Matthew’s Top 100 Unskippable Songs

As I was mowing the lawn yesterday, listening to my iPod, I had a not so profound thought (I had plenty of time to think … the lawn is 60 acres). My 80G iPod is packed to the limit and when I play it on the random setting, I usually skip through half of the songs – not because I don’t like them but because it depends on what kind of mood I’m in. However, there are some songs that I just can’t skip. No matter how many times I listen to them or what kind of mood I’m in. The album and version are important – some songs are much better live some are much better as a cover by another artist. Some are great songs in the history of music, some are mostly unknown, and the rest are just plain corny. I’ll let you be the judge. Here is Matthew’s Top 100 Unskippable Songs:

  1. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher by Jackie Wilson on the on the album The Very Best of Jackie Wilson
  2. 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky on the album 1812 Overture, Marche Slave and Francesca da Rimini in Full Score
  3. 3 Strange Days by School of Fish on the album School of Fish
  4. A Fly Girl by Boogie Boys on the album City Life
  5. All about Soul by Billy Joel on the album Billy Joel – Greatest Hits Vol. 3
  6. All the Small Things by Blink-182 on the album Enema of the State
  7. At This Moment by Billy Vera & the Beaters on the album At This Moment: A Retrospective
  8. Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood & The Destroyers on the album The Baddest of George Thorogood and the Destroyers
  9. Birdhouse in Your Soul by They Might Be Giants on the album Flood
  10. Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve on the album Cruel Intentions: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  11. Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino on the album My Blue Heaven: The Best Of Fats Domino
  12. Boom Boom by John Lee Hooker on the album The Very Best Of John Lee Hooker
  13. Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell on the album Love Actually
  14. Bucky Done Gun by M.I.A. on the album Arular
  15. Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations on the album Build Me Up Buttercup
  16. Burning Down the House (Live) by Talking Heads on the album Stop Making Sense
  17. Champagne Supernova by Oasis on the album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
  18. Chantilly Lace by The Big Bopper on the album Hellooo Baby!: The Best of the Big Bopper, 1954-1959
  19. Come Dancing by The Kinks on the album Kinks (The Ultimate Collection)
  20. Come Monday by Jimmy Buffett on the album Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads
  21. Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd on the album The Wall (Deluxe Packaging Digitally Remastered)
  22. Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen on the album Queen: Greatest Hits III
  23. Crazy Love (with Van Morrison) by Ray Charles on the album Genius Loves Company
  24. Cuts You by Up by Peter Murphy on the album Wild Birds 1985-1995: The Best of the Beggars Banquet Years
  25. Disposable Teens by Marilyn Manson on the album Lest We Forget: The Best of Marilyn Manson
  26. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? (with Bonnie Raitt) by Ray Charles on the album Genius Loves Company
  27. Elegantly Wasted by INXS on the album Elegantly Wasted
  28. Fearless by Pink Floyd on the album Meddle
  29. Fever (Adam Freeland Remix) by Sarah Vaughan on the album Verve Remixed, Vol. 3
  30. Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger on the album Flagpole Sitta
  31. Flowers on the Wall by The Statler Brothers on the album The Essential Statler Brothers 1964-1969: Flowers On The Wall
  32. Free Bird (Live) by Lynyrd Skynyrd on the album Skynyrd Collectybles
  33. Georgia On My Mind by Ray Charles on the album Anthology
  34. Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys on the album Beach Boys – Vol. 1-Greatest Hits
  35. Got My Mojo Working by Muddy Waters on the album The Essential Collection
  36. Hard to Handle by The Black Crowes on the album Shake Your Money Maker
  37. Heart And Soul by T’Pau on the album T’Pau
  38. Hey Jude by The Beatles on the album Past Masters, Vol. 2
  39. Hold On Tight by Electric Light Orchestra on the album The Essential Electric Light Orchestra
  40. Honeysuckle Blue by Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ on the album Ultimate Collection
  41. I Love A Rainy Night by Eddie Rabbitt on the album Eddie Rabbitt – All Time Greatest Hits
  42. It’s Oh So Quiet by Bjork on the album Post
  43. Jack And Diane by John Mellencamp on the album The Best That I Could Do 1978-1988
  44. Jeans On by David Dundas on the album David Dundas
  45. Keep Your Hands To Yourself by Georgia Satellites on the album Georgia Satellites
  46. Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’ by Charley Pride on the album Anthology
  47. Landslide (Live) by Fleetwood Mac on the album Landslide CD-Single
  48. Let’s Pretend We’re Married by Prince on the album 1999
  49. Lightning Crashes by Live on the album Throwing Copper
  50. Lights by Journey on the album Journey – Greatest Hits
  51. Long Tall Sally by Little Richard on the album The Essential
  52. Love The One You’re With by Stephen Stills on the album Stephen Stills
  53. Luck Be a Lady by Frank Sinatra on the album Duets II
  54. Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin on the album The Hit Singles Collection
  55. Mighty Quinn by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band on the album The Best of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
  56. New York, New York (With Tony Bennett) by Frank Sinatra on the album Duets
  57. Nobody Knows by The Tony Rich Project on the album Words
  58. Not Enough Time by INXS on the album Welcome to Wherever You Are
  59. O Fortuna by Apotheosis on the CD-Single O Fortuna
  60. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer by John Lee Hooker on the album The Very Best Of John Lee Hooker
  61. One Night In Bangkok by Murray Head on the album Murray Head – Greatest Hits
  62. Only Time by Enya on the album Only Time: The Collection
  63. Papa Loves Mambo by Perry Como on the album The Very Best of Perry Como
  64. Paradise By The Dashboard Light by Meat Loaf on the album Bat out of Hell
  65. Pepper by Butthole Surfers on the album Electriclarryland
  66. Piano Sonata No. 14 by Beethoven on the album The Best of Beethoven
  67. Promises by Eric Clapton on the album The Cream of Clapton
  68. Proud Mary by Ike & Tina Turner on the album Proud Mary: The Best of Ike & Tina Turner
  69. Ramble On by Train on the CD-Single Ramble on
  70. Ring The Bells by James on the album Alternative NRG: Greenpeace Compilation
  71. Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) by Michael Jackson on the album Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection
  72. She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby on the album The Golden Age of Wireless
  73. Should I Stay Or Should I Go by The Clash on the album London Calling
  74. Since You’re Gone by The Cars on the album Cars – Complete Greatest Hits
  75. Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder on the album Stevie Wonder – The Definitive Collection
  76. Someday We’ll Be Together by The Supremes on the album The #1’s
  77. Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole on the album Facing Future
  78. Summer Girls by LFO on the album LFO
  79. Swinging On A Star by Bruce Willis on the album Hudson Hawk: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  80. Sympathy For The Devil (Live) by Natalie Merchant on the CD-Single Jealousy
  81. Synchronicity II by The Police on the album Synchronicity [Digipak]
  82. Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go by Soft Cell on the album The Very Best of Soft Cell
  83. The Chauffeur by Duran Duran on the album Rio
  84. The Man Comes Around by Johnny Cash on the album American IV: The Man Comes Around
  85. The Rubberband Man by Spinners on the album The Very Best of the Spinners
  86. The Safety Dance by Men Without Hats on the album Collection
  87. The Time Warp by Charles Gray on the album The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975 Film)
  88. Think by Aretha Franklin on the album The Blues Brothers: Original Soundtrack Recording
  89. Tiny Dancer by Elton John on the album Elton John – Greatest Hits 1970-2002
  90. Touch Me by The Doors on the album The Best Of The Doors
  91. Turn Me On by Norah Jones on the album Come Away with Me
  92. Twilight Zone by Golden Earring on the album The Continuing Story of Radar Love
  93. Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers on the album Greatest Hits
  94. Undercover of the Night by The Rolling Stones on the album Forty Licks
  95. Valotte by Julian Lennon on the album Valotte
  96. Waiting On A Friend by The Rolling Stones on the album Tattoo You
  97. Walk Of Life by Dire Straits on the album Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler
  98. What a Wonderful World by Joey Ramone on the album Don’t Worry About Me
  99. When Love Comes To Town (With B.B. King) by U2 on the album The Best of 1980-1990
  100. You Never Even Called Me by My Name by David Allan Coe on the album 16 Biggest Hits

6 comments On Matthew’s Top 100 Unskippable Songs

  • good list… a lot of them are my faves too… but not one bee gees song? really?? too much heaven … night feever.. stayin’ alive.. matt.. i am shocked.. :O)

  • “Chantilly Lace!” by The Big Bopper. Ewwwww.. Firstly isn’t that song about “teenie boppers” and sung by an old guy who calls himself the “Big Bopper”. We have a name for that Matt. I find the idea of a bunch of people our parents age frolicing and gyrating to this song about a guy that calls himself the “the big bopper” nauseating.

    “Love the one you’re with” Oh isn’t that Romantic! So like “if you can’t be with the one you love”, well then, by all means STILL get your rocks off man, “love the one you’re with”. This is the Hippy Mantra isn’t it? I mean totally forget:

    “What light through yonder window breaks?
    It is the East, and Juliet is the sun!

    Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon

    It is my lady! O, it is my love!
    O, that she knew she were!
    She speaks, yet she says nothing.
    What of that? Her eye discourses; I will answer it.

    …Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven

    Hey man, if Romeo can’t love Juliet well then, love the whore next door!

    Ok Matt just joking dude…there are a lot of songs that I do like on your list. But for me what songs that I listen to have a lot to do with my mood. There are some great songs that I would pass by if the mood wasn’t right.

  • Love them all! But where are the Beastie Boys?

  • i haven’t heard 3 strange days in forever!!!! I love that song! I have to agree with all the ones I know on the list (most of them) except Free Bird. Really, Free Bird?????

  • Oh yeah, I agree with Susan- Beastie Boys are missing…Sabotage!

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