110

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It all started with a sisterly chat over an 80s, hip-swinging tune (see #11).

“That’s my favorite song EVER!” I’m a little dramatic.

“How!? You say that about every song.” My sister, the memory woman.

“Yeah, well, I do have a definite 100 favorite songs.” A librarian should know better than to just spout out ill-informed stats like that.

“Really.” Every family has the romantic and the cynic. We take turns.

Here is my list of 110 favorite songs for the year 2010. Why 110? Because by the time I whittled the numbers down from 143 to 110, I’d had it.

This exercise was meant to delve into what I love quick and dirty-like and relive ancient memories as well as newer butterfly-in-stomach diddies that I’ve yet to fully explore. It was meant to make me think hard in a short amount of time about what I adore and what defines me musically.

I don’t recommend it. Seriously, don’t do this.

I present to you the list of 110 songs that, really, were the settled 110 that came to mind first. They are in order of release date because I will not rank them. Turns out every song is my favorite.

  1. Walkin’ After Midnight, Patsy Cline, 1957
  2. Time of the Season, The Zombies, 1968
  3. My Chérie Amour, Stevie Wonder, 1969
  4. L’Appuntamento, Ornella Vanoni, 1970
  5. Let’s Stay Together, Al Green, 1972
  6. The Joker, The Steve Miller Band, 1973
  7. Edge of Seventeen, Stevie Nicks, 1981
  8. Everybody, Madonna, 1982
  9. La Di Da Di, Doug E. Fresh, 1985
  10. Paul Revere, Beastie Boys, 1986
  11. Rock Steady, The Whispers, 1987
  12. It’s Tricky, Run DMC, 1987
  13. Juana la Cubana, Fito Olivares, 1988
  14. Cars That Go Boom, L’Trimm, 1988
  15. Lovesong, The Cure, 1989
  16. Bust a Move, Young MC, 1989
  17. Mentirosa, Mellow Man Ace, 1989
  18. Love Song, Madonna & Prince, 1989
  19. Vanishing, Mariah Carey, 1990
  20. Poison, Bel Biv DeVoe, 1990
  21. The Humpty Dance, Digital Underground, 1990
  22. More, Madonna, 1990
  23. Gett Off, Prince, 1991
  24. Motownphilly, Boyz II Men, 1991
  25. Summertime, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, 1991
  26. Under the Bridge, Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1991
  27. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, Bryan Adams, 1991
  28. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Elton John & George Michael, 1991
  29. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat), Digable Planets, 1992
  30. Sweet Thing, Mary J. Blige, 1992
  31. What’s the 411?, Mary J. Blige f. Grand Puba, 1992
  32. Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang, Dr. Dre & Snoop Doggy Dogg, 1992
  33. My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It), En Vogue, 1992
  34. Weak, SWV, 1992
  35. Fields of Gold, Sting, 1993
  36. All I Wanna Do, Sheryl Crow, 1993
  37. Ayer, Gloria Estefan, 1993
  38. If, Janet Jackson, 1993
  39. Baby’s Got Sauce, G. Love & Special Sauce, 1994
  40. Black Hole Sun, Soundgarden, 1994
  41. No Me Queda Más, Selena, 1994
  42. Stay (I Missed You), Lisa Loeb, 1995
  43. This Is How We Do It, Montell Jordan, 1995
  44. Techno Cumbia, Selena, 1995
  45. Santeria, Sublime, 1996
  46. Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder), Maxwell, 1996
  47. Sex in the Summer, Prince, 1996
  48. Lady Don’t Tek No, Latryx, 1997
  49. The Mummers Dance (Remix), Loreena McKennitt, 1997
  50. The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly), Missy Elliot, 1997
  51. Melodìa del Rio, Rubén González, 1997
  52. Freak on a Leash, Korn, 1998
  53. Shanti/Ashtangi, Madonna, 1998
  54. One Week, Barenaked Ladies, 1998
  55. Cumbia de los Muertos, Ozomatli, 1998
  56. Feelin’ So Good, Jennifer Lopez, 1999
  57. No Me Ames (Salsa Remix), Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony, 1999
  58. East of the Sun (and West of the Moon), Diana Krall, 1999
  59. Sexbomb, Tom Jones, 1999
  60. Ms. Fat Booty, Mos Def, 1999
  61. Lovers Rock, Sade, 2000
  62. Jussara, Zuco 103, 2000
  63. Bananeira, Bebel Gilberto, 2000
  64. Legend, Nelly Furtado, 2000
  65. Baby Girl, Nelly Furtado, 2000
  66. It’s Love, Jill Scott, 2000
  67. Great Expectations, Jurassic 5, 2000
  68. Underneath It All, No Doubt, 2001
  69. I’m a Slave 4 U, Britney Spears, 2001
  70. Lapdance, N*E*R*D, 2001
  71. Picture, Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow, 2001
  72. La Valse d’Amélie, Yann Tiersen, 2001
  73. The Bass and the Movement, Atmosphere, 2002
  74. Don’t Know Why, Norah Jones, 2002
  75. What’s Golden, Jurassic 5, 2002
  76. The Seed (2.0), The Roots, 2002
  77. Fell in Love with a Boy, Joss Stone, 2003
  78. Quien Engaña No Gana, Ojos de Brujo, 2003
  79. Intro/Stronger Than Me, Amy Winehouse, 2003
  80. Try, Nelly Furtado, 2003
  81. Sidestep, Crown City Rockers f. Destani Wolf, 2004
  82. Damelo, Juanes, 2004
  83. Letter Read, Rachael Yamagata, 2004
  84. Anna (El Negro Zumbón), Pink Martini, 2004
  85. U.R.A.Q.T., M.I.A., 2005
  86. La Sirènes de la Fête, Brazilian Girls, 2005
  87. Sitting, Waiting, Wishing, Jack Johnson, 2005
  88. Do That There (The Young Einstein Hoo-Hoo Mix), Lyrics Born, 2005
  89. Lose Control, Missy Elliot, Ciara & Fatman Scoop, 2005
  90. Gold Digger, Kanye West f. Jamie Foxx, 2005
  91. Wikked Lil’ Grrrls, Esthero, 2005
  92. Bebot, Black Eyed Peas, 2005
  93. Yummy, Gwen Stefani f. Pharrell, 2006
  94. Wind It Up, Gwen Stefani, 2006
  95. Damn Girl, Justin Timberlake f. Will.I.Am, 2006
  96. La Tequilera, Lila Downs, 2006
  97. Fergalicious, Fergie, 2006
  98. Smile, Lily Allen, 2006
  99. What I Got, M.I.A., 2007
  100. Party Over Here, Atmosphere, 2007
  101. Creator, Santigold, 2008
  102. Crystal Ball, P!nk, 2008
  103. Warwick Avenue, Duffy, 2008
  104. American Boy, Estelle f. Kanye West, 2008
  105. Little Bit of Feel Good, Jamie Lidell, 2008
  106. Let It Fall, Lykke Li, 2008
  107. Diva, Beyonce, 2008
  108. Electric City, Black Eyed Peas, 2009
  109. Imma Be, Black Eyed Peas, 2009
  110. Bad Romance, Lady Gaga, 2009

*MJ Disclaimer: Even though I’ve clearly left out many, many songs, I purposely didn’t include Michael Jackson because I couldn’t go there. To choose one was to choose seventeen. I didn’t have the numbers for that.

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3 thoughts on “110

  1. did i ever tell you about that one time i was doing karaoke in the Castro and this guy changed all the words to “Fergielicious” to reflect his life? ladies and gentlemen, i present the stuck-in-my-head classic: “Aldolicious.”

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