Friday, May 13, 2011

100 Things I Love About Music

Now, this list probably isn't going to be as eclectic or interesting as my previous ones, just because while I love listening to music, I'm not as big a student of it as I am TV, film, and comics.  That being said, once my uncle pointed out I could also include aspects of musicals into the list, well, the compulsion was upon me.

  1. "Bandages" by Hot Hot Heat
  2. Using music for mnemonic devices
  3. "Anna Begins" by Counting Crows
  4. "Weird" Al Yankovic
  5. Stephen Sondheim
  6. The chorus to Letters to Cleo's "Here and Now"
  7. Concept albums
  8. "Agony" (and its Reprise) from Into the Woods
  9. "Piece of My Heart" sung by Janis.  And only by Janis.  Nobody else.  Period.
  10. Genre-bending cover songs . . . unless they violate the conditions of #9 
  11. Cake's Fashion Nugget
  12. Kronos Quartet's score for Requiem for a Dream   
  13. The bridge of Blues Traveller's "The Hook"
  14. "The Song That Goes Like This" in Spamalot 
  15. Kristin Chenoweth's performance of "Glitter and Be Gay" from Candide 
  16. "Jenny Says" by Cowboy Mouth
  17. "Are You Gonna Go My Way?" by Lenny Kravitz
  18. Barenaked Ladies
  19. "Stay" by Lisa Loeb
  20. "Money, Money" from Cabaret
  21. Kingston Trio
  22. Linda Ronstadt's Greatest Hits Volume 1 
  23. "Kamikaze" by Five Iron Frenzy
  24. Foo Fighters
  25. "Getting Married Today" from Company 
  26. B-52's Cosmic Thing 
  27. "Black Sheep" by Metric
  28. Mamas and the Papas
  29. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler
  30. The Cardigans
  31. "Freak on a Leash" by Korn
  32. "Big-Ass Rock" from The Full Monty
  33. White Stripes channeling a song from Citizen Kane in "Union Forever"
  34. Our Lady Peace's Clumsy 
  35. "Lucas with the Lid Off" by Lucas
  36. "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain and Tenile
  37. Bjork
  38. Portishead's Dummy 
  39. "Inside Out" by Eve 6
  40. How the hymn "Church in the Wildwoods" always makes me think of my Papaw
  41. "Adelaide's Lament" from Guys and Dolls 
  42. "Trigger Happy Jack" by Poe
  43. "You Gotta Be" by Des'ree
  44. Ben Folds
  45. The dark and twisty lyrics of Ludo
  46. Aimee Mann's music from Magnolia
  47. "Pardon Me" by Incubus
  48. "I've Got Friends" by Manchester Orchestra
  49. "Sick and Beautiful" by Artificial Joy Club
  50. Nirvana on MTV Unplugged 
  51. Rebekkah del Rio's accoustic Spanish language cover of Roy Orbison's "Crying"
  52. "My First, My Last, My Everything" by Barry White
  53. The Swell Season
  54. Old 97s
  55. "Come Monday" by Jimmy Buffett
  56. "Sci-Fi Wasabi" by Cibo Matto
  57. "Smackwater Jack" by Carole King
  58. "Sleep to Dream" by Fiona Apple
  59. Weezer's debut album
  60. "I Know" by Dionne Farris
  61. Jason Mraz
  62. "Dry the Rain" by The Beta Band
  63. "Overkill" by Colin Hay
  64. "Teenage F.B.I." by Guided by Voices
  65. Allison Krause and Union Station
  66. "Reflections" by Diana Ross and the Supremes
  67. Sutton Foster singing "Gimme Gimme" from Thoroughly Modern Millie 
  68. All the songs from "Once More with Feeling," the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical
  69. "What it Takes" by Aerosmith
  70. "I Hate Music" by Andrew Paul Woodworth
  71. "Fallin'" from They're Playing Our Song
  72. "How Shall I See You Through My Tears" from A Gospel at Colonus
  73. The horn section in Blood Sweat & Tears' "Spinning Wheel"
  74. The Beatles
  75. The Who's Tommy 
  76. "I Can't Get Next to You" by The Temptations
  77. "Man of Constant Sorrow" by the Soggy Bottom Boys
  78. A Mighty Wind soundtrack and its pitch-perfect folk music parodies
  79. The Star Wars cantina song
  80. "El Paso" by Marty Robins
  81. Dada
  82. "Eli's Coming" by Three Dog Night
  83. Green Hornet theme song
  84. Flight of the Conchords
  85. "El Tango de Roxanne" from Moulin Rouge
  86. Toad the Wet Sprocket's Dulcinea
  87. Michael Jackson's "You Can't Win" from The Wiz 
  88. "Nothing Compares 2U" by Sinead O'Connor
  89. "Zombie" by The Cranberries
  90. "Lightning Strikes" by Lou Christie
  91. A cappella groups
  92. "Knights of Cydonia" by Muse
  93. "Breaking the Girl" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  94. "Push" by Matchbox 20
  95. "Through With You" by Maroon 5
  96. Sound of Urchin
  97. "Vampires Will Never Hurt you" by My Chemical Romance
  98. "Understanding in a Car Crash" by Thursday
  99. "Gold Lion" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  100. Queen.


      1. I like a lot of songs from your list. I thought I might the Wicked soundtrack on here. I've been enjoying it recently.

      2. Wicked had crossed my mind at one point -- "Popular" in particular -- but slipped it again when I sat down to write the list up. Also just realized that I neglected to include anything from Little Shop of Horrors. It's amazing, 100 seems like a lot of items to fill up, but in each one of these I've left out some pretty major things I love.