Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Entire List - Complete and Full!

Over the years, I've tried writing 'best-of' song lists, usually in terms of year. I've always struggled with those, because while I like a lot, I can't ever think of anything in the moment. This includes whenever I'm asked what my favourite music is - all I can immediately recall is Madness or the generic "ska or reggae music" response.

That's barely scratching the surface - in fact, it isn't even doing that. Resolving to figure it all out and have it written down, I put the list below together by simply clicking on [year] in music on Wikipedia, and going through the articles' list of albums and notable hits of that year. I started in 1990 and made my way to 2001; then I went back to 1980 and did the same thing. This is what I've come up with. There are a few that I simply did manage to remember (particularly very recent songs such as 'All Eyes on You' or 'Around the Bend.') Then there were some that I ended up deleting from the list because I saw the song purely out of nostalgia and hardly for my own personal liking. Or I saw it as something I enjoyed two or three times but never since.

Legend:

[A] = Album
[CD] = CD
[BFM] = Heard on Boom FM in my car
[CH} = Childhood, not necessarily Kool FM
[F] = Film
[TV] = Commercial/Episode
[KFM] = Kool FM
[R] = Restaurant
[RD] = Radio, unknown station
[NC] = No Clue
[HS] = High School
[W] = Heard at Wal-Mart
[YT] = Heard on YouTube
[VHS] = Heard firstly on my mother's ancient VHS of recorded music videos.
[W] = Heard at Wal-Mart

1. 10cc
-Things we do for Love (1976) [TV]
-Dreadlock Holiday (1978) [TV]
2. A Flock of Seagulls
-I Ran (So Far Away) (1982) [R]
-You Can Run (1982) [A]
-Story of a Young Heart (1984) [YT]
3. Ace of Base
-The Sign (1993) [CH]
-All That She Wants (1992) [CH]
4. After the Fire
-Der Kommissar (1982) [English Cover] [TV]
5. Alanis Morissette
-You Oughta Know (1995) [CH]
-You Learn (1996) [KFM]
6. America
-You Can Do Magic (1982) [W]
7. Asteroids Galaxy Tour
-Around the Bend (2008) [TV]
8. B-52's, The
-Roam (1990) [CH]
-Love Shack (1989) [VHS]
9. Bananarama
-Cruel Summer (1983) [CH]
Bangles, The
-Walk Like an Egyptian (1986) [TV]
10. Barenaked Ladies
-Enid (1992) [VHS]
-One Week (1998) [KFM]
-It's All Been Done (1999) [KFM]
-Pinch Me (2000) [KFM]
-Brian Wilson (1992) [VHS]
11. Beach Boys, The
-California Girls (1965) [YT]
-Kokomo (1988) [W]
12. Beat, The
-March of the Swivelheads/Rotating Head (1982) [F]
-Mirror in the Bathroom (1980) [YT]
13. Big Audio Dynamite
-E=MC2 (1986) [TV]
14. Big Mountain
-Baby, I Love Your Way (Reggae Cover) (1994) [CH]
15. Blind Melon
-No Rain (1992) [CH]
16. Blondie
-Call Me (1980) [KFM]
17. Blue Peter
-Radio Silence (1980) [BFM]
18. Blue Rodeo
-Trust Yourself (1990) [VHS]
-Hasn't Hit Me Yet (1993) [BFM]
19. Boney M.
-Rasputin (1978) [BFM]
20. Box, The
-Walk Away (1984) [BFM]
-My Dreams of You (1986) [BFM]
21. Boyzone

-Picture of You (1997) [F]
22. Bryan Addams
-Run To You (1984) [CH]
23. Cars, The
-You Are The Girl (1987) [W]
-Magic (1984) [NC]
-Good Times Roll (1978) [BFM]
-Tonight She Comes (1985) [YT]
-Drive (1984) [YT]
24. Chemical Brothers, The
-Let Forever Be (1999) [TV]
25. Chicago
-25 or 6 to 4 (1970) [W]
26. Chilliwack
-My Girl (1981) [BFM]
27. Chumbawumba
-Tubthumping (1997) [KFM]
28. Citizen King
-Better Days (And the Bottom Drops Out) (1999) [CH]
29. Coldplay
-Clocks (2002) [TV]
30. Counting Crows
-Mr. Jones (1993) [CH]
-Hangingaround (1999) [TV]
31. Devo
-Whip It (1980) [TV]
32. Dexy's Midnight Runners
-Come On Eileen (1982) [TV]
33. Diego Garcia
-All Eyes on You (2011) [W]
34. Don Henley
-The Boys of Summer (1984) [NC]
35. Donnie Iris
-Ah! Leah! (1980) [RD]
36. Donovan
-Mellow Yellow (1966) [Heard in a pawn shop]
37. Doobie Brothers, The
-It Keeps You Runnin' (1976) [F]
38. Duran Duran
-Rio (1982) [RD]
-Hold Back the Rain (1982) [YT]
-New Religion (1982) [YT]
-Hungry Like the Wolf (1982) [R]
-Is There Something I Should Know? (1983) [YT]
39. Eagles, The
-Hotel California (1977) [TV]
40. Econoline Crush
-You Don't Know What It's Like (1999) [TV]
-All That You Are x3 (1997) [TV]
41. Eiffel 65
-Blue (Da ba dee) (1999) [KFM]
42. Eight Seconds
-Kiss You (When it's Dangerous) (1986) [BFM]
-Sincere (I Will Return) (1988) [YT]
-Tell Diane (1990) {YT]
43. Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)
-Turn to Stone (1977) [W]
44. Enya
-Orinoco Flow (1988) [CH]
44. Eric Clapton
-Cocaine (1976) [F]
45. Eurythmics
-Would I Lie To You? (1985) [TV]
46. Falco
-Der Kommissar [Original] (1981) [YT]
47. Fatboy Slim
-Praise You (1999) [TV]
48. Filter
-Take a Picture (1999) [KFM]
49. Fiction Factory
-(Feels Like) Heaven (1983) [YT]
50. Fine Young Cannibals
-Good Thing (1989) [TV]
51. Fixx, The
-One Thing Leads to Another (1983) [TV]
52. FM
-Phasors on Stun (1978) [BFM]
-Just Like You (1985) [YT]
53. Foo Fighters
-Learn to Fly (1999) [TV]
54. Foster the People
-Pumped up Kicks (2010) [TV]
55. Gary Numan
-Cars (1979) [NC]
56. Genesis
-Turn it On Again (1980) [NC]
-Misunderstanding (1980) [W]
-No Reply at All (1981) [YT]
-Me and Sarah Jane (1981) [YT]
-Keep it Dark (1981) [YT]
-That's All (1983) [NC]
-Illegal Alien (1984) [VHS]
-Invisible Touch (1986) [R]
-Land of Confusion (1986) [TV]
-I Can't Dance (1991) [NC]
-Jesus He Knows Me (1992) [CD]
57. George Michael
-Freedom 90 (1990) [TV]
58. Gino Vanelli
-Just a Motion Away (1985) [BFM]
59. Glenn Frey
-The Heat is On (1985) [YT]
60. Go-Go's, The
-Our Lips Are Sealed (1981) [TV]
-Head over Heels (1985) [TV]
61. Gowan
-(You're a) Strange Animal (1985) [BFM]
-Cosmetics (1985) [BFM]
-Moonlight Desires (1987) [BFM]
62. Green Day
-When I Come Around (1995) [TV/CH]
63. Hanson
-MMMBop (1997) [KFM/CH]
-Where's The Love? (1997) [VHS]
64. Harvey Danger
-Flagpole Sitta (1998) [TV]
65. Honeymoon Suite
-Wave Babies (1984) [BFM]
66. Huey Lewis and the News
-Heart and Soul (1983) [Cover of original by Exile] [BFM]
67. Idle Eyes
-Tokyo Rose (1985) [BFM]
68. J. Geils Band, The
-Centrefold (1980) [TV]
-Freeze Frame (1980) [NC]
69. Joe Walsh
-Life's Been Good (1978) [TV]
70. JoBoxers
-Just Got Lucky (1983) [YT]
71. Journey
-Lights (1978) [BFM]
72. Julian Lennon
-Much Too Late for Goodbyes (1984) [YT]
73. Katrina & The Waves
-Walking on Sunshine (1985) [CH]
74. Kim Mitchell
-Go For a Soda (1984) [BFM]
-All We Are (1984) [CH]
75. Laura Branigan
-Self Control (1984) [BFM]
76. Len
-Steel my Sunshine (1999) [KFM]
77. Lenny Kravitz
-It Ain't Over 'Till it's Over (1991) [TV]
-Fly Away (1998) [CH]
78. Lighthouse
-Sunny Days (1972) [BFM]
79. Live
-The Dolphin's Cry (1999) [CH]
80. Lou Bega
-A Little bit of Mambo (Minus Tracks 11, 12, & 13). (1999) [CH}
81. Macy Gray
-I Try (1999) [TV]
82. Madness
-One Step Beyond (Minus Tracks 1, 5, 7, & 15) (1979) [All CD/YT except for 'Our House,' RD]
-Work, Rest & Play EP (1980)
-Absolutely (Minus Track 7) (1980)
-7 (1981)
-Presents The Rise and Fall (1982)
-Keep Moving (1984)
-Mad Not Mad (Minus Tracks 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, & 10) (1985)
-It's Madness (Compilation including B-Sides) (Tracks 4, 6, & 12) (1990)
-It's Madness Too (Compilation including B-Sides) (Tracks 10 & 12) (1991)
-Wonderful (Minus Tracks 6, 8, & 11) (1999)
-The Liberty of Norton Folgate (Minus Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 14, & 15) (2009)
-Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da (Tracks 1 & 10)
-It Must Be Love (1981)
-House of Fun (1982)
-Driving in my Car (1982)
-(Waiting For) The Ghost Train (1986)
83. Martha and the Muffins
-Echo Beach (1980) [BFM]
-Song in my Head (as M+M) (1985) [YT]
84. Men at Work
-Down Under (1981) [YT]
85. Men Without Hats
-Safety Dance (1983) [TV]
86. Michael Jackson
-Beat it (1983) [TV]
-The Way You Make Me Feel (1987) [CD]
-Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (1983) [RD]
-Black or White (1991) [TV]
-Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough (1979) [RD]
87. Mighty Mighty Bosstones
-The Impression I Get (1997) [YT]
88. Moby
-We Are All Made of Stars (2002) [TV]
89. Natalie Imbruglia
-Torn (1997) [KFM]
90. Natalie Merchant
-Carnival (1995) [VHS]
91. New Radicals
-You Get What You Give (1998) [RD]
92. Nik Kershaw
-Wouldn't It Be Good (1984) [YT]
93. No Doubt
-Don't Speak (1996) [TV]
94. Oasis
-D'You Know What I Mean? (1997) [VHS]
95. Offspring, The
-Why Don't You Get a Job? (1999) [TV]
-Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) (1998) [TV]
96. OutKast
-Ms. Jackson (2001) [TV]
97. Our Lady Peace
-Innocent (2002) [TV]
98. Partland Brothers
-Soul City (1986) [BFM]
99. Paul Simon
-The Boy in the Bubble (1986) [YT]
-You Can Call Me Al (1986) [TV]
100. Payola$
-I'm Sorry (I Only Did it For the Money) (1981) [YT]
-Eyes of a Stranger (1982) [BFM]
101. Pearl Jam
-Alive (1991) [CH]
102. Peter Frampton
-Baby, I Love Your Way (Original) (1975) [BFM]
103. Peter Gabriel
-Game Without Frontiers (1980) [BFM]
-In Your Eyes (1986) [BFM]
-Sledgehammer (1986) [TV]
104. Peter Schilling
-Major Tom (Coming Home) (1982) [BFM]
105. Phil Collins
-Don't Lose My Number (1985) [TV]
-Another Day in Paradise (1989) [YT]
-Take Me Home (1985) [YT]
106. Philosopher Kings, The
-Charms (1996) [VHS]
-I Am The Man (1997) [CD]
107. Pilot
-Magic (1974) [TV]
108. Police, The
-So Lonely (1978) [BFM]
-Message in a Bottle (1979) [NC]
-Walking on the Moon (1979) [TV]
-Don't Stand So Close to Me (1980) [TV]
-De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da (1980) [HS]
-Contact (1979) [YT]
-It's Alright For You (1979) [YT]
109. Pretenders, The
-Back on the Chain Gang (1982) [YT]
110. Psychedelic Furs, The
-The Ghost in You (1984) [BFM]
111. Prince
-When Doves Cry (1984) [BFM]
-Raspberry Beret (1985) [BFM]
-Kiss (1986) [RD/BFM]
112. Randy Newman
-I Love L.A. (1983) [F/TV]
113. Red Hot Chilli Peppers
-Under the Bridge (1992) [VHS]
-Soul to Squeeze (1993) [VHS]
113. R.E.M.
-Stand (1988) [RD]
-It's the End of the World As We Know it (And I Feel Fine) (1987) [F]
-Losing my Religion (1991) [CH]
-Shiny Happy People (1991) [W]
-Man on the Moon (1992) [CH]
-Everybody Hurts (1993) [NC]
114. Republica
-Ready to Go (1996) [TV]
115. Robbie Robertson
-Somewhere Down the Crazy River (1987) [VHS]
115. Robbie Williams
-Millennium (1998) [TV]
116. Robyn
-Do You Know (What it Takes?) (1997) [VHS]
117. Romantics, The
-Talking in Your Sleep (1983) [BFM]
118. Roxette
-The Look (1989) [TV]
119. Sandra
-(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena (1985) [YT]
120. Sarah McLachlan
-Building a Mystery (1997) [VHS]
121. Sass Jordan
-Make You A Believer (1992) [VHS]
122. Savage Garden
-I Want You (1997) [KFM]
123. Scritti Politti
-Perfect Way (1985) [TV]
124. Seals & Croft
-Summer Breeze (1972) [TV]
125. Seal
-Crazy (1990) [RD]
-Kiss From a Rose (1994) [VHS]
-If I'm Any Closer (2010) [W]
126. Shaggy
-Dance & Shout (2000) [CD]
-It Wasn't Me (2000) [CD]
127. Sharkey, Feargal
-Listen to Your Father (1985) [YT]
128. Sherry Kean
-I Want You Back (1984) [BFM]
129. Sheryl Crow
-Everyday is a Winding Road (1996) [KFM]
130. Simple Minds
-Don't You Forget About Me (1985) [F]
131. Smash Mouth
-All Star (1999) [CH]
-Then the Morning Comes (1999) [CH]
132. Snow
-Informer (1992) [CH]
133. Some, Belouis
-Imagination (1985) [TV]
134. Sonique
-It Feels So Good (1999) [KFM]
135. Specials, The
-Nite Klub (1979) [YT]
136. Spin Doctors
-Two Princes (1993) [RD]
137. Split Enz
-Message to my Girl (1984) [VHS]
138. Spoons
-Nova Heart (1982) [BFM]
-Romantic Traffic (1984) [TV]
139. Staind
-It's Been Awhile (2001) [KFM]
140. Stampeders, The
-Sweet City Woman (1971) [BFM]
141. Steely Dan
-Reelin' In The Years (1973) [W]
-Rikki Don't Lose That Number (1974) [W]
142. Steppenwolf
-Magic Carpet Ride (1968) [F]
-Born to be Wild (1968) [F]
143. Steve Miller Band
-Jungle Love (1977) [TV/W]
144. Steve Winwood
-Higher Love (1986) [VHS]
145. Stevie Wonder
-Uptight (Everything's Alright) (1966) [YT]
146. Strange Advance
-We Run (1985) [BFM]
147. Suggs
-4am (1995) [YT]
148. Sugar Ray
-Every Morning (1999) [KFM]
-Fly (1997) [KFM]
-Someday (1999) [KFM]
-When It's Over (2001) [KFM]
149. Supertramp
-Dreamer (1974) [KFM]
-Logical Song (1979) [CD]
-Bloody Well Right (1974) [CD]
-Breakfast in America (1979) [CD]
-Take the Long Way Home (1979) [CD]
-Child of Vision (1979) [CD]
150. Tal Bachman
-She's So High (1999) [BFM]
151. Talking Heads
-And She Was (1985) [RD]
-Burning Down the House (1983) [YT]
-Life During Wartime (1979) [BFM]
152. Tears for Fears
-Change (1983) [BFM]
-Shout (1985) [RD]
-Sowing the Seeds of Love (1989) [YT]
-Everybody Wants to Rule the World (1985) [TV]
-Head Over Heels (1985) [YT]
153. Tenants, The
-The Tenants (Minus Track 5) (1983) [YT]
154. Third Eye Blind
-Semi-Charmed Life (1997) [CH]
154. Thompson Twins
-Hold Me Now (1983) [W]
155. TLC
-Waterfalls (1994) [VHS]
156. Toronto
-When Can I See You Again (1983) [BFM]
157. Toto
-Africa (1982) [W]
158. T'Pau
-Heart & Soul (1987) [TV]
159. Tragically Hip, The
-Courage (For Hugh MacLennan) (1993) [CH]
-At The Hundredth Meridian (1993) [VHS]
160. Train
-Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) (2001) [KFM]
161. U2
-Mysterious Ways (1991) [CH]
-Beautiful Day (2000) [NC]
-I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (1987) [BFM]
162. Uriah Heep
-Something or Nothing (1974) [YT]
163. Vapors, The
-Turning Japanese (1980) [TV]
164. Verve, The
-Bittersweet Symphony (1997) [KFM]
165. Wall of Voodoo
-Mexican Radio (1983) [TV]
166. Whitesnake
-Here I Go Again (1987 Radio Remix) [RD]
167. World Party
-Ship of Fools (1987) [YT]
-Way Down Now (1990) [YT]
-Is it Like Today? (1993) [YT]
168. Yes
-Owner of a Lonely Heart (1983) [RD]

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There are probably a few I'm still missing, but the range is many times over what I thought it would be in terms of artists and, in particular, genres. I might as well say I like ska and reggae - as well as pop acts, 70s rock bands, one or two 80s rock bands, several boybands, more than a few one-hit wonders, a grunge song, a few big-beat songs, a hip-hop song, more than a few female artists, definitely New Wave, some alternative stuff, big bands and solo artists from all over North America and Europe.

I could go on and categorize them - how many are British, how many are there thanks to Boom FM or even Wal-Mart, how many tended to come out in 1997 (quite a few, that was definitely a year for music) and many more, but that would take another several hours and I just spent the last two and a half finishing the list (of songs and where I heard them originally). The longest aspect was locating the hits or bands, and ensuring I put in the right year of release.

It really is a much more comprehensive list than I ever thought. 168 bands/artists/DJs, etc., ranging over five bloody decades. There is a focus on the 80s and 90s, but the 00s, 70s, and 60s all have their share of people...even the past four years.

It's pretty awesome. I'll be linking the songs in that list that I've reviewed on here in the past in the future.

Justin C.

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