Download this playlist from iTunes
Download this playlist from iTunes

For this edition of Taylor’s Tunes, I’m stepping off my musical soapbox and passing the baton to Bryan Chrissan, owner of Clear Valley Pool and Spa Service & Repair in Temecula, Calif.

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Here’s Bryan’s playlist:  

“I am an ’80s music fanatic starting with MTV’s debut almost 31 years ago. Quick trivia: the first song ever played on MTV? “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles.

I remember how it felt to SEE your favorite group, band or singer on TV! You bought the album, watched the video and then played the cassette tape on your Walkman.

My top songs from the ’80s are what was then referred to affectionately as “Rock Ballads.” I like to call these “Red Light” songs. No, not that red light. I’m talking about the in-your-car-singing-out-loud-at-the-top-of-your-lungs red light songs. Then you look over and realize that someone is staring at you and both your business name and phone numbers are plastered on the side of your pool truck.  

The truth is, I’m a sucker for big hair bands and their ballads. I had a hard time picking out a top 10; and, in the end, my favorite band (Genesis) did not even make the list. But here, in no particular order, is Chrissan’s Classics.”

Editor’s Note: In the interest of full disclosure, there are only nine songs appearing on the official iTunes playlist. The 10th, Def Leppard’s “Photograph,” was not available on iTunes.

Song: Love Walks In

Artist: Van Halen 

Song: Drive

Artist: The Cars

Song: Alone

Artist: Heart

Song: Second Chance

Artist: 38 Special

Song: Open Arms

Artist: Journey

Song: Waiting for a Girl Like You

Artist: Foreigner

Song: Missing You

Artist: John Waite

Song: Dreams

Artist: Fleetwood Mac

Song: Sweet Child O' Mine

Artist: Guns N' Roses

Song: Photograph

Artist: Def Leppard


1. Love Walks In

2. Drive

3. Alone

4. Second Chance

5. Open Arms

6. Waiting for a Girl Like You

7. Missing You

8. Dreams

9. Sweet Child O' Mine

10. Photograph


In this new column, Editor Erika Taylor shares her favorite playlists. Tune in to hear her picks each issue.

Note: Downloading the playlist requires iTunes 10, which is available for free on the iTunes Website