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Day One: Your Favorite Song"Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" - The Velvet Underground (1970)
Not much more to be said about this song, the highlight of my favorite VU album, "Loaded," that has not already been said. The way the song retains a sort of laid-back charm while also building to such an intense climax...it's fairly unequaled in the rock pantheon, near as I can tell.
Day Two: Your Least Favorite Song"Laid" - James (1993)
I know, I know, it's the second Ranker list I've made with this song on it. (My "One Hit Wonders of the '90s" list was the first). But that's unintentional, I swear! I'm just being honest. This song makes me want to shoot myself in the brain. Everything from the cheesy, twee "oh isn't this dirty?" lyrics to lead singer Tim Booth's ridiculous wail - like he's failing a yodel audition - makes me insane with rage.
Even more maddening? Every time I tell someone how much I hate this song, I usually hear back that the person is a big fan.
Day Three: A Song That Makes You Happy"The Village Green Preservation Society" - The Kinks (1968)
Is there a more goofy, funny, BRITISH song ever written than the title track from my favorite Kinks album? The song itself is so happy, Ray Davies enthusiasm is just infectious.
Day Four: A Song That Makes You Sad"Rest My Head Against the Wall" - Heatmiser (1996)
This lament about alienation, addiction and desperation is so dead-on and arresting, it would be sad on its own. But it doesn't help that it's from the late Elliott Smith's band, Heatmiser.
Day Five: A Song That Reminds You of Someone"Pony" - Ginuwine (1996)
My freshman year at college, my roommate Chris Wild became peculiarly obsessed with Ginuwine's "Pony." One of my most vivid memories of that year of my life is sleeping in my room or studying at 3:30 am and hearing Chris enter the apartment singing this song at the the top of his lungs.
Day Six: A Song That Reminds You of Somewhere"2 Wicky" - Hooverphonic (1996)
That same freshman year at UCLA, I was a DJ at the campus radio station. (We didn't actually have a transmitter, so the only way to hear the broadcast was on a TV in one of the dorms.) I tended to draw shifts no one else wanted, like Saturday AM. Despite all the drawbacks, the playlists we were featuring were fantastic...
Day Seven: A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event"Linger" - The Cranberries (1993)
It's 1993. I'm on my way to the very first of many high school speech and debate tournaments. I'm in a car with Ron White II. "Linger" is on the radio. I'm not sure why this particular moment in time sticks in my memory so intensely, but I can recall every detail. I think of it every time I hear this song.
Day Eight: A Song That You Know All the Words To"Debra" - Beck (1999)
Not only do I know all the words to Beck's "Debra," I feel compelled to sing them every time I go to Glendale. Which it turns out is very near my apartment.