It is entirely possible that this playlist has been a barrier to work, housework, sleep, relaxation and thinking of anything else other than the playlist. Given the girth of distraction, it is a relief to finally reach the end. And yet, as already suggested, is it the end? Can one ever create the definitive, ultimate playlist? Unless we assume that all good music has already been written, which is a ridiculous notion, then no. The playlist to end all playlists is, by its very nature, perpetual work in progress. Thus, this is the first draft, as complete as I’m capable of at this time.
(Further edit: if you play the playlists via a PC or laptop or just avoid You Tube mobile, the tracks all work. Damn those adverts though. Painful).
Additional mini playlist of previously unannounced gems of musical achievements:
Folk and mellow
Hip hop vibe
Ever incomplete, I've added to Mellow Guitar, Hip Hop Vibe and Dance Floor playlists......
Radiohead - Creep
It soundtracked a transformation in me. Through this song, and in life formed alongside it, I became more myself.
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
This song is reputed to be about transformation so an appropriate choice for the soundtrack of my life. It is an achievement, both lyrically and musically.
Cafe de la mar - Energy 52
Missed this of the first draft. Faux pas.
The Beatles - Real Love
The reasons are obvious. It is beautiful in sentiment, in music and in lyrics.
Emmy the Great - Constantly
Mazzy Star - Fade into you
EMF - Unbelievable
Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody
Chumbawamba - Homophobia
The Rolling Stones - Wild Horses
Nancy Wallace - Are You Ready for Love
This stripped back cover of Elton John's song makes my soul sigh.
DJ Crust - Warhead
It was about time something hardcore got a look in. This track makes me dance like a demon. I've forgotten some serious social gatherings to this track.
Wings - Band on the Run
It's like a series of songs in one. A rock symphony.
Sucioperrro - The Ruins
I saw them play this a record store in Scotland. Wonderful times.
Nirvana - Come As You Are
Nirvana - Rape Me
Nirvana - Something in the Way
Nirvana - Heart Shaped Box
Biffy Clyro - Bubbles
This is Biffy’s first mention, it will not be their last.
Biffy Clyro - Bodies in Flight
As indicated above, Biffy again. This song is like I'm being spiritually amplified.
Grimes - Be a Body
It's like angels landed in her voice. Some songs seem to be written in the annals of time. In other words, this track, like some others on this playlist, is as if an artist connects with something that is of the divine, floating in nature, unheard but in existence then releases into the world.
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
Fleetwood Mac – Albatross
Goldfrapp - Lovely Head
Goldfrapp – Utopia
See Grimes – Be a Body
Wings - My Love
Chumbawamba - Enough is Enough
First heard in the Victoria Hall in Hanley, when they supported The Levellers. I fell in love with this band. The lyrics resonate in these times more than when I first heard them. Racism is rife. This is both sad and terrifying.
The Levellers - What You Know
Race against the machine - Killing in the Name of
See Chumbawamba – Enough is Enough.
Faith No More - Epic
I had such a crush on Mike Patton. I wasn’t keen on his massive moustache when they played Pheonxi Festival 1993. They were epic. Pun intended.
Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings
And not just because it was used in Spaced. I loved it way before that happened.
Faithless - Insomnia
This song is about the inability sleep which is interesting because when I play this tune and crank up the volume, it’s like my spirit wakes up.
Manic Street Preachers - Motorcycle Emptiness
Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 2 in E minor
Laura Mvula – Green Garden
Joan Baez - Diamonds and Rust
This was written about her relationship with Bob Dylan.
The Smiths – Reel Around the Fountain
Bob Dylan - Twist of Fate
Arcane Roots - You Are
Arcane Roots - Energy is Never Lost Just Redirected
Chopin – Nocture Op.9 No.2
Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata
House of Pain – Jump Around
Primal Scream - Higher Than the Sun.
Mozart – Piano Concerto No.21
Gustav Holst - The Planets
Dry the River - Weights and Measures
I’ve recently blogged about this track. Adore much.
The Beatles - Come Together
The Beatles – Julia
The Smiths – Cemetry Gates
Marmaduke duke – Silhouettes
Possibly my favourite Marmaduke duke track.
Roni Size (Aphrodite remix) – Brown Paper Bag
Aphrodite – Stalker
Mooi – Sway
Lamb – Gorecki
Florence and the machine – Howl
Kate Bush – Cloudbursting
The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
It has to go in because it was the first record I ever bought, unless we count Shakin Stevens’ Green Door, which perhaps we shouldn’t because Shaky detracts from my super cool image.
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
Florence and The Machine – Never Let Me Go
A House – Endless Art
This song is about endless art, this playlist is about endless art. Not to include it would be a crime against a point well made. Plus I refer to it in my introduction. Meta vibes.
The Sultans of Ping FC – Where’s me Jumper
I saw them play for five minutes at a free music festival. I arrived late because I looked too young to buy alcohol in the off-licence.
Cud – Rich and Strange
Because I am both rich and strange. Okay, just one of these describes me accurately.
The Mission – All Tangled up in you
Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People
Marilyn Manson – Tainted Love
Pearl Jam – Alive
I have the vinyl picture disc for this single. Like the one ring, it is my own precious.
Pearl Jam – Even flow
Grimes – Realti
The Prodigy – Out of Space
Alanis Morrisette – Not the Doctor
Alanis Morrisette – You Oughta Know
The Orb – Perpetual Dawn
The Orb were my first dance artist gig experience. What a wonderful first it was.
Alpine – Villages
Alpine – Damn Baby
Harry Nilsson – Without You
Tragically pulverised by Mariah Carey. Yet the song itself is so incredible, it’s almost beyond comprehension.
The Beatles – I’ve Just Seen a Face
Joan Baez (Jackson Browne cover) - Fountain of Sorrow
Sinead Lohan - No Mermaid
Sinead Lohan - You're in my Love
Culture Shock - Pressure
Some serious hardcore leaping about to this track at Chicos nightclub in Hanley.
Paul McCartney - This Never Happened Before
Soulwax - Conversation Intercom
Soulwax - E Talking
Daft Punk - One More Time
Kate Tempest - Lonely Days
Kate Tempest - Circles
Bat for Lashes - Daniel
Ye gods this woman is amazing live!
Bat for Lashes - Pearl's Dream
Nick Drake - From the Morning
Nick Drake - Riverman
John Martyn - Head and Heart
Bob Dylan - Don't Think Twice it's Alright
This is one of my daughter’s lullaby songs. Yes. We are odd.
Emmy the great - Swimming Pool
Emmy the Great - Algorithm
Thin Lizzy - Whiskey in the Jar
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
This is another of my daughter’s lullaby songs. Joke. Ha.
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
Blondie - Heart of Glass
Elbow - One Day Like This
I watched this incredible band at Bestival. Doves were on just before them. The good times rolled.
Nick Drake - From the Morning
Nick Drake - Riverman
John Martyn - Head and Heart
Doves - Pounding
The Hives - Main Offender
Bat for Lashes - All Your Gold
Therapy? - Screamager
Biffy Clyro – 57
Marvellous live. Marvellous full-stop.
Biffy Clyro - Folding Stars
Biffy Clyro - Glitter and Trauma
Pendulum - Blood Sugar
“The sonic recreation of the end of the world. Prepare to hold your colour”. I’m quoting from the track. Listen and you will adore.
Pendulum - Tarantula
Make sparks - Rewind
I saw them support Sucioperro in Glasgow. They made an impresion.
2Many DJs / Soulwax - A Fifth of Beethoven
Blue Swede - Hooked on a Feeling
Sucioperro - Dialog on the 2
Sucioperro - The Altruist
Sucioperro - Dissident Code
Sucioperro - Landslide
Sucioperro - Grace and out of me
Sucioperro - The Drop
Arcane roots - Resolve
Crowded House - Pineapple Head
The Cardigans - Erase and Rewind
Lush - Lady Killer
Suede - Animal Nitrate
Blur - Song 2
The Wannadies - You and Me Song
Shed Seven - Disco Down
Shed Seven - Parallel Lines
Shed Seven - Chasing Rainbows
The Beatles - Here Comes the Sun
The Beatles - Something
The Beatles - Hey Jude
The Beatles - The End
The Beatles - I will
The Beatles - Oh Darling
The Beatles - Norwegian Wood
Grandmaster Flash - White Lines
Snoop Doggy Dog Feat. Pharrell - Drop It Like it's Hot
Kelis - Good Stuff
Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know
Muse - Supermassive Black Holes
The Fray - Hundred
FPI Project - Risky
Stonebridge - Put ‘em High
Portishead - Glory Box
The Streets - Don't Mug Yourself
The Streets - Sharp Darts
Baby D - Let Be Me Your Fantasy
Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
Dry The River - New Ceremony
Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows
Beck - Loser
Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Flexible Head
Foo Fighters - All My Life
Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench
Medalark 11 - Miles
Stone Roses - I am the Resurrection
Stone Roses - Waterfall
TLC - Waterfall
Missy Elliott - Work it
The Revolting Cocks - Beers, Steers and Queers
Sasha - Fibonacci Sequence (The Light Remix)
Sasha - Xpander
Fatboy Slim - Weapon of Choice
Fatboy Slim - Right Here, Right Now
Sneaker Pimps - Spin Spin Sugar
Tori Amos - Professional Widow
Cypress Hill - Hits from the Bong
Cypress Hill - Insane in the Membrane
Elastica - Connection
Sade - You're Love is King
The Source Feat. Candi Staton - You Got The Love