The Song List of My Life


Those who remember a time without cell phones might also remember pulling out a huge binder containing their CD collection. Oh, those were the days! This got me thinking…my playlists have certainly changed since those high school days. 

Therefore, I wanted to take a walk down memory lane and share with you the various playlists of my life so far. Since most CDs back in the day had around 13 songs, I will have my playlists include the same.

Do any of these songs strike a memory for you?


During the early years of my life, the music I listened to was a mixture of my parents’ favorites to me finding my own groove. This playlist starts out with Richard Marx and ends with Amy Grant.

  1. Endless Summer Nights by Richard Marx
  2. Kokomo by The Beach Boys
  3. Forever Young by Rod Stewart
  4. Jack and Diane John Cougar Mellencamp
  5. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You by Bryan Adams
  6. Livin’ On a Prayer by Bon Jovi
  7. Here I Go Again by Whitesnake 
  8. Alone by Heart
  9. I Think We’re Alone Now by Tiffany
  10. Hangin’ Tough by New Kids on the Block 
  11. Hold On by Wilson Phillips
  12. Heaven Is a Place on Earth by Belinda Carlise
  13. Baby, Baby by Amy Grant

High School

I am going to be completely honest; I was one of those teenagers who would cruise the strip. Sorry not sorry. (Hey, we didn’t have cell phones! LOL.) As a result, most of my music centered around the good music you could “cruise” to. Yet, life was also filled with youth group so I had a very interesting blend of music that included songs like:

  1. Cryin’ by Aerosmith 
  2. Brick by Ben Folds Five
  3. Flood by Jars of Clay
  4. Ironic by Alanis Morissette
  5. There You Go by P!NK
  6. Jumpin’, Jumpin’ by Destiny’s Child
  7. No Scrubs by TCL
  8. Drive Me Crazy by Britney Spears
  9. 3 am by Matchbox 20
  10. Cherry Cola by Savage Garden
  11. Lightening Crashes by Live
  12. I Don’t Want to Wait by Paula Cole
  13. Bye Bye Bye by NSYNC


The college years were filled with a lot of firsts. During this time, I had my first heartbreak, my first taste of freedom, my first time “in da club,” etc. While I made a TON of mistakes during this period of my life, I also learned some of the biggest lessons, which have helped mold me into the person I am today.

Late 20s to Early 30s

Much like the college years were filled with lessons, this period of my life was also a turning point. I was laid off from my job, going through a divorce, and trying to figure out who I was.

It was here that I realized that life isn’t always what you think it will be. You may not go to college, get married, have kids, and live happily ever after. Rather, you may take six years to graduate from college, find a job, get married, be laid off, get divorced, and, then, truly find out who you are and who you are meant to be in life.

  1. Someone Like You by Adele
  2. Good Girl by Carrie Underwood
  3. Wide Awake by Katy Perry
  4. Blurred Lines by Pharrell Williams
  5. Mirrors by Justin Timberlake
  6. Boys ‘Round Here by Blake Shelton
  7. Somethin’ Bad by Miranda Lambert
  8. Dirt by Florida Georgia Line
  9. Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
  10. Drive By by Train
  11. I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz
  12. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift
  13. Wanted by Hunter Hayes

Parenthood (AKA Most Current Playlist)

Nowadays, I am no longer putting a CD in and turning the music up. Rather, I am putting on a playlist from my iTunes library. The following are the songs under my “Most Played” playlist album. While some of the songs fit into a more “grown up” playlist, I do feel like I see a part of my youth in there with some of them, which is what I love most. Even though I am almost 40, some of my music taste can relate to my younger years.

  1. One Margarita by Luke Bryan
  2. Willow by Taylor Swift
  3. True Colors (Trolls Version)
  4. No Place by Backstreet Boys
  5. Without Me by Halsey
  6. Million Reasons by Lady Gaga
  7. Violin Amos Lee
  8. Taste by Lorna Vallings
  9. Better Man by Little Big Town
  10. All of Me by John Legend
  11. Hungry by Jessie James Decker
  12. Stronger by Faith Hill
  13. Old Town Road by Lil Das X (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus)

Now it is your turn to create a playlist. If you were to compile a playlist of your life as of this moment, what songs would be on it?

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Elizabeth Deal
Hello, Beautiful's! My name is Elizabeth (Stinchfield) Deal, or as I like to call myself, “A Beautiful Disaster.” I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother of three amazing children (two beautiful daughters and a 5-year-old son), friend, writer, forgetter, cryer, go-getter, prayer warrior, Starbucks lover, LuLaRoe buyer, etc. After going through an extremely hard divorce (Aren’t they all?), I really thought it would be me and Gracie Lou (my 7-year-old Westie) forever. However, after being told by my bestie that I was no longer in charge of my love life, she was—I met my husband, fell in love, and my life has been a crazy, unbelievably beautiful ride ever since! And, I wouldn’t have it any other way!


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