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30 More Songs

To start off 2012, I’m embarking on another 30 songs project, this one taken from Dave. I don’t plan to finish this meme in 30 days, but as posts go up, I’ll link them to the relevant enumerated lines below.

30 More Songs

1. Favorite cover version of a non-obscure song.
2. Favorite love song.
3. A song from your favorite movie.
4. Favorite breakup song.
5. A song you hear when you’re shopping.
6. A song you can’t listen to just once.
7. A song that breaks your heart with the first few notes.
8. A song that made you pull your car over (or otherwise completely halt whatever it was you were doing) the first time you heard it.
9. A song that you first heard live, that you became instantly obsessed with.
10. A song which makes you think, if temporarily, that you love everybody! (think: uplifting anthem).
11. A song which seems incredibly deep no matter how many times you hear it.
12. A song you love but can’t bring yourself to listen to. (You fill in the reason.)
13. A song you put on everyone’s mix tape.
14. Favorite duet/collaboration between two artists you love (or maybe you only love one of them).
15. A song you love from a genre/artist you usually dislike.
16. Biggest musical misstep by an artist you usually adore.
17. A song you like recorded by an artist who was under 18 at the time of recording.
18. A song from the first album you ever bought with your own money (extra credit if you rode a spider bike to Woolworth’s to make the purchase) or first 45 if you’re old enough to know what that is.
19. First song you ever illegally downloaded.
20. A song that you clean house to.
21. A song by an artist that you used to love, but now are at least a little ashamed of (because either you or they changed).
22. A song that infuriates you.
23. Last song that got stuck in your head.
24. A song your parents would play during parties.
25. A song you love to sing in the shower.
26. A song by the first band you saw in concert.
27. Favorite oldie (a song you grew up thinking of as an oldie).
28. A song with chord changes that really thrill you.
29. Your favorite vocal performance.
30. Song from the album you played over and over and over in high school.

Also, may I add that I love that the phrase “mix tape” persists into the digital age? And in the musicology teaching world we still have “needle drop” tests, even thought the needles are long gone in most of our classrooms. Such terms seem particularly appropriate in music memes like this one, which are built on a foundation of retrophilia. And that’s exactly what I like about writing about music in this particular way. It’s a window back, framed nicely in sound. It allows for analytical discussions of emotional things. It defines eras, personality shifts, social groups, epiphanies, soul. In the end, the songs become almost superfluous to that thing that led you to the song in the first place.

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