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Storytelling Songs
July 21, 2006
Blog
Column
Writer: Dorian Lynskey

A List

Song

Artist

Recommended by

1

Leader of the Pack

The Shangri-La's

Bradley the Buyer

2

The Snake

Al Wilson

alexito

3

Up the Junction

Squeeze

johnspithead

4

Arnold Layne

Pink Floyd

Uachtaran

5

Ode to Billie Joe

Bobbie Gentry

wendyp

6

Emma

Hot Chocolate

globalelephant

7

Living for the City

Stevie Wonder

alicksboots

8

Shakey Dog

Ghostface Killah

ejaydee

9

Matty Groves

Fairport Convention

Tempusfugit

10

The Mariner's Revenge Song

The Decemberists

Linsel

B List

Song

Artist

Recommended by

1

Rocky Raccoon

Beatles

wendyp

2

Long Black Veil

Johnny Cash

Mark68

3

Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts

Bob Dylan

Tempusfugit

4

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

The Band

Linsel

5

Powderfinger

Neil Young

Tempusfugit

6

Highway Patrolman

Bruce Springsteen

midatlantic

7

1952 Vincent Black Lightning

Richard Thompson

Tempusfugit

8

Frank's Wild Years

Tom Waits

nicedifferentunusual

9

O'Malley's Bar

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

redcommieapples

10

Lola

The Kinks

TimnHazel

This was the very first B List though it wasn't called that. Dorian introduced it as follows:

Readers grumbling about the usual Cash/Cave overload gave me the idea of printing an alternative, canonical playlist here and freeing up the main one for more unusual songs. Here's what it might have looked like...

This was not the first time Dorian introduced an alternative list however. On two previous occasions he published lists of the songs that were most popular by tallying up their votes in the blog. These were for Cover Songs and Songs about London.

 

 

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