So Brooks has done it, as have several of his friends. I felt at first like it would involve way too much work, but then I got all excited about some of the bands Brooks picked, and I also realized I had little else to do but snort more wine and crackers.
And then it turned into a very fun project.
And you will shortly see with what decade I have the most affinity/hipness.
Here follows my List of My 25 Favorite Songs. For an excellent explanation of the priorities in compiling this list, read Brooks’.
25. Tukka Yoot’s Riddim — Us3
24. Washing of the Water — Peter Gabriel
23. Let’s Stay Together — Al Green
22. Mr Jones — Talking Heads
21. Cocaine Blues — Johnny Cash
20. Please Don’t Bury Me — John Prine
19. Nightswimming — REM
18. Pictures of You — Cure
17. Glory Box — Portishead
16. Cure For Pain — Morphine
15. Everybody Knows — Leonard Cohen
14. That’s How Strong My Love Is — Taj Mahal
13. Start From Scratch — Galactic
12. Temptation — New Order
11. What is Hip? — Tower of Power
10. Fools Gold — Stone Roses
9. Fairytale of New York — Pogues
8. Texas Flood — Stevie Ray Vaughn
7. I’ll Be Your Man — Los Blancos
6. Exit Music (For a Film) — Radiohead
5. Hesitation Blues — Hot Tuna (Jorma Kaukonen)
4. Powderfinger — Neil Young
3. Superstition — Stevie Wonder
2. Use Me — Bill Withers.
1. Space Oddity — David Bowie.
I omitted any commentary on my choices, because once I started writing them, it turned out that each one was related to some great love, some great break-up, or some other long boring story.
After all, how else do we fall in love with songs?
Except for Bowie. He just rules.