For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with lists. Preferably “top-whatever” lists – you know, the type of lists that keep VH1 in business. I know that, thanks to the popularity of lists in the media and the cult success of High Fidelity, I’m not alone. This is comforting, but only slightly. It’s still an obsession, and no obsession can be very healthy.
This shouldn’t be new to anyone who’s been reading this blog since the beginning. I spent about a month (back when the page was all dark and unreadable) listing my top 100 CD’s of the modern period — the post high-school years where I realized exactly what music was and what it could be. It was a grand project.
This one might be grander, only because it’s so ever-changing.
I am going to attempt to take the “top 100 album” concept a little deeper. My Top 100 Songs.
Thanks to iTunes and the always shuffling iPod, I’ve remembered some great songs — songs that no matter how long ago I discovered them I’m still in love with them. Classic songs by Sunny Day Real Estate and Texas is the Reason. Obscure songs by P.E.E. and Chamberlain. Obvious picks from Radiohead and The Beatles. Using my iTunes playlist I can pare down a list to 100 songs — the greatest 100 songs of my post-high school life — and I will, of course, bring them to you.
It won’t be as intense as far as each song’s synopsis. I can write a lot more about an album than I can for an individual song. However, it will be a lot harder to narrow them down. Do I take two or three great songs from the same album? Do I choose one as a representative?
Do I even want to take this project on?
In honor of this, I’m asking you, my friends and readers, for your top 10 songs. It won’t be easy — in fact, it might be even harder to narrow it down to 10. But I know you can do it.
Send me your Top 10 Favorite Songs list. I will post them, with your comments, during the lead-up to and posting of my own personal top 100.
My e-mail is up in the corner, or it’s right here: MrVilhauer@driscocity.com.