Favorite 100 Songs: 26-50  

Friday, April 27, 2007

Here's the next list. My iPod battery died on me, so I was delayed posting yesterday.

Of all the musicians in history, what band do you wish you could see live that's no longer playing today?

I don't think I could even start speculating.

26. Home - Duncan Sheik
A love song

27. Theme - from Indigo Prophecy
Ok, this is a bit of a soundtrack piece from a video game. Yeah, it probably shouldn't count, but after playing through the game and hearing this in the background quite a bit, it grew on me. It's not much of a piece, mostly emotive.

28. Push It - Garbage
I remember the music video for this one and I thought it was great. Plus, it's a good song. I would have had more Garbage on the list, but they got bumped for other songs. They're really a great band.

29. One - Metallica
With all the other Metallica songs on the list, this one was obvious. I guess with the war it's fittingly current, but I always thought it was more about patient's rights and the right to die with dignity.

30. Freewill - Rush
I'm not a big fan of Geddy Lee's voice, but the music is just incedible. I was tempted to put in YYZ instead of Freewill or Trees, but it didn't make the list.. for now.

31. In These Shoes - Kirsty MacColl
This is a different pace and a different type of song, which is why I like it so much. Thanks to encephalophone.

32. Extrordinary Machine - Fiona Apple
It takes a few listens to get used to this song, but I really like it. For a long time it was my most listened to song in iTunes (even though it wasn't my favorite at the time). My iPod would always play this song within the first few songs when I set a list on random.

33. Angry Again - Megadeth
It's a catchy metal song. It's not the best musically, but there's just something I really like about it. I think it's the perfectly growly voice.

34. Ugly Side - Blue October
"I only want you to see my favorite part of me/And not my ugly side"

35. This Way - Jewel
Well, well, well, another love song. This one is sweet.

36. I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need to Be Nicer - The Cardigans
I love the title and the song is fun. Lyrics like, "I'm wasting my life/You're changing the world/I sit back and watch your head grow"

37. Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels) - Jim Croce
Dare I say another love song? I've always loved Jim Croce though. His songs are all the better for being stripped down and simple.

38. Caught a Lite Sneeze - Tori Amos
I saw this performed live on SNL (I think?) and the lady that was playing percussion was throwing herself around with such ferver that I thought she might pass out from exhaustion. Plus, an interesting use of the harpsichord.

39. Throw Me a Rope - KT Tunstall
The song sounds like it's about a long distance, or somehow distanced relationship. It's simple and well-sung.

40. Dear God - Sarah McLachlan
I've never heard the original XTC version of the song. I need to find it and download it at some point. In any case, you only have to listen to it to realize why I like it.

41. Creep - Radiohead
This song is known for its distortion-cranked guitar and for the lyrics. I remember liking it from the first time I heard it.

42. Lived in Bars - Cat Power
Another good song off the The Greatest CD. I have no idea what this song is about.

43. It's a Hard Life Wherever You Go - Nanci Griffith
This is her best song by far and it's all about lyrics.

44. Call of Ktulu - Metallica
Even though they spelled Cthulu wrong, they wrote and performed a song fitting of his sliminess. This is an instrumental, dark and mysterious.

45. Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
This song expresses a common human emotion without being trite and it's sung with such feeling.

46. Hearts and Bones - Paul Simon
I heard this was written for Carrie Fisher after thier relationship ended. It's a beautiful discussion/explanation of love. Yep, love song!

47. The End of Summer - Dar Williams
And as the story goes she dreams about going away to school on the moon. But the song is about saying goodbye to some time in your life and moving on.

48. Sandpaper Kisses - Martina Topley-Bird
This song also was in Indigo Prophecy (the game). At some points in the game you could turn on the radio or play the guitar and this was the song on one of the character's radio. It fit in perfectly.

49. Don't - Jewel
L,l,l,love song and very well sang and phrased.

50. Nobody Knows Me - Lyle Lovett
"This is a cheatin' song about Mexican food"

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