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Our Top 11 Survival Songs first surfaced in 2015, but the current coronavirus pandemic that has the entire planet in its grasp, most of us self-isolating and socially distancing ourselves so as to mitigate risk of spreading the virus has us all in need of some motivational songs. Just be sure to maintain that social distance, you know? Maybe sing the Police’s classic “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” as a way of conveying the message.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNIZofPB8ZM So without further ado …  “See, they say it’s ‘survival of the fittest’, but you and I really know that it’s ‘survival of…

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This month’s Top 11 list concerns revenge … a topic that’s served as the inspiration for all sorts of songs over the years! “We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.” – Heinrich Heine   “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” by Nancy Sinatra More than a half-century after its release in 1966, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” is still considered an anthem of women’s empowerment. Written by Lee Hazelwood, Nancy Sinatra scored a No. 1 hit with the song. “I knew it was a hit the first time Lee Hazelwood played the bass line on…

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Top 11 Songs About Friendship — a list that barely scratches the surface. If you think of any more that you’d add, let us know! “An old friend will help you move. A good friend will help you move a dead body.” – Jim Hayes “Friends” by Elton John “Friends,” written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, was the title track of the 1971 teen-romance film. John and Taupin were offered the chance to do the film’s soundtrack, an idea that intrigued them in the early days of John’s career. In the liner notes of the box set To Be Continued…

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Whether you watch an actual TV or subscribe to one or more streaming platforms, the concept of “television commercials” remains a huge part of consuming entertainment — and more than a few classic songs have turned up in them in recent years …  “A lot of weird ads. Sally Struthers with that little kid: ‘Just 55 cents, the price of a cup of coffee, feeds this kid and his family for a week.’ Yeah, where is that? ‘Cause I wanna move there.” – Robert Schimmel “Magic” by Pilot (Ozempic) Scottish band Pilot reached No. 5 in 1975 with “Magic,” written…

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“The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.” — George Carlin “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney Paul McCartney played every instrument on 1979’s “Wonderful Christmastime” including the synthesizer that created all of its echoey chord progressions. It was McCartney’s first solo effort after Wings’ final LP, 1979’s Back to the Egg. The band took part in the song’s video and performed it during Wings’ UK tour in late 1979. “The line between what Paul was doing solo and the band was not hard and fast,” recalled guitarist Laurence Juber in Medium.…

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This month, enjoy a curated list of some of the most noteworthy “telephone songs” ever recorded — that is, songs all about the phone and our communal relationship with it! “A telephone survey says that 51 percent of college students drink until they pass out at least once a month. The other 49 percent didn’t answer the phone.” – Craig Kilborn “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone One-hit wonders Tommy Tutone scored a No. 4 hit in 1982 with “867-5309/Jenny,” a song that prompted thousands of crank calls to folks unlucky enough to have that number. The tune was written by Alex…

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This latest Top 11 takes a look at some of the best songs recorded by rock and rock/pop duos over the years.  “Tis the only comfort of the miserable to have partners in their woes.” – Miguel de Cervantes “One Toke Over the Line” by Brewer & Shipley During the Nixon administration, Vice President Spiro Agnew called Brewer & Shipley’s “One Toke Over the Line” “blatant drug-culture propaganda” when it was released. He was probably right, but the controversy helped the tune reach the Top 10 in 1971. In 2012 Michael Brewer told Rock Cellar how he came to write “One…

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Below, enjoy a selection of some of the most notable songs about music ever recorded — though there are countless more out there, of course! “I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down.'” – Bob Newhart “Band on the Run” by Paul McCartney and Wings The title song of Paul McCartney and Wings’ 1973 album, “Band on the Run” became a No. 1 hit in 1974. The song has three distinct musical styles and has become one of Wings’ signature tunes. McCartney…

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This month’s Top 11 is a list of some of the most noteworthy songs recorded by bands or artists with animal names.  “Animals may be our friends, but they won’t pick you up at the airport.” – Bobcat Goldthwait “Small Town” by John Cougar Mellencamp When John Mellencamp had a Top 10 hit in 1985 with “Small Town,” he was known as John Cougar Mellencamp. It was an improvement; Tony DeFries of MainMan Management gave the singer-songwriter the stage name Johnny Cougar early in Mellencamp’s career. “That was put on me by some manager,” Mellencamp told American Songwriter “I went…

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“My wife met me at the door the other night in a sexy negligee. Unfortunately, she was just coming home.” – Rodney Dangerfield “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins Following his departure from Genesis, Phil Collins released his first solo album, Face Value, in 1981. Its single was “In the Air Tonight,” which became a Top 20 hit. “This song has become a stone around my neck, though I do love it,” Collins told Rolling Stone.  “I wrote it after my wife left me. Genesis had done a tour that was far too long. She said to me, ‘We…

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