101 Favorite Songs

This is admittedly, a silly ridiculous arbitrary list that is subject to change by the millisecond. I hadn’t written much in awhile, but going to the Pitchfork festival made me realize that my love of film is matched with my love of music. I get a sense of euphoria from both, but there is truly something magical about putting together playlists for a road trip, seeing a favorite songwriter perform live, or any number of moments that are cemented thanks to music. So I decided to update (after all I just turned 40) my lists of favorites, starting with this list of 101 favorite songs, which doesn’t even begin to include at least 500 more that I love every bit as much as these!  Actually, in addition, here's a playlist with over 300 songs that are in no particular order that you can listen to! 

Also, a playlist of favorite songs without The New Pornographers?!   Well that was made for a friend on Apple Music and contains a mix of songs I forgot to include and songs included in the list below.  

Favorite Songs

1.   Letter from an Occupant - The New Pornographers
2.  Under Pressure - Queen / David Bowie
3.  Morning Theft - Jeff Buckley
4.  Rise Above - Black Flag
5.  Sour Breath - Julien Baker
6.  All Thoughts Are Prey To Some Beast - Bill Callahan
7.  Sea Of Teeth - Sparklehorse
8.  God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
9.  That Was Another Country - The Innocence Mission
10. Verse Chorus Verse (Sappy) - Nirvana
11.  This Will Be Our Year - The Zombies
12. Feeling Yourself Disintegrate - The Flaming Lips
13. Dream All Day - The Posies
14. What Jail Is Like - The Afghan Whigs
15. The End Of The World - Skeeter Davis
16. Echos Myron - Guided By Voices
17. Julia - The Beatles
18. Gone For Good - The Shins
19. (Didn’t I) Blow Your Mind - The Delfonics
20. Perfect Circle - R.E.M
21. Lost In The Supermarket - The Clash
22. Thin Blue Flame - Josh Ritter
23. Lovely Day - Bill Withers
24. Not When I Need It - Matthew Sweet
25. Creep - TLC
26. The View - Modest Mouse
27.  Shine - Pentagon
28. X-French Tee-Shirt - Shudder to Think
29. American Jesus - Bad Religion
30. Feeling Like I Do - Superdrag
31. Happiness Is A Warm Gun - The Beatles
32. The Glutton Of Sympathy - Jellyfish
33. Good Old Desk - Harry Nilsson
34. 7 - Prince
35. Overkill - Men At Work
36. Divorce Song - Liz Phair
37. The Man Who Sold The World - David Bowie
38. Rid Of Me - PJ Harvey
39. Single Ladies (put a ring on it) - Beyonce
40. Son Of A Gun - The Vaselines
41.  Rock Hard Times - eels
42. Transgender Dysphoria Blues - Against Me!
43. Depreston - Courtney Barnett
44. Everybody Knows - Leonard Cohen
45. Mystery Achievement - The Pretenders
46. Finally - The Frames
47. When The Stars Go Blue - Ryan Adams
48. Up All Night - Best Coast
49. Time To Pretend - MGMT
50. Africa - Toto
51.  Paul - Big Thief
52. Bruises - Real Live Tigers
53. If I Have To Go - Tom Waits
54. EVERYDAY - BUDDY HOLLY
55. Pretty Pathetic - Smoking Popes
56. What You Do To Me - Teenage Fanclub
57. The Bronze Medal - Idlewild
58. I Don’t Wanna Die Anymore - New Radicals
59. Trying - Bully
60. Everything’s Gonna Be Cool - Chris Mills
61.  The Book Of Love - The Magnetic Fields
62. Stand Inside Your Love - Smashing Pumpkins
63. Seasons - Chris Cornell
64. Up The Junction - Squeeze
65. Sunflower - Low
66. I Don’t Want To Hear It - Minor Threat
67. The Nurse Who Loved Me - Failure
68. I Wish I Was The Moon - Neko Case
69. Wide Eyes - The New Pornographers
70. The Wretched - Nine Inch Nails
71. The Letter - The Box Tops
72. King Of New Orleans - Better than Ezra
73. Language - Suzanne Vega
74. Into The Mystic - Van Morrison
75. I Try - Macy Gray
76. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) - Digable Planets
77. Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
78. Sara - Starship   (first 45 I ever owned, sue me)
79. Let’s Live For Today - The Grass Roots
80. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel
81. Goodbye Stranger - Supertramp
82. When You Sleep - My Bloody Valentine
83. Everybody’s Talkin - Harry Nilsson
84. Untitled - The Cure
85. While You See A Chance - Steve Winwood
86. E-Bow The Letter - R.E.M
87.  Skinny Love - Bon Iver
88. Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush
89. On Your Side - Pete Yorn
90. Outshined - Soundgarden
91.  Here Comes My Baby - Cat Stevens
92. Let’s Get Lost - Elliott Smith
93. Backwater - Meat Puppets
94. Life On Mars? - David Bowie
95. Monkberry Moon Delight - Paul McCartney
96. Used To Be - Beach House
97.  Pass The Mic - Beastie Boys
98.  Stay (faraway so close!) - U2
99.  Nobody’s Fault But My Own - Beck
100. Wave of Mutilation - The Pixies
101.  Colorblind - Counting Crows

If you have Spotify, you can listen to the list here!
Or listen to a random sampling of 300+ songs on Spotify here!
Don't forget this list I made for my friend Dan Solomon that accidentally omitted #1

 "give me Leonard Cohen afterworld / so i can sigh eternally"

"give me Leonard Cohen afterworld / so i can sigh eternally"