Michael Slezak
April 07, 2009 AT 08:01 AM EDT

It’s the magical and mysterious “Songs from the Year You Were Born” Week on American Idol, which means we’ll get plenty of ’80s music, and a terrifying reminder that one of the remaining contenders was born after I graduated from high school. (Gulp.) Anyhow, after a little bit of Internet research, here are my song suggestions for the top 8 of season 8. Ch-ch-check ’em out, then make suggestions of your own in the comments section below!

– Danny Gokey (1980): Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open the Door” or Dionne Warwick’s “Déjà Vu
– Adam Lambert (1982): Quarterflash’s “Harden My Heart” or The Motels’ “Only the Lonely
– Lil Rounds (1984): Madonna’s “Borderline” (the 2006 Jody Watley rendition) or Tracey Ullman’s “They Don’t Know” [Note: Please, please, please…no “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)“!]
– Kris Allen (1985): Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” or Power Station’s “Some Like It Hot
– Matt Giraud (1985): Madonna’s “Angel” or The Honeydrippers’ “Sea of Love
– Scott MacIntyre (1985): ABC’s “Be Near Me” or Survivor’s “I Can’t Hold Back
– Anoop Desai (1986): Nu Shooz’s “I Can’t Wait” or Lisa Lisa’s “All Cried Out
– Allison Iraheta (1992): Shakespear’s Sister’s “Stay” or Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge

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