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)
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.