Friday, May 19, 2006

Songs that Never Fail to Satisfy

I must confess that I don't really have an iPod. See, I got into MP3s way before they became common amongst non-IT folks (and aren't I a snot for saying it like that?). So, they've always lived on my various PCs (I usually have about 12 Gigs of songs on each system), or I've purposely sought out portable CD players, and/or home CD/DVD players that play MP3 discs (excellent for parties or playing tunes around the house literally all day without having to swap discs), so I haven't had to have an iPod. Nowdays, with cheap, tiny FM transmitters, you can play one of these things literally anywhere there's a radio, meaning you can get into the portable MP3 world for around $50, if you really want to.

Therefore, after years of experience, I've found a set of tunes that I've never tired of hearing. These are the ones that when they cycle around, I almost never hit the "next" button.

Thus, if you're needing to fill up that iPod, or those MP3 CDs for parties and vacations, I humbly submit the following list.

18 - Moby
100 Years - Five For Fighting
A Thousand Miles from Nowhere - Dwight Yoakam
Already Gone - The Eagles
Amazing - Josh Kelley
American Idiot - Green Day
American Patrol - Glen Miller
And I Love Her - The Beatles (The Beatles must not allow samples, only their #1s CD has them anywhere.)
Another World - Joe Jackson
Any Major Dude - Steely Dan
Babylon Sisters - Steely Dan
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Bananas And Blow - Ween
Be Aggressive - Faith No More
Be My Number Two - Joe Jackson
Beautiful Friend - Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
Bennie and the Jets - Elton John
Black Cow - Steely Dan
Black Friday - Steely Dan
Bodhisattva - Steely Dan
Boom Boom Ba - Metisse (See the post for how to nab this song for free.)
Breakdown Dead Ahead - Boz Scaggs
Brilliant Mistake - Elvis Costello
Capn Kirk - Bob Schneider
Cars - Gary Numan
Chain Lightening - Steely Dan
Change of the Guard - Steely Dan
Classical Gas - Mason Williams
Coming Up Close - 'Til Tuesday (Aimee Mann)
Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Danny's All - star Joint - Rickie Lee Jones
Deacon Blues - Steely Dan
Deep Purple - Nino Tempo And April Stevens
Dirty Work - Steely Dan
Do It Again - Steely Dan
Dodo - Dave Matthews
Dog and Butterfly - Heart
Don't Do Me Like That - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Downtown Train - Rod Stewart
Dust In The Wind - Kansas
Elevation - U2
Eminence Front - The Who
Emotion - Samantha Sang (Bee Gees)
Engine Engine No. 9 - Roger Miller
Even The Losers - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Every Kinda People (live version) - Robert Palmer
Eye Of The Hurricane - David Wilcox
Falling Stars - England Dan and John Ford Coley
Feel Like A Number - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
FM - Steely Dan
Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
Free To Go - Folk Implosion
Get Off My Cloud - The Rolling Stones
Go - Pearl Jam
Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - Danny O'Keefe
Great Pumpkin Waltz - Vince Guaraldi
Green Earrings - Steely Dan
Hard To Say - Dan Fogelberg
Heart Hotels - Dan Fogelberg
Helen Says - Hank (This shows the album, but there aren't samples.)
Help Me - Joni Mitchell
Hey Ya - Outkast
Hungry Heart - Bruce Springsteen
I Can't Wait - Nu Shooz
I Love Rock And Roll - Joan Jett
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
I'd Really Love To See You Tonight - England Dan and John Ford Coley
If I Can't Have You - Yvonne Elliman
If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot
I'm on Fire - Bruce Springsteen
In Between Days - The Cure
Jeopardy - Greg Kihn Band
Josie - Steely Dan
Joy - Apollo 100 featuring Tom Parker
Jukebox Fury - Rickie Lee Jones
Just Another Day - John Mellencamp
Just Like Heaven - The Cure
Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First) - John Mellencamp
Kick Out The Jams - The Presidents of the United States of America
Kinda Fonda Wanda - Neil Young and the Shocking Pinks
King of the Road - Roger Miller
King of the World - Steely Dan
Kiss - Prince
Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer
Kryptonite - Three Doors Down
Learn To Fly - Foo Fighters
Lido Shuffle - Boz Scaggs
Lie for a Lie - Nick Mason and Rick Fenn (with David Gilmore on vocals)
Life In One Day - Howard Jones
Life Of Illusion - Joe Walsh
Life's Been Good - Joe Walsh
Linus and Lucy - Vince Guaraldi
Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens
Llorando (Crying) - Rebekah Del Rio (from the "Mulholland Drive"soundtrack)
Longview - Green Day
Looking for Clues - Robert Palmer
Lotta Love - Nicolette Larson
Love Her Madly - The Doors
Lullaby - The Cure
Lyin' Eyes - The Eagles
Magneto And Titanium Man - Wings (Paul McCartney)
Mainstreet - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
Man Out of Time - Elvis Costello
Memo To My Son - Randy Newman
Mexico - Refreshments
Mint Car(radio mix) - The Cure
Mississippi Delta City Blues - Chicago
Mofo - U2
Moon June Spoon - Spot
My Cherie Amour - Steve Wonder
My City Was Gone - Pretenders
My Head's In Mississippi - ZZ Top
My Maria - B.W. Stevenson
Mysterious Ways - U2
Nag - Joan Jett
Name - Goo Goo Dolls
Natural One - Folk Implosion
Never Die Young - James Taylor
New Year's Day - U2
Night Moves - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
Night Ride Home - Joni Mitchell
Nights are Forever Without You - England Dan and John Ford Coley
No Such Thing - Dwight Yoakam
Nothing In The World To Do With Me - Charlie Rich
Nowhere Man - The Beatles (The Beatles must not allow samples, only their #1s CD has them anywhere.)
Oh Well (live version w/Lindsey Buckingham) - Fleetwood Mac
Once in a Lifetime (live version) - Talking Heads
One - U2
One More Cup Of Coffee - Bob Dylan
One Thing Leads To Another - The Fixx
Only the Strong Survive - Jerry Butler
Overdrive - Foo Fighters
Peg - Steely Dan
Pink Panther Theme - Henry Mancini
Play that Funky Music (White Boy) - Wild Cherry
Popcorn - Hot Butter
Pretzel Logic - Steely Dan
Question - Moody Blues
Radio Sweetheart - Elvis Costello
Rainy Season - Aztec Camera
Ready To Go (single version) - Republica
Reason to Believe - Bruce Springsteen
Red Neck Friend - Jackson Browne
Reeling in the Years - Steely Dan
Refugee - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Rikki Don't Lose that Number - Steely Dan
Rock And Roll Never Forgets - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
Rocket Man - Elton John
Saint Of Me - Rolling Stones
Satellite - Dave Matthews Band
Satellites - Rickie Lee Jones
Sausalito Summernight - Diesel
Say Goodbye to Hollywood (live version) - Billy Joel
Scarborough Fair/Canticle - Simon and Garfunkel
Seether - Varuca Salt
Shadows In The Rain - Sting
She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby
She Came On - Super Deluxe
Short Skirt, Long Jacket - Cake
Show Business Kids - Steely Dan
Show Me - Pretenders
Slow Ride (original long version) - Foghat
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
So Lonely (live version) - The Police
Song2 - Blur
Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand - Primitive Radio Gods
Suffragette City - David Bowie
Summer Breeze - Seals and Crofts
Superman - Five For Fighting
Supernova - Liz Phair
Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
Take a Letter Maria - R.B. Greaves
Take Five - Dave Brubeck
Taste of Honey - Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
The Boys of Summer - Don Henley
The Dance - Garth Brooks ("Barf" (as I call him) don't allow no samples. Pirates, you know. So this is a link to a WAV file of the song.)
The Fez - Steely Dan
The Fly - U2
The Full Bug - Van Halen
The Late Great Golden State - Dwight Yoakam
The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
The Obvious Child - Paul Simon
The One Thing - INXS
The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby
There Must Be An Angel Playing With My Heart - Eurythmics
There She Goes Again - The Boo Radleys
Things Change - Dwight Yoakam
This Boy - The Beatles (The Beatles must not allow samples, only their #1s CD has them anywhere.)
Time Out of Mind - Steely Dan
Time Passages - Al Stewart
Tiny Explosions - The Presidents of the United States of America
Too Late to Turn Back Now - Cornelious Brothers
Top - Live
Trouble - Cat Stevens
Twenty Flight Rock - Eddie Cochran
Vertigo - U2
Walk On The Wild Side - Lou Reed
Walk Tall - John Mellencamp
Walk This Way - Aerosmith
Walking On The Moon (live version) - The Police
Wanton Song - Led Zeppelin
Westward Wind - England Dan and John Ford Coley
What You Need - INXS
Whatever's Written In Your Heart - Gerry Rafferty
What's New - Linda Ronstadt and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra
When I Look at the World - U2
Whisper to a Scream - Icicle Works
Why Can't This Be Love - Van Halen
Wild Wild Life - Talking Heads
Will the Wolf Survive - Los Lobos
Winning - Santana
Wondering Where the Lions Are - Bruce Cockburn
Wot - Captain Sensible
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot
Wuthering Heights (greatest hits version) - Kate Bush
Year of the Cat - Al Stewart
You and I Both - Jason Mraz
You Might Die Trying - Dave Matthews Band
You're So Cool - Hans Zimmer

And if you wondered why some obvious songs weren't on the list, it's because the whole damn CD is good. Those are:
Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record (Finally, in a remastered version! I've messed myself!)
Elvis Costello - My Aim is True
Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
"American Graffiti" Soundtrack
The Cars - The Cars (first album)
Paul Simon - Graceland
Billy Joel - The Stranger
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks


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