My Top 20 Bands – Music Listography

I think its time to revisit my Music Listography book. Its been awhile and lists are one of my addictions. They evolve over time, some favorites changing, others staying for the forever haul. I hope that you decide to play along. Feel free to add your 20 to the comment section, or put a Listography list on your own blog and/or social media.

I will include playlist links for Spotify and YouTube, as well as an in-post YouTube playlist, so you can press play and spin all 20 if you’d like.

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.


1. Duran Duran

“Lonely In Your Nightmare” – from the album, Rio (1982)

2. The Cure

“Untitled” – from the album, Disintegration (1989)

3. Roxy Music

“More Than This” – from the album, Avalon (1982)

4. The Beatles

“Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” – from the album, Rubber Soul (1965)

5. The Go-Go’s

“This Town” – from the album, Beauty and the Beat (1981)

6. The Pretenders

“Back On the Chain Gang” – from the album, Learning to Crawl (1984)

7. The Clash

“Lost in the Supermarket” – from the album, London Calling (1979)

8. Fleetwood Mac

“Gypsy” – from the album, Mirage (1982)

9. The Rolling Stones

Beast of Burden” – from the album, Some Girls (1978)

10. Rilo Kiley

“Portions for Foxes” – from the album, More Adventurous (2004)

11. Cocteau Twins

“Know Who You Are At Every Age” – from the album, Four-Calendar Cafe (1993)

12. Blondie

13. The Velvet Underground

14. 10,000 Maniacs

“The Painted Desert” – from the album, In My Tribe (1987)

15. R.E.M.

“Nightswimming” – from the album, Automatic For the People (1992)

16. Throwing Muses

“Red Shoes” – from the album, The Real Ramona (1991)

17. Dramarama

“Incredible” – from the album, Hi-Fi Sci-Fi (1993)

18. X

“4th of July” – from the album, See How We Are (1987)

19. July Talk

“Summer Dress” – from the album, July Talk (2013)

20. The Libertines

“Up the Bracket” – from the album, Up the Bracket (2000)

Note: There are MANY bands that slay me to leave off the list – but I’m trying to “follow the rules”. I could easily go to 50…and beyond. Also, if I made this list tomorrow, or next week, or next month, some bands in the Top 20 would change and some are permanent (laminated into the list) – but that’s how music goes, right?


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