Saturday, February 20, 2010

Top 20 Great but Forgotten One Hit Wonders

Everybody remembers Come On Eileen, Take on Me or Pop Muzik as examples of great one-hit wonders. But, what about those forgotten ones?… the ones you hardly find in compilations and anthologies… there were some great one hit wonders that somehow have gotten lost in the annals of time… Never fret as here they are… this is a funky trip down memory lane… these are my Top 20 Great but Forgotten One Hit Wonders.

01. Planet P - Why Me?

02. Loudness - Rock'n'Roll Crazy Nights

03. Cock Robin - The Promise

04. Steve Forbert - Romeo's Tune

05. Primitive Radio Gods - Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money on My Hand

06. Edwin Collins - A Girl Like You

07. The Waterboys – The Whole of the Moon

08. Doctor & The Medics - Spirit in the Sky

09. Giuffria - Call to the Heart

10. The Vapors - Turning Japanese

11. Milla Jovovich - The Gentleman Who Fell

12. Ini Kamozee - Here Comes the Hotstepper

13. Buckner & Garcia - Pac Man Fever

14. Aldo Nova – Fantasy

15. The Producers – What’s He Got

16. Nolans - Attention to me

17. Phil ‘n’ The Blanks - How's Done

18. Monotones – Mono

19. John Stewart – Gold

20. Roberta Kelly – Zodiac

Monday, February 15, 2010

Top 20 Unconventional Songs About Love

Love may come in many shapes and sizes and as unexpectedly as a blunt force trauma to the head. Therefore, songs about love may be as unconventional as love itself. Here you will find songs about many types and aspects of love... here are my top 20 unconventional songs about love.

01. Bryan Adams – Have you Ever Really Loved a Woman?

To really love a woman / Let her hold you / Do you know how she needs to be touched? / You gotta breathe her / really taste her / Til you can feel her in your blood / Then when you can see your unborn children in her eyes / You know you really love a woman

02. Whitney Houston – The Greatest Love of All

Because the greatest love of all is happening to me / I've found the greatest love of all inside of me / The greatest love of all is easy to achieve / Learning to love yourself, it is the greatest love of all.

03. Rufus Wainwright – Hallelujah

Maybe there’s a God above / And all I ever learned from love was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you / Love is not a cry you can hear at night / It’s not somebody who´s seen the light / It’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah

04. Nick Cave – I’ll Love You Till the End of the World

And with the horses prancin' through the fields / With my knife in my jeans and the rain on the shield / I sang a song for the glory of the beauty of you / Waiting for me in your dress of blue / Thank you girl, thank you girl / I'll love you till the end of the world / With your eyes black as coal and your long dark curls

05. Ewan McGregor & Nicole Kidman – Elephant Love Medley

You'd think that people would have had enough of silly love songs / I look around me and I see it isn't so, oh no / Some people wanna fill the world with silly love songs / Well, what's wrong with that? / I'd like to know ‘cause, here I go again! / Love lift us up where we belong / Where eagles fly on a mountain high / Love makes us act like we are fools / Throw our lives away / For one happy day

06. Michael Crawford – Total Eclipse

I’ve been waiting for you / Since you’ve been born / I'd watch you secretly but not for long / And since I know all your dreams I understand what you need / And when I call you, you must go where I lead / Your dreams are so hungry, it’s time now to feed.

07. Rent – Seasons of Love

525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear. 525,600 minutes - how do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In 525,600 minutes - how do you measure a year in the life? How about love? How about love? How about love? Measure in love.

08. A Chorus Line – What I Did For Love

Love is never gone / as we travel on / Love's what we'll remember / Kiss today goodbye / And point me toward tomorrow / Point me toward tomorrow / We did what we had to do / but I won't forget / I can't regret / What I did for love / What I did for love.

09. Charlene – Never Been to Me

Hey, you know what paradise is? / It's a lie, a fantasy we create about people and places as we'd like them to be / But you know what truth is? / It's that little baby you're holding / it's that man you fought with this morning / The same one you're going to make love with tonight / That's truth, that's love

10. Paul Young – Love of the Common People

She's living in the love of the common people / smiles from the heart of a family man / Daddy's gonna buy you a dream to cling to / Mama's gonna love you just as much as she can / and she can.

11. Michael Ball – Love Changes Everything

Love, love changes everything: Hands and faces, earth and sky / Love, Love changes everything: How you live and how you die

12. Fiddler on the Roof – Do you Love Me?

Do I love him? For twenty-five years I've lived with him, fought him, starved with him, Twenty-five years my bed is his / if that's not love, what is? / Then you love me? / I suppose I do / and I suppose I love you too

13. Tina Turner – What’s Love Got to Do with It?
Oh what’s love got to do, got to do with it? What's love, but a second hand emotion / What's love got to do, got to do with it? / Who needs a heart, when a heart can be broken?

14. Meat Loaf – I’m Gonna Love Her for Both of Us
But if you give me your girl and then you give me your trust / and if you give me till the end of the night - I'm gonna love her for both of us / I'm gonna give her everything you always wanted to give / I'm gonna love her for both of us

15. Yvonne Elliman – I Don’t Know How to Love Him

I don't know how to love him / What to do, how to move him / I've been changed, yes really changed / In these past few days, when I've seen myself, I seem like someone else / I don't know how to take this / I don't see why he moves me / He's a man. He's just a man / And I've had so many men before, in very many ways, he's just one more.

16. Bette Middler – The Rose

Some say love is a river that drowns the tender reed / Some say love it is a razor that leads your soul to bleed / Some say love it is a hunger / an endless aching need / I say love it is a flower and you it's only seed

17. Avenue Q – The More You Ruv Someone

The more you love someone, the more he make you crazy. The more you love someone, the more you wishing him dead!

18. Dean Martin – That’s Amore

When the moon hits your eye / Like a big-a pizza pie / That's amore / When the world seems to shine / Like you've had too much wine / That's amore

19. 10cc – I’m not in Love

I'm not in love, so don't forget it / It's just a silly phase I'm going through / And just because I call you up / Don't get me wrong / don't think you've got it made

20. The Moldy Peaches – Anyone Else But You

Here is the church and here is the steeple / we sure are cute for two ugly people / I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else but you

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Top 20 US Campaign Songs

A couple of days ago, we elected our first woman president. Election campaigns here in Costa Rica are very colorful and intense; however, candidates hardly ever choose an official campaign song (as they do in the US). I really like it when candidates incorporate pop/rock/country music to their campaign because I think it livens things up and gets people in the right mindset for voting. Inspired by these thoughts, here is my Top 20 US Campaign Songs…

1. Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow (Bill Clinton, 1992)

2. Frank Sinatra - High Hopes (John F Kennedy, 1960)

3. Brooks & Dunn – Only in America (George W Bush, 2004)

4. Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA (Ronald Reagan, 1984)

5. Woody Guthrie – This Land is Your Land (George HW Bush, 1988)

6. Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours (Barack Obama, 2008)

7. Patsy Cline – Crazy (H. Ross Perot, 1992)

8. Abba – Take a Chance on Me (John McCain, 2008)

9. Celine Dion – You and I (Hilary Clinton, 2008)

10. Billy Ray Cyrus – We the People (George W Bush, 2000)

11. The Call – Let the Day Begin (Al Gore, 2004)

12. Bruce Springsteen – No Surrender (John Kerry, 2004)

13. Nixon Now (Richard Nixon, 1972)

14. Neil Diamond – America (Michael Dukakis, 1988)

15. U2 – City of Blinding Light (Barack Obama, 2008)

16. John Mellencamp – This is Our Country (John Edwards, 2008)

17. Paul Simon – Bridge Over Troubled Water (George McGovern, 1972)

18. Sam & Dave – Dole Man (Bob Dole, 1996)

19. Heart – Barracuda (John McCain, 2008 – This was used as Sarah Palin’s theme)

20. Tom Petty – I Won’t Back Down (George W Bush, 2004; Tom Petty sued George Bush to stop the use of this song)

EL Menos Mano es el Mejor (Luis Fishman, Costa Rica, 2010)