Posted by: deerharas | October 7, 2008

Don’t change that dial!

A few weeks ago I was in the car with my cousin when something on the radio piqued my interest.  (On a side note, can I just say that I LOVE Chicago radio?  Seriously, where have you been all my life XRT?)  On a particular station (not XRT)  they run a segment every evening in which a listener gets to pick a nine song playlist.  Jayme turned to me and said, “You should do that!”  So I started thinking, if I could pick any nine songs to play for all the world (ha) to hear, which ones would I choose?  I thought this would make an excellent blog topic, so the other day I started skimming my iTunes and making a list.  This proved to be quite the difficult task.  I wanted to pick songs that flowed well together yet still represented my eclectic interests.  Then I was a little overwhelmed by all the possibilities.  All of that to say that I didn’t like the way my list was shaping up, so I decided to take it in a slightly different direction.

Does anyone remember that commercial a few years ago with a couple sitting in a car listening to Don McLean’s “American Pie”?  I have no idea what it was advertising, but the gist was that they were about to go to the beach but didn’t want to go until the song was over.  I started thinking about radio friendly tunes and found it was much easier to come up with a list of “sit in the car ’til it’s over” songs.  So, here is my top ten list of songs that would definitely warrant a stop on any radio scan of mine:

Fire & Rain – James Taylor
Losing My Religion – R.E.M.
Mr. Jones – Counting Crows
Daniel – Elton John
Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
More than Words – Extreme
Dust in the Wind – Kansas
Fields of Gold – Sting
Hotel California – The Eagles
Africa – Toto

So how about you?  What’s the one (or ten) song(s) that you would never change the station on?



  1. Alright, Sarah. Some of these aren’t exactly radio friendly, and I tried and tried to just do 10, but I couldn’t bring myself to take any of these songs off the list. That being said, here are 11 songs I would NEVER change the station on! Thanks for the challenge!

    Sweet Thing- Van Morrison
    The Littlest Birds- Be Good Tanyas
    Scenic World- Beirut
    Tomorrow Is A Long Time- Bob Dylan
    Les Jours Tristes- Yann Tiersen
    59th Street Bridge Song- Simon & Garfunkel
    Back to the Earth- Rusted Root
    Perpetuum Mobile- Penguin Cafe Orchestra
    Kehna Ghalat Ghalat to Chhupana Sahi Sahi- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
    Fireworks- Animal Collective
    Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

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