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Top-Shelf Jukebox Songs

So I’m chalking my pool cue at the pub this loverly St. Patrick’s Day, and I says to my friend, I says, “List of the best jukebox tunes? …”

Billie Jean
– Michael Jackson
Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) – Looking Glass
Roxanne – The Police
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Fishing in the Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Cecilia – Simon and Garfunkel
Fire and Rain – James Taylor
Gloria – Van Morrison
Black Betty – Ram Jam
Amie – Pure Prairie League
Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin
Melissa – The Allman Brothers Band
The Weight – The Band
Can’t You See – The Marshall Tucker Band
Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival (sorry Tina)
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin
Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who
Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
War – Edwin Starr
After Midnight – Eric Clapton
Come Together – The Beatles
Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones
All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
Somebody to Love – Jefferson Airplane
Black Water – The Doobie Brothers
American Pie – Don McLean
Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2
Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ – The Velvet Underground

1990s:
No Rain – Blind Melon
Self Esteem – The Offspring
Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet
Say It Isn’t So – Weezer
Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
Heaven Beside You – Alice in Chains
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
Bound for the Floor – Local H
In the Meantime – Spacehog
Hunger Strike – Temple of the Dog
Santa Monica – Everclear
Creep – Radiohead
Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Lightning Crashes – Live
Super Bon Bon – Soul Coughing
Possum Kingdom – The Toadies
Killing Me Softly – The Fugees
Time Bomb – Rancid
What I Got – Sublime
If You Could Only See – Tonic
Closing Time – Semisonic
Hey Man, Nice Shot – Filter
Mr. Jones – Counting Crows
1979 – Smashing Pumpkins
Yellow Ledbetter – Pearl Jam
Pepper – Butthole Surfers
Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart – Stone Temple Pilots
Machinehead – Bush
Devil’s Haircut – Beck
When I Come Around – Greenday

Bonus:
Hurt – Johnny Cash

Such lists are necessarily, perpetually, horrendously incomplete. Make things right in the comments section!

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Into the Wild and Once

I hadn’t watched VH1 in a very long time. But flipping through the channels, I landed on a very happy duo of songs.

First was Eddie Vedder on a bar stool singing Guaranteed from the Into the Wild soundtrack, a disc that also serves as Eddie’s solo debut. Incredible book, movie, and soundtrack trifecta. There’s also a great Iconoclast episode on Sundance Channel with movie director Sean Penn and author Jon Krakauer talking about the story and the guy it is about. And Charlie Rose interviews friends Penn and Vedder for an hour and also shows the trailer. It’s incredible to watch these adult men bond over a story that distills down the question of what it is to become a man.

I was miffed that best-of-2007 lists did not include the soundtrack. Just because the songs are short? What’s up?

Regardless, the demos for the soundtrack’s songs can be downloaded, along with much other Pearl Jam flotsam, jetsam, and b-sides here. Definitely worth a visit. Eddie Vedder is a lot of things to a lot of people, but his body of work has grown up with us, and somehow we’d like to live up to that. Not to read too much into the easy rhyme, but as the band Local H asked, “If I were Eddie Vedder, would you like me any better?”

Someone out there knew that only a very special song should follow Guaranteed. And, lo, one did. It was Falling Slowly from the Once soundtrack. Follow along at home here. The movie was tremendous, and the editing on this video does it justice. Lovely.

You can catch much more Glen Hansard (The Frames) and Markéta Irglová (the movie’s stars and musicians) around the web. I prefer the soundtrack to Once just a tinsey bit more, but they also toured the U.S. as The Swell Season and released a disc. NPR offers a concert that captures their pure musicianship. The hour-and-a-half show includes all the songs they’ve recorded plus three covers, and I can’t really imagine three better artists to choose: The Pixies, Van Morrison, and Dylan. The Dylan song is You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere and appears on the I’m Not There soundtrack.

If you haven’t bought any of their stuff yet, I would recommend the collector’s edition of the Once soundtrack that also includes a couple of live cuts and a making-of DVD. Perhaps it talks about how they fell in love while filming and touring. And the actual movie DVD is out now, too, if you missed it in theaters.

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