I'm doing the Facebook 30 Day Song Challenge, which is a great excuse to reminisce and post music videos to your Facebook wall. It's basically a list of 30 prompts - like "a song that makes you fall asleep" or "a song that reminds you of someone" - that you then fill out, one a day, by posting a song to Facebook.I realized, though, that after the day passes, there's really no record of my entire 30 Day Song Challenge collection. Seems like the sort of thing I may want to go back to and repost at some point. I mean, I'm going to the trouble to look up and write about 30 songs, right? So I'm going to keep them here. If you're doing the 30 Day Song Challenge on Facebook, consider doing the same!
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.