Favorite/least favorite music

So as I was surfing the hockey blogosphere the other day, I cam across a fun post by the fun Canucks blog Waiting for Stanley. The post is to list your top 5/ worst 5 songs of all time. I was thinking to myself that this would be fun, since hockey news in August is like Marcus Naslund on the ice, you keep looking for something to get excited about but it's just no longer there (zing!).

Anyways I was thinking of posting my list anyways, because I always like a good music discussion. My problem with music discussions is that they are more dangerous to talk about than politics. I love Indy rock, but can't stand most people who like Indy rock because they act pretentious towards the "sheep" who like the stuff the radio is playing. The pretentiousness of Indy rock bothers me. Taste in music is like taste in food, it's heavily influenced on how and where you were raised and there's no wrong taste. My wife likes country, I like alternative and Indy. It's all good.

Anyways I've babbled on for long enough without further adieu here are my 5 worst and 5 best songs of the last 107 years.

Worst: 1) Do you remember?, Darryl Worley
I really, really, don't want to get into a political debate with anyone here, but this song just kills me every time I hear it. Here's the premise of the song: We should go to war in Iraq, or have you forgotten about September 11th.
No matter how you feel about the war or the president or politics, this is completely inaccurate as the two (Iraq before the war/terrorism/September 11th) were unrelated. The President of the USA has said so publicly. One thing that bothers me (and why I am becoming a political cynic) is when someone says something blatantly inaccurate to push a political point (left or right). This song represents, to me, everything wrong with politics.
(By the way i don't like most of what Rage Against the Machine does for pretty much the same reasons).

Ok I promise no more politically sensitive songs

2) The Reason Hoobastank
Overplayed and the whole "No I can be better baby" theme. Simplistic lyrics. I like Hoobastank just not this song.

3) 1979 the Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan
Could be any Pumpkins'song, but this one is the worst to me. Their music frustrates me it could be so good if it wasn't ruined by the screeching of Billy Corigan. Fantastic songwriter, fantastic lyrics a voice that makes me want to wash my ears out with HCl. (A funny thing is I love Counting Crows, and all the stuff i wrote about Smashing Pumpkins can be said about Counting Crows, so that's why I try not to say "This band sucks" because it's so subjective)

4) Area Code by Ludacris
Some rap is very good, some is bad. Throw in a healthy dose of Misogyny and this is one of my least favorite songs.

5) This is my Country John Cougar Mellancamp
When you write a song to be patriotic and then it gets so overplayed on a TV commercial about trucks that the song becomes a parody, and loses all meaning in the first place, well that's a truly terrible song.

Other nominees:
American Pie by Madonna
Fergalicious by Fergie
Ain't no Mountain High Enough Michael McDonald

Best: 5) Liberation- Outkast. I'[m not a huge rap fan, but I like Outkast a lot. Listen to them (this song, Rosa Parks, Mrs. Jackson, or whatever) and then listen to some wanna-be-gangster rapper and it's like watching Pee-Wee hockey after watching the NHL. It's no comparison talent wise, and this song is one of their least known, but best.

4) Layla by Eric Clapton He has the rocking out electric version originally on his album, but then in the unplugged version he slows it down, and not only does it work, but both pieces are fantastic. No song displays his range and talent than both versions of this classic. Awesome song.

3) Landed
by Ben Folds (Click here, and then on "landed video") I could pick almost every Ben Folds song, but this song is currently my favorite. He shows his wizardry on the piano along with smart lyrics. The mans talent in songwriting and on the piano is undeniable. A wonderful song

2) Island in the Sun by Weezer. This song is what life should be. Just finding a place where you and the one you love can be comfortable. Every time I am feeling stressed out this song reminds me of what's really important in life. Buddy Holly made them famous, but this song is my favorite. I like this song so much I had it played at my wedding.

1) What a Wonderful World By Louis Armstrong. Still popular 80-90 years later. Classic, timeless, uplifting and a masterpiece.

Other nominees:
Mrs. Potter's Lullaby by Counting Crows
Army by Ben Folds
The Hurricane by Bob Dylan
So Happy Together by The Turtles
Damnit Blink 182

6 comments:

  1. Ha! Our tastes are different for the most part it seems!
    "Layla" is pretty sweet though.

    Louis Armstrong? Are you 60 years old? :)

    I absolutely love the Smashing Pumpkins. But I don't get why everyone loved "1979" so much. Pretty much every other song on that double album was better than that tune.

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  2. First of all I love Jazz. Real Jazz not that new age Kenny G crap.

    But I love Jazz, and Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" may well be the greatest song ever written. It's the only song I know of written in the 20's still getting airtime today, on real radio stations. It's an absolute classic.

    I just can't stand Billy Corigan's voice, it is poison to me.

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  3. Hmm....I really like Ain't no mountain high enough. Oh well. But What a Wonderful World is also great.

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  4. I really like Ain't no mountain high enough. Oh well.

    Just to be clear, I don't mind the original sung by Aretha Frankiln, it's the Michael McDonald cover that I can't stand.

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  5. tuyI too have generally been underwhelmed by anything Smashing Pumpkins. I always expected more from a band with such fervant fans. Ehh.

    I'm generally anti-McDonald too, and 40-year-old Virgin reinforced these feelings.

    It sounds like we agree on the rap angle too. I like some stuff, including most Outkast, but most of the gnasta or hardcore rap is just shouting and there rarely is a lyrical or talent foundation to hold the song together.

    I understand the reluctancy to embrace any Rage due to the political insidiousness of the lyrics, but at the same time, there are some great lines and some overwhelming musical scenarios in their songs. I rarely make it through an entire album, but a best of disc my brother made is one of my favorite things to listen to. I recommend Audioslave for the same reason.

    Anybody who can't get behind Louis Armstrong has issues. Jazz tends to be either very good in my opinion, or very bad. Modern, experimental jazz has never held any attraction to me, but some of the classics like Coltrane, Armstrong, etc. are timeless.

    I've been listening to a ton of flavors lately. I recently bought Rocco DeLuca and the Burden's album and love it. I was turned off from Linkin Park's newest, but was digging the Exies' latest album. Some DMB thrown in, with Jamie Cullem's two albums, and a Weezer greatest Hits disc I threw together on iTunes.

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  6. Oh hey, not saying I don't like Louis Armstrong. You are absolutely right it's a timeless classic. I can actually impersonate Louie. Quite funny.
    Corgan's voice is a love it or hate it thing for sure.

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