95 for ’95

What up, all?  Ready for EVEN MORE music?


You’ve heard enough reminiscing from me, so this playlist is brought to you commentary-free.  95 songs for the class of ’95–mostly from our high school years, but including some others that just remind me of that period.  I may edit the list, but I’ll keep the count track the same.  I’ll also add YouTube links when I have time.


Spotify first:

Track list:
1: Joe Tex – I Gotcha
2: Right Said Fred – I’m Too Sexy
3: Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City
4: Candlebox – Far Behind
5: Toad The Wet Sprocket – Walk on the Ocean
6: KISS – Rock and Roll All Nite
7: Paul Simon – Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
8: The Cranberries – Linger
9: Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
10: Boyz II Men – Motownphilly
11: Green Day – Basket Case
12: Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar on Me
13: EMF – Unbelievable
14: Counting Crows – Mr. Jones
15: Color Me Badd – I Adore Mi Amor
16: Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch – Good Vibrations
17: Ace of Base – The Sign
18: Heavy D and the Boyz – Now That We Found Love
19: Deep Blue Something – Breakfast At Tiffany’s
20: The Offspring – Self Esteem
21: TLC – Waterfalls
22: En Vogue – My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)
23: Bon Jovi – Always
24: Michael Jackson – Black or White
25: Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
26: Mötley Crüe – Smokin’ In the Boys Room
27: Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
28: Butthole Surfers – Pepper
29: Soul Asylum – Runaway Train
30: Stone Temple Pilots – Interstate Love Song
31: Live – Lightning Crashes
32: The Cure – Friday I’m in Love
33: Counting Crows – Round Here
34: Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
35: Blind Melon – No Rain
36: Duran Duran – Ordinary World
37: TLC – No Scrubs
38: Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer
39: Paul Simon – Graceland
40: DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – Boom! Shake the Room
41: Inner Circle – Sweat (A La La La La Long)
42: Ice Cube – Check Yo Self
43: Scorpions – Rock You Like a Hurricane
44: John Mellencamp – Wild Night
45: Collective Soul – Shine
46: Sheryl Crow – All I Wanna Do
47: 10,000 Maniacs – These Are Days
48: Van Halen – Right Now
49: Bruce Springsteen – Streets of Philadelphia
50: Jimmy Cliff – I Can See Clearly Now
51: Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains
52: Toto – Africa
53: Firehouse – Don’t Treat Me Bad
54: Brandy – I Wanna Be Down
55: Sheryl Crow – If It Makes You Happy
56: Shaggy – Boombastic
57: Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistable
58: Bush – Glycerine
59: Led Zeppelin – Misty Mountain Hop
60: Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
61: Monica – Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)
62: 69 Boyz – Tootsee Roll
63: The Karate Kid Soundtrack – You’re the Best
64: Gloria Estefan – Turn the Beat Around
65: The Presidents of the United States of America – Peaches
66: Veruca Salt – Seether
67: Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner
68: Deadeye Dick – New Age Girl
69: Dusty Springfield – Son of a Preacher Man
70: Skid Row – Youth Gone Wild
71: Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son
72: Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
73: Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
74: The Beach Boys – Sloop John B
75: Lou Reed – Walk on the Wild Side
76: Temple of the Dog – Hunger Strike
77: Pearl Jam – Black
78: Alice Cooper – Feed My Frankenstein
79: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Mary Jane’s Last Dance
80: The Black Crowes – Hard to Handle
81: Metallica – Enter Sandman
82: Van Halen – Top of the World
83: U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name
84: Milli Vanilli – Blame It On the Rain
85: Chaka Demus & Pliers – Murder She Wrote
86: Bobby Brown – Humpin’ Around
87: Shai – If I Ever Fall in Love
88: Nirvana – Lithium
89: The Lemonheads – Mrs. Robinson
90: 4 Non Blondes – What’s Up?
91: Crash Test Dummies – Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
92: Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper
93: Huey Lewis and the News – The Power of Love
94: Cat Stevens – Father and Son
95: Boyz II Men – End of the Road

Hip Hop Hooray: Two More Mixtapes

Hello old friends! It’s already time for another playlist! (What’s that you say? You are still reading the giant tome–literally 5000+ words–I wrote on the last one? Well, I would hate for you to run out of reading or listening material, so on we go!)

As you may have noticed, there was no hip hop on the first playlist. You might have found this strange since our junior high and high school years were right in the midst of the golden age of hip hop. Or you might not have noticed at all because you hate hip hop. If you’re in the former group, read on! If you’re in the latter group, well, I am sorry for you because you are missing out on a lot of great music.


Hip hop is not a genre that is known for worrying too much about clean language. If Tipper Gore were a reader of this illustrious site, she would certainly slap a Parental Advisory sticker on this playlist. If you are offended by swearing or other bad language, or by frank depictions of violence, the second half of this playlist may require some substantial picking and choosing. I won’t feel bad if you skip the second half or if you decide to pass on this altogether.

Continue reading Hip Hop Hooray: Two More Mixtapes

A Playlist

Greetings, Highlanders! (Wait, can that even be plural? There can only be one, right?)

Anyway, in thinking back on high school, one of the things that continually comes to mind is the music that seemed to permeate everything. Music pumped up every great experience, amplified my teenage angst, and generally provided me with a constant soundtrack to accompany all the drama of those years. Many of the songs I listened to in high school are still favorites of mine, or at least continue to stir up fond memories when they come on.

With that background, I hereby present a “mixtape” of songs that remind me of high school, along with some commentary.


This list isn’t even close to comprehensive, of course, and I reserve the right to make more lists if I feel like it. I also invite you to share yours with us! Also of note: I am not including any hip-hop here as I will put together a separate mixtape for that.

If you just want the music and none of my nonsense, here you go: YouTube Mixtape

Or Spotify:

If you do want my nonsense, keep reading!  Continue reading A Playlist

More info


You knew this day was coming. Twenty years have gone by since we graduated in 1995.  Well, we have been trying every method of contact we can think of because, honestly, it would be wonderful to meet the adult you!  The best part of 20 years passing is that we have grown up.  The sometimes rough edges, the “too cool” attitude, the not always feeling like part of the group…all of that has been replaced by the sometimes incredible, sometimes just ordinary, and sometimes hard life of a 38 year old adult.

The class of 1995 wants to get together to actually meet that person.  The one that got a great/shitty job, stayed single/ got married/divorced/married again.  Had 0-15 kids and faced horrible loss and amazing fortune.  We share a common history but are likely living very different lives and it would be great to know about those differences!

Please join us for the weekend.  No cliques, no worries that this will be a repeat of a day in 1995.  Come this year 2015 and get to know a whole new group of friends to grow and maintain for the next 20 years.

Highland High Class of 1995 Reunion weekend in September

Main event: Saturday September 26, 2015

  • Salt Lake Country Club
  • Musical entertainment provided by Steve Nelson and Spencer Nielsen
  • Dinner, activities, cash bar and more

Friday September 25, 2015

  • Highland Rams Football vs. Provo
  • Join us at our old stomping grounds for the game.  Bring your family and friends.
  • Stay tuned for more information about time and tickets.


We have thee ways to pay:

  1. Sign-up and pay now at: http://www.venmo.com/HighlandRams95 
  2. PayPal:  Buchanan.scott@gmail.com 
  3. Mail a check made payable to Highland Class of 1995, and email Buchanan.scott@gmail.com for the mailing address.

Join our Facebook page “Highland High Class of 1995”, and watch for more info here!


Let’s Get Together


We spent 4 years together.  10 years later, we got together for a night.  It’s been another 10 years, and we’re getting ready to hook up again.  (Yes, I know it sounds like a highly dysfunctional romance.)  Mark your calendars–the Highland High Class of 1995 20 Year Reunion is scheduled for September 26, 2015!

We’ll have lots more content coming here, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, check out the Highland High School Class of 1995 Facebook group, and follow us on Instagram (@highlandhigh95) and Twitter (@HighlandHigh95).

And of course, please plan on coming to the reunion!