50 Essential Artists/Songs

August 26, 2009
I was hit up for this on Facebook. It's a fun list, I figured it was worth sharing here. Feel free to take a stab at one of your own.

Rules: We all know that musical taste is subjective. One person's "essential" is another person's "not my cup of tea"! But...thought this would be fun. List 50 music artists who you consider essential...and the song that you most relate to them. This is fun...I'll start the ball rolling. I believe that you can tell a lot about a person by the music that they listen to. I love a wide variety of music, but these are my essentials: the ones who I'll be listening to the rest of my life, in no particular order:

1. Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
2. AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long
3. Steve Miller Band - The Joker
4. Alanis Morissette - Ironic
5. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man
6. Guns N’ Roses - Paradise City
7. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Castles Made of Sand
8. Sublime - What I Got
9. Beatles – Something
10. Green Day - Basket Case
11. Tool - Aenima
12. NIN - Closer
13. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
14. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
15. The Police - Roxanne
16. Black Crowes - She Talks To Angels
17. Megadeth - Trust
18. Tom Petty - Last Dance with Mary Jane
19. Kid Rock - Bawitdaba
20. Elton John – Your Song
21. Reba McIntire - Fancy
22. Tori Amos - Happy Phantom
23. Aerosmith – Dream On
24. Stevie Ray Vaughan – Pride and Joy
25. Eric Clapton - Layla
26. The Doors – Light my Fire
27. The Eagles – Hotel California
28. Frank Sinatra – Luck Be a Lady
29. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
30. Queen – Fat Bottomed Girls
31. Joss Stone – Dirty Man
32. Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
33. Ozzy Osbourne – Mama, I’m Coming Home
34. Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
35. Rob Zombie - Living Dead Girl
36. Train – Drops of Jupiter
37. Van Halen – Everybody Wants Some
38. The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again
39. Bon Jovi - Always
40. Janis Joplin – Piece of my Heart
41. Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want
42. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son
43. Carole King – I Feel the Earth Move
44. KC and The Sunshine Band – Get Down Tonight
45. Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride
46 Rage Against the Machine – Renegades of Funk
47. U2 – Sweetest Thing
48. Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar on Me
49. The Guess Who – American Woman
50. Nirvana - Polly

3 comments:

Dave P. said...

Nice list. I won't give you 50, but I'll counter a few of yours.

Guns N' Roses - Every Rose
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
The Police - Wrapped Around Your (My?) Finger
Elton John - Tiny Dancer
The Eagles - In The City
Ozzy - Shot In The Dark
Rolling Stones - Angie

And I would put Styx in my top 50. Probably Chicago, Billy Joel, ABBA, and a few others too.

I have no idea what that says about me.

Kellee said...

It says you like a variety. The GNR cover of Every Rose is better than Poison? Billy Joel is one great, I just don't care for... ABBA is not a favorite of mine, either. Nice picks otherwise.

Dave P. said...

Oops. You caught me. I meant Poison for Every Rose. We can leave your GNR pick alone.

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