A favorite political track.
1. Monkees - Zor and Zam
It was the first one that rang to mind - I had no choice. I became a big hippie due largely to the Monkees.
Runner-up: Europe - Cherokee
I just love Europe. Mock me if you must but I love love love Europe.
Honorable Mention: The Housemartins - Get up off our knees
One of those tracks that will make you dance on the dancefloor no matter what.
2. Apoptygma Berzerk - Eclipse
While no end of songs will get me on the dance floor, this is the one I most recently have experience with. You can see the results at Nation if the DJs are ever willing to play this song. (VNV Nation and Beborn Beton almost got this slot...)
Runner-up: Lady in Red
I will dance with anyone who will dance with me to this song and act like I'm special. I have a knee-jerk reaction to it that calls back prom experiences I never had.
The song you'd use to tell someone you love them.
3. Cat Stevens - How Can I Tell You
I would, and I did. But that's long over now. Fortunately I can pry the memory from the song, and not the song from the memory.
Runner-up: The Moldy Peaches - Anybody Else but You
Goofy love is good love.
Honorable Mention: Queen - You Make Me Live
A song you know would sell lots of VWs (ipods, whatever) if they paid for it. (That they haven't already used).
4. Danielle Dax - Id Parade
I am not sure how this won. I had like 11 good candidates. Honestly it was hard to differentiate between what would sell me something, and what would just sell.
Runner-up: Belle & Sebastian - Legal Man, Candyskins - Submarine Song, The Monkees - I Love You Better, Shuggie Otis - Strawberry Letter 23
A song that forced you to sit down and analyze its lyrics.
5. Neil Finn - Twisty Bass
Still not really sure what this one's about, but that's OK, because Neil Finn is whispering something that sounds like "I think I'm about to come." and really that's all I need to know. Actually, here are the lyrics, including why no one will ever figure out what it's about.
Runner-up: Leonard Cohen - Lady Midnight (no shit, the man is a poet, and I never understand poetry)
Honorable mention: The Roots - The Seed 2.0
I even made a post about it around 18 mos ago.
A song you like that Ruby (or a 2 year old) would like too.
6. Weird Al - Fun Zone
This song contains the explosive fun energy of a 2 year old.
Runner-up: Muppets - Lime in the Coconut
A song that makes you drive too fast.
7. The Damned - Ignite
Number one with a shot. No others get even close.
Runner-up: Fire, Inc. - Nowhere Fast
From the Streets of Fire soundtrack. Love it or hate it, there are some classic 80s gems in the soundtrack.
A song that makes you feel like kicking someone's ass.
8. Steve Kilbey - Pretty Ugly, Pretty Sad
It makes me feel like kicking mean people's asses. It's just so sad.
Runner-up: The Decemberists - The Soldiering Life
It's not that it's a bad song. It's just that the singer of this band is the WORST example of whiny indie guy voice. Don't listen to this in close proximity to Sunny Day Real Estate et al. You, too, will want to punch the next emo kid you see.
A song that both you and your grandparents (would probably) like.
9. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - Wade in the Water
As far as I know, my grandparents enjoyed typically inoffensive middle class white people music. We didn't talk about music much. :(
Runner-up: Julie London - The Party's Over
This is a song that conjures for me another time. A time with regimented gender roles and kitten heels (the first time around) and, yes, lounging.
A song you really liked when you were 14-16 that you don't hate now.
10. Early Morning Blues and Greens - Monkees
I can't think of any songs I liked then that I hate (or even dislike) now at all.
Runner-up: Crowded House - Mansion in the Slums
Nope. Can't think of any. This was almost a free slot I could have put so many things in here.
The song you'd send to someone you hated.
11. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Master and Everyone
This artist is the quintessential artist to describe what kind of music I enjoy in the 00s. And this song expresses disconnection with another human so well.
Runner up: ABBA - Knowing me, knowing you
It's the peacable hating song.
Honorable Mention: Erasure - Love to Hate You, Elton John - I'm Still Standing, Bikini Kill - Suck My Left One, Blue Oyster Cult - Vengeance (The Pact)
A sad instrumental song that would be in the soundtrack to a movie about your life.
12. Mercury Rev - Pick up if you're There
I hate instrumental songs for the most part so this was hard. No words, no interest.
The peppy song that that would start the opening credits in the soundtrack to a movie about your life.
13. The Grass Roots - Let's Live For Today
If it's about my life, in a way it has to be about relationships, but this song is peppily encouraging of all things as well. I first found the Grass Roots at the public library, of all things.
Runner-up: Morrissey - Sing Your Life
This is just totally my song. Morrissey had a dream about me, and then he wrote this song. Or maybe that was my dream. Whatever.
Honorable Mention: Grateful Dead - Sugar Magnolia
Did I mention that no one would watch a movie about my life? At least not up to this point. Except for some parts that I wouldn't want filmed.
An a capella song.
14. Witness - some choir
Ever since we sang all the 4-6 part spirituals in high school, I've loved them.
Runner-up: Kings' Singers - Fair Phyllis
Madrigals, something else we featured in chamber choir in HS.
A good song from a genre of music that no one could guess that you liked.
15. Sinsemilia - Defenseurs de la paix
French political reggae! Really, why would anyone be surprised I liked a genre? I hope people expect me to be unpredictable.
A song you think should have been playing when you were born.
16. Crowded House - Love This Life
Because that's what you, and I, and everyone should do.
Runner-up: Danny Wilson - Imaginary Girl
It's too goddamn bad no one ever heard of this band. This is off what I would consider a desert island disc. But I digress. Sometimes I feel like an imaginary girl, in the way I try to please everyone.
Speshul Honorable Mention: America - The Last Unicorn
I almost put this in the slot because it's just so pretty and poignant and squeeeeeeeeee!
Honorable Mentions: Afro Celt Sound System - Life Begin Again, Peter Gabriel - Growing Up
A favorite artist duo collaboration.
17. Ozzy and Lita - Close my eyes forever
No explanation necessary.
Runner-up: Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson - Say Say Say
Stuck in the 80s? Me? Never.
A favorite song that you completely disagree with (politically, morally, commonsenically, religiously etc.)
18. Ludacris - Rollout
I hate to think that anyone lives like this. But I love the song. Cognitive dissonance!
Runner-up: Anything by Bubba Sparxxx
The song that you love despite the fact your IQ level drops several points every time you listen to it.
19. Spice Girls - 2 Become 1
There are numbers instead of words in the title. Please.
Your smooth song, for relaxing.
20. Esthero - Country Livin' (The World I Know)
The Esthero album in toto fits this question. I lurve it.
Runner-up: Kings of Convenience - Leaning Against the Wall
This. Band. Makes. Me. So. Happy. See above comment to Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.
Honorable Mentions: Cat Stevens - Katmandu, Steely Dan - F.M.
A song that you like but play loud to annoy the neighbors.
21. Buffy St. Marie - He's a Keeper of the Fire
Her voice is so haunting in a good yet awful way. I think most people probably find it annoying. It was this or Nico.
A favorite song that's about sports.
22. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12 (The Pinball song from Sesame Street)
No cd was big enough to hold all my 24 songs, so nothing after 21 made it. But that's cool, since coming up with sports songs was nigh impossible.
Runner-up: Timbuk 3 - Dance Fever
It's about dance competition. That's close right?
Honorable Mention: Suicidal Tendencies - Possessed to Skate
A favorite track from an outfit considered a "super-group."
Unless the Traveling Wilburys counts as a super-group (Joel's definition, a combo of artists from other bands) I don't have any music by any. Hell, I don't have any TW so just... forget it.
The song that makes you want to drink more beer.
24. Mary Chapin-Carpenter - Down at the Twist and Shout
I cannot tell you how badly I wanted to inflict country music on everyone. Very, very badly.
Runner-up: Anything by the Mavericks, in this case, I queued up Neon Blue.