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Friday random ten: Songs of the Century, part 11

And we wrap it up with the Songs of the Century as compiled by the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

1. That’s The Way (I Like It) – KC and the Sunshine Band (#303)
2. You Really Got Me – Van Halen (#306, The Kinks)
3. Some Of These Days – Asylum Street Spankers (#314, Sophie Tucker)
4. How High The Moon – Charlie Parker/Manhattan Transfer (#317, Les Paul and Mary Ford)
5. Uncle John’s Band – Grateful Dead (#321)
6. Faith – Cocktail Slippers/Tufts Beelzebubs (#322, George Michael)
7. Boogie Chillun – John Lee Hooker (#332)
8. I’ll Fly Away – Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch (#339, The Chuck Wagon Gang)
9. Higher Love – Steve Winwood (#348)
10. All Along The Watchtower – U2 (#365, Jimi Hendrix)

“I’ll Fly Away” is from the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack, which is full of awesome. Speaking of movies, here’s “Some Of These Days”, from the terrific biopic of Bob Fosse, “All That Jazz”:

Great movie. And of course, you can’t bring up “You Really Got Me” without this bit of pop culture from the early 90s:

There’s another version I found with better video but poorer sound quality. Everything about that ad is awesome. I’d say we’ve closed this out on a high note.

Round 2 report: Started with “Understanding”, by Beat Temmple. The last U song was “Uptown Girl”, by Billy Joel, the Russian concert version. There were two V songs, “Vienna”, also by Billy Joel, and “Voodoo”, by the Neville Brothers. The first W song was “Walking in Memphis”, by Marc Cohn. The last W song was “The World I Know”, by Collective Soul. The one and only X song was “Xanadu”, by Rush. The first Y song was “Your Possible Pasts”, by Pink Floyd. The one and only Z song was “Zebra”, by the John Butler Trio. The numeric songs started with “1000 Oceans”, by Tori Amos, and finished with the very last song, “6th Avenue Heartache”, by The Wallflowers. Whew!

I’m going to take it easy for a couple of weeks, then start on a new project, which I hope you’ll enjoy. Thanks for putting up with this OCD silliness for so long.

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