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Music Discovery Project: 1000 Songs Everyone Must Hear (Part One: Love)

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It struck me today that I can’t think of many times in my life when music has been more important to me. I have always loved music and often turned to music at difficult or troubling times but never more so than the last few months. In recent months, I have turned to music when I felt sad or lonely and felt comforted. I have turned to music when I felt happy and felt further elevated. When my energy levels were flagging, I turned to music. If I felt angry or frustrated, there was a song to help me work through it. It has been a constant companion.

MusicThanks to YouTube suggestions, Spotify radio and Discover Weekly lists and recommendations from friends, I have added new music to my playlist every week. But I remembered today that a while ago The Guardian did a list of 1000 songs everyone must hear. A quick scan of the very first list (Love) shows me not all of these are new to me, by any means. However, some are or some have not been on my radar for some time. So I will be listening to the 1000 over the coming months and, hopefully, the follow on lists (Songs we forgot). It will be a joy to discover and rediscover. I will keep updating this post with my progress. Maybe you’ll even join me in my new discovery project… (And I am always happy to listen to something new if you’d like to recommend something that might not have made the lists…)

1000 songs: Love

Progress so far… (updated 27/07/2017)

Title Artist Year New to me? On/added to own playlist?
The Look of Love ABC 1982 No Yes
The Shining Badly Drawn Boy 2000 No Yes
God Only Knows The Beach Boys 1966 No Yes
Good Vibrations The Beach Boys 1966 No Yes
Wouldn’t It Be Nice The Beach Boys 1966 No Yes
Eight Days a Week The Beatles 1964 No Yes
Girl The Beatles 1965 No Yes
I Want to Hold Your Hand The Beatles 1963 No Yes
She Loves You The Beatles 1963 No Yes
Something The Beatles 1969 No Yes (I love many Beatles songs but this is truly beautiful.)
With a Little Help from My Friends The Beatles 1967 No Yes
Some for Whoever The Beautiful South 1989 No Yes
How Deep is Your Love? The Bee Gees 1977 No No (I don’t dislike it but I don’t like it enough for it to make the playlist.)
Sweet Little Sixteen Chuck Berry 1958 Yes No
Crazy in Love Beyoncé 2003 No No
Thirteen Big Star 1972 Yes Yes
I’ll Take Care of You Bobby “Blue” Bland 1959 Yes No
Heroes David Bowie 1977 No Yes
The Wedding Song David Bowie 1993 Yes Yes
Sit Down I Think I Love You Buffalo Springfield 1966 Yes No
Everybody Needs Somebody to Love Solomon Burke 1964 Yes (This version) No (It was a great reminder to add the Blues Brothers’ version to my list though!)
Mehbooba Mehbooba R.D. Burman 1975 Yes No
Hounds of Love Kate Bush 1985 No Yes
The Man With the Child in His Eyes Kate Bush 1978 No Yes
The Man I Love Kate Bush 1994 Yes (This version) Yes
Love Me Forever Carlton and the Shoes 1968 Yes No
The Dark End of the Street James Carr 1967 Yes Yes
I Walk the Line Johnny Cash 1956 No No
Deanna Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 1988 Yes No
I Got a Woman Ray Charles 1954 Yes No
Stoned Out of My Mind The Chi-Lites 1973 Yes No
That’s How Long The Chi-Lites 1974 Yes No
Stay Free The Clash 1978 Yes Yes
Private Number Judy Clay and William Bell 1968 No No
Yellow Coldplay 2000 No Yes
Do You Love Me? The Contours 1962 No Yes
Cupid Sam Cooke 1961 No Yes
I’m in the Mood Again Elvis Costello 2003 Yes Yes
Jack of All Parades Elvis Costello 1986 Yes No
Then He Kissed Me The Chrystals 1963 No No
Friday I’m in Love The Cure 1992 No Yes
Pour Some Sugar on Me Def Leppard 1987 No Yes
Born to Be With You Dion 1975 Yes Yes
A Teenager in Love Dion and the Belmonts 1960 No No
Blueberry Hill Fats Domino 1956 No No
Girl from the North Country Bob Dylan 1963 Yes Yes
Visions of Johanna Bob Dylan 1966 Yes Yes
Wedding Song Bob Dylan 1974 Yes No
On a Day Like This Elbow 2008 No Yes
Let’s Stick Together Bryan Ferry 1976 No No
Every Time We Say Goodbye Ella Fitzgerald 1956 No Yes
Killing Me Softly With His Song Roberta Flack 1973 No No
I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) Aretha Franklin 1967 No Yes
I Say a Little Prayer Aretha Franklin 1968 No Yes
The Power of Love Frankie Goes to Hollywood 1984 No Yes
It’ll All Come Around Patsy Gallant 1978 Yes No
Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart Judy Garland 1939 No No
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Marvin Gaye And Tammi Terrell 1967 No Yes
You’re All I Need to Get By Marvin Gaye And Tammi Terrell 1968 No No
The Dutchman Steve Goodman 1973 Yes Yes
Let’s Get Married Al Green 1974 Yes No
Let’s Stay Together Al Green 1971 No Yes
Love and Happiness Al Green 1972 No Yes
Sweet Child O’Mine Guns N’ Roses 1987 No Yes
I’m Into Something Good Herman’s Hermits 1964 No Yes
How Will I Know Whitney Houston 1985 No Yes
I’m So in Love Leroy Hutson 1973 Yes No
I’m So Proud The Impressions 1964 Yes Yes
Night Nurse Gregory Isaacs 1982 No No
Summer Breeze The Isley Brothers 1973 No No
Are You Ready for Love? Elton John 1979 No No
La Vie en Rose Grace Jones 1977 Yes (This version) No
No One Alicia Keys 2007 No No
Stand By Me Ben E. King 1961 No Yes
You Really Got Me The Kinks 1964 No Yes

View the full list on The Guardian website

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Donna Brown
Avid reader/audiobook listener, fan of podcasts, prone to the odd Netflix binge. Mum to six crazy and incredible rescue cats. Occasional writer of short stories and poetry.