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My 100 Favorite Fucking Songs

Lets get a couple things clear.  This is not a list of "BEST" songs.  This is a list of "favorite" songs.  Just because Hey Jude isnt on this list and Good Girls Don’t is, doesnt mean I think Good Girls Don’t is, technically, a better song; it just means that it personally means more to me.  I’ve listened to each of these songs more than a hundred times, and yet I still get a little taint-twinge when they come up on my iPod shuffle.

Some of the songs here are a mite cheese.  Sue me.  I can’t always help what touches me, what turns on my brain or my heart, and what I, sometimes despite myself, love (though I’m grateful Talk Dirty to Me didnt make the final cut – it almost did – because it exponentially out-cheeses every other song on this list). Some of these songs are, admittedly, defined by their placement in my personal history: Without Teenage Lament ’74 to rely on when I was 15, I might not even be here today.  The Sex Pistols songs changed my life forever. Painted from Memory is a song I listened to a lot after breaking up with a long-time girlfriend.  And Until You Came Along is the song Jenna and I danced to at our wedding. There are no Beatles, Rolling Stones, or Beach Boys songs on the list, though one from each almost made it (While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Rocks Off, and God Only Knows.)  I love those bands, and I’ve listened to them a lot, but, honestly, I’m a little sick of most their tunes. I was also a massive Who fan in high school.  Pictures of Lily almost made the cut but, hell, I really do listen to Romeo’s Distress a lot more.  The Who also suffers from being an album-oriented band more than a singles-oriented one.  I would much rather listen to "Quadrophenia" than "American Beauty", the album from which The Grateful Dead’s Box of Rain (#59) is from, but, although every song on "Quadrophenia" is great, not one stands out enough to put on the list. Many other album-oriented artists suffered from this same fate.  They will, of course, all get their due with a favorite albums list sometime in the future. There are other bands, too, you might complain about being off this list – Led Zeppelin and The Doors, for instance.  But they are off for a very different reason: because they suck shit. One artist has four songs on this list (Elvis Costello).  Three have three songs a piece (Alice Cooper, Rhett Miller/Old 97’s, and The Replacements).  And eleven have two songs a piece (Archers of Loaf, Aerosmith, Flashing Lights, Anders Wendin [Moneybrother/Monster], Pavement, Ian Dury, Jonathan Richman, Lloyd Cole, Queen, The Swingers and They Might Be Giants).  This doesn’t necessarily mean these are my very favorite bands.  Some other artists – like You Am I, The Wannadies, and The Clash -have forty or so songs hovering right outside the top 100, but for some reason were only able to crack the top 100 once. Finally, this list will be different come tomorrow.  My favorite songs are fluid.  Not only do the songs I like the most change, but the criteria I use to define "favorite" mutates slightly.  And I am certain I’ve forgotten some songs.  Songs in my iTunes have a definite advantage, as I am able to scroll through them (this may not be as limiting as you think, as I have over 8,000 songs in there).  However, if I remember other songs, I will post them in the comments below. And, of course, I’d love for you to join in.  Post your top 10 or 25 songs below, or give us a link to your own blog with your top 100.  And, if you want to answer other questions below, here are some: What song on this list do you love? What song on this list do you hate? What song have you never fucking heard of, that you went and downloaded, and realized it was the greatest thing ever Or the most ridiculous piece of shit? Stay Swell.  Enjoy.

 

1)    Late – Trip Shakespeare

2)    Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan

3)    Kentucky Avenue – Tom Waits

4)    Surrender – Cheap Trick

5)    Couldn’t You Wait – Silkworm

6)    I Will Dare – The Replacements

7)    Ana Ng – They Might Be Giants

8)    Bodies – The Sex Pistols

9)    One Good Reason (Gimme Love) – The Swingers

10) Poor Girl – X

11) Pulling Mussels (from the Shell) – Squeeze

12) Leaving Home Ain’t Easy – Queen

13) Until You Came Along – Golden Smog

14) Timebomb – The Old 97s

15) I Try – Macy Gray

16) I Want You Back – The Jackson 5

17) Please Please Let Me Get What I Want – The Smiths

18) Why Bother? – Weezer

19) Cruel to Be Kind – Nick Lowe

20) Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) – Looking Glass

21) Kiss Off – The Violent Femmes

22) Dumbjaw – Barkmarket

23) Couldn’t Call It Unexpected #4 – Elvis Costello and the Attractions

24) Sweet Gene Vincent – Ian Dury and the Blockheads

25) Erica’s Word – Game Theory

26) Don’t Deflate – Starling

27) Doctor’s Order – Carol Douglas

28) Teenage Lament ’74 – Alice Cooper

29) Painted from Memory -Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach

30) Unsatisfied – The Replacements

31) Bandages – Hot Hot Heat

32) Walk Away Renee – The Left Banke

33) Been Waiting – The Flashing Lights

34) That Summer Feeling (I, Jonathan version) -Jonathan Richman

35) I’m Not Down – The Clash

36) Crybaby – Utopia

37) Zurich Is Stained – Pavement

38) Harnessed in Slums -Archers of Loaf

39) Dream On – Aerosmith

40) Beauty is the Beast – The Ark

41) Indy 500 – Girlpope

42) Question – Rhett Miller

43) Crowds – Bauhaus

44) Different Drum – Linda Rondstandt

45) Green Mind – Dinosaur Jr.

46) Fairytale of New York -The Pogues

47) Perfect Blue – Lloyd Cole and the Commotions

48) Goin’ through Your Purse – Material Issue

49) Counting the Beat – The Swingers

50) Papa Was a Rodeo – The Magnetic Fields

51) Keep the Home Fires Burning – The Bluetones

52) Somebody to Love – Queen

53) Mule – Willie Wisely

54) A Girl Called Johnny – The Waterboys

55) Swingin’ Party – The Replacements

56) Kicks – Paul Revere and the Raiders

57) Golden Blunders – The Posies

58) To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High) – Ryan Adams

59) Box of Rain – The Grateful Dead

60) Good Girls Don’t – The Knack

61) Lyin’ Ass Bitch – Fishbone

62) I’ll Never Cry – Alice Cooper

63) Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head – They Might Be Giants

64) Brick – Ben Folds Five

65) Down Like Me – Ken Stringfellow

66) Oliver’s Army – Elvis Costello

67) Highschool – The Flashing Lights

68) Reconsider Me -Moneybrother

69) Tomorrow’s Just Another Day – Madness

70) Calling All Destroyers – Tsar

71) Dead by Christmas – Hanoi Rocks

72) A Spy in the House of Love – The dBs

73) Life on Mars – David Bowie

74) Rollerskate Skinny – The Old 97’s

75) Carolyn’s Fingers – Cocteau Twins

76) You and Me Song – The Wannadies

77) Veronica – Elvis Costello

78) Your Love is the Place Where I Come From – Teenage Fanclub

79) Can’t Make Your Life – The Lilys

80) Have You Ever Seen the Rain? – Creedence Clearwater Revival

81) Picasso Visita El Planeta De Los Simios – Adam and the Ants

82) Generation Landslide -Alice Cooper

83) You’re the One for Me (non-country version) – Jonathn Richman

84) I Saw Her Again Last Night – The Mammas and the Poppas

85) Summer Babe – Pavement

86) Party Hard – Andrew W.K.

87) All the Young Dudes – Mott the Hoople

88) Fast Girl U.S.A. – Jane Jensen

89) Ghost at Number One – Jellyfish

90) Going Underground – The Jam

91) Car (There’s Nothing Wrong with Love version) -Built to Spill

92) Web in Front – Archers of Loaf

93) She Digs Her – You Am I

94) Disaster – Frisbie

95) Draw the Line – Aerosmith 96) My Bag – Lloyd Cole and the Commotions

97) God Knows My Name – Monster

98) Mary Provost – Nick Lowe

99) Romeo’s Distress – Christian Death

100) You’ll See Glimpses – Ian Dury and the Blockheads

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