Top Five F-bombs in Popular Music

Let’s be clear: there are a lot of F-bombs in popular music. But not so many that they become meaningless. Just so there’s no confusion, an F-bomb is a use of the word “fuck”. I’m not a subject matter expert by any means, but I do love a good F-bomb. Here are my five favorites (that I’ve encountered thus far).

There is also an honorable mention, a song that came so close to making the list that I felt it should be included for reference purposes. It’s not in the top five, but it’s sooo close, and it’s a classic.

Incidentally, I’ve listened through all these clips to make sure that the F-bombs aren’t censored. In some cases, I had to hunt around a bit to find an unsullied presentation.

“Cover Me” by Candlebox

“One Night In Copenhagen” by the Tragically Hip

“Nugget” by Cake

“Kitty” by the Presidents of the United States of America

“N.F.A.” by the Special Goodness

Honorable mention: “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine

Top 5 Snare Hit Songs

A well-recorded snare hit is a special thing. Cha! It’s dramatic and exciting. I love a good snare hit. I always pay attention to the snare drum in any song I hear. Is it well-recorded? What kind of shit did they do to the sound during production? Does it pop out of the mix enough, but not too much? What kind of statement does the artist’s choices for the snare drum make? That was a terrible sentence. I know I can do better than that. I’m really tired right now, is all. It’s like 1:17am. Anyway, the choices you make for instrumentation and recording obviously have an impact on the overall piece. Each choice made in production is a statement, right? So what kind of statement does the snare make? Hm. I don’t know that my second attempt was much better. I’ll leave it.

I like snare hits that are big but not too big. I like distinctive snare sounds you don’t hear everywhere, but they don’t always have to be distinctive. I like when it’s got some complexity, but it doesn’t always have to be a complex sound. Enough yapping. Here are my top five snare hit songs.

“It’s All Understood” by Jack Johnson

“Magical Mystery Tour” by the Beatles

“Low” by Cracker

“Heart and Soul” by T’Pau

“Bubble Toes” by Jack Johnson

Top Five Uses of the Harmonica

I’m doing a Top Five harmonica solos list. I’ve got six candidates. I’m sitting there for minutes trying to decide what to strip, and then it hit me: this isn’t any fucking fun at all. That might be it for my Top Five series. It had one post. Top Five songs about cats. That was a case where I sat down and made a list of the first five “good enough” songs about cats that I could come up with off the top of my head. So I was building a list, rather than stripping one down. I’ve been working on this harmonica solos list for at least a month now. (I mean, not constantly. Here and there.) But that’s exactly the wrong approach, it seems. The problem creeped in when I Googled it yesterday, or whenever it was. Gave me too many candidates. If I can just strip out the one I found on Google, that gives me five. A list which is my top five. Not Google’s. I’m not saying these are the five best. I’m saying these are the first five that come to mind. Maybe I should change the category to First Five? Nah, Top Five sounds better. Besides, in a very real way, the first five are the top five.

So here they are.

What Would You Say – Dave Matthews Band –
Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness) – Donovan –
Bring It On Home – Led Zeppelin –
Nobody’s Fault But Mine – Led Zeppelin –
Times Of Trouble – Temple Of The Dog –

Top Five Songs About Cats

Top five songs about cats.

“My Cat’s Name is Maceo” by Jane’s Addiction.
“Cleopatra’s Cat” by Spin Doctors.
“Stray Cat Strut” by Stray Cats.
“Ev’rybody Wants to be a Cat” from Disney’s The Aristocats.
“Kitty” by The Presidents of the United States of America.

Thoughts? What are your favorite songs about cats?