69 Love Songs poll

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
1.03 All My Little Words 8
3.06 The Death Of Ferdinand De Saussure 7
1.08 The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side 6
2.17 Papa Was A Rodeo 5
1.22 Sweet-Lovin' Man 5
2.07 No One Will Ever Love You 4
2.15 Long-Forgotten Fairytale 4
1.12 The Book Of Love 4
3.03 Busby Berkeley Dreams 3
3.10 Yeah! Oh, Yeah! 3
1.06 I Don't Want To Get Over You 3
1.01 Absolutely Cuckoo 2
3.12 Meaningless 2
2.18 Epitaph For My Heart 2
1.07 Come Back From San Francisco 2
2.20 The Sun Goes Down And The World Goes Dancing 2
2.08 If You Don't Cry 2
2.12 Promises Of Eternity 1
3.16 I Can't Touch You Anymore 1
3.14 Queen Of The Savages 1
2.11 My Only Friend 1
2.19 Asleep And Dreaming 1
2.04 Time Enough For Rocking When We're Old 1
2.21 The Way You Say Good-Night 1
2.22 Abigail, Belle Of Kilronan 1
2.23 I Shatter 1
3.07 Love In The Shadows 1
3.08 Bitter Tears 1
3.09 Wi' Nae Wee Bairn Ye'll Me Beget 1
1.04 A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off 1
1.05 Reno Dakota 1
1.19 A Pretty Girl Is Like... 1
1.09 Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits 1
1.16 Punk Love 1
2.03 When My Boy Walks Down The Street 1
1.11 I Think I Need A New Heart 1
1.10 The Cactus Where Your Heart Should Be 0
3.11 Experimental Music Love 0
1.13 Fido, Your Leash Is Too Long 0
3.13 Love Is Like A Bottle Of Gin 0
2.06 Grand Canyon 0
3.22 Xylophone Track 0
3.21 Strange Eyes 0
3.20 For We Are The King Of The Boudoir 0
3.19 The Night You Can't Remember 0
3.18 How To Say Goodbye 0
3.17 Two Kinds Of People 0
1.02 I Don't Believe In The Sun 0
3.15 Blue You 0
1.14 How Fucking Romantic 0
3.05 Acoustic Guitar 0
3.04 I'm Sorry I Love You 0
2.05 Very Funny 0
2.09 You're My Only Home 0
2.10 (Crazy For You But) Not That Crazy 0
2.02 Love Is Like Jazz 0
2.13 World Love 0
2.14 Washington, D.C. 0
2.01 Roses 0
2.16 Kiss Me Like You Mean It 0
1.23 The Things We Did And Didn't Do 0
1.21 Nothing Matters When We're Dancing 0
1.20 My Sentimental Melody 0
1.18 Boa Constrictor 0
1.17 Parades Go By 0
3.01 Underwear 0
3.02 It's A Crime 0
1.15 The One You Really Love 0
3.23 Zebra0


abanana, Sunday, 14 October 2007 03:44 (eleven years ago) link

"All My Little Words"

Jazzbo, Sunday, 14 October 2007 03:55 (eleven years ago) link

I haven't listened to every song, but I'm voting "The Luckiest Guy On the Lower East Side"

Tape Store, Sunday, 14 October 2007 03:58 (eleven years ago) link

"The Sun Goes Down And The World Goes Dancing", after a short struggle

robertwolf8080, Sunday, 14 October 2007 04:11 (eleven years ago) link

Totally "Abigail, Belle of Kilronan"

Clay, Sunday, 14 October 2007 04:16 (eleven years ago) link

That was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Besides vote for Laughing Stock over Spirit of Eden.

Book of Love

jonathan - stl, Sunday, 14 October 2007 04:26 (eleven years ago) link

"I Can't Touch You Anymore" has always been my favorite off this one.

John Justen, Sunday, 14 October 2007 05:05 (eleven years ago) link

There's really only 4 or 5 options here.

Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved, Sunday, 14 October 2007 05:23 (eleven years ago) link

way too hard.

toby, Sunday, 14 October 2007 05:44 (eleven years ago) link

"Papa Was a Rodeo"
ps Mama was a rock 'n' roll band

Morley Timmons, Sunday, 14 October 2007 05:53 (eleven years ago) link

So many good songs.. unfair!

I, however, voted Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side, because he has wheels and I want to go for a ride..

Finefinemusic, Sunday, 14 October 2007 05:54 (eleven years ago) link

The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side

the held note at the end is my favorite moment on the entire album

ciderpress, Sunday, 14 October 2007 06:07 (eleven years ago) link

"Sweet-Lovin' Man" - Because he may never have written it. Only he would have written it because, well, he did write it.

Kevin John Bozelka, Sunday, 14 October 2007 06:16 (eleven years ago) link

"Busby Berkeley Dreams," with "Book of Love" as the only real competition. While all the moods of the Magnetic Fields are good, heartbroken Magnetic Fields is the very best, which is why "Busby Berkeley Dreams," "All the Umbrellas in London," and "Plant White Roses" are so classic.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 14 October 2007 06:53 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah! Oh Yeah!

Jamesy, Sunday, 14 October 2007 11:11 (eleven years ago) link

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I know, right?, Sunday, 14 October 2007 11:54 (eleven years ago) link

wtf?!

When My Boy Walks Down The Street.

I know, right?, Sunday, 14 October 2007 11:54 (eleven years ago) link

Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits

favorite song on album and ever.

poortheatre, Sunday, 14 October 2007 12:21 (eleven years ago) link

This poll is stupid, better to start a POV or POX thread to gather concensus on the meat of the material.

Having said that, I'll pick "I Don't Wanna Get Over You".

Mr. Odd, Sunday, 14 October 2007 12:58 (eleven years ago) link

Too many good ones to chose from. Voted for "Love In The Shadows," which I have always loved, cause nobody else will. Probably.

JN$OT, Sunday, 14 October 2007 13:57 (eleven years ago) link

"Book of Love" or "Sweet Lovin' Man."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 14 October 2007 14:20 (eleven years ago) link

Come back from San Francisco

Roz, Sunday, 14 October 2007 14:23 (eleven years ago) link

"Yeah, Oh Yeah" is close, but I voted "Bitter Tears"

Disc two is mostly useless, though, huh?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Sunday, 14 October 2007 15:04 (eleven years ago) link

"Epitaph for my Heart", with "When my Boy Walks down the Street" and "(Crazy for you but) not that Crazy" close behind.

Z S, Sunday, 14 October 2007 15:29 (eleven years ago) link

The 33 1/3 book has the Top 10 as voted for by the stephinsongs.com mailing list:

April 2006
1. Book of Love
2. I Don't Want To Get Over You
3. Luckiest Guy on the LES
4. Papa Was a Rodeo
5. All My Little Words
6. Busby Berkeley Dreams
7. Long Forgotten Fairytales
8. Yeah! Oh Yeah!
9. Come Back from SF
10. I Think I Need a New Heart/Nothing Matters When We're Dancing (tie)

September 1999
1. Papa Was a Rodeo
2. Book of Love
3. Busby Berkeley Dreams
4. Absolutely Cuckoo
5. Yeah! Oh Yeah!
6. I Don't Want To Get Over You
7. All My Little Words
8. No On Will Ever Love You
9. I Think I Need a New Heart
10. Luckiest Guy on the LES/I Don't Believe In The Sun (tie)

And a Bottom Ten from April 2006
1. Punk Love
2. Love is Like Jazz
3. Love in the Shadows
4. Experimental Music Love
5. Xylophone Track
6. Zebra
7. I Shatter
8. How Fucking Romantic
9. Fido Your Leash Is Too Long
10. Bitter Tears

caek, Sunday, 14 October 2007 15:52 (eleven years ago) link

i went book of love

gman, Sunday, 14 October 2007 20:45 (eleven years ago) link

Queen Of The Savages

the next grozart, Sunday, 14 October 2007 21:13 (eleven years ago) link

Bottom 10 list OTM

robertwolf8080, Sunday, 14 October 2007 22:48 (eleven years ago) link

but just wait until Fido makes the top spot

lucas pine, Sunday, 14 October 2007 22:50 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, "Fido" is the one WTF on the bottom 10, one of SM's best earworms.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 14 October 2007 23:44 (eleven years ago) link

"Bitter Tears" in the bottom 10? Blasphemy!!! Come on!

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Monday, 15 October 2007 03:55 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, Bitter Tears is great. I also have a degree of fondness for Love is Like Jazz.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Monday, 15 October 2007 12:05 (eleven years ago) link

where is the wuv for "Wi' Nae Wee Bairn Ye'll Me Beget"?

The Real Dirty Vicar, Monday, 15 October 2007 12:06 (eleven years ago) link

just chose no one will ever love you

RJG, Monday, 15 October 2007 12:15 (eleven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Monday, 15 October 2007 23:01 (eleven years ago) link

I suspect I'm the only one voting for A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off

caek, Tuesday, 16 October 2007 00:08 (eleven years ago) link

"Fido Your Leash Is To Long" so doesn't belong in the bottom 10.

I voted for "Long-Forgotten Fairytale"

da croupier, Tuesday, 16 October 2007 00:09 (eleven years ago) link

"Fido..." is the perfect George Jones song. I had a friend who played it non-stop after his best friend fucked his girlfriend.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 16 October 2007 00:12 (eleven years ago) link

papa was a rodeo

omar little, Tuesday, 16 October 2007 00:13 (eleven years ago) link

i voted reno dakota cause it doesnt have that terrible man singing on it

jhøshea, Tuesday, 16 October 2007 00:14 (eleven years ago) link

Fuck you this is impossible.

"All My Little Words"

rogermexico., Tuesday, 16 October 2007 00:22 (eleven years ago) link

the way you say good-night, but it could have easily been busby berkeley dreams, papa was a rodeo or grand canyon

t0dd swiss, Tuesday, 16 October 2007 00:33 (eleven years ago) link

I've always wondered how different Merritt/Magnetic Field's career would be if 69 Love Songs had been collapsed into 1 disc. It's easily conceivable to make a 25-track album where I'd love every single song. That said, I'm happy to shut up and love it as-is.

Jamesy, Tuesday, 16 October 2007 00:54 (eleven years ago) link

Harder question: list all MF songs which are better than all 69 love songs. I've got "Plant White Roses," "100,000 Fireflies," "Kings," "Take Ecstasy with Me," and "Born on a Train." Maybe "Save a Secret for the Moon" and "All the Umbrellas in London," though these I think are particularly "69 Love Songs-like" and thus harder to weigh against the actual 69 Love Songs songs.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 16 October 2007 01:39 (eleven years ago) link

Someone needs to a do a worst song on 69LS poll once this one has finished.

caek, Tuesday, 16 October 2007 15:23 (eleven years ago) link

Heck, why wait?

Mark G, Tuesday, 16 October 2007 15:26 (eleven years ago) link

Ah, the WORST song on "69 Love Songs" why don't you?

Mark G, Tuesday, 16 October 2007 15:31 (eleven years ago) link

Hardest poll imaginable, there's at least 62 wonderful songs on this (HE SPEAKS TO ME MAN etc), at leadt 30 picks for fav, went with "My Only Friend" cos it was in my head the other day

President Evil, Tuesday, 16 October 2007 15:51 (eleven years ago) link

Ferdinand

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 16 October 2007 16:01 (eleven years ago) link

long-forgotten fairytale!

69, Tuesday, 16 October 2007 18:41 (eleven years ago) link

Of the zero voteds:

"Fido, your leash is too long" is scarily like a song I wrote called "Rover, come back to me this minute" when I was 12, and had forgotten until I heard that one.

Mark G, Thursday, 18 September 2014 17:01 (four years ago) link

Also, "Not that crazy" is great, and I'm amazed that "Parades go by" got zero as its one of the best tracks.

Mark G, Thursday, 18 September 2014 17:03 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

decided to pull this out during an insomniac fit - listening to the whole thing as a piece makes me appreciate it more and im glad i successfully fought off the temptation to skip some of the filler songs like 'experimental love' or 'roses'

taken as a whole i think its really beautiful and impressive in a particular way it reminds me of watching the coolest boy i knew lighting a cigarette in one fluid single-handed motion this performance thats both studied and nonchalant. like how the smallest things are best equipped to bear the burden of grace because theyre secure in their own inconsequence

≖_≖ (Lamp), Thursday, 9 October 2014 08:20 (four years ago) link

Underwear is underrated. Both in life and in song.

Jeff, Thursday, 9 October 2014 11:32 (four years ago) link

There is no filler on this for me. I can't imagine the sequencing arguments but they nailed it.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 10 October 2014 03:25 (four years ago) link

this is one of my favorite albums but i think most of the "filler" is unlistenable after the third or fourth rundown. the imperfections make me like the album better... flawless albums are almost suspicious to me. albums don't need to be "total works" and in some cases it's better if they're not.

my controversial opinion on this thing is that busby berkeley dreams > the book of love

Treeship, Friday, 10 October 2014 03:29 (four years ago) link

punk love fucking rules

ET sippin the wig (spazzmatazz), Friday, 10 October 2014 03:33 (four years ago) link

busby berkeley dreams > the book of love

I can see why you might feel that way. There's an unmistakable sense of pathos and longing in BBD whereas BOL can be seen as tongue-in-cheek. Frankly I think Peter Gabriel did more justice to BOL by finding it's true emotional heart.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 10 October 2014 14:04 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

Abigail belle of kilroan might be the best

Trϵϵship, Saturday, 29 September 2018 16:22 (eleven months ago) link

What a shame so few votes. I want a recount and I vote for "I Don't Want To Get Over You"

rip van wanko, Saturday, 29 September 2018 18:02 (eleven months ago) link

abigail belle of kilronan and papa was a rodeo are both based on very theatrical conceits -- he is singing from an assumed standpoint, and a kind of hackneyed one -- but also among the most heartbreaking songs on the album.

Trϵϵship, Saturday, 29 September 2018 18:07 (eleven months ago) link

Abigail has always been my answer

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Saturday, 29 September 2018 18:35 (eleven months ago) link

Busby Berkeley, instinctively. I've not listened to the whole thing in over 10 years.

Have the Rams stopped screaming yet, Lloris? (Chinaski), Saturday, 29 September 2018 18:39 (eleven months ago) link

What a shame so few votes. I want a recount and I vote for "I Don't Want To Get Over You"

you're crazy if you think you'd get more than 83 ppl voting in 2018

Ah, the minty egg bits (sic), Saturday, 29 September 2018 18:48 (eleven months ago) link

So many standout tracks!

Could the 50 year one stand anywhere close on that score?

Mark G, Saturday, 29 September 2018 18:50 (eleven months ago) link

Underwear is underrated. Both in life and in song.

― Jeff, Thursday, October 9, 2014 6:32 AM (three years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I think I’m changing my mind on this.

Jeff, Saturday, 29 September 2018 19:51 (eleven months ago) link

About life or the song?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 30 September 2018 01:24 (eleven months ago) link

I remember carefully ranking the 69 love songs for a list, and after that brain-rack someone just said the list could have been in any other order, and I had to admit that's quite apt.
Also had a brief "should we shouldn't we" romantic month with a girl abroad during an exchange, and after playing some songs from 69LS to her and despite this being long ago, ever since she's told me she plays them from time to time, and I think the power of nostalgia is very much in the songs (not me).
I know I pretty much haven't gone back to the band at all, neither for 69LS or the first two that were my true favorites.
No clue what song I could have elected.

Rather surprised "Nothing matter when we're dancing" finds itself without a vote.

Will mention: I don't want to get over you, Sweet-Loving Man, The Luckiest Guy, The Sun goes down... I really need to listen to it again

Nabozo, Sunday, 30 September 2018 09:54 (eleven months ago) link

I don't like it when he sings in the higher register

rip van wanko, Sunday, 30 September 2018 15:04 (eleven months ago) link

I was just listening to this this morning and thinking about how I never listen to discs 2 or 3.

na (NA), Sunday, 30 September 2018 15:46 (eleven months ago) link

Amen re: "Abigail," definitely in my top 1 or maybe 2. I've always loved how disorienting it sounds on headphones. Also so many keepers among the 0 vote getters, "Grand Canyon" is a particular fave.

Could the 50 year one stand anywhere close on that score?

I'd say yes. Every song is musically striking and serves the project, and most are very good! Though I suppose the highs aren't as high.

geoffreyess, Sunday, 30 September 2018 16:53 (eleven months ago) link

did the same thing as above, and marveled at the 0 vote-getters.
Has Merritt ever had a more devastating song than "The Things We Did And Didn't Do"?

campreverb, Sunday, 30 September 2018 19:47 (eleven months ago) link

lol just saw this thread I had How Fucking Romantic stuck in my head this morning while making coffee and started singing it to myself, snaps included

flappy bird, Sunday, 30 September 2018 21:55 (eleven months ago) link

For a few years, “how fucking romantic” was the only magnetic fields song I knew. A friend put it on a mix for me. I like it well enough, but I wish he would have chosen one of maybe 30-40 other songs off the album instead, because i wasn’t really motivated to investigate then any further at the time

Karl Malone, Sunday, 30 September 2018 22:03 (eleven months ago) link

I don't like it when he sings in the higher register

There’s another male singer, right? It’s kind of weird because on some songs it seems the other guy sings higher and it’s easier to tell them apart, and on others he sings as low as Merritt and it’s confusing. Either that or Merritt is the only male singer and I’m confused.

Karl Malone, Sunday, 30 September 2018 22:10 (eleven months ago) link

There are five singers on 69 Love Songs.

Ah, the minty egg bits (sic), Sunday, 30 September 2018 22:54 (eleven months ago) link

(and I'm startled that anyone could have been listening to the album for 18 years and never noticed.)

Ah, the minty egg bits (sic), Sunday, 30 September 2018 22:56 (eleven months ago) link

(Merritt is the lead singer on 41 of them, each of the four duets has a different partner)

Ah, the minty egg bits (sic), Sunday, 30 September 2018 23:00 (eleven months ago) link

it's not that startling. ld beghtol and dudley klute sound kind of like him, especially because all three singers slightly change their diction according to genre conventions.

Trϵϵship, Sunday, 30 September 2018 23:04 (eleven months ago) link

I for one am startled, especially because I listen to it every day

Karl Malone, Monday, 1 October 2018 00:59 (eleven months ago) link

ld beghtol and dudley klute sound kind of like him

wow, racist

does rip van wanko hate the higher, warbling voice he used on the first two albums?

Ah, the minty egg bits (sic), Monday, 1 October 2018 03:48 (eleven months ago) link

would love to do a single disc poll for each. pretty sure it's format-wise, but even after the vinyl reissue i've always looked at each disc separately.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, 1 October 2018 05:08 (eleven months ago) link

Could the 50 year one stand anywhere close on that score?

I'd say yes. Every song is musically striking and serves the project, and most are very good! Though I suppose the highs aren't as high.

― geoffreyess, Sunday, September 30, 2018 4:53 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Thanks, see that's the thing...

CD 2 was the one where I remember playing it going "mmm yeah OK" until "Papa was a rodeo" at which point I went wo. Subsequent plays I love those other songs too, but the 50 collection needs highlights too, it helps when slogging through the set for the first time.

Mark G, Monday, 1 October 2018 06:41 (eleven months ago) link

There's so much great stuff on this set, I think if I narrow it down to my three most favourites, they all come from CD2:
-Epitaph For My Heart (dramatic and pessimistic over-the-top lyrics over a warm cheerful melody, so fun that it somehow ends up being almost heartwarming)
-Asleep And Dreaming ("I don't know if you're beautiful, because I love you too much." - how can such soberness still be so adoring?)
-You're My Only Home (a very powerful piece - perhaps more than any other song on this set a 'song about love' with the casual appearance of a 'love song')

Valentijn, Monday, 1 October 2018 09:45 (eleven months ago) link

enjoying listening to 69LS again. Surprised some one like Kacey Musgraves hasn't turned 'Sweet-Lovin' Man' into a hit.
That melody...

campreverb, Monday, 1 October 2018 19:57 (eleven months ago) link

I retroactively change my hypothetical vote to Epitaph For My Heart, forgot how great it was. And another argument for Stephin never not singing in that basso

rip van wanko, Monday, 1 October 2018 21:09 (eleven months ago) link

Who’ll take it’s ashes and singing fling
Them from the top of the Brill building?

Trϵϵship, Monday, 1 October 2018 21:17 (eleven months ago) link

Asleep and dreaming makes me cry xps

Trϵϵship, Monday, 1 October 2018 21:18 (eleven months ago) link

Surprised some one like Kacey Musgraves hasn't turned 'Sweet-Lovin' Man' into a hit.

Ha, I said something like that on the Musgraves thread. "Lonely Weekend" was giving me "Sweet-Lovin' Man" vibes.

geoffreyess, Monday, 1 October 2018 21:31 (eleven months ago) link

see that's the thing...

Yeah, but 69 Love Songs is like the apotheosis of standout-tracks-ness. Forgot to say that 50 Song Memoir has a pretty similar ratio of excerptible tracks. My big five: A Cat Called Dionysus, No, Foxx & I, Dreaming In Tetris, Have You Seen It in the Snow? Shall we poll it?

geoffreyess, Monday, 1 October 2018 22:10 (eleven months ago) link

I'd vote in that poll but I'm kind of wondering how many other people have even listened to the whole thing. There's some really good stuff on there and I think it's the closest we're ever going to get to another 69 Love Songs, BUT the highs aren't as high and there are fewer of them IMO. If anyone hasn't checked it out, I'd recommend listening to it once all the way through and then listening to it on shuffle. Definitely took me back to my heavy 69LS-listening days for a bit.

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 14:20 (eleven months ago) link

I like what I've heard. Charming stuff but it's somewhat a case of been there done that.

rip van wanko, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 14:30 (eleven months ago) link

we should poll this one by disc

nba jungboy (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 2 October 2018 14:36 (eleven months ago) link

see that's the thing...

You are probably right..

I was tempted to go Spotify, but I'm just gonna have to get one and do as before, really, aren't I?

Mark G, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 21:40 (eleven months ago) link

is there a Wasps' Nests poll

alpine static, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 23:24 (eleven months ago) link

two months pass...

I put "69" on my Spotify, just got through it.

It's funny, the highlights are all the ones I remember, but a whole chunk I didn't remember at all.

"Blue You" I'd have said was Nick Cave.

Mark G, Monday, 17 December 2018 14:33 (eight months ago) link

eight months pass...

Saturday is the 20th anniversary

gather ye rosebuds

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 5 September 2019 15:38 (one week ago) link

Agggghh 20 years! Finally the anniversaries coincide with some actually good memories. I’ve been waiting for this.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 5 September 2019 21:36 (one week ago) link

I saw them perform the entire set over two nights. One of my all-time favorite gigs.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 5 September 2019 21:57 (one week ago) link


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