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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Thirty-Two



Wednesday. Hump day. No matter what name you give it, the middle of the week can be a pain to get through. But hopefully, there will be some songs on this playlist to amp me back up for the weekend.

1. Into The Mystic – Van Morrison

As previously stated, I love Van Morrison. That man could play guitar and sing the phonebook, and I’d be pretty happy. “Into The Mystic” is such a charming little song, and the music has this gorgeous, slow, summertime feel to it. I find myself swaying and daydreaming about driving along the coast. It’s the perfect song. Can we have more of this for the rest of the challenge please?

2. Get Up (I Like Being a) Sex Machine – James Brown

This is such a bold, in-your-face song, with a definite style. James Brown is outgoing, and his unique ability to get the crowd involved makes this song fun to listen to. I feel like this should be a song people should listen to before they go out or when they wake up in the morning, just for an energetic jolt.

3. Ohio – Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

Instrumentally, I found this track pretty enjoyable. The harmonies are also really impressive, although it does feel a bit much occasionally throughout the song’s timing. It’s still an interesting listen, but after James Browns’s fantastic jolt, it falls a bit flat.

4. The Only Living Boy In New York – Simon and Garfunkel

Simon and Garfunkel were seriously talented, and here’s a song that showcases that talent beautifully. I love the acoustic vibe, and the  storytelling aspect of the lyrics. Seriously, give it a listen, and tell me you don’t fall in love.

5. In a Broken Dream – Python Lee Jackson

Rod Stewart is a guest vocalist on this track, the band’s most famous song. There is a definite power to his voice, especially when paired with the moody instrumental, with its raging guitar solo. I must admit, I found myself in awe, wanting to listen again and again.

6. Oh Lonesome Me – Neil Young

Just as the title would suggest, this is a definite sad song for the ages. If you’re looking to throw yourself a bit of a pity party, this is the anthem for you, my friend. While I love it for the emotion that is brilliantly conveyed, it’s a bit of a downer, even with its great beats.

7. 54-46 Was My Number – Toots and The Maytals

A prison/protest anthem for the ages, there is something so soulful and rebellious in this song’s spirit. It’s the awakening of the punk era slowly coming into life. I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy this, but I found myself enamored with it.

8. Working Class Hero – John Lennon

The third Beatle whose solo work is featured over the last two days. Half-spoken, half-sung, the vocals on this track aren’t incredible by any means, but I think it’s more of the lyrical narrative that people fall in love with when hearing this song. There is a power to his commentary on how the world will beat you down and then tell you to get up and make a decision, no matter its effect. It’s a fantastic social commentary that wakes people up by shattering the illusion they have been spoon fed since birth.

9. Box of Rain – The Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead always reminds me of high school journalism class. My love for this band was something my teacher and I initially bonded over, as she had a Grateful Dead poster by the board. If you don’t listen to this track and fall in love, there is something terribly the matter. The vocals aren’t perfect, but they’re wonderful because they’re flawed.

10. Life On Mars? – David Bowie

Once again, who doesn’t love David Bowie? There is a dream-like quality to this song that is entrancing. It seems so ambiguous, in a sense that almost anyone could find something to latch onto in regards to meaning.


Today’s playlist was interesting, to say the least. There was an eclectic mix of tunes to enjoy, which kept me intrigued from track one onwards. At least I survived the middle of the week, that sneaky bump in the road.

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Thirty




Yay! So far, I’ve survived a month of this challenge! So far, so good. There’s some great tunes on today’s list, which kind of takes away my Monday blues.

1. Kick Out The Jams – The MCS

If you’re looking for a song that is pure rock and roll, this is it. It’s the song your parents warned you about and the one your great-grandparents detested. It’s loud, it’s obnoxious, and it’s all about amping up a crowd. While I don’t love this song, I do like its vivacious energy that doesn’t seem to back down.

2. I Want You Back – The Jackson 5

Ah, young Michael Jackson. Even as a child, the guy had vocal skills that were next-level. I dare you to listen to this without smiling. Despite the sad subject, this song is happy as hell.

3.. The Thrill Is Gone – BB King

B.B. King is a classic. If you haven’t listened to this man’s music before, you’re missing out. With a stunning bluesy style, King makes his guitar sing (please excuse the rhyming, as it is unintentional) with all the emotion that engrains itself in B.B.’s vocals. If you’re looking for a heart-wrenching, emotion-packed song, this is it in its rawest form.


4. Up Around The Bend – Creedence Clearwater Revival

I won’t even lie. The title of this song immediately made my mind flash to “Just Around The River Bend” from Disney’s Pocahontas. But no, this is not the beloved Disney tune. This another tune you’ll recognize as soon as you hear that opening riff, especially if you’ve watched any car commercial in the last seven years or so. In all fairness, I can see why it’s used in advertising; it’s an effortlessly cool track, with a power that clearly packs a memorable punch.

5. Layla – Derek and The Dominos

I now know where the surge of Laylas in the world received their names. At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about this track, but the more I listened, the more I liked it. This a familiar cliche` of a woman who brings a man to his knees, and inspires a ballad. The guitar is also phenomenal.

6. War Pigs – Black Sabbath

I’ve got to admit, I love Black Sabbath; thank you Adam Sandler for introducing me to this wonderful band as a child via the film Little Nicky. The police sirens start up, and it’s easy to feel the anticipation kick in. An anti-war song, I am amazed by the lyrics of this track; they are so well written.

7. When The Revolution Comes – The Last Poets

An incredible spoken-word poem of sorts, I was floored by how much I loved this song. It’s easy to see that this is where hip-hop found its roots. I love spoken-word/slam poetry as it is, but this gave me a whole new perspective of it as a whole, really pushing the boundaries for its time.

8. Band of Gold – Freda Payne

One that my mom and grandparents played often. I got used to singing along from a pretty young age. I will happily declare that I still sing along to this every time. I love it. It’s so well written and such a great narrative of a young bride who ends up in a bad marriage. When the husband finally leaves, she has legitimately nothing but a “band of gold.”

9. Love The One You’re With – Stephen Stills

A great feel-good track, which has become iconic. Most people at least know the chorus, and it’s easy to hear why! It’s ridiculously catchy.

10. Fire and Rain – James Taylor

The guitar on this track is gorgeous. I recognize it by the sound of James Taylor’s voice coming through the speakers, and I find this song ridiculously perfect. There’s something so calming about it.


…and so ends a month of the 1001 Songs Challenge! Hard to believe the time has flown by that quickly. Now that the 1970s have begun, it’s going to be interesting to see the change in dynamics, and even the influence of the pop culture, politics, etc. As the Civil Rights Movement influenced the 60’s, so will the attitude of the people in the 1970s, as they began to feel a bit more open to the previously taboo.

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