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05-04-2010, 01:15 PM

05-04-2010, 01:41 PM
(Born in 1983)

VERY tough getting my list down to only ten. Had to omit favorites from The Beatles, Johnny Cash, The Ramones, Sam Cooke, and The Smiths (among others).

Don't Worry Baby (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUCmqb3EwAs) by the Beach Boys
The Body Of An American (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q97IfBOIR5Q)by The Pogues
White Riot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUrNedh5Lqs)by the Clash
Once in a Lifetime (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1wg1DNHbNU)by Talking Heads
Bikage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7WanzlOvGg)by Descendents
This Time Tomorrow (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONd4qSs5B5k)by The Kinks
Move (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WjU4eXYWg4) by Miles Davis
Atlantic City (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3eu1gW-bQ8) by Bruce Springsteen
I Want You Back (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTUiQzhA0Go)by Jackson Five
Times They Are a Changin' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEzoH_wLpmM&feature=related) by Bob Dylan

05-04-2010, 01:47 PM
Did this quick and dirty, so I'm sure I'll second guess myself later. Also only kept it to one song per artist/band:

David Bowie - "Young Americans"
Neil Young - "Cortez the Killer"
The Rolling Stones - "Dead Flowers"
Norman Greenbaum - "Spirit in the Sky"
Meat Loaf - "Bat Out of Hell"
Otis Redding - "I've Been Loving You Too Long"
The Beach Boys - "God Only Knows"
The Ramones - "Do You Remember Rock & Roll Radio"
KISS - "Love Gun"
Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"

Rosemary's Baby
05-04-2010, 01:51 PM
-Oh! You Pretty Things - Bowie
-Clampdown - The Clash
-Happiness is a Warm Gun - The Beatles
-Lowdown - Wire
-Perfect Day - Lou Reed
-Search and Destroy - The Stooges
-Anthrax - Gang of Four
-Queen Bitch - Bowie
-Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) - Nancy Sinatra
-I'm So Tired - The Beatles

The list could easily consist of just The Clash, The Beatles, or Bowie, but I tried to switch it up.

05-04-2010, 02:39 PM
1. Greensleeves

2. Edward - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCkcYYQv3so (Absolutely LOVE this song!)

3. South Australia (shanty) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vUqeDPZZ80

4. Alabama John Cherokee (shanty - I heaved at the capstan to this - hard as hell to push, stomp and sing all at the same time!) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu4wogg8G9c

5. Scarborough Fair/The Elfin Knight (not the S&G version)

6. Amazing Grace

7. She Moved Through the Fair - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2BE7XwfAvI (I prefer the male voice for this song - this guy's pretty decent)

8. Mbube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrrQT4WkbNE (Love all versions of it, including this original)

9. Will Ye No Come Back Again - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg5bLOQr1MM (Love this song because of Gunga Din)

10. La Bomba (NOT the one you're thinking of...) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYcFcxsYiZM

HM - Dúlamán - I can't tell if this was written before or after I was born - the music after, certainly, not sure about the words - so I'll put it as an 'honorable mention' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z92B5U30Yw0

There's a ton more - but not being at home with my music library keeps me from recalling everything...so we'll just go with these for now. I doubt anyone will check the links, but I put them up anyway, just in case...


Masculine Todd
05-04-2010, 02:53 PM
I was born in '87, so (this is a tentative list and will likely change a billion times, depending on the day) :

Richard Hell & the Voidoids -- Blank Generation
Al Green -- Let's Stay Together
The Velvet Underground -- I'm Waiting for the Man
Television -- Venus
Marvin Gaye -- Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
The Replacements -- Bastards of Young
The Modern Lovers -- Dignified and Old
Nick Drake -- Things Behind the Sun
John Coltrane -- Pt. 2: Resolution (Live)
The Seeds -- Pushin' Too Hard

adventure metal
05-04-2010, 03:17 PM
A Day in the Life - Beatles
All Along the Watchtower - Hendrix version
Born to Run -Springsteen
Phantom of the Opera - Maiden
Mr. Blue Sky - ELO
Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding - Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Victim of Changes - Judas Priest
When The Levee Breaks - Zep

The Crushtacean
05-04-2010, 04:14 PM
In no particular order, and keeping to one song per artist-

Aqualung- Jethro Tull
Ramble On- Led Zeppelin
Squeeze Box- The Who
Wish You Were Here- Pink Floyd
Something For Nothing- Rush
Spring/Allegro- Antonio Vivaldi
O Fortuna- Carl Orff
White Rabbit- Jefferson Airplane
Paranoid- Black Sabbath
House of the Rising Sun- The Animals

mike black
05-04-2010, 04:42 PM
Born in '84, this changes all the time-

Venom - Black Metal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHmzFVDjVnM)
Cab Calloway - St. James Infirmary Blues (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBk3jwNSteo)
Led Zeppelin - What Can I Do (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsHcc86xnfc)
Lynard Skynard - Simple Man (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqNBhRiLetg)
Black Sabbath - Children of the Grave (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=236Lquwq22A&feature=related)
Motorhead & Girlschool - Please Don't Touch (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOpx61okWTk)
Iron Maiden - Running Free (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk05PeKSI2E)
Black Flag - Nervous Breakdown (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmqXEYWSoac)
Judas Priest - Electric Eye (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ96oEwYrE8)
Tito Puente - Mambo Gallego (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TNg284V-0A)

Also, the Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden songs could be interchanged with any number of tracks from prior to my birth.

05-04-2010, 04:49 PM
Mystery Train - Elvis Presley
Who Do You Love - Bo Diddley
What'd I Say - Ray Charles
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams
Spoonful - Howlin' Wolf
At Last - Etta James
Folsum Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Girl From the North Country - Bob Dylan
Be My Baby - Ronettes
Not Fade Away - Buddy Holly

Mister Mets
05-04-2010, 04:50 PM
I might have more difficulty writing about my favorite songs after I was born.

The first ones that come to mind...
Rolling Stones- Sympathy for the Devil
Johnny Cash- Boy Named Sue
Johnny Cash- San Quentin
Jimi Hendrix- All Along the Watchtower
The Beatles- Yesterday
The Beatles- Elanor Rigby
Bob Dylan- The Hurricane
Elvis- In the Ghetto
Otis Redding- Sitting by the Dock of the Bay
Bruce Springsteen- Born in the USA (acoustic)
Technically, this one wasn't released until after I was born. In that case substitute "Atlantic City"

05-04-2010, 05:01 PM
First Pass, I'll probably update again later (maybe after LOST).

For No One-The Beatles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6iAykoKLog)
Eleanor Rigby-The Beatles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaRNrDaoMqw)
Simple Man-Lynyrd Skynyrd (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFl0nlHaWa4)
Louis Armstrong& Ella Fitzgerald-Dream A Little Dream Of Me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io0uqrp9dco)
Louis Armstrong-What A Wonderful World (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ5yRfUdEIU)
Bob Seger-Against the Wind (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcDCvQbOdig)
Dust In The Wind-Kansas (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH2w6Oxx0kQ)
Don't Worry Baby-The beach Boys (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QCZ_bv9aLc)
Lovely Day-Bill Withers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYi7uEvEEmk)
Swinging on A Star-Bing Crosby (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rATftJiWdkw)

This one just misses, since it was released the same year that I was born, and I was born in January.Three Little Birds-Bob Marley (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LanCLS_hIo4)

05-04-2010, 05:45 PM
War Pigs-Black Sabbath
Hell Awaits-Slayer
Tocata and Fugue in D Minor-J.S. Bach
Paint it Black-Rolling Stones
That's Life-Frank Sinatra
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry-Hank Williams
Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain-Willie Nelson
Like a Rolling Stone-Bob Dylan
Fade to Black-Metallica
Ain't No Sunshine-Bill Whithers

05-04-2010, 06:12 PM
Born in '64

-The Beatles - I want to hold your Hand
-The Animals - House of the Rising Sun
–The Kinks - You Really Got Me
-Bob Dylan - A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall
-Dick Dale - Misirlou Twist
-Beach Boys - Surfin' USA
-Surfaris - Wipeout
-Del Shannon - Runaway
-Robert Johnson - Ramblin on my Mind
-Aaron Copeland - Fanfare for the Common Man

Supreme Convoy
05-04-2010, 06:13 PM
Great topic! I was born in 1984 so...

"American Girl" by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
"Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield
"Get Ready" by The Temptations.
"California Girls" by The Beach Boys
"Girl from North Country" by Bob Dylan
"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" by Jackie Wilson
"Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
"Puff the Magic Dragon" by Peter, Paul & Mary
"Across the Universe" by The Beatles
"Ooh La La" by The Faces. My absolute favorite song of all time. I want this blaring during my funeral.

Honorable mentions to "Nobody but Me" by Human Beinz and "I Wanna Be Sedated" by The Ramones.

Masculine Todd
05-05-2010, 05:55 AM
-Oh! You Pretty Things - Bowie
-Clampdown - The Clash
-Happiness is a Warm Gun - The Beatles
-Lowdown - Wire
-Perfect Day - Lou Reed
-Search and Destroy - The Stooges
-Anthrax - Gang of Four
-Queen Bitch - Bowie
-Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) - Nancy Sinatra
-I'm So Tired - The Beatles

The list could easily consist of just The Clash, The Beatles, or Bowie, but I tried to switch it up.

I love Lowdown. Good pick.

05-05-2010, 06:10 AM
1. I’m Only Sleeping – The Beatles (and pretty much everything else they wrote)
2. In The Wee Small Hours – Frank Sinatra
3. The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore – The Walker Brothers
4. Lonely Days – Bee Gees
5. Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who
6. God Only Knows – Beach Boys
7. Blue Moon – Elvis Presley version
8. Under My Thumb – Rolling Stones
9. You Only Live Twice – John Barry/Nancy Sinatra
10. Season Of The Witch - Donovan

05-05-2010, 06:17 AM
Don't Worry Baby - The Beach Boys
September Gurls - Big Star
I Will Dare - The Replacements
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again - Bob Dylan
Back In The U.S.A. - Chuck Berry
No Action - Elvis Costello
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
If I Needed Someone - The Beatles
Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown - Neil Young
Be My Baby - The Ronettes

05-05-2010, 06:34 AM
So, obviously, I'm the only person here born in the 19th century... :p (Most of the songs everyone has mentioned were written after I was born. I am SOOOO old!!! I really shouldn't be here, should I?? :p )


05-05-2010, 07:07 AM
Born in '81.

10. Once In a Lifetime- The Talking Heads
9. My Sharona- The Knack
8. Tomboy- The Romantics
7. Take Your Whiskey Home- Van Halen
6. Attitude- The Misfits
5. Let My Love Open The Door- Pete Townshend
4. Out Of Control- U2
3. Had Me A Real Good Time- The Faces
2. Solsbury Hill- Peter Gabriel
1. Maggie May- Rod Stewart

Brother Power the Gong
05-05-2010, 07:10 AM
John Coltrane "Afro Blue" (from "Live at Birdland" (Really, just about any of his works in that vein (Ole, Spiritual, India, etc.))

Willie Colon "Che Che Cole"

Doctor Ross "Cat Squirrel"

Wailers "Bus Dem Shut aka Pyaka"

Marvin Gaye "Mercy Mercy Me" (all of the LP "What's Going On," released a few months before I was born)

Blind Willie McTell "Come On Around To My House Mama"

Jimi Hendrix "One Rainy Wish"

Al Casey "The Hearse" (there are a ton of instro-surf/hot rod tracks I love, but this always gets the playback treatment, as does The Trademarks' "Baha-Ree-Ba!" for very different reasons). I'll say it again: This is one of the most underappreciated genres in American music.

The Cables "Baby Why" (coz I need a Studio One cut)

Robert Johnson "Hellhound on my Trail" (a sad end looms for the man, and he knows it)

No particular order, and it subject to change.

Rosemary's Baby
05-05-2010, 07:11 AM
I love Lowdown. Good pick.

Thanks. Bastards of Young would definitely be on the list if it wasn't a few years too late.

05-05-2010, 08:29 AM
hm, good question. I was born in 89, so here we go(and this will be The Police-centric)

1. Every Breath You Take- The Police(my favorite song ever)
2. Hotel California- The Eagles
3. Beat It - Michael Jackson
4. Don't Stand So Close to Me - The Police
5. Wheel in the Sky- Journey
6. Roxanne- The Police
7. Message in a Bottle- The Police
8. Don't Stop Believing- Journey
9. Ring of Fire- Johnny Cash
10. Singin' in the Rain

05-05-2010, 10:34 AM
Favorites there are many, but let's go with this baker's dozen for today.

- "He Moved Through the Fair" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWHo7syTQOo) by Sinead O'Connor (on: Michael Collins OST (http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Collins-Motion-Picture-Soundtrack/dp/B000002JBE/), 1996; orig.: the melody of "She Moved Through the Fair" dates back to Medieval times but the lyrics, as we generally know them today, were probably written in the 1600s)

- "Prelude No. 11 in F major" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvstS-wfhGQ) by the Swingle Singers (on: Jazz Sebastian Bach (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004UFOL/), 1963; orig.: 1740-1742, The Well-tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 871; by Johann Sebastian Bach)

- "The Battle of Sherra-Moor" (https://www.yousendit.com/download/OHo3YUlqb0JOMUN4dnc9PQ) by Jean Redpath (on: The Songs of Robert Burns Volumes 5 & 6 (http://www.amazon.com/Songs-Robert-Burns-Volumes/dp/B0010VWQNM/), 1996; orig.: 1789; written by Robert Burns)

- "Home Be Bearna" (https://www.yousendit.com/download/OHo3YUlnT01tNEkwTVE9PQ) by Bedlam Rovers (on: Frothing Green (http://www.amazon.com/Frothing-Green-Bedlam-Rovers/dp/B000008DBX/), 1988; orig.: trad.)

- "Fhear a Bhata (The Boat Man)" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q3QtY7iH-8) by Rebecca Pidgeon (on: Four Marys (http://www.amazon.com/Four-Marys-Rebecca-Pidgeon/dp/B0000064YL/), 1998; orig.: late 18th century; Jane Finlayson)

- "A Sailor's Life" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kxb0IC6LLuk) by Judy Collins (on: A Maid of Constant Sorrow (http://www.amazon.com/Maid-Constant-Sorrow-Golden-Apples/dp/B00005OKOO/), 1961; orig.: trad. song collected by W.P. Merrick in 1899)

- "Un bel di vedremo" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFQXdJxhmaY) by Maria Callas (on: Puccini and Bellini: Arias (http://www.amazon.com/Maria-Callas-sings-Puccini-Bellini/dp/B000002RPG/), 1954 (or: Puccini: Arias (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000002SA2/)); orig.: 1904; written by Giacomo Puccini with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa)

- "Cool" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_geSfrs2-Q) by Ice (Tucker Smith) and The Jets (on: West Side Story OST (http://www.amazon.com/West-Side-Story-Irwin-Kostal/dp/B00023GGK8/), 1961; orig. Broadway production: 1957; written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sontheim)

- "Wild Mountain Thyme" (https://www.yousendit.com/download/OHo2SkhaQk5VbTljR0E9PQ) by Penelope Houson (on: Birdboys (http://www.amazon.com/Birdboys/dp/B0014NVQJQ/), 1987; orig.: written and recorded in 1957 by William McPeake, a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland)

- "Theme from a Summer Place" (http://www.yousendit.com/download/OHo2SkhhZy81R05jR0E9PQ) by Shy (on: Atomium 3003 (http://www.amazon.com/Atomium-3003-Various-Artists/dp/B00004SSF5/) by Various, 2000; orig. on: A Summer Place OST, 1959; written by Mack Discant and Max Steiner)

- "The Warmth of the Sun" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70psCljGnXM) by The Beach Boys (on: Shut Down Volume 2 (http://www.amazon.com/Surfer-Girl-Shut-Down-Vol/dp/B00005A1MU/), 1964; written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love)

- "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZYhTlcVwy0) by Carter USM (on: 1992: The Love Album (http://www.amazon.com/1992-Love-Album-Carter-Usm/dp/B000007XVC/), 1992; orig. from the musical Man of La Mancha, 1964; with lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh)

- "La Chanson de Jacky" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiXu0ddn-i4) by Jacques Brel (1965; on: Ces Gens-Là (aka Jef) (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000AKOLF/), 1966; written by Jacques Brel and Gérard Jouannest)

*waves to das* :wave: