Selective Listening is a a blog about music for those who hear only what they want to hear anyway.
“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music” — Sergei Rachmaninoff
When it comes down to it, we all have a few songs or pieces that we would gladly listen to every single day for the rest of our lives, as well as songs and even genres of music that we could care to do without. There is enough music out there that we can each have our own favorite song, so we don’t really need the other stuff we don’t care about.
Some of us on the other hand, yearn for that new sound… New music that we haven’t heard before. Maybe we are in search of that one perfect song that captures everything we ever loved about music. One of the reasons for this list is to collect songs that remind us of why we love music so much.
Music that is complex… Music that is simple… Music that motivates… Music that helps us relax… Music that rocks… Music that doesn’t apologize… Music that is honest and pure… Music that is personal… Music that moves us… Music that defines us… Music that changed everything we thought we knew about what music is.
We strive to collect a wide variety of music and musicians on this list and even rare or little-known recordings or pieces of music that we would highly recommend to anyone.This list is some of our very favorite pieces of music by some of our very favorite musicians. While we don’t want to discriminate against any single musician or type of music, we realize how absurd it would be to try as we ourselves only listen to music that we enjoy. That is why we need your help.
If you have a song or piece of music that you believe in your heart of hearts that everyone in the world should hear before they die, then we invite you to leave it in a comment and we will gladly add it to our list. So far this list is only what the writers here at Selective Listening have suggested. We encourage you to suggest songs that are played/performed/written by other artists and composers than the ones already here, but if you were to suggest something by an artist already on this list, that’s okay. We will put it up here anyway.
We would like this to be as much about our ‘listeners’ as it is about us! Thank you for reading!
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Redemption Song – Bob Marley
2112 – Rush
This Ain’t a Surfin’ Movie – Minus the Bear
Variation IX (Adagio) “Nimrod” (from Enigma Variations) – Edward Elgar
Here’s to Life – Streetlight Manifesto
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 – Ludwig van Beethoven
Bohemain Rhapsody – Queen
Carmina Burana – Carl Orff
Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
Learning to Fly – Pink Floyd
Bite to Break Skin – Senses Fail
May the Force be With You – John Williams
A Shipwreck in the Sand – Silverstein
Double Vision Quest – Minus the Bear
Rhapsody in Blue – George Gershwin
Thanks for the Killer Game of Crisco Twister – Minus the Bear
The Lark Ascending – Vaughan Williams
Requiem in D minor – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No.9 – Ludwig van Beethoven
Adam’s Song – Blink 182
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – Jimi Hendrix
Jealous Guy – John Lennon
Long Distance Runaround – Yes
Requiem for a Tower – Clint Mansell
Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith
The Planets Op. 32 – Gustav Holst
Terrapin Station – The Grateful Dead
Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral – Richard Wagner
99 Luftballons – Nena
Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes
Fanfare for the Common Man – Aaron Copland
You Know You’re Right – Nirvana
For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) – AC/DC
Adagio for Strings – Samuel Barber
My Brain is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg) – Ramones
Sunshine of Your Love – Cream
Le Quattro Stagioni – Antonio Vivaldi
Ballrooms of Mars – T. Rex
Money for Nothing – Dire Straits
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor – Johann Sebastian Bach
Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta – Geto Boys
Requiem Dies Irae – Giuseppe Verdi
Paper Planes – M.I.A.
One More Time – Daft Punk
Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
Blood on the Dancefloor – Dating Delilah
Best of You – Foo Fighters
Mabel’s Fatal Fable – Jason Becker
Through Fire and Flames – Dragonforce
Touched – VAST
Is It Me? Is It True? – Midtown
Empty – Click Five
Hurt – Nine Inch Nails
The Man Who Sold the World – David Bowie
The End – The Doors
Just Like a Woman – Bob Dylan