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Salima Post
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Jul 6, 2009

Hello all,

I have had an iPod for years, I am tired of listening to the same songs, and I would like to fill it with the best 200 songs or more of all times.
I am aware that it is a very wide "subject" but I am sure with your help, it can be done or at least put me on the right track....


Thank you.


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Jan Willem van Dormolen  Identity Verified
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Off the top of my head... Jul 6, 2009

Beatles - A day in the life
Metallica - One
Mahler - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht
R. Strauss - Letzte Lieder - Im Abendrot
Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit
Billie Holiday - God bless the child
Muddy Waters - Got my mojo working
Beasty Boys - Fight for your right (to party)
Jacques Brel - Ne me quitte pas
Jacques Brel - Le chanson des vieux amants
Kate & Anne McGarrigle - Swimming Song
Gene Kelly - Singing in the rain
Rodgers & Hammerstein - My Favourite Things
Al Jolson - After You've Gone
Tom Waits - Big Joe and Phantom 309
Wolf Bierman - Es gibt ein Leben vor dem Tod
James Brown - Get Up (I Feel Like Being Like a) Sex Machine
Temptations - Papa was a rolling stone
Charles Mingus - Duke Ellington's sound of love
Louis Armstrong - St. James Infirmary
George & Ira Gershwin - Summertime
Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
Bob Dylan - The times they are a-changin'

...my wife's calling me for dinner now, so I can't go on.
But you should be alright with these for the time being, nice spread of styles and all that.

Cheers,
Jan Willem


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Dr. Andrew Frankland  Identity Verified
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More possibilities Jul 6, 2009

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Eagles - Hotel California
Frank Sinatra - New York, New York
Beatles - Let It Be
Barbra Streisand - The Way We Were
Abba - Waterloo
The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York

and several hundred more which I'm sure other people will provide.

Andy


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Salima Post
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A very good start... thank you Jul 6, 2009

That's a very good start and I am glad to see Jacques Brel ... a few French songs are definetely a plus...

Thank you Jan and Dr. Frankland


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Mihaela BUFNILA  Identity Verified
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some other French music Jul 6, 2009

I would also add Aznavour - La bohème and Charles Trénet - La mer.

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Salima Post
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Could not forget them... Jul 6, 2009

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My favourite Jul 6, 2009

"I will survive" by Gloria Gaymor

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Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
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More songs Jul 6, 2009

Some more suggestions:

The White Cliffs of Dover - Dame Vera Lynn
The Tracks of my Tears - Johnnie Rivers
We Are the Champions - Queen
Ebony and Ivory - Stevie Wonder
Lili Marlene - Marlene Dietrich (English or German version)
Skyline Pigeon - Sir Elton John
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
Fernando - ABBA
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
My Heart Will Go On - Céline Dion
YMCA - Village People
Stand By Me - Tina Turner
We Are the World - Michael Jackson
Memories - Sarah Brightman
Your Love, My Love - Nana Mouskouri
We'll Meet Again - Dame Vera Lynn

This is all I can think of right now (I'm in the middle of a job) but I hope it helps. Also, some Brazilian samba might be a good idea, to liven up things a bit.

[Edited at 2009-07-06 18:08 GMT]


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Salima Post
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Cool list Jul 6, 2009

Thanks and yes, I am opened to liven up things a bit with some samba...

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Matter of personal taste of course :-) Jul 6, 2009

I'm sure you're aware that it's entirely a matter of personal taste, but one of my personal all-time favourites is Eric Clapton - Layla.

Have you heard of the site last.fm? I stumbled upon it recently, and am so grateful for it. You just type in the name of one of your favourite artists, then it goes on to play this artist's "radio", i.e. songs by that as well as similar artists, non-stop (only if you're in Europe or USA though).
The reason I love it is because, through it, I got to know a lot of artists I didn't know before. For example, by listening to Tori Amos radio (one of my favourites), I got to know the magnificent Madeleine Peyroux (a sort of modern-day Billie Holiday), Fiona Apple and many more.


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Jan Willem van Dormolen  Identity Verified
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Back from dinner... Jul 6, 2009

Schubert - Erlkönig
Schubert - Gretchen am Spinnrad
Schubert - Der Tod und das Mädchen
(...this guy could probably fill up a top 200 by himself...)
Britten - Sally Gardens
Duparc - L'invitation au voyage
Eisler - Solidaritätslied
Eisler - Spruch (In den finsteren Zeiten)
Schönbert - Pierrot Lunaire
Dowland - Come again: sweet love doth now invite
Gesualdo - Moro, lasso
Björk - It's so quiet
Bronski Beat - Smalltown boy
Duran Duran - The Reflex
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams are made of this
Jo Lemaire - Parfum de rêve
Joe Jackson - A slow song
Joe Jackson - Geraldine and John
Klein Orkest - Over de muur (that's a Dutch song, and definitely top 200 material)
KT Tunstall - Suddenly I see
Madness - Nightboat to Cairo
Michael Jackson - Beat it
Neil Young - Southern Man
Noodweer - Rotterdam bijvoorbeeld
Police - Roxanne
Police - Walking on the moon
R.E.M. - Losing my religion
Sarah McLaughlin - Angel
Simply Red - Heaven
Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
Supertramp - Logical Song
Supertramp - School
Ting Tings - That's not my name
Motörhead - Ace of spades
Alanis Morrissette - Baba
Alice Cooper - School's out
Alice in chains - Grind
Alice in chains - Rooster
Alice in chains - Them bones
Anouk - Nobody's Wife
Anouk - Sacrifice
Arch Enemy - Silent wars
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Black Sabbath - War pigs
Blur - Song 2
Creedence Clearwater Revival - I heard it throug the grapevine
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Suzie Q
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Proud Mary
Deep Purple - Child in time
Disturbed - Stricken
Doors - Riders on the storm
Doors - The end
Dream Theater - Pull me under
Fat Gadget - Collapsing new people
Fehlfarben - Ein Jahr (Es geht voran)
Frank Zappa - Waka Jawaka (instrumental, I hope that's allowed)
Franz Ferdinand - Take me out
Gnags - Rytmehans
Golden Earring - Radar Love
Herman Brood - Saturday Night
In Extremo - Bitte, bitte
In Extremo - Küss mich
In Flames - Take this life
Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast
Jethro Tull - Locomotive Breath
Jimi Hendrix - The wind cries Mary
John Cale - Fear's a man's best friend
John Cale - Gun
Joy Division - Love will tear us apart
Kansas - Carry on my wayward son
Korn - Freak on a leash
Lacuna Coil - Closer
Led Zeppelin - The battle of Evermore
Led Zeppelin - The lemon song
Linkin Park - Don't stay
Lokomotiv GT - És Jött a Doktor (Hungarian rock)
Marianne Faithful - The Ballad of Lucy Jordan
Melissa Etheridge - Skin Deep
Metallica - The unforgiven
Nina Hagen - Unbeschreiblich weiblich
Nirvana - Smells like teen spirit
Opeth - The moor
Pantera - Walk
Queens of the Stone Age - No one knows
Rammstein - Engel
Rammstein - Mutter
Sex Pistols - Anarcy in the UK
Stranglers - Nice 'n sleazy
Stranglers - Peaches
System of a down - Chop Suey
TC Matic - L'amour n'est pas avec moi
TC Matic - Putain putain
Talking Heads - Once in a lifetime
Tool - Stinkfist
Tool - Schism
U2 - Pride
U2 - New Year's Day
Waterboys - The whole of the moon
Waterboys - Don't bang the drum
Who - My generation
XTC - Senses working overtime
XTC - Making plans for Nigel
Pink Floyd - Money
Yes - I've seen all good people
Lokassa - Angelique (artist from Ivory Coast)
Fela Kuti - Original sufferhead
Bob Marley - Get up, stand up
Steel Pulse - Reggae Fever
Richie Valens - La Bamba
Celia Cruz - La vida es un carnaval
Portabales - Pentate los labios, Maria
Fajardo - La Charanga
Tito Puente - Ran Kan Kan
Tito Puente - Oye como va
Alana Levandoski - Red Headed Girl
Dolly Parton - Jolene
Johnny Cash - I walk the line
Johnny Cash - Ring of fire
Johnny Cash - The mercy seat
Astor Piazzolla - Adios Nonino
Tom Jobim - Chega de Saudade
Tom Jobim - Insensatez
Nass el Ghiwane - Mzine Mdihek (Arabic)
Tarkan - Sımarık (Turkish)
La bamboche - Le tailleur de pierres
La bamboche - Les 180 pucelles
Amalia Rodrigues - Com que voz
Cristina Branco - Os solitários

OK, I think I got about 200 now.


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Lili Marlene - An Addendum Jul 6, 2009

Regarding Lili Marlene, which I have included in my list, I was surprised to see there is a French version - you may prefer this, as I noticed you work with French translation.

As I am sure some of our younger ProZians may never have heard of the song (although Carly Simon did record it) here are the words in English, German and French:

ENGLISH:

Underneath the lantern,
By the barrack gate
Darling I remember
The way you used to wait
T'was there that you whispered tenderly,
That you loved me,
You'd always be,
My Lilli of the Lamplight,
My own Lilli Marlene

Time would come for roll call,
Time for us to part,
Darling I'd caress you
And press you to my heart,
And there 'neath that far-off lantern light,
I'd hold you tight ,
We'd kiss good night,
My Lilli of the Lamplight,
My own Lilli Marlene

Orders came for sailing,
Somewhere over there
All confined to barracks
was more than I could bear
I knew you were waiting in the street
I heard your feet,
But could not meet,
My Lilly of the Lamplight,
my own Lilly Marlene

Resting in our billets,
Just behind the lines
Even tho' we're parted,
Your lips are close to mine
You wait where that lantern softly gleams,
Your sweet face seems
To haunt my dreams
My Lilly of the Lamplight,
My own Lilly Marlene

GERMAN:

Vor der Kaserne
Vor dem großen Tor
Stand eine Laterne
Und steht sie noch davor
So woll'n wir uns da wieder seh'n
Bei der Laterne wollen wir steh'n
|: Wie einst Lili Marleen. :|
Unsere beiden Schatten
Sah'n wie einer aus
Daß wir so lieb uns hatten
Das sah man gleich daraus
Und alle Leute soll'n es seh'n
Wenn wir bei der Laterne steh'n
|: Wie einst Lili Marleen. :|

Schon rief der Posten,
Sie blasen Zapfenstreich
Das kann drei Tage kosten
Kam'rad, ich komm sogleich
Da sagten wir auf Wiedersehen
Wie gerne wollt ich mit dir geh'n
|: Mit dir Lili Marleen. :|

Deine Schritte kennt sie,
Deinen schönen Gang
Alle Abend brennt sie,
Doch mich vergaß sie lang
Und sollte mir ein Leid gescheh'n
Wer wird bei der Laterne stehen
|: Mit dir Lili Marleen? :|

Aus dem stillen Raume,
Aus der Erde Grund
Hebt mich wie im Traume
Dein verliebter Mund
Wenn sich die späten Nebel drehn
Werd' ich bei der Laterne steh'n
|: Mit dir Lili Marleen. :|

FRENCH:

Devant la caserne
Quand le jour s'enfuit,
La vieille lanterne
Soudain s'allume et luit.
C'est dans ce coin là que le soir
On s'attendait remplis d'espoir
|: Tous deux, Lily Marlène. :|

Et dans la nuit sombre
Nos corps enlacés
Ne faisaient qu'une ombre
Lorsque je t'embrassais.
Nous échangions ingénûment
Joue contre joue bien des serments
|: Tous deux, Lily Marlène. :|

Le temps passe vite
Lorsque l'on est deux!
Hélas on se quitte
Voici le couvre-feu...
Te souviens-tu de nos regrets
Lorsqu'il fallait nous séparer?
|: Dis-moi, Lily Marlène? :|

La vieille lanterne
S'allume toujours
Devant la caserne
Lorsque finit le jour
Mais tout me paraît étrange
Aurais-je donc beaucoup changé?
|: Dis-moi, Lily Marlène. :|

Cette tendre histoire
De nos chers vingt ans
Chante en ma mémoire
Malgré les jours, les ans.
Il me semble entendre ton pas
Et je te serre entre mes bras
|: Lily...Lily Marlène :|

Apparently this song, a poem by Hans Liep put to music by Norbert Schultze, has been translated into 48 languages, including Russian, Italian and Hebrew.

[Edited at 2009-07-06 18:49 GMT]


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Salima Post
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I am loving it... Jul 6, 2009

Great job... I asked for only 200 but I can definetely add more. My iPod is a Nano so I can go up to 2000 songs. Still plenty of room.

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Salima Post
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I agree Jul 6, 2009

Nesrin wrote:

I'm sure you're aware that it's entirely a matter of personal taste, but one of my personal all-time favourites is Eric Clapton - Layla.

Have you heard of the site last.fm? I stumbled upon it recently, and am so grateful for it. You just type in the name of one of your favourite artists, then it goes on to play this artist's "radio", i.e. songs by that as well as similar artists, non-stop (only if you're in Europe or USA though).
The reason I love it is because, through it, I got to know a lot of artists I didn't know before. For example, by listening to Tori Amos radio (one of my favourites), I got to know the magnificent Madeleine Peyroux (a sort of modern-day Billie Holiday), Fiona Apple and many more.



It is a matter of personal taste but you can pick and choose and there are some gems that I am not aware of until I listen to it.... so keep them coming. I do love love "Layla" too.

Nesrin, thank you so much for the telling me (us) about last.fm. I have never heard of it and I am sure, I will enjoy it. Great way of finding new songs....


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Salima Post
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How about duets...? Jul 6, 2009

Morgane17 wrote:

Hello all,

I have had an iPod for years, I am tired of listening to the same songs, and I would like to fill it with the best 200 songs or more of all times.
I am aware that it is a very wide "subject" but I am sure with your help, it can be done or at least put me on the right track....


Thank you.


I love Mary J. Blige and U2 duet "One". Any other duets?


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