TYA_REMUS_spine_Layout 1I was asked for a playlist of music that was influential in the growth of my musical interests. That was a daunting request–how could I narrow down years of music listening to one play list? There was so much that I wanted to share, but there was no way to put it into one list. What should I include? Or exclude? After much thought, I decided that a reasonable approach was to select particular musicians, and include a couple of songs from each–so if the songs resonated, they could provide the first step of a musical path to follow.

Below is the list–if you have comments, please let me know! (Based on how iTunes works, artists are sorted by first name. Thus, for example, Elton John is in the E’s and not the J’s. Also, classical music is not sorted and arranged as intuitively as popular music.)

Shown is the cover of The Yes Album, by Yes, which includes two of my all-time favorite songs: The Clap, in which Steve Howe sounds like he has six hands with which to play his guitar, and Starship Trooper, which I still enjoy at high volume.

Some additions have been suggested, and are shown at the bottom of the list. What do you think of the list? Let me know!

Title Artist
I’m Not In Love 10cc
Bad Company Bad Company
Fanny (Be Tender with My Love) Bee Gees
Nights on Broadway Bee Gees
Theme From Rocky Bill Conti
Lean on Me Bill Withers
Mony Mony Billy Idol
Piano Man Billy Joel
The Entertainer Billy Joel
Outa-Space Billy Preston
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper Blue Öyster Cult
Rawhide (Theme) Blues Brothers
Jamming Bob Marley & The Wailers
Like a Rock Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Ebony Eyes Bob Welch
Sentimental Lady Bob Welch
Beyond The Sea Bobby Darin
Mack The Knife Bobby Darin
More Than A Feeling Boston
What Can I Say Boz Scaggs
What Do You Want The Girl To Do? Boz Scaggs
Diary Bread
Anticipation Carly Simon
The Right Thing To Do Carly Simon
You’re So Vain Carly Simon
I Feel The Earth Move Carole King
You’ve Got A Friend Carole King
Moonshadow Cat Stevens
Morning Has Broken Cat Stevens
Surrender (Live) Cheap Trick
Feels So Good Chuck Mangione
Have You Ever Seen The Rain Creedence Clearwater Revival
Who’ll Stop The Rain Creedence Clearwater Revival
Southern Cross Crosby, Stills & Nash
Wasted On the Way Crosby, Stills & Nash
Teach Your Children Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Girls Just Want To Have Fun Cyndi Lauper
She’s Gone Daryl Hall & John Oates
You Never Even Called Me By My Name David Allan Coe
Space Oddity (1999 Remaster) David Bowie
Debussy: Suite Bergamasque, L 75 – Clair De Lune Debussy: Suite Bergamasque, Estampes
Debussy: Suite Bergamasque, L 75 – Prélude Debussy: Suite Bergamasque, Estampes
Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) Deodato
Working In a Coal Mine Devo
Sultans of Swing Dire Straits
American Pie Don McLean
Vincent Don McLean
Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) Don McLean
Cover of the Rolling Stone Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
September Earth Wind & Fire
Mr. Blue Sky Electric Light Orchestra
Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me Elton John
Emily Elton John
Philadelphia Freedom Elton John
Someone Saved My Life Tonight Elton John
Tiny Dancer Elton John
Fanfare for the Common Man Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Lucky Man Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Change the World Eric Clapton
Layla Eric Clapton
Layla Eric Clapton
Me and Bobby D Everything But The Girl
Hocus Pocus Focus
Summer Wind Frank Sinatra
Theme From New York, New York Frank Sinatra
Handel Music For The Royal Fireworks 4 La Réjouissance Frederick Fennell And The Cleveland Symphonic Winds
Two Little Boys Gamble Rogers
Friends In Low Places Garth Brooks
This Diamond Ring Gary Lewis & the Playboys
Burning Rope Genesis
Home By the Sea Genesis
Squonk Genesis
Here Comes the Sun George Harrison
My Sweet Lord George Harrison
What Is Life George Harrison
Chopin: Waltz #6 In D Flat, Op. 64/1, “Minute” Géza Anda
Gentle On My Mind Glen Campbell
Radar Love Golden Earring
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald Gordon Lightfoot
Small Town Saturday Night Hal Ketchum
Rich Girl Hall & Oates
Axel F Theme Harold Faltermeyer
Cat’s in the Cradle Harry Chapin
Simone Henry Gross
Holst: The Planets – 1. Mars, The Bringer Of War Herbert Von Karajan; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Holst: The Planets – 4. Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jollity Herbert Von Karajan; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Arabesque No. 1 Isao Tomita
Suite Bergamasque: Clair de Lune, No. 3 Isao Tomita
The Load-Out / Stay Jackson Browne
2. Largo James Levine; Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Carolina In My Mind James Taylor
Fire and Rain James Taylor
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) James Taylor
Miami Vice Theme Jan Hammer
Imaginary Voyage Part III Jean-Luc Ponty
You Know What I Mean Jeff Beck
White Rabbit Jefferson Airplane
Too Old to Rock ‘N’ Roll: Too Young to Die Jethro Tull
I Got A Name Jim Croce
Operator (That’s Not The Way It Feels) Jim Croce
Boat Drinks Jimmy Buffett
Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes Jimmy Buffett
Life Is Just a Tire Swing Jimmy Buffett
Love and Luck (1992 Box Set Version) Jimmy Buffett
Margaritaville Jimmy Buffett
Mexico Jimmy Buffett
One Particular Harbour Jimmy Buffett
School Boy Heart Jimmy Buffett
The Captain and the Kid Jimmy Buffett
When the Coast Is Clear Jimmy Buffett
I Can See Clearly Now Jimmy Cliff
Sunshine In The Music Jimmy Cliff
Touch John Klemmer
#9 Dream John Lennon
Music John Miles
A Boy Named Sue (Live) Johnny Cash
Secret Agent Man Johnny Rivers
Court And Spark Joni Mitchell
Raised On Robbery Joni Mitchell
Twisted Joni Mitchell
Queen Of Hearts Juice Newton
Keep The Change Kayak
Country Keith Jarrett
When You Say Nothing At All Keith Whitley
Autobahn Kraftwerk
Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin
What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am?) Lee Roy Parnell
Copland: Appalachian Spring Leonard Bernstein: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
I Dreamed A Dream Les Misérables Original Broadway Cast
Heat Wave Linda Ronstadt
Just One Look Linda Ronstadt
Watching The River Run Loggins & Messina
Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) Looking Glass
La Bamba Los Lobos
Love’s Theme Love Unlimited Orchestra
Free Bird (Live) Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd
La Isla Bonita Madonna
Someday, Someway Marshall Crenshaw
Dancing In The Street Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
I Heard It Through The Grapevine Marvin Gaye
The Entertainer Marvin Hamlisch
Classical Gas Mason Williams
Satie: 3 Gymnopédies – 1. Lent Et Douloureux Michel Legrand
Tubular Bells (From “The Exorcist”) Mike Oldfield
Theme from Hill Street Blues Mike Post feat. Larry Carlton
Argument Clinic Monty Python
Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat K.495 – Rondo (Allegro vivace) Mozart
Mozart – Violin Sonatas, K526 III Presto Mozart
Piano Sonata No. 8 In A Minor I. Allegro  Maestoso K310 Mozart
Symphony No. 40 In G Minor I. Allegro K550 Mozart
I’ll Make a Man Out of You Mulan
Promenade – Gnomus Mussorgsky Pictures At An Exhibition
Heart Of Gold Neil Young
99 Luftballoons Nena
Still the One Orleans
L’Impossible Oscar Peterson
(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding
Shake The Sugar Tree Pam Tillis
Crazy Patsy Cline
Band On The Run Paul McCartney & Wings
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey Paul McCartney & Wings
Dig Another Well Paul Overstreet
Love Helps Those Paul Overstreet
Icarus Paul Winter
Let My Love Open the Door Pete Townshend
Baby, I Love Your Way Peter Frampton
Something’s Happening Peter Frampton
Sledgehammer Peter Gabriel
Easy Lover Phil Collins
Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd
Money Pink Floyd
Rose Of Cimarron Poco
Killer Queen Queen
(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville R.E.M.
Radio Free Europe (Original Hib-Tone Single) R.E.M.
It’s The Money That Matters Randy Newman
Heroes And Friends Randy Travis
Bless the Broken Road Rascal Flatts
Carpet of the Sun Renaissance
Climb Ev’ry Mountain Rodgers & Hammerstein
Stairway To Heaven Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Theme from Somewhere in Time Roger Williams
Concerto Barocco (Haydn, Boccherini, Händel) Rondo Veneziano
Flauto Magico (Part II) (Die Zauberflöte) Rondo Veneziano
Serenata (Part II) Rondo Veneziano
Any Day Now Ronnie Milsap
More Than This Roxy Music
She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful Sammy Kershaw
Europa (Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile) Santana
Smooth Santana / Rob Thomas
Hummingbird Seals & Crofts
We May Never Pass This Way (Again) Seals & Crofts
L’ARLESIENNE SUITE #1 Prelude Segovia Guitar Quartet
Any Man Of Mine Shania Twain
Morning Train (Nine To Five) Sheena Easton
America Simon & Garfunkel
Cast Your Fate to the Wind Sounds Orchestral
I Got You Split Enz
Morning Dance Spyro Gyra
Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) Squeeze
Charlie Freak Steely Dan
Reelin’ in the Years Steely Dan
Rikki Don’t Lose That Number Steely Dan
Pennants Steve Howe
Higher Love Steve Winwood
Fly Like an Eagle Steven Miller
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours Stevie Wonder
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life Stevie Wonder
Give a Little Bit Supertramp
It’s Raining Again Supertramp
Classical Gas Synergy
And She Was Talking Heads
Wild Wild Life (Extended Mix Talking Heads
Amazing Grace The Bagpipes & Drums of Scotland
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down The Band
Good Vibrations The Beach Boys
Kokomo The Beach Boys
All You Need Is Love The Beatles
Here Comes The Sun The Beatles
Yellow Submarine The Beatles
I Fought the Law The Bobby Fuller Four
Bye Bye Love The Cars
Just What I Needed The Cars
China Grove The Doobie Brothers
Listen To The Music The Doobie Brothers
Break On Through The Doors
Peaceful Easy Feeling The Eagles
Take It Easy The Eagles
Frankenstein The Edgar Winter Group
December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) The Four Seasons
Vacation The Go-Go’s
ABC The Jackson 5
Everybody Plays the Fool The Main Ingredient
Last Train To Clarksville The Monkees
Nights In White Satin The Moody Blues
Amazing Grace The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
An American Dream The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Fishin’ In The Dark The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Ripplin’ Waters The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Will The Circle Be Unbroken The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Ants Marching/Ode To Joy The Piano Guys
Charlie Brown Medley The Piano Guys
Summer Jam The Piano Guys
Jump (For My Love) The Pointer Sisters
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic The Police
Jumpin’ Jack Flash The Rolling Stones
You Can’t Always Get What You Want The Rolling Stones
My Ever Changing Moods [12″ Version] The Style Council
Wipe Out The Surfaris
Por Una Cabeza The Tango Project
What Do You Want from Life? The Tubes
Hawaii Five-0 The Ventures
Tequila The Ventures
Baba O’Riley The Who
I Can See For Miles The Who
Overture / It’s A Boy The Who
Won’t Get Fooled Again The Who
Mickey Toni Basil
Bare Necessities Tony Joe White
99 Toto
Rosanna Toto
End Of The Line Traveling Wilburys
We Are The Boys From Old Florida. University Of Florida Bands
So Long Ago, so Clear Vangelis & Jon & Vangelis
Alma-Ville [Album Version] Vince Guaraldi Trio
Cast Your Fate To The Wind Vince Guaraldi Trio
Lawyers, Guns, and Money Warren Zevon
Going Back to Big Mamou Wayne Toups & Zydecajun
Sweet Joline Wayne Toups & Zydecajun
Tupelo Honey Wayne Toups & Zydecajun
Island in the Sun Weezer
By the Beautiful Blue Danube, Waltz, opus 314 Willi Boskovsky; Vienna Philharmonic
Fireproof! French Polka, opus 269 Willi Boskovsky; Vienna Philharmonic
On the Road Again Willie Nelson
Oh Yeah! Yello
America [Edit] Yes
I’ve Seen All Good People: Your Move Yes
Owner of a Lonely Heart Yes
Starship Trooper: Life Seeker/Disillusion/Würm Yes
The Clap Yes
Bach (JS): Cello Suite #1 In G, S 1007 – 1. Prelude Yo-Yo Ma
Fox on the Run Sweet
Mainstreet Bob Seger
Against the Wind Bob Seger
Freeze Frame J. Geils Band
Centerfold J. Geils Band
Woman from Tokyo Deep Purple
Smoke on the Water Deep Purple
Comfortably Numb Roger Waters & Eddie Vedder
Little Lies Fleetwood Mac
Say You Love Me Fleetwood Mac
Go Your Own Way Fleetwood Mac
The Chain Fleetwood Mac
Monday Morning Fleetwood Mac
Reminiscing Little River Band
Love is the Drug Roxy Music
Rock Lobster B-52’s
Back on the Chain Gang The Pretenders
Southern Cross Jimmy Buffett
Peer Gynt Suite #1 Grieg

Conspicuous by its absence, is anything by Beethoven. I am looking for bite sized portions from his works to introduce.