For the 5-th year in a row! My favorite music.
Every year is special with something, obviously, but this year I’ve gone back to my roots, where almost every piece of music is a classic and is somehow special to me.
So everyone, who’s been hanging out with me for more than an hour knows how much I love music and how often I like to play it and sing it. My lyrical memory storage is infinite, I can literally name a song for any given situation in life and worst of all, I pick up on certain words from a sentence, which then reminds me of a song I know and I start singing it on the spot. Often people are not sure if I’m telling them a story or singing a song…it happens more often than I’m comfortable admitting.
I have days, when I’m genuinely frustrated that I cannot possibly know all the tasty jams and beautiful ballads out there (granted, those days are usually when I’m hard core PMSing and wanting to kill everyone, but still.) and I get into a “discover new music” mode with the hope of finding that one good song, which will rape my ears for the next month and a half. With that being said, you can imagine that I’ve gone through A LOT of music during my teenagehood and this past year has been partly about going back to the first musical pieces that made me happy and somehow shaped my musical world into what it is now. It’s also been about those few new songs, which have absolutely won my heart over and will be in my playlists hopefully forever.
So for the first time in this musical yearly project thingy, I’ve decided not to go with a song for each month, but rather show you all the fucking good jams I’ve loved this year in chronological order from oldest to newest.
So let’s go with the oldies:
Louis Jordan – Is you is or is you ain’t my baby?
I remember this from Tom and Jerry, which is to this day still one of my favorite shows ever. This year I went back to it and kind of had a different perspective. There’s lots of black soul in this piece, if it makes sense. I love the bluesy and jazzy feel to it, even though I usually don’t listen to that kind of music. This is one of the exceptions. :)
The Beatles – Norwegian Wood
I loooove the whole vibe of this, I used to listen to it on replay for months on end in 9-th grade, this year it brought so many memories, when I listened to it again…
Peter, Paul and Mary – Leaving on a Jet Plane
I absolutely LOVE that song. Originally written by John Denver in 1969, but didn’t become a hit until 3 years later, it’s absolutely amazing. I don’t really have a back story to this, I just loved it the first time I listened to it and I still do. Very much.
The Monkees – I’m a Believer
Who doesn’t know this song? It’s so light-hearted and a full on classic. I could bore you with some history of it, but I won’t. :D Just enjoy the silly 60’s music video and have fun!
Okay, so much for the 60’s, let’s go to the 70’s:
Whitesnake – Ain’t no love in the heart of the city
Now, this is late 70’s, but this is Whitesnake’s first hit, which is actually a cover of Bobby Blue Bland’s song, which was written in 1974. These are technicalities, but that’s why I’m putting it here. :D I personally think this version is better and I love Whitesnake anyway, so it’s a win win.
Janis Joplin – Me & Bobby McGee
Janis does shit correctly. I don’t think she would have been successful nowadays, but man, this is one of her best songs…
Bruce Springsteen – Because the Night
Best Bruce Springsteen Song. Ever. He has a few close ones, but this is just hella good. I listen to it and my soul hears it. I listened to this with Joel few years back, when we were sending each other good music links and it’s been a favorite of mine ever since (tho obviously me and Joel are just friends :D ). I thought about including Neil Young’s Heart of Gold here, but I think it will become too crowded considering the splurge I’m about to make in the 80’s section…
So yeah, these are the 80’s for this year:
KISS – Heaven’s on Fire
I swear, I would listen to this song every goddamn weekend morning for the past 1 year. Working allows me to listen to the radio and the radio dude is oh so kind to play me this. I love that song super much. <3 I wish I could sing along to it at a concert, but alas, all I can do is dance to it with my headphones… :(
Don Henley – All she wants to do is dance
I love the Eagles, but Don Henley has a kick ass solo career. “Dirty Laundry”, “Boys of summer”, “Long way home”? All super good songs…”All she wants to do is dance” is this year’s fav, cause I’ve listened to it probably over a hundred times and I love jamming to it.
Eddie Money – Take me Home Tonight
Again, a song that quite many people recognize (like most songs here), it’s catchy, groovy, has a nice beat, even has the sax thing going on and I’m a sucker for saxophone in songs. It’s super sexy. And combined with a good guitar riff? Yes, please.
Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar on Me
I really tried not to include that in this post. I listened to all of Def Leppard’s songs and I do love them all, I do, I do, but this is their absolute greatest song. Scratch that. This is THE absolute greatest song. It was here last year and the year before that and the year before that and let me tell you, it’s not going anywhere. In fact, we can just have a deal that this song is going to be in this project thingy forever. My favorite song. One of the best bands to this day. I’ve been seriously considering getting a tattoo that says “Pour Some Sugar on Me”. It’s probably happening. If that song was a man, I would have sex with it unconditionally. There aren’t enough words for how good it makes me feel. ‘Nuff said.
Yngwie Malmsteen – Heaven Tonight
I remember it took me surprisingly long time to discover Yngwie and I felt really sorry that I couldn’t listen to this master until 9-th grade. He has lots of fucking good shit, but this song is what I’ve been jamming to this year. Listen to that guitar, oh my god. And those drums. I love the drums. It reminds me of the beginning of a concert, where there is no music, just loud drum beats that make your heart beat in their rhythm and you go crazy, cause you know shit is about to go down. If I would be in the front row of a Malmsteen concert, my mind will be musically raped and I’d probably just pass out from the divine sound of his technical abilities…
Bee Gees – You Win Again
Back to something softer, I love that song, as well. Bee Gee’s prime was a few years prior to the release of this song, but hey, they’ve still got it. A good song I’ve listened to a lot on my way to uni during this year.
Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
BECAUSE TOP GUN!!! And it’s a really good song, too. Damn, the 80’s were good.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – I Won’t Back Down
Cause Tom Petty is da fukin man. Kids, if you want to listen to good music, put all of his albums in your playlist! I have different favorite songs of his each day and today specifically I’m feeling like “Deliver me” or “We stand a chance”, both from the “Long After Dark” album, but for real, check him out. “I won’t back down” is also a kick-ass song and I put it here just as a note that this year I’ve been listening to fuckloads of Tom Petty…
John Farnham – Two Strong Hearts
THIS SONG!!! I feel like I’m the only one who is crazy about it, but I can’t stay still, while it’s playing. I had to listen to it until the end before I even wrote this text. If I would ever hear it somewhere outside of the comfort of my own home, I am VERY likely to just drop whatever I’m doing and start singing. I feel it somehow in my soul, I can’t explain it… John Farnham is also one of those jewels that you should definitely discover. You probably know his most famous track “You’re the voice”, but listen also to “Pressure down”, “That’s freedom”, “Burn for you”, “Love to Shine”, to name a few. I PROMISE you’d like it. Or then there is something wrong with you.
Okay, I’m getting somewhat carried away, so what I’m gonna do is, I’m gonna merge the 90’s and the newer modern stuff together, so you don’t have to go through another 20 songs…
Billy Idol – Shock to the System
I like Billy Idol, he’s cool, he has some edge…song written about the L.A. protests, quite relevant. Too bad his album flopped so badly. :/ Anyway, I still like the song a lot and listen to it every now and then. :)
My Darkest Days – Porn Star Dancing
Meet my ringtone from 3 years ago. I know every single word from that song, I think it’s super tasty and hot and the video is turning me gay. And Zakk Wylde is d.o.p.e! Lately I’ve been listening to a few more songs from that band and it seems like they really like one night stands and slutty girls and I mean, there’s nothing wrong with that, someone needs to sing about that, too right? (Reminds me of Whitesnake’s song “Rock’n’Roll Women”). So if you like this song, you should also definitely check out “Casual Sex” and “Set it on Fire”. ;)
Sturm und Drang – Party like a rockstar
Must support Finnish bands, right? I’ve liked SuD for AAAAGEEEEES, they were like my first teenage band obsession. :D Okay, maybe not obsession, but anyway, I really liked them. This is my favorite song from their latest album with “Light years apart” being a close second (sadly both of them without music videos) and I just still dig their jam and stuff. Like the chorus of this song is so awesome, I almost feel like a rockstar when listening to it. It makes you move somehow… :D
Craig Morgan – Bonfire
I’ve started to listen to country this year, by the way…it’s not half bad. Sounds a bit too redneck, but I like the guitars and the melodies and even sometimes the lyrics are nice, too. For example this song. OR OR OR, look up the newest cover of “Footloose”, originally sung by Kenny Loggins, but covered by Blake Shelton, that’s country as fuck!!! :D
Kent – La Belle Epoque
Okay, this is the last one, I promise. A little different than my usual musical preferences, but lovely nevertheless. I started listening to Kent after I heard that song and I have no regrets. This is in Swedish, so I can’t even sing along unless I want to sound like an idiot, but I very much like the beat pattern. Of course, I like the melody and the lyrics, as well, but I think I could just listen to the beat for days. It’s what made me like it. Good, Kent. Good.
ALRIGHT, THAT’S IT!!!
I have no idea how many songs I’ve put down and frankly, I’m afraid to look. By this point you’re probably super bored and no one has time to listen to all of that, but if you have time some day, I definitely recommend coming back here and listening to some jams, especially if you like rock’n’roll. :)
At the end of this 2200 word post, I can only say…damn, I listen to good music.
//Stef – what the fuck, Phil Rudd?