Time for Part 2 in my countdown to No 1.
184 She Sells Sanctuary The Cult
183 Bigger Than Us White Lies
182 Buildings & Mountains The Republic Tigers You Tube
181 Speakers Push The Air Pretty Girls Make Graves
180 The Rat The Walkmen
179 Elephant Jason Isbell You Tube
178 Animal Life Shearwater
177 Feel Good Inc Gorillaz
176 Feeling Good Nina Simone
175 Why Can’t I Be You? The Cure
174 Sometime To Return Soul Asylum
173 Two Receivers Klaxons
172 Lose Yourself Eminem
171 To Turn You On Roxy Music
170 Relative Ways …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
169 Something To Talk About Badly Drawn Boy
168 True Believers The Bouncing Souls
167 Wrecking Ball Crooked Fingers You Tube
To put the list together, I identified 250 or so songs that I thought I’d include in the list. Then I started grouping them by preferences: My Top 40, Next 40, etc. I built the list from the top on down, the reverse of how I’m revealing it.
I tried to have a little fun with the each CD, grouping them by song titles or themes (such as The Rat, followed by Elephant and then Animal Life), or the two songs about feeling good back to back. I also tried to swing back and forth between styles.
179 – My most countrified song on the list (I did enjoy some Randy Travis back in my college days). Cancer sucks, but this song is simply beautiful.
171 – I once attended a Bryan Ferry concert in New York with a buddy of mine at Radio City Music Hall. We were seated next to two gorgeous co-eds. Midway through the show, these two comely lasses turned to us and asked, “Do you guys get high?”
Alas, that’s the end of the story. Love might have been the drug for the former Roxy Music frontman Ferry, but cannabis was not the gateway to anything besides a slightly loopy ride home on the MetroNorth for my friend and I (no need to out him here, just in case his wife or kids are part of my readership).