OK folks this is serious stuff here. The pressure of the choices I make here today has been weighing on me heavily. I don’t often have favourites because I like a lot of things and I wouldn’t want to leave anything out. I have thought about this post as if I were on Desert Island Discs or actually more truthfully, I imagined I was just hanging out with Cusack in High Fidelity ranking my top 10 songs as his beautiful eyes burn into my soul…
Anyhow? I’m just going to jump right on in. Here are my favourite 10 songs in no particular order other than how they popped into my head. I reserve the right to change this list whenever and however I like, even if it’s right after I publish this post!
Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts – Bob Dylan From the album Blood on the Tracks this song is just the most wonderful ballad. I love the poetry in all of Dylan’s work and I adore ballads (literature and music what’s not to love?!) The characters you meet in 8mins 51secs are so fantastically formed you feel like you have watched an entire movie or read a whole book about them. Storytelling at it’s absolute best.
I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) – Meat Loaf In 1993 I was seven years old and obsessed with both Top of the Pops and Meat Loaf. A friend of my Dad’s had made me a Meat Loaf mix tape and I couldn’t get enough of it so when Anything for Love got to number one and stayed there for 7 weeks, my world and my Thursday night’s were complete. I’m a big fan of long songs.
Storms – Stevie Nicks I heard this song for the first time on the radio as a teenager in the back of my parents car driving home from a carboot. I remember this so clearly because we heard that it was Stevie Nicks but not the title and it took me quite literally years to figure out the name of the song. I loved it from the first time I heard it, and would like it played at my funeral. “But never have I been a blue calm sea. I have always been a storm.”
Go your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac Sticking to a theme here. I discovered Fleetwood Mac late on. I was in my mid 20s when I first started listening to them. I blame my Dad for the missed years as he has always claimed to hate Fleetwood Mac for their popularity but I think he secretly likes them. (He says he owns their albums just for when I visit…) Go Your Own Way is a belted to sing out loud and let off some frustration. Also once I had read the bands’ biography I was obsessed with all thinks Nicks / Buckingham.
Most of the Time – Bob Dylan Hey there were no rules about 2 songs by the same artist ok. Plus I have this constant ‘which Dylan song is my favourite’ going round my head all the time anyways so as this is a top ten there is space. This song is so small and short but so perfectly formed in it’s simplicity I just love it.
Barretts Privateers / Silver Dagger – The Men They Couldn’t Hang I got my Dad this album on a whim from a suggestion on Amazon due to the other music I had bought him. Neither of us had heard of them before but by heck are they good. I have been a tad cheeky here and these are my two favourite songs from the album Smugglers and Bounty Hunters.
Lady Eleanor – Lindisfarne I grew up listening to folk music (and Meat Loaf and hundreds of 60s/70s/80s compilations) and we saw Lindisfarne as a family play live at The Neptune Theatre, Liverpool as one of our first gigd. Me and my sister were the youngest there (by several decades) and we felt so grown up that this song has always remained a favourite, reminding me that pure music can be pure magic. I always get swept away by this one.
Outlander theme / The Skye Boat Song – Bear McCreary We are a bit late to the table but Keith and I have just started watching Outlander. As soon as the opening song came on I knew I would love it because it sent chills down my spine. The composer, Bear McCreary is a genius and also did the soundtrack to Battlestar Galactica which is equally stunning.
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole This is mine and Keith’s song. One of our first dates was seeing Watchmen at the cinema and this is on the soundtrack. We both loved it and it became our song right away. Keith always says I’m unforgettable and heck I’m pretty fond of him too!
Every other song I love and has slipped my mind – Forgetful Me Fine, you win, you demander of lists. I can’t do it. I can’t commit to 10 favourite songs in such a set in stone manner. So I am leaving the last slot open for me to slide songs in and out as they pop into my head, horrified that they weren’t the first song I though of. *edit: There should be an Eagles song in here somewhere!