Hinkebein Family Album

For the past few years I have been mentally compiling a playlist of songs from my childhood and teen years. I often hear songs on the radio that immediately remind me of one of my sisters or brother. I wanted to capture that experience and share it with my siblings — a portrait of my family through music.

These are songs we listened to on our record player or tape deck, often while we cleaned the house together on a Saturday or Sunday morning. We fought a lot and shared many dismal days, but those moments with the house full of kids and the stereo turned up are some of the rosiest memories I have. This would be my tribute to those times.

With 8 kids in the family, I could assign 2 songs per sibling, plus an opening and closing song we all enjoyed, for a nice, tight 18-song album. But as I worked through it, I realized I couldn’t leave out my parents, and a couple of my brothers-in-law started hanging around when I was 5. I wanted to include them too. What to do?

Aha! Bonus tracks!

With my plan in place, I set about gathering the music and determining the order. The following playlist is the result.

I can hear each song play from only the title. Can you?


Hinkebein Family Album


Side A. The Four Oldest

  1. We Are Family / Sister Sledge
  2. Copacabana / Barry Manilow
  3. Jet / Wings
  4. Don’t Ask Me Why / Billy Joel
  5. Fast Car / Tracy Chapman
  6. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da / The Beatles
  7. 1999 / Prince
  8. Surfing with the Alien / Joe Satriani
  9. Sultans of Swing / Dire Straits

Side B. The Four Youngest

  1. Kiss Off / Violent Femmes
  2. Smooth Operator / Sade
  3. What’s Love Got to Do With It / Tina Turner
  4. Every Heartbeat / Amy Grant
  5. Poison / Bel Biv Devoe
  6. Once / Pearl Jam
  7. Eternal Flame / The Bangles
  8. Running Down a Dream / Tom Petty
  9. Bugged at My Old Man / The Beach Boys

Bonus Tracks: Michael, Bill, Mom, and Dad

  1. Owner of a Lonely Heart / Yes
  2. Can’t Fight This Feeling / REO Speedwagon
  3. Break My Stride / Matthew Wilder
  4. King of the Road / Roger Miller



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