12.08.2010 08:38 PM

Fifteen Songs

On Facebook, Susannah Sears challenged me to ’15 Songs,’ which seemed fitting, today.

She explains:

“(1) Turn on your MP3 player or music player on your computer.

(2) Go to SHUFFLE songs mode.

(3) List the first 15 songs that come up (song title and artist) NO editing/cheating, please. Even if you might skip the song when it comes up or be embarrassed for people to know that it’s in your collection, you still must list it.

(4) Choose people to be tagged. It is generally considered to be in good taste to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I’m betting that your musical selection is entertaining.

To do this, go to “NOTES” under tabs on your profile page (or click on “+ write a note” button at the top of the page), paste these instructions in the body of the note, enter your 15 Shuffle Songs, Tag 25 people (under the post) then click Publish.”

Here’s what I’ve come up with (or, rather, iTunes did). For fun, do likewise – tell the rest of us your fifteen. Lennon would approve; it avoids musical snobbery and dishonesty.

And, yes, you do see ‘La Traviata’ there.

1.  Loved Ones – Spy Diddley

2.  NOFX – Leaving Jesusland

3. Lillingtons – Robots in my Dreams

4. Patsy Cline – Got A Lotta Rhythm In My Soul

5. Ramones – What’s Your Game

6. Richard Hayes and the Eddie Sauter Orchestra – Junco Partner

7. The Jam – Down In The Tube Station At Midnight

8. Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink

9. The Ruts – Something That I Said

10. Booker T and the MGs – Green Onions

11. Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers – Here Come the Martian Martians

12. The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio

13. Nirvana – Lounge Act

14. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – La Traviata

15. The Undertones – Casbah Rock


  1. james Smith says:

    Fun Thanks!

    Peaches – I don’t give a fuck
    Tears for Fears – Shout
    Rude Boy Train – Desmond Deckker
    Sergio Mendez – Tristeza
    Obsession – Cabaret Voltaire
    Murder By Death -Intergalactic Menopause
    Billy Preston – Will it go Round in Circles
    Wille Nelson – You are Always on My Mind
    Alana Miles – Black Velvet
    Michael Franti & Spearhead – All Rebel Rockers
    Jackson Browne – You Love the Thunder
    Fred Eaglesmith – Tinderbox
    Bloodhound Gang – Discovery Channel
    War- Cisco Kid
    B52’s – Quiche Lorraine

  2. smelter rat says:

    Did this a week or so ago. enjoy:
    1. Neko Case – Marais la Nuit
    2. Ben Folds – Song for Gracie
    3. Poco – Follow Your Dreams
    4. Kathleen Edwards – Asking for Flowers
    5. Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke
    6. The Deep Dark Woods – Farewell
    7.Brandi Carlile? – Losing Heart
    8.Hank Snow – Yellow Roses
    9. John Legend – Humanity
    10. Ben Sures – Dancer
    11.Dave Hole -Hawaiian Boogie
    12. Pascale Picard – That is the Matter
    13. Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne – Smokin Boogie
    14. Martha Wainwright – Tower Song
    15. Robert Plant – Falling in Love Again

  3. Nasty Bob says:

    What da ya know – my iTunes is CRTC compliant; spitting out a playlist that’s over 30 % CanCon!

    Me and the Blues – Count Basie

    Exhuming McCarthy – REM

    Hip -No-Tyzed – The Gruesomes*

    Trying to Chew my Head – Johnny & G Rays *

    Christine – Siouxie and the Banshees

    Sena Stanjena – Andreas Vollenweider

    The Mind’s Eye – Remy Shand *

    Jackson & Jane – James Keelaghan *

    Stand – REM

    The Flower of Margherally – Compadres *

    Lester Leaps in – Charlie Parker

    Twin Cadillac Valentine – The Sceaming Blue Messiahs

    Hark, The Herald Angels Sing – Vince Guaraldi Trio

    St. Louis Blues March – Glenn Miller

    Johnny Come Lately – Duke Ellington

    * – denotes Canadian Content

  4. JenS says:

    I did this a few months ago on FB, and frankly, the results were mortifying and, I hope you will believe me, not representative. I’ll share ’em anyway:

    1 – When I Come Around – Green Day
    2 – Patience – Guns N’ Roses
    3 – Only You – Yaz
    4 – Love the One You’re With – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
    5 – Walk This Way – Run DMC and Aerosmith
    6 – Talk about the Passion – REM
    7 – Kiss Me – Stephen Duffy
    8 – Southern Man – Neil Young
    9 – All I Want Is You – U2
    10 – She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult
    11 – Will The Circle Be Unbroken – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    12 – Santa Monica – Everclear
    13 – Fiddler’s Green – The Tragically Hip
    14 – Cracklin’ Rosie – Neil Diamond
    15 – Hard Headed Woman – Cat Stevens

  5. Raymond says:

    Lounge act.

  6. Student501 says:

    I thought this would be easier, it wasn’t.

    15 is very limiting, I picked one for each artist, there are so many others.

    1. Shine On Crazy Diamond, Pink Floyd
    2. Layla (Acoustic version) , Eric Clapton
    3. Sultans of Swing, Mark Knopfler
    4. Thrill is Gone, BB King
    5. Imagine, John Lennon
    6. Knocking on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
    7. Get Back, The Beatles
    8. Mystery Train, Elvis Presley
    9. Taking Care Of Business, Randy Bachman
    10. London Calling, The Clash
    11. Simon & Garfunkel, The Sounds of Silence
    12. Johnny Cash, Hurt
    13. Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones
    14. Vertigo, U2
    15. Gimme All Your Loving, ZZ Top

  7. j. coates says:

    Just one… Bad Time For Being In Love by Grand Funk/

  8. Abby Thomas says:

    Beatles – Across the Universe (Very fitting, considering)
    New Order – Ceremony
    Social Distortion – I was Wrong
    Kings of Leon – Notion
    Rise Against – Savior
    The The – This is the Day
    Bob Marley – One Love
    Green Day – Boulevard of Broken Dreams
    Arcade Fire – My Body is a Cage
    The Cure – Show me, Show me, Show me
    The Cranberries – Just my Imagination
    Jane’ Addiction – Jane Says
    Band of Horses – The Funeral
    The Flaming Lips – Do you Realize?
    REM – Orange Crush

  9. Winston Higgs says:

    Not bad…coulda been worse:

    1) The Pogues – If I Should Fall from Grace with God
    2) Tegan and Sara – Red Belt
    3) Steve Earle – Rake
    4) Foo Fighters – Everlong
    5) Dobie Gray – Drift Away
    6) Ramones – Sheena is a Punk Rocker
    7) Lita Ford – Kiss Me Deadly
    8) Aphex Twin – Mold
    9) Spandau Ballet – True
    10) Kate Bush – Cloudbusting
    11) Motorhead – Ace of Spades
    12) Billy Bragg – The World Turned Upside Down
    13) Roxy Music – Avalon
    14) The Four Seasons – December 1963 ( I am soooo embarrassed)
    15) David Usher feat. Tegan Quin – Hey Kids

    Total of 732 songs on the player and I cannot believe that I did not hit ONE George Jones song…wow….

  10. Harith says:

    Boards of Canada – Oscar See Through Red Eye
    Xavier Naidoo – In Deine Hände
    Elbow – The Stops
    Valery Gore – Knifes Dream
    Martin Grech – Twin
    A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It? (Extended Boilerhouse Mix)
    Boards of Canada – Seeya Later
    Wilco – Muzzle Of Bees
    Ton Steine Scherben – Allein machen sie dich ein
    Fleetwood Mac – Gold Dust Woman
    Do Make Say Think – You, You’re Awesome
    Boards of Canada – You Could Feel The Sky
    Beirut – The Long Island Sound
    Claudio Monteverdi – Vespro Della Beata Vergine: Laudate, Pueri Dominum a 8
    The Cute – A Letter To Elise

    Clearly, iTunes loves Boards of Canada.

  11. Ian says:

    1. The Clash – Straight To Hell (Edited Version)
    2. Sex Pistols – Johnny B Goode (Dave Goodman ‘Anarchy’ Rehearsal Sessions)
    3. The Jesus And Mary Chain – Teenage Lust
    4. Black Flag – Slip It In
    5. Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & His Clowns – Well I’ll Be John Brown
    6. The Ramones – Durango 95
    7. Judas Priest – Pain And Pleasure
    8. Maxine Brown – Oh No Not My Baby
    9. Hard Skin – Romford
    10. Bernard Cribbins – I’d Rather Go Fishing
    11. Ken Yokoyama – I Go Alone
    12. Jook – Shame Shame Shame
    13. Another Pretty Face – That’s Not Enough
    14. Pama International – He’s More Like His Father
    15. The Alarm – Watching Me Watching You Watching Them Watching Us

  12. CQ says:

    out of the new-old millennium pile:

    Lodger – Let Her Go
    Paper Moon – Say it’s All Over
    Toro Y Moi – Low Shoulder
    Editors – Lights
    Morning Spy – I am the Time
    Starsailor – This Time
    Bliss – American Heart (ft. Boy George)
    Dykehouse – Signal Crossing
    Epoxies, the – Radiation
    Penate, Jack – Tonight’s Today
    Tigers that Talked – The Merchant
    Changes, the – Water of the Gods
    Parallels – Find the Fire
    Depeche Mode – Precious
    Stellastarr – In the Walls

  13. Joe from Etobicroke says:

    A true story that’s almost too horrible to share in public. My wife doesn’t have an iPod but borrows mine to run with so there’s a few of her CDs loaded on it. She ramps up her running from “zero” to “somewhat more frequently” the months before ski trips out West. So last March I’m adding some new stuff to my iPod, synch it, and out of idle curiousity I innocently click on Top 25 Most Played.

    Yep – the first 15 cuts from ABBA Gold, followed by 10 of my favourite tunes

    Please Lord, if I die tragically in public, make sure my iPod is crushed in the accident….

    • Warren says:

      We forgive you. Such is the cold calculation of iTunes “shuffle.”

    • The Other Jim says:

      Meh, that’s nothing. Not only have I loaded stuff on for my wife, but all three of my daughters (13, 7, and 2) have music on my iPod as well. I’m terrified to put on a random shuffle lest my list get populated with tracks from “The Wiggles”, “Hannah Montana”, or any number of “Glee” cast butcherings.

      Thank God my son has decent taste in music!

  14. allegra fortissima says:

    Antonio Vivaldi – Le quattro stagioni L’Inverno
    John Lennon – Beautiful Boy
    Pixies – Alec Eiffel
    Ian Dury – Wake up and make love with me
    The Ramones – Havana Affair
    Luciano Pavarotti – Nessun dorma
    The Vibrators – Baby, Baby
    The Misfits – Attitude
    The Slits – Hated by many loved by a few
    Dave Brubeck – Bluette
    Ray Charles – Hit the road Jack
    Sex Pistols – Whatcha Gonna Do About It
    The Doors – Hello, I Love You
    The Metric – Sick Muse

    Number 15… dunno what all this Double Bubble Trouble is about, but the song is coool 🙂

  15. nez1 says:

    It Takes a Lot to Laugh, it takes a Train to cry–Bob Dylan
    Beautiful Son–Hole
    Anyone can Fill Your Shoes–X
    Jaw, Knee, Music–NOFX
    Ordinary–Face to Face
    Sick Little Suicide–The Matches
    Deny–the Clash
    Jammin’–Bob Marley
    The Only One–The Cure
    Don’t Stop–The Stone Roses
    Rapid Decompression–Against Me!
    Everyday Is Lke Sunday–Morrissey
    I Predict A Riot–Kaiser Chiefs
    I Walk The Line–Johhnny Cash
    Rock N’ Roll High School–Ramones
    Don’t Sell Me Short–Bad Religion

    hmmm..just a typical 40-something Albertan list?

  16. Ted says:

    OK, here’s mine, but in my defence, I put everything on my iPod, all 7,000+ songs, including all the kids music (my oldest went through a musical phase; we got help and he’s over it and now listens to The Killers and Metric; thanks for your concern):

    1. R.E.M. – Horse to Water
    2. Led Zepplin – D’Yer Mak’er
    3. Alanis Morisette – You Oughta Know
    4. Peter Gabriel – (Leonard Cohen’s) Suzanne
    5. Elvis Costello – Everyday I Write the Book
    6. Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger
    7. Frank Sinatra – What Is This Thing Called Love?
    8. Raffi – Baby Beluga
    9. Portishead – Numb
    10. Sting – Saint Augustine in Hell
    11. Brian Eno – Deep Blue Day
    12. Sinéad O’Connor – Just Like U Said It Would B
    13. Paul Simon – Father & Daughter
    14. Pearl Jam – Blood
    15. High School Musical Soundtrack – Just Getting Started

  17. JC says:

    1. Sweet Dreams – The Mekons
    2. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love – Billie Holiday
    3. The Hives-Introduce The Metric System In Time – The Hives
    4. Scoundrel Babes – The Constantines
    5. Shake It – Hillstomp
    6. Someone Else’s Song – Wilco
    7. Echos Myron – Guided By Voices
    8. Pretty Girls (The Mover) – Against Me!
    9. Pay To Cum – Bad Brains
    10. Hit The Plane Down – Pavement
    11. Into The Fire – Mission Of Burma
    12. Alcohol – The Kinks
    13. Motel Room In My Bed – X
    14. Prayer Of The Refugee – Rise Against
    15. Grown So Ugly – The Black Keys

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