Songs I Love

Two day later disclaimer: I chose to stick with mainstream pop & rock. I thought it best not to confuse with some of my more eclectic choices.

The good. The bad. The ugly. The guilty pleasures. The brilliant. The nostalgic. Here are a mere 26 of my favorite tunes: one for each letter of the alphabet. I will make an attempt to not repeat an artist. I make no promises.

A ~ Africa by Toto
Methinks no justification is needed on this one.
“I know that I must do what’s right/Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti/I seek to cure what’s deep inside, frightened of this thing that I’ve become …”

B ~ Behind Blue Eyes by The Who
I actually prefer the Limp Bizkit cover, but I have both versions in my iTunes.
“But my dreams they aren't as empty/As my conscience seems to be/I have hours, only lonely/My love is vengeance/That's never free …”

C ~ Cry by Faith Hill
Now, I don’t do a lot of country but this song … well, I could have written it.
“If I had just one moment at your expense/Maybe all my misery/Would be well spent …”

D ~ Desert Rose by Sting
I adore mainstream Western pop/rock fused with Eastern music. LOVE. IT.
“I dream of fire/Those dreams that tie two hearts that will never die …”

E ~ Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison
The first power ballad makes an appearance. It won’t be the last. Trust me.
“Though it’s been a while now/I can still feel so much pain/Like a knife that cuts you the wound heals/But the scar, that scar remains …”

F ~ Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen
“Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin’ world go round …” (Look up the lyrics yourself.)

G ~ Groove Is In The Heart by Deee-Lite
I used to hate this song and then … it grew on me like a fungus and stuck.
“I’ve been told he can’t be sold/He’s not vicious or malicious/Just dee-lovely and delicious …”

H ~ Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
“It's not a cry that you hear at night/It's not somebody who's seen the light/It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah …”

I ~ I Remember You by Skid Row
1. I listen to it at least once a day. 2. Three words: Sebastian Bach’s vocals.
“I paint a picture of the days gone by/When love went blind and you would make me see/I’d stare a lifetime into your eyes/So that I knew you were there for me/Time after time you were there for me …”

J ~ Just Older by Bon Jovi
It will never be one of their most loved songs, but I adore it.
“Like a favorite pair of torn blue jeans/This skin I’m in its alright with me/It’s not old -- just older …”

K ~ (The) Kill by 30 Seconds To Mars
Nope. I don’t have a good reason. Do I have to have one?
“I tried to be someone else/But nothing seemed to change/I know now, this is who I really am inside/Finally found myself/Fighting for a chance/I know now, this is who I really am …”

L ~ Lovefool by The Cardigans
Soooo catchy. Addictive. And, strangely relevant.
“Lately I have desperately pondered,/spent my nights awake and I wonder/what I could have done in another way …”

M ~ My Immortal by Evanescence
Dark. Melancholic. I adore Evanescence. (Can't imagine why.)
“These wounds won't seem to heal/This pain is just too real/There's just too much that time cannot erase …”

N ~ No Rain by Blind Melon

This song gets stuck in the brainPod and will … not … leave.
“And all I can do is just pour some tea for two/and speak my point of view/but it's not sane, It's not sane …”

O ~ One by U2

This one was tough. I had another “O” song picked out too. Alas!
“Have you come here for forgiveness?/Have you come to raise the dead?/Have you come here to play Jesus?/To the lepers in your head …”

P ~ Past the Point of No Return by Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera)
This may be the single most sensual song in the history of mankind.
“I have come here, hardly knowing the reason why/In my mind I've already imagined/our bodies entwining defenseless and silent/and now I am here with you/No second thoughts, I've decided. Decided . . .”

Q ~ Quicksand by David Bowie
Admittedly, the selection pool for Q is not so big. Still, this is The Bowie!
“I'm sinking in the quicksand/of my thought/and I ain't got the power anymore/Don't believe in yourself/Don't deceive with belief …”

R ~ Red, Red Wine by UB40
It was written by Neil Diamond. There’s your useless trivia for the day.
“I'd have sworn that with time/thoughts of you would leave my head/I was wrong and I find/just one thing makes me forget … Red, red wine …”

S ~ Say (All I Need) by OneRepublic
I heard it live first. Almost cried.
“Do you know where your heart is?/Do you think you can find it?/Or did you trade it for something/somewhere better just to have it? … Well, bless my soul/You're a lonely soul/Cause you won't let go/Of anything you hold …”

T ~ This Is Happiness by Gavin Rossdale

Again, I heard it live first. I hit iTunes at 3am when I got home that night (morning) and bought his entire ‘Wanderlust’ album.
“You make me so much better/I hope I don't make you worse/I'll meet you somewhere in there/if you get there first …”

U ~ Undiscovered by James Morrison
There is something about his voice that absolutely hypnotizes me.
“Well the time it takes to know someone/It all can change before you know it's gone/So close your eyes and I feel the way I'm with you now/Believe there's nothing wrong/I'm not running, I'm not hiding/But if you dig a little deeper, you will find me …. I'm not lost, no, no, just undiscovered …”

V ~ Vindicated by Dashboard Confessional
I love the word. I like the song too.
“Hope dangles on a string/Like slow spinning redemption/Winding in and winding out/The shine of it has caught my eye/And roped me in/So mesmerizing, so hypnotizing/I am captivated …”

W ~ Weapon of Choice by Fatboy Slim
Greatest. Music. Video. Ever.
“Walk without rhythm, it won't attract the worm …” [Note: The lyrics are so irrelevant to my love of this song. It’s the groove, man. The groove!]

X ~ X Static by The Foo Fighters
Whatever. It’s X. The only other song that came to mind was Xanadu and I just can’t possibly put that here. I’m embarrassed I even thought of it. Olivia Newton John is not my people on any planet. Just sayin’ …
“All the static we all left/Wait until the time has come/Figure that's where time comes from/Leaving all my senses numb …”

Y ~ Your Song by Elton John
This was Big K’s lullaby.
“And you can tell everybody this is your song/It may be quite simple but now that it's done/I hope you don't mind/I hope you don't mind that I put down in words/How wonderful life is while you're in the world …”

Z ~ Zoot Suit Riot by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Your toe will tap. I promise. And … it started with Z.
“A whipped up jitterbuggin' brown eyed man/A stray cat frontin' up an eight-piece band/Cut me sammy and you'll understand/In my veins hot music ran”

Honorable mention (which, in reality, gives us 27 songs) goes to a song title that is a number:

# ~ 1984 by Bowling For Soup
Why? Because I love it and I will sing it at the top of my lungs. I don’t care who’s listening.
“She’s seen all the classics/She knows every line/Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink/Even St. Elmo's Fire/She rocked out to Wham!/Not a big Limp Bizkit fan/Thought she'd get a hand/On a member of Duran Duran …”

Leave a comment. Give me one song you love. Just one. C’mon … that’s not too hard! The more obscure the better. I absolutely ADORE finding new music. Share!


  1. A- will always be the song that gets me every time, I have no words really to explain why just that feeling of connection to my soul.

  2. Most excellent list.

    All these years I was singing, "rising like a leperous above the Serengeti". "Olympus" makes sooooo much more sense.

    The day I signed my separation papers from the Navy I called the base radio station and requested "Fat Bottomed Girls" and dedicated it to all the Navy women out there. And was denied. Apparently they found it offensive.

    Favorite cover of "Red, red wine"--Mombasa Roots. Perfection.

    Cover of "Hallelujah" performed by Jon Bon Jovi made me want to have his babies.

    Oddly enough the song that's been stuck in my head for *weeks* now is Beyonce's "Halo". A surprisingly and amazingly great song.

  3. "Lather" by Jefferson Airplane .. just one? .. oh wtf, "20th Century schizoid Man" by King Crimson; and this one is hardly obscure, but "Beautiful in my eyes" Joshua Kadison.

  4. Nice list; now inspired to go off and do my own. Might be one or two similarities between mine and yours.

  5. Random note: I actually kept the list pretty mainstream pop/rock but it could have been far more bizarre.

    mom2boyz ~ Yes, luv. We will forever be tied to it.

    Dori ~ Must find Mombasa Roots cover of Red, Red Wine. Bon Jovi's cover of Hallelujah was my introduction to said song. You know me ... somehow it all comes back to Bon Jovi! =)

    Davo ~ Hello stranger! I love Jefferson Airplane ... much better than the later Starship. I'll have to search for the other two, but I will.

    Mo ~ Let me know when you have one! You, my friend, know music. I'd love to read it.

  6. Nightfall by the Incredible String Band is a wonderful song.

    I also like the song you have chosen by Elton John.

  7. Hey Ya-Obadiah Parker
    Freedom Song-Run Kid Run

    sorry that's two.

  8. Look who is here! Nightfall sounds right up my alley. I'll have to check it out. Thanks.

    @Lifeaholic ~ No apologies for two. The more the merrier. And you ... stop by more often, you hear!?!

  9. Love your list. We think so much alike!

    I've had your list open, for a couple days. I didn't think I could do it justice, to create my own.. but then I was thinking about more I'd have to add.. so the wheels, in my brain, are tumbling.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Heidi ~ Glad to inspire. I keep trying not to rethink mine. 'Tis difficult!

  11. Did you actually get to listen to King Crimson? Still have the LP.

    Joshua Kadison .... "Painted desert serenade" Album - but only if you have wrinkles (' the lines on my face, are from a lifetime of smiles ')


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