Monday, November 5, 2012

Music Mondays: My List of 100 All-Time Favorite Songs (100-80)

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You know I can’t resist a theme, and today I'd like to introduce yet another one – Music Mondays!  As with my other themes, “Foodie Fridays” and “Wellness Wednesdays”, I won’t necessarily make weekly contributions to this particular theme, but it will be an ongoing space that will provide the opportunity to discuss one of my favorite art forms: Music.

Several years ago, two of my friends and I decided to compose a list of our 100 all-time favorite songs.  There was no purpose for these compilations other than to share our mutual passion for music, and maybe introduce each other to a new genre or artist.  (Although, the exercise did prompt my friend, Kevin, to create a set of CDs with his favorite songs so that he could listen to them whenever he wanted.  Which was only logical since he is a former disc jockey.)

Make no mistake about it – this was no easy task.  It took us about a week to decide on our songs, and then about an hour to share them with each other.  In fact, I’m not even sure that if I were to do this exercise today it would contain the same song selections.  But, since I’m lazy and all, I think I’m just going to keep it like it is.  It could prove interesting to see what –and why – I chose the songs I did.

So, without further ado, here are the top 100 All-Time Favorite Songs as chosen by Dawn Hobbie Sticklen.  (Don’t worry – you’re only going to get them twenty at a time, starting from 100 and moving toward number 1.  Think of this as an extension of some sort of VH1 program.  Without the bad comedians and washed-up actors.)

100. “Loving You” – Minnie Riperton
99. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong
98. “Friends in Low Places” – Garth Brooks
97. “World on a String” – Billie Holliday
96. “All You Zombies” – The Hooters
95. “Who Will Save Your Soul” – Jewel (hmm, this one should probably have a higher ranking…)
94. “1979” – Smashing Pumpkins
93. “Heaven Tonight” – Hole
92. “Don’t Go” – Yaz
91.  “867-5309” – Tommy Tutone
90. “Hippy Chick” – SoHo
89. “Times Like This” – Foo Fighters
88. “Southern Man” – Neil Young
87. “Malibu” – Hole
86. “If You Leave” – OMD
85. “Don’t Let Him Steal Your Heart Away” – Phil Collins
84. “Vienna” – Billy Joel
83. “Orange Crush” – REM
82. “What’s Up” – Four Non-Blondes (my signature cover song…)
81. “Ohio” – Crosby, Stills, and Nash
80. “Girls on Film” – Duran Duran

So, there you have it.  Tune in next time for the next twenty songs on my list.  In the meantime, what are your favorite songs of all time?  Feel free to share some in the comments section below.  Or, if you like, send me a list and maybe I’ll include it in a future blog post….


  1. One of my favourites is Weak In The Knees by Serena Ryder. Her voice is gold and her lyrics full of heart in all her music.

    1. Hi Dawn, This reminds me, I must go back and order your published work!! Congrats on that!
      Love the list, and I hadn't thought of Minnie Ripperton for a long time--that is an awesome song. This will help my ipod project of "Good Gym Music" that I've been procrastinating on. Just saw Jersey Boys--may I suggest "Sherry?" I look forward to next Monday's list!

    2. Katja! Weak in the Knees is one of the songs I play when I play my guitar at the Art Walks! This list was compiled a few years before Serena released that song, but it would definitely have a spot on here if I were composing a list today. I agree - it is a beautiful song.

    3. Hi, Ermigal! I love Minnie Ripperton, and still think that song is one of the most beautiful songs written. I recently found out Minnie wrote if for her daughter - who is none other than Maya Rudolph - when she was born.

    4. Oh, and Maya was born in Gainesville, FL. Go Gators!

  2. Ok, it's not right, but let's face it, we totally judge others based on their music picks and you really had me worried by starting out with Loving You, Dawn...BUT 2 Hole songs! You are back in my good graces!

    LOL. I can't wait for the next list!

    1. Jess, I hear ya, but, c'mon, NO ONE can sing that song like Minnie! And I know it's cheesy, but it's a classic! Plus, every time I hear it I am instantly transported back in time to third grade, and that's what I love about music - its ability to make me feel memories and emotions so acutely. No other art form affects me the way music does. And, thanks for noticing my affinity for Hole! I am always cheering for Courtney Love - such a tormented talent.

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