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 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 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 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 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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Music That Mentions, Mimics or Samples Birdsong

April 11, 2018
Blog
Column
Writer: Hoshino Sakura
At: The Song Bar

A List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1Golden BirdiesCaptain Beefheartmegadom
2Peanut DuckMarsha GeeUncleben
3Duck Cha-ChaLisa Carbonuntergunther
4Ciocarlia si SuiteFanfare CiocarliaNilpferd
5Bird of CuzcoNina NastasiaShivSidecar
6Le Coucou au Fond des Bois (from Carnival of the Animals)Camille Saint-SaënsBeltway Bandit
7Friday AfternoonsBenjamin Brittenseverin
8Cry of the Wild GooseLes Compagnons de la Chansontreefrogdemon
9Flowers in the WindowTravismagicman
10Watching You Without MeKate BushParaMhor
11Oiseaux ExotiquesOlivier Messiaen (performed by Daniel Kirk-Foster)magicman
12Nightingales and BombersBBC Sound Archivephilipphilip99

B List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1Lovin' YouMinnie Ripertonattwilightlarks
2Nightingale Sang in Berkeley SquareFrank SinatraFunkbrother69
3Chicken StrutThe MetersAlBahooky
4Three Little BirdsBob Marley & the Wailersmagicman
5Sketch for SummerThe Durutti Columnmegadom
6The Lark AscendingRalph Vaughn Williamsamylee
7The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like ThisLoveTarquinSpodd
8SongbirdEva Cassidyseverin
9Why Do Fools Fall in LoveFrankie Lymon & the Teenagersamylee
10The Mocking BirdFrank HaffortAlison Dempster
11Too Bright for PeacocksVirginia AstleyBeltway Bandit
12Cucurrucucu PalomaCaetano Velosonosuchzone

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Songs About Waking Up

April 4, 2018
Blog
Column
Writer: ParaMhor
At: The Song Bar

A List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1Sri Ventkateswara SuprabhatamM.S. SubbulakshmiRavi Raman
2ColoursDonovanBeltway Bandit
3I Say a Little PrayerAretha FranklinTatankaYotanka
4I Wake Up CryingChuck Jacksonattwilightlarks
5Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This MorningClara Smithmagicman
6I'm Only SleepingThe BeatlesBeltway Bandit
7BreathlessNick Cave & the Bad Seedsmegadom
8Wake Me Up Before You Go-GoWham!nosuchzone
9Waking UpElasticahappyclapper
10OatmealSudan Archivesuntergunther
11El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor)Havana Casino OrchestraRavi Raman
12Diamond DewGorky's Zygotic MynciShivSidecar
13The Birds in Your GardenPulpbarbryn

B List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1I'm Into Something GoodCookies9hairs9knots
2Silence of the MorningGlass SunDjinnjaha
3Head HurtsEskimo Joedeanofromoz
4Get UpR.E.M.SweetHomeAlabama
5The Daily PlanetLoveTarquinSpodd
6Peacefully AsleepLife 'n' SoulBeltway Bandit
7Dust My BroomElmore JamesTempusfugit
8Clerk SaundersEmily Smithtreefrogdemon
9The CurseJosh RitterUncleben
10Morning Please Don't ComeDusty & Tom Springfieldseverin
11You'll Wake Up WiserBetty Lavettephilipphilip99
12Sexual HealingMarvin Gayeamylee
13Memories (Can't Wait)Talking HeadsDiscoMonster

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Songs About Anonymity

Mar. 28, 2018
Blog
Column
Writer: Anonymous
At: Song Bar

A List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1We Are LegionAnonymousmagicman
2A Face in the CrowdTom Pettydeanofromoz
3Feel Like a NumberBob Segerdeanofromoz
4What's Behind the MaskThe CrampsTarquinSpodd
5The StrangerDavid McWilliamsBeltway Bandit
6Wooden Horse (Caspar Hauser's Song)Suzanne Vegaphilipphilip99
7Who's in Here With Me?The Cravatsvanwolf2
8Anonymous ClubCourtney BarnettUncleben
9No Face, No Name, No NumberTrafficBeltway Bandit
10Who Are You?The Whoseverin
11NumbersSoft CellCarpgate
12BabooshkaKate BushLeaveitallbehind
13Persons UnknownPoison GirlsCarpgate

B List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1You Don't Know My NameAlicia Keysseverin
2NadieAndrés CalamaroAndrew Morrissey
3Stranger in the HouseElvis Costelloseverin
4Some Rotten ManThe TaxpayersEnglishOutlaw
5StrangersSigridphilipphilip99
6Universal SoldierBuffy Sainte-MarieDjinnjaha
7One in TenUB40bishbosh
8Dirty Dream # 2Belle and Sebastianvanwolf2
9You're So VainCarly SimonEnglishOutlaw
10Who Slapped John?Gene Vincent and his Blue Capsseverin
11Who Was That Masked ManVan Morrisonnosuchzone
12ZorroThe Chordettesmegadom
13SpidermanThe RamonesEnglishOutlaw
14The Man With No NameThe UpsettersParaMhor

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Songs Featuring Harmonica

Mar. 21, 2018
Blog
Column
Writer: Ralph Brown (magicman)
At: Song Bar

A List

 TitleArtistHarmonica PlayerNominated by
1Man With a HarmonicaEnnio MorriconeFranco de GeminiIan Cuthbert
2Orange Blossom SpecialCharlie McCoyCharlie McCoymegadom
3Blue LightLittle WalterLittle WalterBeltway Bandit
4Walking BluesButterfield Blues BandPaul ButterfieldRavi Raman
5AlfieStevie WonderStevie Wondermegadom
6Good Morning Little SchoolgirlSonny Boy Williamson ISonny Boy Williamson IUncleben
7The Blues Had a Baby (And They Called It Rock 'n' Roll)Muddy WatersJames CottonAltraEgo
8Whammer JammerJ. Geils BandMagic Dickalfie hisself
9The Genevieve WaltzLarry AdlerLarry AdlerBeltway Bandit
10EasyBig Walter HortonBig Walter Hortonattwilightlarks
11Room To MoveJohn MayallJohn Mayall ShivSidecar
12Brown BalladQuincy JonesToots ThielemansAlBahooky
13Midnight CowboyJohn BarryToots ThielemansToffeeBoy

B List

 TitleArtistHarmonica PlayerNominated by
1Prison BluesJohn LomaxAlexdeanofromoz
2Not Fade AwayThe Rolling StonesBrian Jonesmegadom
3Chicago BreakdownDoctor RossDoctor RossUncleben
4Steppin' In ItHerbie HancockStevie Wondernosuchzone
5Fruta BoaToots ThielemanToots Thielemansuntergunther
6Run AroundBlues TravelerJohn Popperamylee
7Willie Brown BluesRy CooderSonny TerryRavi Raman
8I Want to Take You HigherSly & the Family StoneSly StoneAltraEgo
9Just a FeelingCharlie MusselwhiteCharlie MusselwhiteRavi Raman
10Twenty Yards BehindDr. FeelgoodLee BrilleauxFunkbrother69
11Livin' On the HighwayNico Wayne ToussaintNico Wayne ToussaintAndrew Morrissey
12Your Funeral My TrialSonny Boy Williamson IISonny Boy Williamson IIBeltway Bandit
13Living in a Hard LandChris WilsonChris Wilsondeanofromoz
14On the Road AgainCanned HeatAlan Wilsonseverin

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Songs Influenced by Reggae, Ska and Rocksteady

Mar. 14, 2018
Blog
Column
Writer: Uncleben
At: The Song Bar

A List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1Watching the DetectivesElvis Costellonosuchzone
2Maantien Laitaa Yona & Orkesteri Liikkuvat Pilvet (with Puppa J)DiscoMonster
3HeavenPere Ubumegadom
4CuriousKode9 & the Spaceapemagicman
5I UnderstandAngelic UpstartsCarpgate
6Master Blaster (Jammin')Stevie WonderBeltway Bandit
7Belle de NuitLes Negresses VertesParaMhor
8The World GirlScritti Polittiphilipphilip99
9Big MuffJohn Martynmegadom
10Love Song # 1Meshell Ndegeocellonosuchzone
11Haitian DivorceSteely Danmegadom
12AfrikiAlpha BlondyTempusfugit
13Meurglys III, The Songwriter's GuildVan Der Graaf GeneratorTatankaYotanka

B List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1Sunday ShiningFinley Quayehappyclapper
2Tiger BalmHollie Cookuntergunther
3Yanigawa BluesThe Ska FlamesPanthersan
4Girl The Internet (ft. Kaytranda)DiscoMonster
5HerbsB.T. Expresspejepeine
6Five Man ArmyMassive Attackseverin
7Don't Lose Your MindMiles Davismegadom
8KweleSomo Somo & Mose Se SengoTarquinSpodd
9Toda Menina BaianaGilberto GilAltraEgo
10LegalizaciónSka-PAndrew Morrissey
11Uncle SamMadnessSuzi
12Mother and Child ReunionPaul Simonmegadom
13Yesterday ManRobert WyattShivSidecar

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