Thursday Thirteen – Birthday Nostalgia

Probably because of my birthday, which is today, I’m in a reminiscent frame of mind. I was born on the 7th November 1978, and so consequently many of the songs which I associate with my childhood are from the 80s and 90s, so I’ve decided that this is going to be the focus for this week’s TT. I’ve trawled YouTube this morning (and had an absolute ball while doing so!) to bring you 12 of my favourite songs from that era, plus the Beatles singing “Birthday”, as that clip made me laugh out loud, and I couldn’t miss it out! So, without further ado, here’s my top 13 music videos guaranteed to inspire nostalgia for the time when leg-warmers, synthesisers and deelie-boppers were the order of the day. Enjoy!

  1. Beatles – “Birthday”
  2. Nena – “99 Red Balloons”
  3. The Pretenders – “Stop Your Sobbing”
  4. Altered Images – “Happy Birthday”
  5. Katrina and the Waves – “Walking on Sunshine”
  6. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna have Fun
  7. A-Ha – “Take On Me”
  8. The Bangles – “Walk Like An Egyptian”
  9. Eurythmics – “There Must Be An Angel”
  10. The Jam – “Going Underground”
  11. Concrete Blonde – “Happy Birthday”
  12. Transvision Vamp – “Baby I Don’t Care”
  13. Isto – “It’s My Party”

The last one, as you can probably tell, is not the original as I like this version better. Oh and as a bonus, make sure you dance like this while you’re listening to these tracks:

Happy TT everyone, and if you’re celebrating a birthday too, I hope you have a wonderful day and a year full of dreams come true, wishes fulfilled, and hopes exceeded!

My other TT posts: Blogging Lessons, What I Found in Madrid, Rules To Live By, My Life in Scent, My Family, New Habits and Memorable Moments


November 7, 2007. meme.


  1. Wolfie replied:

    Hi, Happy Birthday..!

  2. bobleckridge replied:

    Happy Birthday Amy

    great video collection!

    lots of love


  3. Penelope Anne replied:

    Happy birthday what a great T13 you have here. Mine will be up tomorrow morning.

  4. pussreboots replied:

    Happy Birthday. Happy TT.

  5. Comedy Plus replied:

    6, 8 and 13 are the only ones I know. Wow, I’m getting old. Have a great TT. πŸ™‚

  6. Hootin' Anni replied:


    Happy T T-ing

  7. Malcolm replied:

    This TT was outstanding! You opened strongly with The Beatles and finished on a high note with one of my favorite scenes from “The Breakfast Club”. I enjoyed the fact that you mixed in some lesser known tunes with the big hits. When it comes to the 80s, hardly anyone mentions Altered Images… I love “Happy Birthday”, but this was the first time I saw the video. The same goes for the Jam clip that you selected.

  8. thephantomsgirlfriend replied:

    Happy Birthday! (and as astrologers would say, Happy Solar Return!) Lots of fun stuff here.



  9. greatfullivin replied:

    Happy Birthday! I am dancing for ya!

  10. dearsantaclaus replied:

    Have a very Happy Birthday! Great songs! Happy TT ans Merry Christmas Too!

  11. Nicholas replied:

    Oh, you can’t get any better than The Beatles!

    Happy Birthday! Did you know that it’s a scientifically proven fact that all the very best people were born in the month of November?

  12. Susan Helene Gottfried replied:

    Happy birthday!!! That’s a great list of vids; a lot of them are old friends.

    Have a great TT!

  13. No nonsense girl replied:

    Happy Birthday!!!! Lots of fun and love!!!! πŸ™‚

  14. Heather replied:

    Some of my favorites there. Happy birthday!

  15. Lori replied:

    Happy Birthday to you…Mine was yesterday!! Only, I was born in 1966…I guess that makes me old;) Gotta love a fellow Scorpio….bottoms up!!

  16. marcia v replied:

    Wow happTT lotsa work and fun

  17. SandyCarlson replied:

    Happy birthday! What a fun list. It brings to mind so many of the wonderful songs of my less than wonderful years! What fun. Thanks!

  18. amypalko replied:

    Thank you, Wolfie. It was a fun day!!

    I thought there might be a few videos that you would particularly enjoy, Dad!

    Glad you like it, Penelope Anne. I put mine up early yesterday, as I knew I’d be going out for the rest of the day and I wouldn’t get a chance to post it later. It did have the effect that I was completely disorientated and I thought it was Thursday for the rest of the day! That’ll teach me…

    Thanks, Pussreboots πŸ™‚ Happy TT to you too.

    Don’t you just love that version of “It’s My Party”, Comedy Plus? I watched the Dave Stewart/Barbara Gaskin version on YouTube, but I didn’t like it as much as Itso!

    Thanks for the birthday wishes, Hootin’ Annie πŸ™‚

    Isn’t Clare Grogan from Altered Images just fab, Malcolm! And I love that video. I also really like the Beatles clip set to Metropolis. It really made me laugh. Oh, and I couldn’t have finished this TT without some reference to The Breakfast Club. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much!!

    Well, Holly, I can honestly say that that’s the first time anyone has ever wished me Happy Solar Return. Thank you πŸ™‚

    Glad I got those feet moving, Greatfullivin πŸ˜‰

    Thanks, Dearsantaclaus!

    Do you know, Nicholas, I know a lot of people born in November and they are all pretty fabulous! I suspect you’re maybe one of them?

    I’m so pleased to reacquaint you with these old friends, Susan. It’s good to know we have so many friends in common πŸ˜‰

    Thank you, No nonsense Girl!

    I’m glad I included some of your favourites, Heather, and that your favourites are my favourites too πŸ™‚

    Happy Birthday Lori!! It’s always good to meet a fellow Scorpio. I hope you had a great day and that the year ahead brings all you hope for.

    Yes, it was a lot of work, Marcia, but of the most entertaining kind πŸ™‚

    I think many people look back on the 80s and cringe, Sandy, but it is fun to look back on it every now and then and laugh!

  19. Coco replied:

    Happy Birthday, Amy! I’m a November baby too… except I was born around the time these videos were popular in 1984… so I don’t know any of them! Hahaha πŸ˜€

  20. amypalko replied:

    Wishing you a wonderful birthday when it arrives, Coco! You should try watching a few of the clips, as they’re a lot of fun, and the fashions look almost contemporary in some of them. It’s amazing how cyclic trends can be, isn’t it!

  21. Yen replied:

    Happy Birthday to you! I hope you get to enjoy your day~And congrats on your new camera:D

  22. amypalko replied:

    Thank you, Yen! I knew you would pick up on the mention of the new camera! Hopefully, it’ll help me to take better photos πŸ™‚

  23. Raggedy replied:

    Happy Birthday!!!
    My little sister would LOVE these!
    Some of those songs brought back some lovely memories of her.
    Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
    My TT is posted.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Happy TT’ing!
    (“)_ (“)Ε 

  24. Maria replied:

    Happy Birthday! This was a fun list — I had a great time with it.

    Hop on over to mine if you’d like to get added to my TT blogroll (and you can check out my 13 immunity-boosters for the cold and flu season).


  25. Deb replied:

    Happy bday

    Good idea for TT

    Nice Thursday post! I love Thursdays, Time to watch Greys anatomy , ER and then fall asleep. I just posted my Thursday post. I had my tooth pulled yesterday so Im still under the weather, but dont worry the post doesnt show pictures of my tooth!

    Have a great Thursday!


  26. Sharon replied:

    Happy Birthday! I like the songs you chose. πŸ™‚ 99 Red Balloons-one of my favorites! Happy TT.

  27. DearSantaClaus replied:

    Happy Birthday to you! Happy TT and Happy Christmas too.

  28. Julia replied:

    Happy Belated Birthday!

    Make sure to stop by at my TT, cause my topic is 90’s music and I just got 28 πŸ˜‰

    Have fun and all the best!

    Greets Julia

  29. opengroveclaudia replied:

    Happy Birthday! What a great way to celebrate with some old friends (songs)!

    Happy TT!

  30. Christine replied:

    Happy Birthday!

    Awesome list of songs. Hope you have a great celebration day! πŸ™‚

    Happy TT!

  31. vixensden replied:

    Very Happy Birthday to you. Most of those songs are permanently stuck in my head from around that same time frame πŸ™‚

    Have a wonderful day!

  32. Lisa replied:

    Happy Birthday! My cousin was born in 78 (the year I graduated high school) and I practically raised her to be an MTV baby! So many of these bring back good memories for me.

    Hope you have a wonderful year ahead!


  33. amypalko replied:

    Thanks to everybody for their very kind birthday wishes. I had a lovely day, and I’m so glad so many of you decided to celebrate with me and that you enjoyed the music I picked for the party πŸ™‚
    Now it’s onward and upward to the big 30!

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