Yeh, I know. This thread has a truly crap title. If anyone comes up with a better one, let me know please.
With other people running great threads here in the Retro Lounge section - favourite bands by letter of the alphabet, #1s on my birthday, Top 250 albums, all the #2s of the 21st century, all the million sellers, etc - I thought it was time for me to pick a slightly randomised theme and do a rundown. So, here it is...
Being obsessive, I have my entire music collection logged on a database. It currently has over 33,000 entries.
If I sort by the song titles alphabetically, then I have discovered 29 different first words occur more than 100 times. So, here's a rundown of the Top 30 most common first words, picking two of my favourite songs from each set.
(Note that I do not use "A" or "The" at the start of titles on my database. So, for example, "The Last Time" by the Rolling Stones is catalogued as "Last Time, The". "Last" is the 32nd most popular first word, with 93 songs, including Last Christmas, Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, Last Of The Famous International Playboys, Last Train To Trans Central, etc. etc.)
One word and two songs per day, every day through November, as we count down from #30 to #1. I'm going to be selecting from my favourites, but I won't necessarily be picking the absolute favourite, if it is already over-familiar at Haven.
Hope that's clear. In truth, it doesn't matter if it isn't.
The first words are, in the main, the most mundane in the English language. It is the first of 8 two letter words in the Top 30.
It Ain't Me Babe - Bob Dylan (or Joan Baez or Johnny Cash) It Began In Afrika - Chemical Brothers It Doesn't Have To Be This Way - Blow Monkeys It Feels So Good - Sonique It Keeps Rainin' - Fats Domino (or Bitty McLean) It May Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart It's Spring) - Love Unlimited It Must Be Love - Madness (or Labi Siffre or Paolo Nutini) It Takes Two - Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston (or Tina Turner & Rod Stewart) It Wasn't Me - Shaggy ft Rikrok
It Doesn't Matter Anymore - Buddy Holly It Started With A Kiss - Hot Chocolate
My celebrity crushes : Monika Sedziuviene, Kristina Ivanova (YVA).
In my head I like to imagine LastDreamer in the land of Lithuania right now with a suitcase of simcards, a box of chocolates and a wedding ring. It would be a great base for an epic Eurovision fan fiction.
There are 3 adjectives in the top 30. And I'm totally spoilt for choice with Sweet.
My absolute favourite is:- Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - Eurythmics
But that gets disqualified from this thread for being overfamiliar.
Other leading contenders:-
Sweet About Me - Gabriella Cilmi Sweet Bird Of Truth - The The Sweet Gene Vincent - Ian Dury Sweet Harmony - Beloved Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry Sweet Virginia - Rolling Stones Sweet Sweet Smile - Carpenters
But my two picks this morning are:-
Sweet Memory - Belle Stars Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley
Sweet about me - Gabriella Climi Sweet dreams (are made of this) - Eurythmics or Marilyn Manson (I love both versions!) Sweet dreams - La bouche Sweet dreams - Beyonce Sweet dreams my LA Ex - Rachel Stevens Sweet like chocolate - Shanks and Bigfoot (the Metro 7 radio edit) Sweet people - Alyosha Sweet sacrifice - Evanescence
What about Sweetheart - Mariah Carey? Does it count? The Sweet escape by Gwen Stefani and Akon? Or Sweetest sin by Jessica Simpson?