Top 250 Favorite Songs

This was fun, but it was also a giant pain in the ass. I started with the idea of doing a Top 100, but that just wouldn’t fly, so eventually I landed on a Top 250.

No way was I going to go through and rank all of these, so I present them below as a Top 12, then all of them together in alphabetical order:

Editor’s Note: I put one fictional song on my list that is a key piece of the plot in one of my all-time favorite books. A prize to be named later for anyone who figures out which one it is. You’ll find a hint in next week’s post (though I’ll be honest – it’s not a good hint).

Top 12
1. My Silver Lining – First Aid Kit
2. All These Things That I’ve Done – The Killers
3. Mack the Knife – Bobby Darin
4. Just in Time – Nina Simone
5. 8 Ball – Underworld
6. Freddie Freeloader – Miles Davis
7. All My Days – Alexi Murdoch
8. As Time Goes By – Jimmy Durante
9. China Grove – The Doobie Brothers
10. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts – Bob Dylan
11. Lost Coastlines – Okkervil River
12. Extreme Ways – Moby

The Entire List – in Alphabetical Order
(Nothing But) Flowers – Talking Heads
(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
8 Ball – Underworld
A Certain Sadness – Monica Borrfors
A Kiss to Build a Dream on – Louis Armstrong
A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum
A Wink and a Smile – Harry Connick Jr
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
All Blues – Miles Davis
All My Days – Alexi Murdoch
All the Way – Frank Sinatra
All These Things That I’ve Done – The Killers
Alone Together – Lynne Arriale Trio
April in Paris (Alternate Take) – Count Basie
As Time Goes By – Dooley Wilson
As Time Goes By – Jimmy Durante
Autumn Leaves – The Biddle Trio
Autumn Leaves (Live) – Eva Cassidy
Baba O’Riley – The Who
Babel – Mumford & Sons
Baby Can You Dig Your Man – Larry Underwood
Babylon – David Grey
Back in the USSR – The Beatles
Bad Day – R.E.M.
Ball and Chain – Social Distortion
Beautiful Day – U2
Big Sur – The Thrills
Bigmouth (1992) – Underworld
Black Betty – Ram Jam
Blinded By The Light – Manfred Mann
Blue Lester – Lester Young
Blue Train – John Coltrane
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Book of Days – Enya
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
Bron-Y-Aur Stomp – Led Zeppelin
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Canadian Rose – Blues Traveler
Centerfield – John Fogerty
Change Your Mind – Sister Hazel
Changes in Lattitudes, Changes in Attitudes – Jimmy Buffet
Children Go Where I Send You (Live) – Nina Simone
China Grove – Doobie Brothers
City of Bliniding Lights – U2
Clocks – Coldplay
Cold Blooded Old times – Smog
Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
Counting Stars – One Republic
Crazy He Calls Me – Billie Holiday
Dancing in the Dark (Live) – Chet Baker
Danza Kuduro – Don Omar & Lucenzo
Diamonds and Guns – The Transplants
Don’t Let Go – Weezer
Don’t Let The Man Get You Down – Fatboy Slim
Don’t Stop – Fleetword Mac
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Jounrey
Down on the Corner – CCR
Dream About Flying – Alexi Murdoch
Drunken Lullabies – Flogging Molly
Dry the Rain – Beta Band
Einstein on the Beach (For an Eggman) – Counting Crows
Emmylou – First Aid Kit
Evelation – U2
Everybody Needs Somebody – The Blues Brothers
Extreme Ways – Moby
Fall Back Down – Rancid
Fat Lip – Sum 41
Feuer Frei – Rammstein
Fire and Rain – James Taylor
Fireworks – First Aid Kit
First – Cold War Kids
Flower – Mody
Freddie Freeloader – Miles Davis
Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty
Fruit Trader – John Mellencamp
Get Back – The Beatles
Get Rhythm – Johnny Cash
Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
Go All the Way – Raspberries
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings Barenaked Ladies
Gone Fishin’ – Louis Armstrong & Bing Crosby
Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
Halleiujah I Love Her so (Live) – Ray Charles
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
Handlebars – Flobots
Hard Candy – Counting Crows
Hard Sun – Eddie Vedder
Home – Marc Broussard
Hook – Blues Traveler
Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede
Hotel California – Eagles
House of the Rising Sun (Live) – Nina Simone
How Long Will I Love You – Sam Sweeney
Human – The Killers
I Always Knew – The Vaccines
I Get Around – The Beach Boys
I Love’s You Porgy (Live) – Bill Evans
I Made a Resolution – Sea Wolf
I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
I’m Not running Anymore – John Mellencamp
I’m Shipping Up to Boston – Dropkick Murphys
I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash
If I had $1000000 – Barenaked Ladies
If I Had a Heart – Fever Ray
Iko-Iko – Zap Mama
In God’s Country – U2
Into the Mystic – Van Morrison
Island in the sun – Weezer
It Takes Two to Tango – Louis Armstrong
It’s a Shame – First Aid Kit
It’s All Been Done – Barenaked Ladies
It’s Only Fear – Alexi Murdoch
Jackie-Ing – Thelonious Monk
Jake Bugg – Trouble Town
Jilted Lovers and Broken Hearts – Brandon Flowers
Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry (and, of course, Marty McFly)
Joy to the World – Three Dog Night
Just in Time (Live) – Nina Simone
Keep Fishin – Weezer
King of Swing – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
King of the Road – Roger Miller
Last Nite – The Strokes
Let It roll – Train
Life is a Highway – tom Cochrane
Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts – Bob Dylan
Listen to the Music – Doobie Brothers
Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men
Lookin’ Out My Back Door – CCR
Lose Yourself – Eminem
Lost Coastlines – Okkervil River
Love You More – Alexi Murdoch
Mack the Knife – Bobby Darin
Make Someone Happy – Jimmy Durante
Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty
Master Pretender – First Aid Kit
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard – Paul Simon
Mess Around – Ray Charles
Midgets – Count Basie
Midnight Sun – Isaac Delusion
Mind Heist – Zack Hemsey
Montage – Andy Hill & Robert McDowell
Most of the Time – Bob Dylan
Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) – Billy Joel
Mr. Jones – Counting Crows
Mrs Potters Lullabye – Counting Crows
My Foolish Heart – Bill Evans Trio
My Foolish Heart – Monica Borrfors
My Silver Lining – First Aid Kit
Nemesis – Eric Alexander
Nice Guys Finish Last – Green Day
Nightlife in Tokyo – Eric Alexander
O… Saya – AR Rahman & M.I.A.
On the Road Again – Canned Heat
Once in a Lifetime – Talking Heads
One for My Baby – Frank Sinatra
One Headlight – Wallflowers
One Horse Town – The Thrills
One Particular Harbour – Jimmy Buffet
One Week – Barenaked Ladies
Only the Good Die Young – Billy Joel
Ooh la la – Faces
Orange Sky – Alexi Murdoch
Over the Rainbow – Terumasa Hino
Pain – Jimmy Eat World
Piano Man – Billy Joel
Please Forgive Me – David Grey
Pompeii – Bastille
Postcard – First Aid kit
Procelain – Moby
Read My Mind – The Killers
Rebel Heart – First Aid Kit
Rebellion (Lies) – Arcade Fire
Reelin’ In the Years – Steely Dan
right on time – O.A.R.
road outside columbus – O.A.R.
Rockin’ down the Highway – Doobie Brothers
Rocky Mountain Way – Joe Walsh
Romeo and Juliet – Dire Straits
Romeo’s Tune – Steve Forbert
Rough Trade – Stiff Little Fingers
Run Around – Blues Traveler
Running on Empty – Jackson Browne
S.O.B. – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Sabotage – Beastie Boys
Scenes from an italian Restaurant – Billy Joel
SDP – The Kissaway Trail
Shattered (Turn the Car Around) – O.A.R.
Short Skirt/Long Jacket – Cake
Sleepwalker – Moon Duo
So What – Miles Davis
Solitude – Billie Holiday
Song for You – Alexi Murdoch
Spinnig Mary – Sugar Ray
Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum
Starman – Seu Jorge
Start a War – The National
Stay With Me – Rod Stewart
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones
Take Five – The Dave Brubeck Quarter
Take It Easy – Eagles
Take Me to the River (Live) – Eva Cassidy
Tangled Up in Blue – Bob Dylan
Tell me If You Wanna Go Home – Keira Knightley
Ten Million Slaves – Otis Taylor
The “In” Crowd – Ramsey Lewis Trio
The Boys are Back – Dropkick Murphys
The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
The Koln Concert (The Entirety) – Keith Jarrett
The Passenger – Iggy Pop
The Sound of Silence – Paul Simon
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
The Weight – The Band
The Wolf – Mumford & Sons
Their Pie – Mark Orton
These Arms of Mine – Otis Redding
They All Laughed – The Biddle Trio
They Can’t Take That Away From Me – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Things Have Changed – Bob Dylan
This Town – O.A.R.
Three Marlenas – Wallflowers
Through the Dark – Alexi Murdoch
Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
Time to Pretend – MGMT
Tiny Dancer – Elton John
Touch of Grey – Grateful Dead
Towards the Sun – Alexi Murdoch
Under Pressure – Both Bowie/Queen & My Chemical Romance versions
Up All Night – The War on Drugs
Up Around The Ben – CCR
Vetigo – U2
Vienna – Billy Joel
Waitress Song – First Aid Kit
Wake Me Up – Avicii
Walk Away – Dropkick Murphys
Walk of Life – Dire Straits
We’re an American Band – Grand Funk Railroad
Weather is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful – Jimmy Buffet
Welcome to the Fabulous Las Vegas – Brandon Flowers
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
What’d I Say – Ray Charles
Wheels – Fink
When You Were Young – The Killers
With or Without You – U2
Wolf – First Aid Kit
You & Me & The bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby) – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones
Young at Heart – Jimmy Durante
Young Blood – The Naked and Famous
Young Folks – Peter Bjorn and John