Monday

The Final Countdown...er, Music Blogfest

This one is hosted by the spectacularly wonderful, awesome, superb and all-around nice, Alex J. Cavanaugh. Well, I have no idea if he's actually a nice guy or just plays one on the blogs, but he's nice to me and that's all that counts.

Okay, I've begun my vegan diet again, so I'm hopped up on raw veggies and nuts. Or maybe my fowl mood of late is drawing forth my whacked-out creative side. (Possibly I shouldn't have cut out the chicken...) In reality, I think it's all Alex's fault. He brought up this sweet music fest and I've been listening to even more music than usual this past week or so. And youtube searching like a fiend (which means serious Brandon overload. Serious.).

Music is my drug of choice. (All I wanted was a Pepsi. Just one Pepsi.) Whether upper or downer, goes with whatever I'm listening to at the moment and since I've been listening to so much, my mood is all over right now. Still, I'm having trouble narrowing my favorite 10 songs of all time. I think I like music too much to do that. It's like trying to pick my favorite kid - which, quite frankly, waffles between who's being the sweetest and who's doing the most chores.

But I digress.

I most absolutely definitely, and with utmost certainty have a numero uno favorite; it's just the other 9 I'm lacking. But, for Alex I'll do my best.

I'm lyrically driven, and in most of the choices I think that's fairly obvious. Click on the artists/songs for links to youtube videos.

So let me go on (big hands, I know you're the one). Here are Tara's Top Ten Songs that She Loves With all Her Cold Little Heart:


10. This is not even a band that would make my top 10 favorite band list. But, they are hands down one of the most talented group of musicians around. I'd never deny it, and they'd be in my top 5 most talented - probably top 3. Life is mine, I live it my way. So, open [your] mind for a different view:
Metallica, Nothing Else Matters

9. This one has two special ties. One happens to be the fact that it was my high school grad song. Yeah, I remember those days well. Which is surprising for someone so old.
Skid Row, I Remember You

8. This band was incredible live. The song  is what I do: ride the whims of my mind, commanding in another world, hearing and seeing a magic new dimension.
Queensryche, Silent Lucidity


7. Maybe I'm all messed up, but there is something about this song, and Trent Reznor, that resonates through my soul. He manages to write some serious undertones wrapped in [what on the surface appears to be] hot, and often, in-your-face raw sex. And, for me, his voice oozes sensuality in the majority of his songs. Maybe not so much this one, though. It's the prompt for my blog title, so of course it made the list.
Nine Inch Nails, The Only Time

6. I'm not even entirely sure whom to credit with this next song, but I can't get enough of it. It's on the tribute album to the lead singer of Snot, who died in a car accident when they were on the verge of Making It. I *think* the band wrote all the songs on there, but this one features Brandon Boyd on vocals.
Divided

5. I could listen to the Galore album from these guys for days on end. One of the best ever love songs, and so aptly titled.
The Cure, Love Song

4. The only female act to make my list. I just noticed that. Interesting. I love lots of woman-written songs. Guess they just aren't my absolute favorites. These gals sure are. They're magic, in fact.
Heart, Magic Man

3. The only "new" band on the list! Not that I don't love a lot of new stuff, even consider some my favorite, but they've yet to stand the test of time. This one will. I know it.
Shinedown, Sound of Madness

2. You all knew it was coming, right? I could never, ever exclude Incubus from the list. In all honesty, they would hold at least 5 spots on top ten. It's not obsession; I really love their music that much. My biggest problem is which to pick. My favorite changes with mood: Admiration, Just a Phase, Warning, Pardon Me, Privilege, Circles, Nowhere Fast...But this one goes with my every mood.
Incubus, The Warmth

1. There are no words. John says them all. This is, undeniably, my Favorite All Time Song. It has been since I can remember, and it always will be.

74 comments:

Vicki Rocho said...

WOO HOO! Songs I've heard of! I love the Cure.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I love Silent Lucidity! Beautiful song in concert, too.

Angela Felsted said...

Imagine! One of the most well-known, popular songs of all time. Good list.

Adriana Noir said...

Awesome list! I definitely have to agree with quite a few on there. I love me some Heart and Lennon.

Erinn said...

Love it--- heart is an very cool touch.

I think I'm going to poke around on your blog and maybe hit the follow button.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Imagine is one of my faves too. John Lennon sure had a lot of different "looks" over the years, didn't he?

Clarissa Draper said...

John Lennon's Imagine has great words. Super picks.

Summer Frey said...

I've come to like Shinedown too, surprisingly enough. I'm rather curmudgeonly about new music. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You're a rockin' girl!
Thanks for the sweet comments. Sorry this caused so much agony, but that's for participating.

Old Kitty said...

Yay for the Cure!!!!! :-)

Take care
x

Jules said...

Heart, first one I've seen mention those wonderful female rockers :) Imagine, the only song by Beetles I like. Great Job!
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Stephen Tremp said...

Nice list of tunes spanning a wide range of space and time. I have a Metallica song too. Hard to keep them off.

LTM said...

all great choices, and a little metal edge going there! :D Music's my drug of choice, too. I think it has something to do w/the creativity thing. ;p but yik! Vegan diet... good luck w/that~ ;o) <3

aspiring_x said...

ohman!!! imagine almost made my list too!!! (it's the only one of these i know) :)

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Great choices! Sometimes the most meaningful songs are the ones we have the special connections with, i.e. Skid Row with your graduation.

Tara said...

LTM - I look like quite the metalhead here, don't I? Odd, because I never really was. Straight Rock/alternative rock has always been more my thing. And, as a product of the 80's, I definitely had a little pop phase.

Stephen - Favorite band or not, they definitely have some incredible songs!

Jules - Heart is in my top 10 favorite bands.

Kitty - Love them!

Alex - no worries, it was a sweet, sweet agony ;)

Summer - I wonder if that's a 20's thing? I didn't like much new stuff in my 20's either. Now, I love a lot of the stuff I never listened to then. And I really love new stuff.

Clarissa - John Lennon. *sigh*

Debra - He sure did! Never noticed till I watched them all together like that!

Erinn - Thanks for stopping by. I'll be around to check yours soon.

Adriana - Thanks.

Angela - It will always be my fave.

Diane - I actually went to the show for the opening band (Suicidal Tendencies) and when Queensryche did that song, it blew me away!

Vicki - It was hard to choose the song from them!

Tara said...

Jeffrey - I agree. That one never would have made my list had it held special meanings :)

VR Barkowski said...

Imagine is a beautiful song, heartbreaking because it's filled with such hope.

You're one up on me, I've no women on my list. If I did, though, it would be Ann and Nancy. One of the characters in my first book is called the Magic Man based on this song.

M Pax said...

Wonderful list, Tara. Love the shoutout to the Suicidal Tendances. :) All of these are in my playlist.

Haleine said...

This is a great list...I've really enjoyed looking at everyone's favorite songs. I can't believe I didn't put Nothing Else Matters on my list. I'm not a Metallica fan but I do really love that song.

Hannah Kincade said...

So nice to see NIN on someone's list!! Thank you so much for sharing. I love music and music lists. I'm always on the hunt for "new" music.

Arlee Bird said...

I know a few of these. "Silent Lucidity" and "Magic Man" are two big favorites for me.

Lee
Make sure you check my Wednesday post!
Tossing It Out

Pat Tillett said...

Really nice list. How could I have forgotten "nothing else matters!" I agree, they aren't my favorite group, but that is one of my all time songs...

Kelly said...

Rockin' list! I love Queensryche and Skid Row! Silent Lucidity is so beautiful and Geoff Tate and Sebastian Bach are both excellent vocalists.

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Diverse list. I don't know all 10, but hey, maybe we will all find new songs out of this.

AlexOngNYC said...

As a boy who grew up in New Jersey I love Skid Row! And Heart is just a given for me!

Alex
Breakfast Every Hour

Angelina Rain said...

I love music and could never choose the top ten. Although at the moment I’m going through a Johnny Cash phase so all my faves are by him.

Jamie Burch said...

Great choice for number one! I can't believe I forgot about Heart. Love them! Now that my post is up I'm thinking of more favorites.

Budd said...

awesome list, who knew bloggers listened to heavier stuff.

Linda G. said...

Have to admit, I don't recognize all of the songs on your list, but I'm in total agreement with your #1. :)

Gregg said...

Finally, a song I have actually heard of! :) I have heard Lennon's Imagine, but have not heard of any of the rest. Thanks for sharing

Lola Sharp said...

Oh you already know I love all these songs and bands...I love your list, of course.

I like the S.T. and Violent Femmes subtle homage.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Yes, Imagine was on my list too. God bless John Lennon!
xoRobyn

ali said...

Loved your list and especially loved how you gave a little personal view into each one. Great job!

DEZMOND said...

uuu, Alex will like your list, it's full of rock music :)

Jennie Bailey said...

I love your list!! And good on you for the vegan diet! I felt my healthiest when I was hopped up on veggies and nuts. Dairy has crept back in and I'm trying to wean it back out again...how I forgot Queensryche is beyond me. I'm going to have to do a second list tomorrow I think!

Ellie said...

A rockin list. And Lennon. You don't need to say any more.

I know exactly what you mean about music being a drug of choice - I can spend hours immersed in the melodies and lyrics of a band or artist. Thanks for sharing!

My Top Ten Songs

RaShelle said...

Tara - Loved the Metallica song! And, good luck on your veggie - nut diet. Erm, Happy. Happy. Joy. Joy. =D

Melissa said...

This is a really awesome list!

Jai Joshi said...

Great list, Tara. You've picked some that I love myself.

Of course, Imagine has to be up there on the list somewhere. Such a great song. Such beautiful lyrics.

Jai

Elaine AM Smith said...

Oh I love The Cure - they made my top 10 too :)

Melissa Bradley said...

God, I love every song on here. Imagine is one of my all-time faves as well, such simple, profound and beautiful lyrics.

Lynda Young said...

love the variety you have in your list. Quite a range.

Lydia K said...

10 and 1 are two of my favorites too!

L'Aussie said...

Imaginative take. I was wondering about No1 and yes, natch, great choice. I couldn't fit it in but Love that song too! Of course, who doesn't?

James Garcia Jr said...

Well done with the "Silent Lucidity" and Skid Row. I knew I was going to forget something important!
Good to meet you,

-James

Jemi Fraser said...

Imagine is a beautiful, beautiful song. I used it with my class earlier this year when we were talking about making a difference. They loved it!

Liz Pezzuto said...

Oh man. Imagine. Definitely one of the best songs of the century. Very nice list (yay for The Cure!) :)

Summer Ross said...

Matallica and NIN are great bands- I forgot to even mention them on my blog, great list!

Abby Minard said...

I don't think I've heard any of these, except for the John Lennon one of course. Love being introduced to all this great music!

Donna Hole said...

Oh here you are Tara!? I think I lost you in my blog roll or something. After the blogfest I'll have to be sure you're added. Can't imagine what happened - but some time ago I noticed I dropped of a lot of blogs and I never figured out why.

Anyway - - have you heard Perfect Circle sing Imagine? It has a kinda dark undertone to it.

I love you choices, and I sympathize with having to choose only ten. Really difficult . .

........dhole

Karen Peterson said...

Love your list. And "Imagine" is definitely a great song.

Trisha said...

Love Metallica, and ADORE "Silent Lucidity". nice choices :)

Patricia A. Timms said...

Metalicca is great, even my mom likes this album with Nothing Else Matters (Enter the Sandman, I believe. I'm terrible with album names.) Skid Row, yep! I thought Sebastian was going to grow up much more handsome than he ended up. I was young and had a dim perspective of him in the '80's, perhaps. Great list!

Holly said...

Imagine IS an AWESOME song. Thanks for coming by. ;D

Kelly Dexter said...

Imagine is one of the most perfect songs EVER.

Linda Kage said...

Nice music selection. A bit eclectic, but they're all good!

Liz Fichera said...

A rocking list! And that John Lennon song always takes me back too.

Nice to meet you, Tara!

Her highness, Samantha VĂ©rant said...

I'm down with the Cure and Heart! Nice list!

Dare to Follow Your Heart

The Red Angel said...

John Lennon is simply awesome. Great list!

~TRA

http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

Jolene Perry said...

Wow. Incubus. Been a long time.

Chris Phillips said...

# 5 is a great pick!

RosieC said...

Great choices. I totally agree on the Metallica front. Awesome song. And I love your #1 and the fact that this one didn't waver. Thanks for sharing your list :)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I only knew Imagine by John Lennon
being English who wouldn't.

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Jamie (Mithril Wisdom) said...

A list with Metallica and Shinedown rocks the hell out in my opinion :) Awesome list :D

alexia said...

Love that Metallica song! And Imagine - why didn't I remember that one? You are right, it is such an amazing, amazing song.

Deniz Bevan said...

Yay for Heart and The Cure! [g]

J.C. Martin said...

You like your rock and heavy metal don't you? "Imagine" is a classic.

Ciara said...

Love your song choices. Can't go wong with Skid Row. :)Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Alicia Gregoire said...

This is a great list. And I totally agree with your description of Trent Reznor.

Deniz Bevan said...

Oh yes, I completely forgot to exclaim over that - I Remember You is definitely one of the greatest songs ever!
One other thing I don't forget is the letter Sebastian Bach wrote to Rolling Stone, right after Cobain committed suicide. I've looked for it online, but sadly I'll have to hunt around in a closet and scan my copy. Anyway, he described holding his son and listening to Lennon's Beautiful Boy, and wondered how Cobain could have left his child behind like that.

Mary Aalgaard said...

I think Lennon's "Imagine" should be played every day in every corner of the world. It's brilliant and so was he. Thanks for the musical interlude. sigh

kelworthfiles said...

John knew how to write 'em, for sure. Thanks for sharing your picks with us!

roh morgon said...

Really sorry I missed this blogfest.

You've got some great picks. Your #1, Nothing Else Matters, is actually the song for my epilogue of Watcher.

Some of the others I'm not familiar with. I'll be checking those out.

My latest music addiction? Radiohead. I've got half a dozen of their songs on my Forbidden Doorways playlist - Lucky, Pyramid Song, How to Disappear Completely, I Might Be Wrong, and several others.

Anyhow, I enjoyed reading your list, and I'm sure I'll enjoy listening to the music even more!