What Is Your Favorite Song?

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What Is Your Favorite Song?

Postby rrnate » Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:23 am

I recently saw that some people at my job are listing out their "favorites" in a "know your co-workers better" sort of thing and was shocked and titillated to see that people were listing their favorite songs. I'm really bad at deciding what my favorite anything is, but this got me thinking and I think I've worked it out.

Favorite Song: "Radar Love" by Golden Earring
Reason: I never, ever get tired of this song. I hear it and immediately I am ready to listen to all 6 minutes or however long it is. I have been late for work, dates, and various appointments in my life when hearing this come on in the car.

Runner Up Song: "My Favorite Things" by John Coltrane. It's awesome, plane and simple, and everyone playing on it does an amazing job. However, it just simply isn't Radar Love.

So, what is your favorite song? (I generally hate lists but I'm warming up to the idea of "one favorite song".)

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Song?

Postby Marvell » Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:27 am

"Tracks of My Tears" - Smokey Robinson and The Miracles.

It's just so fucking perfect.

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Song?

Postby rrnate » Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:29 am

Marvell wrote:"Tracks of My Tears" - Smokey Robinson and The Miracles.

It's just so fucking perfect.


Man, I wish my favorite song was that classy.

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Song?

Postby Kyle Motor » Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:43 am

rrnate wrote:Favorite Song: "Radar Love" by Golden Earring
Reason: I never, ever get tired of this song. I hear it and immediately I am ready to listen to all 6 minutes or however long it is. I have been late for work, dates, and various appointments in my life when hearing this come on in the car.

Wow, I'm pleasantly surprised. Good choice.

Mine is, and always has been, "Just What I Needed" by The Cars. Unstoppable.

Lots of close seconds - "Tonight" by The Raspberries, "Do Ya" by The Move/ELO, "It's Late" by Queen, "Sick Of Myself" by Matthew Sweet, "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin" by Crazy Elephant; but nothing can touch "Just What I Needed".

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Song?

Postby dave esmond » Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:10 am

I'm way too ADD to have a favorite.

But two that popped into my head that I don't think I'll ever get tired of listening to are "Live Forever" and "Georgia on a Fast Train" by Billy Joe Shaver.

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=GdYzVFClH ... re=related

"Suspicious Minds" by Elvis and "Words of Love" by Buddy Holly gotta be in the running too.

Gerry Mulligan "Jeru", Bill Frisell "Poem for Eva" and Bill Evans "Waltz for Debby" are in the never sick of hearing camp too.


OOOOO. Then there's Pernice Brothers "Grudge ****", Replacements "Bastards of Young", Liz Phair "Divorce Song, Stones "Rocks Off", The Who "My Wife", Small Faces "Itchy Coo Park", Johnny Cash "Ring of Fire", Carter Family "Wildwood Flower", Nick Lowe "Let's Stay in and Make Love", Guns and Roses "Paradise City", Social Distortion "Bad Luck", Dylan "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right", ZZ Top "Mexican Blackbird" and Iron & Wine "Upward Over the Mountain".


Then there's always the first music I ever fell in love with Stravinsky "The Firebird".


I told ya I was ADD.
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Re: What Is Your Favorite Song?

Postby Right Bower » Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:20 am

For the past several years, my favorite song has been "Honky Tonk Women."

Close second is "Poor Poor Pitiful Me."

Misfits "Where Eagles Dare" is up there.

Van Halen's "Panama" is a guilty pleasure.

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Song?

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:22 am

"Layla" by Derek and the Dominos. First heard it in a bar in Norfolk, Va. back in my sailor days. I had already been a Clapton and Allman Brothers fan, so what's not to like.

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Song?

Postby depinmad » Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:23 am

first two that came to mind right now:

favorite thing - replacements

in the sun - joseph arthur

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Song?

Postby TheBookPolice » Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:25 am

I'm with you, Dave. Too many songs, too many moods, too many directions. There are a handful of songs that give me goosebumps, I guess I could use that as the indicator. Off the top of my head, the first one I think of is "Dirty Harry" by Gorillaz.

(edited because I had a different Gorillaz song in my head at the time)
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Re: What Is Your Favorite Song?

Postby Velvet Coffin » Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:38 am

Available data (iTunes, Last.FM) shows that my most-listened to song over the last several years is "Ana Ng" by They Might Be Giants. And it's true that when that song starts I'm unlikely to change tracks.

However, my heart tells me to stick to Nine Inch Nails' "The Perfect Drug" as my all-time favorite. You can't karaoke or dance to it but every note gets me where I like to be gotten.

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Song?

Postby TheBookPolice » Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:52 am

Other goosebumps songs for me:

"Decatur" (the original version), Ed Temple (local kids from late 90's. sadly, no longer extant)

"Saturday Night," Ozomatli

"Black," Pearl Jam

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Song?

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Fri Nov 21, 2008 2:50 pm

Favorite? Please. Impossible.

But I'd say that Sly & The Family Stone's "Hot Fun In The Summertime" is a pretty much perfect song, guaranteed to put a smile on my face whenever I hear it, and the one I start playing in February when winter's really starting to get me down (usually followed by Toots & The Maytals "Country Roads", which I can't believe I didn't mention in the Un-Horrible Cover Songs thread.)

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Song?

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Song?

Postby Walter » Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:59 pm

How can you pick just one?

In no particular order:

Victoria by the Kinks

Complete Control by the Clash

Bargain by the Who

Settled Down Like Rain by the Jayhawks

New York Mining Disaster 1941 by the Bee Gees

Burnin' Love by Elvis Presley

The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man by the Rolling Stones

Lip Service by Elvis Costello

and a local favorite,

Gonna Give You The Blues by The Motorz

Among many, many others of course.

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Song?

Postby charliedon'tsurf » Fri Nov 21, 2008 7:34 pm

"I Against I" by Bad Brains.

My second favorite is "Down on the Street" by the Stooges. If it didn't have a mediocre ending the way it peters out about 3:00 into the song it would be my all time favorite. That's why in some ways Pig Destroyer's cover off of Painter of Dead Girls is superior to original Stooges version from Funhouse. Pig Destroyer's interpretation is utterly crushing from start to finish.


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