Thursday, March 24, 2022

Top 500 Songs - Pearl Jam/Soundgarden

Now then, where was I? Ah yes, top 500 songs. Today's lists are from Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, a couple of bands featured in my middle and high school years. Looking over Pearl Jam specifically, it's interesting to see how my tastes have evolved over the years. Early on, Better Man would've been one of my favorite Pearl Jam tunes, and now it only barely cracks the list.

Also, look at those titles for Pearl Jam's songs. They're all 1-2 words, except for that one mammoth title at the top.

Pearl Jam
  1. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
  2. Alive
  3. Black
  4. Animal
  5. Daughter
  6. Jeremy
  7. Leash
  8. Dissident
  9. Even Flow
  10. Corduroy
  11. Better Man

  1. Fell On Black Days
  2. My Wave
  3. Spoonman
  4. Burden In My Hand

Chris Cornell
  1. Sunshower

Temple Of The Dog
  1. Hunger Strike

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!, 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

  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.

Top 500 Songs - Pearl Jam/Soundgarden

Now then, where was I? Ah yes, top 500 songs. Today's lists are from Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, a couple of bands featured in my middle ...