Feb 22, 2011

The Top 10 Songs of My Life

I've finally done a Top 10 - it's a shocker, I know. But in true form, it did take me about 2 weeks to decide on the finalists; there were just too many. The first 3 were easy, but I agonized over the rest. Factors included longevity, emotional impact, and inflation. I couldn't even be cold hearted enough to make a clear cut, so I have listed some honorable mentions as well. I've also begun wrangling up a Top 10 Albums, which is surprisingly quite different from this list.

1. Black - Pearl Jam
The embodiment of my teen years all wrapped up and expressed through this one song. Read more about when I finally heard it live here.

2. Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
The second of only 2 songs I've ever cried when hearing it performed live; a close second. The accoustic version gets me every time.

3. Capoicity - Powderfinger
I asked the drummer (Jon Coghill) why they didn't play it that night I saw them for the first time. He laughed and replied, "It's too complicated; we can't be arsed." I understood; the instrumentals are truly incredible.

4. Head Over Feet - Alanis Morissette
Fall in love with your best friend? Story of my life. I actually bought myself a harmonica so I could learn how to play this song; don't laugh, I was 17.

5. What a Good Boy - Barenaked Ladies
Amazing song about how much pressure we're put under to achieve. 'Gordon' came out when I was in Grade 9, so it was pretty huge considering their second single from that album was "This Is Me in Grade 9".

6. Mutha Fukka on a Motorcycle - Machine Gun Fellatio
One of the funkiest songs I've ever heard; it makes me want to jump up and dance. The woman that sings this usually performs it topless with stick-on mustaches on each nipple - it is totally ridiculous and I love it.

7. Melbourne - The Whitlams
If you've been reading my blog, then this one is fairly self-explainatory. Ah, Melbourne.

8. No Need to Argue - Cranberries
My ultimate "Jim" song. Dolores O'Riordan stole my thoughts and made them into this song about the two of us.

9. Closer - Nine Inch Nails
The best "fuck" song ever written, in my opinion! It's hard, hot, deep, and dirty.

10. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Brian Adams
When this came out, I bought everything it was on - even though it was all the same version. I often pictured myself as Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio when I hear it play. "RRRRRROBIN!!!"

Other highly honorable mentions include:
Undivided Love - Thirsty Merc
D'yer Mak'er - Led Zepplin
I Alone - Live
Miss You Love - silverchair
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Tori Amos (covering Nirvana)
Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
Masterpiece Theatre III - Marianas Trench
Strangers - Portishead
Lithium - Nirvana
Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven
and, of course...
Hallelujah - Rufus Wainwright - which played when I walked down the isle on my wedding day :)


  1. I love so many of these- were you a teenager in the 90's? Sadly, my music taste never evolved past alternative from the 90's. But that means that my 9 yr old sings Collective Soul, and that's pretty sweet. Great list!

  2. Bryan Adams is MY MAN!! LOVE HIM!!

  3. I love your #2 and #4. I can't even imagine how to narrow it down to just 10 and a few honorable mentions.

  4. Great list...It would probably take me way more than 2 weeks to figure my list out.

  5. My friend was in MGF. What a party band that was!

  6. omg at first I read this list and got really excited at alanis morisette as it was a song that I remember when I first fell in love but then the cranberries song-I remember going on holiday to spain and meeting an Irish man that I fell for and he introduced me to them. I'm sure it's the last song on their album and it's gorgeous!! Not sure I could do this. I know that Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones would be in there. Don't let me down by The Beatles too and Walk the Line by Johnny Cash but so many to think about! x

  7. I'M ADDICTED TO STONE TEMPLE PILOTS! ...I just don't tell to many of my "people" they will call me an oreo!

  8. Love this! Don't know all of them, but most. I was a teen in the grunge era, as well.

  9. What a superb list! You truly rock girl!

  10. Love this list. Love it even more for having the Barenaked Ladies on it.

  11. stupendous that you finish it off with a kicker of Bryan Adams!!!

    We have nothing in common, but i think I adore you! (and the photos in your header absolutely R.O.C.K.)

    Thanks for riding the train today!
    Now following so I don't miss any of the good stuff!!
    The Survival Mama

  12. AWESOME picks!! A couple I hadn't heard of...but mostly dead on to what I love also!

  13. The Cranberries, Brian Adams, and Alanis are tops in my book. I don't think that there is an MP3 player, cell phone, or computer that doesn't contain at least three Alanis songs in the playlist. Too bad she flaked out and became normal. Normal is so boring.

  14. Maybe she'll get a nasty case of Postpartum Depression and her edge will return; we can only hope! HAHAHA.


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