Thursday, 18 June 2009

Hottest 100 of All Time

Triple J radio station, probably my favorite radio station in Australia, is currently doing this "hottest 100 songs of all time" competition. People are expected to nominate their all time ten favorite songs, and eventually the station will play the top nominees.
Now, in general, I don't think there's much merit to such competitions. I know my choice of favorite songs varies greatly with mood and genre. Besides, what is a "favorite song" anyway? Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is by far my favorite album (again, depending on context and such), but it's really hard to point at a specific song that stands out in that album. Or what about my favorite jazz album, Miles Davis' Kind of Blue? That's defintiely a collection of mood tunes, and again - it's hard to point at a winner. And Beethoven's 9th: Is that a song?
Quibbles aside, it's fun to think up a list. So here's mine; I have decided to pick the songs that tend to "melt my heart" the most when I listen to them. That is, either that, or set my heart on fire:
  1. The The - Lonely Planet
  2. David Bowie - Life On Mars?
  3. David Bowie - Moonage Daydream
  4. Beatles, The - A Day in the Life
  5. Beatles, The - Happiness Is A Warm Gun
  6. Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
  7. Led Zeppelin - Bring It On Home
  8. Pink Floyd - Time
  9. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
  10. White Stripes, The - Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine
Two notes in conclusion:
Upon voting, you're asked for the one hottest song ever. My vote went to Lonely Planet; if you need to know why, it's the lyrics.
Second, I fully trust people will vote some major sh*t songs. Democracy tends to make sh*t float; at least it's popular sh*t.

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