Build Your Own Music-Related List

Nov 14th, 2008 // 29 Comments

Inspired by Matos’ review of Hang The DJ earlier today and the inevitable barrage of year end lists on the horizon, we figured we’d allow Idolator readers to indulge in a little bit of listmaking of their own. After all, listmaking indulges the worst tendencies of any music fan (or possibly any fan at all), so why not use a late-autumn weekend to take some time and make your own list, or argue with the lists other people have put up. Or both! It’s an endless cycle! My contribution is beyond the cut.



Here’s my current ranking of the songs from the July 1993 CMJ New Music Monthly CD sampler (my ranking at the time of release in brackets).

1. Pharcyde, “Otha Fish” [6]


2. Rocket from the Crypt, “Hippy Dippy Do” [7]
3. Tsunami, “460″ [5]
4. Paul Westerberg, “World Class Fad” [3]
5. Matthew Sweet, “Ugly Truth Rock” [4]

6. Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, “Saturday Night” [2]
7. Verve, “Slide Away” [1]

8. Catherine Wheel, “Crank” [8]
9. Idaho, “Skyscrape” [13]
10. Quicksand, “Dine Alone” [11]

11. Boss Hog, “Ruby” [14]
12. Eve’s Plum, “Blue” [10]
13. Blind Melon, “No Rain” [9]

14. Front 242, “Religion” [12]
15. Engines of Aggression, “Illusion Is Real” [16]
16. The Point, “Hey Jane” [15]
17. Sheep on Drugs, “15 Minutes of Fame” [17]

Channel your inner Irving Wallace and have fun.

  1. Maura Johnston

    that verve song is still so dreamy.

  2. Dan Gibson

    I think outside forces have affected my once strong love for the Verve.

  3. Anonymous

    The 5 albums I bought before I was 18 that I’m not ashamed o f today and might actually consider not remove from my shelves when my indie rock friends come visit

    1. Refused “The Shape of Punk to Come”
    2. Deftones “Around The Fur”
    3. Guns N Roses “Apetite For Destruction”
    4. Queen “Live at Wembley 86″
    5. Ace of Base “The Sign”

    Only 5, I only listened to crap as a teenager.

  4. T'Challa

    @Dan Gibson: Just curious–what are these ‘outside forces’ you speak of?

    Whenever I listen to “Judas” from their under-appreciated new album “Forth”, I remember why I still lurve them so much.

  5. Anonymous

    Wow, that Sheep on Drugs video is TERRIBLE.

    5 emo bands that I still kind of like (I’m sure there are more):

    1. Sunny Day Real Estate
    2. The Promise Ring
    3. Jets to Brazil
    4. Burning Airlines
    5. Texas is the Reason

    Is (are?) the Dismemberment Plan emo? I never considered them so, but some do. They’re the best ever, PS.

  6. Chris N.

    11 Awesomest James Brown Song Titles:

    1. “For Goodness Sakes (Take a Look at Those Cakes) – Pt. 1″
    2. “Mashed Potatoes U.S.A.”
    3. “Licking Stick – Licking Stick, Pt. 1″
    4. “Tit For That (Ain’t No Taking Back)”
    5. “Mother Popcorn (You Got To Have A Mother For Me), Pt. 1″
    6. “Let A Man Come In and Do the Popcorn, Pt. 2″
    7. “Santa Claus Is Definitely Here to Stay”
    8. “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine, Pt. 1″
    9. “I Got Ants In My Pants (And I Want to Dance) – Pt. 1″
    10. “Funky President (People It’s Bad)
    11. “Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses)”

  7. Chris Molanphy

    Top 30 songs that made the U.S. Top 40 but then never made it past No. 30:

    1. “Rapper’s Delight,” Sugarhill Gang, No. 36, 1980
    2. “Come As You Are,” Nirvana, No. 34, 1992
    3. “God Only Knows,” Beach Boys, No. 39, 1966
    4. “99 Problems,” Jay-Z, No. 30, 2004
    5. “Creep,” Radiohead, No. 34, 1993
    6. “Pride (In the Name of Love),” U2, No. 33, 1984
    7. “Running Up That Hill,” Kate Bush, No. 30, 1985
    8. “Genius of Love,” Tom Tom Club, No. 31, 1982
    9. “You Get What You Give,” New Radicals, No. 36, 1999
    10. “Me, Myself and I,” De La Soul, No. 34, 1989
    11. “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” Bob Dylan, No. 39, 1965
    12. “True Faith,” New Order, No. 32, 1987
    13. “A Girl Like You,” Edwyn Collins, No. 32, 1985
    14. “Love Is the Drug,” Roxy Music, No. 30, 1976
    15. “Hey Ladies,” Beastie Boys, No. 36, 1989
    16. “In the Meantime,” Spacehog, No. 32, 1996
    17. “You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” Gap Band, No. 31, 1982
    18. “Everyday I Write the Book,” Elvis Costello, No. 36, 1983
    19. “Sweet Emotion,” Aerosmith, No. 36, 1975
    20. “Think,” James Brown, No. 33, 1960
    21. “Baby You’re a Rich Man,” Beatles, No. 34, 1967
    22. “Back in the U.S.A.,” Chuck Berry, No. 37, 1959
    23. “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” Sylvester, No. 36, 1979
    24. “Dedicated Follower of Fashion,” The Kinks, No. 36, 1966
    25. “White Wedding,” Billy Idol, No. 36, 1983
    26. “Valley Girl,” Frank Zappa, No. 32, 1982
    27. “Black Friday,” Steely Dan, No. 37, 1975
    28. Dr. Dre, “Let Me Ride,” No. 34, 1993
    29. “American Tune,” Paul Simon, No. 35, 1974
    30. “The Unknown Soldier,” The Doors, No. 39, 1968

  8. Anonymous

    @Chris N.: What about the awesomely ridiculous verbiage of “I Don’t Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door I’ll Get It Myself)” ?

    Pts. 1 & 2, of course.

  9. Ned Raggett

    @Dan Gibson: Now now. (Though I wish the new album had been a bit better — that said, the live bootlegs from last year showed Nick and Simon still had it.)

  10. Chris Molanphy

    Oops — the Edwyn Collins track above is from 1995, not ’85, obviously.

  11. Dan Gibson

    @Ned Raggett: I’m reacting poorly because I’ve been hurt, Ned.

  12. westartedthis

    top five album cover homages (sources in parentheses)

    01. The Clash – London Calling (Elvis Presley)
    02. Boris – Akuma No Uta (Nick Drake)
    03. Clinic – Internal Wrangler (Ornette Coleman)
    04. Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out (the Kinks)
    05. Kruder and Dorfmeister – G-Stoned (Simon and Garfunkel)

  13. joshservo

    Top 5 Jim Blashfield Videos

    5. Joni Mitchell, “Good Friends”

    4. Tears For Fears, “Sowing The Seeds of Love”

    3. Michael Jackson, “Leave Me Alone”

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    2. Paul Simon, “The Boy In The Bubble”

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    1. Talking Heads, “And She Was”

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  14. natepatrin

    Ten best tracks to use the Incredible Bongo Band’s “Apache” break:

    1: Nas, “Made You Look”
    2: Goldie, “Inner City Life”
    3: West Street Mob, “Break Dance Electric Boogie”
    4: Double Dee & Steinski, “The Payoff Mix”
    5: The Roots, “Thought @ Work”
    6: Future Sound of London, “We Have Explosive”
    7: Geto Boys, “Do It Like a G.O.”
    8: Moby, “Machete”
    9: Digital, “Metro”
    10: Hijack, “Doomsday of Rap” (used the melody instead of the drum break!)

  15. kicking222

    Top seven single-disc soundtracks of the 2000s:

    1) “Stubbs the Zombie” (video game)
    2) “Garden State” (film)
    3) “Spring Awakening” (stage musical)
    4) “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (film)
    5) “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (film)
    6) “Grand Theft Auto IV” (video game)
    7) “The Royal Tenenbaums” (film)

  16. Chris N.

    @perfectomix: Point taken.

  17. DocStrange

    @Chris Molanphy: I’ll one up you:

    Top 20 widely popular artists to have only one US Top 40 singles (using Joel Whitburn’s rules I exclude bands like Oasis and Weezer who had numerous airplay hits but only one song to chart on the US Top 40 or Janis Joplin who had another Top 40 entry with Big Brother and the Holding Company).
    1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience (#20, 1967)
    2. Frank Zappa “Valley Girl” (#32, 1982)
    3. Grateful Dead “Touch of Grey” (#9, 1987)
    4. Iggy Pop “Candy” (#28, 1990)
    5. Take That “Back for Good” (#7, 1995)
    6. Rush “New World Man” (#21, 1982)
    7. Roxy Music “Love is the Drug” (#30, 1976)
    8. Lou Reed “Walk on the Wild Side” (#16, 1972)
    9. Queensrÿche “Silent Lucidity” (#9, 1991)
    10. Kate Bush “Running Up That Hill,” (#30, 1985)
    11. Beck “Loser” (#10, 1994)
    12. Sinead O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (#1, 1990)
    13. Siouxsie and the Banshees “Kiss Them For Me” (#23, 1991)
    14. Talk Talk “It’s My Life” (1984, #31)
    15. Devo “Whip It” (#14, 1980)
    16. Loreena McKennitt “The Mummers’ Dance” (#18, 1997)
    17. Big Audio Dynamite “Rush” (#32, 1991)
    18. Love & Rockets “So Alive” (#3, 1989)
    19. The Verve “Bittersweet Symphony” (#12, 1998)
    20. The Status Quo “Pictures of Matchstick Men” (#12, 1968)

    Honorable mention: NRBQ “Get that Gasoline Blues” (#70, 1974). NRBQ is basically famous for being the favorite band of several notable critics, the entire Allmusic organization and several “Simpsons” writers.

    Also, Johnny Marr and Damon Albarn only have one Top 40 hit apiece: Marr’s is “Getting Away With It” by Electronic and Albarn’s is “Feel Good Inc” by Gorillaz

  18. mattowles

    11 awesomest James Chance song titles:

    1. Designed to Kill
    2. Almost Black (pts. 1 & 2)
    3. I Don’t Wanna Be Happy
    4. I Danced with a Zombie
    5. Off Black
    6. Sax Maniac
    7. Sax Machine
    8. Melt Yourself Down
    9. Irresistible Impulse
    10. Bleached Black
    11. Bedroom Athlete

    (really anything on the flaming demonics album is a cool song title).
    (i think ‘irresistible impulse’ is really cool when you actually think of what it actually means)

  19. Dan Gibson

    @T’Challa: The outside force is the band of Verve imposters roving around these days.

  20. iantenna

    top 5 solo albums by dudes from famous bands:
    1. gene clark – s/t
    2. paul mccartney – mccartney
    3. lowell george – thanks i’ll eat it here
    4. john fogerty – blue ridge rangers
    5. colin blunstone – one year

    sorry john and syd.

  21. iantenna

    top 5 british country-rock records:
    1. brinsley schwarz – silver pistol
    2. rolling stones – exile on main st.
    3. matthews’ southern comfort – later that same year
    4. elton john – tumbleweed connection
    5. sutherland brothers band – s/t

  22. Anonymous

    Top 5 bands ever:
    1. Radiohead
    2. Radiohead
    3. Radiohead
    4. Radiohead
    5. Vampire Weekend

  23. D.R. Mosby

    Top 5 run-on album titles:

    1. Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
    2. Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger
    3. Underworld – dubnobasswithmyheadman
    4. John Doe – Kissingsohard
    5. Liz Phair – whitechocolatespaceegg

  24. Elijah-M

    @Maura Johnston: They never topped “Slide Away,” as far as I’m concerned.

  25. Dick Laurent is dead.

    @mattowles:
    Very nice.

    @D.R. Mosby:
    No “Satanoscillatemymetallicsonatas”?

  26. Anonymous

    Top 8 Fred Falke remixes of 2008:

    1. The Whitest Boy Alive – “Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix)”
    2. Ladyhawke – “Back of the Van (Fred Falke Ultimate Beverly Mix)”
    3. Kish Mauve – “Lose Control (Fred Falke Remix)”
    4. Sugababes – “Girls (Fred Falke Dub)”
    5. Lykke Li – “I’m Good, I’m Gone (Fred Falke Remix Extended Version)”
    6. City Life featuring DD – “San Francisco (Fred Falke Dub)”
    7. Eric Prydz – “Pjanoo (Fred Falke Remix)”
    8. Digitalism – “Apollo-Gize (Fred Falke Edit)”

  27. DocStrange

    @DocStrange: In my rush to do that I forgot to list the Jimi Hendrix chart entry. It was “All Along the Watchtower”, but most of you already know this.

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