Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

I've mentioned, ad nauseum, how much I love music. My iPod & I are a single being. I've been spending a lot of time with it this week as I've been researching song lyrics for the book I'm writing. Yes, I'm finally jumping on the bandwagon of trying to put something out there that people might actually pay to read. More on that topic later.

Anyway, this music deluge has got me thinking of what some of my favorite songs of all time are. The list is WAY LONGER than 13 songs and pretty diverse. So, with that, I bring you:

Thirteen of Angie's All-Time Favorite Songs

  1. Extraordinary by Liz Phair - I stumbled onto this song upon seeing the movie Raising Helen. Cute movie starring the lovely John Corbett. The lyrics remind me of how I've felt about someone before. And I'm definitely your "Average every day sane psycho supergoddess".
  2. This is the Time by Billy Joel - This song makes me so nostalgic for my senior year of high school. My school required each senior to give a speech to the entire school before she could graduate and I played this song as part of my speech. I performed the lyrics in sign language while the song played. Geez, I'm getting misty just thinking about it.
  3. Electric Blue by Icehouse - This was one of my favorite songs of 1987. It was 7th grade and the era of big hair rockstars. This Aussie band wasn't hugely popular, but this will always be one of my top 10 songs.
  4. Blaze of Glory by Jon Bon Jovi - Ok, first of all, how hawt is JBJ?! And the movie that this song went with. Oh my, swoon! Quite possibly one of the best looking casts, EVER.
  5. Desert Rose by Sting - Cheb Mami is the featured vocalist on this song and I can only describe it as hauntingly beautiful. It sends chills up my spine every time I hear it.
  6. Policy of Truth by Depeche Mode - Another trip down memory lane for my junior high school days. I thought I was so cool to like Depeche Mode. Now, I just like them for being great artists.
  7. If You Leave by OMD - Ok, anyone my age who doesn't love this song needs to have their head examined. It conjures up all kinds of John Hughes stunning filmography. Pretty in Pink anyone?
  8. Landslide (the Dixie Chicks version) - I think that Stevie Nicks original version of this was great, but the Chicks bring something different to this song. Natalie Maines has got a voice that I just adore.
  9. Don't Feel Like Dancing by Scissor Sisters - My brother introduced me to this group on vacation last year and I've been addicted to this song ever since. And for the record, this song ALWAYS makes me feel like dancing.
  10. Hey Ya by Outkast - Speaking of songs that make we want to dance. Words can't express how much I LOVE this song. And the video is a riot too.
  11. Baby's Coming Back by Jellyfish - Raise your hand if you've ever heard of this group. Yeah, that's what I thought. They were AWESOME back in the early 90's. They had a small bit of popularity, which is a shame. The band pretty well self-imploded, which is also a shame. Their lead guitarist, Jason Falkner, put out a GREAT lullaby cd called Bedtime With the Beatles. My girls still listen to it.
  12. When You Say Nothing At All (the Allison Krauss version) - This woman has a voice like an angel. Enough said.
  13. The Impression That I Get by Mighty Mighty Bosstones - The horns section in this song just makes me smile. It's definitely a great dancing song!

And there you have it. Just a small peek into my musical brain. This was so much fun, that we just might have a few more installments of this particular Thursday Thirteen theme. Oh, and if you're interested in hearing any of these songs, my music player over on the left has been updated. Enjoy!


CrystalChick said...

I love how you and your pod are one! Awesome. I am that way too. I don't have even half of my cd's transferred on there yet. Something about the whole blogging thing that takes up alot of time! But I think I will do one of those Thursday Thirteens. Not sure I could narrow it down but worth a shot.

Lula! said...

2 Things...

"If You Leave" is my all-time's been at #1 for 20 years without budging. It's a brilliantly orchestrated song. I wish I'd produced it.

I'm convinced that angels singing would sound exactly like Alison Krauss. She's my fave.

And I love that you know the Mighty Mighty Bosstones...they are so underappreciated.

You know I kinda have a big thing for music, too. One day I will produce a film score and soundtrack. It's my dream.

Angela said...

Oh, great list! And you've given me some new songs to check out.

I too include Desert Rose in my all time top ten. I could listen to it over and over and over...and have.

I am LOL at Depeche Mode. Who was it that introduced us to that? Ashley? Anyway, my all time fave of theirs was Black Celebration. Not for the lyrics so much, but just the music. Great to run to.

Now you've got me wanting to stroll down musical memory lane with you. Hm... much more fun than work!

Therese said...

LOVE that list!!! We have similar taste in music!

Connordog said...

"If You Leave" is definitely a huge fav... I still watch Pretty In Pink when it's on. And the song "Pretty in Pink" is on my IPOD.

Kat said...

If you leave is one of the best songs ever! And how can anyone not like Outkast. But you are the first person I have "met" besides my hubby that even knows who the Bosstones are!! (Oh, and now I can add Lula to that list) I love them. How about this - do you like "Squirrel Nut Zippers?"

Shannon said...

Ooo.. good list :)

Sting is MY MAN! You know I have a photo of him from a concert in Nashville... it sits on my dresser. Right next to a photo of Shane! HA!

Alison Krauss does have a beautiful voice. I love her song "Down To the River and Pray" from the O Brother Where art Thou soundtrack.

Jane said...

OMG!! Electric Blue by Icehouse!!
I thought I was the only one who remembers them!! Love "If You Leave" and hey, what can I say "Blaze of Glory" although "Wanted Dead or Alive" is my alltime JBJ tune, especially when I get to hear it at the opening of Deadliest Catch!!

Rhea said...

I'm so bad about knowing the names of songs. I look at this list and am like, "hmm, I don't know these songs" but I bet if I heard them, I'd know them.

Kelly said...

I love a lot of the songs you mentioned...being a fellow generation X-er myself :)

Michelle said...

Great. Now I've got Blaze of Glory going through my head. Again. It could be worse though, right? :) good list!

Nik said...

VERY nice list! LOL "If you Leave" will NOT leave my head now.

Thanks a ton for sharing your list!


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