Playlist: Great Songs Over Seven Minutes

As technology advances at the rapid rate that it does, It seems that our attention spans are getting severely short.  The invention and popularity of the iPod was truly revolutionary, but music took a huge hit.  Listening to albums used to be an event, you would devote time to listen to a whole album in one setting.  Now we have trouble just listening to one song without skipping forward to the next song, and when was the last time you listed to an album from start to finish without stopping?  This is tragic – artist do not create music so that their work can be skipped after the first five seconds if the music does not entice you fast enough.  The following songs make you wait – the best part isn’t in the first ten seconds, twenty seconds, or even the first minute.  They are song that challenge you but soon reward you.

I hope you have some time on your hands, because all these songs are over seven minutes long!  It should be pointed out that I’m not including live tracks.

LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends”

 

Bob Dylan – “Hurricane”

 

Led Zeppelin – “Stairway To Heaven”

 

Ryan Adams – “Nobody Girl”

 

Neil Young – “Down By The River”

 

Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Free Bird”

 

Green Day – “Jesus Of Suburbia” (Sorry but you’ll have to follow the link.)

 

Kanye West – “Runaway”

 

Eric Clapton – “The Core”

 

Prince – “Purple Rain”

 

The Who – “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

 

Don McLean – “American Pie”

 

Dave Matthews Band – “Crush”

 

The Beatles – “Hey Jude”

 

The Rolling Stones – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

 

Oasis – “Champagne Supernova” (Sorry but you’ll have to follow the link.)

 

Derek and the Dominos – “Layla”

Playlist: Songs To Celebrate Graduation

Well today I have graduated from high school.  This is such an eventful time and I always try to find the perfect songs to fit the mood.  Here are some of my favorite songs to celebrate the end, and the beginning, of one of the many stages of life.  I tried to find songs that leaned more towards graduation and moving on, but all these songs on this list are about big changes in life and reflecting on it.

Head Automatica – “Graduation Day”

Green Day – “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)”

Alice Cooper – “School’s Out”

Smashing Pumpkins – “Today”

The Beatles – “In My Life”

John Mayer – “No Such Thing”

Eagle Eye Cherry – “Save Tonight”

Eve 6 – “Here’s To The Night”

Foo Fighters – “Times Like These”

Semisonic – “Closing Time”

Steely Dan – “Reelin In The Years”

Fleetwood Mac – “Landslide”

Wilco – “What’s The World Got In Store”

LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends”

Top Lists: Top Songs About The End Of The World

It’s bound to happen sometime.

Well apparently today is the end of world, and what better way to end our existence then to listen to some awesome music!  Here are some tunes to jam out to when the world blows up.

R.E.M. – “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”

U2 – “Until The End Of The World”

John Mellencamp – “The End Of The World”

The Beatles – “The End”

Dave Matthews Band – “When The World Ends”

The Clash – “London Calling”

Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band – “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)”

Pink Floyd – “Goodbye Cruel World”

Best Albums Named After Colors

Because the band was too lazy and we had to have something to call the album by.

The Beatles – The White Album

Jay-Z/Metallica – The Black Album

Danger Mouse – The Grey Album

The Band – The Brown Album

Weezer – The Blue Album

Weezer – The Green Album

The worst album named after a color

Weezer – The Red Album

Albums named after colors that I’m indifferent to?

Stefy – The Orange Album

Spongebob Squarepants – The Yellow Album

Playlist: Songs To Help You Cheer Up

Music that heals the soul and gets you back on your feet.

Some days just suck.  Nothing you can do and nothing you can tell yourself can make your day better, and we can get lost in our sadness.

We need music for those sad times, but we also need music to help us get back on our feet.  It seems that these songs are harder to find, especially when we need them the most.  These five songs are the songs I go to when I’ve done all my crying and need something to lift me up.  I hope these songs do the same to you.

Please note that these songs aren’t necessary cheery, but rather the lyrics and the emotion of the song is what heals.

Ryan Adams – “Words”

“If everybody is grateful, how come nobody’s satisfied? / Don’t worry up your mind / People are sick and mean sometimes / They’re only words”

 

Gary Allen – “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful”

“Life ain’t always beautiful / but it’s a beautiful ride”

 

Coldplay – “Fix You”

Yes, I picked the most obvious and cheesiest pick for a song to cheer you up. Yes, you will feel a little better after hearing this song.

 

John Legend – “Ordinary People”

“We’re just ordinary people / we don’t know which way to go”

 

The Beatles – “Hey Jude”

C’mon, you know all the words. Sing this one out loud.

 

The kinks – “Waterloo Sunset”

“People so busy, make me feel dizzy, taxi light shines so bright / but I don’t, need no friends / as long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset, I am in paradise”

 

And after you’ve kicked the sadness out of you, this song will get you out the door feeling awesome.

My favorite Beatles Albums!

And here we go!

For Christmas I received the box set of all the Beatles’ albums (remastered!) and I have listened to each album in order of release from start to finish, and I’ve had a blast doing so.  In honor of this I would like to list all thirteen of their albums in order of my favorites from least to greatest.  Now the thing about the this band is that they never released a bad album, but there are some that are better than others.  Please remember this is all my opinion, which is all I can offer.  Some will like this list, some will hate it, but we all like these list, so read on!

13. Yellow Submarine

Pretty much crap.  The best songs were already released on different albums and the music is too trippy for its own good.  This is the only album of the band that I don’t recommend anyone looking into.

12. With The Beatles

Don’t think this album is bad because it is so low on this list, every album including this and after are all worth listening to.  This is so low because this was the band’s second album, and they still had a lot of learning to do.  It follows the formula of its predecessor Please Please Me, but without as much impact.  Still a solid album.

Essentials: “All I’ve Got To Do”, “Please Mister Postman”, “All My Loving”

11. A Hard Day’s Night

The movie is great and so is its soundtrack. Contains some of the band’s best love ballads.

Essentials: “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “And I Love Her”

10. Please Please Me

The Beatles’ debut album, and what a great start.

Essentials: “I Saw Her Standing There”, “Love Me Do”, “Misery”

9. Beatles For Sale

Before this album, John and Paul were only singing about holding hands and loving girls.  However this album has a noticeably darker tone, and the songs are a little less happy.  But hey, they’re still singing about loving girls.

Essentials: “No Reply”, “I’ll Follow The Sun”, “Every Little Thing”

8. Magical Mystery Tour

The movie sucked, but at least the music was good.  The overall flow of the album is uneven at best, but it contains the Beatles’ best psychedelic music (Sorry Sgt. Peppers).  Just to prove my point, there’s “Strawberry Fields Forever”, and “I Am The Walrus.”  But there are still many good cheery pop songs, including “Hello Goodbye”, “Penny Lane”, and “All You Need Is Love.”

Essentials: “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “Penny Lane”, “Hello Goodbye”

7. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Rolling Stone calls this the greatest album ever made, really?  Maybe it was when it was released, but looking back I find this album to be overrated.  But I’d still say this is one of their best albums and one of the best of any band, but just not their finest.

Essentials: “She’s Leaving Home”, “A Day In The Life”, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”

6. The Beatles (aka The White Album)

This album could have been their best if it wasn’t filled with so many so-so songs, which is the case with most double albums.  Some songs are just awful (I don’t care if it’s intentionally bad, “Piggies” is crap).  However the strong tracks here are some of the band’s most beloved songs, including “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Back In The USSR”, “Helter Skelter”, and the underrated “Savory Truffle.”  This is also the band’s best acoustic album, it has “Blackbird”, “Rocky Racoon”, “I Will”, and “Julia.”  An album bloated with good and bad songs.

Essentials: “Blackbird”, “Rocky Racoon”, “Birthday”

5. Rubber Soul

By this album’s release, the band was sick of writing silly love songs (that’s for all you Paul McCartney fans out there) and they wanted to push the boundaries, write better songs, and experiment with what the studio could offer.  Rubber Soul is the first album to really show how serious they were in their goal to be a great studio band, and it is one of their most essential albums.

Essentials: “In My Life”, “Nowhere Man”, “I’m Looking Through You”

4. Let It Be

The band’s last release and a great ending for the fab four.  There are two versions of this album, The original Phil Spector produced one and Let It Be Naked, which is more stripped-down.  Some songs sound better on one version over the other, but either is still great.

Essentials (original): “Across The Universe”, “Let It Be”, “One After 909”

Essentials (Naked): “Two Of Us”, “The Long and Winding Road”, “Get Back”

3. Abbey Road

Let It Be was their last release, but Abbey Road was the band’s last recorded album, and they went out in style.  This was meant to be their ‘back to basics’ album, with the songs coming upfront and the psychedelics toned down.  For all you vinyl listeners out there, the second side – starting with “Here Comes The Sun” for all CD users – is incredible, and has the greatest album closer of any album of any band (and Ringo’s only drum solo!).  Probably their easiest album to listen to and an easy one to appreciate.

Essentials: “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End”, “You Never Give Me Your Money”, “Here Comes The Sun”

2. Help!

The most underrated album of the band, this is the best “pop” record of the band.  Let me explain.  Everything before this album was apart of Beatlemania, and everything after was their string of masterpieces that pushed the boundaries of what popular music could be.  This album was the perfect mix; the band was still a pop band but they were starting to get sick of their work and wanted to make truly great music, and it shows in the songs.  Plus “Ticket To Ride” is my favorite Beatles song.

Essentials: “Ticket To Ride”, “Yesterday”, “Help!”

1. Revolver

From the moment “Taxman” starts I don’t want to stop the record, the whole thing is perfect.  The band is at its creative peak for this album, creating something that transcends everything they had and will produce.  This also has one of the coolest, and trippiest, album covers.  But I don’t love this album for how it looks, I love it for how it sounds.  Paul writes some of his most powerful songs – I still get chills when I hear “Eleanor Rigby.”  John writes some of his most creative music (“Tomorrow Never Knows” still sounds far ahead of its time 45 years after it was made).  George begins to write songs for the band, and even Ringo sings on the record!  This is their most complete album, one that I can listen to from start to finish and not change one thing.  Not only would I argue this to be the band’s best album, I would argue this to be one the greatest album of all time.

Essentials: The whole thing

So how did I do?  Feel free to comment on the list, and also name your favorite Beatles’ album by the fab four and why!