Open Call to Kick Out the Jams!

I've been inviting past guests of Toronto Mike'd to revisit the studio to kick out the jams! These episodes are archived here.

The purpose of this entry is to collect commenters' top 10 song lists. Drop your favourite 10 jams in the comments and drop by periodically to see what songs appear on others' lists.

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Rob J

Can't imagine anyone cares, but I lean more towards what songs-music I dislike: new-country, 80s-90s CanCon, insufferable old tyme church hymns, and all radio jingles. Otherwise, whatever.

July 8, 2017 @ 5:08 PM

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@Rob J.

The thing is, I dislike thousands of songs! The Billboard 100 has always been littered with awful, awful music.

Who will be the first commenter to take the KOTJ plunge?

July 8, 2017 @ 5:12 PM

Rob J

I'm sure the usual suspects are compiling their lists as we speak!

July 8, 2017 @ 5:27 PM

Jamie

Metallica- master of puppets
Pearl jam- alive
Stone temple pilots- Plush
Alice in chains - man in the box
White Zombie - thunder kiss 65
The hip - three pistols
Steve Earle - copperhead road
System of a down - chop suey
Foo fighters - best of you
The black keys- little black submarine

July 8, 2017 @ 6:12 PM

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@Jamie

Excellent! Kudos on being the first of hopefully many.

@All

I only have two rules:

1. Have no shame - your favourite songs are your favourite songs and its subjectivity is what makes this so much fun

2. Nobody is to criticize someone's choices. I don't want to read any "your taste sucks" or "you picked crappy songs". See rule #1!

July 8, 2017 @ 7:15 PM

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Still a stellar track...

July 8, 2017 @ 7:16 PM

dale

Comfortably Numb
With a Little Help From My Friends
City of New Orleans
Africa-Rosanna mix (Toto)
A Song For You
Good Vibrations
Can't You See
Comes a Time
Ride Captain Ride
Father of Day Father of Night

July 8, 2017 @ 7:17 PM

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@dale

Great job!

Which version of With a Little Help From My Friends? Personally, I prefer Joe Cocker...

July 8, 2017 @ 7:18 PM

dale

Both Beatles & Joe Cocker (a tie)

July 8, 2017 @ 7:27 PM

Anon&on

Glass Deers - Braids (cancon)
Dog Physics - Ings
Your Sunday Best - Norfolk & Western
Summertime In England - Van Morrison
You Belong To Me - Jo Stafford
Love You - The Free Design
Fade Into You - Mazzy Star
My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
Venetian Barge - The Barmitzvah Brothers (cancon)
Sappington - Velvet

Great series, hope you'll always ask guests what (new music, or new to them) they are listening to now.

July 8, 2017 @ 7:29 PM

CW

Boston - More Than A Feeling
Tragically Hip - Something On
Spoons - Romantic Traffic
Honeymoon Suite - What Does It Take
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Pearl Jam - Betterman
Triumph - Magic Power
U2 - Where The Streets Have No Name
Bryan Adams - Diana
Tom Cochrane - Big League

July 8, 2017 @ 7:37 PM

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@Anon&on

Many artists there I'm not familiar with. I have some homework!

July 8, 2017 @ 7:44 PM

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@CW

Gord from Spoons is visiting me soon!

July 8, 2017 @ 7:45 PM

Matt

Boney M-Rasputin

Monster Magnet-Space Lord

Nonpoint-Bullet With A Name

Five Finger Death Punch-The Bleeding

Foo Fighters-Everlong

Billy Joel-Piano Man

Volbeat-Still Counting

Black Label Society-Suicide Messiah

Ozzy Osbourne-Perry Mason

Mudvayne-Not Falling


Some songs are the first song I heard for that band. Others are sentimental.

July 8, 2017 @ 7:56 PM

mdoucette77

Bob Marley - Three Little Birds (Alvin and the Chipmunks have a great version too)
Foo Fighters - Best Of You (just a strong song. Was surprised to see someone else list it actually)
Stone Temple Pilots - Vasoline (the first grunge song that got me hooked. Wasn't a fan from the start, but the vibe of this song is good)
Smashing Pumpkins - Today
Green Day - Longview
Alessia Cara - Here (hated this before I heard it because she was sampling Portis head, but holy crap the lyrics and Alessia's voice are awesome)
Nathaniel Rateliff - SOB (love the vibe. Makes me want to sing along as loud as I can)
P Diddy - Bad Boys For Life (awesome bass rhythm)
Pearl Jam - Sirens (great rune that could star on an album from the 90s)
Beastie Boys - Get It Together (love the rhyme and beat)

July 8, 2017 @ 8:08 PM

dale

Forgot to send Band names with my songs earlier.
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
With a Little Help From My Friends - Beatles & Joe Cocker
City of New Orleans - Arlo Guthrie
Africa/Rosanna - Toto
A Song For You - Leon Russell
Good Vibrations - Beach Boys
Can't You See - Marshall Tucker Band
Comes a Time - Neil Young
Ride Captain Ride - Blues Image
Father of Day Father of Night - Manfred Mann
Bonus song - The Letter - The Box Tops

July 8, 2017 @ 8:39 PM

Jay

Pure Morning - Placebo
Jumbo - Underworld
In Your Room - Depeche Mode
Getting away with it (live) - Johnny Marr
There is alight that never goes out - The Smiths
Lips Like Sugar - Echo and the Bunnymen
Your Silent Face - New order
Forty-six and 2 - Tool
Strange Attractor - I.C.E
Waiting Room - Fugazi
Something I Can Never Have - NIN

July 8, 2017 @ 9:17 PM

andrew

Suite Judy Blue Eyes - CSNY
Play With Fire - Rolling Stones
Big League - Tom Cochrane
Make Me Smile - Chicago
Ahead By A Century - Tragically Hip
Imagine - John Lennon
Lay Lady Lay - Bob Dylan
Behind Closed Doors - Charlie Rich
Marrakesh Express - CSNY
Calling Occupants - Klaatu

July 8, 2017 @ 9:35 PM

Greg S

Bob Dylan - Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
The Band - The Weight
The Smiths - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
Pixies - Here Comes Your Man
The Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection
The Lowest of the Low - Rosy and Grey
The Tragically Hip - Nautical Disaster
Pulp - Common People
The Weakerthans - Plea From A Cat Named Virtute
Belle and Sebastian - Your Cover's Blown

July 8, 2017 @ 9:43 PM

Ian

Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey - The Beatles
I Like It - Foxy Shazam
Stacked Actors - Foo Fighters
Workin' At The Car Wash Blues - Jim Croce
Sherpa - The Tragically Hip
Slave - The Rolling Stones
You Make Me Feel Like A Whore - Everclear
Mouth To Mouth - Faith No More
Love Is Not Enough - Nine Inch Nails
Lightning's Girl - Nancy Sinatra

Note - not a favourite song list, just ten songs that I LOVE and kick a little bit of ASS! Oh, honourable mention goes to Wake Me by Rusty.

July 8, 2017 @ 9:47 PM

Ian

Just checking out other people's lists and could easily make another list cherry picked from them. Rosy and Grey, Marrakesh Express, SOB, Make Me Smile... great stuff 👍🏻

July 8, 2017 @ 9:54 PM

Steve

Street Spirit - Radiohead
Slide Away - Oasis
In Your Room - Depeche Mode
My My Hey Hey - Neil Young
In September - Hayden
Weakerthans - This is a Fire Door
Kathleen Edwards - Copied Keys
Coax Me - Sloan
What if We Were Vampires - Jason Isbell
Magazine - Pedro the Lion

July 8, 2017 @ 10:04 PM

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@Greg S

Rosy and Grey!

July 8, 2017 @ 10:06 PM

chris

Ballad of Dwight Frye - Alice Cooper
Suppers Ready - Genesis
The Scientist - Coldplay
Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney
Loves Me Like A Rock - Paul Simon
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
Stuck In A Moment - U2
Waiting On A Friend - Rolling Stones
Homeward Bound/The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel

July 8, 2017 @ 10:06 PM

twins from bolton

Midnight Rambler - Gregg Allman
FreeBird - Lynyrd Skynard
To Love Somebody - Bee Gees
Islands In the Stream - Dolly & Kenny
Norwegian Wood/Blackbird - Beatles
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
Fire Lake - Bob Segar (just for U Cheryl) a great song.
Amanda - Waylon Jennings
Captain Fantastic & Brown Dirt Cowboy - Elton John
North to Alaska - Johnny Horton

July 8, 2017 @ 10:53 PM

Anonymous

stranglers, golden brown
spandau ballet, true
stone roses, fools gold
oasis, rock n roll star
arcade fire, here comes the night
U2, sunday bloody sunday
notorious BIG, hypnotize
pearl jam, jeremy
STP, big bang baby
pentagram, forever my queen

July 8, 2017 @ 10:56 PM

James Edgar

Wow great lists! I'm away from my computer for the weekend I'll post my picks later .

July 8, 2017 @ 11:05 PM

DUTCH

10 Songs I Like No Particular Order

Pictures Of You - The Cure
Dead Souls - NIN
46 & 2 - Tool
Kill Your Television - Neds Atomic Dustbin
E=MC2 - BAD
WOT - Captain Sensible
Play With Me - Bootsauce
Shine - Junkhouse
Boom - POD
Stranglehold - Ted Nugent

July 9, 2017 @ 7:09 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Shit, can't really narrow it down to 10 favorits, so here's a list of 10 songs that I do love and that kick ass.

Master Of Puppets - Metallica
This Love - Pantera
N.I.B - Black Sabbath
The Bleeding - Five Finger Death Punch
Electric Worry - Clutch
Albatross - Big Wreck
Coax Me - Sloan
The Day I Tried To Live - Soundgarden
Down With The Sickness - Disturbed
Bones And Joints - Finger Eleven

Honorable mentions go to
The Sound Of Silence - Disturbed
Rooster - Alice In Chains
This Could Be Anywhere In The World - Alexisonfire
Dazed And Confused - Zeppelin

July 9, 2017 @ 8:03 AM

Cheryl

Okay. I have to pick 10 songs. Here goes. Fire Lake by Bob Seger, Jody Girl by Bob Seger, We got Tonight by Bob Seger, Hurt so Good by John Mellencamp, Small Town by John Mellencamp, Sweet City Woman by the Stampeders, We're here for a Good Time by Trooper, Against the Wind by Bob Seger, We are the Champions by Queen, and Oh Pretty Lady by Trooper.

July 9, 2017 @ 8:15 AM

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So many great tunes... and @Steve even dropped Hayden! I'm still listening to Everything I Long For.

July 9, 2017 @ 8:49 AM

markosaar

In approximate order of discovery

A few notes...

- Stand was the first time I noticed and loved a particular song. Green was my first album ever.

- Ned's Atomic Dustbin is my all-time favourite band, with Pop Will Eat Itself a close second. The Stone Roses self-titled might be my all time favourite album? Seems fitting to pick the lead track.

- I heard Only Shallow on an Ongoing History of New Music shoegazer episode and it was probably the single most influential thing I ever heard. I literally skipped class to buy the album the next day. Ulrich Schnauss is an electronic artist heavily influenced by shoegazer.

- I had to make major cuts. Like I can't believe I don't have any Cure or TPOH on here. I was/am hugely into industrial and tracks like Juke-Joint Jezebel by KMFDM or Ich Bin Ein Auslander by Pop Will Eat Itself were last cuts. That taste kind of evolved into the electro-industrial I turned to more in the early 2000s.

- Seabound with its Cancon lyrics got me into electro-industrial/ebm/futurepop. The song is literally about him meeting a chick from Newfoundland online and then being stood up when he travels to meet her.

- Monochrome is my all time favourite song.

July 9, 2017 @ 10:22 AM

J9

Will give this a go...but hard to choose! These are all fantastic car-karaoke songs too. Enjoy!

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald-Gordon Lightfoot
Jungle land-Bruuuuuuce Springsteen
Throw Your Arms Around Me -Hunters and Collectors
Bad-U2
So Gently We Go-I Mother Earth
Daddy was a Bankrobber-Hawksley Workman (great cover of a great Clash tune!)
Black Gives Way To Blue-Alice in Chains
You and Me - Dave Matthews Band
Like a Hurricane -Neil Young
Higher Ground-Red Hot Chili Peppers


July 9, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

bsmntdwllr73

In no particular order, here are my ten favourite songs at this moment:
The Fall-Electric Light Orchestra
Life's What You Make It- Talk Talk
Someone Saved My Life Tonight-Elton John
The Other Side Of Summer-Elvis Costello
You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)-Joe Jackson
She's The One-World Party
Touch Too Much-AC/DC
Burning House Of Love-X
While You See A Chance-Steve Winwood
Joanna-Kool and the Gang


July 9, 2017 @ 2:03 PM

Handsome Rob

I could probably pull songs out and sub them with another each day and every day depending on mood, but these would be a good top ten for me today

The Stone - Dave Matthews Band
Everlong - Foo Fighters
Black - Pearl Jam
Eruption - Van Halen
Layla - Derek and the Dominoes
Bobcaygeon - Tragically Hip
All We Are - Kim Mitchell
The Load Out - Jackson Browne
Fool on the Hill - Beatles
Where the Steets Have No Name

July 9, 2017 @ 7:39 PM

Not Quite Mike

A perhaps not so perfect 10. (Kudos to Cheryl for some great choices)!

Brothers in Arms (Dire Straits)
Welcome To The Jungle (Guns and Roses)
Bad to the Bone (George Thorogood)
American Idiot (Green Day)
What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
Back In Black (AC/DC)
Satisfaction (Rolling Stones)
Johnny 99 (Bruce Springsteen)
Rock the Casbah (The Clash)
In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins)

July 9, 2017 @ 9:22 PM

Sid_V

Here are ten songs that, for various reasons, had an impact on me. I wouldn't characterize them as a top 10 list, except that there are ten of them.

FM - Phasors on Stun

The Who - Baba O'Reilly

King Crimson - Court of the Crimson King

Blue Rodeo - Hasn't Hit Me Yet

Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing

Talking Heads - Life During Wartime
(Talking Heads are repping the whole post-punk CBGBs movement on this list)

Police - Message in a Bottle

Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill
(Gateway into British bands like Genesis and Yes)

Devo - Satisfaction
(pretty eye-opening cover; deconstruct and recreate)

Tragically Hip - At the 100th Meridian
(Probably my fave, with about 40 TTH tunes tied for second)

July 9, 2017 @ 9:38 PM

a particular context

I could never make a single top 10 list as so much depends on current mood, situation, circumstance & context.

So a couple of lists with a particular context.

Songs that take me back to a particular time & place:
No Time – Guess Who
Crazy Mama – J.J. Cale
Just Let Me Sing – Guess Who
Black Water – The Doobie Brothers
Brain Damage – Pink Floyd
Closer to the Heart – Rush
Crazy on You – Heart
It Wasn’t Me – George Thorogood & the Delaware Destroyers
Cadillac Walk – Mink Deville
Fortunate Son – CCR
Radio Silence – Blue Peter
Master Charge – Albert Collins

Songs that are currently on my “Get my ass in gear” walking set:
Loco Love – Mayday
Rocks – Primal Scream
Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet
Get Over It – Eagles
Nothin' But A Good Time – Poison
Gold on the Ceiling – Black Keys
Sweet Thing – Goddo
Hard to Handle – Black Crowes
7 o’Clock - London Quireboys
Just Came Back - Colin James
Make You a Believer – Sass Jordan

This is really fun TorontoMike : )

July 10, 2017 @ 12:07 AM

elvis

@markosaar - NED'S! Nice!

July 10, 2017 @ 7:19 AM

guy smiley

Sidewalk When She Walks - Alexisonfire
Don't Fear The Reaper -BOC
Albatross- COC
Uncle Remus - Frank Zappa
Creeping Death - Metallica
Shot In The Dark - Ozzy
Fell On Black Days - Soundgarden
Mutilated Lips - Ween
Needles And Pins - deftones
Sleepwalk Capsules - At The Drive In

July 10, 2017 @ 7:35 AM

James Edgar

My list in no particular order. is it my to ten? I'm not sure but they are ten songs that will keep me in the car until the end after I've parked.

2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx (Live version from All the World's a stage) -Rush An all time favourite band I could have picked any one of dozens but 2112 from ATWAS has been a fav since i was 14.
God Save the Queen -The Sex Pistols - Fake band with fake outrage yes. But it still gets me decades after i heard for the first time.
Blitzkrieg Bop (Live version from It's Alive) -The Ramones - also an all time favourite band with at least 30 songs i could have picked. Marshall stack cranked up to painful volume at 200 bpm.
Bottom -Tool - It's Tool
Nautical Disaster -The Tragically Hip - also an all time favourite band and I could have picked something from any album.
Let There Be Rock (Live version from If you want Blood) -AC/DC -With Bon Scott on vocals this is AC/DC at their best. That other guy never even came close. Bonus I saw them at Massey hall on the tour for this record.
Since I've Been Loving You -Led Zeppelin - Led Zeps more Blues inspired (or stolen) music really hits a sweet spot with me.
Ace of Spades -Motörhead -Lemmy
The Great Gig In The Sky -Pink Floyd - from a Classic Floyd Album that is obviously a departure from the Guitar driven rock else ware on this list but Clare Torry's vocals give me shivers.
Top Down -Teenage Head - Classic Hamilton punk rock.

July 10, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

markosaar

@Elvis,

I saw DUTCH had Kill Your Television on there too.

Never sick of that band ... love each of their albums and all the b-sides too. Actually flew to Europe to see them a few years ago and proposed to my wife on the trip :)

July 10, 2017 @ 9:44 AM

markosaar

@a particular context,

I had to cut Movin' On Up by Primal Scream. It's like the one universal track I can play that no one can hate. Often use it to start the odd time I get to DJ.

July 10, 2017 @ 9:46 AM

H.o.E.

I arranged them in roughly chronological order.

Heartbreaker - Grand Funk Railroad
Child in Time - Deep Purple
The Straightener - Black Sabbath
July Morning (from Live album 1973) - Uriah Heep
The Rocker - Thin Lizzy
Astronomy - Blue Öyster Cult
Stargazer - Rainbow
Xanadu - Rush
Saxon - Wheels of Steel
Soundgarden - Superunknown

July 10, 2017 @ 9:54 AM

H.o.E.

Ooops -- I messed up the song name and band order on those last two.

Wheels of Steel - Saxon
Superunknown - Soundgarden

July 10, 2017 @ 9:58 AM

Ryan G


i have many...but a shortlist...

Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
Getting Away With It (Live 2001 version) - James
Bigmouth Strikes Again - The Smiths
So Here We Are - Bloc Party
It's My Life - Talk Talk
New Gold Dream - Simple Minds
Lips Like Sugar - Echo & The Bunnymen
Just Like Heaven - The Cure
Yin and Yang The Flower Pot Man - Love and Rockets
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division

July 10, 2017 @ 10:32 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I love reading these lists.

July 10, 2017 @ 11:18 AM

Curmudgeon

Baba O'Riley - The Who
Penpals - Sloan
Taj Mahal - Sam Roberts Band
Man in the box - Alice in Chains
The Wind - Cat Stevens
Novocaine for the Soul - Eels
Born of Frustration - James
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Strange Condition - Pete Yorn
Chancellor - Gord Downie

July 10, 2017 @ 11:37 AM

Beatts

Boston - more than a feeling

ACDC - Highway to hell

Romantics - What I like about you

C + C music factory - Gonna make you sweat

Stevie Wonder - Superstition

DJ Kool - Let me clear my throat

Grand Funk Railroad - Some kind of wonderful

G Love and Special sauce - This ain't livin'

Tom Petty - Learning to Fly

Bob Seger - Ramblin' gamblin' man

July 10, 2017 @ 12:18 PM

WC Irv

10. Kaytranada – Lite Spots
9. Tove Lo – Cool Girl
8. Offiah – Trouble
7. Solange – Cranes in the Sky
6. The 1975 – Somebody Else
5. Of Monsters and Men – Crystals
4. Christine and the Queens - iT
3. Sofi Tukker – Drinkee
2. Dua Lipa – Be The One

1. Dua Lipa - Blow your Mind

https://youtu.be/1nydxbGhgv8

July 10, 2017 @ 12:42 PM

Beatts

"Let There Be Rock (Live version from If you want Blood) -AC/DC -With Bon Scott on vocals this is AC/DC at their best. That other guy never even came close. Bonus I saw them at Massey hall on the tour for this record. "

Beyond jealous and I agree 100%

July 10, 2017 @ 12:44 PM

GDB

It is almost impossible to pick 10. It always changes but this list reflects my choices today. (Probably different tomorrow...)

In random order:

Bauhaus - All We ever Wanted
Joy Division - Atmosphere
The Beatles - Dear Prudence
The Smiths - There is a light that never goes out
The Pixies - Where is my Mind
Rage against the Machine - Killing in the Name of
Nirvana - Sliver
Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood - Some Velvet Morning (this song intrigued and stuck with me as a little kid and still does)
The Demics - New York City
Buffalo Springfield - For What Its Worth


July 10, 2017 @ 6:33 PM

Gilles LeBlanc

As I just tweeted you Mike:

The White Stripes - Fell in Love with a Girl
Run-D.M.C. - Walk This Way
Weezer - El Scorcho
The Dandy Warhols - Boys Better
The Breeders - Cannonball
The Smashing Pumpkins - Speed
Queens of the Stone Age - Feel Good Hit of the Summer
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Spread Your Love
Death from Above - Girl U R Lovely
Prophets of Rage with Dave Grohl - Kick Out the Jams

July 10, 2017 @ 11:13 PM

markosaar

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are a band that I think came too late for most of us, but I think 102.1 listeners in general would just adore. I can't recommend them enough.

July 10, 2017 @ 11:17 PM

mrmojorisinca

THIS IS really really hard..

I guess this is my top 10 today and in no particular order..I like what one user said..these songs keep me in the car, even after I have parked :)

Rearview Mirror - Pearl Jam
Thank You - Led Zep
Even better then the real thing - u2
Icky Thump - White Stripes
Your touch - The Black Keys
The Bucket - Kings on Leon
Wheat Kings - The Hip
Keep on Rocking in the Free world - Neil Young
Diamonds on the inside - Ben Harper
Vaseline - STP

July 11, 2017 @ 11:43 AM

Argie

One ......U2
Every breath you take......Police
Let it be......Beatles
Interstate love song.......STP
Elderly woman.....PJ
Wouldn't it be nice.......Beach Boys
Tubling dce.......Stones
Limelight........Rush
Ahead by a century....Hip
Modern love.......Bowie

July 11, 2017 @ 7:22 PM

Mike

Moon River - Andy Williams
Crystal - New Order
The Boys of Summer - Don Henley
If You See her Say Hello - Bob Dylan
Carpet Crawlers - Genesis
Thunderstruck - AC/DC
Meeting Across the River - Bruce Springsteen
More Then This - Roxy Music
ABAC - The Tragically Hip
I can't Make You Love Me - Bonnie Riatt

July 11, 2017 @ 10:27 PM

markosaar

@Mike,

I want to love Crystal by New Order so bad (and the video is amazing) but I just can't get over that "our love/it's like honey/you can't buy it with money" line.

(Fun trivia fact, a very famous band took their name from that video...)

July 12, 2017 @ 8:57 AM

James Edgar

My Just outside the top ten the day i posted it. But could have been Top 10 on any other day.

Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix
Smoke on The water - Deep Purple
I See the Light - Cracker
I Fought the Law - The Clash
Paranoid - Black Sabbath
White Room - Cream
Stone Cold Crazy - Queen
Hell Bent For Leather - Judas Priest
Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
This Is All I Came to Do - Dinosaur Jr.

July 12, 2017 @ 9:39 AM

markosaar

@James Edgar,

Great list. Especially a fan of Dinosaur Jr.

I knew the Clash and Social Distortion versions of I Fought The Law ... finally looked up the source -- The Crickets, and originally popularised by Bobby Fuller Four.

July 12, 2017 @ 10:16 AM

James Edgar

@markosaar Thanks Dinosaur Jr are long time favourite .

I like all the versions of I fought the law it's simply a great song. but that clash version is my favourite.

One song I left off my top 10's was Take the Skinheads Bowling -Camper Van Beethoven another cool band with a sense of humour .

July 12, 2017 @ 11:01 AM

Javed Jafri

Hard to narrow down the list to 10 best and so here's a list of some favorites:
Ten
Wilco - I Can't Stand it
The Left Banke - Pretty Ballerina
Big Star - Thirteen
Thirteenth Floor Elevators - Step Inside This House
Supergrass - Pumping On Your Stereo
The Seeds - A Thousand Shadows
Dr Dog - Shadow People
Moby Grape - 8:05
Pentangle - Cruel Sister
The Beach Boys - Marcella

Another Ten:
Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs- And Your Bird Can Sing
Poco - Pick Up The Pieces
The Yardbirds - Over Under Sideways Down
The Who - The Kids are Alright
Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action
Icarus - Paul Winter Consort
She and Him ( Zooey Deschanel and M Ward) - Ridin In My Car
The Bar Keys - Soul Finger
The Byrds - Change Is Now
The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset

July 12, 2017 @ 12:10 PM

Dr. Seymour Light

Tried my best, in no particular order –

Down to Seeds and Stems Again Blues – Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airman
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight and the Pips
Trouble Everyday – Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention
Jokerman – Bob Dylan
Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down – Kris Kristofferson
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) – Bruce Springsteen
Long May You Run – Neil Young
Loan Me a Dime – Boz Scaggs
Mixed Up Shook Up Girl – Mink DeVille

July 12, 2017 @ 3:09 PM

J9

Midnight Train to Georgia is an awesome tune. May have to rethink my top 10 to fit that one in! Or make it a top 11. 🤔

July 13, 2017 @ 6:06 AM

max power13

dream academy: life in a northern town
bronski beat: smalltown boy
english beat: save it for later
drake: hotline bling
new order: bizarre love triangle
led zeppelin: ramble on
outkast: hey ya
jimmy buffet: margaritaville
xtc: dear god
depeche mode: blasphemous rumours

July 13, 2017 @ 5:57 PM

Tyler

Mike, I'm loving this series so much, what a great idea. So far, it's reminded me of lots of songs that I love but haven't listened to in a while, and has introduced me to some new favourites. I'm working on my list, but it's very hard! It may take me a little while. I'm trying to be judicious, but I'm less than 10% through my iTunes catalogue and I'm at 28 songs.

July 15, 2017 @ 12:32 PM

Tyler

Ok, I have an initial shortlist of 75 songs. I'll get it down to 10!

July 15, 2017 @ 4:25 PM

John

Hey Jude The Beatles
More like you Brave shores
green eyes. Coldplay
There there. Radiohead
How many more times. Led zeppelin
Fearless. Pink Floyd
Could you be loved. Bob Marley
Slow hands. Interpol
A day in the life. The Beatles
New slang. The shins

July 16, 2017 @ 9:09 AM

Michael Lange

Here's my alphabetical Top 10 list right now, might be different tomorrow, might have been different a year ago...

George Harrison - My Sweet Lord
Grapes of Wrath - What Was Going Through My Head
Jam - Town Called Malice
Jesus and Mary Chain - Just Like Honey
Lowest of the Low - Bleed a Little While Tonight
Matthew Good Band - Apparitions
New Fast Automatic Daffodils - Stockholm
Pearl Jam - Porch
Tragically Hip - Grace, Too
Watchmen - All Uncovered

July 16, 2017 @ 3:25 PM

Al The Royal Pain

My list is heavy with nostalgia (as are most I guess):

The Porpoise Song -- The Monkees
Under My Wheels -- Alice Cooper (The Killer album was my introduction to Rock 'n' Roll and a heavy influence on me as a singer )
Across The Universe -- The Beatles (could be a different song of theirs every day depending on my mood)
Tuesday's Gone -- Lynyrd Skynyrd (Dazed And Confused...need I say more?)
Forever Young -- Alphaville (The Nostalgia'est nostalgia that ever nostalgia'ed)
My Brave Face -- Paul McCartney (transports me to a summer I spent in Portugal, one of several)
Anna Begins -- Counting Crows (I went through a CC phase, August and Satellites were two albums I played the shit out of. Saw them live once at the Government and that cured me of my fandom...but I still like those songs)
Thorn In My Pride -- Black Crowes (Went through a southern rock phase in no small part because of the album The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion. This was my favourite track from that album.)
In View -- The Tragically Hip (hard to pick one, I play many with my band, but this is one I wish we played)
Find The River -- R.E.M (Automatic For The People has been played in my house daily for the last 10 years. I know this for a fact because it's the only CD my son ever fell asleep to, and then when my daughter was born, it became her bedtime music. Depressing, I know... but this track is IMHO a perfect song)

July 17, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

mrmojorisinca

loved this series :) reminds me of when (mind you years and years ago) george stroumboulopoulos Operation Disc Drop project: Do a mixed tape kind of thing, download the songs legally, burn the CD and just leave it somewhere—on a bus seat, in a coffee shop, wherever. And if you find one, listen to it, and then explore the music you find on it...he also provided a site I believe for people who found said mix taped.

July 17, 2017 @ 10:54 AM

John

Another list, this time my fav old school rap.

Don't believe the hype. Public enemy
Straight outta Compton. Nwa
The gas face. 3rd base
Parents just don't understand DJ jazzy Jeff and fresh prince
Scenario. Tribe called quest
Push it. Salt n pepa
I've got the power. Snap
So what cha sayin. Epmd
The pusher ice t
Can't truss it. Public enemy

July 17, 2017 @ 2:48 PM

Rob J

Here's my list after all:

I'm So Afraid (live version)--Lindsey Buckingham
I Love L.A.--Randy Newman
California Dreamin'--Mamas and the Papas
The Chain--Fleetwood Mac
The Great Beyond--R.E.M.
Freelove Freeway--Ricky Gervais as David Brent
Stand Back--Stevie Nicks
April Comes She Will--Simon and Garfunkel
Good Vibrations--Beach Boys
You Never Can Tell (Teenage Wedding)--Chuck Berry

July 17, 2017 @ 4:46 PM

Rob J

Yikes, only around 2% of the selections thus far are from female artists. (no judgement intended, simply an observation).

July 17, 2017 @ 5:41 PM

Jillian

Last Resort- Eagles
The Emporer's New Clothes- Sinead O'Connor
Follow you Follow me- Genesis
I know what I like- Genesis
No Son of Mine- Genesis
Never Going back- Fleetwood Mac
Oh Diane- Fleetwood Mac
Kathy's Song- Simon & Garfunkel
Sounds of Silence- (whomever sings it)
**nothing makes me turn the station faster than a Beatles song- especially "Hey Jude"

July 17, 2017 @ 7:01 PM

Rick C in Oakville

The more I read the lists of others top 10, I can't settle on just 10, there are just too many good songs/bands I have loved over the past 45+ years.

July 17, 2017 @ 9:53 PM

Tyler

OK, this was extremely hard, but here we go.

Talking Old Soldiers - Elton John - the whole Tumbleweed Connection album is fantastic, and probably influenced my musical tastes more than any other album. I love so much of Elton's catalogue, but this one is my favourite.

It Makes No Difference - The Band - The Band influenced Elton John to make Tumbleweed, but I discovered them after Elton. So many great songs, but this one is so beautiful and Rick Danko's vocal is heartbreaking.

Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - Police - I love the Police and Stewart Copeland is my favourite drummer. This is a great pop song and a great showcase for Stewart.

The Dire Wolf - The Tragically Hip - The Hip is my favourite band. I could make a list of 100 Hip songs that I love, but this one always stands out for me. The lyrics make me well up every time.

Jacksonville Skyline - Whiskeytown - Ryan Adams is my favourite individual artist (same as Siobhan!), and again, I could make a list of 100 songs of his that I love. This was the first one that I heard, with his old band Whiskeytown and it's still great. My cousin was in the US Marines and was stationed in Jacksonville (Ryan's hometown), so the lytics have extra meaning for me.

Ashes of American Flags - Wilco - Wilco are an incredible band and Jeff Tweedy's voice is a treasure. This song, in particular this version is beautiful.

It’s Good to Be King - Tom Petty - All of these songs make up the soundtrack of my life, and this song, in particular Tom's self-effacing lyrics, is with me often.

Lucky - Radiohead - When OK Computer came out, I bought it on day one and called my best friend to tell him that he needed to hear it immediately, it hit me that hard. Lucky is an anthem that sounds so great live.

Jolene - Ray Lamontagne - A heartbreaking song (there's a thread that run through many of my selections) sung by an artist with such a soulful voice. His last couple of albums have kind of disappointed me, but his first 3 are unassailable in my opinion.

Cover Me Up - Jason Isbell - An incredible songwriter, a story of love and redemption, and a beautiful melody that gives me chills every time I hear it.

So many honourable mentions for me and it broke my heart to leave out artists like R.E.M., Otis Redding, Sheryl Crow, James Taylor, Neil Young, The Watchmen, Crowded House, Dire Straits, Al Green, The National, Hiss Golden Messenger, The Shins, City and Colour, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, and Gillian Welch.

But these are my 10. Thanks Mike!

July 17, 2017 @ 9:56 PM

Tyler

I don't think my HTML worked, but this was the version of Ashes of American Flags that I meant to link to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O72cQZeTbxQ

July 17, 2017 @ 10:01 PM

mrmojorisinca

@Tyler

I like the cut of your Jib :)

I hadn't heard some of those songs but funny enough have almost all of the albums..

so I went through them just now..LOVE IT

July 18, 2017 @ 10:46 AM

Tyler Campbell

Thanks Mr. Mojo, glad you liked!

It was hard, and I had to make some tough cuts. I'm finding the same thing - albums that I've owned for years with songs being called out that I haven't really noticed before.

Thanks again for sparking all this discussion and discovery, Mike!

July 18, 2017 @ 2:58 PM

Javed Jafri

Came back to this post b/c I heard a track from this artist on the radio today.

The great Emitt Rhodes was a one man Beatle. Like McCartney he recorded an album by himself in his home studio. The record was released in 1970 and got a fair bit of FM airplay including here in Toronto on CHUM FM. The album made it to number 29 nationally on Billboard and the single "Fresh as a Daisy made it to number 54.

https://youtu.be/pFOA4URZFVQ

The song "Lullabye" was featured in the film The Royal Tenenbaums.

July 26, 2017 @ 9:55 PM

Anonymous

Back to this post again cos it's hard to confine to just 10 songs.

The Box Tops had a slew of Top 40 hits in the late 60's. Their front man Alex Chilton was only 16 or 17 when he recorded the gruff vocals for The Letter in 1967 and I think it went to number 1. They also scored with more melodic and less gruff hits such as Neon Rainbow and Sweet Cream Ladies. Anyway here is a You Tube link to the group performing the Letter on the show Upbeat and it's funny b/c the entire group is making fun of the fact that it's a lip sync:
https://youtu.be/HIWY8UyW9bw

Alex Chilton went on to form Big Star and they attained cult status almost on the scale of the Velvet Underground. Power Pop giants and here they are with one of their best songs covered later by the Bangles, September Gurls:
https://youtu.be/qAIuim4GXK0

August 2, 2017 @ 10:02 AM

Jake theSnake

Love those Hamilton themed episodes. Here's a little diddy [before I think up my 10]:
Jesus is from Steeltown (Hamilton)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jYUGD2NxYg

August 8, 2017 @ 10:43 PM

Mike

Dream Operator - Talking Heads
Hearts in her Eyes - Searchers
Shayla - Blondie
We've all got to be going somewhere - Jay Malinowski
Holiday in the Sun - Sex Pistols
Rise - Public Image Limited
What becomes of the broken hearted - Joan Osborne / Funk Brothers
I don't know what you got - Little Richard
Peace in the Valley - Soul Stirrers
Wreck on the Highway - Springsteen

August 10, 2017 @ 2:18 PM

bsmntdwllr73

Great deep album cut selections from Blondie, Bruce Springsteen
and Talking Heads! I've really been very impressed with my fellow
music lovers' picks. Long live an Open Call to Kickout the Jams!!!

August 10, 2017 @ 6:23 PM

Javed Jafri

Every now and then I think of another track that I think deserves recognition. This time it is California band The Rubinoos who in 1977 reached # 45 in Billboard with their cover of Tommy James and The Shondells "I Think We're Alone Now". In 1974 they opened for The Jefferson Airplane at Winterland in San Francisco and They were joined by Jonathan Richman during their encore of Sugar Sugar. This resulted in the pelting of banana peels by the audience. I'd like to think I may have been able to enjoy both acts but in 1974 I don't know. Hipper than thou somewhat dominated.

This is their Bubblegum/power pop claim to billboard fame:
https://youtu.be/FIxvP--GjPg

September 15, 2017 @ 5:06 PM

markosaar

@Javed Jafri,

This is the only version I ever listen to ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eMyAbg6CWQ

(I'm very fond of local The Birthday Massacre. They were a huge discovery for me when I found their music.)

September 15, 2017 @ 6:02 PM

Javed Jafri

@markosaar
interesting cover of the song. Sounds like it could have been played by CFNY in 1981 in a Kim Wilde sort of way. People forget that Kim actually got her start with modern rock air play.

I realize the Birthday Massacre song is a lot more recent than 1981.

BTW The Rubinoos other near hit is "I want to Be Your Boyfriend" and Avril Lavigne had to settle in court for lifting from that song on her own "Girlfriend".

September 15, 2017 @ 9:10 PM


Javed Jafri

Wow that's an old post re Avril/Rubinoos. Funny to read some of those comments. Don't think you had an Open Mike in those days.

September 16, 2017 @ 2:51 PM


bsmntdwllr73

It's been over two months, so I decided to contribute another Top 10 list,
not that anyone asked me to or is waiting for it! Just doing my part to keep an interesting
thread going!!

Once again, in no particular order:
#1. "The Want of a Nail"-Todd Rundgren (1989)
#2. "New Mistake"-Jellyfish (1993)
#3. I Feel Like A Bullet (in the Gun of Robert Ford)"-Elton John (1975)
#4. "Crystal Ball"-Keane (2006)
#5. "The Man Who Wrote Danny Boy"-Joe Jackson (1994)
#6. "Mary Ann"-Marshall Crenshaw (1982)
#7. "Praying Mantis"-Don Dixon (1985)
#8. "Mockingbirds"-Grant Lee Buffalo (1994)
#9. "Blue Chair"-Elvis Costello (1986)
#10. "Golden Blunders"-The Posies (1990)

September 19, 2017 @ 4:17 PM

Javed Jafri

another return for a track that was a favorite. Heard it on American radio in the late 1990's. A neat amalgam of Western and Eastern influences The group was Tjatinder Singh and Cornershop. A homage of sorts to Indian musical stars. There was a Fat Boy Slim remix as well but here is the cool original of "A Brimful of Asha"
https://youtu.be/lM7H0ooV_o8

September 24, 2017 @ 9:55 AM

James Edgar

@bsmntdwllr73 if you can repeat I guess I can too. Again I think

No Order

1 Shake Everything You've Got (Live) Maceo Parker
2 Salesmen, Cheats and Liars The Lowest of the Low
3 Gods gonna cut you down Johnny Cash
4 Baby What You Want Me to Do Jimmy Lee
5 Piece Of My Heart Janis Joplin
6 Great Things EchoBelly
7 Already Gone The Eagles
8 Pieces Dinosaur Jr.
9 Bone Machine Pixies
10 Sheela Na Gig PJ Harvey

November 10, 2017 @ 10:34 AM

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