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1999 by Prince. I graduated high school in 1999, and we played the song all year.
Jennifer Mayfield Okere | Via Facebook

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. Every time I hear the song, I have to sing along and let my mind wander back to those glorious high school days.
Jacinda Moore, Tri-County EC | Granbury

Before the Next Teardrop Falls by Freddy Fender.
Peggy Darsey | Via Facebook

See You in September by the Happenings in 1966. My friends and I, along with our families, would travel up north to work in the fields. We would write letters to friends and especially our boyfriends or girlfriends. At the end of the letter, we would write, “See you in September.”
Elva Treviño, Magic Valley EC | Weslaco

Don’t Bring Me Down by Electric Light Orchestra. It was playing every day at lunch on our cafeteria jukebox.
Leslie Chatham James, Wise EC | Paradise

Only the Lonely by Roy Orbison.
Don Simpson, Pedernales EC | Dripping Springs

God Only Knows, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys.
Lindy Segall, Central Texas EC | Fredericksburg

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor.
Barbara Staehle, Big Country EC | Fluvanna

Mr. Sandman.
Margaret Bailey, Bluebonnet EC | Bastrop

Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley.
Charlene Killgore, Taylor EC | Maryneal

The Jacksboro Tigers’ fight song played after every touchdown as we were winning the 1962 Class 2A state football championship.
Paul Leatherwood, J-A-C EC | Jacksboro

“It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater.”
Darrell Wyatt, CoServ | Audrey

Those Oldies but Goodies by the Ebb Tides.
Allen Linderman, Nueces EC | Corpus Christi

I’m Into Something Good, Herman’s Hermits.
Neva Irwin, Guadalupe Valley EC | Cuero

Being on the band bus after a game and singing, “For we love our Valley home way down upon the Rio Grande. Land of yours and land of mine, land of the palm trees and the bright sunshine.” Over 60 years ago.
Lolly Ellis, United Cooperative Services | Burleson

All These Things by Joe Stampley.
James and Kathy Parker, Sam Houston EC | Livingston

Rock Around the Clock (fast), Love Me Tender (slow).
Daniel Patz, Tri-County EC | Fort Worth

You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful and You’re Mine). I was 16 in high school when this was popular.
Sharon Gore, South Plains EC | Lubbock

Joy to the World, Three Dog Night.
Rob Vaughan, MidSouth EC | Huntsville

There were so many songs from the early ’60s, but I could sing and cry along with Teen Angel.
Marcia Fabricius, Magic Valley EC | Alamo

Cherish by the Association.
Bob Shelton, Pedernales EC | Spring Branch

The Blackboard of My Heart by Hank Thompson.
William Truss, Houston County EC | Groveton

Hound Dog.
Judy Ballenger, Farmers EC | Royse City

Roxanne. I was in high school when it came out, and I couldn’t walk past the senior bench without someone singing Roxanne. Some people still sing it today when they learn my name.
Roxanne Hernandez, Bluebonnet EC | McDade

Wooly Bully. For some reason I have a very clear memory of hearing it on the radio one morning when I was getting ready for school.
Sally Walsh | Via Facebook

Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis Presley.
Roland Contreras, Bluebonnet EC | Burton

Goodnight Sweetheart. I never got to dance to it. I loved to dance learning by dancing with my feet on my dad’s and grandfather’s feet. No one ever asked me to dance the last dance, which was always Goodnight Sweetheart.
Susan Dougherty | Via Facebook

We Gotta Get Out of This Place.
Ginger Wroth Leigh, Bandera EC | Bandera

Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Debbie Bigger Adams | Via Facebook

Free Bird.
Suzanne Leacock | Via Facebook

Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.
Margaret A. Hanna, Bluebonnet EC | Bastrop

Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Tifani Hilburn | Via Facebook

Photographs and Memories. It was our graduation song from 1975. They had a slideshow of many pictures of our senior year. Most of our graduating seniors were in tears (including myself).
Dee Conklin, Wise EC | Decatur

Tell Me Why, the Four Aces.
Milo Johonnett | Via Facebook

I Want To Hold Your Hand, the Beatles.
Leonard Larson, Bluebonnet EC | Chriesman

Anything by the Doobie Brothers.
Ruth De Leon | Via Facebook

Whip It by Devo.
Jerry Deal, Navasota Valley EC | Hearne

(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding.
Pat He-man Hackworth | Via Facebook

Free Bird. It was the last song played at every dance.
Naomi Lloyd, Pedernales EC | Leander

Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers.
Kathy Hooge | Via Facebook

Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Kara Cavaness, Bryan Texas Utilities | Bryan

What a Wonderful World.
Judy Pickel | Via Facebook

Edith Chick, Guadalupe Valley EC | Seguin

Carolyn Koopman | Via Facebook

Groovin’ by the Young Rascals.
Janie Alaniz, Magic Valley EC | Edinburg

16 Candles.
Shirley Goode | Via Facebook

The Letter by the Box Tops.
Cathy L. Bourn, Pedernales EC | Leander

Maria Elena.
Carolyn Jendrzey | Via Facebook

American Girl by Tom Petty.
Russell Moore, Pedernales EC | Kyle

Only You.
Monette Teague, Victoria EC | Victoria

Year of the Cat, Al Stewart.
Mary Anne Moore | Via Facebook

Precious and Few by Climax.
Melba Ingram, Lamar Electric | Clarksville

Rhythm of the Rain, or anything Beach Boys.
Mary Henderson Harp | Via Facebook

Peggy Sue.
Rusty Etheredge, Lighthouse EC | Matador

Night Moves by Bob Seger.
Kathy Welch McLean | Via Facebook

Texas, Our Texas.
Joe Polasek, Pedernales EC | Boerne

Sundown, Gordon Lightfoot.
Barbara Ann Evans Burnham | Via Facebook

Yellow Submarine by the Beatles.
Stephen Sewell, Pedernales EC | Kempner

American Pie.
Sarah Troy | Via Facebook

Another Brick in the Wall from Pink Floyd’s The Wall album. It includes the lyrics, “Hey, teacher, leave them kids alone.”
Zandra Zúñiga, Bandera EC | Boerne

The Hustle, Van McCoy, 1975.
Sylvia Diaz | Via Facebook

Jerry Lee Lewis’ High School Confidential. I was still living in my native Germany, and I was a year away from graduating when this song came out. We just could not get enough of it. This was great American music, and to us kids it was second to none—still is, by the way.
Balthasar Schmidt, Bluebonnet EC | New Ulm

Ride Like the Wind.
Sheryl Beaver Calhoun | Via Facebook

Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye, Steam, 1969.
Cynthia Steinbarger, Navasota Valley EC | Hearne

That’s the Way (I Like It), KC and the Sunshine Band.
Jeanne Hager McMennamy | Via Facebook

The Tracks of My Tears by Smokey Robinson.
Donna Houchins, Lamar Electric | Paris

Venus by Frankie Avalon.
Pat Morgan | Via Facebook

The Horse played by the band at football games.
Robin Pike, Rusk County EC | Henderson

Freddy Fender singing Wasted Days and Wasted Nights on stage in my high school auditorium.
Terra Turner | Via Facebook

My Friends, My Friends by Eddie Money, 1984. My senior class song.
Steven Floyd, Nueces EC | Corpus Christi

The Sound of Silence.
Martha Beimer | Via Facebook

Never My Love by the Association.
Deborah Bartlett, Farmer’s EC | Royse City

Any song by Roy Orbison.
Russell L. DaMetz | Via Facebook

Itchycoo Park by the Small Faces.
William Beck, Tri-County EC | Azle

If you were in band, the standout tune was March Grandioso. Bands still play it, and it brings back all the memories of early rehearsals, riding the yellow dogs to away games, the fun of the band family, and marching through the halls after a pep rally. Wonderful memories and lifelong friendships.
Pam Spooner | Via Facebook

Ventura Highway by America (sitting outside C building on an autumn afternoon).
Arlene Abraham, Bluebonnet EC | Brenham

Vacation by Connie Francis. Great times back in 1964.
Bobby Foster | Via Facebook

The first time I heard the Beatles was in art class, where we were allowed to have the radio on. Yesterday by them was the one I remember the most. The 1960s had great music to sing along with.
Maureen Keller, Pedernales EC | Liberty Hill

My Wish by Rascal Flatts. Our principal, Mrs. Bridges (South Grand Prairie) chose it for the epic class of 2006.
LeAnn M. Holt, Grayson-Collin EC | Allen

The Twist.
Jane Patterson, Bowie-Cass EC | Texarkana

Kodachrome by Paul Simon. It was playing on my car radio as I drove to high school graduation June 14, 1973. Thought about where I had been and where I was going. Always takes me back to that day.
Carol Borchard, Central Texas EC | Fredericksburg

Stairway to Heaven.
Mary-Ellen Nichols, Pedernales EC | Liberty Hill

Modern Love by David Bowie.
Glenn Quesenberry, Hamilton County EC | Hico

Paul Anka’s Puppy Love.
Pat Russell, Pedernales EC | Cedar Park

A Sentimental Journey.
Elsie Kahlden, San Bernard and Fayette ECs | Columbus

I Wanna Go Back, Eddie Money.
John Heffley, CoServ | Denton

My high school fight song. I am probably the only nerd left who remembers it.
Shelly Ogle, Wood County EC | Yantis