Monday, January 24, 2011

Ten of My Favorite Songs

You all know by now that music sorta permeates my life. I can't play an instrument or nor did I marry a musical genius, but the obsession is there just the same. If you've lurked for a while you know how I like to force my fangirl crushes on you and my closest friends--Hubby included--are forced to listen to me blather about this band, that band, andohmigodTHISBAND. The CD collection is out of control and I'm trying very hard NOT to succumb to the siren song of the iTunes store.

You get the picture.

So distilling thousands--and I do mean thousands--of songs to the ten favorite of all time? Heh, it would be easier to not eat mint chocolate chip ice cream*.

Without any more bull and in no particular order, I give you


The Song: Full Circle by Aerosmith
The Why: Whenever I hear this song, I'm immediately transported back to the Holiday Inn in Glen Ellyn, IL in 2000 where I met one of my best friends (plus others) in real life for the first time. This became the friendship theme song for a certain group for a short amount of time. In fact, the picture of Miranda and I you see on the left is from that same weekend.

The Song: Don't Stop Believing by Journey
The Why: Family Guy.

The Song: Take On Me by A-Ha
The Why: I'm not sure if the video or the song caught my attention first, but something about the two has cemented this in my head as the greatest song of all time. Also, as I mentioned before, it proves my love of Scandinavian music runs deep.

The Song: Santa Monica by Everclear
The Why: Some songs just move you and you don't know why. Santa Monica is one of those songs. Whenever I hear it, I have to sing along badly.

The Song: Theme from The Greatest American Hero
The Why: Why the hell not? It's just an upbeat, FANTASTIC song. As I type, it's playing in my head. The chorus gets me every time: "Believe it or not, I'm walking on air. I never thought I could feel so free. Flying away on a wing and a prayer. Who could it be? Believe it or not, it's just me."

The Song: Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead and covered by Jason Charles Miller
The Why: I'd totally forgot that this song existed until I listened to the cover version. It's truly beautiful and haunting. Why a cover and not the original? Sometimes Thom Yorke's voice wants me to stab things. Sorry, but true.

The Song: Wicked Game by Chris Isaak covered by HIM
The Why: The Chris Isaak version was exciting and tweenage Alicia was confused as to why***. The HIM version was just as exciting, but updated musically.

The Song: I Love to Say Fuck by Murderdolls
The Why: Like you didn't see this one coming. The lyrics are awesome and smart. It contains my favorite curse word ever. Not to mention it involves fangirl crush number one.

The Song: Wish by Nine Inch Nails
The Why: While everyone else says "Closer" is the best NIN song ever, they're dead wrong. When working on the ongoing co-authored project, this goes into rotation a lot. It's one of my MCs all-time favorite NIN songs as well.

The Song: I'll Fall With Your Knife by Peter Murphy
The Why: Just like one of my MCs loves "Wish," my other MC in the same project loves this song. Of course, I do too. Peter Murphy's voice is phenomenal and the song gets stuck in my head for days.

Thanks to Alex J Cavanaugh for hosting this blogfest!

While you don't need to tell me your top ten, Lurkdom, I do want to know what one song will always be a favorite?

* Which I had last night, actually.
** The opinions of Alicia are subject to change at any given time.
*** Tweenage Alicia wasn't the most savvy of tweens entirely due to the parental rock in which she lived. At least Teenage Alicia had some fissures in the same rock.
_________ hit of the day: Destiny is Dead by Anathema


  1. Not everyone says that "Closer" is the best NIN song in fact it's not even in my top-10 NIN songs.

    They are:
    1. Burn - off of the Natural Born Killers Sdtrk. If there is an angrier song on the planet, I don't know what it is.
    2. Wish - Big Time, Hard Line, Bad Luck...something about punching a Sammy Hagar-led Van Halen album if I remember correctly.
    3. Gave Up
    4. Last
    5. Happiness in Slavery - The whole broken EP
    6. Something I Can Never Have - Haunting Song
    7. Hurt - Just devastating
    8. March of the Pigs - Fast, super fast, there's a version on a single that ups the BPM by 150%
    9. Reptile - Evil song
    10. Terrible Lie

    Those have been my top-10 NIN songs of all time.

  2. Oh and my Top Ten Songs of the moment (In no particular order, and keeping to one song per band)

    10. Motorhead - The Ace of Spades
    9. Faith No More - Land of Sunshine
    8. Night Ranger - Sister Christian
    7. High on Fire - Rumors of War
    6. Gojira - Esoteric Surgery
    5. Crowbar - The Cemetery Angels
    4. Clutch - Sleestak Lightning
    3. Iron Maiden - Remember Tomorrow
    2. Anthrax - Caught in a Mosh
    1. Streetsweeper Social Club - Nobody Moves 'til We Say Go

    That is my top-10 at the moment, in no particular order.

    Thanks for reading

  3. I see a lot of 80's songs in the mix!
    Thanks for participating in my blogfest.

  4. Love that you put A-ha in there. Great list!

  5. Love your whole list. Glad someone mentioned Aha. That was a great song.

  6. As I was busy brimging up my kids in the eighties I am not familiar with some on your list.

    I love music of most genre and to be honest couldn't name one I like more than another.

    Loved your list and after all it's taking part.


  7. Cool list! I can't think of my top ten because it changes all the time! Some constant fixtures are probably Colorblind by Counting Crows, Hurt by NIN, and Let it Be Me by Ray LaMontagne. Kings of Leon and Drake are finding places in my top spots, too--I prett much love ALL of their music. :)

  8. My top songs at the MOMENT...
    this is no way in order though. 10 songs is hard! I can't pick ONE that will always be my favorite. They change way too much.

    1. Firework (Katy Perry)
    2. Hummingbird Heartbeat (Katy Perry)
    3. Forget You (GLEE Cast Version)
    4. Marry You (GLEE Cast Version)
    5. When Will My Life Begin (Mandy Moore/Tangled)
    6. Everyone's A Composer (Repo!/Sarah Brightman/Anthony Head/Alexa Vega)
    7. Nothing In This World (Paris Hilton)
    8. Had Enough (Breaking Benjamin)
    9. Malchik Gay (t.A.T.u.)
    10. Coin Operated Boy (Dresden Dolls)

  9. Everyone knows that "The Wretched" is the best Nine Inch Nails song. Just saying.

    Lauren... I'm sorry, but if I hear that fucking "Fireworks" song one more time, I literally might kill someone. It's safest not to mention it in my presence LOL That being said, have fun at your canceled Katy Perry party.

  10. I love that you chose a song with a swear word in it. I wonder why I haven't heard it on the radio?

  11. I never heard of any of those. This was a new experience! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Haha I hardly listen to it now actually. Because I've been listening to her other stuff LOL. I really only listen to it when I'm watching the video.

  13. Alicia-- what a great list! You won me over with the theme from Greatest American Hero. Thanks-- I'll be singing that FOR DAYS. I had such a crush on him. What a great show. Good times.

  14. I love Journey and Aerosmith!

  15. Thanks to everyone who stopped by. Perhaps we can have a debate on the best NIN song another day.

    While Hubby's list doesn't shock me, Lauren's frightens me a bit.

    Also I think everyone should embrace The Greatest American Hero.

  16. Check out my blog and you'll see my ten and my number one favorite!

    I like your list-I'd forgotten "Take On Me"-for me it was the video that grabbed me first!

    Funny-I heard of Radiohead because the band Marillion did a cover of "Fake Plastic Trees."


  17. Take On Me - such a great song! Fabulous list!!

  18. Wow, what a great list!

    For the record - The Only Time is my fave NIN, and my MC's like Terrible Lie and Sin ;-d

  19. Aerosmith, Journey, A-Ha, Radiohead - and someone else who loves mint chocolate chip ice cream! Woo!


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