My Top 20 Bands :: #MusicListography


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


Still in Hollywood

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

3. The Lemonheads


It’s a Shame About Ray

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

4. R.E.M.



Every street light a reminder.

5. The Libertines


Death on the Stairs (live)

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

6. The Cure



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

7. Counting Crows


A Murder of One (live)

You don’t want to waste your life.”

8. Dramarama


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


Wild Horses (live)

Wild horses couldn’t drag me away.”

10. The Kills


Black Balloon

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

11. Foo Fighters


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


Tiny Vessels (live)

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

13. Fleetwood Mac


Gold Dust Woman (live)

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

14. The White Stripes


Hotel Yorba

All they’ve got inside is vacancy.”

15. Hole



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


Halah (live)

Baby, won’t you change your mind?”

19. Nirvana



All Apologies

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

20. The Stone Roses


This is the One

This is the one she’s waited for.

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