My top 20 songs that everyone should listen to at least once – Wed 28th Feb 07

I’m bored, so here are 20 songs that everyone in the world should listen to, at least once in their lives.

They’re not necessarily my favourite songs (although most of them are), and some of them have been overplayed to death. But imagine that you heard them for the first time, brand new. Take “Angels” for instance, ok the song itself has become a cliche, but they’ll be playing it in 40 years time still I bet you! It was a legendary song when it came out, and still is, even though it’s played far too much for every occasion from weddings and funerals to circumcisions and vasectomies.

It isn’t one of my favourites however. Well…since you asked, Comfortably Numb is world class. Anyone who didn’t get shivers down the spine when Pink Floyd performed it at Live 8 is a terrorist. Most U2 songs are great – ‘With or without you’ will live forever. And Mr. Brightside? Well, it just fucking rocks! And despite it’s fast upbeat theme it’s kinda sad too. I’m not going to comment on all of them, except for “The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die”. This is in my top three of all time. Unfortunately, despite being on the soundtrack for American Psycho II, it will never be famous! The world’s loss.

As for “The Promise”…this is a song for a world that doesn’t have enough love to deserve it. 80s? Yup. Bit cheesy-sounding? Perhaps. Does it piss on all modern manufactured contrived poppy love-song efforts? By a country mile…and with enough piss left over to bottle and sell on eBay.

In no particular order:

U2 – With or Without You

When in Rome – The Promise

The Killers – Mr. Brightside

Robbie Williams – Angels

Evanescence – My Immortal

Coldplay – The Scientist

The Beatles – Let it Be

John Lennon – Imagine

The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody

Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb

REM – Find the River

U2 – One

U2 – Pride

Madonna – The Power of Goodbye

All Saints – Pure Shores

Oasis – Don’t look back in anger

Oasis – Whatever

Snow Patrol – Run

Embrace – Fireworks

Tsar – The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die

There are far too many magnificent songs to squeeze into a top 20, but I felt like making a start somewhere, and considering I probably have the best taste in music of anyone, anywhere, at any time, I think I’m there or there abouts.

Got a suggestion? Let me know. I’ll ignore it but hey, knock yourself out.

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4 Responses to “My top 20 songs that everyone should listen to at least once – Wed 28th Feb 07”

  1. ZenTiger Says:

    There’s a few in your list I really like. So ignore these for starters:

    Leftfield – Original, Dusted
    The Cure – Close To Me, A Forest, Pictures of You
    Tangerine Dream – Tyger Tyger
    Bowie – Heroes, Sorrow, Life on Mars
    Queen – Who wants to live forever
    Kate Bush – Symphony in Blue, Wuthering Heights
    Grace Jones – Walking in the Rain
    Stone Temple Pilots – Big Empty
    Machines of Loving Grace – Golotha Tenement Blues
    ELO – I’m alive
    Led Zeppelin – I’m gonna crawl
    Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power of Love
    Black Sabbath – Paranoid
    Pink Floyd – Wish you were here (all of it), Learning to Fly
    Neil Young – Old Man

  2. evanescent Says:

    Hi there. Thanks a lot for your reply.

    Obviously there are a couple there I know of and agree they are great tunes too!

    The ones I’m not too familiar with I’ll try and get a hold of and give them a listen.

    Best,

    Evanescent

  3. Patty Cakes Says:

    LOl, a bit narcissistic, don’t you think?

  4. Ryan Neubauer Says:

    I don’t know who all is gonna read this but 20 songs i think everyone should hear before they die would be
    Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
    Knocking on Heaven’s Door (Gnr or Bob Dylan)
    Civil War by Guns n Roses
    Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes by George Jones
    The River by Garth brooks
    Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day
    Desperado by The Eagles
    Simple Man by Charlie Daniels
    With or Without You by U2
    One Step Up by Bruce Springsteen
    Paperback Writer by The Beatles
    Forty Hour Week by Alabama
    Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw
    Ol’ Red by Blake Shelton
    Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones
    These Days by Bon Jovi
    You’ll Think of Me by Keith Urban
    Please Remember Me by Tim McGraw
    The Unforgiven by Metallica
    and of course….. Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne


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