50 of My Favorite Songs - choose one

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Poll Closing Date: Sunday, 9 June 2019 00:00 (in 2 weeks)

inspired by Brad's albums poll, here are some of my all-time favs--no particular order, loosely culled from my iTunes and Last.fm top played.

Built To Spill - Carry The Zero
Jay-Z - Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)
The Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet
The Cure - Close To Me
The Velvet Underground - What Goes On
William DeVaughn - Be Thankful For What You Got
Curtis Mayfield - No Thing On Me (Cocaine Song)
Neil Young - Cortez The Killer
Joni Mitchell - Blue
Aaliyah - Are You That Somebody
The Rolling Stones - Let It Loose
Nina Simone - Sinnerman
Bruce Springsteen - Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Souls Of Mischief - '93 Til Infinity
Sleater-Kinney - Dance Song '97
D'Angelo - Send It On
Belle & Sebastian - I'm a Cuckoo
Prince - The Ballad of Dorothy Parker
The Pharcyde - Passin' Me By
Gang Starr - Work
Broadcast - Come On Let's Go
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Bold As Love
The Shangri-Las - Out In The Streets
Van Morrison - Caravan (Live From It's Too Late to Stop Now)
The Smiths - This Charming Man
The Go-Betweens - Dive For Your Memory
My Morning Jacket - Golden
Kendrick Lamar - King Kunta
Aretha Franklin - A Brand New Me
Ramones - Judy Is a Punk
Steely Dan - My Old School
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Hysteric
Wu-Tang Clan - Tearz
Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information
Pavement - Fillmore Jive
Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
Funkadelic - Cosmic Slop
The Wrens - Hopeless
Minnie Riperton - Reasons
The Band - Stage Fright
The Dismemberment Plan - The Ice of Boston
Sly & The Family Stone - Hot Fun In The Summertime
The Delfonics - La-La Means I Love You
Elvis Costello - Lipstick Vogue
Patrice Rushen - Haven't You Heard
Fela Kuti - Water No Get Enemy
Erykah Badu - The Healer
The Faces - Stay With Me
The Clash - Death Or Glory
The Sugarcubes - Birthday


i think ur a controp (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 20:42 (one week ago) Permalink

93 til infinity but great list.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 20:53 (one week ago) Permalink

93 til infinity but great list.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 20:53 (one week ago) Permalink

gut reax is jay or minnie (cool or warm) but def gonna listen thru all of these before voting

lowercase (eric), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 20:53 (one week ago) Permalink

Prince vs Badu vs The Sugarcubes is very difficult

Arugula Raccoon (DJP), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 20:57 (one week ago) Permalink

'King Kunta'

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 21:02 (one week ago) Permalink

If I was stuck on a desert island right now with one it would probably be Van. I need to have a listen through.

fancy the Dirkishness of carrying Doré a round (fionnland), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 21:11 (one week ago) Permalink

I went for "my old school"

. (Michael B), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 21:38 (one week ago) Permalink

haven’t you heard vs. never too much, the impossible choice

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 22:06 (one week ago) Permalink

send it on

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 22:18 (one week ago) Permalink

A lot of strong candidates but Patrice Rushen wins this for me

help yourself to another slice of apple ... crumble (Willl), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 22:24 (one week ago) Permalink

send it on is prob the best song on the best album

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 15 May 2019 22:33 (one week ago) Permalink

You've got some doozies on here. Nice work. Right now it's gotta be Death or Glory.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 22:39 (one week ago) Permalink

my old school

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 22:59 (one week ago) Permalink

There are better songs, and even songs I might like more, but I kind of just want to vote for Broadcast.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 23:25 (one week ago) Permalink

Fela Kuti - Water No Get Enemy

Was jamming on this earlier this afternoon so it got my vote.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:21 (one week ago) Permalink

William DeVaughn - Be Thankful For What You Got

This. It'll be a nominee whenever I get around to doing my own version of this poll here.

zama roma ding dong (Eric H.), Thursday, 16 May 2019 01:16 (one week ago) Permalink

reflected a bit on why i picked some of these songs:

Built To Spill - Carry The Zero - things I love about this song: the screaming slide guitar, the circular chord progression that could go on for hours, the way the maj7 chords create a cosmic dreaminess that compliments the stoner-logic lyrics, the cathartic secondary groove in the outro.

Jay-Z - Heart of the City (Ain't No Love) - Ye’s beat transforms an achingly blue soul chestnut into a triumph. Jay doesn’t look at his “rivals,” he looks past them: “what’s all the fuckin fussin’ for?/because I’m grubbin’ more/and I pack heat like I’m the oven door”, “Look scrapper I got nephews to look after/I'm not looking at you dudes, I'm looking past ya”; the choir plus strings plus horns--I mean come on. The stomp-clap breakdown at the end seals the deal.

The Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet - Best guitar solo of all time? It’s up there. Lyrical, not-too-complex, and soaring into space.

The Cure - Close To Me - the creaking door sound effect that opens the song, the way the whole song evolves in response to the questioning electric keyboard riff, the trumpet solo, and the abrupt, honking conclusion

The Velvet Underground - What Goes On - buzzsaw rhythm guitar; one of my favorite Lou vocals, snotty, louche, and bemused.

William DeVaughn - Be Thankful For What You Got - sure, he says that you can be cool even if you don’t have a car, but just listen to how fuckin’ sweet his car is.

Curtis Mayfield - No Thing On Me (Cocaine Song) - sometimes it just comes down to a beautiful vocal, sharp drums, and rolling piano; you believe Curtis when he says he doesn’t need drugs--you get a contact high from this instrumental

Neil Young - Cortez The Killer - A song about the titanic emptiness left when the conquistadors destroyed the original civilizations of this continent, and how we can never reclaim what we lost. It’s also my one of favorite Neil melodies, the guy knows how to just devastate with a well-placed minor or maj7 chord.

Joni Mitchell - Blue - the thesis statement for one of my all-time favorite albums, and one of my favorite songs to play on the piano. Joni makes all the harmonic and rhythmic complexity seem so effortless.

Aaliyah - Are You That Somebody - Love every second of this song, even Timbo’s dumb rap.

The Rolling Stones - Let It Loose - Pure feeling, rock as soul. Manages to be genuinely touching while still wallowing in the muck that covers the rest of the album.

i think ur a controp (voodoo chili), Thursday, 16 May 2019 01:53 (one week ago) Permalink

there are only two songs that i would never pick -- the dan, the plan -- so screw you for making an impossible poll

mookieproof, Thursday, 16 May 2019 02:08 (one week ago) Permalink

There are better songs, and even songs I might like more, but I kind of just want to vote for Broadcast.

― Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, May 15, 2019 6:25 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Ha, agreed, and this one jumped out at me, too. Love that song for reasons that are somewhat ineffable.

Independent Living Ass (Old Lunch), Thursday, 16 May 2019 13:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Live 1969 "What Goes On", otherwise, "Another Girl".

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Thursday, 16 May 2019 13:16 (one week ago) Permalink

Voted for Patrice Rushen, because probably no one else will.

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Thursday, 16 May 2019 13:39 (one week ago) Permalink

argh, that's what I get for skim-reading a thread.

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Thursday, 16 May 2019 13:39 (one week ago) Permalink

What Goes On or My Old School.

o. nate, Thursday, 16 May 2019 13:43 (one week ago) Permalink

my favorite song, it was joni singin'

flappy bird, Thursday, 16 May 2019 17:25 (one week ago) Permalink

a good poll would be ballad of dorothy parker vs. help me

flappy bird, Thursday, 16 May 2019 17:25 (one week ago) Permalink

The Cure - Close To Me - the creaking door sound effect that opens the song, the way the whole song evolves in response to the questioning electric keyboard riff, the trumpet solo, and the abrupt, honking conclusion

The album version, of course, has neither the creaking door sound effect or the horn solo.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 16 May 2019 17:30 (one week ago) Permalink

well then guess i'm talkin' bout the single version

i think ur a controp (voodoo chili), Thursday, 16 May 2019 17:35 (one week ago) Permalink

Water No Get Enemy sort of towers over the rest (except for stuff like Sinnerman) but I could post a top 50 and it would say nothing to you except polite acknowledgment towards someone who's spend a little time with music. I guess the exercise is really to compile it.

Nabozo, Thursday, 16 May 2019 18:29 (one week ago) Permalink

I like a lot of these (so I should probably check out the ones I don't know) but the one that stood out scanning the list was the Shangri-las

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 16 May 2019 18:33 (one week ago) Permalink

Went with Blue narrowly over My Old School and Judy is a Punk. That song just continues to fucking kill me. Ton of other great songs on the list though.

☮ (peace, man), Thursday, 16 May 2019 18:49 (one week ago) Permalink

"Be Thankful" is one of those songs that has thankfully (see what I did there?) never gotten played out for me. Every time I hear it, it puts me in such a happy place.

While My Guitar Gently Wheedly-Wheedly-Wheedly-Weeps (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 16 May 2019 19:35 (one week ago) Permalink

Gawd there are four or five on here which'd plumb walk away from pretty much any poll they were in

think the toledo mud hens but for twitter (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 16 May 2019 20:08 (one week ago) Permalink


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