Monday, January 24, 2011

Top Ten Countdown - Music Blogfest

Blogfest time! Another one put on by Mister Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Here are the deets:

Counting down our top tunes of all time!
Music moves us. It inspires us! Now, tell the world YOUR ten favorite songs of all time. The Song, the band – why does it move you?

It's going to be hard to just stick to 10 songs, but I thought I'd give it a try.

I posted videos for all the songs, but in case you're reading this on your work PC and you can't get videos, there's also a playlist embeded at the bottom of the post with all the songs.

So here we go! (in no particular order)

Artist: Fuel
Song: Hemorrhage in My Hands

Fuel - Hemorrhage (In My Hands)
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Notes: Ooh I love this song. Every time I hear it, I love it. LOVE it. I can't even specify why I love it so much, I just do.

Favorite Lyrics: "Memories are just where you laid them/Dragging the waters until the depths give up their dead"

Favorite Spot in Song: 2:49

Artist: Smashing Pumpkins
Song: Stand Inside Your Love

Notes: I have a good friend from high school who LURVES Smashing Pumpkins. When we lived together for our junior year in college, I, too, developed a love for the Pumpkins. If pressed, I would have to say Stand Inside Your Love is my favorite Pumpkins song. Though I would also have to say that 50% of why I love this song so much is because of the video. When he kisses her foot at the end? I'm sold.

Favorite Lyrics: "And for the first time/I'm telling you how much I need and bleed for/Your every move and waking sound/In my time/I'll wrap my wire around your heart and your mind/You're mine forever now"

Favorite Spot in Song: 3:23 until the end

Artist: Linkin Park
Song: Papercut

Notes: Ahhh Linkin Park. They were the gateway to my music taste change after highschool (from alternative to hard rock). I can listen to Hybrid Theory on a continuous loop and not get tired of it. I know this because I have. On many different occasions for months at a time. Out of the whole excellent album, Papercut is my favorite song. The bridge in the middle? Awesome.

Favorite Lyrics: "The sun goes down/I feel the light betray me"

Favorite Spot in Song: 2:09

Artist: Metallica
Song: Until it Sleeps

Notes: My favorite Metallica song. Nothing much more to it than that. I just love it. I actually prefer the live version a bit better, but the music video is awesome so you get to hear the album version

Favorite Lyric: "Tear me open, make you gone/No more can you hurt anyone/And the fear still shakes me/So hold me until it sleeps"

Favorite Spot in Song: 0.26

Artist: Queen
Song: Save Me

Notes: It's hard to pick a favorite Queen song. We grew up on Queen in my house. I remember dancing to Fat Bottomed Girls and Bicycle on record when we were kids. But if pushed to choose only one queen song, I do love me some Save Me.

Favorite Lyric: "Each night I cry/I still believe the lie/I'll love you 'til I die"

Favorite Spot: 0.24

Artist: The Beatles
Song: Eleanor Rigby

Notes: It's hard to find a decent Eleanor Rigby video so the above will have to do. Who doesn't like Eleanor Rigby? It's awesome. Throw in the string quartet, which is always a plus for me since it reminds me of my violin days, and you've got a winner on your hands.

Favorite Lyric: "Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name/Nobody came/Father Mckenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave/No one was saved"

Favorite Spot in Song: 0.33

Artist: Fair to Midland
Song: Tall Tales Taste Like Sour Grapes

Notes: Sorry, hard to find any live videos that have a decent sound quality so instead we get a lyrcis video. Boring.
I think if I was stuck on a deserted island and could only have one album to listen to, it would probably be Fables from a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times is True. I love that album. And of all the wonderful songs on it, this is my favorite. This song and one other really defined Glimpse of Another shore for me.

Favorite Lyrics: "These walls don't talk/Even when somebody knocks/These walls don't stand/For anyone else but themselves/These walls won't fall/Even when gravity's failing us all"

Favorite Spot in Song: 3.10

Artist: Indigo Girls
Song: Dead Man's Hill

Notes: My and Twin's three closest friends in highschool LURVED the Indigo Girls. Loved them. Twin and I had our own music tastes and mostly stayed out of the Indigo Girls love. But once we were on a road trip to a cabin and one of our friend's put this song on and I was hooked. It makes me a little sad that, by that point, we were pretty much out of highschool and my music tastes would change drastically in the next year, but I still have this album (and listen to it a lot) and still love this song

Favorite Lyrics: "Empty cans and charred remains/Find them in the heat of day/On the top of Dead Man's Hill/This is what I know of shame forever"

Favorite Spot in Song: 4:13

Artist: Incubus
Song: Dig

Notes: I love this song. It's my favorite Incubus song (and Stellar is a hard one to beat out). It reminds me of my dogs and how much I love them. Also it reminds me of how much I love Incubus. Which is a lot. Also I like songs that are self-referential.

Favorite Lyrics: "If I turn into another/Dig me up from under what is covering/The better part of me/Sing this song/Remind me that we'll always have each other/When everything else is gone"

Favorite Spot in Song: 0.47

Artist: Fleetwood Mac (though video is Dixie Chicks cover)
Song: Landslide

Notes: I like Landslide so much that it's one of those songs that I like every version of it. It doesn't matter if it's Fleetwood Mac, Dixie Chicks or Billy Corgan. I chose the Dixie Chicks version for the video because I dig the harmonies

Favorite Lyrics: "Well I've been afraid of changing/'Cause I've built my life around you/But time makes you bolder/Children get older/I'm getting older too/Yes I'm getting older too"

Favorite Spot in Song: 0.49

So there you have it, 10 of my most favorite songs. I had to leave some off my list, but as it stands, it's a pretty good representative of me.


Dan said...

Great list - "Save Me" is by far my favorite Queen song. Very underrated but so distinctly Queen.

Also, Landslide is great, too. Can't quite get on board with the Dixie Chicks, though...:)

Dan - my list.

Heather Hellmann said...

Eleanor Rigby is my favorite Beatle's song. It's such a sad story, but you can't help but love both characters. The loneliness and quiet dignity of both Eleanor and the priest is heartbreakingly beautiful.

Margo Benson said...

A great selection, some classics that I adore (Beatles, Fleetwood Mac) and a few that are new to me so will have to check out. Thank you!

Sarah Ahiers said...

Dan - save me is so frickin awesome. But then, so is all of queen. I have a moderate like of Dixie Chicks, pretty much because i like anything with fun harmonies Twin and i can sing

Heather - Eleanor Rigby has to be a lot of peeps fav beatles song, i suspect. What's not to like?

Margo - i hope you like! I run the gamut of music tastes

Summer Frey said...

Aww, Eleanor Rigby is great. I don't love The Beatles, but that's a fantastic song.

Great choices on here! Very eclectic and right up my alley. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Excellent picks, Falen! Thanks for participating.
And now I'm Mister Alex!

Jeremy [Retro] said...

great pot luck of music..if i ever have a party.. you bring the music.
what a great selection of music
thanks for the melody's,

Jessica Bell said...

LUUURRRVE Smashing pumkins! :o)

Austin Gorton said...

Oh man, I'd have a terrible time coming up with my ten favorite songs. I'd be so paranoid I was forgetting something. And then there's the whole issue of film scores and how to include them...

Basically, I applaud you and the other participants for undertaking this.

Offhand, I can say that my single favorite non-score song is Aerosmith's "Dream On", I have a hard time picking a favorite Bon Jovi song, my favorite Billy Joel song is "This Night" and my favorite Sinatra song is "Last Dane", which are eclectic picks (that is, not the songs likely to appear on anyone else's list of those musicians' favorite songs).

My favorite Queen song is "Under Pressure", assuming it's not disqualified for featuring the awesome David Bowie. I'm not a huge Beatles fan, but I do like "Eleanor Rigby" as well as "Penny Lane" but my favorite is probably "Hey Jude", largely due to its use in the awesome Royal Tenenbaums and the instrumental version that appears on that film's soundtrack.

Luna said...

Nice list! I like that you added videos and a playlist. I don't remember that song by Queen. I'll have to check it out!

Jules said...

Excellent selections. I forgot about the Indigo Girls :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Unknown said...

Wow, you've got Metallica and Dixie Chicks. What a list.

vic caswell said...

LOVE eleanor rigby!!!! it's my oldest son's favorite song! i haven't heard of quite a few on your list... but i've heard of ALL the bands! whoohoo! jiminey! there is a lot of music i don't know!

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Matthew MacNish said...

The only one I haven't heard of is Fair to Midland. Now I have to go look them up. Thanks Sarah!

Ellie Garratt said...

I love the way you presented your list, with favourite lyrics and time in track. Genius!

My Top Ten Songs

Hannah said...

Okay so I guessed most of these for you and am not surprised but The Beatles and Dixie Chicks?? You threw me! I love the Beatles.

Anne Ahiers said...

Remember when we saw the fat king from the Stand Inside Your Love video on some commercial (i think?) and we were all like 'i know we've seen him somewhere'?

Also, i love in that video the giant skirts the band is wearing, and that James is playing his guitar with a bow

Also, either you or Packie need to give me back my Fair to Midland cd- i haven't listened to it in like a YEAR because you two keep bogarting it

Lydia Kang said...

I need to dig up some Smashing Pumpkins...I loved Shiva.
Great list!

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Don't know them all, but definitely an interesting list.

Christine Danek said...

eleanor rigby is one of my favs. Great list.

Lola Sharp said...

I love every one of these songs. Very nice selection.

You didn't even cheat. I'm very impressed. Well done.

Pat Tillett said...

I love your list! I made the decision to omit any Beatles songs because they might have taken up all ten spots...

Lindsay said...

Great list. I love Fuel. That song is on my WIP playlist! :)

Sarah Ahiers said...

Summer -... how can you not love the beatles? Head explodes!

Alex - thanks for hosting this awesome fest. As usual

izombie - thanks!

Jessica - what's not to love, right? So many great songs

Teebore - my fav Billy Joel is only the good die young. And i'm bummed i forgot about Dream On.
Under Pressure is in my top 3 favorite Queen Songs, but i like Save Me a bit more. Also, i do love me some Hey Jude

Jamie - you will not regret checking out Save Me. I promise

Jules - LOL i think i lot of people have forgotten about them

Clarissa - yeah, it kind of runs across a lot of genres.

Aspiring - your son has good taste ;)

Matt - oh man, i LOVE Fair to Midland SO MUCH. SO MUCH. I wish i was listening to them RIGHT NOW

Ellie - thanks! It took a lot of work, but was fun

Hannah - you didn't know about my Beatles Love? Weird. And yeah, me loving Dixie Chicks is a little out of character for my musical tastes, but what can you do?

Anne - it was on The Cape - he was the shop guy that was getting robbed on the pilot. So we think anyway, IMDB would prove us right or wrong. And Packie has it in his car, i believe

Lydia - ooh Shiva is indeed a great song. The Pumpkins are so awesome

Wendy - thanks!

Christine - it's such a great song - i don't know anyone who doesn't like it

Lola - gah, it took me hours to find these videos and junk - if i cheated, i would have never gotten the post written.
But yeah, i had to leave a few off. I just tried to think of songs i used most frequently in playlists and junk

Pat - ooh yeah, i almost had that problem with Queen, but i prevailed

Lindsay - Fuel is full of win.

M Pax said...

We like a lot of the same music. Great list!

Anne Ahiers said...

that's totally where he was from

and i think you started liking Dixie Chicks when i brought them home from College (in my Country mix)

Sarah Ahiers said...

M Pax - well then, you are awesome

Anne - no, i started liking dixie chicks because of landslide. that was pre you coming home with the country mix

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, great mix! I love Smashing Pumpkins and Metallica but also Indigo Girls and the Beetles! Very nice range!

Budd said...

A passable version is provided by the Chicks, but it does not compare to stevie Nix.

PK HREZO said...

I love how you included your fave lyrics... that rocks!! Fantastic artists here.

Jemi Fraser said...

I forgot all about Fleetwood Mac!

Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

Wow, serious variety in taste! Love lots of these, though I haven't heard of Fair to Midland! All around though, great stuff! Love how you threw Beatles in with Metallica!

Tara said...

I knew I'd love your list! I could have picked most of these myself.

Great Incubus pick. I agree - it's darn hard to beat Stellar!

Arlee Bird said...

Not familiar with a lot of these songs, but of course know the Beatles and Fleetwood Mac tunes. The other songs sound pretty good though.

Make sure you check my Wednesday post!
Tossing It Out

Jennie Bailey said...

I love Hybrid Theory! I could listen to it over and over as well. Heart Linkin Park!! You've got a great list here!!

yokohamamama said...

Great list, Sarah! I love me some Beatles, and Indigo Girls myself. You've inspired me to give it a try--my list is up, in which I link to you as my inspiration:-))

Anonymous said...

I love so much of your list! You have great taste in music.

Unknown said...

You didn't cheat, I'm very impressed. I know every one of these songs. Linkin Park - I couldn't narrow them down to one track so I couldn't get them in my list.

Sarah Ahiers said...

Hart - thanks! it's kind of a weird list

Budd - i just love all versions of it. Doesn't matter who sings it

PK - thanks - i did that because i kinda suck about stating WHY i like a certain song

Jemi - gasp! How could you!

Carolina - fair to midland = awesome. And yeah, it's quite a strange list

Tara - Stellar is just so awesome. It's my second fave incubus for sure.

Lee - some of my tastes are a little eclectic

Jennie - that album is just so great! I always measure every album they release to that one, and they just can't stand up

Yokohama - on my way to check it out right now!

Kelly - well if you like my list, then you also have great taste in music! We win!

Elaine - i'm lucky that i love papercut so much, otherwise i'd have a hard time choosing an LP fav

Karen M. Peterson said...

I really can't believe I left The Beatles off my list. I stand by every song I picked, but it's my list and I could have made an eleventh if I'da wanted, right?

Oh, and I really like the Dixie Chicks cover of "Landslide." Good call.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Some kick ass rock on there, I like :D I'll have to check out the rest soon :D Papercut takes me back to the days in the mosh pit :D

yokohamamama said...

Hey, Falen--I've got an award for you over at my blog! For all your general awesomeness:-))

J.C. Martin said...

Some classic choices and a few more eclectic ones. Thanks for sharing.

Aratina Cage said...

Smashing Pumpkins did a cover of "Landslide" too, which is my favorite version:

Sarah Ahiers said...

Karen - it's just so fun

Jamie - ahh, the 90s mosh pit. Good times

Yokohama - i'll pick it right up!

JC - thanks for commenting!

Aratina - they did indeed. It's very reminiscent of the original

Deniz Bevan said...

Oh! I forgot to mention The Smashing Pumpkins on my list!

James Garcia Jr said...

Hello, Sarah. I love it when I'm skimming somebody's list and I stop and gasp a bit. You got me with "Save Me" and then again with "Eleanor Rigby". I was busy at work that first iTunes Beatles day, buying like mad! Lol! I, too, have been a huge Queen fan forever.
Great meeting you,


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