Sunday, March 28, 2010

Top 20 Songs About Goodbyes

Cycles.... Some begin, some end. Nothing last forever and sometimes saying goodbye is the best thing that could ever happen to a person. Here are my top 20 songs about Goodbyes.

1. Green Day - Good Riddance (The Time of Your Life)

So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind / Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time / Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial / For what it's worth it was worth all the while / It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right / I hope you had the time of your life.

2. Night Ranger - Goodbye

Yet it's hard living life / On this memory-go-round / Always up, always down / Spinning 'round and 'round and 'round
And all this could be / Just a dream so it seems / I was never much good at goodbye

3. Terry Jacks - Seasons in the Sun

Goodbye, Michelle, my little one / You gave me love and helped me find the sun / And every time that I was down / you would always come around / and get my feet back on the ground.

4. A Chorus Line - What I Did For Love

Kiss today goodbye / And point me towards tomorrow / We did what we had to do / and I Won't forget, I can't regret /
What I did for Love

5. The Sound of Music - So Long, Farewell

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good nigh / I hate to go and leave this pretty sight / So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu / Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu

6. Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way

You can go your own way, go your own way / You can call it another lonely day / You can go your own way, go your own way

7. Billy Joel - Scenes From an Italian Restaurant

Brenda and Eddie had had it already by the summer of '75 / From the high to the low to the end of the show / For the rest of their lives / They couldn't go back to the greasers / The best they could do was pick up their pieces / We always knew they would both find a way to get by / Oh and that's all I heard about Brenda and Eddie / Can't tell you more 'cause I've told you already / And here we are wavin' Brenda and Eddie goodbye

8. Boys II Men - It's hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday

How do I say goodbye to what we had? / The good times that made us laugh / Outweigh the bad / I thought we'd get to see forever / But forever's gone away / It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.

9. Pink Floyd - Goodbye Blue Skies

Did you see the frightened ones? / Did you hear the falling bombs? / The flames are all gone, but the pain lingers on. / Goodbye, blue sky / Goodbye, blue sky / Goodbye / Goodbye / Goodbye.

10. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

So goodbye yellow brick road / Where the dogs of society howl / You can't plant me in your penthouse / I'm going back to my plough / Back to the howling old owl in the woods / Hunting the horny back toad / Oh I've finally decided my future lies / Beyond the yellow brick road

11. The Manhattas - Kiss and Say Goodbye

This has got to be the saddest day of my life / I called you here today for a bit of bad news / I won't be able to see you anymore / Because of my obligations, and the ties that you have / We've been meeting here everyday / And since this is our last day together / I wanna hold you just one more time / When you turn and walk away, don't look back / I wanna remember you just like this / Let's just kiss and say goodbye

12. Billy Joel - Say Goodbye to Hollywood

Johnny's takin' care of things for a while / And his style is so right for troubadours / They got him sitting with
his back to the door / Now he won't be my fast gun anymore / Say goodbye to Hollywood / Say goodbye to my baby / Say goodbye to Hollywood / Say goodbye to my baby

13. The Beatles - Hello Goodbye

I say high, you say low / You say why and I say I don't know, oh no / You say goodbye and I say hello / (Hello Goodbye Hello Goodbye) hello hello / (Hello Goodbye) I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello / (Hello Goodbye Hello Goodbye) hello hello / (Hello Goodbye) I don't know why you say goodbye / (Hello Goodbye) I say hello

14. Bryan Hyland - Sealed With a Kiss

I don't wanna say goodbye for the summer / knowing the loneliness / so let us take a pledge to meet in September / and seal it with a kiss

15. Cat Stevens - Wild World

You know I've seen a lot of what the world can do / And it's breakin' my heart in two / Because I never wanna see you sad, girl / Don't be a bad girl / But if you wanna leave, take good care / Hope you make a lot of nice friends out there / But just remember there's a lot of bad and beware

16. Scandal - Goodbye to You

Those times I waited for you seem so long ago / I wanted you far too much to ever let you go / You know I never got by, "I feel it too" / And I guess I never could stand to lose / It's such a pity to say / Goodbye to you / Goodbye to you

17. Supertramp - Goodbye Stranger

Goodbye stranger it's been nice / Hope you find your paradise / Tried to see your point of view / Hope your dreams will all come true / Goodbye Mary, Goodbye Jane / Will we ever meet again / Feel no sorrow, feel no shame / Come tomorrow, feel no pain

18. Bananarama - Hey Hey Hey Goodbye

He might be thrilling baby but my love's / So dog-gone willing so kiss him, Go on and kiss him goodbye Na na na na na na na na Hey hey hey Goodbye

19. Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman - Time to Say Goodbye

Time to say goodbye / Paesi che no ho mai / Veduto e visssuto con te
Adesso si li vivro con te partiro / Su navi per mari / Che io lo so
No no non essitono piu / It's time to say goodbye

20. Celine Dion - It's hard to Say Goodbye

I'll never try to hold you back / I wouldn't try controlling you / If it's what you want / It's what I want / I want what's best for you / And if there's something else that you're looking for / I'll be the first to help you

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Top 20 Songs about Kisses

Love without kiss is like pizza without cheese. A kiss is just a kiss. Or is it? A kiss can say hello, goodbye, give comfort and it is the best way to say thanks and the best reward. Actually, a kiss is the very autograph of love. That is, if you want to know if someone really loves you, it's in the kiss... because when you kiss someone, you taste his or her soul... you turn a frog into a prince... you break the spell... and a kiss is a terrible thing to waste and a more terrible thing to miss... and these are my Top 20 songs about Kisses!

1. Meat Loaf - A Kiss is a Terrible Thing to Waste

So many things in your life that your bound to regret / Why didn't I do that? Why didn't I do this? / So many chances you lost that'll you'll never forget / Why didn't I make it? Why didn't I take it right there? / The loneliest words you'll ever know. / "If only, if only it was so" / The emptiest words that they'll ever be / "It could have been me. It could have been me" / You'll have to pay for it later / If you don't get it when its going for free / Believe me! Believe me! / A kiss is a terrible thing to waste.

2. Prince - Kiss

U don't have 2 be rich 2 be my girl / U don't have 2 be cool 2 rule my world / Ain't no particular sign I'm more compatible with / I just want UR extra time and UR kiss

3. The Little Mermaid - Kiss the Girl

Now's your moment / Floating in a blue lagoon / Boy, you better do it soon / No time will be better / She don't say a word / And she won't say a word / Until you kiss the girl

4. Seal - Kiss From a Rose

You remain, my power, my pleasure, my pain, baby / To me you're like a growing addiction that I can't deny.. yeah / Won't you tell me is that healthy, baby? / But did you know, that when it snows / my eyes become large and the light that you shine can be seen / Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey.

5. Bryan Hylland - Sealed with a Kiss

I don't wanna say good-bye for the summer / Knowing the love we'll miss / Let us make a pledge to meet in September / And seal it with a kiss

6. Dooley Wilson - As Time Goes By

You must remember this / A kiss is still a kiss / A sigh is just a sigh / The fundamental things apply / As time goes by

7. Sixpence None the Richer - Kiss Me

Oh, kiss me beneath the milky twilight / Lead me out on the moonlit floor / Lift your open hand / Strike up the band and make the fireflies dance / Silver moon's sparkling, so kiss me

8. Cher - The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in his Kiss)

Does he love me, I wanna know / How can I tell if he loves me so? / [Is it in his eyes?] / Oh, no you'll be decieved / [Is it in his sighs?] / Oh, no he'll make believe / If you wanna know / [Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop]
If he loves you so / [Shoop, shoop, shoop, shoop] / It's in his kiss / [That's where it is, oh yeah]

9. Jill Sobule - I Kissed a Girl

I kissed a girl, her lips were sweet / She was just like kissing me / I kissed a girl, won't change the world / But I'm so glad I kissed a girl

10. Lita Ford - Kiss Me Deadly

But I know what I like / I know I like dancin' with you / And I know what you like / I know you like dancin' with me / Yeah, yeah / Kiss me once / Kiss me twice / C'mon pretty baby, kiss me deadly

11. Pearl Jam - Last Kiss

I raised her head and then she smiled and said,"Hold me, darling, for a little while." / I held her close / I kissed her our last kiss / I found the love that I knew I would miss,

12. Right Said Fred - Don't Talk Just Kiss

The one and only reason is fun fun fun / I said "Well baby we've only just begun"/ So don't talk just kiss / we're beyond words and sound / Don't talk just kiss / let your tongue fool around / let's fool around.

13. Exile - Kiss You all Over

I wanna kiss you all over and over again / I wanna kiss you all over / Till the night closes in / Till the night closes in

14. Hall & Oates - Kiss on my List

(Because your kiss) your kiss is on my list / (Because your kiss) your kiss is on my list / Because your kiss is on my list of the best things in life / (Because your kiss) your kiss is on my list / (Because your kiss) your kiss I can't resist

15. Katy Perry - I Kissed a Girl

I kissed a girl and I liked it / The taste of her cherry chapstick / I kissed a girl just to try it / I hope my boyfriend don't mind it / It felt so wrong / It felt so right / Don't mean I'm in love tonight / I kissed a girl and I liked it / I liked it

16. Manhattans - Kiss and Say Goodbye

I had to meet you here today / There's just so many things to say / Please don't stop me 'til I'm through
This is something I hate to do / We've been meeting here so long / I guess what we done, oh was wrong
Please darlin', don't you cry / Let's just kiss and say goodbye (Goodbye)

17. Olivia Newton - Soul Kiss

Somewhere there is a fire burning / Somewhere inside / Somewhere there is a heart that's waiting / To take a ride / To take the ride to your soul kiss

18. Gilbert O'Sullivan - What's in a Kiss?

What's in a kiss? / Have you ever wondered just what it is / More perhaps than just a moment of bliss / Tell me what's in a kiss.

19. Louis Armstrong - A Kiss to Build a Dream On

Give me a kiss to build a dream on / and my imagination will thrive up on that kiss / Sweetheart, I ask no more than this, a kiss to build a dream on.

20. Meat Loaf - You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth

And then you took the words right out of my mouth / Oh-it must have been while you were kissing me / You took the words right out of my mouth / And I swear it's true / I was just about to say I love you

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Top 20 Songs You Probably Didn't Know Were Covers

Remember the TV series "The Wonder Years"? Remember it's theme song? Yep, it was Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help of My Friends"... it sounds as dazzling as it did when he first performed it at Woodstock. One of the best covers of all time, no doubt. Of course, I'm assuming here that most everyone would know that this is a cover of a song Lennon & McCartney wrote for the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. No surprise there. However, there are my hit songs that are really covers of obscure songs or minor hits from one-hit wonders that time forgot. Can you tell me who sang the original version of I Love Rock'n'Roll?... nope, it was not Joan Jett... although Joan Jett's cover was the version that reached #1 for a bunch of weeks and became a world-wide phenomenon... You see what I'm getting at here?... If you do, then you'll find this list amusing and surprising. These are my Top 20 Songs You Probably Didn't Know Were Covers...

01. I Love Rock'n'Roll - The Arrows (not Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and certainly NOT Britney)

02. Bette Davis Eyes - Jackie DelShannon (not Kim Carnes)

03. Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft – Klaatu (not The Carpenters)

04. The Tide is High - The Paragons (not Blondie)

05. Angel of the Morning - Marlee Rush (not Juice Newton)

06. Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Robert Hazard (not Cyndi Lauper)

07. Tainted Love - Gloria Jones (not Soft Cell or Marilyn Manson)

08. Me and Bobby McGee - Kris Kristofferson (not Janis Joplin)

09. Love Hurts - Everly Brothers (not Nazareth or Roy Orbison or Joan Jett or…)

10. A Groovy Kind of Love – The Mindbenders (not Phil Collins)

11. The Crying Game - Dave Berry (not Boy George)

12. Twist & Shout – The Isley Brothers (not the Beatles)

13. Always on My Mind - Brenda Lee (not Elvis or Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys)

14. Red Red Wine - Neil Diamond (not UB40)

15. Nothing Compares to 2 – Prince (not Sinead O’Connor)

16. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Nina Simone (not The Animals or Santa Esmeralda)

17. New York New York - Liza Minelli (not Frank Sinatra)

18. Blinded by the Light – Bruce Springsteen (not Manfred Mann)

19. Seasons in the Sun – Kingston Trio (not Terry Jacks or Westlife).
NOTE: Actually, the Kingston Trio version is the original version in English of the song "Le Moribond" by Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel, but that is fodder for another list.

20. Wimoweh - Pete Seeger (not “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by The Tokens or Tight Fit or Robert John or the soundtrack of Disney’s The Lion King)
Note: This song is actually based on a 1939 South African song entitled “Mbube” (Zulu for “Lion”) and originally recorded by Solomon Linda.

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Top 20 Cover Songs

Top 20 Forgotten Songs from the 80's
Top 20 Worst Covers Ever
Top 20 Great but Forgotten One Hit Wonders
Top 20 Minor Hits from Major Artists

Friday, March 5, 2010

Top 20 Rocking Songs

Turn up your volume to 11. These are great sing-along, hand clapping, fist crunching, feet stomping, ass-kicking songs. These are my top 20 hard rocking songs.

1. Iron Maiden - Run to the Hills

2. Kiss - I Love It Loud

3. Def Leppard - Rock of Ages

4. ACDC – Shook Me All Night Long

5. Guns N Roses – Paradise City

6. Twisted Sister – We’re not Gonna Take It

7. Warrant - Cherry Pie

8. Rammstein - Links 2,3,4

9. Quiet Riot - Cum on Feel the Noize

10. Gorky Park – Bang

11. Slade - Run Runaway

12. Motley Crue – Shout at the Devil

13. Judas Priest – Living After Midnight

14. Metallica – Enter Sandman

15. Scorpions - Rock You Like a Hurricane

16. Helix - Rock You

17. Loudness - Crazy Nights

18. Luca Turelli - Ancient Forest of Elves

19. Lordi - Hard Rock Hallelujah

20. Saxon - Princess of the Night

Monday, March 1, 2010

Top 20 Minor Hits from Major Artists

Everybody remembers 2 hits Michael Jackson recorded with Paul McCartney: "Ebony & Ivory" and "Say Say Say". Right? Well, did you know there was a third song? "The Man" enjoyed a very modest success resulting in very limited airplay and no video. Still, it was a good song. A song that most people don't know about or have forgotten. This is the spirit of this list. These are forgotten "great" minor hits and you will probably not find in a Greatest Hits album. These are my Top 20 Minor hits from Major Artists.

1. Elton John - In Neon

2. Billy Joel - Angry Young Man

3. Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City

4. Duran Duran - New Moon on Monday

5. Madonna - The Gambler

6. Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney - The Man

7. Men at Work - Dr Heckyl & Mr Jive

8. Prince – Mountains

9. ABBA – Departure (I Wonder)

10. Aerosmith - The Lightning Strikes

11. Dire Straits – Skateway

12. Bee Gees - He's a Liar

13. Heart - City's Burning

14. Queen - Calling All Girls

15. Rod Stewart - The Motown Song

16. Styx – Haven’t We Been Here Before

17. Rolling Stones - Little TA

18. Beach Boys - Spirit of America

19. Paul McCartney - Mrs Vanderbilt

20. The Who - Don't Let Go the Coat