Top 250 Favorite Songs

#230  .   You're Always On My Mind   -   Sam Cooke

#230You're Always On My Mind - Sam Cooke

Music has always played an important role in my work, whether I'm writing scripts, editing docs or narratives or commercials, location scouting, producing projects, directing films, or anything else I spend my time working on, a playlist of something great was accompanying anything and everything that I do. Today, I wanted to share what my favorite songs are and they're listed in order of importance, for one reason or another.

I've been working on this massive list for nearly two years now and thought that it's time to be done with it. Over the next few days I'll release more tracks until all 250 are listed.


20 SHORTLISTED Tracks:

270. Clearing - Grouper

269. Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers

268. Inspector Norse - Todd Terje

267Afternoon Speaker - The Sea and Cake

266The Partisan - Leonard Cohen

265She Just Wept - Starsailor

264Fuck Me Pumps - Amy Winehouse

263Subterranean Homesick Alien - Radiohead

262Until the Night is Over - M83

261Heartbeats - The Knife

260I Never Learnt To Share - James Blake

259Mother Wale Eyeless - Brian Eno

258Damaged Goods - Gang Of Four

257Such Great Heights - The Postal Service

256Apartment Story - The National

255Happy When It Rains - The Jesus and Mary Chain

254Can't Stop Loving You - Phil Collins

253Kiss Me On The Bus - The Replacements

252Pretty Suzanne - The Monks

251Shuggie - Foxygen

TOP 250 Tracks:

Tracks 250 - 101

250Polythene Pam/She Came In Through The Bathroom Window - The Beatles

249Space Travel Is Boring - Sun Kil Moon

248Say That - Toro Y Moi

247Do You - Spoon

246Arp She Said - Lindstrom

245The River - Chromatics

244My Father's House - Bruce Springsteen

243Me Plus One - Annie

242In The Devil's Territory - Sufjan Stevens

241Blasphemous Rumours - Depeche Mode

240Sister Saviour - The Rapture

239Bohemian Like You - The Dandy Warhols

238(Get A) Grip (On Yourself) - The Stranglers

237. Once In A Lifetime - Talking Heads

236She's The One - The Beta Band

235Oxygen - JJ72

234Misread - Kings Of Convenience

233Strange And Beautiful [I'll Put A Spell On You] - Aqualung

232Oblivion - Grimes

231Here She Comes Now - The Velvet Underground

230You're Always On My Mind - Sam Cooke

229Walking On The Milky Way - Orchestral Manoeurves In The Dark

228Vapour Trail - Ride

227Lola - The Kinks

226Messy Enough - The Radio Dept.

225The World Is Gray - Bang Gang

224All Cats Are Grey - The Cure

223Book Of Love - Fleetwood Mac

222When The Ship Comes In [Bootleg Series Version] - Bob Dylan

221Empty Frames - Brian Eno & John Cale

220Let Me Down Easy - Derrick Harriott & The Crystalites

219All I Want Is You - Roxy Music

218End Of The World - Shocking Pinks

217Clampdown - The Clash

216Archangel - Burial

215Sing it Back - Moloko

214Chop Me Up/Damn Girl/Summer Love - Justin Timberlake

213Tomorrow Night - Elvis Presley

212Hy A Scullyas Lyf Adhagrow - Aphex Twin

211Beautiful Burnout - Underworld

210Strangers - Portishead

209Six Underground - Sneaker Pimps

208Mushaboom - Feist

207Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie - Bob Dylan

206Race For The Price - The Flaming Lips

205No Rain - Blind Melon

204Near You Always - Jewel

203Just Another Day - Brian Eno

202Dark Entries - Bauhaus

201Celebrated Summer - Husker Du

200The Golden Age - Beck

199You Get What You Give - New Radicals

198Teen Age Riot - Sonic Youth

197Tomorrow, Wendy - Concrete Blonde

196Primary - The Cure

195Take Me With U - Prince

194Inside Me - The Jesus and Mary Chain

193Like A Prayer - Madonna

192Spellbound (12" Mix) - Siouxsie And The banshees

191Girls - Death In Vegas

190Common People - Pulp

189You Ought To Be With Me - Al Green

188Peaple Ain't No Good - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

187Discreet Music - Brian Eno

186Pass This On - The Knife

185Mary, On The Wall - Grouper

184Halleluhwah - Can

183I'll Take Care Of  U - Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx

182Yeah - Crass Version - LCD Soundsystem

181Someone's Got A Hold Of My Heart - Bob Dylan

180Another Day - Paul McCartney

179Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John

178Barely Breathing - Duncan Sheik

177Pair Of Wings - Frankie Rose

176Suicide Demo for Kara Walker - Destroyer

175Primitive Painters - Felt

174Nothing Ever Happened - Deerhunter

173Freak Out - Liars

172The Flower Called Nowhere - Stereolab

171Dead Souls - Joy Division

170To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High) - Ryan Adams

169Rutti - Slowdive

168Dream Gypsy - Bill Evans

167The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel

166Too Young - Phoenix

165Optimo - Liquid Liquid

164I Want You (She's So Heavy) - The Beatles

163Crazy Rhythms - The Feelies

162God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

161Ageless Beauty - Stars

160In The Fog I - Tim Hecker

159God Moving Over The Face Of The Water - Moby

158Lowdown - My Morning Jacket

157Just Like a Woman - Live - Jeff Buckley

156Venus - Television

155You're In Love - The Sonics

154A Praise Chorus - Jimmy Eat World

153Sparks - Coldplay

152Smalltown - Lou Reed & John Cale

151Can't Stand Losing You - The Police

150. We Major - Kanye West

149. Specialist - Interpol

148. At First Touch - The Sight Below

147. Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne - Suicide

146. Medley: Summer Love/Set the Mood - Justin Timberlake

145. By This River - Brian Eno

144. Motorcycle Drive By - Third Eye Blind

143. Veridis Quo - Daft Punk

142. Senses Working Overtime - XTC

141. There Goes The Fear - Doves

140. Say it Right - Nelly Furtado

139. Memories - Public Image Ltd.

138. Theme - Jon Brion

137. Bad Boy Boogie - Mark Kozelek

136. All That Jazz - Echo And The Bunnymen

135. Because The Night - Patti Smith

134. Beat On The Brat - Ramones

133. The Stars of Track and Field - Belle & Sebastian

132. If I Ever Feel Better - Phoenix

131. Jump Into The Fire - Harry Nilsson

130. Since I left You - The Avalanches

129. It's Summertime - The Flaming Lips

128. Hope I Don't Fall in Love With You - Tom Waits

127. Across The Sea - Weezer

126. Girl/Boy - Aphex Twin

125. Holland, 1945 - Neutral Milk Hotel

124. Go West Young Man - Michael W. Smith

123. Say Yes - Elliott Smith

122. You Make It Easy - Air

121. Ouroboros - Oneohtrix Point Never

120. Katy Song - Red House Painters

119. Life Is Long - Brian Eno & David Byrne

118. Metal Heart - Cat Power

117. Ne Me Quitte Pas - Nina Simone

116. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses - U2

115. Oh! Sweet Nothing - The Velvet Underground

114. Sometimes Always - The Jesus and Mary Chain

113. I Don't Like It Like This - The Radio Dept.

112. Ice Age - Joy Division

111. Misunderstood - Wilco

110. Hotel Chelsea Nights - Ryan Adams

109. So Real - Jeff Buckley

108. Your Blood - Destroyer

107. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight - The Jam

106. Don't You Evah - Spoon

105. Cherry Chapstick - Yo La Tengo

104. No Windows - The Antlers

103. Waltz, Op. 39: No. 15, in A-Flat - Johannes Brahms

102. Everytime - Britney Spears

101. Avril 14th - Aphex Twin


Tracks 100 - 51

100. I Lost You - The Walkmen

99. My Iron Lung - Radiohead

98. Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley

97. Lord Can You Hear Me? - Spacemen 3

96. I'll Try Anything Once - Live - Julian Casablancas

95. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding

94. I Think It's Going To Rain Today - Randy Newman

93. Lost Message - Air

92. Twenty Four Hours - Joy Division

91. Fright Night (Nevermore) - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

90. Here Comes the Phantom - The Clientele

89. Requiem: III Sanctus - Gabriel Faure

88. Coloring the Void - M83

87. Together Again - Janet Jackson

86. Wild Is The Wind - David Bowie

85. I Think Ur A Contra - Vampire Weekend

84. Radiation Ruling The Nation (Protection) - Massive Attack Vs. Mad Professor

83. Save Your Day - Jose Gonzalez

82. She Bangs the Drums - The Stone Roses

81. Pilots - Goldfrapp

80. Frou-frou Foxes In Midsummer Fires - Cocteau Twins

79. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - Bob Dylan

78. The World's Strongest Man - Scott Walker

77. Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 18: Adagio sostenuto - Rachmaninoff

76. Like A Friend - Pulp

75. Snowstorm - Galaxie 500

74. Straight to Hell - The Clash

73. Armellodie - Gonzales

72. Children's Games - Antonio Carlos Jobim

71. Weightless - Brian Eno

70. A Case Of You - Joni Mitchell

69. Delerue: Love At 20: Antoine And Colette: Main Theme - Georges Delerue

68. Lover, You Should've Come Over - Jeff Buckley

67. Strawberry Wine - Ryan Adams

66. The Glory - Kanye West

65. Salvation Theme - New Order

64. Ocean - The Velvet Underground

63. Bay of Pigs (Detail) - Destroyer

62. La Dolce Vita Nella Villa di Fregene - Nino Rota

61. Pretty Pursuasion - R.E.M

60. Miss You (12" Version) - The Rolling Stones

59. You've Lost That Loving Feeling - Elvis Presley

58. Series of Dreams - Bob Dylan

57. Sand In My Joints - Wire

56. Out of Time - Blur

55. Here We Are In The Years - Neil Young

54. Concierto de Aranjuez - Miles Davis

53. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night - John Cale

52. Rock 'N' Roll Singer - Mark Kozelek

51. Taste The Floor - The Jesus and Mary Chain
 

Tracks 50 - 1

50Revolution - Spacemen 3

49The Nutcracker, Op. 71a, Scene: Andante - In the Christmas Tree - Tchaikovsky

48Range Life - Pavement

47The Hours - Beach House

46When You Sleep - My Bloody Valentine

45Pet Grief - The Radio Dept.

44Heaven Or Las Vegas - Cocteau Twins

43The River - PJ Harvey

42Impromptu No. 3 in G-Flat Major - Franz Schubert

41My Sweet Lord - George Harrison

40Street Halo - Burial

39The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) - Tom Waits

38Tommib Help Buss - Squarepusher

37Search and Destroy - Iggy Pop

36Roadrunner - The Modern Lovers

35Lucky - Radiohead

34The Engagement - Alexandre Desplat

33*Je Changerais D' Avis - Francoise Hardy

32Teenage Wildlife - David Bowie

31Like A Hurricane - Neil Young

30*Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight - The Beatles

29Sitting - Cat Stevens

28You Won't Need Me Where I'm Goin' - How To Dress Well

27Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You) [explicit] - UGK feat. Outkast

26Loaded - Primal Scream

25Ashes of American Flag - Wilco

24Every Night - Paul McCartney

23Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23 - Tchaikovsky

22A Means To An End - Joy Division

21Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye - Leonard Cohen

20Sister Ray - The Velvet Underground

19Under My Thumb - The Rolling Stones

18Time It's Time - Talk Talk

17Idiot Wind - Bob Dylan

16Temptation [7" Version] - New Order

15Harbor Lights/Blue Moon [tie] - Elvis Presley

14Brideshead Revisited: Sebastian - Adrian Johnston, Terry Davies

13From The Morning - Nick Drake

12Morning Bell - Radiohead

11Live With Me - Massive Attack

10I Found A Reason - Cat Power

9Long Promised Road - The Beach Boys

8It Never Entered My Mind (Higher & Higher) - Miles Davis

7*Evening Star - Brian Eno & Robert Fripp

6When The Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin

5Fantino - Sebastien Tellier

4Sleeping In - The Radio Dept.

3Copenhagen - Scott Walker

2New Age - The Velvet Underground

1Sometimes - My Bloody Valentine