Friday, November 2, 2007

Top 5 Favorite Songs

Taking a page from a fellow blogger, Hot Coffee Girl (seems we have more in common than our good looks), I decided to do a music post. I hate to admit I am one of those elitist pricks who doesn’t listen to anything you hear on the radio and judges people entirely too much on their taste in music. If it is any consolation, my social life turns into a complete joke this time of the year, when records are dropping like panties on prom night, and most bands make a trip to spread some of that sweet lovin’ on the Land of Cleves.

Which brings me to today’s topic: Top 5 Favorite Songs. Top 5’s will start being a regular part of the Nook, as I am uncreative and obsessed with High Fidelity.

People’s favorite songs are always interesting in that they rarely mirror their favorite artists. I have slightly awkward man-crushes on Ryan Adams and Van Morrison, yet neither make my top 5 favorite songs. I would trade my right arm to bring Ronnie Van Zandt back to earf, but Skynyrd doesn’t make my Top 5 either. So below are my Top 5 Favorite Songs. Please feel free to dissect, ridicule and lose respect for me. All I ask is that you leave a comment with your Top 5.

1. Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On
2. Dusty Springfield – Son of a Preacher Man
3. Tift Merritt – Sunday
4. The Rolling Stones – Beast of Burden
5. Warren Haynes – I’ll Be The One


BloggingJason said...

Nice list. I'm digging the Dusty Springfield pick. Picking a Top 5 is like the proverbial Dog in a Bathtub. The last time I tried to pick only 5, my head explode'd. Let me lay some plastic down.....these are in no order....

Radiohead-Fake Plastic Trees
Gordon Lightfoot-Sundown
Screaching Weasel-Good Morning
Jim Croce-You Don't Mess Around With Jim
The Avett Brothers-November Blue

Momo said...

This is ridiculously hard, but let the judgement begin.

Nightswimming, R.E.M.
...If my favorite place could be embodied in a song, it would be this.

Burning Love, Elvis Presley
...Listen to it. You will want to exalt love again.

River, originally by Joni Mitchell but I am mildly obsessed with the Sarah McLachlan cover
...I feel as though this needs an explanation. I know it’s a (wince) Christmas song but 1) it’s timeless and 2) I f’ing love Christmas music, and this one is amazing because it’s about the real Christmas, which is not all Gingerbread and Gum Drops. I can listen to this song in June and want to cry, because dammit, sometimes I just want to skate away and quit this crazy scene.

I’m So Excited, the Pointer Sisters
...I grew up on the Working Girl soundtrack (Carly Simon, “Let the River Run”, anyone?) and this song still gives me happy feet… even though I’m pretty sure it’s about giving it up for the first time. Most of us have already celebrated that milestone…

And a tie between two of my favorite love songs:

She’s Always a Woman, Billy Joel

Your Song, Elton John

...Had to work Billy and Elton in there somewhere.

Allison M. said...

I have several.

My favorite mistake, Sheryl Crow
Layla, Derek and the Dominoes
Madonna, duh.
How can we be lovers if we can't be friends, michael bolton
Party all the time, eddie murphy
Stay the night, Mariah Carey
Cry me a river, Justin Timberlake
Karma Police, Radiohead
Into the dark, Juliana Theory

I'll think of more and add them.

Anonymous said...

OMG! Beast of Burden is my fav! Would have never thought my fellow co-worker would be so me. (hahaha!) Great pick!

Narm said...

BloggingJason - that is my favorite Avett Brother's song as well. I need to join the Avett train and road-trip it with you kids one of these days.

Momo - first off - no one likes a cheater, but I agree you had to get both Billy and Elton on there so after a judges ruling, we are going to allow it.

Allison - Party All the Time??? Thanks a lot - I have had that song in my head for the last 24 hours now.

Anon - Beast of Burden is incredible - and I think it gets overlooked because the Stones have apprx one mllion good songs.

Hot Coffee Girl said...

You should, like, make a mix tape or something. Heh.

Anonymous said...

OK, so I actually lose respect for potential boyfriends if they can't name their all-time favorite band without thinking about it. Fleetwood Mac. See, that wasn't so hard! To pick 5 songs is tough, but as long as I know I can possibly change them as my tastes evolve, I don't feel as afraid of commitment.
1. Paperweight | Joshus Radin (if you'd read my blog, you know why)
2. 7 | Prince
3. Not Enough Time | INXS
4. Break Your Heart | Barenaked Ladies
5. Rhiannon | Fleetwood Mac

Joanna M said...

Oh man, I hate Fleetwood Mac. That I can say without any hesitation. But naming top 5 songs is really hard. We all know at least one has to a Jimmy Buffett song, but how to pick the one? It may have to be 2 - an old Jimmy and a new Jimmy. So - in no particular order:

1. Survive, Jimmy Buffett (I want this played at my funeral - my kids know this.) This would be old Jimmy.
2. Bama Breeze - this would be new Jimmy.
3. Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley
4. Iris, Goo Goo Dolls
5. Spotted the Ocean, Toad the Wet Sprocket

BloggingJason - I love the Gordon Lightfoot pick - also a fave - not top 5 though!

Momo - Night Swimming - awesome!

Allison - Michael Bolton!?! I saw him at Blossom! (with Celine Dion - what WAS I thinking?)

Allison M. said...

When I was at Kent, my friends and I would blast bad but secretly great 80's music, and that was one of our favorite songs to play when we were sober or intoxicated. All of our town home neighbors probably hate us for it.

Allison M. said...

When I was at Kent, my friends and I would blast bad but secretly great 80's music, and that was one of our favorite songs to play when we were sober or intoxicated. All of our town home neighbors probably hate us for it.

Anonymous said...

1) Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger
2) Misfits - Devil's Whorehouse
3) Motley Crue - Home Sweet Home
4) Muse - Uprising
5) REO Speedwagon - Time for me to fly