Monday, January 24, 2011

Top Ten Songs Blogfest!

Two blogfest posts in a row, but this one's by me. :)

I'm participating in Alex's Top Ten Songs blogfest--and I think the title is pretty self-explanatory.

I'm an unabashed lover of 90's music, probably due to too many hours watching VH1 and MTV--you know, back when they actually played music.

But I love all types of music, so I'll probably exceed 10 songs. I'll sub by genre, but they aren't in order of importance, okay?


1. Third Eye Blind, "How's It Gonna Be?", "Semi-Charmed Life"
2. Counting Crows, "A Long December"
3. Live, "I Alone", "Waitress"
4. Cracker, "Euro-Trash Girl"
5. Hootie and the Blowfish, "Let Her Cry"
6. Cake, "The Distance", "Short Skirt/Long Jacket", "Meanwhile, Rick James"
7. The Cranberries, "Zombie"
8. Alanis Morrisette, "You Oughtta Know", "Uninvited"
9. 30 Seconds to Mars, "Buddha for Mary"
10. Brand New, "Degausser", "Okay I Believe You But My Tommy Gun Don't", "Jesus"
11. John Mellencamp, "Pink Houses", "Small Town"
12. Black Eyed Peas, "Pump It", "Imma Be"
13. Colour Revolt, "Blood in Your Mouth"
14. The Rolling Stones, "Honky Tonk Women", "Saint of Me", "Sympathy for the Devil"
15. Pearl Jam, "Black", "Jeremy", "Yellow Ledbetter"
16. Kansas, "Carry On Wayward Son"


1. Imogen Heap, "Hide and Seek", "The Moment I Said It", "2-1"
2. Jamie Cullum, "7 Days to Change Your Life"
3. Damien Rice, "The Blower's Daughter", "9 Crimes"
4. Jeff Buckley, "Hallelujah"
5. A Fine Frenzy, "Ashes and Wine", "Almost Lover", "The Beacon"
6. The Swell Season, "Falling Slowly"
7. Zero 7, "In the Waiting Line"
8. Gary Jules, "Mad World"
9. Anything by Dead Can Dance/Lisa Gerrard


1. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
2. The Dark Knight
3. The Last Samurai
4. Pan's Labyrinth
5. There Will Be Blood
6. Schindler's List
7. Sherlock Holmes
8. Gladiator
9. Jurassic Park
10. The Red Violin
11. Braveheart
12. Road to Perdition
13. Spirited Away
14. The Hours
Basically anything scored by Hans Zimmer or Howard Shore.

Obviously I've left off a ton of music that I love, love. But I'm already bending the rules, so I'll leave it here before I just import my entire iTunes library...


Unknown said...

You so cheated! And I'm super jealous I never did as well. Great choices. I was going to choose Zombie.

Hannah said...

I have like 95% of these songs on my iTunes! LOL! I cheated too and did artists and groups a bit. I tried to represent something from all of my genres but there's always something left out. I think next time we should make Alex limit it to genre. LOL! Then I might get a little closer to a complete-ish list.

Lola Sharp said...

Oh man, I forgot to put Zero7 on my list.

Love your lists and have all those songs (not all the soundtracks, but I listen to those on Pandora). Well done.

Dude. 10 songs. Impossible.

Arlee Bird said...

You've got a lot of music here. I know about half of them and there are some good picks.

Tossing It Out


I know a few of them probably I don't know some as I live in the UK and don't get all the American releases. well done.


Margo Benson said...

Wow! some great music there. I was sooo good and stuck to ten, but it was impossible to cover all favourites! Love the soundtrack genre.

Ellie Garratt said...

I wish I'd thought to include soundtracks! I would have included the music for Bladerunner and the series remake of Battlestar Galactica.

Great lists!

My Top Ten Songs

Old Kitty said...

Great choices - amazing eclectic choices - oooh but I am very very very possessive of the original Mad World by Tears for Fears - because I remember the song and the moment and the time in the 80's when it meant so much to me!!! :-)

Take care

Jessica Bell said...

Man there are so so many that I love here that I didn't post. My top ten was a total off the top of my head, but they definitely do not define me. I have about 100 fave songs, at least. I shoulda cheated like you. I'm with you on:
Live, Cranberries, Jeff Buckley, Counting Crows, Alanis Morrisette, Black-eyed Peas, Pearl Jam :o)

PK HREZO said...

Love how you did it by genre! I'm a soundtrack lover too and love those on your list. Ever heard Avatar and/or Stardust soundtracks??? They're awesome. :)

Jeremy [Retro] said...

Love the score list! i agree 110%
what a great selection of music
thanks for the melody's,

Jules said...

Oh wow, NOT FAIR! I felt I was making a life or death decision with mine. :) Great list.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

j said...

Great lists! I love third eye blind! I love the breakdown of the genres. I wish I would have thought of this!

Adriana Noir said...

9 crimes, Buckley...the Gladiator soundtrack...Zimmer and Shore. Yes, Summer! Your musical taste rocks!

Luna said...

Fantastic list! A Fine Frenzy is one of my favorites and I'll always love The Cranberries. I miss those days when MTV and VH1 actually played music!

Tara said...

I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I love your lists. This was so hard!

Sophia said...

I love how your top 10 is actually a top 29! I think a lot of people struggled to narrow it down- us writers seem to be very supportive of the other arts, particularly music. I feel you on a lot of these, especially the Howard Shore/Hans Zimmer love.
- Sophia.

Tracy said...

Oh, I love "I Alone"!! That song always makes me want to go all angsty and angry.

Wait. . . MTV used to play music?!?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Great way to break down your list! And yes, I remember when MTV actually played MUSIC.
Thanks for participating!

Jeff Beesler said...

Excellent choices! And some rules were meant to be bent!

M Pax said...

Great lists! Own many of these. I enjoy Gary Jules a lot, too.

M.J. Fifield said...

Wow! This list made me go "How did I ever forget to include (insert every artist here) on my list??"

vic caswell said...

jiminey great lists! love so many of these!!! long december, let her cry. ZOMBIE, alanis, jermy, carry on my wayward son (a lot of that is due to supernatural to be honest), hallelujah, mad world, soundtracks!!!,oh man SO MUCH!!! yay! awesome list! :)

Nicki Elson said...

It is SO hard to narrow down! Great, great tunes you have here. I have many of them on my iPod/You Tube playlists.

Sarah Ahiers said...

ooh man, some good songs here. Love me some Live. Also 30 seconds to mars, Pearl Jam etc.
And who the hell doesn't love Carry on My Wayward son? No one, that's who.

Have you heard Aaron Lewis's cover of "Black"? Because i find it most good. most good.

Pat Tillett said...

I wish I would have done this also!
It was so hard to pick only 10. Great list!

Stephanie said...

LOL! My list is mostly 90's music too!! Gotta love it!!

Budd said...

That is two for Hallelujah by my count. great song. Hootie's Let Her Cry is a also a great fave.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Gotta love the 90's lots of fantastic music you included.

Love the scores!


Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Love the way you did your lists. Lisa Gerrard is fabulous.

Linda G. said...

Huh. Apparently I didn't listen to a lot of music in the 90s. ;) But Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah" is one of my all-time favorites, and I love your soundtrack list!

Meredith said...

I clearly need to steal your iTunes library--I love this list! Especially the alternative one.

Guinevere said...

Great list and fun blog post - even though you're such a cheater. :)

Gregg Metcalf said...

Some good stuff! Good idea listing by generes. I guess I better had listen to the Black Eye Peas since they are going to be playing at the Super Bowl. Thanks for sharing

Jennie Bailey said...

You've got some great lists here - I love that you included soundtracks. I write to Lord of the Rings often! Good lists!

ali cross said...

ROFL! Cheater! (of course I'm secretly wishing I'd done the same thing! Picking only TEN (TEN!!) was nye impossible)

Unknown said...

You cheated ;) You made me feel good about having six choices before I could even begin to narrow down my ten.
Great list (s) :)
I adore Damien Rice 9 Crimes (I migh have gone with Dogs) and Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah and The Cranberries - Zombie and I own at least three of your Soundtrack albums too.

DEZMOND said...

you should listen to Damien Rice's NINE CRIMES, that one is also amazing just like BLOWER'S DAUGHTER!

Lydia Kang said...

There's a bunch of these songs I like. The soundtracks are especially good for writing!

Vicki Rocho said...

Zombie gets stuck in my bed in a baaaaaad way. Moving along now before I get the urge to start singing...

Jemi Fraser said...

I was singing along as I read your list. Carry on my Wayward Son is going to be stuck in my head for ages now! :)

dolorah said...

I had Wayward Son stuck in my head too, then I started reading the sound track list. Now I have to go gather all my Howard Shore . .


Karen M. Peterson said...

You have seriously great taste in music. Many of these are on my list. Well, not my official Alex List, but they're still favorites!

Trisha said...

Cheater, cheater!! but thanks for the music tips, I'm checking out some of the music on your list now :D

I too love "Waitress" by Live, glad I'm not the only one ;)

Jamie Gibbs said...

Awesome list! I was tempted to put in a fair bit of 80's pop but I decided against it :P Nice choice on zombie in there too :)

Ted Cross said...

You like soundtracks, so where is Blade Runner? It's the greatest soundtrack of all time!

Regina said...

Great list. There were a few that I had not heard yet...but I will get to listen to them. I need a TBH list. (To Be Heard). lol

Unknown said...

Damn, what a list! Some of my faves are on here, too. Awesome!

Wendy Lu said...

Haha! Very sly entry. There are so many great hits on this list (a-hem, these LISTS) I can't even single any out.


RosieC said...

I love your lists, especially #2, 6, 7, and 12 on your Rock/Pop list. There's a lot here that I don't know, though, and I need to check them out. Thanks!

yokohamamama said...

Dang! And I thought *I* was cheating by having 11 on my list! It would have been so much easier to break it apart by genre (or have a blogfest limited to one genre to begin with)... lots of good stuff, Summer--now we all want to come steal your Ipod;-)) Great list--stuff I like, plus a bunch that I don't know & will check out!
BTW--I have an award for you over at my blog, for stylishness (that Shakespeare up there makes me laugh *every* time I look at it!) and general kewel-ness!!

J.C. Martin said...

Wow, what a list! And what a wide taste in music! Great picks for your soundtracks list!

Deniz Bevan said...

Live and Pearl Jam, yay! No Need to Argue is my favourite Cranberries album; so many of the songs still pop up randomly in my head, even when I haven't listened to it in a while.