Class of 1990 – 31 Years Later

***EDITED & UPDATED on 2/15/2021: Added Prince and Morris Day & The Time to the playlist.


June 7, 1990


The class of 1990 graduated from Clearview High School in Lorain, Ohio – all 70 something of us. Small school, small class, but we all knew each other and there was an almost universal camaraderie between us all.


class of 1990 chs


Looking back now, being a pretty tight-knit class was amazingly cool.

I can remember the movies from my teen years where the schools were huge and no one knew each other outside of their cliques. I’m thankful we weren’t like that, or that we didn’t let our differences separate us too much.


Our school was small but packed.


We housed not only the high school but the junior high as well. Some of my good friends weren’t just in my class, but some both older and younger than me. I still treasure my friendships from my high school days.

The classes were great as well – not like today’s curriculum of proficiency test-based teaching. I took three years of Latin and Art and took some amazing electives like English Literature and Detective Novel. Those teachers remained great friends and mentors to me throughout my adult life.


Thirty-one years later and it feels as if it were just yesterday.


Where did the time go? Most have families and children, some of those children are now graduating high school or college.

Some of my friends are even returning to college and continuing their education. I applaud them. If I were to return to school to finish my degree, I’d be in remedial math! I know I’ve forgotten all that information over the years of not using it regularly. Makes me wish I wouldn’t have put off taking my math and science classes. I’d be that much closer to a degree, that’s for sure! But I digress…

I miss all the fun we all used to have back in those carefree high school days. The parties were great as well. We weren’t the trouble-making brats that the overprivileged and spoiled kids of today are! It’s funny to think back – we actually had a sense of responsibility – if for any other reason that our parents would kill us for getting into trouble! 


Anyways, this playlist is for my former classmates – and anyone who appreciates the awesome music of the 1980s. 


There’s a great mix of rock, r&b, pop, and new wave hits I can remember dancing to at our school dances and playing loudly at parties. I hope this playlist makes some of you Gen Xers Bust a Move! Class of 1990 represent!



Class of 1990 Mixtape

  1. Lean on Me – Club Nouveau
  2. U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer
  3. Cold-Hearted – Paula Abdul
  4. Let’s Go Crazy – Prince
  5. Jungle Love – Morris Day & The Time
  6. Girl You Know It’s True – Milli Vanilli
  7. My Prerogative – Bobby Brown
  8. Humpty Dance – Digital Underground
  9. Word Up – Cameo
  10. Head to Toe – Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam 
  11. Rhythm of the Night – DeBarge
  12. All Night Long – Lionel Ritchie
  13. I Want Your Sex – George Michael
  14. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  15. I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
  16. Walk This Way – Run-DMC
  17. Miss You Much – Janet Jackson
  18. Rub You the Right Way – Johnny Gill
  19. Girlfriend – Pebbles
  20. Bust a Move – Young MC
  21. Push It – Salt n Pepa
  22. Rumors – Timex Social Club
  23. Funky Cold Medina – Tone Loc
  24. Poison – Bell Biv DeVoe
  25. Sending all My Love – Linear
  26. You Got It (The Right Stuff) – New Kids on the Block
  27. Real Love – Jody Watley
  28. What I Am – Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
  29. Express Yourself – Madonna
  30. Venus – Bananarama
  31. Buffalo Stance – Neneh Cherry
  32. Once Bitten Twice Shy – Great White
  33. Seventeen – Winger
  34. Bad Medicine – Bon Jovi
  35. Dreams – Van Halen
  36. Sweet Child O’Mine – Guns N Roses
  37. Nothin’ But a Good Time – Poison
  38. Youth Gone Wild – Skid Row
  39. Dr. Feelgood – Motley Crue
  40. Heaven – Warrant
  41. Gypsy Road – Cinderella
  42. Love in an Elevator – Aerosmith
  43. Forget Me Not – Bad English
  44. Will You Still Love Me? – Chicago
  45. It Must Have Been Love – Roxette
  46. Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx
  47. The Next Time I Fall – Peter Cetera & Amy Grant
  48. Hazy Shade of Winter – The Bangles
  49. Love Shack – B52’s
  50. Need You Tonight – INXS
  51. Just Like Heaven – The Cure
  52. I Don’t Want Your Love – Duran Duran
  53. We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel
  54. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
  55. Karma Chameleon – Culture Club
  56. Red Red Wine – UB40
  57. Your Love – The Outfield
  58. And We Danced – The Hooters
  59. Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
  60. Jack & Diane – John Cougar-Mellencamp
  61. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  62. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley