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Would you like to make a Fluther Mixed Song List?

Asked by Bri_L (12143 points ) August 15th, 2009

I think a few rules should be in order:

1. No limitations, anything goes. Rock, alternative, country, classical, jazz, you name it.

2. You must explain your choice or I will attempt to flag it for removal. No free rides people.

3. No duplicates Please. Do a search to make sure it isn’t on there.

4. If the song is on YouTube or somewhere we can hear it, please link to it. If you don’t know how ask.

5. Please, here is the hard part, only one. Doesn’t have to be your favorite song. Maybe it’s a song you think is necessary. Maybe it’s a song you think is needed to balance the list out. Maybe you want to shock us. But please only provide one answer.

I will start.

I choose:

With or Without You It was the first U2 song I ever heard where I knew it was them singing it. I had heard Bad and Pride but didn’t know it was them. It is my favorite U2 song of all time for the way it starts out slow and low and adds and builds. And finally it was the start of me enjoying my all time favorite band back in 1987, and still to this day.

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arnbev959's avatar

Good question. I remember the Fluther Muxtape that we had before Muxtape got killed.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Ok, I’ll go. My choice is Of Dust and Nations by Thrice. They are one of my favorite bands, who are consistently underrated. A really experimental band that hasn’t been afraid to change their sound over time, and has done it really well. This is one of my favorite songs by them, especially this live version.

AstroChuck's avatar

Always and Forever by Heatwave is Parrothead‘s and my song. It was playing in the background at some club while we were on a date very early in our relationship. We both said how much we liked the song back in high school. If I remember correctly that date led to our first breakfast together. It’s been “our song” ever since then.

Bri_L's avatar

@petethepothead – I never saw that. Looked like it would have been cool.

Bri_L's avatar

nice start so far! Good job! Thanks!

tinyfaery's avatar

David Gray Please Forgive Me. This song came out when I met my wife. We spent a lot of time driving and listening to music, and this was the song that captured how I felt at that point in time. This song will always be part if our soundtrack.

augustlan's avatar

What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong. This is such a beautiful song all the way around. It makes you smile and makes you think.

arnbev959's avatar

With A Little Help From My Friends—It’s what Fluther’s all about!

brinibear's avatar

One Step at a Time by Jordin Sparks. It is my “postive” song, because it talks about not giving up, no matter what. And being part of the younger generation, we need something to help us and guide us, and we do it through music.

Saturated_Brain's avatar

@AstroChuck Oh man… That is a wonderful song… I just had to get it.

For me, it’s gotta be Sarah Vaughan’s cover of Over the Rainbow (you can choose to either download or play it from the link I provided). It’s so heartfelt, so passionate.. And it’s made me tear up on more than one occasion. Don’t we all just wish we could go somewhere over the rainbow?

Plus, it’s jazz. You can never go wrong with jazz.

pikipupiba's avatar

Flying High (D-Tune Radio Remix)
Flying High (99 Radio Edit)

Both by DCX

(Here is the first one – the second song in the video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiqkrz83fos

Yetanotheruser's avatar

@Saturated_Brain Good call. I have it in vinyl

One I would like to add is The Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics. I first heard it shortly after my father passed, and I could not listen to it for several years without tearing up.

Bri_L's avatar

@yetanotheruser – nice add! I have always loved that song for the message!

we have a really good list going here!

augustlan's avatar

I want so badly to post another song! <pouts>

Bri_L's avatar

@augustlan – I hear ya but no. maybe later I will call it. Or you could ignore me. I just think it would be neat to get each individuals single input until we have most participants involved. Then we can build a more complete list.

YARNLADY's avatar

Josh Groban, one of the most inspirational singers of our times. His rendition of “You Life Me Up” is one of my favorites. His is famous not only for his singing, which would be sufficient, but also his charity work, and his outstanding rapport with his audiences.

dalepetrie's avatar

OK, there are so many songs, but I don’t to get booted, so I gotta play by the rules. Since #1, the songs listed so far are generally quite…um…how do I say this without offending….lighter than what I’d want on a mixtape, how’s that….I gotta as you said, mix it up with something a bit harder. And for my money, one of the greatest heavy bands of all time has to be Pantera. And #2, as it happens, they did a song called Pre Hibernation for, of all things, the Sponebob Squarepants soundtrack, a song which is mostly an instrumental, but get this…starts out with Spongebob and Patrick chanting, “Jellyfishing, Jellyfishing, Jellyfishing. Here’s a link to the song.

AstroChuck's avatar

@augustlan- Me too! So I’ll just have to resort to a shameless plug instead.

Bri_L's avatar

Take it easy all. Once every one has had a pretty good shot we can double up. But the question has only been up 1 hour.

(astrochuck you tricky devil)

augustlan's avatar

Don’t click on AC’s link or you’ll be waiting for it to load all night! Oh, click it anyway… it was fun. :D

tiffyandthewall's avatar

road to joy – bright eyes
because 1) fluther sure does love their drugs and women and religious debates! (i have my drugs, i have my woman/they keep away my loneliness/my parents, they have their religion/but sleep in separate houses)
2) it is a wonderfully bittersweet song
and 3) did anyone really think i’d post a song by anyone other than bright eyes? (though penny lane by the beatles was a runner up)

quasi's avatar

Ok, this took some time. But after over an hour of surfing though my musical memories on youtube, I landed here

Suitably titled, “A picture postcard” by a band called the Promise Ring, from their first album I believe. I bought this album on a complete whim while on vacation with my parents in San Francisco during the mid-90s (at the time I was in my mid-teens). Being from the mid-west, the California landscape was really something to take in. And this album, steaming into my headphones, became the sound track to accompany the dreamy view that I had from the back seat of my parents rental car. This particular song was one of my favorites from the album.

Thanks for bringing it back to me.

Tink's avatar

I choose Time Is Running Out by Muse, it is has been my favorite song for a long time. And it was the first song I ever heard by them. Not only do I like the beat but also the lyrics.

dalepetrie's avatar

@eponymoushipster – I have to agree that song theme fits well, though if I were to include one Avalanches song on a mixtape, it would have to be this one, which come to think of it, isn’t all that inappropriate for this community at times.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@dalepetrie true. especially the “criminally insane” part.

dalepetrie's avatar

I can’t tell you how many times a day I read a question on here and think, “that boy needs therapy”. And of course, we’re all electronic frontier psychiatrists when you get right down to it.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

Great songs so far, but I think we need to inject something rather fun. Candy by The PUSA is one song that can make me happy, no matter what.

ekans's avatar

I have always been a fan of Poisoning Pigeons in the Park by Tom Lehrer. It is always great to listen to when I need a good laugh.
It is also sufficiently off the beaten path to fit my tastes.

markyy's avatar

Don’t just talk about it.. make it! I don’t want to be removed so I’ll add death cab for cutie – what Sarah said.

Zen's avatar

The Only Living Boy in New York by Simon and Garfunkel. It has everything in it, imho, and also has special meaning for me and sends me back to a special time in NYC. The lyrics are clever, the melody haunting. “I get the news I need from the weather report.”

whatthefluther's avatar

Just one, huh? I love music and hate restrictions, but I’ll play by the rules. Well. for me, it comes down to two guys. And with a tip of the hat to Mr. Lennon (as you may have imagined), it comes down to this guy and two songs. And my pick isn’t a song that is just blowin in the wind, it’s the song that announced to the world that its greatest songwriter ever, Mr. Bob Dylan, could also rock Just Like a Rolling Stone.
OK, so I’m a bit sneaky…certainly you expected no less!

RareDenver's avatar

Okay I would have to add Self Evident by Ani Difranco as it encourages us to think about things and not always take things as they may first appear, just like Fluther.

panspermia's avatar

i think the song dedicated for Fluther must be INSTRUMENTAL….and i am going with this one : Requiem for a tower

RareDenver's avatar

@panspermia Composed by Clint Mansell, I was going to go with a Pop Will Eat Itself track but changed my mind at the last minute, I love Clint!!

janbb's avatar

Hard to choose but here goes:

http://www.last.fm/music/The+Beatles/_/Blackbird

That’s “Blackbird” by the Beatles. It has a wistful melancholy about it that we can all relate to. Also, classic rock is underrepresented here.

I don’t know how to do the fancy link thing with just the title so I hope this is o.k.

Bri_L's avatar

I am really enjoying the way everyone is looking at what’s posted. Evening it out. The reason for the restriction is I didn’t want it to turn into a every person lists 1 or 2, the 4 or 7, the the entire body of work of so and so. I wanted to focus on the moods of the songs because, as we learned in High Fidelity, that is the key to a good mix.

Great contributions!

Thanks for taking it seriously, I know it sucks.

We will open it up for each person to give more than one suggestion with all the other rules remaining in place:

1. No limitations, anything goes. Rock, alternative, country, classical, jazz, you name it.

2. You must explain your choice or I will attempt to flag it for removal. No free rides people.

3. No duplicates Please. Do a search to make sure it isn’t on there.

4. If the song is on YouTube or somewhere we can hear it, please link to it. If you don’t know how ask.

And one new rule:

5. One song per thread entry. to keep it visually organized.

SuperMouse's avatar

After reading the part about only being able to list a single song I knew I had to go with the first song that popped into my head.

I picked Misty by Ella Fitzgerald. There is absolutely nothing in the world that compares to her crystal clear voice – nothing. I picked it because I could listen to this song over and and over, it withstands the test of time and it is in short, a wonderful love song. Also because I will never forget the scene in Magnum PI where Thomas sings it at a karaoke bar.

AstroChuck's avatar

Okay, great, more than one! You can’t have a decent mix without at least one song from the great Jimmy Cliff. I’m sharing Many Rivers to Cross because It’s simply a part of my life as I listen to it everyday. I love everything about this song, the lyrics, Jimmy’s angelic vocals, everything. It’s a song about struggling with will, trying to overcome hardship; a very reggaesque theme. Anyway, enjoy.

SuperMouse's avatar

Since I get to pick another one I’m going with something a bit newer, more funky, and an all around bitchin song. I chose it because once you hear it, it will be your earworm for days and and days. Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby recommend for the Fluther Mix Tape I Turn My Camera On by Spoon.

lloydbird's avatar

Having just managed to extricate myself from under an avalanche of potential choices, I’ve decided to settle for This Heaven by David Gilmour from his superb, 2006 album ‘On an Island’. The sentiment of the song comes from a great and now wise man, who has distilled all of his 40+ years of legendary music making into one outstanding album. Perfection from the first note to the last. Easily rivals, if not surpasses his work with Pink Floyd.

On a personal level, the song and album evoke bitter/sweet memories of the summer of the same year, which would prove to be the last that my two teenage daughters would still be prepared to take holidays and days out with my wife and I, before feeling too self-consciously “old” to do so.(Sniff sniff)

GQ Little furry dude!

SuperMouse's avatar

My third (and I hope final) pick is the song I most recently downloaded to my ipod. I discovered it during a Spinning class and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since. The video is incredibly goofy and the song is fun to listen to and sing along with. I recommend Juicy by Better Than Ezra.

RareDenver's avatar

Okay so here’s another X Y & ZEE by Pop Will Eat Itself. I’ve just recorded it from vinyl now, here’s a picture

I think it invokes the feeling of the collective “I am you and you are me, X, Y, Zee to A, B, C, you, me, us, we are one”

augustlan's avatar

Leader of the Band by Dan Fogelberg. This song was inspired by his father, and routinely makes me cry. It’s cathartic, and sometimes we need that.

AstroChuck's avatar

The Galaxy Song from Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life for a little levity. Also, very educational.

Two scientific number corrections though- He exaggerates just a bit on the number of galaxies in the universe. A couple hundred billion is likely a more reasonable number. Also, the speed of light is closer to eleven million miles a minute.

Bri_L's avatar

I feel the need add a dash of ruckus. I would like to add Crazy Train by Ozzy Ozbourne.

It was the first heavy metal song I ever liked.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@Bri_L Awesome choice, Crazy Train is my favorite Ozzy song. Best listened to loud enough to break the windows. =)

For my second choice, there is one Jazz tune that I recently found that has a little bit of everything, and yet, stands out as a pinnacle of the jazz experience. That song is Technicolor Nightmare by Christian McBride. Here it is as performed live at the 2008 Detroit International Jazz Festival.

tinyfaery's avatar

Think About You Guns N’ Roses It hasn’t been overplayed, and it still rocks. My favorite Gn’R song, hands down.

whatthefluther's avatar

@Bri_L…Thanks for opening it up (tho I snuck a couple of honorable mentions in my first post). I’m going to kick it up some as well and make it a bit more current tho this is actually a remake for this band. It was originally recorded several years ago but the addition of a second kick-ass guitarist made this song explode for anberlin. The song that rocked in 2009 for me, I give you The Feel Good Drag and I insist you crank it up! See ya….Gary aka wtf
@SuperMouse….Boy do I love Spoon….good choice!

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@whatthefluther thanks for turning me onto a new band, those guys rock!

Bri_L's avatar

As I want all to feel welcome and I also love all kinds of music, I would like to bring this one into play. A little country

Garth Brooks’ I’ve Got Friends In Low Places. Three reasons. Love the message. Love singing along. Love the artist.

I know he’s a marketing genius but I could care less. Love his music.

SuperMouse's avatar

If we are going to go country I would like to add Harper Valley PTA by Jeannie C. Riley. I picked it because it is the very first country song I remember hearing and loving. Also, I’m a sucker for story songs!

Bri_L's avatar

Oo Oo Oo

Blast my own rules!!!! CLASSIC!

Johnny Cash – A Boy Named Sue

I first heard this when I was really little and did not understand it and I remember my dad trying to explain it and I just couldn’t understand it. BUT I always laughed at the end!!!

SuperMouse's avatar

No mix tape is complete without some classical. For this I nominate Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. It is quite simply a wonderful piece of music and it is accessible and easy to listen to, even for those who claim to loathe classical music.

quasi's avatar

Ah, I see the rules of the game have changed. In that case, I would also like to add a tune that is a sure compliment to any mix. This goes out to all you dreamy people on fluther.

Demis Roussos – “So Dreamy” a perfect song for almost any lazy day (it’s Sunday still), and a video that will surely make you smile.

SuperMouse's avatar

How about some Bobby Darin! When I was a kid my big brother learned all the words to Mack the Knife and would sing it for the whole family. Great song!

sweetteaindahouse's avatar

@janbb Did you know that song was about a black girl during the desegregation period? I saw Paul McCartney last night in Atlanta, Georgia and he told us the story about why he wrote that song.

I like Joe Cockers version of With a little Help From My Friends better than The Beatles version.

janbb's avatar

@sweetteaindahouse I didn’t know that. Thanks for the info!

Bri_L's avatar

@ALL – If you see that people you know on Fluther are not on this link because they may not have gotten tapped due to the topics I chose, but you think they would enjoy it, I ask you to invite them.

I am adding Steve Martin’s Late for School. Now, his whole album is excellent. I was torn between this and a few others, but given my state of mind right now as an unemployed man with marital problems I prefer humor dammit!

I am also adding this because I love me some banjo. If I could learn an instrument that would be it.

janbb's avatar

Amazing Grace Joni Mitchell’s version. One of the most powerful spiritual songs and one of the most beautiful voices.

@augustlan I did it! By George, I did it.

filmfann's avatar

Aretha Frankin Til You Come Back To Me
Frank Sinatra How Insensitive.

Both incredible songs. Neither have decent versions on Youtube.

AstroChuck's avatar

I’d also like to add the live version of Total Eclipse by the late, great, and very unique Klaus Nomi. He was often ridiculed but I loved his music. This version of the song is my favorite.

brinibear's avatar

To Myself I Turned by Lacuna Coil, is one of my all time favorite songs. They are an Italian rock group, who have some amazing songs. I espically like this song because while I was away from home, it made me feel like I was the “only survivor in this land.”

AstroChuck's avatar

This is getting to be quite an eclectic mix.

augustlan's avatar

@AstroChuck Like Fluther itself. :)

Bri_L's avatar

@AstroChuck – That would be the point. Think if we ever got together BAM instant DJ.

lloydbird's avatar

So what is the initial ‘single choice’ Mix Tape compilation please, compiler?
(-:
And can the album cover be your avatar?

Bri_L's avatar

I will have that for tomorrow. and yes. The album cover can be!

AstroChuck's avatar

Balada Do Louca by Os Mutantes for a little Brazilian flavor. One of the great overlooked (well, in this country anyway) bands of the sixties and seventies.

whatthefluther's avatar

@Bri_L…One more, please. This one is recommended as the finale…once you’ve watched the video, I think you’ll agree it would be a good one to close with. Its the most beautiful vocal performance I have ever heard. Here is Jeff Buckley’s cover of the Leonard Cohen song Hallelujah. See ya….Gary aka wtf

janbb's avatar

@whatthefluther – That is indeed a beautiful song and Jeff Buckley’s is a great cover but it makes me very sad.

whatthefluther's avatar

@janbb….Music can take you anywhere….the important thing is you feel it. I cry whenever I hear it. I love it nonetheless. See ya….Gary aka wtf

AstroChuck's avatar

This is a better Hallelujah.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

A song that gets a bad rap in some circles, but it has everything that someone who digs rock and roll would like, and it is a classical piece. My very favorite Heavy Metal Classical Tune by Gustav Holst. You have to listen to it turned up loud to appreciate it.

brinibear's avatar

@evelyns_pet_zebra your right, it is a good one. My high school orchestra performed that one my senior year.

jonsblond's avatar

We need a little rap in da house. 50 Cent 21 Questions.

Some lyrics that I enjoy from this song that I think fit well with fluther:

We’re only humans girl we make mistakes, to make it up I do whatever it take
I love you like a fat kid loves cake

Would you still love me if I was down and out?

I treat you how you want to be treated just teach me how

candacewells4's avatar

“What A Shame”, by Shinedown. The message just makes me wana help people. Plus, we need more rock on here. :)

RareDenver's avatar

Not Addicted cos none of us are ;-)

AstroChuck's avatar

You can’t have a good mix without a little Talking Heads, and what better song of theirs than Psycho Killer?

RareDenver's avatar

@AstroChuck fa fa fa far far fa fa far far

filmfann's avatar

I like Girlfriend is Better, but my wife gets annoyed when I do the Once in a Lifetime dance

Saturated_Brain's avatar

Does anyone want moving music again? I just watched Up today. It was so touching.. Here’s music from perhaps one of the most moving parts of the film… Married Life.

brinibear's avatar

please let’s not talk about marriage, it sucks! :(
@Saturated_Brain that is a really good movie. I wanted to be like the couple in the movie not a young statistic

Saturated_Brain's avatar

@Bri_L Oh crap! The meaning behind the title SOOOOO did not register. I’m so sorry!! =(

@brinibear I’d like for their life to be mine too. So nice.

Bri_L's avatar

@Saturated_Brain – No worries. Just playing with ya. If I don’t joke I don’t cope.

Bri_L's avatar

@augustlan – A classic updated wonderfully by a great band! Thanks!

NuGoonie23's avatar

oooooh I know a good song.

Getting up By Q-tip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A3OHelBweY
here’s another
Squeeze me By Kraak & Smaak
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYeTwfyx0nw

AstroChuck's avatar

How about some Bob Dylan to give this list a little Dignity.

rooeytoo's avatar

I missed this the first time around, just noticed it on the side bar, anyhow, I vote for

“Who Let the Dogs Out?”

because someone in my house is always asking that! And it makes me dance around a little when I hear it.

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