Last time we met, I listed the bottom 40 of my Top 103 Most Listened To Songs according to the last.fm scrobbling app. Today we're diving into the next 36 songs on our year-end countdown, those ranked from 63-28. We'll finish it off with the Top 27 next time out. Click on the song title to listen.
|63||The Joker||Steve Miller Band||1973|
|62||Relax||Frankie Goes to Hollywood||1983|
|61||The Show Must Go On||Queen||1991|
|60||Goody Two Shoes||Adam Ant||1982|
|59||I Don't Like Mondays||The Boomtown Rats||1979|
|58||Turn To Stone||Electric Light Orchestra||1977|
|56||(Don't Fear) The Reaper||Blue Öyster Cult||1976|
|55||Snow Snow Snow||Band of Merrymakers||2015|
The first group of nine songs is a somewhat mixed bag, split between classic rock and new wave with some flavoring from the legendary and ironically named Big Star and the new for 2015 "Snow Snow Snow" by the appropriately named Band of Merrymakers. Not to give too many secrets away but "The Show Must Go On" is often the last song played before The Hideaway closes up for the night.
|54||Writing's on the Wall||Sam Smith||2015|
|53||Switchin' To Glide / This Beat Goes On||The Kings||1980|
|52||Who'll Be The Fool Tonight||Larsen/Feitan Band||1980|
|51||I Got 5 On It||Luniz||1995|
|50||Tennessee Whiskey||Chris Stapleton||2015|
|49||Uptown Funk||Mark Ronson||2014|
|48||Show Me What I'm Looking For||Carolina Liar||2008|
|47||Dani California||Red Hot Chili Peppers||2006|
|46||Only One You||T.G. Sheppard||1981|
The newest 007 theme kicks off the next batch of tunes which is even more all over the place than the first. A power-pop beautifully segued two song masterpiece of early Eighties rock radio comes courtesy of The Kings followed by an equally chill soft rock jam from the same year by Larsen/Feitan Band which I have never heard on the radio.Then you got hip-hop, authentic country, a tribute to Eighties funk, finely constructed Swedish pop, masters of alt rock funk and a remnant of the Urban Cowboy period of country pop. Though the songs inhabit different playlists and come from different genres, throw them all in a shuffle and that's what kind of music I like.
|45||Turn to Stone||Joe Walsh||1971|
|44||Can't You See||The Marshall Tucker Band||1973|
|43||White Lies||Jason & The Scorchers||1985|
|42||Who's Behind The Door||Zebra||1983|
|41||The Back Of Your Hand||Dwight Yoakam||2003|
|39||I Forgot To Be Your Lover||William Bell||1968|
|38||Driver's Seat||Sniff 'n' the Tears||1978|
Nearly half of these songs are country proving you can take the boy out of the country but you can't take the country out of the boy. All those Seventies Summers drinking Frosty root beers and feeding the jukebox at the Cow Talk left an indelible impression. Like "The Show Must Go On" mentioned earlier, the William Bell song above, the basis for Billy Idol's "To Be A Lover", often signals last call here at The Hideaway.
|36||Roll with the Changes||REO Speedwagon||1978|
|35||This Is It||Kenny Loggins||1979|
|33||Loves Me Like a Rock||Paul Simon||1973|
|31||Lunatic Fringe||Red Rider||1981|
|30||Shoot to Thrill||AC/DC||1980|
|29||Hey Nineteen||Steely Dan||1980|
For today's final nine songs, I see several songs that soothe and comfort me and I require frequent soothing and comforting. I am on record as saying "Roll With The Changes" is the gospel truth in my private church of rock and roll, an endlessly uplifting rocker which picked up a few in memoriam plays when the guitarist on the track, Gary Richrath, passed away earlier this year. Ringo's "Photograph" is a vivid and happy reminder of my father (as is "Crazy") who also passed away this year while "Loves Me Like A Rock" is how I like to think my Mom loves me though deep down I know she loves my sister more. AC/DC's mighty "Shoot To Thrill" has always been a favorite since I first heard it over at Robert Rottet's house in 1980 and these days, it serves as a healing salve to my growing dissatisfaction with the rest of the drivers on the streets all around The Hideaway. There is no telling how many lives this one song, played at maximum volume in The Blueberry, has saved.