My top 10 songs of all time

So I didn’t actually get to vote in the Triple J top 100 of all time. I feel really stupid to have missed it! I was just asked (live on radio) whether I had voted and I stupidly said yes intending to get straight off the phone and onto the voting, but it was closed! So below are my top 10 songs of all time, some for technical reasons, all for emotional. Thought it might be of interest to some :)

Meme time!

In no particular order:

  • Gorecki – Lamb. Our wedding  song :) About finding that person that just completes you, that complements and helps you want to be a better person. A beautiful song and a beautiful voice.
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana. Changed everything, and yet so simple. Influenced a generation.
  • Shame – Stabbing Westward. My favourite angsty teenage song. Once went to a Live (the band) concert just to see Stabbing Westward play support, and then left ;) The man has an incredible voice.
  • H – Tool. I love a lot of the older Tool music, this particular one reminds me of  a close friend who died very young in very unfortunate circumstances.
  • We’re in this together – Nine Inch Nails. I love pretty much every NIN song, but this one really talks to me about regardless of everything going on, none of us are truly alone.
  • Fade to Black – Metallica. One of their best songs, and one that influenced me to learn guitar in the first place.
  • Burn – The Cure. an amazing (and dark) song from The Crow soundtrack. One of their best in my opinion. Admittedly takes me back to school :)
  • Cornflake Girl – Tori Amos. Beautiful, powerful and disturbing. Worth looking into the deeper meaning.
  • Classical Gas – Mason Williams. An incredible guitar piece that puts me in an almost meditative state when I play it. Technically challenging but also a joy to play and listen to.
  • Pathetique – Beethoven. Such an exquisite piano piece, and when played well covers about the entire scope of human emotion. Fun to play too, but I’ve yet to master it :)

There are so many more songs I love, and I’m sure given more time I’d rejig this another dozen times. So I’ll leave it there :) Apart from one last honorary mention:

  • Space Cadet – Kyuss. Couldn’t leave this off. This 3 person rock band had such a big sound, such a complex and incredible mix. Great fun to play on the bass. Demon Cleaner also very worth listening to.
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16 Responses to My top 10 songs of all time

  1. Jeff Waugh says:

    No Radiohead.

    I will have to schedule a visit to the Births, Deaths and Marriages office. Will remain to be seen which line I join, though.

    ;-)

  2. Michael Carden says:

    Hey! I have heard of one of them! Not a huge Tori fan though.

    Were I able to concoct a top ten, I suspect you (and most people I know) would be lucky to pick more than one.

    Pete Lawler’s rendition of There’s a Ship in my Harbour at a WPA gig at UNSW back in the day would be up there.

  3. greebo says:

    Hey Mike, post your top 10 here, I like a challenge ;)

  4. sue samad says:

    ohhhhhhhh my god,
    i didnt see any richard marxs or lionel richie or r ‘n’ b or bob marley lol…. sorry lovey i am not familiar with any, actually i lie, ur wedding song, yep that rings a bell. only cause u mentioned it was ur wedding song
    hugs fan ya, wo ai ni

    • greebo says:

      OMG! How did we live together for 6 months?? That’s right, we had to ration the tape player ;) My rock/grunge vs your 80’s. The only thing we agreed on was the Arabic music :) That and stuff I played on the guitar. I love you Sue, but sometimes it is like you are from a completely different planet :P

  5. Mary says:

    Jeff: You can rename yourself there. Perhaps to Karma Police?

  6. TimC says:

    When were you on the radio? I hope it wasn’t just then when I went out to grab some “morning” tea (well, it is for us night shift workers!). On the other hand, I do record Roots and All to disk (best. show. EVAR), so I’d hear that later that when you were on.

    I only rediscovered Classical Gas a couple of weeks ago. Much awesomeness.

    I wish I could still play guitar, had a longer attention span, was ever any good at it, and, for that matter, currently had a guitar.

  7. Michael Carden says:

    Post my top ten here? But that would open me up to all sorts of sniping. Okay, I’ll do it :-)

    To keep it simple, I’ll stick to artists rather than particular tunes and even then I will forget plenty who ought to make my top ten.

    Mick Thomas (with or without WPA)
    REM
    Jethro Tull (see, I wasn’t kidding)
    Bela Fleck
    Ed Keupper
    Tex Perkins
    Paul Kelly
    Missy Higgins
    Kirsty MacColl
    Pink Floyd

    …and I could go on.

  8. Jackflap says:

    I can’t believe you mentioned H by Tool. You’re soooo right!

  9. Vince says:

    This is a really great top ten list. You have some eclectic taste, but these are all solid picks. Fade To Black is one of my favorite songs, and one of the few intros to a Metallica song I can actually play. Anyone can post their own list to our site http://www.toptentopten.com/. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.

  10. NathanaelB says:

    I’m only a youngin’ … be nice :-) This is what I voted for:

    Rage Against the Machine – Killing In The Name
    Living End, The – All Torn Down
    Tool – Parabol / Parabola
    Daft Punk – One More Time
    Prodigy, The – Mindfields
    Radiohead – Paranoid Android
    Ben Harper – Sexual Healing
    Metallica – Master Of Puppets
    Bob Marley & The Wailers – No Woman, No Cry
    Led Zeppelin – Moby Dick

    • greebo says:

      I really like your top 10 list! :) I umm’d and aah’d over RATM. Master of Puppets is also a favourite (particularly the amazing bridge). My fav Bob Marley song would have to be “Get up, stand up” and Paranoid Android is my fav Radiohead song too :)

  11. NathanaelB says:

    In hindsight these aren’t really my top 10 – I didn’t invest as much time in voting as I should have.

  12. brady says:

    The number one on there should be wheres my mind by placebo. http://www.dilandau.com/listen/421d95113214265aacb259256cbf4653

  13. Joanna says:

    Oh I love Gorecki – Lamb and it actually goes well for a wedding song. Way cool!

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