Desert Island Playlist

Ok, just for fun, here’s my 50 song desert island playlist. Understanding this would probably change everytime I created it, here are my top 50 songs I’d take to my desert island. Today. There are several of my favorite artists that aren’t even on the list, but I figure they’d show up better under artists then songs, as I love their catalog, not just one song. I tried to leave off songs that have a special place in my life, or songs I’d want to make a statement with, and stick to songs I seriously want to listen to forever.

So fifty songs is just a sample, but maybe if you haven’t heard some of these you can check them out. (Retrospective note: Yes, I regret not including November Rain.)

50: Garbage, Stroke of Luck
I love Garbage – I almost went with Androgyny.

49: Gladys Knight & The Pips, I Heard It Through The Grapevine

48: Marvin Gaye, Inner City Blues
Make me wanna holler, the way they do my life.

47: David Ruffin, My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)
Wonderful emotion.

46: Björk, Náttúra
I bet Mother Earth has this on five star.

45: Mary J. Blige, No More Drama
So tired of all this drama.

44: The Beatles, You Never Give Me Your Money
A long time favorite.

43: Jesus Christ Superstar, Heaven On Their Minds
Because my mind is clearer now.

42: ELO, Mr. Blue Sky
Never mind; I’ll remember you this way.

41: James Taylor, Your Smiling Face
I sing it to myself when work gets me down. No one can tell me that I’m doing wrong today…

40: Giorgia, Arriva Il Temporale
Sono solo una donna.

39: Lady Gaga, Judas
It’s also among the best music videos I’ve ever seen.

38: Björk, Pluto
Not for the faint of heart. But brilliant.

37: Fiona Apple, The Way Things Are
I wouldn’t know what to do with another chance, if you gave it to me.

36: The Isley Brothers, Voyage To Atlantis
Because I do want some cheese with that wine.

35: Lisa Loeb, Garden of Delights
You are my Jesus, boy, you’re laying on a bedley cross. I’ve got you taped up to the wall.

34: Elton John, Rocket Man
None of us are the men they think we are.

33: Kelly Clarkson, If No One Will Listen
Always moves me.

32: Fiona Apple, Left Alone
‘Cause I’m hard. Too hard to know.

31: Lady Gaga, The Edge Of Glory
Did you know it’s about death?

30: Lisa Loeb, This
Like my blog, this is where I can tell you everything.

29: Alanis Morissette, Your Congratulations
I’ll never forget seeing her perform this as a live, a cappella, encore.

28: Wham!, Careless Whisper
Funny, George writes this off. But George is wrong.

27: Madonna, Frozen
If I could melt your heart.

26: Gwen Stefani, Early Winter
Over and over and over.

25: No Doubt, New Friend
Never made it onto the album, but it’s amazing.

24: Diana Ross, Missing You

23: The Temptations, Cloud Nine
Up, up and away.

22: Michael Jackson, Unbreakable
And you – can’t touch me. Cause I’m untouchable.

21: George Michael, Freedom 90
That’s what you get for changing your mind.

20: The Isley Brothers, Love The One You’re With
Good advice, if you take it the right way. If you’re used to the other recording, this one is better.

19: Björk, Hyperballad
I’m back at my cliff, still throwing things off.

18: Michael Jackson, Man In The Mirror
One of the most moving vocals in recorded pop.

17: The Beatles, While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Check out the “Love” version too. Stunning.

16: Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, You’re All I Need To Get By
Love you, Ashford and Simpson.

15: Fiona Apple, To Your Love
Another chain of thought too hard to follow. Trust me, I know.

14: Michael Jackson, Human Nature

13: Bobby Brown, My Prerogative
Equally happy with Britney version. Hey. They say I’m nasty, but I don’t give a damn.

12: The Cure, Lovesong
This song could describe my feelings about this song.

11: Gordon Lightfoot, If You Could Read My Mind
Poetry as legitimate as any. Always moves me.

10: Fiona Apple, Criminal
If I’m on a desert island, I must have done something.

09: The Lion King, Endless Night
Medicine for my spirits.

08: Sarah McLaughlin, Dirty Little Secret
I gave up the fight years ago.

07: Madonna, What It Feels Like For A Girl (Remix)
Good that I’m on a desert island; this song is dangerous while driving.

06: Cyndi Lauper, True Colors
That’s why I love you.

05: Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine
I still only travel by foot and by foot it’s a slow climb.

04: Madonna, Human Nature
Oops, I didn’t know I couldn’t speak my mind.

03: The Beatles, In My Life
Danced with my dad to this at my wedding. DJ told me it was inappropriate to dance with my dad first. I said no it’s not.

02: The Jackson Five, I Want You Back
Magic. Just magic.

01: The Temptations, I Can’t Get Next To You
Didn’t know this was my favorite song? See, that’s sort of the point.

Still on the island with me? Excellent! Thanks for listening, and don’t worry; it’s on repeat.


Touching Björk’s Stage.