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    Re: Your Top 10 All-Time favorite songs

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    I also should have "Tom Courtney" by Yo La Tengo in there.
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    Re: Your Top 10 All-Time favorite songs

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    "Better Be Home Soon" Crowded House
    Was given very serious consideration for my list as well. Great choice.
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    Re: Your Top 10 All-Time favorite songs

    Howdy

    I like all sorts of stuff but I'm more of a Jazz / R&B guy. If you're talking "songs", these are ones I always come back to.

    "I Mean You" - Thelonious Monk (really typifies Monk's approach to writing)
    "Stella by Starlight" - Washington/Young (just a great melody, I used to play this for my wife over the phone when we were dating...aww!!!)
    "Prelude to a Kiss" - Duke/Strayhorn (one of those great Stray/Duke pieces. Love the change going into the bridge and the lyric "its only just a simple melody")
    "My One and Only Love" - Melin/Wood (similar to "In a Sentimental Mood" but, to me, a much better tune. Sting actually did a great version of this in "Leaving Las Vegas".)
    "Strange Meadowlark" - Dave Brubeck (everyone knows "Blue Rondo" and "Take Five" but this is my favorite.)
    "Too High" - Stevie Wonder (one of my first musical memories from Dad buying his first cassette player)
    "Creepin'" - Stevie Wonder (even divorced from Stevie's brilliant synthesizer production, this is a really deep tune dripping with "mood")
    "As" - Stevie Wonder (one of those great "photograph of time" songs that singers hate because Stevie wrote 5 pages of lyrics for them to memorize!)
    "Blue in Green" - Bill Evans (sorry Miles, but Bill wrote this simple yet complex textural piece)
    "Wildflower" - Wayne Shorter (I just love the way the melody and harmony go together in this tune)

    If you're talking about "recordings", "productions", "performances" or "arrangements", I like these:

    Anything played by Art Tatum (check it out on YouTube sometime)
    Anything played by Jimmy Smith (the master)
    "Actual Proof" - Herbie Hancock, Thrust (Herbie makes it sound easy, yet its not!)
    "Knock Yourself Out" - Tower of Power, Live (Chester Thompson's solo!)
    "You've Got to Funkafize" - Tower of Power, Bump City
    "Song for Bilbao" - Pat Metheny, Travels (love Pat's solo even if he's been wearing the same shirt for 20 years. Same for Lyle Mays)
    "More Bounce to the Ounce" - Zapp (Roger's on ur talkbox stealing ur funk)
    "Blackbird" - Bobby McFerrin, Live at Carnegie Hall (one guy singing all the parts...amazing!)
    "If I Only Had a Brain" - Philip DeGruy, Innuendo, Out the Other (you'll love the whimsy)
    "Chicken" - Maceo Parker

    If you're talking Rock/Pop/Whatever

    "18 Miles to Memphis" - Stray Cats (Brian Setzer is awesome and absolutely rocks out on this tune)
    "The Rain Song" - Led Zeppelin (in a way, this is the rock version of a lot of my jazz picks, very melancholly and moody)
    "The Crunge" - Led Zeppelin (where's that confounded bridge?)
    "Black Flag" _ King's X (a really underrated band...I always love the power trio! Great vocal group)
    "Blackbird" - The Beatles (very unpretentious, love the two of them singing together)
    "Lively up Yourself" - Bob Marley (kind of a lesser known tune but a serious late night party tune
    "Spirit of Eden" - Talk Talk (I know, its an entire album but its one you listen to in its entirety anyhow!)
    "Foxy Lady" - Jimi Hendrix (everyone has a favorite Jimi tune, I just love the bludgeon-like note he sustains a couple of bars after the intro...awesome!)
    "Shinola" - John Scofield (ok, he's a jazz guy and all but this is what the love child of Sid Vicious and Carla Bley would write!)
    "Kiss" - Prince (didja ever notice this song has no bass and it's still funky?)

    I spent way too much time making this list!

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    I always like "How Soon is Now"...especially reading about the production.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    My jr. high list... I shock my daughters when listening to the 60's on XM and I know the lyrics to all these songs, replete with background do-wops and sha-la-la-la-la's...

    All I Have To Do Is Dream - Everly Brothers
    Travelin' Man - Ricky Nelson
    Crying - Roy Orbison
    He's A Rebel - Crystals
    Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares
    Sealed With A Kiss - Brian Hyland
    Wipe Out - The Surfaris
    Be My Baby - The Ronettes
    He's So Fine - The Chiffons
    My Boyfriend's Back - The Angels

    Wow! Yeah. This is my early life. Makes me want to cry and laugh. Thanks for rounding them up, Roy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Motown Top Ten
    ----------------
    Respect - Aretha Franklin
    What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
    Ain't No Mountain High - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
    You keep me hangin on - The Supremes
    I was made to Love You - Stevie Wonder
    Ball of Confusion - The Temptations
    I want you Back - The Jackson Five
    Don't You Worry about a Thing - Stevie Wonder
    Tears of a Clown - Smokie Robinson
    ABC - The Jackson Five
    I love Motown...maybe even earlier than this...Marvin Gaye's "What's Going on" shoulda been on my original ten

    Also Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke
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    The Stooges - Down in the street
    VU - What goes on
    Beach Boys - God only knows
    Al Green - I'm still in love with you
    Nick Cave - Sad waters
    Will Oldham - I see a darkness
    Jesus and Mary Chain - Just like honey
    Jonathan Richman - Roadrunner
    Mekons - Hard to be human
    The Fall - New puritan
    (No blues, no reggae, no instrumental tracks considered for this list)

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    Ashes of American Flags - Wilco really ought to be on there somewhere too.
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    Re: Your Top 10 All-Time favorite songs

    I'm quite a simpleton compared to most of you so here goes the at the moment 10:

    I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles (I could just do 10 Beatles but I won't)
    The Letter - The Box Tops
    Hotel California - The Eagles
    Katmandu - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
    Piano Man - Billy Joel
    Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
    Honky Tonl Woman - The Rolling Stones
    The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
    Angel of Harlem - U2
    If I had a Million Dollars - The Bare Naked Ladies

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    Quote Originally Posted by nate View Post
    Howdy

    I like all sorts of stuff but I'm more of a Jazz / R&B guy. If you're talking "songs", these are ones I always come back to.

    "I Mean You" - Thelonious Monk (really typifies Monk's approach to writing)
    "Stella by Starlight" - Washington/Young (just a great melody, I used to play this for my wife over the phone when we were dating...aww!!!)
    "Prelude to a Kiss" - Duke/Strayhorn (one of those great Stray/Duke pieces. Love the change going into the bridge and the lyric "its only just a simple melody")
    "My One and Only Love" - Melin/Wood (similar to "In a Sentimental Mood" but, to me, a much better tune. Sting actually did a great version of this in "Leaving Las Vegas".)
    "Strange Meadowlark" - Dave Brubeck (everyone knows "Blue Rondo" and "Take Five" but this is my favorite.)
    "Too High" - Stevie Wonder (one of my first musical memories from Dad buying his first cassette player)
    "Creepin'" - Stevie Wonder (even divorced from Stevie's brilliant synthesizer production, this is a really deep tune dripping with "mood")
    "As" - Stevie Wonder (one of those great "photograph of time" songs that singers hate because Stevie wrote 5 pages of lyrics for them to memorize!)
    "Blue in Green" - Bill Evans (sorry Miles, but Bill wrote this simple yet complex textural piece)
    "Wildflower" - Wayne Shorter (I just love the way the melody and harmony go together in this tune)

    If you're talking about "recordings", "productions", "performances" or "arrangements", I like these:

    Anything played by Art Tatum (check it out on YouTube sometime)
    Anything played by Jimmy Smith (the master)
    "Actual Proof" - Herbie Hancock, Thrust (Herbie makes it sound easy, yet its not!)
    "Knock Yourself Out" - Tower of Power, Live (Chester Thompson's solo!)
    "You've Got to Funkafize" - Tower of Power, Bump City
    "Song for Bilbao" - Pat Metheny, Travels (love Pat's solo even if he's been wearing the same shirt for 20 years. Same for Lyle Mays)
    "More Bounce to the Ounce" - Zapp (Roger's on ur talkbox stealing ur funk)
    "Blackbird" - Bobby McFerrin, Live at Carnegie Hall (one guy singing all the parts...amazing!)
    "If I Only Had a Brain" - Philip DeGruy, Innuendo, Out the Other (you'll love the whimsy)
    "Chicken" - Maceo Parker

    If you're talking Rock/Pop/Whatever

    "18 Miles to Memphis" - Stray Cats (Brian Setzer is awesome and absolutely rocks out on this tune)
    "The Rain Song" - Led Zeppelin (in a way, this is the rock version of a lot of my jazz picks, very melancholly and moody)
    "The Crunge" - Led Zeppelin (where's that confounded bridge?)
    "Black Flag" _ King's X (a really underrated band...I always love the power trio! Great vocal group)
    "Blackbird" - The Beatles (very unpretentious, love the two of them singing together)
    "Lively up Yourself" - Bob Marley (kind of a lesser known tune but a serious late night party tune
    "Spirit of Eden" - Talk Talk (I know, its an entire album but its one you listen to in its entirety anyhow!)
    "Foxy Lady" - Jimi Hendrix (everyone has a favorite Jimi tune, I just love the bludgeon-like note he sustains a couple of bars after the intro...awesome!)
    "Shinola" - John Scofield (ok, he's a jazz guy and all but this is what the love child of Sid Vicious and Carla Bley would write!)
    "Kiss" - Prince (didja ever notice this song has no bass and it's still funky?)

    I spent way too much time making this list!

    "When Doves Cry" is also bass-less--but exquisitely delicious.

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    I don't think songs without bass should be allowed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaticanplum View Post
    I don't think songs without bass should be allowed.
    Prince gets special dispensation, I'd say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Betterread View Post
    The Stooges - Down in the street
    VU - What goes on
    Beach Boys - God only knows
    Al Green - I'm still in love with you
    Nick Cave - Sad waters
    Will Oldham - I see a darkness
    Jesus and Mary Chain - Just like honey
    Jonathan Richman - Roadrunner
    Mekons - Hard to be human
    The Fall - New puritan
    (No blues, no reggae, no instrumental tracks considered for this list)
    I find it difficult to argue with most of those tracks.

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    Re: Your Top 10 All-Time favorite songs

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer View Post
    I find it difficult to argue with most of those tracks.
    I missed this...I agree, that's a great list, and one of the few posted in which I know (and like) every single song.
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