Songs That People Are Surprised I Like, and Other Songs I Like and Love
Updated: Nov 16
Without exaggeration I have literally had some song in my head throughout my entire life. While it's impossible to compile a complete list of all the songs I like, here's a good chunk of them with a few surprises...
Songs That People are Surprised I Like
Given the music I make, people tend to think I only listen to metal or industrial music but my taste is actually all over the place. I even get ribbed for liking a lot of these songs, but if I like it I like it! So let's rip the band-aid off shall we...
Huey Lewis and the News - Heart and Soul
I get a vivid image in my head of a relatively innocent and peaceful time around 2nd or 3rd grade in my childhood home on the cul de sac, just BEING. In this idyllic memory, this song is playing on the radio. Anytime I hear this song or it pops in my head, my heart strings are definitely tugged and I truly miss those days.
T'Pau - Heart and Soul
Another song entitled Heart and Soul on my list, I was in about the 5th grade when this song started being played on the radio a lot. Up to that point I rarely liked anything other than Heart with female vocals let alone coupled with keyboards. But I knew a strong song when I heard one, and it had an irresistible groove to it. Decades later the song came up on my radar again when I kept hearing the name T'Pau while far into my Star Trek rabbit hole, who was a Vulcan character AND is who the group is actually named after.
The System - Don't Disturb This Groove
In late elementary school when all I jammed to was metal, I heard this song on the radio and was secretly hooked. I'd had a fondness of R&B music deep down, and this song really came through to me. For years after it was a song that would spontaneously pop in my head. Many years later it was one of the first, if not the first, songs I downloaded on Napster as I never could find out who the artist was that did the song. I love the beat and drum sound reminiscent of Depeche Mode's Never Let Me Down and deep synth bass line. To me, the perfect 80's R&B song archetype with one of my favorite lyric hooks of all time: "Hang a sign up on the door that says 'Don't disturb this groove.'"
Pat Benatar - Love is a Battlefield
Pat Benatar is not only my favorite female singer of the 80's but one of my favorite singers period. This song showcases her otherworldly pipes and I simply cannot listen to this song (or any song with her amazing vocals) passively. What's even more interesting to me is that she is a dead ringer to my older half sister Debra, so it always made her extra cool to me.
Paul Carrack - Don't Shed a Tear
This song taught me an important lesson. It came out when I was in about the 7th grade, and I still had an aversion to keyboards at the time so for months when I would hear the keyboards at the beginning of the song start on the radio, I would automatically change the station in the first few notes before the song came on. Then one day, I walked in a few minutes early to my classical guitar lesson at H&H music and as usual music would be playing through their impressive sound system. Then the intro to this song came in with its keyboards, I rolled my eyes and was annoyed that I couldn't change the station this time. When the second measure of the keyboards came in, it had an interesting volume swell come in that I hadn't heard before, and finally the drums came crashing in, and I remember thinking to myself "hmm..." It actually sounded really cool, then the singer came in. Then the hook. I was really surprised at how good the whole song sounded with the keyboards I thought I couldn't stand fitting in just right. So I admit, I learned a lesson before my guitar lesson that day to maybe give things a chance.
Jodeci - Cry for You
The first time I ever heard Cry for You loud in my slightly above average stereo system in my used car during college, wow. This song has never been skipped in my ride or at home for that matter. As far as I've known, even the hardest gangster jams to this one. Feenin' and Forever My Lady were my gateway songs to Jodeci that I always loved, but Cry for You is next level.
Some of my other guilty pleasure songs:
Luther Vandross - Here and Now
Chris de Burgh - Lady in Red
Madonna - Live to Tell
Sarah McLachlan - Vox
Songs I Like and Love
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Phillip Bailey/Phil Collins - Easy Lover
Church - Under the Milkyway
Cars - Drive
REM - Texarkana
Power Station - Some Like It Hot
Genesis - Just a Job to Do
Big Country - In a Big Country
Beatles - Revolution
Sundays - Wild Horses
Catherine Wheel - Black Metallic
Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
Peter Schilling - Major Tom (Coming Home) *
Gary Numan - Cars *
* These are songs I first disliked then ended up liking later.
Deep Purple - Highway Star Rainbow - Street of Dreams, Stone Cold Judas Priest - The Hellion, Electric Eye, Bloodstone, Turbo Lover, Locked In Iron Maiden - Wasted Years, Sea of Madness, The Prisoner, Run to the Hills Winger - Easy Come Easy Go, Baptized By Fire, Rainbow in the Rose, Hungry Led Zeppelin - Rain Song, When the Levee Breaks, Black Dog, Immigrant Song Loudness - S.D.I., Clockwork Toys, Crazy Nights, Run For Your Life, Get Away, Dark Desire, This Lonely Heart, In My Dreams Def Leppard - Photograph, Stagefright, Too Late For Love, Rocket, Run Riot, Hysteria Scorpions - The Zoo, Love Drive, Another Piece of Meat Living Colour - Desperate People, Open Letter to a Landlord, Leave it Alone The Cult - Firewoman
Slayer - In-A-Godda-Da-Vida
Motorhead - Ace of Spades
Dream Theater - Pull Me Under
KISS (Yes of course they get their own list!):
Peter Godwin - Images of Heaven
Electronic - Getting Away With It
Enigma - Return to Innocence...
Enigma - Return to Innocence Aphex Twin - Tha, Cliffs, Rhubarb, Blue Calx Future Sound of London - Lifeforms, Among Myselves, Dead Skin Cells, Her Face Forms in Summertime Brian Eno - 1/1, 2/1, 1/2, First Light Aes Dana - Jetlag Corporation, Tree.Some, Riven Pet Shop Boys - Always on My Mind, West End Girls
Crystal Method - Keep Hope Alive
Kraftwerk (Of course they also get their own list!):
KMFDM - Drug Against War...
Earth Wind and Fire - Let's Groove
Barry White - You're the First, the Last, My Everything
PM Dawn - Die Without You
Trouble Funk - Don't Touch That Stereo
Run DMC - It's Tricky
LL Cool J - Bad (Explicit)
Brooks & Dunn - Neon Moon
Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire...
George Strait - Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind
Johnny Paycheck - Take This Job and Shove It
Waylon Jennings - Good Ol' Boys
And that's the ever-growing list so far!