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Songs about Trains
January 18, 2008
Blog
Column
Writer: Dorian Lynskey

A List

Song

Artist

Recommended by

1

Late For The Train

Buzzcocks

MrMustard

2

Love Train

The O'Jays

gordonimmel

3

This Train

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

steenbeck

4

Rock Island Line

Lonnie Donegan

Beltway Bandit

5

Train To Skaville

The Ethiopians

steenbeck

6

The Beeching Report

iLIKETRAINS

Mnemonic

7

Different Trains: Europe During the War

Steve Reich, Kronos Quartet & Pat Metheny

GarethI

8

Mystery Train

Little Junior's Blue Flames

steenbeck

9

The Train

Outkast

steenbeck

10

From A Late Night Train

The Blue Nile

Beltway Bandit

Note # 1: There is a discrepancy between the column and the list under the column as to song # 3. The song listed is This Train by The Staple Singers. It should be This Train by Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The excerpt from the column reads:

"The O'Jays' Love Train is a utopian call for global unity, while Sister Rosetta Tharpe's This Train is "bound for glory", but not, please note, if you're a gambler or a midnight rambler. While some gospel is generous with its joy, this retains the stern morality of the pulpit, rendered even more eerily potent by the Staple Singers."

Since no one actually recommended the Staple Singers version in the blog, I am taking the Sister Rosetta Tharpe version as the correct one.

Note # 2: Dorian noted that "the volume and quality of the recommendations calls for two B-lists" so this is the first topic (maybe the only topic) with two B Lists, "one featuring the most frequently seconded nominations (well, the ones I liked anyway) and another reflecting the more esoteric suggestions."

B List # 1

Song

Artist

Recommended by

1

Last Train to Trancentral

The KLF

InternetFact

2

Chattanooga Choo Choo

Glenn Miller

gordonimmel

3

Take the A Train

Duke Ellington

ejaydee

4

The Last Train to Clarksville

The Monkees

BlimpyMcFlah

5

Driver 8

REM

steenbeck

6

Time Flies When You're the Driver of a Train

Half Man Half Biscuit

DarceysDad

7

City of New Orleans

Arlo Guthrie

goneforeign

8

Trans Europe Express

Kraftwerk

ElDerino

9

People Get Ready

The Impressions

RockingMitch

10

Downtown Train

Tom Waits

steenbeck

B List # 2

Song

Artist

Recommended by

1

The Railroad

Lee Hazlewood

BeltwayBandit

2

Crazy Train

Ozzy Osbourne

IglooBoogaloo

3

Drug Train

The Cramps

InternetFact

4

Funky Like a Train

The Equals

Delia

5

Psychedelic Train

Derrick Harriott & the Chosen Few

ejaydee

6

Downbound Train

Chuck Berry

Tempusfugit

7

Into You Like a Train

The Psychedelic Furs

jasonaparkes

8

Railroad Man

The Eels

saintabroad

9

I Often Dream of Trains

Robyn Hitchcock

AlexaK

10

No Train to Stockholm

Eriend Oye

IglooBoogaloo

 

 

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