My Top 20 Bands :: #MusicListography

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List Your Top Twenty Favorite Bands
Listen to my list on Spotify here
courtesy of Music Listography : Your Life In (Play)Lists

Awhile ago I used to do a feature here inspired by a book my best friend gave to me, Music Listography, and I thought it was about the right time to bring it back again. Call it a lyriquediscorde reboot, or something, but I have decided to go back to the start and post a new list every Sunday morning. I thought it might be fun to build a playlist around it, since the book is “Your Life In (Play)lists“. I hope these lists might inspire you to play along and make your own lists and playlists. Though I will be following the book from each list to the next, my answers will not reflect a particular order. I am such a music obsessive that it will be challenging enough to stick to things like “top 20“, much less try to decide whose #1, or #13, that’s just too cruel. So, without further ado, here we go with the first list.

For my Top 20 bands I chose bands that I discovered on my own, or came to love on my own, and still listen to often today. And yes, narrowing down to just 20 is rough.

1. Duran Duran

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The Seventh Stranger (live)

Trading in my shelter for danger.

2. Concrete Blonde

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Still in Hollywood

Oh I thought I’d be out of here by now.”

3. The Lemonheads

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It’s a Shame About Ray

I’ve never been too good with names,
but I remember faces.

4. R.E.M.

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Nightswimming

Every street light a reminder.

5. The Libertines

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Death on the Stairs (live)

If you really need it you just won’t leave it behind.”

6. The Cure

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Catch

And I used to sometimes try to catch her,
but never even caught her name.”

7. Counting Crows

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A Murder of One (live)

You don’t want to waste your life.”

8. Dramarama

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Haven’t Got a Clue

Take me high on your silent wings,
and I swear I’ll do anything for you.”

9. The Rolling Stones

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Wild Horses (live)

Wild horses couldn’t drag me away.”

10. The Kills

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Black Balloon

Let the weather have it’s way with you.”

11. Foo Fighters

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February Stars (live) 

Even though I watched you come and go,
how was I to know you’d steal the show?

12. Death Cab For Cutie

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Tiny Vessels (live)

I spent two weeks in Silver Lake,
the California sun cascading down my face.

13. Fleetwood Mac

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Gold Dust Woman (live)

Did she make you cry? 
Make you break down?
Shatter your illusions of love?

14. The White Stripes

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Hotel Yorba

All they’ve got inside is vacancy.”

15. Hole

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Violet

When they get what they want they never want it again.”

16. Blur

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Country House

Watching afternoon repeats and the food he eats in the country.”

17. The Killers

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All These Things That I’ve Done

I got soul but I’m not a soldier.”

18. Mazzy Star

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Halah (live)

Baby, won’t you change your mind?”

19. Nirvana

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All Apologies

“I wish I was like you,
easily amused.”

20. The Stone Roses

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This is the One

This is the one she’s waited for.