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Top 10 Favorite Songs

Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:31 pm
by greezy
When people are asked to name their favorite book, they most often name something far off the radar of most every Lunchbox Johnny, lest they be seen as a shallow idiot. I'm not sure why but their first reflex is to spit out something either esoteric or of great importance...."The History of Angolian Mushrooms" or "War and Peace". Heck, mine is "The Catcher in the Rye". I've checked it out so many times from the library, I'm probably on some government watchlist. That being said, here are my drop-dead, pan-ultimate, tippy-top 10 most favorite-est songs. *ahem*

1) The Broad Majestic Shannon - The Pogues - I've got to give him his propers. Back in the day, Shane could really write a bitter-sweet tearjerker.

2) Miss Ferguson - Cory Branan - "She come 'round midnight like a Sunday afternoon with a purpose and a manner like a needle and a spoon. Bad thing waitin' to happen like a lake of gasoline. Lord way that woman does me is like nothin' I've ever seen..." Wouldn't you like to meet a woman like this? By the way, Frank just covered his song, "The Corner".

3) In the Basement (Part One) - Etta James - "There's no cover charge or fee and the food and drink are the basement."

4) Beast of Burden - The Stones - Possibly the most sweetly romantic song ever.

5) Pineola - Lucinda Williams - If you've ever been in this situation, you want to punch someone but you're not sure who.

6) Fields of Gold - Eva Cassidy - A girl from a town about 30 minutes west of my home town. She worked at greenhouse. I bought tons of bonsai seedlings there. I wonder if she made on for me.

7) The Sweetest Drop - Peter Murphy - They used to play this song on the radio in a far-off land called The 80's. I was always mezmorized when it came on.

8 Mr. DJ (Five for the DJ) - Aretha - Sing along with Ree!

9) Ode to Billy Joe - Sinead O'Connor - What did they throw off that pesky bridge?

10) Rag and Bone - The White Stripes - Neat song with a cool blues lick.

Also rans: "The House That Jack Built"- Aretha, "Always Love" Nada Surf, "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome..." Dylan "Reason to Believe", "Racing in the Street", "Atlantic City" Springsteen, "I'm Ready" Muddy Waters. Both Virtuté the cat songs, "No Woman No Cry" - Bob, "Rocket 88" - James Cotton version, "How a Resurrection Really Feels" - The Hold Steady...Holly was a hoodrat. Now you finally know that.

Re: Top 10 Favorite Songs

Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:14 am
by DieselBenz
Tough one because it's hard to compare something I've loved since I was 7 to something that came out two years ago, but I'll have a go. Sure I'm forgetting something.
1. Comfortably Numb, Pink Floyd - Easy one. This is to me the best song ever written. I have probably listened to this song more than any other song in my life, and still every time it gives me an emotion unlike anything.
2. Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd - I could probably make this list solid Floyd but I'll try to be more diverse. Could not leave this one off though.
3. Unintended, Muse - This one was kind of my drug for a while and still means a lot to me.
4. A Bad Dream, Keane - Fantastic sad song, based on one of my favorite poems.
5. The Scientist, Coldplay - Another great sad song that got me through a lot. Spoiler alert now, there are no happy songs on this list.
Once past five I'm sort of shaky on the order, so a bit random:
6. Eleanor Rigby/Nowhere Man, The Beatles - I'm going to cheat and put these as a tie, even though ER is really my top Beatles song. Both of these were my favorites on Yellow Submarine as a kid and I have such fond memories of watching that movie and particularly being attached to the scenes that went with those songs.
7. Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley - Probably on lots of people's lists but there's a reason for it. I like Cohen's original but Buckley hit it out of the park.
8. Goodbye My Lover, James Blunt - Watching him do this live in 2011 is among my top concert moments and most I've ever cried at a concert. For someone who's played this song hundreds of times, he sure sings it with raw emotion. Moving as anything.
9. Jet Lag, Frank Turner - This one and Longing For The Day grabbed me early in my discovery of Frank and they never let go.
10. Love Is A Laserquest, Arctic Monkeys - Only got into AM a couple years ago or this might be higher ... an instant favorite.
Some other stuff: Pink Floyd's Poles Apart, The Final Cut, Mother, Hey You, Shine On You Crazy Diamond and more; Keane's Everybody's Changing; Coldplay's Trouble; The National's Pink Rabbits, Santa Clara and About Today; Pancho and Lefty (I grew up on Emmylou Harris' version); Muse's Citizen Erased and Time Is Running Out. I can't help but feel like I'm missing something huge, but I'll come back and edit later when I figure it out.

Re: Top 10 Favorite Songs

Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:48 pm
by Kplusc
I'm not sure about the rankings, but here's mine :

I didn't put any classical music songs, films scores nor any Jacques Brel songs - Because I consider them to be apart...

VAYA CON DIOS - Just a friend of mine
AEROSMITH - Kings and queens
FRANK TURNER - Song for eva mae
PINK FLOYD - Shine on your crazy diamond
SOCIAL DISTORTION - Story of my life
BARONESS - Steel that sleeps the eyes
BOB DYLAN - Tomorrow is a long time
PEARL JAM - Yellow ledbetter
MAMAS AND PAPAS - California dreamin'
RANCID - As wicked

Others :
Elvis Presley - The Wonder of you
Kyuss - Gardenia
Death angel - Voracious souls
Guns'n roses - Estranged
Backyard Babies - Look at you
Hanoï rocks - No compromise, no regrets.
Hardcore superstar - She's offbeat
Johnny Cash - Ghost riders in the sky

Re: Top 10 Favorite Songs

Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:45 pm
by greezy
Cool lists. My point is that we like what we like. If we forget to worry about what others think, we can have a good time.

Kplusc, have you listened to the Milkmen's "Punk Rock Girl" really, really hard?

I'm proud to say I've been to Zipperhead...and Commander Salamander...

Re: Top 10 Favorite Songs

Posted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:50 am
by Kplusc
greezy wrote:Cool lists. My point is that we like what we like. If we forget to worry about what others think, we can have a good time.

Kplusc, have you listened to the Milkmen's "Punk Rock Girl" really, really hard?

I'm proud to say I've been to Zipperhead...and Commander Salamander...

Never heard of them before. Cool song.thanks

Have you listen to that one really hard? This song is one of the anthems of my teenagehood.

Re: Top 10 Favorite Songs

Posted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:54 pm
by greezy
Wow. Haven't heard them before. Awesome. I'm into greasy rock like that. Thanks.

Re: Top 10 Favorite Songs

Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:47 am
by JorgeCampos
My top 10 list:

1. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
2. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
3. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
4. Hotel California - The Eagles
5. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
6. Baba O'Riley - The Who
7. Carry on Wayward Son - Kansas
8. You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
9. Back In Black - AC/DC
10. Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones

Re: Top 10 Favorite Songs

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:12 pm
by Peter T.
They’re not in any particular order, and I stopped at around 30 but I surely could have continued. One per artist, in no particular order.
David Baerwald-Born For Love
The Jam-Going Underground
Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers-Roadrunner The Kinks-Waterloo Sunset
The Beach Boys-God Only Knows
The Velvet Underground-Heroin
Dylan- Like A Rolling Stone
Sam Cooke- A Change is Gonna Come
The Clash-Clampdown
Graham Parker-Pourin’ It All Out
The Beatles- And Your Bird Can Sing
Frank Turner-I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
Paul Kelly-Careless
The Hold Steady-Constructive Summer
The Four Tops-Reach Out I’ll Be There
Buddy Holly-Rave On
Van Morrison-Caravan
Derek and The Dominoes- Layla
The Housemartins-Get Up Off Our Knees
The Pogues-If I Should Fall From Grace With God
Elvis Costello-What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding
Steely Dan-My Old School
Sam and Dave-Hold On I’m Comin’
Junior Gone Wild-I Don’t Know About All That
Belle and Sebastian-Take Me Away From Here I’m Dying
Bill Morrissey-Long Gone
The Bottle Rockets-Gravity Fails
Weddings Parties Anything-For A Short Time
Stiff Little Fingers-Alternative Ulster
Tom Robinson Band-Up Against The Wall
Otis Redding-Dock of the Bay
Love-A House is Not a Motel
The Go-Betweens-Street of Your Town
Garland Jeffreys-Wild In The Streets
Sugar-If I Can't Change Your Mind Bob Hillman-Anywhere