My five favorite songs


I’m sitting in Cosi, sipping on a drink, digging through clips of the 1984 NFL pre-season. Started making a mental list—my five favorite songs of all time.

Here they are.

1. Moon River, Henry Mancini—A perfect song, from start to finish. And I’ve never even seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

2. Soup, Blinnd Melon—The most underrated tune by the most underrated band of the 1990s. Oddly, their second album was called Soup, yet the band was so hopped up on drugs that they forgot to place the title track on the disc. So Soup actually appears on their third CD, Nico.

3. Traveling Soldier, Dixie Chicks—Fantastic imagery by a fantastic trio. Behind Hall & Oates and Melon as my all-time favorite group.

4. Georgie, Hall & Oates—I once interviewed Oates and asked him about this song. He had pretty much forgotten it. Appeared on the duo’s first album, Whole Oates. I sing it to my son every night (in the tune, however, a kid dies. In my version, she sneezes).

5. Sexual Healing, Marvin Gaye—When I was a kid my mom didn’t like Brother and I listening to this. The guy had such a wonderful voice, and it’s better than ever right here.

Let’s hear your list …

8 thoughts on “My five favorite songs”

  1. To pick 5 all time favorite songs is impossible for a music fan. But if i had to, I guess these 5 wouldnt be bad…

    1. Steppin Out – Joe Jackson

    2. Right Here(human nature radio mix) – SWV

    3. Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra

    4. Sailing – Christpher Cross

    5. I can’t go for that – Hall and Oates (because I know youre a brother in arms when it comes to these guys)

  2. 1. Ruby Tuesday – Rolling Stones
    2. Sweet Jane – The Velvet Underground
    3. Duke of Earl – Gene Chandler
    4. Sheena Is a Punk Rocker – The Ramones
    5. Telephone Line – Electric Light Orchestra

  3. 1.When You Were Mine-Prince
    2.7 Days-Craig David
    3.Hot Thing-Prince
    4.Don’t Stop Until You Get Enough-MJ
    5a.Pastime Paradise-Stevie Wonder
    5b.Pretty Polly-Ralph Stanley

  4. 5. Echo – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    4. The Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want

    3. Steamroller Blues – James Taylor

    2. Carmelita – Warren Zevon

    1. Everlong – Foo Fighters

  5. Believe it or not, Henry Mancini’s version of “Moon River” is on my top 5 as well (actually you very well MIGHT believe it given the strange ways our minds work alike … that moment where the vocals just soar together into the second verse make you feel you could do anything and go anywhere)

    I would have a hard time picking four other all-time favorite songs though … BUT the four that come to mind as I sit here, for the heck of it …

    “Wrap Your Arms Around Me” by Barenaked Ladies … from their debut “Gordon” …

    “Breath and Sound” by an amazing new band called Spring Standards, available on their EP “No One Will Know” …

    “Gulf War Song” by Moxy Fruvous, the a capella gold standard about the ridiculousness of war …

    And, because I have my own agenda and tastes and life as do we all, right now, one of my top fives would be one of my daughter’s new songs, probably “Into Air” from her “Evergreen EP.” In limited release for now, it’s “listenable” at

    Those are the five I think I could put on a loop and never feel I need to put in another song for at least several hours.

    And they all sort of go together …

  6. Too hard to but in order:

    Beck- Debra

    White Stripes-Joleen (Dolly Parton cover)

    The Afghan Whigs-Now you know

    U2- One

    Sam Cooke-Changes is gonna Come

    Jeff Buckley-Hallelujah

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