Today's topic was suggested by Anna Bragdon, who like me still listens to regular radio stations in the car. (I can't afford satellite radio, and my iPod is broken; I'm not sure what Anna's reasons are.)
Anyway, Anna said she'd kept her car on the other day in order to listen to the end of a song on the radio, and made her own mental list of songs she'd stay in the car for. She said that most of those songs were tracks she doesn't own.
Putting my own list together, I find that I do own most of these tracks, but will still stay to listen to them on the radio — in the same way that I'm watching Broadcast News on TV right now, even though I own the DVD. Leave your own lists in the comments section.
1. "Hey Ya," OutKast. I never got tired of this song. I thought I owned it, but can't find it in my iTunes; is it possible that an electronic music file could just disappear? How?
2. "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)," Bruce Springsteen. "Jungleland" is longer, and I'll stay for that one too, but this is the song I hear more often on the radio.
3. "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," Crosby, Stills & Nash. A song you stay in the car for tends to be longer than average. This one runs 7:25.
4. "Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser," Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band. Two songs that run together as a set, from the Live Bullet album; sometimes album-oriented radio stations play them as a single track. I love the segue, and "Beautiful Loser" is on a short list of songs that could be my personal theme song. The two tracks together run close to nine minutes.
5. "Under Pressure," Queen. The obvious choice is "Bohemian Rhapsody," but I like this song better.