Browsing: Top 11

This month’s Top 11 concerns racism — and, specifically, some of the most notable songs to tackle the complicated subject over the years.  “Hollywood folks like to believe they are wrapped in their liberal beliefs, but it’s all just a ruse. They got the complexion for the protection. Hollywood only brings up race when it works for them.” — Paul Mooney “Brother Louie” by Hot Chocolate and Stories “Brother Louie” was written by Errol Brown and Tony Wilson of the British band Hot Chocolate. The story of an interracial affair became a No. 7 hit in the UK in 1973.…

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This Top 11 Songs for a Better World piece original ran in 2013, but given the protests in the United States regarding the death of George Floyd and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, it is being re-run in 2020.  While rock ‘n’ roll has always celebrated love, laughter, and living large, its stars have also created music that has sparked social change. To abolish war, racism, hate and poverty, rockers have created anthems that have moved people to contribute money, take to the streets or just live in harmony. Songs that targeted the Vietnam War have been updated to address new conflicts;…

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“I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn’t park anywhere near the place.” – Steven Wright  Honorable Mention: “Play With Fire” by the Rolling Stones “Play With Fire” was recorded one late night in January 1965. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were the only Stones to play on the track: the others had fallen asleep. Producer Phil Spector played bass and his assistant, Jack Nitzsche, played harpsichord. “Play With Fire” was released in 1965 as the B-side of “The Last Time.” The song tells the story of a high-society girl in London. “It was just kind of…

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“My doctor told me to stop having in,timate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.” – Orson Welles “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)” by Robert Palmer British artist Robert Palmer died in 2003 at the age of 54, leaving behind No. 1 hits like “Simply Irresistible” and “Addicted to Love.” The blue-eyed soul singer’s “Bad Case of Loving You” was a Top 20 single in 1979. The song was written and first recorded in 1978 by Moon Martin. “How Robert came about recording the song was that Robert told me he was going to do a…

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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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