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165 and counting!

[I talk vinyl over at, of course, I Have That on Vinyl] -------------- I have made it up to 165 songs. I have set the goal of 500 for myself and, by jeebus, I am going to get there if it kills me. And I will do it without resorting to Stairway to Heaven or Seasons in the Sun. This is a personal mission now. I don't care if anyone/no one ever reads this list. I tend to get obsessive about certain things (like you didn't know that already) and this is going to be one of them. Surely, knowing me as well as you do, there must be some songs you could suggest I would put on my list? Have I bored you all to tears with this yet? Sorry. But it's all I got right now, anyhow.

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Please include at least one Led Zeppelin song. Consider Ramble On, it's one of my favorites.

There is one there. Number 14.

Rush - Tom Sawyer

Faith No More - Midlife Crisis

Mother Love Bone - Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns

I hung my head. Johnny Cash.

Cum on Feel the Noize. Quiet Riot.

Wrestling Midgets by Fattest Boy Scout.

Runaway by Bon Jovi.

These are easy ones.

Gotta go with
Doors - The End
Animals - House Rising Sun
Meatloaf - Paradise by the dashboard lights
From RHPS - Time Warp
Benatar - Hell is for Children
Pink Floyd - Great Gig in the Sky (the 2 voices version)
Boomtown Rats - I dont like Mondays
Lou Reed - Sweet Jane

Ok so Im same era as you are.

Perhaps ....

G&R - Sweet Child o' Mine or Welcome to the Jungle
Aerosmith - Dream On or Last Child
Badly Drawn Boy - Everybody's Stalking
Bau Hau - Bela Legosi's Dead
Beatiful Creatures - 1 a.m.
B.O.C. - Don't Fear the Reaper or E.T.I.
Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus
Disturbed - Remember
Eagles - Hotel California (I don't care what people say about them, it's a good song).
Fleetwood Mac - Goldust Woman or The Chain or Go Your Own Way
Garbage - Super Vixen or Stupid Girl
Golden Earring - Twighlight Zone or Radar Love
Jet - Cold Hard Bitch
Judas Priest - Victim of Changes
Linkin Park - Numb
Meatloaf - Bat Out of Hell
Megadeth - Symphony of Destruction
Nickelback - Figured You Out (JUST kidding)
Nirvana - Come as You Are
Oleander - Why I'm Here
Our Lady Peace - Superman's Dead
Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
Peter Murphy - All Night Long
Q.O.T.S.A. - No One Knows
Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime
Rainbow - Gates of Babylon or Light in the Black
Romantics - What I Like About You
Seven Mary Three - Cumbersome
Shriekback - Nemesis
Sisters of Mercy - Dominion or This Corrosion
Skid Row - Slave to the Grind
Snow Patrol - Spitting Games
Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
Soundgarden - (insert favorite depressing song)
The Cult - Rise
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - The Impression That I Get
The Police - Synchronicity II
Tonic - If You Could Only See

Some bands you might have overlooked if nothing else.

Well, I don't see any Pixies, so you could include Monkey Gone to Heaven or Wave of Mutilation. An'd I'd argue you selected neither the best Metallica sonf nor the best Maiden song, so you have the chance to rectify that. Just no Metallica post-1988 please. The greatest song of all time, of course, is "Debbie Gibson is Pregnant With My Two-Headed Love Child."

Love some of the choices.
Snicker at many of the choices.
Got one question for Michele:
#54 -- Brining on the Heartbreak came out on High n' Dry and was real and spectacular. After that album the Def boys got wimpy and took the mellow metal route to fame and fortune, doing a dull version of the song without the power. Which version are you referring to?

A smattering of my eclectic picks are:

Jethro Tull -- Locomotive Breath
TSOL -- Code Blue
Blue Cheer -- Paint it Black (not the stones)
Bangles -- If she knew what she wants
Cat Stevens -- Oh very young
Motorhead -- We are the Road Crew
Dead Kennedys -- Winnebago Warrior
Buddy Holly -- Not Fade Away
Black Sabbath -- Johnny Blade
Divinyls -- Science Fiction
Rick Springfield -- Jessie's Girl
AC/DC -- hells bells
Nazareth -- Miss Misery
Ramones -- 7-11

Needless to say I could pick 10-50 more songs from some of the above artists, but that appears to be wrong. If I had to come up with 500 different artists that would be very tricky.

I have all of the above on vinyl except for rick springfield.

The Nazz: Open My Eyes

Ben Folds: Army or The Ascent of Stan or Steven's Last Night in Town

The Flaming Lips: She Don't Use Jelly
(guilty pleasure)

Radiohead: Paranoid Android

although my alt rock tastes don't fit into your rock i guess.

Oh and almost forgot it, Superman's Dead by OLP; that song is great to sing along with.

Lynyrd Skynyrd -- FREEBIRD!!!

Dick Dale's Miserlou

Collective Soul -- Heavy
Collective Soul -- She Said
Collective Soul -- Energy
Collective Soul -- Why, Part 2
Collective Soul -- The World I Know
Collective Soul -- Next Homecoming
Collective Soul -- Listen
Collective Soul -- December

More of mine:

troggs -- love is all around me
zombies -- time of the season
who -- I can't explain
zztop -- Bar-b-q
van halen -- everybody wants some
saxon -- 747
u2 -- new years day
weird al -- I'll be mellow when I'm dead
kansas -- Carry On Wayward Son [Live] Lyrics
two for the show
aerosmith -- mama kin
jethro tull -- thick as a brick (album length song. bonus points.)
warren zevon -- excitable boy
deep purple -- highway star
x -- sugarlight
moody blues -- Are You Sitting Comfortably
monkees -- gonna buy me A dog
sicilian vespers -- baccala (way obscure group)
boston -- foreplay/long time

Lucy Show-Sad September
XTC-No Thugs in Our House
Supergrass-Alright
Pulp-Common People, Just a Friend
Clash-Card Cheat, Train in Vain
Pete Townshend-Slit Skirts
Krokus-Screaming in the Night
Judas Priest-The Trooper
Ministry-Stigmata
Smiths-London
Pretenders-Tattooed Love Boys
Cult-She Sells Sanctuary
INXS-Don't Change
Cramps-Human Fly
Butthole Surfers-Moving to Florida
D.I.-I Like Guns
Supergrass-Cheapskate

ben folds - fred jones, part 2.
nina simone - mississippi goddam
liz phair - divorce song
sonic youth - exressway to yr. skull
pj harvey - working for the man

I Need You - The Kinks
Quick Joey Small - Kasenetz-Katz Orchestra
Strychnine - Sonics
Have Love Will Travel - Sonics
Tobacco Road - Paul Revere & the Raiders
Highway Patrol -- Red Simpson (and/or cover by Junior Brown)
Watusi - Orlons
Ball & Chain - Social Distortion
Go Little Camaro Go - Ramones
Ring of Fire -- Johnny Cash
Mountain High -- Dick & Dee Dee
Hippy Hippy Shake -- Swingin' Blue Jeans
Madison Time - Ray Bryant Combo
Hava Nagila - Dick Dale & the Del-Tones
Pushin' Too Hard -- Seeds
Pop-A-Top -- Jim Ed Brown
KRLA King of the Wheels - Bobby Fuller Four
Hocus Pocus -- Focus
You're Gonna Miss Me - 13th Floor Elevators
Love is Strange - Mickey & Sylvia
Wildman -- The Tamrons
Liar Liar -- The Castaways
Kick Out The Jams -- (MC5, but I prefer The Monomen's cover)

Michelle, the best drinking song ever!

DEAR DOCTOR
(M. Jagger/K. Richards)

Oh help me, please doctor, I'm damaged
There's a pain where there once was a heart
It's sleepin, it's a beatin'
Can't ya please tear it out, and preserve it
Right there in that jar?

well now I can't stop.

blue angel -- just the other day
blondie -- Accidents never happen
Cindy Lauper -- When You Were Mine
38 special -- robin hood (no lyrics, tho)
led zep -- communication breakdown
Girlschool -- Yeah, right
rock goddess -- heartache
heart -- dog and butterfly
seals and croft -- hummingbird
fleetwood mac -- dreams
styx -- Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
the archies -- bang shang a lang
abba -- Chiquitita
dell vikings -- whispering bells
Johnny Cash -- a boy named sue
beach boys -- catch a wave
peter and gordon -- knight in rusty armour
bobby darin -- if I were a carpenter
bay city rollers -- saturday night

horslips -- summers most wanted girl
jimi hendrix -- dolly dagger
ozzy -- I don't know

going through my 750 albums in my head now
and can't stop. thanks, thanks a lot.

The Audience is Listening - Steve Vai
Surfing with the Alien - Joe Satriani
Crushing Day - Joe Satriani
Watermelon in Easter Hay - Frank Zappa
Cosmic Debris - Frank Zappa

Pervert Nurse - D.I.
Richard Hung Himself - D.I.
Kids of the Black Hole - Adolescents
She Wolf - Adolescents
Dead End - Dead Kennedys
Stuart - Dead Milkmen
You Should Never Have Opened That Door - Ramones
Wart Hog - Ramones
Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight - Rezillos
Symptom of the Universe - Black Sabbath
Spiral Architect - Black Sabbath
The Ballad of Jerry Curlan - Angry Samoans
French People Suck - The Meatmen
Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson
Paint it Black - Rolling Stones
Green Onions - Booker T and the MGs
Spooky - Dusty Springfield (her version is best!)
Down Home Girl - The Coasters
Baby Love - The Supremes
Rock this Town - Stray Cats
Bad Reputation - The Reverend Horton Heat
Faster Pussycat - The Cramps

Enough for you? :)

Love that you've got Kermie on there. :)

And mostly becaue I love Highlander... Queen's - Princes of the Universe.

I second the nomination of Rush for Tom Sawyer.

A few other other modest suggestions:

Roxy Music - Avalon (almost for the end vocals alone - sexiest thing I have ever heard in a song)
Knots & Crosses - Creatures of Habit
The Cult - Fire Woman
Stevie Ray Vaughn - Little Sister
R.E.M. - Electrolite

Where's the love for Jodie Foster's Army, Ian?

And DI's "Pervert Nurse" rules. It's on my vasectomy soundtrack with "Operation" by the Circle Jerks.

Rev. Heat-Bales of Cocaine (a great singalong)
Kinks-Dedicated Follower of Fashion, You Really Got Me, Victoria (like the Fall's version, too)
Fall-No Bulbs, Cruiser's Creek
Jane's Addiction-Slip Away
Wall of Voodoo-Mexican Radio
Ultra Vivid Scene-Mercy Seat (not a cover)
Dukes of Stratosphear-25 O'clock
Dire Straits-Skateaway (it rules, it sucks, it draws you in with corn)

Some more ideas ... mostly older stuff from the days when "digital" referred to finger usage:

Tori Amos - God
Edgar Winter - Frankenstein
Peter Frampton - Feel Like I Do
Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Boston - More Than a Feeling
Cinderella - Nobody's Fool
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Stop
Prime STH - Underneath the Surface
Ra - Do You Call My Name
Silverchair - Tomorrow
Travis - Flowers in the Window
Type-O Negative - Nettie or The Dream is Dead
Zebra - Tell Me What You Want or Who's Behind the Door
Living Colour - Cult of Personality
Portishead - Only You
Cowboy Junkies - Common Disaster
Peter Gabriel - Salisbury Hill
Prince - Purple Rain
Triumph - Rock and Roll Machine
The Replacements - I'll Be You (eh, maybe not)
Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party
Information Society - What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)
Tesla - Modern Day Cowboy
Dio - Holy Diver or Rainbow in the Dark
The Mission - Tower of Strength
Love & Rockets - No New Tale
System of a Down - Aerials
Gary Wright - Dream Weaver (yes, I said it)
Falco - Amadeus (yeah, I said that too)
Abba - S.O.S. (off the cliff we go, weeee)
Dimmu Borgir - Lucifer Ate Mother's Entrails (okay, I made that one up. I just thought demonic gruntcore should be represented after mentioning Abba).

How 'bout a one hit wonder:

Golden Earring - Radar Love

(I don't listen to rock any more... come to the dark side, Michele, C&W is calling)

Missing Persons ~ Destination UnKnown

LA Guns ~ Over the Edge
LA Guns ~ It's over now

Scorpions ~ The Zoo
Scorpions ~ Holiday

Montgomery Gentry - Hell Yeah

Paul McCartney & wings - Venus and Mars Rock Show

Rolling Stones - Waiting on a Friend

The Runaways - Cherry Bomb

Zodiac Mindwarp - Prime Mover

Slaughter - Fly To The Angels

AND Etta James - At Last My Love has Come Along

Some of my fav's :)

Here's some choice cuts from my collection:

311 - Hive
ACDC - Whole Lotta Rosie
Ace - How Long Has This Been Going On
Aerosmith - Rats in the Cellar
Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Alice Cooper - I'm Eighteen
Allman Brothers - Jessica
Andrew WK - She Is Beautiful
April Wine - I Like to Rock
Autograph - Turn Up the Radio
B-52's - Rock Lobster
Beastie Boys - Sabotage
Bee Gees - Jive Talkin'
Bill Withers - Aint No Sunshine
Billy Joel - Goodnight Saigon
Blink 182 - Dammit
Bobby Darin - Mack The Knife
Bozz Scaggs - Lido Shuffle
Buckcherry - Lit Up
Butthole Surfers - Pepper
Cheap Trick - Clock Strikes Ten
Chevelle - Send the Pain Below
Chicago - I'm A Man
Counting Crows - Angels Of The Silences
Cranberries - Dreams
Crystal Method - Busy Child
Dave Edmunds - Me and the Boys
Dave Matthews Band - Crash Into Me
David Bowie - TVC15
Deadeye Dick - New Age Girl
DeeLite - Groove is in the Heart
Denis Leary - Asshole
Digital Underground - The Humpty Dance
Dink - Green Mind
Dion and the Belmonts - The Wanderer
Dire Straits - Industrial Disease
Don Henley - Dirty Laundry
Dusty Springfield - Son of a Preacherman
Edwin Collins - Never Met A Girl Like You Before
Eels - Novacaine For The Soul
Elvis Costello - Veronica
ric Clapton - The Core
Evanescence - Bring Me To Life
Eve 6 - Inside Out
Extreme - Get the Funk Out
Filter - Hey Man Nice Shot
Fleetwood Mac - Oh well
Foo Fighters - This Is A Call
Fun Loving Criminals - Fun Lovin Criminal
Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street
Golden Earing - Twilight Zone
Green Day - She
Harvey Danger - Flagpole Sitta
Heatwave - Boogie Nights
Hives - Hate To Say I Told You So
House of Pain - Jump Around
Iggy Pop - Real Wild Child
Incubus - Megalomaniac
Jane's Addiction - Obvious
Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died
John Lennon - Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
Judas Priest - You've Got Another Thing Coming
Led Zeppelin - Since I've Been Loving You
Lemonheads - Into Your Arms
Lo Fidelity All-Stars - Battle Flag
Local H - Bound For The Floor
Maria Muldaur - Midnight at the Oasis
Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend
Metallica - No Leaf Clover
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult - Sex on Wheels
Neil Young - Mr Soul
New Radicals - You Get What You Give
Nine Inch Nails - Wish
No Doubt - Hella Good
Ohio Players - Fire
Pearl Jam - Porch
Pete Yorn - Life On A Chain
Pink Floyd - Dogs
Pretenders - The Wait
Prince - Sexy MF
Queen - Death on Two Legs(Dedicated to)
R.E.M - Radio Free Europe
Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade
Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way
Red Rider - Lunatic Fringe
Rick Derringer - Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo
Rod Stewart - I'm Losing You
Rolling Stones - Can't You Hear Me Knocking
Ruby - Tiny Meat
Ruth Ruth - Uninvited
Santana - She's Not There
Seal - Crazy
Smashing Pumpkins - Cherub Rock
Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hell
Stabbing Westward - Shame
Steely Dan - Bodhisattva
Stevie Ray Vaughn - Tightrope
Stone Temple Pilots - Heaven & Hot Rods
Sublime - Same in the End
Sweet - AcDc
Temptations - Ball of Confusion
The Call - The Walls Came Down
The Knack - My Sharona
The White Stripes - Fell in Love with a Girl
Tracy Bonham - Mother, Mother
Traffic - Low Spark Of The High-Heeled Boys
U2 - One
Wang Chung - Dance Hall Days
Weezer - Undone (The Sweater Song)
Whale - Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe
Wild Child - Renegade Master

Can I cancel out votes for any Rush tune? They're the ultimate example of why the angst-filled-yet-shockingly-trite-highschool-freshman-whos-girl-is-screwing-someone-else genre of writing should be wiped from the earth... by force if necessary. Does anyone else have this Rush experience where you hear the music on the radio, go "Yeah!", turn it up, then when the lyrics start your ears burst and you mash buttons on the stereo whileholding your ears and begging it to stop?

Just me? Oh, come on. You know it happens to you.

If you want a tune that moves you, and you want to stray off the metal path a bit... have a listen to:
Blind Willie Johnson - Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground

In a more conventional vein (heh!), has anyone mentioned songs from:
Suicidal Tendencies - The Art of Rebellion
?

Rush - Losing It
Iron Maiden - Wasted Years
The Cure - Kiss Me! Kiss Me! Kiss Me!
Dead Kennedys - California Uber Alles (Jerry Brown version)
Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
Indigo Girls - Kid Fears
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Gary Jules - Mad World
Judas Priest - Eat Me Alive
Jimmy Buffett - Changes in Lattitudes

How about:
Tenacious D - The Greatest and Best Song in the World (Tribute)

NOFX - Bob
NOFX - Leave It Alone
Bad Religion - I Want to Conquer the World
Bad Religion - You
Led Zeppelin - Hey, Hey, What Can I Do?
The Vandals - Oi! To the World
The Knack - Good Girls Don't
The White Stripes - Same Boy You've Always Known

Since the theme seems to lean heaviliy toward rock-inspired angst (michele, eventually you have to let it go, girl), my suggestions:

Fear - I Don't Care About You
Nirvana - Lithium
Police - So Lonely
Dead Kennedys - Punk Rock Girl
Living Colour - Cult of Personality
Talking Heads - Life During Wartime
Nena - 99 Red Balloons (hee, hee)
Don Henley - The Garden Of Allah
Kiss - Cold Gin
Pat Benatar - Promises in the Dark
Sweet - (Everybody Wants A Piece of the) Action
Waitresses - I know What Boys Like
Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road
Ten Years After - I'd Love to Change the World
Billy Joel - Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
Night Ranger - Don't Tell Me You Love Me
Bay City Rollers - Saturday Night (just shut up)
Divinyls - I Touch Myself
Live - Lightning Crashes
R.E.M - It's the End Of The World
Ugly Kid Joe - Everything About You
J Geils Band - Love Stinks
Styx - Miss America
Heart - Barracuda
Eagles - Victim of Love
Henry Lee Summer - Wish I Had a Girl
REO Speedwagon - Roll With the Changes
Focus - Hocus Pocus
Rick Springfield - I've Done Everything for You
John Cougar (No Mellencamp) - I Need a Lover
Kim Wilde - Kids in America
ZZ Top - LaGrange
Jethro Tull - Locomotive Breath
Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear the Reaper
Melissa Etheridge - Bring me Some Water
Queen - I Want it All
ELO - Do Ya
Ray Charles - What'd I Say (Parts 1 and 2)
Warren Zevon - Roland the HEadless Thompson Gunner
Diesel - Sausalito Summernight
Vapors - Turning Japanese
Tool - Sober

That'll do for now. I'm more of an R&B and C&W man, so most of this is from memory of my more angst-ridden youthful days.

No Tom Waits?Greatest songwriter ever? For shame. How about:
Rain Dogs, Who are you?, Walking Spanish, Ruby's Arms, Train Song, Cold Cold Ground, etc etc??

eagle_fan:
you have some good ones. Points for whole lotta
Rosie.
some I hate.
and then this travesty:
Iggy Pop - Real Wild Child

That is a cover (an iggified stinkin' cover)
of Buddy Holly and the Crickets.

some more of mine:
white stripes -- dead leaves and the dirty ground
golden earring -- when the lady smiles (just to confound the post that says they are a 1 hit wonder: apparently they're a 3 hit wonder :)
reo speedwagon -- golden country

Clocks: Coldplay
Maybe tomorrow: Stereophonics
Bittersweet symphony: Verve
When we dance: Sting
Numb: Linkin Park
Dammn, I wish I was your lover: Sophie B hawkins
Thank you: Alanis Morisette
Dont forget me when im gone: Glass Tiger
If you could only see: Tonic
You dont know my name: Alicia Keys
The drugs dont work: Verve
Dont look back in anger: Oasis
Is there something I should know: Duran Duran
Mixed emotions: Rolling Stones

interesting that you don't have any AFI songs in there... i'm not very proud of ya.

that said, how about a little afi - cruise control?

well shit, if everyone's gonna suggest their own favorites, as opposed to what you'd like...

bill conti - you're the best (from the Karate Kid tournament scene)
survivor - supervisor (the glen or the roy version)
weird al yankovic - yoda. y-o-d-a yoda.
biz markie - just a friend
cliff richard - devil woman (or the phunk junkeez version will do)

ok, for reals. one more.

coal chamber - sway

Where does one begin? Here's a few to chew on...

"London's Burning", The Clash
"God Save The Queen", The Sex Pistols
"Clapdown", The Clash
"Senses Working Overtime", XTC
"Oliver's Army", Elvis Costello
"Rock Lobster", B-52's
"Cruel to Be Kind", Nick Lowe
"Girlfriend In A Coma", The Smiths
"Psycho Killer", Talking Heads
"Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner", Warren Zevon
"Here Comes a Regular", The Replacements
"Unsatisfied", The Replacements
"Greetings To The New Brunette", Billy Bragg
"Blitzkrieg Bop", The Ramones
"Dyslexic Heart", Paul Westerberg
"I Want You Back" The Hoodoo Gurus
"A Million MIles Away", The Plimsouls
"Fairytale Of New York", The Pogues w/ Kirsty MacColl
"Rockaway Beach", The Ramones
"Stone Cold Yesterday", The Connells
"Tempted", Squeeze
"Amplifier", The dB's
"Straight To Hell", dryvin' and cryin'
"Broken Circle", The Innocence Mission
"The Power and The Passion", Midnight Oil
"Wonderwall", Oasis
"Shaking Through", REM
"Mary Anne", Marshall Crenshaw
"Calling Out For Love (At Crying Time)", Marshall Crenshaw

OK, gotta go... maybe more tomorrow.

I only have one suggestion for the mo'-

Epic - Faith No More

Oh, I lied.

Heaven Beside You - Alice in Chains

And you'll have to guess the other ones I'd recommend. So there.

Tear Off Your Own Head--Elvis Costello
Mustang Sally--Los Lobos version
Low Rider--War
Mama Said Knock You Out-- LL Cool J
Rudy Can't Fail--The Clash

Something by The Fall better end up somewhere in there or I'm taking my ball and going home.

One songs by the Talking Heads. Please.

Rolling Stone does not slight the Talking Heads without repercussions!

I'm not going to take the time to see what everyone else has listed, so I'll just list what comes to mind:

Pink Floyd - I Wish You Were Here
Janis Joplin - Piece of my Heart
The Doors - Light My Fire
Mamas and the Papas - California Dreamin'
Etta James - At Last
Abba - Dancing Queen
Marvin Gaye - Let's Get it On, Sexual Healing or What's Goin' On
Elton John - Tiny Dancer
Cat Stevens - Oh Very Young, Wild World, or Peace Train
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
Simon & Garfunkel - Mrs. Robinson

some more "modern" songs:

Deftones - Digital Bath, Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away), My Own Summer
Stabbing Westward - Shame
Aerosmith - Dream On (ok, this isn't modern)
Blur - Song 2
Dave Matthews Band - #41
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah (yes, I know it's not his song but his version makes me bawl like a baby)
Pearl Jam - Jeremy
Radiohead - Creep
REM - End of the World, Losing My Religion
Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
U2 - One, Still Haven't Found What I'm Lookin' For, With or Without You
Cranberries - Dreams, Zombie
Garbage - Queer, Milk, Stupid Girl
Poe - Hello
Sneaker Pimps - 6 Underground

Bad Company - Bad Company
Now that I've thought of it, I can't get the song out of my head!

Rolland the headless thompson guner by Warren Zevon.
Lawyers, Guns, and Money