Dave Hodge's Top 100 Songs of All-Time

Last week, I had one of those surreal moments that you can't believe is actually happening. Legendary sports broadcaster Dave Hodge visited my home and spent a couple of hours with me in my basement while he shared his 100 favourite songs of all-time. Yes, this actually happened, and I recorded the whole thing.

If you haven't heard that 302nd episode of Toronto Mike'd, I strongly urge you to click over and listen before you read the chart below. Not only does Dave list his top 100, but we play his top 10 and he shares tremendous stories as to why he loves the song. There's even a fun game built in where he gives us the first line of the song so we can guess it. As I said, it was wonderfully surreal.

Tyler, a big fan of these Kick Out the Jams! episodes, maintains a Google spreadsheet with everyone's top 10, and he meticuously assembled a list of Dave's top 100. Dave, however, had already emailed me his list, but by the time I told Tyler it was too late. Tyler did go the extra step of recording the release year and country, so I think him for that detail in the chart below.

Number Song Artist Year Country
100 The Bells of Rhymney Chris Hillman 2017 USA
99 Willin' Little Feat 1971 USA
98 Sultans Of Swing Dire Straits 1978 UK
97 Laying Down to Perish Alan Doyle 2015 Canada
96 From A Soon-To-Be Ghost Town Fruit Bats 2016 USA
95 To Live is to Fly Townes van Zandt 1971 USA
94 Strawberry Blonde Ron Sexsmith 1997 Canada
93 Keep the Car Running Arcade Fire 2007 Canada
92 What's the Frequency, Kenneth? R.E.M. 1994 USA
91 I'm Going To Stay That Way LeE HARVeY OsMOND 2008 Canada
90 Pride (in the Name of Love) U2 1984 Ireland
89 Tournament of Hearts The Weakerthans 2007 Canada
88 The House That Heaven Built Japandroids 2012 Canada
87 Don't Be Cruel Elvis Presley 1956 USA
86 American Pie Don McLean 1971 USA
85 High and Dry Frankie Lee 2015 USA
84 Teen Angst Cracker 1992 USA
83 Taxi Harry Chapin 1972 USA
82 Radio Girl Doug Paisley 2014 Canada
81 Runnin' Down a Dream Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1989 USA
80 Four Strong Winds Ian and Sylvia 1963 Canada
79 Pretzel Logic Steely Dan 1974 USA
78 All the Young Dudes Mott the Hoople 1972 UK
77 Outfit Jason Isbell 2012 USA
76 Beds Are Burning Midnight Oil 1987 Australia
75 Beginnings Chicago Transit Authority 1969 USA
74 Hallelujah Jeff Buckley 1994 USA
73 Werewolves of London Warren Zevon 1969 USA
72 Wild Horses Rolling Stones 1971 UK
71 16 Days Whiskeytown 1997 USA
70 I Can't Help Myself The Four Tops 1965 USA
69 Fortunate Son Credence Clearwater Revival 1969 USA
68 Lovers In a Dangerous Time Bruce Cockburn 1984 Canada
67 Live By the Song Blackie and the Rodeo Kings 2016 Canada
66 Scenes From an Italian Restaurant Billy Joel 1977 USA
65 I'm Shipping Up To Boston Dropkick Murphys 2005 USA
64 Archie, Marry Me Alvvays 2014 Canada
63 Urge For Going Tom Rush 1968 USA
62 Blue River Eric Andersen 1972 USA
61 Inside Out Crash Vegas 1989 Canada
60 Run On the Banks The Stanfields 2013 Canada
59 Plus Ones Okkervil River 2007 USA
58 Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks The National 2010 USA
57 Shout Bama Lama The Detroit Cobras 2001 USA
56 Pride and Joy Stevie Ray Vaughan 1983 USA
55 Everybody's Talkin' Fred Neil 1966 USA
54 Sleeping in Toronto Jim Bryson 2003 Canada
53 Cause Cheap Is How I Feel Cowboy Junkies 1990 Canada
52 Lovercall Danko Jones 2002 Canada
51 Chickamauga Uncle Tupelo 1993 USA
50 Tear Stained Eye Son Volt 1995 USA
49 Jolene Jeremy Fisher 2007 Canada
48 Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd 1974 USA
47 My Girl The Temptations 1965 USA
46 Spirits The Strumbellas 2016 Canada
45 Frankie's Gun The Felice Brothers 2007 USA
44 Back to Me Kathleen Edwards 2005 Canada
43 Oh My Sweet Carolina Ryan Adams 2000 USA
42 Depreston Courtney Barnett 2015 Australia
41 Escarpment Blues Sarah Harmer 2005 Canada
40 Fire and Rain James Taylor 1970 USA
39 When I Write My Master's Thesis John K. Samson 2012 Canada
38 Continental Breakfast Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile 2017 Australia/USA
37 Dancehall Domine The New Pornographers 2014 Canada
36 Hindsight The Long Winters 2006 USA
35 Bad to the Bone George Thorogood & The Destroyers 1982 USA
34 Two Angels The Jayhawks 1989 USA
33 Monster Hospital Metric 2005 Canada
32 Keep Your Hands To Yourself Georgia Satellites 1986 USA
31 Danko/Manuel Drive-by Truckers 2004 USA
30 Crazy Mary Pearl Jam 1993 USA
29 Down With the Shine Avett Brothers 2012 USA
28 Bridge to Nowhere Sam Roberts 2006 Canada
27 Wine Lips Lydia Loveless 2014 USA
26 Heroes David Bowie 1977 UK
25 Tall Tall Shadow Basia Bulat 2013 Canada
24 Without Again Elliott Brood 2008 Canada
23 Crescent City Lucinda Williams 1988 USA
22 No Hurry Terra Lightfoot 2015 Canada
21 Your Little Hoodrat Friend The Hold Steady 2005 USA
20 Hero Family of the Year 2012 USA
19 Cathy Skinny Lister 2014 UK
18 Pretty Pimpin' Kurt Vile 2015 USA
17 Red Eyes The War on Drugs 2014 USA
16 Try Blue Rodeo 1987 Canada
15 Born to Run Bruce Springsteen 1975 USA
14 Guitar Town Steve Earle 1986 USA
13 Come Summertime Justin Rutledge 2006 Canada
12 One Guitar Willie Nile 2010 USA
11 Powderfinger Neil Young 1979 Canada
10 Norwegian Wood The Beatles 1965 UK
9 I Still Believe Frank Turner 2011 UK
8 Don't Think Twice It's All Right Bob Dylan 1963 USA
7 Ahead By a Century The Tragically Hip 1996 Canada
6 Come to Light Arkells 2014 Canada
5 Sundown Gordon Lightfoot 1974 Canada
4 America Simon and Garfunkel 1968 USA
3 Jesus, Etc. Wilco 2002 USA
2 Through & Through & Through Joel Plaskett 2009 Canada
1 Changes Phil Ochs 1968 USA

This was Dave Hodge's second visit, and we're already planning his third. He's going to return to present songs 101-200. I can't wait.

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My Experience with PayTM Canada

When PayTM Canada reached out to me with interest in sponsoring my podcast, I had never heard of them. They seemed like great people, and had an office in Toronto, but if I was going to promote their bill payment app, I needed to actually use it myself. Yes, I eat my own dog food. I drink Great Lakes Beer, I ate Chefs Plate, and if I ever move again, I'll be calling PropertyintheSix.com.

Downloading the app from paytm.ca was as simple as it sounds (I use the Android version) and in no time I had created an account. The next test was to pay an actual bill.

To pay a bill, you need to connect a credit card or bank account. I'm a big fan of using my MasterCard as often as possible because I collect points I redeem at my local No Frills, so I connected that card. Then, I paid an $84 Toronto Hydro bill.

Because PayTM Canada had created a promocode for me (torontomike) I used that promocode for this payment and was gifted $10 from PayTM. So I was able to pay an $84 with only $74 coming out of my account. You can use this promocode as well if you like the idea of getting free money.

This first test was a complete success, and started paying all of my bills via my PayTM Canada app by using my MasterCard. You can even do this for services that don't typically accept credit card payment. But then, it came time to pay my MasterCard bill.

That's when I connected my bank account. That was slick, so I was able to pay that off within the PayTM app. Keep in mind, there's no service charge or convenience charge here, and there are lots of cashback incentives where PayTM gives you money for using their app. This month, for example, they're giving 2% cashback for any bill payment, for any amount and using any payment method.

Oh yes, and there's cashback when you buy gift cards and handy bill payment reminders... essentially, they've managed to make paying bills rather convenient, fun and rewarding.

I managed to test their support as well. I initially thought my promocode was supposed to be entered in the "referral code" part when I first installed the app, but that wouldn't take, so I opened a ticket and was promptly helped.

Yes, they're a sponsor, but all of the above actually happened. If you have any questions, fire away... and you can email me if that's easier for you.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 302: Dave Hodge Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 302In this 302nd episode, Dave Hodge names his 100 favourite songs of all-time. This episode is exactly 1:46:36.

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