Top 50 Favourite Songs: Ioannis Sotirchos

1977-2011
I’m not here to argue what does/doesn’t constitute a genuine single, radio hit, focus track, what have you. Basically, what I most wanted to honor, as such, is the reality of actually lived pop pleasure in my own humble—and relatively conscious—existence. Hence, my decision to limit myself to singles that had some kinda genuinely profound influence on my listening time, thought processes, etc. at the point of greatest actual impact (if not official release—tho’ the twain are united far more often than not in my experience).

So here be the 50 singles I’ve felt the greatest amount of devotion towards during the period of time encompassing late-1977 to 2011 (or so). Obvious: definitely. Honest: you betcha. Definitive: *chortles to self*

>>>Spotify Playlist<<<

(Ordered strictly according to momentary preference.)
1. Kris Kross, “Warm It Up” (1992)
2. Azealia Banks, “212” (2011)
3. Missy Elliott, “Work It” (2002)
4. M.I.A., “Paper Planes” (2008)
5. Chaba Fadela, “N’sel Fik (You Are Mine)” (1983)
6. Kylie Minogue, “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” (2001)
7. Three 6 Mafia, “Stay Fly” (2005)
8. Public Enemy, “Welcome to the Terrordome” (1989)
9. Geto Boys, “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” (1991)

10. Michael Jackson, “Billie Jean” (1983)
11. Naughty by Nature, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” (1991)
12. Laurie Anderson, “O Superman” (1981)
13. Public Enemy, “Bring the Noise” (1987)
14. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, “The Message” (1982)
15. Kanye West, “Runaway” (2010)
16. Pet Shop Boys, “Go West” (1993)
17. EPMD, “Strictly Business” (1988)

18. Missy Elliott, “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” (1997)
19. Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, “It Takes Two” (1988)
20. Robyn, “Dancing On My Own” (2010)
21. Missy Elliott, “Get Ur Freak On” (2001)
22. Panjabi MC & Jay-Z, “Beware of the Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke)” (2002)
23. The Clash, “This Is England” (1985)
24. Usher (feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris), “Yeah!” (2004)
25. Outkast, “Hey Ya!” (2003)
26. Madonna, “Like a Prayer” (1989)
27. Cameo, “Word Up!” (1986)

28. Van Halen, “Jump” (1983)
29. AC/DC, “You Shook Me All Night Long” (1980)
30. Nirvana, “ Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991)
31. Salt-N-Pepa, “Push It” (1987)
32. Outkast, “Ms. Jackson” (2000)
33. Kris Kross, “Jump” (1992)
34. The Clash, “London Calling” (1979)
35. Madonna, “Open Your Heart” (1986)
36. Neneh Cherry, “Buffalo Stance” (1988)
37. Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive” (1977)
38. The Rolling Stones, “Miss You” (1978)
39. Foreigner, “I Want to Know What Love Is” (1984)
40. Prince, “When Doves Cry” (1984)
41. Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance” (2009)

42. Jay-Z, “99 Problems” (2004)
43. Prince, “Kiss” (1986)
44. Jay-Z, “Big Pimpin’” (2000)
45. The Specials, “Ghost Town” (1981)
46. Fun Boy Three, “The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum)” (1981)
47. Cyndi Lauper, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (1983)
48. Prince, “Little Red Corvette” (1983)
49. Blondie, “Call Me” (1980)
50. Gary Numan, “Cars” (1979)


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6 thoughts on “Top 50 Favourite Songs: Ioannis Sotirchos

  1. Good catch, I think you’re right, and spoiler alert: it’s at least in one other list on deck. (Despite one thing I said in my initial post, I am going to try to compile a few stats out of this. Using Excel and making the best of it. In retrospect, it would have been wise to see what WordPress offers in terms of forms/ballots, which would’ve forced all participants to enter their info using an identical format — which makes data analysis so much easier, of course — but anyway, see what I can come up with. Nate Silver will NOT approve. )

  2. Yeah, MIA seems to be doing exceptionally well overall. And “Anarchy” got at least a couple of mentions, I think. But no “God Save the Queen” votes? 😦 I would have probably voted for at least three Pistols songs, had I not set such drastic limitations on myself (for both sanity and anti-sixties/-seventies bias really).

    Btw, fully 24 of my picks wound up coming from that most misbegotten of decades (according to myselfish), the dread ‘80s. Dunno what to make of that. Maybe I like novelty? Maybe it was a great decade for singles? Maybe I’m just a lazy sod?

    (Hi, Mike. I appreciate the Mongo seal of approval.)

  3. If you don’t know, check out Kylie’s Hi-NRG debut, “I Should Be So Lucky.” That beat on “212” is so hot! Still love “Buffalo Stance” too. Fun list.

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