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I've been mulling this over for some time. There are a few songs, when I put them on, that make me say to myself, "now this could be on my top five list." So here it is. A list of my all-time favorite songs. (Note: they do not align exactly with my favorite artists. For example, I believe Sam Cooke to be the greatest male voice of all time, but none of his songs are on this list - although a live version of "Bring It On Home To Me" was a contender.) There are lots of other songs I like, some, I listen to more than the ones to follow. But these are the ones I sing in the shower and/or completely melt over. Ella Fitzgerald - Sophisticated Lady Ella is my favorite female artist. She was effortlessly cool and could handle anything Cole Porter threw at her. The instrumentation for this song was laid by Duke Ellington, and turned into a sad love song by Parish and Mills. The horns, coupled with Ella's deep delivery make this my favorite song of all time. Then, with disillusion deep in your eyes You learned that fools in love soon grow wise The Stylistics - People Make the World Go 'Round I can't even explain my love for this song. It might be Russell Thompkins vocals, or the sentimentality expressed in the song (did I ever mention what a sap I am?). But this song puts me at complete ease. Go underground, young man People make the world go round The Roots - The Seed This is the newest song on the list, but ironically, I got into The Roots pretty late. Phrenology came out in 2002, and I probably didn't really listen to it until 2004, after I fell in love with The Tipping Point. But this song, with the heavy drumbeat, the vocal, Thought's flow, got me. Knocked up nine months ago And what she finna' have she don' know She want neo-soul cuz hip-hop is old She don't want no rock and roll Dave Matthews Band - The Warehouse Davespeak is fairly unintelligible, and the lyrics themselves are pretty vague, but this is still one of my favorite songs. It's visceral. Judy Garland - Stormy Weather The live version of this song, performed at the Carnegie Hall gets me all kinds of worked up. This song has the perfect build from warbling and tentative to vibrant and heartbreaking. When Judy pauses for breath after "this pitterin' patterin' beatin' and splatterin' drives me mad," then belts out ... "LOVE, love, LOVE, love..." I usually start to feel tears prick my eyes. And once she hits her stride with "can't go ooooooooon, everything I had is gone," it's pretty much a wrap for me. But, hey have you heard Cassie's new single? T-H-I-R-S-T-Y. It sounds like it's sure to become a classic.

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