Fair is fair. The other day I posted about which music I absolutely loathe so it’s only reasonable that I now post about the music which I count as my most-favorite.
I’ve given this a lot of thought. At least twenty minutes or so. Mostly. Of all the available music, were I suddenly stranded on a LOST-like island somewhere, these are the song which I hope would survive on my magical iPod of Eternal-Battery.
I could literally listen to these songs over-and-over again, all day long, without going insane and wanting to do the post-office dance. Every time I hear one of these songs, it’s like hearing it for the first time.
So, again realizing that this is extremely subjective (you’re going to disagree with most of my picks), here’s my Top-5 Desert Island songs from most-to-least favorite order. One last comment: most of this music is decades old. One of the criteria, of course, being that the song be capable of witstanding time’s test. I like a lot, if not most, of today’s alternative music. However, who’s to say if I will still like it as much, decades later…
#1 Battle of Evermore by Led Zepplin
Led Zepplin was obviously going to be in my top-5 lists. The only thing that surprises me is that I chose this song over one of their older, bluesier, pieces. I love this song. Of all the music I’ve ever heard, it remains my favorite song of all time. Not only does it tell a great story, but the music ranges from savage to delicate – peaking at all the right places. At the end of this song, I’m wrung-out emotionally. It’s that great of a ride.
#2 Who Wants to Live Forever by Queen
I made a comment a while ago — “if you don’t love Freddy Mercury, you’re dead to me.” Well, of all the contenders in the Queen portfolio, I choose this relatively little-known song. It was made for the movie “Highlander”, the original starring Christopher Lambert. Queen did the soundtrack for that move and it was awesome. (Both the movie and the music.) This song plays while the newly-immortal Highlander watches his first love age and die while he remains young. When listened to in-context, the song is bittersweet and poignant, conveying the emotions of grief and love. Frankly, I’m surprised this song isn’t played at more funerals.
#3 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath by Black Sabbath
This was the first album I ever bought. It cost $5 brand new and the year was 1974. My parents were horrified. Heh. (My second album was Alice Cooper’s “Billion Dollar Babies”…) What I love about this song is the soul-crunching bass riff that hits about 3-minutes into the song. It’s so incredibly massive that I’ve not heard anything done with the same levels of harmony since. Nearly 40-years after it’s release, this song can still get me thrashing and banging and is my tribute-selection to all things Metal.
#4 Sidewalk Hobo by Tony Joe White
I love the blues. I listen to the blues constantly and it’s been a large part of my life for as long as I can remember. There are so many, many great pieces of music in the genre that it’s nearly impossible to select just one title. From a young boy watching Louie ‘Satchmo” Armstrong play “When The Saints” on live TV, to my Mother’s favorite: Billie Holiday, to watching the now-departed Flash Terry play every week at Willie’s Saloon, there’s just too many to chose from. John Lee Hooker, Aretha, Stevie-Ray, Buddy Guy, … the list is endless. In the end, as homage, I chose this song because, simply, it moves me every time I hear it.
#5 Pie Jesu (Requiem) by Charlotte Church
I had a hard time choosing my favorite classical music piece. Not all is rock-and-roll and if I was to be limited to only five songs, then this one, specifically by Charlotte Church, would be my fifth. I choose this over Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and even Beethoven. I even chose this over Pachelbel’s Canon in D which was the song that made me fall in-love with classical music. I was first exposed to Charlotte Church while watching a, of all things, Craig Fergusson movie called “I’ll Be There“. The movie was easily forgotten, the voice of Charlotte Church wasn’t.
That’s my top five. I wish this was a top-10 list because there are so many others I could add. The Who, Cage the Elephant, BRMC, Cat Stevens, Karen Carpenter, Rush, David Bowie, Barry White, Dean Martin, Harry Chapin, Jim Croce, The Hollies, Elton John, Janis, Nina Sinmone, Ted Nugent, Ray Charles… the list is endless. Which explains why I have thousands and thousands of music titles in my collection.
Hopefully, my iPad/iPod will survive the crash intact!