My Top 100

I should be happy. ErisGuy stepped up and did the full 100, conceding that hundred was a limitation. The bad part is that my list was in my head and now has to be translated to print. But I’m a man of my word. It’s alphabetical, drawn mostly from my iTunes file. Which is not as arbitrary as it seems. What you feel compelled to acquire says it’s important to you.

Adagio for Strings. Samuel Barber.
After the Storm. Mumford and Sons.
All You Zombies. The Hooters
And She Was. The Talking Heads.
And We Danced. The Hooters.
Ave Maria. Perry Como. (Shut up!)
Be My Baby. The Ronettes.
Be My Love. Mario Lanza.
Begin the Beguine. Artie Shaw
Be My Love. Mario Lanza.
Brown Sugar. The Rolling Stones.
C’est L’Amour. Edith Piaf.
C’mon C’mon. The Von Blondies.
Carmina Burana, Empress of the World. Orff.
Cat People, Putting out Fires. David Bowie.
Chimes of Freedom. Youssou N’Dour.
The Cicada. Linda Ronstadt.
The City of New Orleans. Arlo Guthrie.
Cleanin’ Out My Closet. Emine..
Come Dancing. The Kinks.
Comfortably Numb. Van Morrison.
Concerto for Clarinet and Oboe. Mozart.
Crazy. Gnarls Barkley
Don’t change. INXS.
Don’t Close Your Eyes. Keith Whitley.
Dreaming. Blondie.
El Condor Pasa. Simon & Garfunkel.
Elizabeth. Frank Sinatra.
Extreme Ways. Moby.
Gimme Shelter. Rolling Stones.
Glycerine. Bush.
God Save the Queen. Sex Pistols.
Good As I Was to You. Lorrie Morgan.
Groovin’. The Young Rascals.
Hallelujah. Jeff Buckley.
Have You Ever Seen the Rain. Credence Clearwater.
Heroes. David Bowie.
Hurt. Johnny Cash.
I Can’t Get Started. Bunny Berigan.
If You Go Away. Dusty Springfield.
I Wonder. Ronettes.
I Want to Know What Love Is. Foreigner.
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead. Warren Zevon.
I’m No Angel. Allman Brothers.
Into the Storm.
I’ve Been Loving You Too Long. Otis Redding.
I’ve Got You Under My Skin. Frank Sinatra.
Jump. Van Halen.
Jumpin’ Jack Flash. The Rolling Stones.
Just Lose It. Eminem.
Keep Me in Your Heart.. Warren Zevon.
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. GNR.
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. Warren Zevon.
Lady Jane. The Rolling Stones.
Lawyers, Guns and Money. Warren Zevon.
Lux Aeterna. Clint Mansell.
The Man I Love. Ella Fitzgerald.
Melissa. Allman Brothers.
Mixed Emotions. The Rolling Stones.
Mockingbird. Eminem.
The Nearness of You. Ted Heath.
Never Tear Us Apart. INXS.
November Rain. GNR.
Numb. Linkin Park.
Only Time. Enya.
Only Women Bleed. Alice Cooper.
Pagliacci, Vesti La Giubba. Leoncavallo. Mario Lanza.
Paint It Black. The Rolling Stones.
Please Stay. Warren Zevon.
Promontory. Soundtrack, Last of the Mohicans.
Rough Justice. The Rolling Stones.
Round & Round. Neil Young.
Seventh Heaven. Peter Wolf.
Sing for the Moment. Eminem.
Sing, Sing, Sing. Benny Goodman.
Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay. Otis Redding.
Sgt McKenzie. Soundtrack, We Were Soldiers.
Something in Red. Lorrie Morgan.
Soliloquy. Frank Sinatra.
Straight to Hell. The Clash.
Street Fighting Man. Rolling Stones.
Suo Gan. George Guest & Company
Suspicious Minds. Fine Young Cannibals.
Sweet Child O’Mine. GNR.
Sympathy for the Devil. Rolling Stones.
Symphony No. 2. Sibelius.
Symphony No. 3, Mvt 1. Gorecki.
Symphony No. 3, Mvt 2. Gorecki.
Symphony No. 3, Mvt 3. Gorecki.
Theme for Harry’s Game. Clannad.
Tom Traubert’s Blues. Tom Waits.
Touch of Grey. Grateful Dead.
Try a Little Tenderness. Frank Sinatra.
Un Bel Di. Puccini.
Unchained Melody. Righteous Brothers.
The Very Thought of You. Nat King Cole.
Waltz for Debby. Bill Evans Trio.
The Way I Am. Eminem.
West End Blues. Louis Armstrong.
What Is Love. Haddaway.
What’s Now is Now. Frank Sinatra.
When I Saw You. The Ronettes.
White Room. Cream.
White Wedding. Billy Idol.
Winter. Rolling Stones.
Worst Day Since Yesterday. Flogging Molly.
You Gotta Fight for the Right to Party. Beastie Boys.
You’ll Never Walk Alone. Frank Sinatra.
1916. Motorhead.

Okay. I know this is more than a hundred. I need another hundred. At least. My head is filled with all the missing. Do you feel the same way? Can you even believe there’s so much music in our heads? The human brain. The mind, all the associations. Staggering.

Does anybody feel like talking about it? I could do this for a week…

7 thoughts on “My Top 100

  1. FYI: I purposefully did not look over yours or Eris Guys’ lists before putting mine together. I noticed that you have Be My Love by Mario Lanza twice. Technically you have room for another song.

    Something about Cat People rang a bell. I had forgotten all about the film but we had quite the rousing debate on it back when we were all having fun. Started at IP and spilled over into the abandoned-but-still-functioning Underverse. If anyone cares to re-read it:

    Part 1:

    Part 2:

    FWIW, I miss Apotheosis a heck of a lot more than Brizoni. Just saying.

  2. Went through my main Spotify playlist and picked my favorites. Exactly 1/2 of the quota, though I tend to use Spotify more for working and house-cleaning music (Charlie Parker is my newest discovery in that line, and may be all I’ll ever need).

    A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square/Nat King Cole
    Ain’t That A Kick In The Head/Dean Martin
    Beyond The Sea/Bobby Darin
    Bittersweet Symphony/The Verve
    Bobby Babylon/Freddie McGregor
    Build Me Up Buttercup/Gary Lewis & The Playboys
    Christopher Columbus/Ralph Sutton
    Cleveland Rocks/The Presidents Of The United States Of America
    Come On Eileen/Save Ferris
    Coucou/Django Reinhardt & The Hot Club De France Quintet
    Courtesy Of The Red, White, And Blue/Toby Keith
    Cry Little Sister/Gerard McMann
    Deadman’s Gun/Ashtar Command
    Don’t You (Forget About Me)/Simple Minds
    Funkytown/Lipps Inc.
    Hook/Blues Traveler
    Hungry Like The Wolf/Duran Duran
    I Gave Her That/Al Jolson
    I Melt With You/Modern English
    (I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear/Blondie
    If I Had You/Irving Aaronson And His Commanders
    In Dreams/Roy Orbison
    Kids In America/Kim Wilde
    Letter To The Future/Heavy D & The Boyz
    Love On The Run/The Human League
    Love Without End, Amen/George Strait
    Main Titles (From Blade Runner)/Vangelis
    Miss Otis Regrets/The Mills Brothers
    More Than A Feeling/Boston
    Out From The Deep/Enigma
    Out In The Streets/Blondie
    Rehab/Amy Winehouse
    Saints/The Breeders
    Sanford & Son Theme/Quincy Jones
    She Sells Sanctuary/The Cult
    Spiderwebs/No Doubt
    Stand And Deliver/Adam & The Ants
    Storms In Africa/Enya
    Sweet Dreams/Patsy Cline
    Sympathy For The Devil/The Rolling Stones
    Symphony No. 29 In A Major: I/Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    The Little Lady Preacher/Tom T. Hall
    Think/Aretha Franklin
    Three Little Birds/Bob Marley & The Wailers
    Tuxedo Junction/The Andrews Sisters
    Twilight Time/The Platters
    What About Livingstone/ABBA
    Wimoweh/Yma Sumac
    Would I Lie To You/Eurythmics

  3. Outstanding. You’re going to keep me up all night. Other lists are the original requesting post. Did NOT expect to see Mills Brothers or Andrews Sisters. But now I have to hear them again. Thank you. Keep going.

  4. “Do you feel the same way? Can you even believe there’s so much music in our heads? The human brain. The mind, all the associations. Staggering.”

    Yes. I’m telling you: wormholes. There’s a song I don’t even particularly like too much, Again by Lenny Kravitz. That happened to be playing in the background during one moment at one night of my life that I never think about unless I happen to hear that song. Then I’m instantly transported back there and relive the night in an instant; I see the room I was in, feel the couch I was sitting on, things that were hanging on the walls, people’s faces who were there, etc. Then the song ends and that night slips back into the fog of memory until the next time I hear that song.

    You explain it. I’m at a loss.

    I’ll bite on a couple of your offerings, though: why Glycerine by Bush and November Rain by GNR? Not criticizing, just curious.

    • Yes. That’s the power of music as a memory cue. The only one that’s possibly stronger is smell, but it’s not always as pleasing in its prompts. Vision is too tunneled, taste too restricted, touch too expansive.

      Let’s see. Glycerine. Function of my teenage stepdaughter. Hearing actual rock chords from her attic bedroom, as opposed to pop nonsense. “What is that?” “Bush.” “Cool.” She liked that I liked it. Decreased the teenage distance. She also came to like the Stones.

      November Rain. I was a sucker for a handful of GNR songs. They changed the rock song convention. Did a whole song then turned the stage over to Slash for an unprecedented but usually extravagant guitar coda. Operatic, lyrical, deeply felt — everything Slash clearly wasn’t in his public persona. I guess November Rain struck me because it seemed to have the emotional resonance throughout that the typical Slash coda did. It made me feel better when things weren’t going well. Probably not just Slash. GNR came on the scene when I was living in Ohio. Sweet Child O’Mine propelled me instantly back to New Jersey, bar parking lots, pretty girls in waitress uniforms with eyes that were already settling for less than their dreams, with boyfriends who already knew they were getting more than they deserved. That kind of thing.

      • “…bar parking lots, pretty girls in waitress uniforms with eyes that were already settling for less than their dreams, with boyfriends who already knew they were getting more than they deserved.”

        Geez, tell me about it. Same exact thing was still going on in the late ’90s. Not New Jersey and well after Sweet Child O’ Mine, but same ol’ shit.

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