Top 5 List Songs

Because you asked for it:

Honorable mention (because I can’t decide if it’s a list song, but it’s awesome):

 

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27 thoughts on “Top 5 List Songs

  1. Oh geeze. Until now I couldn’t figure out what list songs were. Songs that just list a bunch of things in the lyrics?

    Does this one count?

  2. I stand by “88 Lines.” I’ve never seen the commercial, and since pretty much everyone except (one of) the Doors is a sell out anyway, I don’t think that’s a disqualification.

  3. Susan: I don’t think that’s a list song, it’s more of a story song, but it’s disqualified just because I don’t like it.

    Clark, “Bad” does have a list in it, but it doesn’t come until 4 minutes in. It’s not primarily a list song, but there may be other U2 songs that qualify.

    kuri, sorry, the decision of the judges is final.

    Here’s a dance being performed to another great list song:

  4. Apparently, it was a series of Mazda commercials that used “88 lines.” That’s actually worse.

    There is another Nails song that is a great list song, probably better than “88 lines.” It’s called “Things You Left Behind,” from their Dangerous Dreams album. I can’t find a link, but you can hear it on iTunes.

  5. A couple more, both by Chuck Berry:

    Too Much Monkey Business (the obvious precursor to Subterranean Homesick Blues)
    Promised Land (a travelogue, which I suppose might be a subset of the list song genre)

  6. Eric,
    I didn’t click on your link until after my comment. Then I felt dumb. Then I drank some milk.

  7. People Who Died by the Jim Carroll Band.

    Horrible song, but worth mentioning in this context.

  8. So, mostly we learn from this that people shouldn’t write list songs?

    What about New Dress by DM?

  9. I consider memorizing REM’s It’s the End of the World… as one of the greatest achievements of my youth.

  10. a phonebook full of accidents
    a girl to drive your car
    a suit to wear on mondays
    and a coat a magazine
    a heavy rain a holiday
    a painting of the wall
    a knife a fork and memories
    a light to see it all
    you didn’t leave me anything
    that i can understand
    hey i never meant that stuff
    i want to turn you round
    dominoes a pack of cards
    a picture of the queen
    a dress to wear on sundays
    and a handle for the door
    a letter that i sent for you
    a note you left for me
    a wave a pack of cigarettes
    a pocket full of beads
    you didn’t leave me anything
    that i can understand
    hey i never meant that stuff
    i want to turn you on
    you didn’t leave me anything
    that i can understand
    hey i never meant that stuff
    i want to turn you round
    you didn’t leave me anything
    that i can understand
    hey i never meant that stuff
    i want to turn you on
    the sound of people getting drunk
    a ceiling and a sky
    a bank that’s full of promises
    a telephone that lies
    a visit from your doctor
    he crawls in through the door
    a mirror you can look in
    so that you know where you are
    you didn’t leave me anything
    that i can understand
    hey i never meant that stuff
    i want to turn you round
    you didn’t leave me anything
    that i can understand
    now i’m left with all of this
    a room full of your trash

    – P Furs “All of This And Nothing”

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