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November 30, 2010: MacArthur Park by Richard Harris

One of the most famous one-hit wonders of the 1960s, it was Richard Harris' only true hit. Although he was more famous as an actor, the song was a Top 5 hit in the United States, and topped the charts in Europe and Australia. It's been covered numerous times since, but the original is a classic in its own right.

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November 29, 2010: I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas

I nominated this song not just because it hit #1 in the 2009 Billboard Hot 100, but it was also because it was covered by the kids' television show, The Backyardigans with their exclusive music video.

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November 28, 2010: Hoppípolla by Sigur Rós

  • Nominated by Fran.
I've really no reason to mominate it, beyond the fact that it's a special one to me.

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Preferred Date: November 28, 2010 (Its original release date, 5 years ago.)

November 27, 2010: Blue Blood Blues by The Dead Weather

The Single from Sea Of Cowards shows the new tune of White/Fertita/Mosshart/Lawrence's second album. Darker, more powerful, more poetic. Far more misanthropical. It's sort of a love song. You wouldn't recognize. It's not romantic. It's just rude and threatening. The Dead Weather has finally arrived the dark side. And blue blood blues is the first proove of it. Transporting the Blues into the 21st century.

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November 26, 2010: I Had a Good Time by Boston

One of three previously unreleased tracks featured on Greatest Hits (at least on the copy I own), it's got everything to satisfy Boston fans: Tom Scholz's driving guitars, Brad Delp's soaring vocals, smooth supporting bass lines and drum beats, and the false ending. Of those three new tracks, this is probably my fave.

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November 25, 2010: Northern Sky by Nick Drake

This song was nominated to pay tribute to Nick Drake who passed away thirty-six years ago.

Preferred Date: November 25, 2010 (Nick Drake's Death Anniversary)

November 24, 2010: Born to Be Bad by The Runaways

With verses set more like a poem set to music, and segueing to the more musical chorus, it's a standout track from Queens of Noise. The Runaways were far too underrated for their time, but their music will live on forever.

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November 23, 2010: Rainbow in the Dark by Dio

Dio's second single from Holy Diver, it earned its place in heavy metal music as #13 on VH1's list of the forty greatest metal songs. I liked it initially after hearing it the first time, but I got more into it after finding it in Rock Band 3.

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November 22, 2010: Madison Blues by George Thorogood & The Destroyers

Although I really like the song because of the false ending around 3:20, the song as a whole fits George Thorogood's musical style like a glove.

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November 21, 2010: Hamma! by Culcha Candela

It was dealt as summerhit 2007, and it became the summerhit 2007. Listen to the song, relax, and drift with the fresh beats, caribbean flair chords and the whole party sound. Culcha Candela - to be roughly translated as "hot culture" - created a really hot track. Enjoy!

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November 20, 2010: Get Ready for This by 2 Unlimited

I heard this song first in the hilarious youtube movie spoof "Harry Potter und ein Stein" by Coldmirror. Like most trance songs, there are various remixes; I like the USA Remix best, but the song has been covered by Space Jam under the title "Let's Get Ready to Rumble", including the legendary homonymous sentence of Michael Buffer. All in all it's an awesome party track. The audio is the original song, the video is to the USA Remix.

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November 19, 2010: Denkmal by Wir Sind Helden

What do you expect of a song starting with an SMS-message read out by a computer's voice? And what do you need for a great song?
A unique refrain, meaningful lyrics and something to remember. Voilà, here it is: "Denkmal" ("Monument") by Wir Sind Helden. The lyrics provide a lot of space for interpretations, and and you recognize the song by the intro very good.

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November 18, 2010: I Love to Move in Here by Moby

Moby always has been a very special artist amongst DJs in his genre. His songs are not like other techno or trance songs, and he understands the art of creating great music by short samples and catchy beats. Moby is definitely a genius in his profession.

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November 17, 2010: Welcome to the Machine by Pink Floyd

I've never been a big Pink Floyd fan, more because I've never really understood the concept of progressive rock than because they aren't any good, but after hearing this song on the radio, it piqued my interest in the Floyd's music.

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November 16, 2010: Run Through the Jungle by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Released as a double A-side with "Up Around the Bend", it scored Creedence their sixth Top 5 hit. And fifteen years after its release, the song became infamous as the source of the Fogerty v. Fantasy lawsuit in which John Fogerty was sued for plagiarizing himself.

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November 15, 2010: Mistreated by Deep Purple

The longest song on Burn, I discovered the original Deep Purple version through Rainbow's cover on the DVD Live in Munich 1977. It's probably my favorite track from the Mark III lineup after "Burn".

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November 14, 2010: Whole Lotta Rosie by AC/DC

With one of Angus Young's most recognizable head-banging guitar riffs, it's one of only two songs that have appeared on all of AC/DC's official live albums. Based on a real experience of Bon Scott's, the song rocks as hard as ever.

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November 13, 2010: Post Blue by Placebo

This song combinates everything I love about Placebo: deep, poetic lyrics, a voice that sounds authentic and emotionally involved, a melancholic yet not slow or boring sounding melody with lots of drive and an athmosphere that catches your breath. The text is very plastic and figurative, but doesn't really say anything concrete. It uses the "fragmentally associative" which pop-theoreticist Martin Büsser postulated as necassary for a good song. Well done. Thumps up!

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November 12, 2010: Doctor Doctor by UFO

One of UFO's most enduring hits, it was a Top 40 hit in the United Kingdom when released as a live EP in 1979. While it's not my favorite UFO song, I did enjoy it when Michael Schenker played it with his solo band at X Fest last August.

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November 11, 2010: Share the Land by The Guess Who

The title track of The Guess Who's eighth album was the band's sixth Top 10 hit. Burton Cummings belts out the song with deep feeling, and while Kurt Winter was no Randy Bachman, he was a worthy successor.

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November 10, 2010: Incense and Peppermints by Strawberry Alarm Clock

One of the quintessential acid rock songs of 1967, it scored the Strawberry Alarm Clock a #1 hit for one week. I think most people nowadays recognize it its use in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.

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November 09, 2010: Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire

After finding this song on the compilation Spirit of the 60's, I recognize it, but I don't know why. But it's a great protest song, with its Dylanesque harmonica, McGuire's gravelly voice, and the rhyming verses.

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November 08, 2010: Blinding by Florence + The Machine

I came across this song about two weeks ago and have been hooked ever since. Every time I listen to it I find something new in it. I didn't like their so-called smash hit Kiss With A Fist, but listening to Blinding, you really get the hype around Florence + The Machine.

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November 07, 2010: Gloria by Them

Written by Van Morrison when he was barely 18, it soon became a staple of the burgeoning garage rock scene in Europe. With its simple chord progression, it's an easy song for a beginning guitarist to learn.

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November 03, 2010: Save The Best For Last by Vanessa Williams

This song was nominated to pay tribute to my favorite NFL player of all time, Joe Montana. It was played the video tape "ABC's Monday Night Football 25th Anniversary". It was remixed when Vanessa talks about Montana. By the end of the clip, Vanessa says, "You're still the greatest, Joe." It wasn't the only reason I chose it as my favorite Vanessa Williams song. It was also because it peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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November 02, 2010: Hey, Soul Sister by Train

The first time I heard Train, they played Drops of Jupiter and I didn't like it because it had the strings and I didn't like the group for many years. Everything changed several months ago when "Hey, Soul Sister" had a great tune and it didn't have strings and it's in the key of E. More surprisingly, this song charted higher than "Drops of Jupiter" by peaking at Number 3 in 2010.

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November 01, 2010: Only Girl (In The World) by Rihanna

This song has some really nice beats to it. It makes you want to dance no matter what mood your in. As the lead single for Rihanna's new album Loud (set to release on November 12, 2010), we can expect great things from her newest album.

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