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
- We Are Family / Sister Sledge
- Copacabana / Barry Manilow
- Jet / Wings
- Don’t Ask Me Why / Billy Joel
- Fast Car / Tracy Chapman
- Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da / The Beatles
- 1999 / Prince
- Surfing with the Alien / Joe Satriani
- Sultans of Swing / Dire Straits
Side B. The Four Youngest
- Kiss Off / Violent Femmes
- Smooth Operator / Sade
- What’s Love Got to Do With It / Tina Turner
- Every Heartbeat / Amy Grant
- Poison / Bel Biv Devoe
- Once / Pearl Jam
- Eternal Flame / The Bangles
- Running Down a Dream / Tom Petty
- Bugged at My Old Man / The Beach Boys
Bonus Tracks: Michael, Bill, Mom, and Dad
- Owner of a Lonely Heart / Yes
- Can’t Fight This Feeling / REO Speedwagon
- Break My Stride / Matthew Wilder
- King of the Road / Roger Miller
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