What’s in my Ipod?

First, I’m not egotistical enough to think that anybody cares what songs are in my Ipod.  But I figure it’s easy material to write for my blog, which I partly use to drive traffic to my websites (www.coachmike.net, http://www.mikeneedsakidney.com, and http://www.mikefrandsen.net).  Second, I don’t actually have any songs in my Ipod yet – I still have the CDs I made a few years ago, and I carry around a portable CD player when I run.  (I might as well have a portable 8-track player). I decided to put songs on it that would inspire me while I run.  It’s a pretty good cross-section of songs, from oldies to soft rock to classic rock to alternative to heavy metal to rap.  There are a lot of my favorite groups that aren’t represented but I’ll list a few of them at the end. But anyway, here is the list. 

·      Beach Boys – Don’t Worry Baby

·      Boston – A Man I’ll Never Be

·      Bruce Springsteen – The River

·      Cat Stevens – Wild World

·      Cat Stevens – Hard Headed Woman*

·      Crosby Stills and Nash – Southern Cross*

·      Cult – She Sells Sanctuary

·      Cult – Fire Woman

·      Cure – Elise

·      Dido – White Flag

·      Disturbed – Down with the Sickness

·      Eric B. and Rakim – Paid in Full

·      Goo Goo Dolls – Iris

·      Goo Goo Dolls – Slide

·      Guns and Roses – November Rain

·      Courtney Love – Malibu

·      James Taylor – Fire and Rain

·      James Taylor – You’ve Got a Friend

·      Journey – Only the Young

·      Journey – Separate Ways

·      Lynyrd Skynyrd – Freebird

·      Marvin Gaye – What’s Goin’ On

·      Megadeth – Symphony of Destruction

·      Morrissey – How Soon is Now?

·      Smiths – Every Day is Like Sunday

·      P.M. Dawn – Set Adrift on Memory Bliss

·      Public Enemy – Can’t Truss It

·      Public Enemy – Fight the Power*

·      Rod Stewart – Mandolin Wind

·      Sam Cooke — You Send Me*

·      Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge over Troubled Water

·      Soundgarden – Outshined

·      Staind – So Far Away*

·      Todd Rundgren – Hello It’s Me

·      U2 – Bad

·      U2 – Until the End of the World

·      U2 – Unforgettable Fire*

·      U2 – Zooropa

·      Van Halen – Unchained*

·      Van Halen – Right Here Right Now*

·      White Zombie – Thunder Kiss ‘65

·      White Zombie – More Human than Human

These aren’t my favorite songs of all time or my favorite groups of all time (although there would be a lot of overlap) – just those that are on my three mix CDs.  There are a lot of great bands that aren’t represented because I had been listening to them so much that I had to put other ones on.  Some of my other favorites – in many cases I like these bands better than the ones on the list – are the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Rush, the Cars, the Police, REM, Metallica, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Bob Marley, and probably a ton that I’m forgetting. 

Then of course there are Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, but I’m not as high on them as most people are, though of course there are individual songs by them that would blow away some of the songs on this list.  There are also a couple of one-hit wonders on this list, and some songs that are far from the best by that particular group.  Then there are groups that I liked a lot growing up (i.e, Styx), but not so much now.  All in all, though, it’s a pretty good list.  I put a star next to ones that are particularly inspiring.  

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