For her 36th birthday, a friend asked a favor: Name one great pop song for each year of her life. I added a rule of my own, not to choose more than one song by any one artist. If you
…Let’s dissolve the corporation in a pool of Margaritas…
No Al Green, who is, with all due respect to Marvin Gaye, the greatest vocalist to, um, get busy with, from the 1970s, and one of the greatest of all time?
Also, I never cared much for Boz Scaggs, but if you ever heard his version of “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime”, you’d know he was a terrific musician.
Oh, and if you ever want to give 70s Dylan a second chance, “Blood on the Tracks” can be reasonably argued to among his best work of any era, with some really great songs.
It’s your birthday, and you give me a gift (hits)? Oh, you so have some music money coming your way, baby.
Happy Birthday, Stephen.
Btw, that is my favorite playlist on my pretty pink Mini.
Well done, although I have to agree with the Al Green comment….I just did a post on the guy a couple days ago.
By the way, I don’t believe somebody else remembers The Pursuit of Happiness’ great hit.
Just when I begin to think I know you, BAM.
Just how does one dance to “Closer”? Or is it more “grind”?
And if we’re going for industrial angst, I’d pick “Mr. Self-Destruct” as NIN’s finest…
“unlike most of the dreck on Abbey Road…”?
I’ll give you that side one is pretty lame, but side two is one of the best album sides of all time.
I feel out of it in that I’ve heard fewer than half these songs.
No “Radar Love?”
I always thought the first phone sex song was “Chantilly Lace” by the Big Bopper.
“Awww baby, you know what I LIKE!”
I like the idea, but:
52 songs? Stretch the memory further, just when memory is not as strong?
Besides, did I really ever remember songs from the 50s?
Ah well, something else for my TODO list I guess.
I saw Boz Scaggs in concert, way back in 1982 or so. I don’t have any of his stuff in my collection, but I do enjoy it on the rare occasion when I hear one of his tunes on the radio.
Rarity. A good thing, and something that radio ought to ponder more deeply, IMO.
Ahh, yes, My Sharona, Lake Geneva WI, weekend.
Start It Up or the other Stones song, can’t remember title – Europe, 1982
Pick a country.
2006 = whatever Gavin DeGraw releases this year
My Sharona is a classic, yet most of Abbey Road is dreck?!?!?!?
You have dropped a few notches in my book. I’ll take any Beatles tune (with the *possible* exception of Revolution 9 — and that is saying a lot) over My Sharona. What an awful piece of garbage. Well, at least you didn’t put down any Thomas Dobly crap.
You knew you were going to catch all sorts of hell for dissing Abbey Road, didn’t you? I won’t pile on, other than to ask: what were you thinking?
Lists like this make me realize I’ve been away from the music scene for way too long, but parenthood has a way of eating up time like that.
As if I didn’t think you were cool enough, Steve, you had to go and list LLovett’s ‘Her First Mistake’, one of the greatest songs of all time and one few people seem to have heard. It is a desert island song for me.
Great list all around.
So Lola… was a dude?
I don’t buy that much music, but Cake is one of bands I discovered a few years ago that I absolutely love. I’ve got several of their CDs and plan on eventually getting them all.
“Short Skirt, Long Jacket” also has a great video, BTW.
It’s your b-day? Happy birthday!
I guess I could make a music list as well since today’s my day. Not that I actually know when most songs were released…
One rule has to apply: you can’t look at your iPod. Cheating.
What an awesome list! With the exception of maybe one or two, that’s a mix that would definitely put as big as smile on my face today as ten years from today. Great taste.
“Personal Jesus” may be sexy, but Johnny Cash actually considered it to be a very spiritual song, which is why he covered it on American IV: The Man Comes Around. (It’s similar to DM’s acoustic version of the song, with a somewhat expanded arrangement including some honky-tonk piano.) Of the song, he said: “That’s probably the most evangelical gospel song I ever recorded. I don’t know that the writer meant it to be that, but that’s what it is.” I don’t think Martin L. Gore quite had that in mind, either, but the hallmark of great art is that it can be reinterpreted anew…
The Smith’s “Cemetary Gates” has to be one of the most depressing yet infectiously poppy songs ever recorded.
Just like the Irish to have a fun morbid romp on the graves of dead poets and thinking about their lives, but I think the Cranberries have a different interpretation on the same theme with “Yeats Grave.” Good pick regardless, I knew there was a reason I read this site
Maybe it’s just my offbeat sense of humor, but I might have gone for some more unconventional fare, especially in the ’70s when there were quite a few songs with unusual subject matter. Songs like “Timothy” by the Buoys (a tale of cannibalism that became one of that decade’s most unlikely one-hit wonders) and “’39″ by Queen (a song about, of all things, the time dilation effect in Einsteinian physics) come to mind.
God, how could you miss ‘Layla’ and ‘Lady in Red’?!!!
I think most of the great Moody Blues stuff predates your birth, but ‘Tuesday Afternoon’ and ‘Nights in White Satin’ are great. The latter is what the Gee-Gees would have done if they actually had talent.
“Personal Jesus” may be sexy, but Johnny Cash actually considered it to be a very spiritual song, which is why he covered it on American IV: The Man Comes Around.
I’m working my way through the 90′s Cash albums. Is it just me or is the best stuff he ever did? ‘American Recordings’ just tears the heart out of me…..
I have Pure Prairie League’s greatest hits CD and I do listen to Amie over and over again in the car turned up loud and I sing along everytime. It is one of my all time favorite songs ever.
Lola, Black Water and Maggie Mae are also favorites. It is impossible for me to listen to any of them without feeling like I have been transported in time.
Remarkable list, Stephen. Our tastes in music are a lot alike, which is all the more remarkable given the difference in our ages (my two adult sons are -ahem- older than yourself…). We’ve diverged a bit in the recent past, you and I, I’m more into Nouveau Country or whatever-the-Hell you call the great, good stuff coming out of Austin these days. And the old stuff out of Austin, come to think about it!
Love your list! Some of my fav’s are on it.