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Our #1 Favorite Songs of All Time Are… February 26, 2010

Filed under: Manic Monday Top 5 — NVMP @ 6:26 PM

Klone’s #1 Song of All Time
1. “Would?” by: Alice In Chains (1992)
– First appearing on the soundtrack to the 1992 film Singles, “Would?” was a prominent track off of Alice In Chains’ second studio album Dirt (1992), and has since been considered a gem to come out of the alt/grunge rock “Seattle Sound” movement of the early 90s.  The song has a timelessness that allows it to transcend the typical “Seattle song” and still be palatable several musical movements later.  Lyrically, the song is a reflection on the life and friendship of fellow Seattle band Mother Love Bone’s lead singer Andrew Wood, who died of a heroin overdose in 1990.  Ironically, Alice In Chains lead singer Layne Staley succumbed to heroin addiction 12 years later in 2002.  More somber than most of their signature songs (“Man In The Box” ‘91, “Bleed The Freak” ‘91, “Them Bones” ‘92), “Would?” is hauntingly melodic, and has withstood the test of time.  By being accessible to the grunge rock audience and the rock fans who have since followed, the song isn’t tied to the generational rebellion that made Seattle acts like Nirvana so celebrated and acclaimed, and is able to stand on its own strength.

Tina’s #1 Song of All Time
1. “Uncle John’s Band” by the Grateful Dead
– This was an easy choice for my number one song of all time.  People often wonder how I could ever just pick one song that was my favorite of all time, but it’s a landslide win with UJB.  I’ve always had a strong connection with this song.  The lyrics just answer any question you could ever think of.  My mind just goes to a parade of music taking place by a river; no stress, nothing to worry about, just great music, having fun, and maybe a life lesson or two.  If I had to pick my happy place (like in Happy Gilmore) I would imagine me grooving with Uncle John’s Band and of course, with this song on repeat.

Dan’s #1 Song of All Time
1. “In My Arms” by Kylie Minogue
– Sweet without being saccharine, upbeat without wandering into pop-fodder territory, “In My Arms” is simply delicious. Kylie’s voice bounces along the 80s synthesizers and hand-clapping with the energy of a lovestruck teenager. The song is a delicious little pop gem that’s on nearly all of my playlists, and has almost 500 plays on my iTunes. It’s fun, upbeat, and great to dance to.

Mark’s #1 Song of All Time
1. Foreplay/Long Time by Boston
– Nothing but wonderful nostalgia is what makes this song Number 1 on this list for me. I remember being 2 or 3 years old and dancing with my Aunt on my Grandparent’s coffee table, listening to the minute and a half instrumental rock-out over and over while pretending to play the drums.

Greg’s #1 Song of All Time
1. Sweet Mistakes by Ellis Paul – “Pop the cork the champagne glass raise to the future drink to the past.” Just hearing those words sends me back to a very important retreat senior year of high school. Listening to it now brings a tear to my eye still. The emotion behind the words, and the way he sings combine to make a powerful ode to growing up and finding your own way. Even typing this now and listening to it, I feel such strong emotions. There are some songs that no matter how it has been since you heard it last, the first few notes instantly affect you, bring you back to a moment, a place, a person or even just a feeling. This song does that to me. “Bless your sweet mistakes that crumble you down to your knees, that brought you to this place, changing you by degrees…when change was just what you needed.”


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