Top 100

Many writers work in conjunction with music. This is true of me at times--certain songs influence my writing or else help me explain my words to others. So here is my Top 100: a collection of songs I really love. In the interest of keeping it a reasonable length, I've limited myself to one work by any given artist; if I didn't do this, it would be nothing but Lady Gaga, Stone Temple Pilots, and Madonna, all the time. The phrase "Top 100" is a misnomer; there are closer to 200 songs on this list, but that doesn't have quite the same ring. The list is in alphabetical order by artist (or composer, where appropriate). As with any list of favorites, this one is subject to change at any time without warning. Look these things up on YouTube and take a listen, if you're so inclined, or share your own favorite songs with me in the comments!

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- "Straight Up," Paula Abdul
- "Que Sera," Ace of Base
- "Wonderwall," Ryan Adams
- "Rolling in the Deep," Adele
- "Dream On," Aerosmith
- "Silver and Cold," AFI
- "Fighter," Christina Aguilera
- "Adagio in G Minor," Tomaso Albinoni (authorship disputed)
- "Stupid Kid," Alkaline Trio
- "Sleep to Dream," Fiona Apple
- "Brighter Than Sunshine," Aqualung
- "I Am the Highway," Audioslave
- "Toccata & Fugue," Johann Sebastian Bach
- "Cruel Summer," Bananarama
- "Wouldn't It Be Nice," The Beach Boys
- "Sabotage," Beastie Boys
- "Ticket to Ride," The Beatles
- "Loser," Beck
- "Jive Talkin'," Bee Gees 
- Symphony No. 6, Ludwig van Beethoven
- "Song for the Dumped," Ben Folds Five
- "No More Words," Berlin
- "Bittersweet Faith," Bitter:Sweet
- "Hook," Blues Traveler
- "Big Love Adagio," Bond
- "Oh! You Pretty Things," David Bowie
- "Tu Es Ma Came," Carla Bruni
- "Hallelujah," Jeff Buckley
- "Comedown," Bush
- "Wichita Lineman," Glen Campbell
- "I Feel Lucky," Mary Chapin Carpenter
- "Personal Jesus," Johnny Cash
- "I Found a Reason," Cat Power
- "Unchain My Heart," Ray Charles
- "Layla (Unplugged)," Eric Clapton
- "Too Close," Alex Clare
- "Rock the Casbah," The Clash
- "In My Place," Coldplay
- "Feelin' Love," Paula Cole
- "Come By Me," Harry Connick, Jr.
- "Sunshine of Your Love," Cream
- "Run, Baby, Run," Sheryl Crow
- "And Then He Kissed Me," The Crystals
- "Mack the Knife," Bobby Darin
- "The Girl from Ipanema," Sammy Davis, Jr. and Count Basie
- "So Far from Your Weapon," The Dead Weather 
- "Dream On," Depeche Mode
- "Isobel," Dido
- "Stillness Is the Move," Dirty Projectors
- "Simple Things Part 2," DirtyVegas
- Symphony No. 9, Antonín Dvorák
- "All Along the Watchtower," Bob Dylan
- "Pretty Babies," Karen Elson
- "Lose Yourself," Eminem
- "I'm the Only One," Melissa Etheridge
- "Inside Out," Eve 6
- "Here Comes the Rain Again," Eurythmics
- "Take a Picture," Filter
- "Never Going Back Again," Fleetwood Mac
- "The Game of Love," Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders
- "Working My Way Back to You," The Four Seasons
- "Baby I Love You," Aretha Franklin
- "Lucid Dreams," Franz Ferdinand
- "Say It Right," Nelly Furtado
- "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," Marvin Gaye
- "Rhapsody in Blue," George Gershwin
- "Like I Love You," Amy Grant
- "Brain Stew," Green Day
- "These Eyes," The Guess Who
- "Think About You," Guns N' Roses
- "And He Shall Purify (from Messiah)," George Frederick Handel
- "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby," Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, and Allison Krauss
- "Marlene," John Hawkes
- "Hate to Say I Told You So," The Hives
- "Don't Leave Me This Way," Thelma Houston
- "Drive," Incubus
- "One Day," Chris Isaak 
- "Smooth Criminal," Michael Jackson
- "Price I Pay," Jane's Addiction
- "Who Will Save Your Soul," Jewel
- "Vienna," Billy Joel
- "Original Sin," Elton John
- "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing," Jack Johnson
- "Me and Bobby McGee," Janis Joplin
- "Somebody Told Me," The Killers
- "Last Day of Magic," The Kills
- "Stand By Me," Ben E. King
- "So Far Away," Carole King
- "Sex on Fire," Kings of Leon
- "Bulletproof," La Roux
- "Dance in the Dark," Lady Gaga
- "The Rover," Led Zeppelin
- "Walking On Broken Glass," Annie Lennox
- "If You Could Read My Mind," Gordon Lightfoot
- "Don't Wanna Know," Toby Lightman
- "I Alone," Live
- "Alright," The Lucy Nation
- "Mama Tierra," Macaco w/ B-Negão and Nazão Zum
- "Don't Tell Me," Madonna
- "California Dreamin',"  The Mamas & the Papas
- "Sex and Candy," Marcy Playground
- "Shiver," Maroon 5
- "Memories Are Made of This," Dean Martin
- "Thunder," Matisyahu
- "The Mummers' Dance," Loreena McKennitt 
- "Witness," Sarah McLachlan
- "Suddenly Monday," Melanie C 
- "Kids," MGMT
- "Freedom 90," George Michael
- "In My Arms," Kylie Minogue
- "The Way to My Heart," Mandy Moore
- "Head Over Feet," Alanis Morissette
- "Set It on Fire," My Darkest Days
- "Three Days (Demo)," Willie Nelson
- "Danke Schoen," Wayne Newton
- "Ella Menea," NG²
- "Savin' Me," Nickelback
- "Edge of Seventeen," Stevie Nicks
- "Closer," Nine Inch Nails
- "Heart-Shaped Box," Nirvana
- "You Can Do It," No Doubt
- "Wonderwall," Oasis
- "There Is No Arizona," Jamie O'Neal
- "All the Right Moves," OneRepublic 
- "You Got It," Roy Orbison
- "Alive," Pearl Jam
- "Lonely Girl," P!nk feat. Linda Perry
- "American Girl," Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
- "Wish You Were Here," Pink Floyd
- "5 1/2 Minute Hallway," POE
- "Brass in Pocket," Pretenders
- "When Doves Cry," Prince
- "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," The Proclaimers
- "I Want to Break Free," Queen
- "No One Knows," Queens of the Stone Age
- "Vocalise," Sergei Rachmaninov
- "Level," The Raconteurs
- "Soul to Squeeze," Red Hot Chili Peppers
- "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'," The Righteous Brothers
- "Paint It Black," Rolling Stones
- "Tom Sawyer," Rush
- "Somebody Kill Me," Adam Sandler
- "Turn the Page (Live at Cobo Hall)," Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
- "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon," Janis Siegel
- "Cecila," Simon & Garfunkel
- "I've Got You Under My Skin," Frank Sinatra
- "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)," Nancy Sinatra
- "Karol Simon," Sleepless Inn
- "Ava Adore," Smashing Pumpkins
- "Toxic," Britney Spears
- "Fidelity," Regina Spektor 
- "2 Become 1," Spice Girls
- "Son-of-a Preacher Man," Dusty Springfield
- "Glory Days," Bruce Springsteen
- "Hell," Squirrel Nut Zippers
- "Stuck in the Middle with You," Stealers Wheel
- "Serious," Gwen Stefani
- "It's Never Too Late," Steppenwolf
- "The Joker," Steve Miller Band
- "Desert Rose," Sting
- "Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now," Joss Stone feat. Common
- "Sour Girl," Stone Temple Pilots
- "Falls Apart," Sugar Ray
- "You Keep Me Hangin' On," The Supremes
- "Wash Me Down," Talk Show
- "Show Me Love (Extended Version)," Tatu
- "Arabian Dance (from The Nutcracker Suite)," Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- "Lonely No More," Rob Thomas
- "Cry Me a River," Justin Timberlake
- "Come Along," Titiyo
- "Out of My Bones," Randy Travis
- "The Sweetest Thing," U2
- "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon," Urge Overkill
- "You Got No Right," Velvet Revolver
- "Sonnet," The Verve
- "6th Avenue Heartache," The Wallflowers
- "Say It Ain't So," Weezer
- "Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down," Scott Weiland
- "Jesus Walks," Kanye West
- "This Protector," White Stripes
- "Love Is a Losing Game (Demo Version)," Amy Winehouse
- "Ain't No Sunshine," Bill Withers
- "Superstition," Stevie Wonder
- "Whole Wide World," Wreckless Eric
- "Heart of Gold," Neil Young
- "Time of the Season," The Zombies

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