Friday, July 08, 2005

All Time Songs

I'm sitting here at work listening to songs on and something hit me. I wanted to listen to Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. I have to say, that has to be one of the alltime greatest songs made. It has transended decades and now. Every summer i look forward to hearing it. That makes me think, what other songs are like that. Classics that will transend time and space. Here's a few:

Summertime-DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Frsh Prince: See Above
Back Dat Ass Up- Juvenile: First off, the song didn't get popular until a year or so after the CD came out. It's got to be at least 8-10 years old now, but when i hear those opening beats I still get a chill. The club still goes crazy for that song.
Margaritaville- Jimmy Buffet: It's just one of those songs that you know and can sing because everyone else knows it too.
Call Me By My Name- David Allen Coe: I don't even know if this is the real title, but i've had some fond memories of this song. I never would have thought I'd be singing this song in college with a group of white folks. Crazy. But still a classic that everyone can sing together.
We Are the Champions- Queen: Still played after anyone wins anything. And they weren't even talking about sports.
Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen: Don't think this would be as popular if not for Wayne's World. I can't turn it off when it comes on.
Mo Money Mo Problems- Biggie, Puff and Mace: Maybe not yet deserving of the title of transender, but i love the song. Since my brother first played it for me in 1997 (wow it's pretty old too) I've thought it was a hype song. Can't forget the days at LSU with that either.
Electric Slide-What's Her Name?/Bus Stop-Mr Magic: The songs old, the dance is old, but we're still doing it.
Welcome to the Jungle- Guns and Roses: I'm not much into rock but this song is still tight to this day. Especially the opening guitar riff. That'll get ya hype. War Jim Rome.
Anniversary- Tony, Toni, Tone: Probably the ultimate anniversary song ever made. Still gets airtime today. It's a smooth jam that gets you and yours in the mood to slow dance and celebrate love. I should be a DJ.

I can't think of any more at the moment, but there are more from many different genres. Looks like i've selected a lot that are speacial to me. I haven't even fully breached the R&B realm yet. I could be here for days. But that's for another blog. Feel free to chime in with any additions.


Anonymous thedbrous said...

My couple of additions - fair warning that some of them may suck, or just transend time in my life (b/c I like song!)

That "Jock Jams" song that every stadium still plays - duh duh duh HEY!
You know, the one by that guy who was arrested on child pornography charges a couple of years ago (I think his name was Gary Glitter - let me know if I am wrong there).

Unchained Melody - the Righteous Brothers. It is just a pretty good song about love that is hard to dislike. Also sang by a couple of clean shaven sweater vest wearing dudes that no one could really dislike either.

Actually you could probably also put "You've lost that lovin feelin" on the list as well - ladies love it b/c of the Tom Crazy scene in Top Gun and guys like it becasue of the result of Tom's karaoke endevor! And that was some year's after its inital popularity, but it will never die as long as top gun is one of Tom Crazy's best work (which doesnt' take too much compared to Vanilla Sky)

The DAMN Macarena! I hate to add it to the list, but I gotsa. Its big advantage was that it was translated into a number of different language... line dancing gone global!

Whoop! There it is! By TAG TEAM (not the 95 South Version) - Man, was that ever catchy in its day. Heck, everyone was saying it for a little while.. and people still use it today. TAG TEAM, back again.

Once again, I dont' want to add this one (this just gets more painful for me) but I gotta add Ice Ice Baby and Can't Touch This. Actually, I think Ice Ice Baby will live a little longer as a song, but those are two artists that it would be hard to forget about.

All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix. Jimi was so talented that everyone took notice and people still look in awe at some of the things he did on the guitar.

That is off the top of my head! Let you know if I come up with any more.

1:49 PM  
Blogger headliner said...

Anniversary, wow, that’s a good one. Still waiting for that Tony Toni Tone reunion. Your whole list is good. Thedbrous you list is great also. Can’t beat Jock Jams, but don’t sleep on the early MTV Party To Go cd’s. I’m gonna limit this post (maybe) to 10 songs off the top of my head from my lifetime that stand out – no black Mike, Stevie, or Prince, that’s too easy)
Other songs:

- Born In The USA – Springsteen (great song, great artist just hitting his prime)
- Groove Tonight – Earth, Wind, and Fire (just good stuff)
- Fight the Power – Public Enemy (great lines - “Elvis was hero to most but he never meant ---- to me” and “most of my hero’s don’t appear on no stamps”, Chuck D’s tour de force)
- Lets Hear It For The Boy – Denise Williams (wasn’t she hot?)
- End of the Road – Boyz II Men (Ohhh, It’s the end of road, and I can’t let go, it’s so natural, I belong to you, you belong to meeee ………)
- Hey Pocky A-Way – The Meters (New Orleans Classic)
- It Takes Two – Rob Base and DJ Easy Rock (great party tune, brothers and sisters in polyester warm up suits in the streets getting down)
- Summer Nights – Grease (just to clarify I’m not gay but I know all the words to this stuff)
- Rock the Casbah – The Clash (great beat, great song)
- All Night Long – Lionel Richie (also good song by great artist still in his prime)
- Salt N Pepper – Push It (yes these ladies did it up)
- We Are The World – Live Aid (the original)

Give me an hour I could probably come up with 60 or 70 songs.

4:19 PM  
Blogger The Underdog said...

Great lists by both of you. Seeing those songs i forgot made me somewhat nostalgic. You can't sleep on any Jock Jams song. They are all classics in their own right. The Macarena is an annoying classic, but a classic none the less. And i love Let's Hear it for the Boys. One of my alltime favorites. There've been some good work out there.

6:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd add the following songs that I never tire of:

When I'm 64 - The Beatles. Love the imagery and the truth; also, it's so darn catchy. Then again, what Beatles song isn't.

Amy - Pure Praire League. I never knew the name of this song until I picked up the greatest hits CD. Lo and behold, here it is. There are two kinds of people in this world, those who admit they love this song, and liars.

4:11 PM  
Blogger ET said...

You can't forget the best bar sing-a-long EVER... Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond!

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