1. "Blister in the Sun," Violent Femmes. I'm dancing in a dorm room in my freshman year. (Given the amount of grain alcohol I'd consumed, I technically should not be able to remember this.)
2. "Electric Avenue," Eddy Grant. I'm throwing up after riding the Caterpillar at Rye Playland.
3. "There is a Light That Never Goes Out," The Smiths. I'm 18 and driving home from a kiddie new-wave club in Connecticut in my brother's powder blue Chevette. Good times.
4. "Waterloo Sunset," The Kinks. I'm wearing a Walkman, standing on a bridge and staring at the dirty old river in... Binghamton. (Drama queen!)
5. "Do You Realize?," Flaming Lips. I'm looking at the most amazing sunset ever in Montana, feeling vindicated for a map-reading error that took us two hours out of our way.
6. "You're So Great," Blur. I'm flying Virgin Atlantic to London, thinking that this song describes the man I just married. Except for maybe the "sad, drunk and poorly" part.