Well, now that the Spotify list is mostly done https://open.spotify.com/user/1246718744/playlist/0z6ZyNX20PcBFb8307PDM2 now I can work on mine. Thank you @nathanveshecco for having so many participate in these fun yet challenging lists. I had a hard time picking favorites...but here are songs that have stayed in my collection thru the years
  1. "We Walk" - R.E.M.
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    I don't know why, out of all the songs on Murmur, this one has stuck the most...it was one that I fast forwarded back in my "cool days".
  2. "Going to California" - Led Zeppelin
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    One of my favorites to play live too
  3. "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart" - Wilco
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    I didn't appreciate this song until I saw an acoustic performance by Jeff Tweedy. Now I love every weird quirk of the studio version
  4. "Chocolate on My Tongue" - Wood Brothers
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    When I was ending my first marriage I did a lot of walking, mostly to try to relieve a lot of anxiety. This song popped into my life and kind of said, "whoa buddy...everything is going to be alright...be appreciative of all you experience lest it be taken away."
  5. "Duncan" - Paul Simon
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    Best intro to a song ever: Couple in the next room bound to win a prize/They've been going at it all night long/I'm trying to get some sleep but these hotel walls are cheap/Lincoln Duncan is my name and hears my song.
  6. "Junk" - Paul McCartney
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    The melody of this song sticks in your cranium for days.
  7. "Summer" - Buffalo Tom
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    Even though this song is called Summer...it is totally Fall. Dreary days when the heat is cranked in your car but the windows are partly down to let the cool crisp autumn wind shave your face. It's a lament for Summer's of the past "where my heroes gone today/Mick and Keith and WillieMays"
  8. "First Glimmer" - Paul Westerberg
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    This song is Fall part 2. Making out with your high school crush rolling around in the leaves - that's what this song is.
  9. "Visions of Johanna" (live 1966 version - NOT the Blonde on Blonde version) - Bob Dylan
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    Oh what wonderful lyrics. Don't waste your time on the studio version though...go right to the solo acoustic performance that I'll put on the Spotify list.
  10. "These Are Days" - 10,000 Maniacs
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    Another one of these songs that by the middle of it, tears are welling up in my eyeholes. This song says appreciate the now. Cherish the present, "you know it's true that you are blessed and lucky"
  11. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" - The Rolling Stones
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    If I could be anyone that is totally opposite of me, it would be Mick Jagger.
  12. "Raise Your Glass" - Pink
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    Okay, it's cheesy as fuck, but this song brings tears to my eyes. Especially when I'm all in "life is serious"/social anxiety mode. It is a reminder to "don't get fancy, just be dancey" and just let life happen!! It's my "getting ready to go out on a Saturday night" song.
  13. "Man In The Mirror" - Michael Jackson
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    So...this is NOT my favorite MJ song at all, nor is it really a great song, except it inspires me! It has a great message. Be the change you want to see in the world. And not just be the change...MAKE that change. Act upon it. And bonus points to ANYONE that can sit through the MoonWalker version that has all the clips of MLK, JFK, Mother Teresa, starving children etc...
  14. "Two Step" - Dave Matthews Band
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    Fucking Epic and another one of these songs that just takes me somewhere joyous "Celebrate we will/Cause life is short and sweet for certain/We're climbing two by two/to make sure these days continue"
  15. "Hold Me" - Fleetwood Mac
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    My "dancing while doing dishes" song!
  16. "Dear Believer" - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
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    A nice little song that reaches into the spiritual realm from these guys. This song is totally just...chill. And a nice little horn section midway through
  17. "Came Out of A Lady" - Rubblebucket
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    No matter what kind of mood I'm in, by the end of this song my toes are tapping and there is a smile on my face.
  18. "Sugar Magnolia" - Grateful Dead
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    My favorite summer song. Window down, driving along. Running through the parks. Happiness
  19. "The Weight" - the Band (studio version)
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    Ever since I was little I've loved this song. For some reason it screams winter to me. There are a lot of different live versions of this song, but I like the sound and feel of the studio version the best
  20. "The Wind" - Cat Stevens
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    "I let my music take me where my heart wants to go" only rivals Bob Marleys line "the one good thing about music, when it hits you you feel okay" - a nice meditative little diddy from Cat Stevens
  21. "Here I Dreamt I was an Architect" - the Decemberists
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    I'm a sucker for great lyrics. I'll put the Colin Meloy acoustic version on the Spotify list which pairs this song with a hint of my wife's favorite song "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac
  22. "Birdhouse in Your Soul" - They Might Be Giants
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    There are so many songs by them that I absolutely love! But this one hits me in the right spot and shares a glimpse of light "While you're at it/Leave the nightlight on inside the Birdhouse in your soul"
  23. "Vincent Black Lightening 1952" - Richard Thompson
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    I don't usually tear-up at songs about motorcycles. But this one gets me every time. I'm putting my favorite live solo version on the Spotify list. If I could only play guitar like that! I
  24. "Take Five" - Dave Brubeck
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    This song, I really don't care who does it, is a great one. I even heard a version the other day by Rodrigo Y Gabrielle where they mash it up with an instrumental version of Metallica's "One". Anyway, if you've NEVER heard it, start with the original by Brubeck
  25. "Say Say Say" - Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney
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    One of my favorites from my youth and it STILL kicks ass today. And it's much better than their other duet "The Girl is Mine" (though I don't turn that one off when it comes on...but mostly to laugh at its cheesiness.)
  26. "Part Time Lover" - Stevie Wonder
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    Yes, Stevie has better, more socially conscience songs in his repertoire...I dig. BUT...this song is infectious!
  27. And the list could go on and on and on and on... Maybe there will be a part two...or three....or just lists EVERY DAY of songs that I love!! :))