John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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A twist on the meme

The A to Z movies meme was fun, especially on those letters for which there wasn't an obvious choice. And the beautiful thing about the A to Z concept is that it can be applied to almost anything.

  • All My Loving (The Beatles) - Listening to their performance of this on the Ed Sullivan show, it's not wonder to me they were an instant smash.
  • Beyond The Sea (Bobby Darin) - Is there a classier singer than Bobby D?
  • City Of New Orleans (Arlo Guthrie) - The Seldom Scene did a bluegrass cover of this that's just as good as the original.
  • Dear God (XTC) - When the local alt-rock station played a rap remake of this song a few years ago, I was so offended that I stopped listening to the station cold turkey.
  • Earn Enough For Us (XTC) - This was featured in a first season episode of Gilmore Girls, which I found unreasonably exciting.
  • Foggy Mountain Breakdown (Flatt and Scruggs) - One of the greatest bluegrass instrumentals ever written.
  • Girlfriend (Matthew Sweet) - My favorite song of 1992.
  • Hell (Squirrel Nut Zippers) - The highlight of the mid-90s swing revival.
  • If I Had $1,000,000 (Barenaked Ladies)
  • Julianne (Ben Folds Five) - The song that made me love Ben Folds Five.
  • Kiss From a Rose (Seal) - I was pleasantly surprised when this won Song of the Year and Record of the Year Grammys a few years ago, because songs I like usually lose.
  • Layla (Derek and the Dominoes) - My favorite rock song ever.
  • Magic Touch (Mike Oldfield) - Even though it's credited to Oldfield, it's sung by Max Bacon of GTR.
  • Never Let Me Down Again (Depeche Mode) - On the soundtrack of my life, this song represents the two years I was at College of DuPage.
  • One After 909 (The Beatles) - One of the Beatles earliest recorded songs, but it didn't make it onto an album until Let It Be.
  • Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones) - My favorite Stones song.
  • Queen of Hearts (Juice Newton) - It's catchy! And it starts with Q!
  • Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) - Only Johnny Cash could make falling in love sound so dangerous.
  • Someday, Someway (Marshall Crenshaw) - Probably my favorite song released in the 1980s.
  • Twisting By the Pool (Dire Straits) - Little more than an amusing trifle, but when I was in college, it was more or less my group of friends' theme song.
  • Under The Sea (Sebastian) - I was thrilled when I this won the Best Song Oscar.
  • Vogue (Madonna) - For some reason, I always wanted to hear Ben Folds Five cover this song.
  • Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me, Girl (The Spinners) - I like this two-for-one cover better than either of the originals.
  • X Marks the Spot (Sherlock Hemlock) - This is a song from a Sesame Street album, Sing the Alphabet.
  • Young Americans (David Bowie) - I love that toward the end of the song, the backup singers suddenly sing a line from the Beatles's "A Day in the Life" for no apparent reason.
  • Zanzibar (Billy Joel) - A jazzy little track from </cite>52nd Street</cite>.

Watch this space for further variations on this theme!


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