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.
That was so good I made a Spotify playlist of every track they had available. (Sorry, no Tara Lightfoot!)https://t.co/QyTL7bbCdN— RockGolf (@rock_golf) January 20, 2018
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.