Bright Songs with Dark Topics

May 16, 2018
Blog
Column
Writer: philipphilip99
At: The Song Bar

A List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1CelebrationYoung Fresh FellowsSweetHomeAlabama
2You Got to MoveReverend Gary Davistincanman
3Girlfriend in a ComaThe Smithsbarbryn
4Hearts & CrossesHeavenlyuneasy listening
5Suki, Suki, DaisukiJun TogawaTarquinSpodd
6I Love Pop MusicBen LeeSweetHomeAlabama
7Chillout TentThe Hold SteadyDarceysDad
8The Right ProfileThe ClashAlBahooky
9Lost HorizonsGin Blossomsamylee
10CrashThe PrimitivesSweetHomeAlabama

B List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1I Feel So GoodRichard ThompsonSweetHomeAlabama
2I Was a Kamikaze PilotHoodoo GurusUncleben
3So WhatPinkoutoftheblue
4This is AmericaChildish GambinoDiscoMonster
5Someone Keeps Moving My ChairThey Might Be GiantsSweetHomeAlabama
6Going to HellThe Brian Jonestown MassacreSkydog7
7Not If You Were the Last Junkie on EarthThe Dandy WarholsShivSidecar
8Cat O' NineThe Mighty DiamondsNicko
9AmplifierThe dB'sShivSidecar
10Going Down to LiverpoolKatrina and the Wavesamylee

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Songs About Youthfulness

May 10, 2018
Blog
Column
Writer: Marco den Ouden (Marconius7)
At: The Guardian

A List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1We Are Youngfun.DarceysDad
2In BetweeenJudy Garlandargybargy
3Diary of a Teen TragedySmoking PopesDarceysDad
4Wouldn't It Be NiceBeach Boysdrunkenpanda
5The RiverBruce Springsteenrichardw65
6Children of the RevolutionKirsty MacCollStevenFlanagan
7KidsStyle of Eye ft. SoSoStevenFlanagan
8Electric YouthDebbie GibsonSweetHomeAlabama
9YMCAVillage Peoplemisterbadexample
1022Taylor SwiftEnglishOutlaw
11Sons OfScott Walkerflorian7
12Forever YoungAlphavilleFatherChewyLouie
13Young at HeartFrank Sinatradrunkenpanda

B List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1Young at HeartBluebellsrichardw65
2All the Young DudesMott the Hoopleattwilightlarks
3Kick PushLupe FiascoGoldie Dee
4Enjoy YourselfPrince Busterattwilightlarks
5TeenagersMy Chemical RomanceIsabelleForshaw
6Objects in the Mirror May Be Closer Than They AppearMeat LoafHopelessCase
7The Unborn ByronSlapp Happynosuchzone
8Jail BaitAndre WilliamsDaniel Towns
9Cherry BombRunawaysHopelessCase
10What's UpFour Non BlondesHopelessCase
11Jack and DianeJohn MellencampIsabelleForshaw
12Yesterday When I Was YoungRoy ClarkSweetHomeAlabama
13YouthDaughterFretlessbasser
14Young LoveSonny JamesFintan28
15Youth Knows No PainLykke LiStevenFlanagan
16ComplicatedAvril LavigneIsabelleForshaw
17Those Were the DaysMary HopkinStevenFlanagan
18Tomorrow Belongs to Mefrom Cabaretphilipphilip99
19Earache My EyeCheech & Chongmikedow
20Because You're YoungCock Sparrerwyngatecarpenter
21When You're Young and in LoveFlying PicketsThesubhuman
22Girls and BoysAlabama Shakeskneelc
23Dear DaughterHalestormMizSG99
24End of the InnocenceDon HenleyJohnPEpstein
25The DaydreamLucinda Belle Orchestraseverin

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Songs About Bags and Containers

May 9, 2018
Blog
Column
Writer: Leaveitallbehind
At: The Song Bar

A List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1Set That Baggage DownDavid CrosbyJoelle
2Heart Shaped BoxNirvanahappyclapper
3First I Look at the PurseThe ContoursBeltway Bandit
4Trunk BoxThe Mother HipsSkydog7
5Handbags and GladragsRod StewartRavi Raman
6A Basket of FlowersThe Nightcrawlerstreefrogdemon
7Brown Paper BagSyndicate of SoundRavi Raman
8I Got a Bag of My OwnJames Brownattwilightlarks
9Living in a BoxLiving in a Boxhappyclapper
10In My BoxFairfield ParlourShivSidecar
11Under My BedMeikoSweetHomeAlabama

B List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1Papa's Got a Brand New PigbagPigbagbishbosh
2Put 'em in a Box, Tie 'em With a RibbonDoris DayTarquinSpodd
3The Boy With a Hammer in the Paper bagThe Invisible Mantreefrogdemon
4Sack Full of DreamsGrady TateJoelle
5BaggsL7Uncleben
6KinderDavid Garzanosuchzone
7We Are the Road CrewMotörheadUncleben
8100 BagsStormzymegadom
9Waitin' For the BusZZ TopAltraEgo
10Overnight BagRory Gallagherattwilightlarks
11Graveyard TrainCreedence Clearwater RevivalDjinnjaha
12Little Black BackpackStroke 9philipphilip99
13One Better DayMadnessJoelle

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Songs About Pragmatism

May 3, 2018
Blog
Column
Writer: Samantha Birchard (drunkenpanda)
At: The Guardian

A List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1Don't Smoke in BedNina SimoneRavi Raman
2It's Better to Have (And Don't Need)Don Covayseverin
3Don't Look BackThemFintan28
4Come LoveBillie Holidaynilpferd
5KissPrincebllckchps
6FreedomBeyoncéGreatGrendel
7It's Like ThatRun DMCIsabelleForshaw
8Cry ToughAlton Ellis and the Flamesattwilightlarks
9Making Plans for NigelXTCMussoliniheadkick
10If War Should ComePublic Service Broadcastingbllckchps

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Songs About Immortality and Longevity

May 2, 2018
Blog
Column
Writer: Jocelyn Rose (treefrogdemon)
At: The Song Bar

A List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1HighwaymanThe HighwaymenSweetHomeAlabama
2My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)Neil Youngseverin
3Rivers RunKarine PolwartSuzi
4I Have Always Been Here BeforeJulian CopeBeltway Bandit
5We're Going to Live for a Very Long TimeHeaven 17Beltway Bandit
6No End to MeCadaver ClubEnglishOutlaw
7Leaning on the Everlasting ArmsMahalia JacksonRavi Raman
8Where the Soul Never DiesHank WilliamsParaMhor
9Eternal LoveDelano Stewartnosuchzone
10Forever YoungBob Dylanmegadom
11If We Were VampiresJason Isbell and the 400 UnitLeaveitallbehind
12Still LifeVan Der Graaf Generatormegadom

B List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1BlackstarBowie, DavidUncleben
2The Man Who Lives ForeverLord HuronRavi Raman
3Dixie Drug StoreGrant Lee BuffaloDarceysDad
4TroySinead O'ConnorShivSidecar
5Halfway ThereSlapp Happynosuchzone
6Playing in the BandGrateful DeadChris7572
7Older Than My Old Man NowLoudon Wainwright IIIseverin
8Eternal FlameThe Banglesamylee
9Live ForeverThe Dirty Guv'nahsSkydog7
10EternallySarah Vaughanmagicman
11Nosferatu ManSlintvanwolf2
12I Have the MoonMagnetic FieldsSongBarLandlord

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Songs About Writing

April 26, 2018
Blog
Column
Writer: Sarah Chappell (AFictionHabit)
At: The Guardian

A List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1Magic WordFucked Uphappyclapper
2I'm Writing a NovelFather John Mistykelso77
3The BlendThe HerbaliserForfallForFall
4RewritePaul SimonMaggie B
5(The Ballad of) Dorothy ParkerPrinceFuel
6Hey Jack Kerouac10,000 ManiacsGreatGrendel
7Paperback WriterThe BeatlesFatherChewyLouie
8Everyday I Write the BookElvis CostelloLyntonCrosby
9How I Wrote Elastic ManThe Fallbllckchps
10StorytellingBelle & SebastianToffeeBoy
11Mr. WriterStereophonicsLadyToothill
12Hurricane RoomLin-Manuel Mirandaoligarchic
13The BookloversThe Divine ComedyDougal

B List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1The Wrote and the WritJohnny FlynnShoegazer
2Mr. ReporterThe KinksYippeeYouCantSeeMe
3Oh Mighty EngineNeil Halsteadbarbryn
4Lyrical Content[spunge]d33pf1x
5My Pen & PadBlackaliciousFuel
6The LetterPJ HarveyGreatGrendel
7Box Full of LettersWilcoattwilightlarks
8Dorothy Parker BlueThe Real Tuesday Weldsaneshane
9BukowskiModest Mousesaneshane
10Burn It DownDexys Midnight RunnersMussoliniheadkick
11You Could Write a BookSomeone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsinsaneshane
12When I Write the BookNick LoweStevenFlanagan
13I Could Write a BookDinah WashingtonXanh_cay

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Songs About Confidence

April 25, 2018
Blog
Column
Writer: Stephen Males (severin)
At: The Song Bar

A List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1This Town Ain't Big Enough For the Both of UsSparksmegadom
2I CanNas Uncleben
3Turn Me AroundMavis Staples (with Bonnie Raitt)Ravi Raman
4One Way or AnotherBlondieSuzi
5He's Misstra Know It AllStevie Wondernosuchzone
6ConfidencePeter HammillTatankaYotanka
7How Can I Be Sure?David Cassidymagicman
8I Can HelpBilly Swanmegadom
9Buffalo StanceNeneh Cherrymegadom
10Express YourselfN.W.A.amylee
11IrreplaceableBeyoncéoutoftheblue
12Hold Your Head UpArgentmegadom

B List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1Whatever Lola WantsEartha KittSuzi
2The Sun Whose Rays are All AblazeGilbert & SullivanSuzi
3Hoochoie Coochie ManMuddy WatersSkydog7
4Listen to Her HeartTom Petty & the Heartbreakerstreefrogdemon
5300 Pounds of JoyHowlin' WolfSkydog7
6I'm So Bad (Baby I Don't Care)MotorheadRavi Raman
7CrashThe Primitiveshappyclapper
8Sexiest Man in JamaicaMint Royalemagicman
9You Ought to Be With MeAl GreenAlBahooky
10Don't Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit DownEric BibbRavi Raman
11How?John Lennonmagicman
12Can I Kick It?A Tribe Called QuestUncleben
13BeautifulChristina Aguileramagicman
14I'm Gonna Do It AllKarine PolwartSuzi
1563 Year Old MamaKoko TaylorRavi Raman
16The Bishop of New HampshireFingersnapLeaveitallbehind
17Yes We Can CanThe Pointer Sistersamylee
18Tall in the SaddleJoan Armatradingnosuchzone

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Songs About the Commonwealth

Jan. 4, 2018
Blog
Column
Writer: Chaz Cozens (HopelessCase)
At: The Guardian

A List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1Royal TourRoaring LionBeltwayBandit
2Hit Me With Your Rhythm StickIan Dury & the BlockheadsFatherChewyLouie
3I've Been EverywhereGeoff Mackmikedow
4I've Been EverywhereRavij Rajarambllckchps
5Gambia-ZambiaSuper EaglesLyntonCrosby
6ZambeziThe PiranhasMussoliniheadkick
7Ghana Guinea MaliE.T. MensahGreatGrendel
8MozambiqueTrafficWordChazer
9Des Mera RangrezIndian OceanRavi Raman
10Van Diemen's LandSteeleye Spangrisgris
11He's on the BeachKirsty MacCollSnoopDogStevens
12Isa LeiThe SeekersNaguchi
13Far Far AwaySlademisterbadexample
14Hurricane RoomThe BlessingDarceysDad
15Dreadlock Holiday10CCsuzi
16God Save the QueenQueenajostu

B List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1We'll Rant and We'll Roar (like true Newfoundlanders)Great Big Seaphilipphilip99
2Up in CanadaThe Sheepdogsmisterbadexample
3Orinoco FlowEnyaBlackCombe
4Funky NassauThe Beginning of the Endgordonimmel
5BarbadosTypically Tropicalmutty meme
6AustraliaThe KinksBeltwayBandit
7Sir Garfield SobersThe Mighty SparrowBeltwayBandit
8Qu'appelle Valley SaskatchewanBuffy Sainte-MarieGreatGrendel
9South AustraliaThe Poguesbllckchps
10CanadaLowhappyclapper
11The Log Drivers' WaltzKate and Anna McGarriglealbertasaurus
12She's Called Nova ScotiaRita McNeilNaguchi
13Hunting Togers Out in IndiaBonzo Dog Doo-Dah Bandbillyin
14Red River ValleyStevie Nicks & Chris Isaakmoggscreek
15CaledoniaDougie McLeanGoldie Dee

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Songs From 1900-1955

Mar. 22, 2018
Blog
Column
Writer: Paul Hayes (DiscoMonster)
At: The Song Bar

A List

 Song TitleArtistNominated by
1If It Wasn't for the 'Ouses in BetweenGus Elenseverin
2Any Old IronHarry ChampionSuzi
3The EntertainerScott JoplinSuzi
4After You've GoneMarion HarrisBeltway Bandit
5I'd Climb the Highest Mountain (If I Knew I'd Find You)"Whispering" Jack Smithuntergunther
6Parlez-moi d'AmourLucienne Boyeruntergunther
7VolverCarlos GardelAndrew Morrissey
8Lágrimas NegrasTrio Matamorosmagicman
9My Daddy Rocks Me (With One Steady Roll)Trixie Smithseverin
10It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got Swing)Duke Ellington & his Orchestraseverin
11Shave 'em DryLucille Boganseverin
12The Prisoner's SongVernon DalhartSweetHomeAlabama
13Szomorú VasárnapRezső SeressBeltway Bandit
14Hellhound on my TrailRobert JohnsonParaMhor
15StardustLouis Armstrongmagicman
16Cheek to CheekFred Astaire,ParaMhor
17Deep PurpleLarry Clinton and his Orchestra (with Bea Wain)Marconius7
18Mood IndigoThe Boswell Sistersmagicman
19Goodnight SweetheartAl BowllyBeltway Bandit
20É Doce Morrer No MarDorival Caymmipejepeine
21Konoyo no HanaChiyoko ShimakuraHoshino Sakura
22Nature BoyNat King Coleseverin
23The Walkin' BluesJesse Powell with Fluffy HunterAlBahooky
24Cadillac BoogieJimmy Liggins and his Drops of JoyMitch Mitchell
25How Many More YearsHowlin' WolfRavi Raman
26There's No One But YouThe Oriolesseverin
27Body and SoulSarah Vaughan with Clifford BrownNilpferd

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Songs About Road Trips

Apr. 12, 2018
Blog
Column
Writer: Sheila Deane (thoughtballoons)
At: The Guardian

A List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1(Talk to Me of) MendocinoKate & Anna McGarriglebishbosh
2Don't Think About Her When You're Trying to DriveLittle VillageDarceysDad
3Mustang SallyWilson PickettFatherChewyLouie
4Highway 49Howlin' Wolfdrunkenpanda
5Diamonds on My WindshieldTom WaitsSvenDog
6Black CrowJoni MitchellTomC49
7The New Lee Highway BluesDavid BrombergFintan28
8The Road Tae DundeeBert Janschargybargy
9They Thought I Was AsleepPaul KellyXanh_cay
10The Long HighwayMark KnopflerTrulyMadlyDerply
11Life is HighwayTom CochraneDarceysDad
12The Long and Winding RoadPaul McCartneyPhilip Lees

B List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1Twenty-five MilesEdwin Starrlachute
2On the Road AgainCanned Heatbllckchps
3Passenger SideWilcoFourgoats
4RoadrunnerThe Modern LoversShoegazer
5You're Crazy for Taking the BusJonathan RichmanPairubu
6You Can Sleep While I DriveMelissa EtheridgeFourgoats
7FloridaPatty GriffinLilaitomniweotawicha
8BirminghamAmanda MarshallSweetHomeAlabama
9Long Walk HomeBruce Springsteenargybargy
10Going to the CountryBruce Cockburnmikedow
11Ease Down the RoadBonnie "Prince" Billyunclearleo
12Hobo's LullabyeArlo GuthrieGreatGrendel
13Old Old WoodstockVan MorrisonFintan28

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