33 Songs



My Life in 33 Songs is an on-going project of personal essays and reflections, each concerning a specific time in my life using a song as a framing device.  These aren’t necessarily songs I love, but rather songs that represent a moment in time. For instance, I don’t particularly like Motley Crue, but I always associate “Shout at the Devil” with my time in college and it always reminds me of my friends there.  Rankings are in order of the event, no the song. Otherwise, “Got My Mojo Working” would be a lot higher.

33. “Three Little Birds”  – Bob Marley (Or How I Survived French Class)

32. “Poker Face” – Lady Gaga (My Not So Secret Pleasure)

31. “The Queen Is Dead” – The Smiths (A Childhood Favorite)

30.  “Sweet Soul Music:” – Arthur Conley (Soul Music 101)

29. “Stairway to Heaven” – Led Zeppelin (The Song that Changed My Musical Perspective)

28. “Shit Towne” – Live (Or How I Viewed My Hometown As a Kid)

27. “Shout at the Devil” – Motley Crue (Or When Drinking Might Make Any Song Sound Good)

26. “Buddy Holly” – Weezer (Or What Happens When You’re Stuck in an English Maternity Ward at 13)

25. “Sail” – Awolnation (Or The Simple Joys of Being Married)

24. “Chop Suey!” – System of a Down (Or Attending Ooziest When You Don’t Like Metal)

23. “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (Or My Obsession with Jukeboxes)

22. “Sweet Jane” – The Velvet Underground (Or Traveling 4 Hours to See Lou Reed)

21. “Got My Mojo Working” – Muddy Waters (Or Skipping Church to Listen to the Blues)

20. “Master of Puppets” – Metallica (Or How I Got Kicked Off Napster)

19. “Californication” – Red Hot Chili Peppers (My First Summer Job)

18. “Seven Nation Army” – The White Stripes (Or Bonding with My Father at Ravens Game)

17. “Sunnyside of the Street” – The Pogues 

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