Saturday, June 27, 2009

Top 20 Michael Jackson songs.

Regardless of his personal life and whatever, Michael Jackson did make an impact on pop music. The guy really understood what pop music was all about, and he should be celebrated for his music. This my tribute to him and to his music. These are the top 20 Michael Jackson songs.

01. Thriller

02. Will You Be there?

03. Billie Jean

04. Ben

05. Smooth Criminal

06. You're Not Alone

07. Black or White

08. The Girl is Mine

09. Man in the Mirror

10. I'll Be There

11. We are the World

11. Can You Feel it?

13. Earth Song

14. Heal the World

15. Childhood

16. Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough

17. Torture

18. Say, Say, Say

19. Human Nature

20. You Can't Win

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Top 20 Songs for Father's Day

Tomorrow is Father's Day. This is my tribute to all Dads, young and old. Most of these songs are from the point of view of the sons and daughters (He Didn't Have To Be, Mi Viejo, Desperados Waitin' for a Train, etc.), but some are from the point of view of the Dad (With Arms Wide Open, Forever Young, Heaven) to keep things balance and in perspective. Happy Father's Day to all Dads everywhere.

01. Brad Paisley - He Didn't Have to Be

Lookin' back all I can say / About all the things he did for me / Is I hope I'm at least half the dad / That he didn't have to be

02. Piero - Mi Viejo

Viejo mi querido viejo / Ahora ya caminas lerdo / Como perdonando el viento / Yo soy tu sangre mi viejo / Soy tu silencio y tu tiempo

03. Highwaymen - Desperados Waiting for a Train

I played the Red River Valley / He'd sit in the kitchen and cry / Run his fingers through seventy years of livin'
And wonder, "Lord, why has every well I've drilled gone dry?" / We were friends, me and this old man

04. Creed - With Arms Wide Open

Well I don't know if I'm ready / To be the man I have to be / I'll take a breath, I'll take her by my side / We stand in awe / we've created life

05. Harry Chapin - Cat's in the Cradle

Well, he came from college just the other day / So much like a man I just had to say, / "Son, I'm proud of you. Can you sit for a while?" / He shook his head, and he said with a smile, / "What I'd really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys / See you later. Can I have them please?" / My boy was just like me /

06. Cat Stevens - Father and Son

07. Mike + the Mechanics - In the Living Years

I wasn't there that morning / When my father passed away / I didn't get to tell him / All the things I had to say
I think I caught his spirit / Later that same year / I'm sure I heard his echo / In my baby's new born tears
/ I just wish I could have told him in the living years

08. Luther Vandross - Dance with my Father

"If I could get another chance, another walk, another dance with him / I'd play a song that would never, ever

09. Will Smith - Just the Two of Us

Then to my knees and I begged the lord please / Let me be a good daddy all he needs / Love knowledge discipline too / I pledge my life to you

10. Bob Carlile - Butterfly Kisses

But I remember / Butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer; sticking little white flowers all up in her hair.
"You know how much I love you, Daddy, But if you don't mind I'm only gonna kiss you on the cheek this time."
With all that I've done wrong I must have done something right to deserve her love every morning and butterfly kisses at night.

11. Eric Clapton - My Father's Eyes

Where do I find the words to say? How do I teach him? What do we play? Bit by bit, I've realized
That's when I need them, That's when I need my father's eyes.

12. Cliff Richards - Daddy's Home

Your best friend's around told me / You had teardrops in your eyes / Daddy's home / Daddy's home to stay.

13. Holly Dunn - My Father's Hands

I remember Daddy´s hands, folded silently in prayer / And reaching out to hold me, when I had a nightmare./ You could read quite a story, in the callouses and lines / Years of work and worry had left their mark behind / I remember Daddy´s hands, how they held my Mama tight / And patted my back, for something done right. / There are things that I´ve forgotten, that I loved about the man, / But I´ll always remember the love in Daddy´s hands.

14. Paul Simon - Father and Daughter

I'm gonna watch you shine / Gonna watch you grow / Gonna paint a sign / So you'll always know / As long as one and one is two / There could never be a father / Who loved his daughter more than I love you

15. Rod Stewart - Forever Young

And when you finally fly away / I'll be hoping that I served you well / For all the wisdom of a lifetime / No one can ever tell

16. Madonna - Papa, Don't Preach

You always taught me right from wrong / I need your help, daddy please be strong / I may be young at heart / But I know what I'm saying

17. Barry Manilow - Ships

We walked to the sea. / Just my father and me. / And the dogs played around on the sand. / Winter cold cut the air.
Hangin' still everywhere. / Dressed in gray, did he say. Hold my hand.

18. Warrant - Heaven

I don't need to be the king of the world / As long as I'm the hero of this little girl / Heaven isn't too far away
Closer to it every day / No matter what your friends might say

19. Dan Fogelberg - The Leader of the Band

"My life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man / I'm just a living legacy to the leader of the band."

20. Karla Bonoff - Daddy's Little Girl

"When I look in the face of the child, I see you in her eyes / And we're all so much the same / We'll carry on your name."

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Top 20 Guilty Pleasure Songs

I guess I should be embarrassed to admit I like these songs, but - hey - I’m not. I love these songs. They are my guilty pleasures, and I don’t care what anybody thinks.

01. Sir Mix-a-lot – Baby’s Got Back

Sir Mix Alot- Baby Got Back

02. 2 Live Crew – Me So Horny

03. Bucks Fizz – Land of Make Believe

04. Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby

05. Spice Girls – Spice Up Your Life

06. Guayo Gonzalez – Quincho Barrilete

07. Gerardo – Rico Suave

08. Eddie Murphy – Party All the Time

09. Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe

10. Maldita Vecindad – El Cocodrilo

11. Pablo Ruiz & Ivana Morando – Te Juro K no Salgo esta Noche

12. Gloria Trevi – La Papa Sin Catsup

13. Locomia – Locomia

14. Mojinos Escozios – La Invasión de las Ladillas Enfuresias

15. Jose Manuel Figueroa - Angel Expulsado del Paraíso

16. Las Ketchup – Asereje

17. Selena – Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

18. Kalua – Chambaku

19. El Gran Silencio – Chuntaro Style

20. Leonardo Favio – La Vida, Pasión y Vuelo de la Abuelita Zenaida

Monday, June 1, 2009

Top 20 Songs for a Fresh Start

Liana asked me for this list, and there's nothing I love more than requests from readers. These are songs about leaving the past behind, reinventing yourself, spreading your wings and embracing a new beginning, a new life, a new you. You might say these are songs for the "first day of the rest of your life":

01. Cake - I Will Survive

At first I was afraid / I was petrified / I kept thinking I could never live without you by my side / But I spent so many nights just thinking how you done me wrong / I grew strong / I learned how to get along

02. The Beatles – Black Bird

Black bird singing in the dead of night / Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
all your life / you were only waiting for this moment to be free

03. Barbra Streisand - Memory

Daylight / I must wait for the sunrise / I must think of a new life / And I mustn’t give in
/ When the dawn comes / Tonight will be a memory too / And a new day will begin

04. Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now

Oh yes I can make it now, the pain is gone / All of the bad feelings have disappeared / Here is the rainbow I've been prayin' for / It's gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) / Sun-Shiny day

05. Olivia Newton John - Twist of Fate

Don't understand what's going on / Woke up this morning, all the hurt was gone / This is a new beginning / I'm back in the land of the living

06. Gloria Estefan - Coming Out of the Dark

Starting again is part of the plan / And I'll be so much stronger holding your hand / Step by step, I'll make it through; I know I can / It may not make it easier / But I have felt you near all the way

07. Celine Dion - A New Day Has Come

Let the rain come down and wash away my tears / Let it fill my soul and drown my fears / Let it shatter the walls for a new, new sun / A new day has...come

08. Abba - I Wonder (Departure)

I wonder, it's frightening / Leaving now, is that the right thing? / I wonder, it scares me / But who the hell am I if I don't leave it? / I'm not a coward / Oh no, I'll be strong / One chance in a lifetime / Yes I will take it, it can't go wrong

09. Carrie Underwood - Lessons Learned

And every tear that had to fall from my eyes / Everyday I wondered how I'd get through the night, / Every change, life has thrown me, / I'm thankful, for every break in my heart, / I'm grateful, for every scar, / Some pages turned, / Some bridges burned, / But there were lessons learned.

10. John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over

Everyday we used to make it love / Why can't we be making love nice and easy? / It's time to spread our wings and fly / Don't let another day go by my love / It'll be just like starting over, starting over

11. Pink Floyd - Learning to Fly

A soul in tension that’s learning to fly / Condition grounded but determined to try /
Can’t keep my eyes from the circling skies / Tongue-tied and twisted just an earth-bound misfit, I

12. Aladdin - A Whole New World

A whole new world / Every turn a surprise / With new horizons to pursue
Every moment red-letter / I'll chase them anywhere / There's time to spare / Let me share this whole new world with you

13. John Denver - Rocky Mountain High

He was born in the summer of his 27th year / Coming home to a place he’d never been before / He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born again / You might say he found a key for every door

14. R. Kelly - I Believe I Can Fly

I believe I can fly / I believe I can touch the sky / I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away / I believe I can soar / I see me running through that open door / I believe I can fly

15. Barry Manilow - Ready to Take a Chance Again

And I'm ready to take a chance again, / ready to put my love on the line with you. /
Been living with nothing to show for it; / You get what you get when you go for it, / And I'm ready to take a chance again with you.

16. Fergie - Big Girls Don't Cry

The path that I'm walking I must go alone / I must take the baby steps until I'm full grown / Fairytales don't always have a happy ending, do they? / And I foresee the dark ahead if I stay

17. Shawn Colvin - Whole New You

To shake the loneliness and shine the light / take all your tears save 'em for a rainy night / go and wish on every star that's fallen / shake your head and wonder when it's all to good to be true / like a whole new you

18. Paula Abdul - Promise of a New Day

And so time over time / what will change the world? / no one knows /
so the only promise is a day to live / to give and share with one another

19. Tom Petty - Learning to Fly

Well some say life will beat you down / Break your heart, steal your crown
So I started out for God knows where / But I guess I’ll know when I get there

20. Eminem - Lose Yourself

Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity / To seize everything you ever wanted /One moment / Would you capture it or just let it slip?