in Detroit” CD. EVERY song on this CD is a blessing, but this one can really pierce the soul. Every time I listen to “Be Open,” I truly feel the Spirit moving.

  19. Smarty P. Jones

    September 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Nice list, GEM. I love so much music, it would be difficult for me to narrow it down to any specific number or rank in order. Let’s just say my list is chocked full of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Aerosmith. Oh yea and a WHOLE lotta Gladys Knight and Sly & the Family Stone. I’m young but I have quite the old soul. 😉
    Nice post!

  20. Faun Reese

    September 5, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I realize I didn’t put the reason why I liked the songs I posted so I’m doing that now.

    1. Fragile Heart – Yolanda Adams (it gave me hope & strength after a friend passed away)

    2. Share My World – DeBarge (the lyrics are so beautiful; Bunny & one of her brothers are going to sing this at my wedding)

    3. No Looking Back -Damita (it’s a song about moving on with your life, leaving the pain, the mistakes, and the haters all in the past)

    4. There’ll Never Be – Switch (because of Bobby DeBarge’s classic voice in the song, there is no other one like it!)

    5. Try Again – Champaign (I grew up surrounded by music because my father was in the music industry and this was one of my favorite tunes by an up & coming group at the time)

    6. A Dream – DeBarge (my bff is the lead singer on this song and it is a song sampled by a lot of artists; Mary J. Blige sang the song for the soundtrack Talk To Me)

    7. Take My Heart – Kool & The Gang (I’m a big fan of this groups music but this is my favorite song by them)

    8. Love Over & Over Again – Switch (Bobby’s voice is lead in this song and the lyrics was written by my bff Bunny DeBarge)

    9. She’s A Bad Mamma Jamma – Carl Carlton (one of the old school jams that it’s hard to hear and not dance to)

    10. Soulmate – Dre (the wedding song on Girlfriends)

    1. Fistful of Tears – Maxwell (it’s just a beautiful song)

    2. Made To Love Ya – Gerald LeVert (I love every love song by Gerald Levert; he was one of my favorite singers)

    3. So What – Pink (I like Pink’s spunk and attitude and this my attitude song)

    4. All My Life – K-Ci & JoJo (when I was engaged, this was going to be my wedding song)

    5. Who’s Lovin’ You – The Jackson 5 (I”m a huge fan of the Jackson 5 but this is my favorite song by them)

    6. Forever Mine – The O’Jays (I just love old school love songs and this one brings back a lot of memories as a kid growing up in the music industry)

    7. Always – Atlantic Starr (was one of the most requested wedding songs in the 80’s and I still think it’s a beautiful love song)

    8. Why Would You Stay – Kem (it’s the newest song by Kem and I just think it’s so smooth, sexy and awesome)

    9. Beautiful – Christina Aguelira (sp?) (it’s a powerful anthem to let everyone know that they are beautiful no matter what anyone says)

    10. Party Train – The Gap Band (another party song that’s hard not to dance to)

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