Top 100

Friday 11 April 2008

By golly goshkins, this is one of the scariest things I have ever posted.

My nerdy friends and I decided about ... oh, eight years or so ago to compile our Top 100 Songs of All Time. Just because. Must have been reading a bit of Nick Hornby. And we're nerds. What can I say? But sheesh, it was really hard. Granted I was sick with CFS at the time, so it was hard to even be able to remember 100 songs. And it's understandable it was so formidable then, because it feels so now. Hence the reason why it's taken me eight years to crack the ton. (And boy, I'm scared I'm gonna wake up sweating at 4am, thrashing myself awake with the remembrance that I forgot my favourite song ever ... or with a desire to delete this post seeing now you know that I have a John Denver song in my Top 100! My God, I feel so ... naked.

I'm still not happy with my top 100. I feel like I want to disclaim all over the place that This Is Subject To Change Without Notice. I'm scared that (a) I've forgotten something which will shame me for the rest of my life or that (b) I don't now, but there must be more than one reason why it's scaring me so much.

Anyway, for your boredom viewing pleasure, here is my top 100.

Oh, yikes.

Okay. Here it is. This group of songs are my favourite 100 songs. I'm not so sure about the order. And did I mention, it's subject to change at any time?

1. These Days - Powderfinger

2. Building the Barn – Maurice Jarre (from the movie Witness)

3. Love Song – Tesla

4. Set You Free – N’Trance

5. Last Goodbye – Jeff Buckley

6. And It Stoned Me – Van Morrison

7. Romeo and Juliet – Dire Straits

8. Always With Me, Always With You – Joe Satriani

9. So Long – Fischer Z

10. The Load Out/Stay – Jackson Browne

11. Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

12. Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield

13. Four Walls – Cold Chisel

14. Man With The Child In His Eyes – Kate Bush

15. Further Down the Road – Bernard Fanning

16. Breathe Me – Sia

17. Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar

18. Let It Be – The Beatles

19. Telegraph Road – Dire Straits

20. Photograph – Def Leppard

21. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

22. Miracle Drug – U2

23. Midnight – Yazoo

24. Drift Away – Dobie Gray

25. Something – The Beatles

26. Annie’s Song – John Denver

27. Heart Of The Matter – Don Henley

28. The Power of Love – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

29. Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach

30. How To Make Gravy – Paul Kelly

31. May it Be – Enya

32. It’s Hard Letting You Go – Bon Jovi

33. I Remember You – Skid Row

34. So Lonely – The Police

35. Wild is the Wind – Bon Jovi

36. Blue Day – Misex

37. Hold My hand – Hootie & the Blowfish

38. My Love My Life – ABBA

39. Ah! Leah! – Donnie Iris

40. Etcetera Whatever - Over the Rhine

41. Landslide – Dixie Chicks

42. Where the Streets Have No Name – U2

43. Stay – Shakespear’s Sister

44. Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters

45. Estranged – Guns n’ Roses

46. Nothing Compares – Third Day

47. Epic – Faith No More

48. Siren – Divinyls

49. Glycerine – Bush

50. Lay Your Love On Me – Rochford

51. The Name of the Game – ABBA

52. Bat Out of Hell – Meatloaf

53. When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge

54. Never Gonna Die – Choirboys

55. Walk On – Jimmy Barnes

56. You Don’t Treat Me No Good No More – Sonia Dada

57. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

58. Shadows of the Night – Pat Benatar

59. Into Temptation – Crowded House

60. Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen

61. The Day You Went Away – Wendy Matthews

62. Sweet Sweet Love – Russell Morris

63. Signs – Five Man Electrical Band/Tesla

64. Sure Know Something – Kiss

65. I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues – Elton John

66. Hoochie Gucci Fiorucci Mama – Australian Crawl

67. Open Arms – Journey

68. I Want You Back – Jackson 5

69. Leather & Lace – Nicks/Henley

70. First Cut is the Deepest – Rod Stewart

71. Trouble – Ray LaMontagne

72. Samson - Regina Spektor

73. Rocket Queen - Guns ‘n Roses

74. Patience - Guns ‘n Roses

75. What It Takes – Aerosmith

76. The Middle – Jimmy Eat World

77. All My Love – Led Zepplin

78. Hanging by a Moment - Lifehouse

79. Alive – POD

80. Oh No Not You Again – Australian Crawl

81. One Perfect Day – Little Heroes

82. Midnight Blue – Lou Gramm

83. Torn – Natalie Imbruglia

84. Brand New Day – Van Morrison

85. One Crowded Hour – Augie March

86. Make it End – Baby Animals

87. We Live for Love – Pat Benatar

88. The Answer – Sarah McLachlan

89. Breathe in Now – George

90. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

91. Sweetheart Like You – Bob Dylan

92. Cry – The Mavis’s

93. Show Me Your Glory – Third Day

94. Knocking on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan

95. Burn – Ray LaMontagne

96. Tomorrow – Kiss

97. The Strangest Thing – Bernard Fanning

98. Again – Lenny Kravitz

99. Ride On – AC/DC

100. Angels of the Silences – Counting Crows


  1. Thank you! Thank you! You resurrected in my mind some songs I hadn't thot of in ages.....

    And we have some crossover...

    I have to say I thought I was the only person in the world who liked 'Midnight Blue'.

    And 'May it Be' - Are you a Rings fan or an Enya fan?

    And my husband has hung out with POD before.

    I also love songs by some of the same bands as you, just different songs than the ones you named.

  2. Oh, don't you LOVE being reminded of songs you've forgotten about? I love that! :)

    I'm an Enya fan more than a Rings fan (although I did think I was going to sob in the cinema in Return of the King, but maybe that was more to do with coming to the end of the Aragorn ride hehe :) No, I just love that song so much. Must buy some Enya.

    And Midnight Blue - yeah! Awesome song.

  3. "End of the Aragorn ride"...hehe.

    "I used follow, yeah, that's true.
    But my following days are over, now I just gotta follow through"

    Mmm. Love that song.

  4. well done. this is a noble undertaking...i wondered where i would start and then "do you believe in love" by huey lewis and the news popped into my head. how's that for self disclosure?

  5. Erin - Those lines are easier to sing than to live in, aren't they? :)

    Lucy - well done :) I love that song. I remember clearly when it came out. It was the first HLATN song released here in Australia. I would have been about 12 or 13 or something like that.

    It is a noble undertaking! It's very scary indeed :)

  6. Number 26 - that's the joke entry to bring a bit of jollity to an otherwise respectable list, right? Worked. I've been laughing all morning.

  7. Bite me :)

    That song is gorgeous.

  8. I don't know how I would even begin to accomplish a list like this! Well done.

  9. Thanks, P&P. I feel like it sitting there with John Denver in my list is akin to wandering down the main street of my suburb in the nuddy.


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