Friday, October 16, 2015

Does it take being "Mean" to get ahead?

Today, I read an interesting blog by my friend Amy Katz of Channel E2E From Entrepreneur to Exit "Mind if I B*tch a Bit"  (click here to read

Firstly, as Vice-Chair of CompTIA's Advancing Women in IT Community, I am very happy to hear your feed back about our community and posts.  We absolutely try to bridge the gap and create an equal playing field and opportunities for men and women alike.

Thank you for bringing up a very Interesting perspective which is often discussed within our communities and members.  Let me begin by saying, of course women tend to be outnumbered in the IT field (significantly), in fact in the last 10 years women entering a career in IT has not only plateaued, but declined.  We hope to change that through mentorship, advocacy, and conversations such as this.

Sheryl Sandberg discussed a similar topic in her book "Lean In" whereby women who act a certain way are perceived as "mean" or b*tchy, while a man who perceives in the precise same way is celebrated for his leadership.  Is it in fact the women that is being "mean" or just the perception of a strong authority that is misunderstood.

Personally, some of my best mentors have been senior women in leadership.  Why?  They get it.  They recognize my efforts, hard work and support me - not because I am a woman, but in spite of it.  It is absolutely necessary to have champions who can mentor and guide you throughout your professional career (no matter the stage or experience, we can always afford to learn something new).

Were the women you aforementioned directly told those quotes, or was it their perception?  Let's examine some options- what if a man and woman leader felt the same way about promoting the individual- but she voiced her opinion and he did not. Is this now considered constructive criticism?  Or perhaps it would have been more helpful to provide clear actionable items on how she might improve her perception to get ahead.  Or, maybe it would be best to say you disagree and would love the opportunity to prove you don't have to be mean to be talented, determined, and successful... or maybe it's time for a skip level.

It is my honest opinion that the more women support each other, the better it will be to share perspective, insight, experiences, and support.  However, as men are typically the majority it is equally important they too take an active role to understand that regardless if you are a man, or a woman, you can be successful with the right encouragement and opportunities.  It is not too often I hear of a man being promoted because he is kind, or a woman being looked over because she is too nice, or not mean enough.  These stereotypes (real or imagined) are the very road blocks which inhibit the success of individuals and the overall organizations.

Regardless of your chromosomes we all potentially can be great contributors.  There is an absolute proven statistical benefit to having diversity in the work place, and unique ideas to help the company grow and become successful- as well as target an audience who is also diverse.  It is the hope that some day we will not be judged by our gender, but by the person we are, the history we have built our success  on, and the opportunity for the future of what we can contribute.  It is the hope that managers can look past these things and encourage you to be your best, and support you on your journey by being fair and kind wouldn't hurt :).

I would love to know your thoughts and perspectives- please share them here...

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Tribute to my Mom and Our Mediterranean Cruise

My mom is my hero.  She is AMAZING.  She is one of six children, and grew up in poor 1st generation

 Immigrant family in Brooklyn NY.  My grandmother, a loving, church going, sweet heart of a woman got sick.  My grandfather- not such a nice guy - decided to put his children in an orphanage rather then take care
of them.  The oldest ran away, second went with a friend, and the rest stuck together as best they could.  My great aunt upon finding out, quit her job and took them out of the home, and raised them with her husband until my grandmother got better. My aunt lived on a farm in Long Island and couldn't have children- so she always said Babci (Grandma in Polish) had enough kids for them to share.  She had warm dinners, play time, church time, study time, and best of all plenty of love.

 Many of these qualities became the core foundation in our very family as well.  My mom was forced to grow up at a very young age, and be a rock for her family, her mother, and eventually me...
When my grandmother got better she moved the kids back to Brooklyn.  I always wondered what would have happened if they stayed in farm life (funny to think of Long Island a huge metro suberb of NYC as a farm- but those were the times).  Nevertheless my mom was 13 when she met my father who was 16.  He had troubles, and although she loved him and thought she could help him- he became abusive.  My mom did not want me to grow up in that environment and got divorced and we moved back to Brooklyn where she raised me by herself as a single mom since I was 8 months old.  I don't say this with shame, but with pride that she had enough courage and faith to leave a terrible situation to give us both a better life. 
 I was the first in my family to attend and graduate from College. My mom worked for the Board of Education for 24 years helping children from Pre K- HS with drug prevention, violence prevention, gang prevention etc.  Recently a student of hers became a FB friend... he was a "bad kid" who always was in trouble.  My mom loved him the most.  She helped him, listened to him, and redirected him.  He now serves in the US Military and thanked my mom.  He said it was because of people like her he is where he is today, selflessly defending our country.  Just one example of the thousands of lives my mom has touched. 

  My mom moved to NC and has continued as she calls it, "doing God's Work" helping the elderly- especially her favorite- Mildred who is 98.  My mom adores her, and the feeling is more than mutual.  My mom although she no longer takes care of Mildred still visits her buddy.  My mom has always sacrificed for everyone, putting herself last.  Her needs, wants, and desires have been put on hold so she can help everyone else around her. 

My mom has longed dreamed of going to Greece.  She talks about it all the time, like some far away dream that one day... someday might get realized. 

Well for those of you who follow my story, you know I have been blessed to travel to 60 countries now, most of which with my darling Husband Jay... but the first trip I ever took out of the country was with my mom and grandma when I was 13 on a cruise - 7 days at Sea and then off to Bermuda!  It was a magical land of turquoise blue water, and I longed for more.  At  Sweet 16-  My mom asked me what do you want for your birthday?  A party?  A car (even if she couldn't afford it... it really wasn't necessary since I was NYC kid).  "No "I said, "I want to go somewhere...".  "Okay" she said without hesitation- "Where?".  Italy! I replied,  Are you nuts she said?  Well maybe, but why not.  It was my 16th, my mom's 40th and my grandmother's 65th Birthday- and I was born longing to travel the world.  Especially our home country!  So- we went! It was the trip of the lifetime, and changed my life!  I cried when I left... and I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life exploring far away lands, eating foreign food, listening to exotic new languages and music, and immersing myself in "strange" and wonderful cultures. 

Well, I am super excited to finally,after all these years repeat that trip of 3 generations- but this time my mom is Grandma and Brooklyn will once again go Globe Trotting and have nothing but pictures to remember ;).  I am taking my mom on her dream trip and then some!

We are starting in a surprise destination, and then heading to Barcelona, Spain to being a Mediterranean Cruise!

 Indeed this will be a dream vacation for all of us :)


Sat, 08/08/15 Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain

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Sun, 08/09/15 Marseille (provence), France 7:00am 5:00pm
Mon, 08/10/15 Genoa, Italy (for Milan) 7:00am 6:00pm
Tue, 08/11/15 Florence/Pisa (livorno), Italy 7:00am 7:00pm
Wed, 08/12/15 At Sea
Thu, 08/13/15 Valletta, Malta 7:00am 4:00pm
Fri, 08/14/15 Sicily (palermo), Italy 7:00am 2:00pm
Sat, 08/15/15 Rome (civitavecchia), Italy
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Sun, 08/16/15 Naples, Italy (for Capri & Pompeii) 7:00am 6:00pm
Mon, 08/17/15 At Sea
Tue, 08/18/15 Crete (heraklion), Greece 9:00am 6:00pm
Wed, 08/19/15 Rhodes, Greece 8:00am 5:00pm
Thu, 08/20/15 Kusadasi, Turkey (for Ephesus) 8:00am 5:00pm
Fri, 08/21/15 Santorini, Greece
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Sat, 08/22/15 Athens (piraeus), Greece
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 Many places I have never been to myself!  It will be my first time in France, Malta, Turkey, Greece and Sicily (where my ancestors truly are from!).  I am so excited to have this experience with my wonderful and deserving mom... although I will miss my amazing husband as this is the longest I would have been away from him since we got married.  You know what they say- absence makes the heart grow fonder (as if that is even possible for Jay and I :)).

  I cannot wait to share the food, pictures, and best of all cherished memories with my mom and Schmooberry (aka Brooklyn).  It willl be an exciting journey and becomes more real the closer we get.  Time to pick excursions and prepare for all the fun!  Stay tuned for pics and stories :)  Also, if you have been to any of the destinations please comment on any and all "must sees" :) Thanks!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

My Favorite Songs of All Time- sorted by Decade


I have always loved music- it soothes the soul, it expresses your inner most feelings, it says the words you are longing to say or hear.  It calms you when you are upset, it energizes you when you need motivation, or brings you to tears due to the raw emotion.  I LOVE music- all sorts, Pop, Rock, Country, Hip Hop, Reggae, Classical, I have very eclectic tastes.  So in an effort to consolidate my musical interests for myself, my baby bear and future generations- I have created this time capsule blogs (which will continue to grow and evolve as I do).  I have separated each category by Decade.  My original goal was 10- that was near impossible- so I have gone with approximately 50 in every decade starting with 1950 (which only has 25- but some real contenders).  Some you may love, and sing along to- some you may never have heard of.  In either case- give it a listen when you feel the desire ( I have included the hyperlinks for each song for your convenience- a labor of love). It sure was a lot of work- but 24 hrs of vegging and listening to music isn't a terrible way to spend a night in with the ones you love.

 I find it so fascinating how music flows and begins changing -from year to year, and one decade to the next. Constant evolution and change- just like our lives. Each moment captured a fond memory with a verse and a tune. A narration of our life identical to the background of a movie.

The song playing, during your first kiss, the song you listen to (and shriek along to after your first break up), the one you select for you first dance at your wedding with your spouse or parent, the song you sing to your little girl- every one meaningful in it's own way!

Jay McBain made his list of top 72- I couldn't do mine that way! How can I compare Frank Sinatra with Gwen Stephani? To hard! I love many different artists and styles of music that have nothing in common. So, I chose to break it down by decade- which also proved harder than I thought it would be. I know I must have missed some and will  keep adding and changing as I go (much like life).Let me know if any of mine struck your fancy, feel free to list your favorites in the comments (if you can choose- easier said than done, as I found out). Also, as they are all You Tube Links you can create a play list with your favs (my compliments!).
 Let your heart sing!

2010's (thus far 1/2 way mark- subject to change :) ):

Listening to some songs really brought me back, but that is much harder in the current position.  As I can only do (self imposed limitation) approximately 50 per decade- I limited myself in 2010's to 25 ish as we are only half way through  (EVEN HARDER lol). Those there are the ones that inspire me, are completely unique or uplifting, sing to my soul, or I think will last the test of time-- but we will see...  Only time will tell which one speaks to my heart 5, 10 or more years from now...
  1. All Of Me - John Legend & Lindsey Stirling
  2. Christina Perri - A Thousand YearsJar of Hearts, Human and our Wedding Song Arms
  3. Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up  and The World As I See It
  4. Adele - Someone Like You
  5. Bruno Mars, Marry You and Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are
  6. Michael Buble- New Day
  7. Lady Antebellum - Need You Now
  8. The Lumineers - Ho Hey
  9. A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera - Say Something
  10. Miley Cyrus - Adore You
  11. Colbie Caillat - Try
  12. Beyoncé - Run the World (Girls) and Beyonce Flawless
  13. Imagine Dragons - Demons
  14. Jason Derulo -Marry Me
  15. Tove Lo - Habits
  16. Taylor Swift - Blank SpaceRonan  and Mine
  17. Pink- Just Give Me A Reason ft. Nate Ruess
  18. Enrique Iglesias - Bailando (English Version) ft. Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona
  19. Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass
  20. Maroon 5- Animals
  21. Eminem Ft. Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie
  22. The Fault In Our Stars I Charli XCX - Boom Clap
  23. Ke$ha - TiK ToK
  24. AWOLNATION - Sail
  25. Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)
  26. Katy Perry - Dark Horse or Pharrell Williams - Happy hanging in there for now... :)
  27. Carrie Underwood - Mama's Song *


  1. Enya- Only Time
  2. Coldplay - Fix YouColdplay- The Scientist and Green Eyes
  3. Savage Garden - I Knew I Loved You
  4. Train - Marry Me
  5. Tim McGraw - Live Like You Were Dying
  6. Johnny Cash - Hurt
  7. Evanescence - Bring Me To Life and My Immortal
  8. Norah Jones - Don't Know Why and  Norah Jones Come Away With Me 
  9. Katie Melua - 'If You Were A Sailboat'
  10. Rascal Flatts - Bless The Broken Road
  11. Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah and Plain White T's 1,2,3 and 4
  12. Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
  13. Lee Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance
  14. No Doubt - Underneath It All ft. Lady Saw
  15. Linkin Park - In The End      2:  Breaking the Habit    3:  Linkin Park- Crawling
  16. Kid Rock - Picture ft. Sheryl Crow
  17. Eminem - Lose Yourself
  18. James Blunt-You're BeautifuL
  19. Shania Twain - Forever And For AlwaysFrom This Moment On &You're Still the One
  20. Santana - Maria Maria and Santana Feat. Rob Thomas - Smooth
  21. Shakira- Waka Waka , Shakira - Whenever, Wherever, and Shakira Hips Don't Lie +  Beyoncé, Shakira - Beautiful Liar
  22. Destiny's Child- Independent Women and Destiny's Child - Survivor 
  23. Alicia Keys - Fallin'No One, and If I ain't got you
  24. Justin Timberlake - Cry Me A River and Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around...Comes Around
  25. Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats and Carrie Underwood - Jesus, Take The Wheel
  26. Dixie Chicks - Landslide
  27. R. Kelly- Ignition
  28. Gwen Stefani- Cool  2.  Hollaback Girl  3. Gwen Stefani - The Sweet Escape ft. Akon
  29. Lifehouse - Hanging By A Moment
  30. Avril Lavigne - Complicated and Avril Lavigne - I'm With You and My Happy Ending
  31. Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
  32. Christina Aguilera - Beautiful
  33. Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - Get Low
  34. Big & Rich - Save A Horse [Ride A Cowboy]
  35. Uncle Kracker - Drift Away
  36. Fergie - FergaliciousGlamorousClumsy
  37.  Black Eyes Peas- Pump It   The Black Eyes Peas- Hey Mama 
  38. Usher-Yeah and DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love
  39. Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On & Work It
  40. Nelly - E.I.and Nelly - Hot In Herre and Shake your Tail Feather 
  41. Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett - It's Five O' Clock Somewhere
  42. Sean Paul - Temperature  and Beyoncé featuring Sean Paul - Baby Boy ft. Sean Paul
  43.  The Pussycat Dolls - Don't Cha ft. Busta Rhymes and   Busta Rhymes - Break Ya Neck 
  44. Toby Keith - As Good As I Once Was,  I Love This Bar and Toby Keith - I Wanna Talk About Me
  45. Kenny Chesney - There Goes My Life   2. Kenny Chesney & Gretchen Wilson-Hurts so Good
  46. Outkast- Hey Ya! 
  47. Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
  48. Britney Spears - I'm A Slave 4 U and Circus
  49. Ashanti - FoolishFat Joe feat. Ashanti - What's Love and Ja Rule - Always On Time ft. Ashant
  50. Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten  and Natasha Bedingfield - Pocketful Of Sunshine
  51. Hinder - Lips Of An Angel  and/or  Lit - My own worst enemy
  52. Nelly Furtado - Say It Right
  53. Kanye- Gold Digger


  1. UB40- Can't Help Falling in Love With You
  2. Inxs - Never tear us apart
  3. Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
  4. The Proclaimers- I would walk 500 miles
  5. Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply
  6. Somewhere Over the Rainbow -Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole
  7. Chris Isaak Wicked Game
  8. Alanis Morissette-You Oughta Know  and  Ironic
  9. No Doubt - Just A Girl and Ex- Girlfriend
  10. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge and Zephyr  and Can't Stop
  11. Bon Jovi, Jennifer Nettles - Who Says You Can't Go Home
  12. Sugar Ray Someday  and Sugar Ray Every Morning   and Sugar Ray When it's Over
  13. Salt 'N' Pepa - Whatta Man  and Salt-N-Pepa - Shoop
  14. Michael Buble- Home
  15. Jennifer Lopez - If You Had My LoveWaiting for TonightAin't it Funny
  16. Reggae Dance Favs:  Cutty Ranks- Limb By Limb,  Chaka Demus & Pliers - Murder She Wrote and Money Money- If I was a Rich Girl
  17. Marilyn Manson - Sweet Dreams and Tainted Love
  18. Destiny's Child - Say My NameJumpin Jumpin
  19. Green Day - When I Come Around, and Green Day- Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
  20. The Cranberries - Zombie
  21. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
  22. Linkin Park - Numb
  23. blink-182 - All The Small Things
  24. Incubus - Drive
  25. Mariah Carey feat. Boyz II Men - One Sweet Day and Fantasy and Mariah Carey - Dreamlover
  26. Sublime Wrong Way and Sublime Santeria
  27. Boyz II Men - End Of The Road  and 
  28. Matchbox Twenty - If You're Gone
  29. Bonnie Raitt - Something To Talk About
  30. Ace of Base - The Sign and Ace of Base - Don't Turn Around
  31. Céline Dion - Where Does My Heart Beat NowBecause You Loved Me
  32. Bryan Adams Rod Stewart Sting All For Love
  33. Third Eye Blind- How's It Going To Be  and jumper
  34. Spice Girls - Wannabe and Spice Girls - Say You'll Be There
  35. Natalie Imbruglia - Torn
  36. The Cover Girls - Wishing On A Star
  37. Jewel - Foolish Games
  38. Madonna - This Used To Be My Playground
  39. Technotronic - Pump Up The Jam  and Technotronic - Move This
  40. Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It, and Coolio ft. L.V - Gangsta's Paradise
  41. Blackstreet - No Diggity ft. Dr. Dre, Queen Pen
  42. Divinyls - I Touch Myself, and Next - Too Close
  43. Smash Mouth- All Star
  44. Oasis - Wonderwall
  45. Usher - Nice and SlowYou Got It BadBurn
  46. The Notorious B.I.G. - Mo Money Mo ProblemsThe Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize
  47. TLC - Waterfalls and TLC - Unpretty
  48. Counting Crows - Mr. Jones
  49. Sheryl Crow - If It Makes You Happy
  50. Soul Asylum - Runaway Train
  51. 4 Non Blondes - What's Up
  52. Lauryn Hill - Doo-Wop (That Thing) and Forgive Them Father
  53. Sophie B. Hawkins - Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
  54. Radiohead - Creep
  55. Janet Jackson - That's the Way Love Goes
  56. Brandy & Monica - The Boy Is Mine
  57. Puff Daddy & Faith Evans Feat. 112 - I'll Be Missing You
  58. Silly Bonus Songs that Made me Smile Rico Suave and Aqua - Barbie Girl The Offspring - Pretty Fly (For a White Guy), and of course  Sir Mix A Lot - Baby Got Back


  1. Roxette - It Must Have Been Love
  2. The Cure - Lovesong 
  3. Queen- Bohemian Rhapshody
  4. Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
  5. Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
  6. Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2U
  7. Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting
  8. The Cranberries - Linger
  9. R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
  10. Journey - Faithfully  and  Journey - Don't Stop Believin
  11. U2 - With Or Without You   and  U2 -- I Still Haven 't Found What I'm Looking For
  12. MeatLoaf - I'd Do Anything For Love
  13. Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
  14. Toto- Africa
  16. Berlin- Take My Breath Away
  17. INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
  18. Dirty Dancing - Hungry Eyes
  19. UB40 - Red Red Wine
  20. Chris De Burgh- Lady in Red
  21. Lionel Ritchie duet w Diana Ross- Endless Love
  22. Kokomo - The Beach Boys
  23. Dirty Dancing - Time of my Life
  24. The Human League - Don't You Want Me
  25. a-ha - Take On Me
  26. REO Speedwagon - Keep on Loving You
  27. Foreigner- I Want to know what love is
  28. Air Supply - All Out Of Love
  29. The Spinners- Working My Way Back To You Girl
  30. Wilson Phillips - Hold On
  31. Chicago - You're The Inspiration
  32. Daryl Hall and John Oates- You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling or Man- Eater
  33. Peter Cetera - Glory Of Love
  34. Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
  35. Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall
  36. INXS - Need You Tonight
  37. Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now
  38. John Waite - Missing You
  39. Blondie - One Way Or Another or The Tide is High
  40. Duran Duran- Hungry Like The Wolf
  41. Foreigner - Waiting for a Girl Like You
  42. Patrick Swayze - She's Like The Wind
  43. Tears for Fears- Everybody Wants to Rule The World
  44. Wham! Careless Whisper
  45. REO Speedwagon - Can't Fight This Feeling
  46. Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine - Anything for You
  47. Heart - All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You
  48. Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is a Place on Earth
  49. Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire and Johnny Cash- I Shot a Man in Reno
  50. Bruce Springsteen - Dancing in the Dark and Springstein -Glory Days
  51. Paula Abdul - Straight Up  and  Opposite's Attract
  52. Tom Petty- Free Fallin
  53. Madonna- Immaculate Collection - Entire CD (Best for last....Queen of the 80's) 
  54. Michael Jackson- Remember the TimeBeat ItSmooth CriminalBad & Thriller! (King of the 80's)

Big Hair Band Favs:


  1. The Beatles- In My Life ,  Beatles- Let it Be and SO many others! 
  2. John Lennon-Imagine
  3. The Eagles- Hotel California
  4. Queen- Bohemian Rhapsody
  5. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird and Sweet Home Alabama
  6. Ike & Tina Turner - Proud Mary
  7. Billy Joel - Just The Way You Are
  8. The Partridge Family - I Think I Love You
  9. Terry Jacks - Seasons In The Sun
  10. Eric Carmen- All by Myself
  11. Peter Frampton - Baby I Love Your Way
  12. Meat Loaf - Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
  13. Billy Joel - Piano Man
  14. The Carpenters- Close to You
  15. Three Dog Night- Joy to the World
  16. Don McLean- American Pie
  17. Al Green- Let's Stay Together
  18. Chicago - If You Leave Me Now
  19. Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love
  20. The Who - Behind Blue Eyes
  21. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
  22. Grateful Dead - Truckin'
  23. Roberta Flack- The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  24. Bee Gees- How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
  25. Tony Orlando and Dawn- Knock Three Times
  26. James Taylor You've Got A Friend
  27. Robert John - The Lion Sleeps Tonight
  28. Elton John and Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breakin' My Heart
  29. John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads
  30. Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
  31. Main Ingredient- Everybody Plays the Fool
  32. Stevie Wonder You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
  33. Gladys Knight & The Pips- Midnight Train To Georgia -Midnight Train To Georgia
  34. Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now
  35. The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone
  36. Gloria Gaynor- I will survive
  37. Barbara Strisand- The way we were
  38. Elton John - Bennie and the Jets
  39. Harry Chapin- Cats In The Cradle
  40. Billy Joel - My Life
  41. Paul Anka and Odia Coates- You're Having My Baby
  42. Vicky Sue Robinson- Turn the Beat Around
  43. Blue Swede - Hooked On A Feeling
  44. Stealer's Wheel- Stuck in the Middle with You
  45. Earth, Wind and Fire - After the love has gone
  46. The Knack - My Sharona
  47. Charlie Daniels Band - Devil Went Down to Georgia
  48. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - We've Got Tonight
  49. Alice Cooper - School's Out
  50. Yvonne Elliman ~ If I Can't Have You
  51. Dona Summer - Last Dance (not because it's my least favorite, but because it *HAS* to go last!) 
Shout out and honorable mention to my Disco Diva Mom's fav song (everytime I hear it I think of her and smile):  
  1. Frankie Valli - Swearin' To God


  1. Frank Sinatra- My Way
  2. The Beatles- Hey JudeBeatles- Can't Buy Me Love etc etc...
  3. The Drifter's, Save the Last Dance for Me
  4. Frank Sinatra- The Way You look Tonight
  5. Righteous Brothers- Unchained Melody
  6. Rolling Stones- Paint it Black
  7.  Elvis Presley- Are You Lonesome Tonight  and Elvis Presley- It's Now or Never
  8. The Monkees - I'm a Believer
  9. Tommy James & The Shondells- I Think We`re Alone Now
  10. Righteous Brothers- You Lost That Loving Feeling
  11. The Turtles- Happy Together
  12. Temptations- My Girl
  13. Frankie Valli and The 4 Seasons- Can't Take My Eyes off You
  14. Neil Diamond- Sweet Caroline
  15. Nancy Sinatra- Bang Bang
  16. Jimmy Soul- If You Wanna Be Happy
  17. The Tokens- The Lions Sleeps Tonight
  18. Louis Armstrong- What a Wonderful World
  19. The Association- Cherish
  20. The Tokens- The Lions Sleeps Tonight
  21. Little Peggy March - I Will Follow Him
  22. Neil Sedaka- Breaking up is Hard to Do
  23. Louis Prima- Angelina
  24. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrel -Ain't no Mountain High Enough
  25. Patsy Cline- Crazy
  26. Little Anthony and the Imperials- Tears on my Pillow
  27. Smoky Robinson & The Miracles - You Really Got A Hold On Me
  28. Supremes- You Can't Hurry Love
  29. Sonny and Cher- I Got You Babe
  30. Temptations- Ain't to Proud to Beg
  31. The Doors- Light My Fire
  32. Lesley Gore- It's My Party
  33. Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
  34. Monkees - Daydream Believer
  35. Otis Redding-Sitting on the dock of the bay
  36. Tommy James And The Shondells ~ Live ~ Mony Mony
  37. The Four Tops-I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
  38. Bob Dylan- Blowing in the Wind
  39. The Young Rascals- Groovin
  40. Johnny Rivers -- Baby, I Need Your Lovin'
  41. Spiral Staircase- I Love You More Today Than Yesterday
  42. The Angels - My Boyfriend's Back
  43. The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
  44. Herb Alpert - This Guy's In Love With You
  45. Jimi Hendrix - Wild thing
  46. Peter, Paul and Mary - Blowing in the Wind
  47. Bobby Vee - Take Good Care Of My Baby
  48. Brian Hyland - Itsy bitsy teenie weenie Yellow polka dot bikini
  49. Aretha Franklin - Respect
  50. The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman


  1. Peggy Lee's, Fever
  2. Dean Martin- You Belong to Me 
  3. Dean Martin- That's Amore
  4. Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - Why Do Fools Fall In Love
  5. Gene Chandler- Duke of Earl
  6. Everly Brothers- All I Have To Do Is Dream
  7. Dean Martin- Volare
  8. Kingston Trio- Yellow Bird High Up in Banana Tree  (My Babci <Gma> used to sing this all the time)
  9. Paul Anka - Put Your Head On My Shoulder
  10. Conni Franics - Besame Mucho
  11. Elvis- Love Me Tender
  12. Gene Chandler- Duke of Earl
  13. The Shirelles- Will You Love me Tomorrow?
  14. The Platters, Smoke Get's In Your Eyes Only You
  15. The Drifters- Under the boardwalk
  16. Bill Haley & His Comets - Rock Around The Clock
  17. Pat Boone - Moon River
  18. Rosemary Clooney - Come On-A My House
  19. Bill Haley and His Comets- Shake, Rattle And Roll
  20. Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes
  21. Sheb Wooley - The Purple People Eater
  22. Fats Domino - BlueBerry Hill
  23. Bobby Darin- Mack the Knife
  24. Connie Francis: Lipstick on Your Collar
  25. Jackie Wilson - Lonely teardrops
  26. Perry Como- Papa Loves Mambo 

Bonus:  Musicals

  1. Sarah Brightman & Antonio Banderas - The Phantom Of The Opera
  2. Come What May- Nicole Kidman & Ewan MczGregor- Moulin Rouge
  3. Olivia Newton-John - Hopelessly Devoted to You- Grease
  4. Anne Hathaway- I Dreamed A Dream Performed- Les Mis
  5. Somewhere Over the Rainbow- Judy Garland- Wizard of Oz
  6. Circle of Life- Lion King
  7. Barbara Streisand- People
  8. A Whole New World - Aladdin
  9. It's a Hard Knock Life- Annie
  10. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John- You're The One That I Want- Grease
  11. Audrey Hepburn's Wouldn't It Be Loverly -My Fair Lady
  12. One Day More! - Les Misérables
  13. Elaborate Lives- AIDA on Broadway
  14. Cell Block Tango- Chicago
  15. Cinema Italiano- Kate Hudson- Nine
  16. Tomorrow- Annie
  17. Be Italian - By Fergie- Nine
  18. I could have Danced All Night- My Fair Lady
  19. West Side Story- America
  20. Seasons of Love- Rent
  21. Little Girls- Annie
  22. West Side Story- I feel Pretty
  23. Don't cry for Me Argentina - Madonna - Evita
  24. Memory-Cats
  25. If I only had a Brain- Wizard of Oz
  26. Dancing Queen - Meryl Streep -Mamma Mia
  27. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
  28. You Can't Stop the Beat-Hairspray
  29. Cabaret - Cabaret