Friday, April 17, 2020

Top 500 Songs - Dave Matthews Band

This was always going to be the hardest of my band lists, because I like so many of DMB's songs, and have liked them so differently over the years. But here goes, an effort at my "all-time favorite" Dave Matthews Band songs (as well as a bonus list of just Dave Matthews songs).

It was close, but we've got a new #1 song! This one has a strong chance of finishing the whole list as #1 overall. I also made some tweaks to the list, as I'll continue to do over time, I'm sure.

Dave Matthews Band
  1. Bartender
  2. Mercy
  3. Ants Marching
  4. Jimi Thing
  5. Stay (Wasting Time)
  6. Lie In Our Graves
  7. All Along the Watchtower
  8. Two Step
  9. Minarets
  10. Say Goodbye
  11. #36
  12. The Dreaming Tree
  13. JTR
  14. Grey Street
  15. The Best of What's Around
  16. #41
  17. Crush
  18. Don't Drink the Water
  19. What Would You Say
  20. Typical Situation
  21. Warehouse
  22. Pig
  23. Seek Up
  24. Rhyme & Reason
  25. The Last Stop
  26. Digging a Ditch
  27. Pay for What You Get
  28. Cry Freedom
  29. Tripping Billies
  30. Dancing Nancies
  31. Proudest Monkey
  32. So Right
  33. Granny
  34. Where Are You Going
  35. Rapunzel
  36. Drive In, Drive Out
  37. Help Myself
  38. Too Much
  39. Stand Up (For It)
  40. Recently
  41. Let You Down
  42. So Much to Say
  43. I'll Back You Up
  44. Halloween
  45. Lover Lay Down


Dave Matthews (no band)
  1. So Damn Lucky
  2. Gravedigger


Sunday, February 16, 2020

Top 500 Songs - Billy Ocean, Dire Straits, The Pointer Sisters

Sorry for such a long delay between posts, work has been kicking my nuts. Back to work!...like, the other work. This work. You know what I mean.


Billy Ocean

  1. Caribbean Queen
  2. Suddenly


Dire Straits

  1. Money for Nothing
  2. Brothers In Arms
  3. Sultans of Swing
  4. Down to the Waterline
  5. Telegraph Road
  6. Walk of Life


The Pointer Sisters

  1. Neutron Dance
  2. Fire
  3. Jump
  4. Slow Hand
  5. I'm So Excited



Bonus Songs

  1. Florence + The Machine - Shake It Out
  2. Jefferson Starship - Jane
  3. Breaking Benjamin - Blow Me Away
  4. Firefall - Strange Way
  5. Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, P!nk - Lady Marmalade
  6. Molly Hatchet - Flirtin' With Disaster
  7. The Black Keys - Your Touch



Monday, November 25, 2019

Top 500 Songs - Mike & The Mechanics, Mr. Mister, Starship, Tears For Fears, Wang Chung

I finally figured out a way to format the titles of these posts, only took like a month! Here's some lists for some 80s bands. And, one of them is a new overall #1 song!

All of these songs have been integrated, as well as the Journey songs from last time, so we're up to date.

Mike & The Mechanics
  1. Silent Running
  2. Living Years
  3. All I Need Is A Miracle

Mr. Mister
  1. Kyrie
  2. Broken Wings

Starship
  1. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
  2. We Built This City
  3. Sara

Tears For Fears
  1. Break It Down Again
  2. Shout
  3. Everybody Wants To Rule The World
  4. Elemental
  5. Power

Wang Chung
  1. Everybody Have Fun Tonight
  2. Dance Hall Days

Bonus Songs
  1. John Parr - St. Elmo's Fire
  2. Glenn Frey - The Heat Is On
  3. Corey Hart - Sunglasses At Night

Monday, November 18, 2019

Top 10 Journey Songs, Bonus Songs

As an homage to my college days, I've decided to make my first big list out of songs by Journey. This big load of tunes gave me a real sense of how challenging it's going to be when this list gets huge. So I think I'm going to have two different sorts of content in these posts: lists and integrations.

Lists will be like what I've posted so far, the ranked list of songs by a particular artist. Integrations will be done after I put together a list, but I'm not ready to incorporate it into the big list. Eventually the band will get sorted into the big list, and I'll add a note to list post indicating that it's taken place.

I'm also going to occasionally include one-hit wonder type songs, just noted in one list together. Of course some of them won't be true "one-hit wonders;" more so, they'll be individual songs that are the only song by the artist that I like/know. Elvis Costello has lots of songs, he just happens to only have one that I really like. We'll call them Bonus Songs. See below for an example.

Top 10 Journey Songs (not yet integrated)

  1. Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'
  2. Ask the Lonely
  3. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
  4. Don't Stop Believin'
  5. Any Way You Want It
  6. Faithfully
  7. Be Good to Yourself
  8. I'll Be Alright Without You
  9. Open Arms
  10. Wheel in the Sky

Bonus Songs (integrated)

  1. The Droge and Summers Band - Two of the Lucky Ones
  2. Panic! At The Disco - Nine in the Afternoon
  3. thenewno2 - Crazy Tuesday
  4. EMF - Unbelievable
  5. Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
  6. Elvis Costello - Alison
  7. Snow - Informer
  8. Lucas - Lucas with the Lid Off


Monday, November 11, 2019

The First Top X Lists for the Project - Top 3 Songs by MGMT, Top 2 Songs by The J. Geils Band

So it took me some time to get going, but I've finally put together the first Top X List for my massive project. MGMT is a fun little band that I've always wanted to listen to more of, but never got around to. But they had three big songs, and all three might make my final top 500.

  1. MGMT - Electric Feel
  2. MGMT - Kids
  3. MGMT - Time to Pretend

And to show how this will all work, I'm also going to add in my favorite songs by the J. Geils Band:

  1. The J. Geils Band - Freeze-Frame
  2. The J. Geils Band - Centerfold
Now look over on the sidebar and you can see how these two lists interact. And I'm going to do my best to not second-guess my rankings through the whole process...good luck to me lol.


Monday, November 4, 2019

The Biggest Project Ever

I have a new idea, something to get me thinking more, listening to more music, and making blog posts more frequently, though with not probably a ton of writing.

The idea is to make a list of my top 500 favorite songs.

"But Joe, why would that involve a bunch of blog posts?" Good question. I'm not going to do like all the websites do these days, make you click through 500 times to see each individual song in a ranked list. That's annoying as hell.

No, my idea is to create the list organically as I make blog posts. So, the idea is to segment out categories of music. For example, a blog post might be Top 4 Weezer Songs or Top 31 Dave Matthews Band songs (yeah, there could definitely be that many in my top 500). So, I'd post those songs, and then update an as-yet-uncreated sidebar, mixing those songs into the running list.

You'll get the hang of it when you start to see it in action.

Friday, February 2, 2018

WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Results

Sometimes it's silly to go away from the odds, apparently.

Asuka and Shinsuke Nakamura were the victors of their respective Royal Rumbles, which is nice enough, though ultimately a little too predictable for my taste. The Rumble matches were good, but the other matches were pretty disappointing in my opinion.

WWE Title Handicap Match: A.J. Styles (c) versus Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

More referee screwiness? We haven't had enough of that already? I get that they wanted to start the build for Styles/Nakamura right away, but after SmackDown this week, we know that there'll be a title shot at Fastlane between Styles and either Owens or Zayn. So there's still plenty of "unknown" heading into Wrestlemania season.

Would've been cool to see how they handled the co-champion idea, but again, predictability wins out.

My prediction: A.J. Styles via pinfall over Sami Zayn
Result: A.J. Styles via pinfall over Kevin Owens

SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: The Usos (c) vs. Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable

This one was a shocker, for a number of reasons. First, the match wasn't all that great, which is surprising with the people involved. And second, I really did believe that the Usos would lose their tag titles after Jey's arrest for driving drunk.

Why even have this match if Benjamin and Gable lose here? It makes them look weak, and doesn't prop up the Usos at all. I think they would've been way better off pushing Bobby Roode's match from the pre-show to the main show and giving it some more time to breathe, and maybe dropping Luke Harper vs. Bo Dallas or something into the pre-show. Anything else would've been an improvement.

My prediction: Shelton Benjamin via pinfall over Jey Uso
Result: Uso #1 via pinfall over Shelton Benjamin

Men's Royal Rumble Match

Like I said, it was cool Nakamura won, even if it was pretty predictable. Honestly, I would've kind of liked to see what Philly did if Roman Reigns eliminated Nakamura to end the Rumble. But of course, that would've set up the Elimination Chamber as a match for the Universal title, and you know Brock Lesnar can't wrestle more than 8 times a year. You don't want to burn three of those matches by April.

Overall the match was pretty good, I thought they actually did a better job than they've done in years of capturing the old school style of people doing a lot of punching and struggling in corners, rather than the obnoxious "ABC enters the ring, does his finisher four times, everyone lays around the ring waiting for the next guy."

Hilariously, I find myself already imagining what we might see out of next year's Royal Rumble. I'm like an addict.

My predictions
Longest time in match: The Miz
Final four competitors: The Miz, Roman Reigns, John Cena, Rusev
Winner: John Cena

Results
Longest time in match: Finn Balor
Final four competitors: Roman Reigns, John Cena, Shinsuke Nakamura, Finn Balor
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

RAW Tag Team Championship Match - Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan (c) vs. Sheamus and Cesaro

Pretty predictable result, though I didn't expect Jordan to be basically a no-show. I'm interested to see how the RAW tag division evolves over the next couple months. It could go up, or it could go way down.

My prediction: Sheamus via pinfall over Rollins
Result: Sheamus via pinfall over Rollins

Universal Title Triple Threat Match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman vs. Kane

Really crappy match. Even the big spots weren't interesting or impressive. Completely predictable, and despite their intentions, it doesn't preserve Braun's strength. He's lost three different Universal title matches at this point. He deserves to be set aside for someone else.

My prediction: Brock Lesnar via pinfall over Kane
Result: Brock Lesnar via pinfall over Kane

Women's Royal Rumble Match

I gotta say, I was impressed by the women in this match. A few of the legends showed a little bit of age, but honestly, almost everybody looked to be in good shape and very capable of handling themselves. The eliminations weren't any more obvious than the men's match, which is all you can ask for.

Asuka is obviously very popular right now, and her winning makes plenty of sense. I loved her confrontation with Ember Moon; those two have fantastic chemistry, and there's so much character in the ring when they're facing off. I'm also glad that Ember got an Eclipse off before getting eliminated; non-NXT fans need to see that move.

My Predictions
Longest time in match: Sasha Banks
Final four competitors: Nikki Cross, Bayley, Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella
Winner: Becky Lynch

Results
Longest time in match: Sasha Banks
Final four competitors: Sasha Banks, Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Asuka
Winner: Asuka

Afterword/Summary

The whole Rhonda Rousey moment didn't mean anything to me; I'm not a UFC fan, and star-power doesn't do much for me when it comes to wrestling. The word is that Rousey will be a full-time wrestler, but this was already an important event for the future of women's wrestling. I'm not sure you needed to double down after the women's Royal Rumble with Rousey.

Overall, I thought it was just an okay event. The two Rumble matches were very good, but the other matches were mostly garbage. It's a stark contrast to last year's Royal Rumble which had an incredible WWE Title match between John Cena and A.J. Styles, and a very, very good Universal Title match between Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns.

Ah well. Hopefully Elimination Chamber gives us some magic. See you then!

Top 500 Songs - Dave Matthews Band

This was always going to be the hardest of my band lists, because I like so many of DMB's songs, and have liked them so differently over...