My Favourite Greatest Hits Collections

cdGreatest Hits albums are a great way to introduce yourself to a musician, especially when you're too young to appreciate the meat of an artist's career. I was just reading a list of the best "best of" albums, and it got me thinking about my favourite "Greatest Hits" collections.

Neil  Young - DecadeNeil Young - Decade

Why It Mattered
In the 1980s, I was a member of Columbia House. You got a bunch of CDs for a penny if you bought a certain amount at regular price over the next few years or something like that. From Columbia House, I ordered Neil Young's double album Decade and I was smitten. If you don't know Neil, start with this compilation and fall in love.

Alice in Chains - Greatest HitsAlice In Chains - Greatest Hits

Why It Mattered
Only ten songs deep, this is Dirt and more. If I just want a power punch of 90s nostalgia, this is my go-to album. Everyone talks about Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. Alice In Chains belongs in that group.

The Beatles - 1962-1966The Beatles - Red and Blue double albums

Why It Mattered
The red one covered 1962–1966 and the blue one covered 1967-1970 and if you missed the 60s this was an awesome way to familiarize oneself with the Beatles catalogue. Four CDs in total, all the hits are here from arguably the best band in the history of rock n' roll.

Blue Rodeo - Greatest HitsBlue Rodeo - Greatest Hits

Why It Mattered
I started out as a Blue Rodeo fan. I loved "Try" and "Diamond Mine", but then I lost track of these guys. Maybe I felt they were a little too country for me, I dunno, but this fantastic greatest hits compilation reminded me how awesome Blue Rodeo are.

Alice Cooper - Greatest HitsAlice Cooper - Greatest Hits

Why It Mattered
In the late 80s and very early 90s I would hang at Joe's where his brother Frank would show off their stereo that actually went to 11. They cranked a lot of Ozzy and Van Halen and Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits. The Ozzy was alright and the Van Halen was okay, but the Alice Cooper struck a chord. I still love this album.

Rolling Stones - Hot RocksThe Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks

Why It Mattered
For people born in the 70s or later, Hot Rocks should be a prescribed rite of passage. My father had this double album in vinyl and that's when I first discovered it. It's hit laden, as you can imagine, and even though I don't consider myself a Rolling Stones fan today, I most definitely was for a few years in the 80s thanks to Hot Rocks.

James Taylor - Greatest HitsJames Taylor - Greatest Hits

Why It Mattered
This is actually the only James Taylor album I own and I don't feel compelled to buy another. "Sweet Baby James", song #4 on this compact disc, had such an impact on me, I named my first born son after it.

Simon and Garfunkel - Greatest HitsSimon & Garfunkel - Greatest Hits

Why It Mattered
Such sweet melodies, such a wonderful blend of voices, such American classics. I had to to play a little catch-up here so I delved into their Greatest Hits while in high school. Their recordings are just so damn pretty I'd pause Appetite for Destruction just to chill to "The Sounds of Silence".

Kenny Rogers - Greatest HitsKenny Rogers - Greatest Hits

Why It Mattered
Tomorrow is Mother's Day. Why does Kenny Roger's Greatest Hits matter? It's all right here in black and white. When it comes to the music you like, where you come from will always play a role.

Bob Marley - LegendBob Marley - Legend

Why It Mattered
Speaking of rites of passage, Legend from Bob Marley is essential listening for every teenager. I've since accumulated several other Bob Marley albums, but I still find myself going back to Legend when I'm in the mood for a little reggae.

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Skynyrds InnyrdsLynyrd Skynyrd - Skynyrd's Innyrds

Why It Mattered
I must confess, for a period in the early 90s, I really got into "Free Bird". There's a ten minute outtake version that appears on Skynyrd's Innyrds that I would play over and over and over again. I'm not ashamed to admit I still love that version.

Janis Joplin - Greatest HitsJanis Joplin - Greatest Hits

Why It Mattered
I'm still searching for a female voice in rock that can do what Janis did. Some say Pearl is all you need from Janis, but Pearl doesn't have "Piece of My Heart" or "Summertime".

Billy Idol - Vital IdolBilly Idol - Vital Idol

Why It Mattered
Between Duran Duran and Guns N' Roses, there was Billy Idol. Billy Idol remixed the hits form his first two albums and released Vital Idol in 1987. Actually, I'm told it came out in 1985, but I didn't buy the cassette until 1987. I've since picked up the CD (which is now ripped to MP3) because it is, after all, vital Idol.

The Best of the Guess WhoThe Guess Who - The Best of the Guess Who

Why It Mattered
As a kid, I really only knew "American Woman" and "These Eyes" until I heard "Share the Land" on Q107. I needed to hear what else these Winnipeggers were up to as they paved the way for the many Canadian bands I already had in my Walkman. This album introduced me to "Laughing", "No Time", "No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature" and other fantastic Cummings / Bachman classics.

CCR - ChronicleCreedence Clearwater Revival - Chronicle

Why It Mattered
CCR was an absolutely brilliant rock band with that swampy Southern feel. If you're about my age, or younger, this is really all you need. It's 20 of their best singles essential listening for anyone with a pulse.

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50 Most Memorable Moments in Sesame Street History

Link50 Most Memorable Moments in Sesame Street History - We throw around the word "love" these days. We love our sports teams, our new jacket and that brand of cereal. We love so much stuff, love doesn't mean what it used to. The brand has been diluted.

I'm bringing integrity back to the word "love" with this concluding sentence. I love this collection of the best Sesame Street bits like you wouldn't believe.

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High Grossing Movies I've Never Seen

moneyI was checking out a list of the highest grossing movies of all-time, and I realized there were many I had never seen. Below is a partial list of movies that made a lot of coin but were never seen by yours truly.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • The Passion of the Christ
  • Men in Black
  • The Day After Tomorrow
  • Troy
  • Meet the Fockers
  • What Women Want
  • The World Is Not Enough
  • Dinosaur
  • National Treasure
  • Fantastic Four
  • Ocean's Thirteen
  • Mulan
  • Van Helsing
  • Jumanji
  • The Village
  • You've Got Mail
  • Eragon
  • Wild Hogs
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious
  • Constantine
  • Flightplan

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Songs For Earth Day

earthIn honour of sweet Mother Earth on Earth Day, here are songs in my collection with "earth" in the title.

  • Not to Touch the Earth - The Doors
  • Peace on Earth - U2
  • Face of the Earth - Joel Plaskett Emergency
  • Earth Angel - The Starlighters
  • Mother Earth - Memphis Slim
  • Planet Earth - Duran Duran
  • Earthcrosser - Veruca Salt
  • Fire & Earth - Xclan
  • Here on Earth - Crash Test Dummies
  • Revolution Earth - B-52's
  • Earthquake Weather - Beck
  • In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3 - Coheed and Cambria
  • Earth / Monstrous Hummingbird - Rheostatics
  • Final Thoughts and the Last Day on Earth - David Usher
  • The Last Day on Earth - Marilyn Manson
  • Tales of a Scorched Earth - Smashing Pumpkins
  • Back on Earth - Ozzy Osbourne
  • Last Night on Earth - U2
  • Fallin' Off the Face of the Earth - Neil Young
  • Earth, Sky & C. - I Mother Earth
  • Earth Angel - Death Cab for Cutie
  • Planet Earth - Eskimo Joe
  • I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King
  • Children Play With Earth - Arrested Development

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My Ten Favourite Duets

musicretroCRUSH posted the best duets ever, so I've decided to follow their lead and throw down my top ten duets.

I've disqualified all duets from bands that are naturally duets. For example, Simon & Garfunkel, Sonny & Cher and Stars. Here are my favourite ten.

10. Eminem and Dido - Stan

9. Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush - Don't Give Up

8. Kim Gordon and B-Real - I Love You Mary Jane

7. David Bowie and Freddie Mercury - Under Pressure

6. Ray Charles and Betty Carter - Baby It's Cold Outside

5. Joe Strummer and Johnny Cash - Redemption Song

4. Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York

3. Method Man and Mary J. Blige - You're All I Need

2. Ella Fitzgerald and Louie Armstrong - Summertime

1. Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder - Hunger Strike

Honourable Mentions: Eddie Vedder and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg, Chuck D and Scott Ian, Shabba Ranks and Maxi Priest, Neil Young and Randy Bachman, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow, Eminem and Dr. Dre, Tom Wilson and Sarah McLachlan.

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20 Movies I Reference Frequently

moviesI like to litter my speech with pop culture references. Often I'll reference a television show or a movie. Most of my television references comes from "Seinfeld" or "The Simpsons", although I have been telling colleagues to "get in that ass, Larry" lately.

Although I reference well over twenty movies, here are the twenty movies I most frequently reference when liberally sprinkling such pop culture nuggets amidst my words of wisdom.

  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Office Space
  • Fight Club
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • Star Wars (all six)
  • Goodfellas
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Scarface
  • The Godfather (I and II)
  • Batman
  • The Natural
  • Braveheart
  • The Naked Gun
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Princess Bride
  • Teen Wolf
  • Big Fish
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • American Beauty

That list is by no means conclusive, but if you watch those films you'll probably get 90% of what I'm saying.

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Love Songs You Should Never Play at a Wedding

bad wedding songsI just posted 50 "love" songs that are suitable for a wedding. That was by request from Bella Rose down under. As I was putting that list together, I realized there are plenty of songs with "love" in the title that would be totally inappropriate for a wedding.

Here are 25 "love" songs you should never play at a wedding.

  • I'm Not In Love - 10cc
  • Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Neil Young
  • Love Hurts - Nazareth
  • Love Bites - Def Leppard
  • You Give Love A Bad Name - Bon Jovi
  • Love Removal Machine - The Cult
  • You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told) - The White Stripes
  • What's Love Got To Do With It? - Tina Turner
  • Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town - Kenny Rogers
  • Not In Love - Platinum Blonde
  • Love Buzz - Nirvana
  • Tainted Love - Soft Cell
  • If Love Is A Red Dress (Hang Me In Rags) - Maria McKee
  • Every Day I Love You Less and Less - Kaiser Chiefs
  • No More I Love You's - Annie Lennox
  • Don't You Love Me Anymore? - Joe Cocker
  • Used To Love Her - Guns N' Roses
  • Where Did Our Love Go? - The Supremes
  • Love Stinks - J. Geils Band
  • You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - The Beatles
  • Muscle of Love - Alice Cooper
  • Love in an Elevator - Aerosmith
  • Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
  • Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar
  • I Love You Mary Jane - Sonic Youth & Cypress Hill

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Love Songs For A Wedding

heartI put together a 100 song wedding playlist when my brother got married in 2006. An Australian with the fantastic name Bella Rose chimed in this morning with this comment:

Hi Mike!!

Thank god I found your post! Your list is exceptional!!!!!!!

I am trying to compile a list of songs for my step daughter, she is getting married in March, and she wants me to pick the music!! It's a hard one, they aren't really into much, just R&B, so I was wondering if you have any ideas for that.

She initially asked me to pick songs that have the word LOVE in them OMG!!!!! It can be any era, or genre except for Country LOL!. can imagine...I have been on the computer for 2 days trying to find things...oh well it will be an awesome day, and I am privileged to get to pick the music I guess? :P

Ok enough rambling from me, but if anyone has any ideas please let me know! My email addy is

Cheers from Australia
Bella Rose

At one point I actually listed my ten favourite songs with "love" in the title, but that seems insufficient. Bella Rose needs more help than that.

Here are 50 "love" songs suitable for a wedding.

  • Let There Be Love - Oasis
  • The Face Of Love - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Eddie Vedder
  • Love Is A Rose - Neil Young
  • Feel Like Makin' Love - Bad Company
  • Dedicated To The One I Love - The Mamas & The Papas
  • Let Love Rule - Lenny Kravitz
  • Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
  • All My Love - Led Zeppelin
  • Give My Love To Rose - Johnny Cash
  • Love - John Lennon
  • Prisoner Of Love - James Brown
  • The Power Of Love - Huey Lewis & The News
  • We Are In Love - Harry Connick, Jr.
  • Radar Love - Golden Earring
  • Bizzarre Love Triangle - New Order
  • I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
  • Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
  • Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
  • I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
  • Friday I'm In Love - The Cure
  • Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream
  • I'll Make Love To You - Boyz II Men
  • One Love - Bob Marley
  • Is This Love - Bob Marley
  • To Love Somebody - Blue Rodeo
  • Cradle of Love - Billy Idol
  • All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
  • Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe - Barry White
  • I Love You - Barenaked Ladies
  • Love Shack - B-52's
  • I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) - Aretha Franklin
  • Crown of Love - Arcade Fire
  • Love Is - Allanah Myles
  • Love and Happiness - Al Green
  • How Deep Is Your Love? - The Bee Gees
  • Stand Inside Your Love - Smashing Pumpkins
  • I Just Called To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
  • Love Rescue Me - U2
  • Greatest Love Of All - Whitney Houston
  • All For Love - Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting
  • This Maniac's In Love With You - Alice Cooper
  • I'm Still In Love With You - Al Green
  • Love Song - 311
  • Love, Reign O'er Me - The Who
  • Sowing The Seeds Of Love - Tears For Fears
  • Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
  • Love Spreads - Stone Roses
  • True Love Waits - Radiohead
  • Somebody To Love - Queen
  • State Of Love And Trust - Pearl Jam

Later today I'll post 25 more "love" songs you don't want to play at a wedding.

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Best Films of 2007: Why I'm in the Dark

moviesWhen 2007 came to a close, I had fun putting together a list of my favourite songs and my favourite television shows of the year. I'd love to be able to put together a list of my favourite movies of 2007, but I can't do that. Nope, that ain't how I roll.

I'm typically a solid year behind in my movie watching. I catch 90% of my movies on The Movie Network On Demand, a Canadian digital channel I subscribe to. Movies don't get On Demand status until well after they're released on DVD. Night at the Museum, a movie I watched last night, only hit On Demand yesterday, a full 54 weeks after it was released to theatres. The other 10% of movies I see are either in the movie theatre, on DVD or regular television.

What I ought to do is a best of 2006 list at the end of 2007 and a best of 2007 list at the end of 2008. Or, I can just list the ten best films I saw in 2007, regardless of when the movie was released. Heck, I'll do that right now.

  1. The Queen
  2. Knocked Up
  3. The Simpsons Movie
  4. C.R.A.Z.Y.
  5. The Pursuit of Happyness
  6. Pan's Labyrinth
  7. The History Boys
  8. The Last King of Scotland
  9. Blood Diamond
  10. Ratatouille

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Edge 102's Top 102 of 2007

radioMy radio is tuned to 102.1 as I listen to their top 102 countdown of 2007. I can't remember the last December 31 I didn't do this, it's sort of an annual tradition of mine.

This year I'll record the top ten live as I listen. Reload this page every few minutes and you'll get an updated list. When it's done, I'll throw my two cents at the bottom of this entry.

  1. Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye
  2. Incubus - Anna Molly
  3. Alexisonfire - Boiled Frogs
  4. The White Stripes - Icky Thump
  5. Finger Eleven - Paralyzer
  6. Linkin Park - What I've Done
  7. Tokyo Police Club - Nature of the Experiment
  8. Rise Against - Prayer Of The Refugee
  9. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Snow (Hey Oh)
  10. The Fratellis - Flathead

Only two songs appeared on both this CFNY list and my personal top ten of 2007. There would have been more overlap, but I delisted a few of their picks because the song was released in 2006.

Nothing shocking here. I'm still surprised at how overrated that Finger Eleven song is. I'm not a huge fan of that Chili Pepper song, either. I'm a big fan of 60% of this top ten, including their choice for #1.

Bonus thought: How old is Martin Streek? He's been on the Edge forever. Seriously, I can't remember listening to 102.1 without Streek. He's got to be pushing 60.

That's it for me, I'm logging off for the year... Happy New Year everyone.

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