Friday, November 05, 2004

Songs I Wouldn't Want to Live Without

I am an incredibly musical person for someone who cannot play an instrument or carry a tune to save her life. But I have a great love of music, and I will burst out in song at Walmart or your uncle's funeral because I just can't help myself. I shouldn't sing, I have a terrible voice, but I love music. So, if you care, here are some songs that never fail to put a smile on my face (in no particular order). If you haven't heard of them, please do download or borrow a copy, because I think they're worth your time.

1. Beastie Boys, Fight For Your Right
This is classic. It's hard for me to pick just one Beastie song, they're all stupendous, so I'm going back to the basics. When I listen to this song now, I remember that these Boys are pushing 40 now, and still rocking out just as hard.

2. U2, Sunday Bloody Sunday
I don't need to tell you that U2 rocks, but they have had a consistent string of hits for 20 years now, so it's worth it to go back in time a bit, because this song is what U2 is all about.

3. Eve 6, Open Road Song
This song will energize you without a doubt. But don't dare break it out for your inner-city driving, definitely save it for an open road. It will be worth the wait.

4. Neneh Cherry and Edward Kowalczyk (the dude from Live), Walk Into This Room
This song is from one of my favourite movies, Playing By Heart, and I fell in love with it the second I heard it. Jason brought it to me on his mp3 player to cheer me up one day back when we were newly dating, and it was our first dance on our wedding day. I still get shivers every time I hear it.

5. Michael Jackson, You Rock My World
Okay, so I know it's not popular to like Michael Jackson anymore, but I started taking dance lessons when I was 21/2 years old and the music has been near and dear to my heart ever since. No matter what else can be said about him, he is a great entertainer, and when I hear this song (and many others of his), I just can't help but move. There is nothing better than hearing the opening notes of this song on a crowded dance floor.

6. Save Ferris, I Want You to Want Me
This song comes in many versions, I particularly like this one. If you enjoy it too, also try Reel Big Fish's Come On Eileen, a great ska cover.

7. Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Otherside
They have a lot of great stuff, this song got my butt shaking in the morning, and that is hard to do. Great memories attached to it.

8. Bif Naked, Chotee
This is one of those angry songs that you can listen to and vent all your crap and it never fails to deliver.

9. The Flys, Got You Where I Want You
I don't know what it is about this song, but love it love it love it. Favourite lyric: What's your favourite song? Maybe we could hum along........

10. Praz, ODB & Maya, Ghetto Superstar
Jess, Glenda and I have never failed to make good use of this song!!!!

11. Everclear, AM Radio
Happiest song ever!

12. Weezer, Jamie
The sweetest song you could ever want to hear, it's not well-known, but way worth looking up. It's a love song to their lawyer, which is just the odd kind of thing we love about Weezer.

13. BareNaked Ladies, Call&Answer
Atypical for them, and underrated. Everyone needs to hear this song probably about once a month to pick themselves up.

14. Moist, Leave it Alone
This song still gives me goosebumps every single time I hear it. The whole album, Creature, in fact, is grade A stuff, emotional and raw, and it never fails to take me back. Man I wish they still made music like this.

15. Josh Groban, The Prayer
Okay, this is not technically Josh Groban's song, but I have adored this song for years and years, and his version of it is heavenly. I don't know of a voice more beautiful than his.

16. Our Lady Peace, Naveed
If you know me at all, you know it's actually impossible for me to choose just one OLP song, but I'm putting this one down because it's the one I fell in love with first.

Okay, so this list could potentially go on forever if I let it, so I'll end it there, on the best note that I know of. Enjoy!


Jay said...

jamie's music collection is like that out of a strange movie, it's varries like the wind and each song is a little gem. they don't make sense together, but jamie makes the best compilations and never say otherwise :)

Sloop said...

I totally agree with the U2 and "Jaimie" from Weezer. That's definitely my favorite song of theirs. I saw them play it "unplugged" at a local record store (here in Portland) back in 1994/5ish. One song I couldn't live without: "The Rain Song" from Led Zeppelin. Beautiful, epic, etc.

Jay said...

Hm, weird to look back on this list. Maybe one looks out of place to me. Sad to be living life minus a beastie.