A couple weeks ago, someone on twitter posted that they were going to make a playlist of bands' two best songs. I thought that sounded like a good idea, so I created a Best 2 Spotify playlist. Or sometimes Best 3. Depending on the band.
If you want to know why I picked the bands I did, then I'm just going to go ahead and assume that you're 10 years younger than me.
Take a Chance
This is the first ABBA song I ever heard. A 19-year-old girl was babysitting us and she had some music program on TV and ABBA was the guest. She said, "Oh! I love them!" then she went on to explain how all four members were married together. I had no idea what she was talking about. I still don't, actually. But I remember really liking the song.
The Winner Takes it All
Ties with Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" for best unrequited love song of all time.
Don't You Remember
Rolling in the Deep
How Deep is Your Love
The Longest Time
Anyone else remember that old hospital sitcom with Wayne Rogers after MASH (but not playing Trapper John) when the guy was doing a pretend surgery and singing "Hungry Heart" in the operating room? No? Just me? Okay then.
Remember that video, with Little Stephen playing the mandolin? Classic.
Best Friend's Girl
Just What I Needed
When I was in high school, and used to fall asleep with my clock radio on the pop music station, I once woke up in the middle of the night and "Dream Kalisa" was playing. You call the song what you want; I know the real words.
Should I Stay, or Should I Go?
Viva la Vida
Duh. You saw "Breakfast Club."
Why, yes. I *did* just sneak an extra Queen song on the list. Shut up. It's my list. I make the rules.
I resisted Duran Duran for the longest time because people at my school who liked them were total fangirls with weird-colored hair and tons of buttons with the band's faces on them on their coats. But I eventually came around and gave them a chance...and grew to love them. Plus, that John Taylor *is* pretty cute...
Save a Prayer
Possibly the best-arranged song, ever.
Peaceful, Easy Feeling
Just because I like singing the harmonies so much.
God Give Me Strength
Times Like These
I Believe in Love
Don't Stop Believing
This is the first song (maybe the *only* song?) from my era that I ever heard my son listening to. Now it will forever remind me of him. Don't stop believing, E. I believe in you.
Stone in Love
Somewhere Only We Know
Once, when E was a kid and just getting in to popular music, we'd been listening to this song in the car on our way to dinner. When we got inside and gave our name for the waiting list, I said, "Brightside." E thought it was hilarious.
Rock Wit Chu
I defy you to listen to this song and not dance around a little bit in your chair. It can't be done. No, I'm sorry, any argument otherwise is invalid.
She's Out of My Life
Oh, come on. Don't tell me it doesn't move you just a little bit the way he chokes up at the end.
You Are Not Alone
Rockin' in the Free World
When God Made Me
Some of the best harmonies from the band that routinely did amazing harmonies. Plus, you can always say how much you like "Fat-Bottomed Girls," eh, Bill Tipper?*
Gimme fried chicken.
(Tie) God Save the Queen/Wedding March (from Flash Gordon)
In the 80s, we ALL dreamed of one day walking down the aisle to this version of the Wedding March.
It's the End of the World as We Know It
Losing My Religion
This song changed my view of popular music. In that, it could actually be *good.*
Red Hot Chili Peppers
One of the only bands my son and I both like.
Killing the Blues
Please Read the Letter
"If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."
"In the high school halls, in the shopping malls, conform or be cast out." In addition to all their other talents, they just write SUCH GOOD LYRICS.
Because I want this song played at my funeral. If you know me personally, then you have a responsibility to see that that's done. Otherwise, I will come back and haunt you.
Yer So Bad
It was PRACTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE to only pick three Tom Petty songs, so rather than try to choose from the standards, I went with a more obscure choice for number three. In the documentary "Runnin' Down a Dream," there is a clip of the band performing on Saturday Night Live. For whatever reason, they were without a drummer, so Dave Grohl sat in. And they performed Honey Bee. And he just wailed on the drums. It was so amazing. And apparently the video is not available anywhere on the world wide internets.
New Years Day
So who did I leave out?
* - In his defense, Bill Tipper - to this day - claims to not remember making that joke in high school. But I remember, Bill. I remember.