Question of the Week: What Song Really Does It For You?


April 24, 2008 by A.C. Rhodes

It may be one’s quest for the “perfect pop song” or, more simply, a song that stands out as one for you. Do you care to share and say why?

19 thoughts on “Question of the Week: What Song Really Does It For You?

  1. Alex V. Cook says:

    Joy Division – “Disorder”

    I’m a sucker for an icy riff. “Disorder” is on heavy rotation on the jukebox at a bar I frequent, and each time it comes on I’m compelled to find someone new to bore with why it is a such a perfect song. “I’ve got the spirit! but lose the feeling!”

  2. Steve Crawford says:

    Cheap Trick – “Surrender”

    This songs got it all – sex, drugs, looking forward, looking back, great guitar hook, wonderful sing along chorus. I never get tired of this song.

  3. mrrrty says:

    Right now I’d say “The Orchids” by Califone. I saw them last week in Grand Rapids and you could hear a pin drop. All time, though, is “Thunder Road.”

    Hey Alex, which bar are you talking about? I’m in BR, myself.

  4. Prince–“The Beautiful Ones”

    …years ago i worked in the recreation department of a homeless shelter in new york city. sometimes, in trying to relive stress, i sang pop songs to myself. one day, out of the blue, i started mumbling the words to “the beautiful ones,” a song from the “purple rain” soundtrack. a little girl i was watching screamed to her friends, “mr. gonzales has a radio in his head.”

    damn, that child was so on point. more than twenty years later, the radio in my head still plays “the beautiful ones” on a constant basis.

  5. Alex V. Cook says:

    To Mrrrty: Red Star

  6. mrrrty says:

    Alex: Thought so. Dunno if you remember me, but I introduced myself a while back at Highland Coffees. I’m the associate editor at Antigravity in New Orleans, and good friends with Terror of the Sea. I’ll say hey next time I see you out.

  7. ML says:

    “Just Like Heaven”-The Cure

  8. A.C. Rhodes says:

    The Browns: Three Bells
    Moody Blues: Nights In White Satin
    Rolling Stones: Angie
    R.E.M.: Perfect Circle
    Ride: Vapour Trail


    Alts: The Band: The Weight
    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Mr. Bo Jangles
    Bob Dylan: Lay Lady Lay/Just Like A Woman

    10cc: Rubber Bullets
    Moon Martin: Rolene
    Wet Willie: Keep on Smilin’

    Sylvia: Pillow Talk
    Gwen McRae: Rocking Chair
    George McRae: Rock Your Baby

    Lou Reed: Walk on the Wild Side/I Believe In Love
    Nico: These Days/The Fairest of Seasons
    Bryan Ferry: Don’t Stop The Dance

    Catherine Wheel: Crank
    The 6ths: You You You You
    Miracle Legion: You’re The One Lee

  9. Christine says:

    Neil Young – Cortez the killer

  10. Fred Mills says:

    No brainer, that: Flamin’ Groovies — Shake Some Action


  11. porky says:

    I Want You Back-Jackson Five

    Heard this on the radio the other day and it gets me every time. Great song, great production, great performance. Every guitar lick, orchestration, piano glissando pefectly in place. These fellas came charging out of the gate!

    Now, onto the other thousands of other perfect pop songs…..

  12. CRAINE says:

    the Unicorns – Tuff Ghost
    Television – Marquee Moon
    De La Soul – Pass The Plugs
    Flaming Lips – Christmas At The Zoo

  13. Steve Crawford says:

    To Fred Mills, I remember the first time I heard “Shake Some Action,” several years ago and being totally blown away. That is an absolutely MAGICAL song. In a perfect world, “Shake Some Action” would be a ubiquitous rock anthem and the Eagles would not exist.

  14. s woods says:

    I have a rotating list of songs to put in here — a dozen or so that have stuck with me through the years and which I would happily call my “all-time favourite” depending on what day it was — but right now as of this second it is Daft Punk’s “Digital Love.” I don’t know that there’s ever been a time that it’s come on (especially when not expected, i.e., like this morning, drowsing off on my way to work) that I haven’t been swept up by the sweet emotion of its words or by its indelible arrangement. If there’s a song that can almost reduce me to tears of joy, this is it.

  15. mark m says:

    Iron Maiden – “The Number of the Beast”

    Yes, music snobs may scoff at such a choice, quickly skimming the list for titles like “And Your Bird Can Sing”, “Pink Moon”, or “Born to Run” (all of which I do like), but this roaring metal masterpiece just sends the endorphins a flooding to the brain for moi! Dickinson’s uber-rehearsed scream just peels the paint off the walls!

  16. Moe Shinola says:

    Astronaut Wife – “Are You For Real”
    Call And Response – “Silent Chill”
    Ali Farka Toure/Ry Cooder “Lavidan”

  17. Moe Shinola says:

    Sorry, missed the “…and say why” part – “Are You For Real” & “Silent Chill” for the female vocals and the synths, “Lavidan” for the atmosphere of the song. That whole album belongs on this list, really.

  18. Anonymous says:

    It’s “Time Waits for No One” by the mighty, mighty Rolling Stones. It’s about being young, growing old and the state your in at any given moment.

  19. Richard Riegel says:

    I’m far beyond “fashionably late” in responding to this query now, but last week Little Steven opened his “Underground Garage” show with one of my alltime Top Ten, “Just Like Me” by Paul Revere & the Raiders, and then this week he led off with another from that exclusive club, “Talk Talk” by Music Machine. All right! If next week’s show starts with “Shotgun” by Jr. Walker & the All Stars,” then I’ll KNOW for sure the Millennium’s arrived . . .

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