Saturday, January 9, 2010

All-time favorite songs

I was inspired by Des who made a post with the lyrics to "A Long December" to write a post about my favorite songs of all time. I don't tend to listen to obscure bands or hipster music. I have a preference for '90s sounds and more classic rock. Without further ado, I bring you the list of my all-time favorite songs, some with anotations, some without further ado, I bring you the list of my all-time favorite songs, in several installations to avoid any glitches, some with anotations, some without. 
  • For You - Bruce Springsteen (Off Greetings from Asbury Park)

  • Most of the Time - Bob Dylan

  • Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen & Melissa Etheridge (live)

  • Somebody Else's Money - The Wallflowers (Off The Wallflowers)
  • A Long December - Counting Crows

  • I Want You - Bob Dylan (Off Blonde on Blonde)& the Bruce Springsteen version (live on Feb 5, 1975 @ The Main Point in Bryn Mawr, PA)

  • Bobby Jean - Bruce Springsteen (off Born in the USA)

  • Broken Radio - Jesse Malin & Bruce Springsteen (Off Glitter in the Gutter)

  • If You Never Got Sick - The Wallflowers (Off Red Letter Days)

  • Forever Young - Bob Dylan (Off Planet Waves)
  • One Headlight - The Wallflowers

  • Anna Begins - Counting Crows (Off August and Everything After)

  • Sherry Darling - Bruce Springsteen (Off The River)
  • Tangled Up in Blue - Bob Dylan (Off Blood on the Tracks)
  • God Don't Make Lonely Girls - The Wallflowers (Off Bringing Down the Horse)
  • Hard Candy - Counting Crows (Off Hard Candy)

  • No Surrender - Bruce Springsteen (with Eddie Vedder during the Vote for Change Tour in '04)
  • 6th Avenue Heartache - The Wallflowers (Off Burning Down the Horse)
  • Atlantic City - Bruce Springsteen (Off Nebraska)
  • All My Friends - Counting Crows (Off This Desert Life)
  • The Promise - Bruce Springsteen (Off 18 Tracks)
  • From the Bottom of my Heart - The Wallflowers (Off Rebel, Sweetheart)

  • Black Haired Girl - Jesse Malin (Off Glitter in the Gutter, with backing vocals by Jakob Dylan)
  • Visions of Johanna - Bob Dylan (Off Blonde on Blonde)
  • Nearly Beloved - The Wallflowers (Off Rebel, Sweetheart)

  • Badlands - Bruce Springsteen (Off Darkness on the Edge of Town)
  • Will It Grow - Jakob Dylan (Off Seeing Things)


Anonymous said...

Wow, what a fantastic and detailed post. You have excellent taste in music. You highlighted some outstanding musicians and lyrics here. To me, of all the arts I find music to be the most challenging and compelling. It seems like there are so many components that are necessary in order to be a great musician. And music seems to inspire and inform all of the other arts.

I have such a profound respect for muscicians. It seems like such a difficult and rewarding vocation.

Anne said...

Thanks a lot, Des. It took me forever to get the HTML right and I had to turn to iWork and screen captures to do it, but I'm glad I finally managed to post it. And thanks for posting those Counting Crows lyrics, because they're definitely what made me want to write this. As you can see, Counting Crows are one of my top 5 artists.

I agree with you about music being the most compelling and challenging art. Even though literature and movies can be a comfort at times, I don't think as many people find solace in them as in music. Of course, it might very well change as you get older, but in your teens and twenties, music still has that ability to get you through tough times, or provide a soundtrack to happy ones.
And of course, finding great sounds to match great lyrics or the other way around must be a very difficult thing.