Ayy-yi-yi! You’re in for a treat — It’s time for the next installment of My Alphabet of Songs! New and improved — this time with LINKS!
(Want to see my earlier lists? Check out the Alphabet category!)
- I Can’t Drive 55 by Sammy Hagar – That wild, rock n roll hair; that unmistakable rock n roll voice. Sammy gets me going every time, and it’s true — I can’t drive 55.
- I’ll Take You There by The Staple Singers – I love this groove. Great bass line. The Staple Singers were a family soul/gospel group made up of Pops, Cleotha, Mavis, and Yvonne.
- I Keep Forgettin’ by Michael McDonald – Michael McDonald sang backup for Steely Dan for several years, and then was a key member of The Doobie Brothers. What a voice. And did you see the hair on the woman at 3:05??? OMIGOSH!!
- I.G.Y. (What A Beautiful World) by Donald Fagen – you might recognize Donald Fagen as the keyboard/lead vocal half of Steely Dan — this is off his solo album, The Nightfly. I think Fagen is a wry and clever lyricist, and this is no exception. Read about the International Geophysical Year (IGY).
- I’m Not In Love by 10CC – An innovative song for its time because of its production. I love the otherworldly sound of the overdubbed backing voices. It was the perfect song for a junior high crush.
- I’m Only Sleeping by The Beatles – Love George and his backward guitar part. From Revolver, although originally released in the US on Yesterday and Today.
- In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry – This is such a fun summer song. And you can’t beat their facial hair.
- I Feel Free by Cream – Two words: Eric Clapton.
- I’ve Been Everywhere by Hank Snow – This song was constantly on my Pa’s turntable. As a kid, I tried so hard to learn the words, but even if I knew the words, I couldn’t say them as fast as Hank. Miss you, Pa.
- I Feel For You by Chaka Khan – Another set of pipes I wish I’d been born with. But two more reasons to like this song: it was written by Prince, and the harmonica is played by Stevie Wonder.
- I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Frank Sinatra – one of my very favorites; written by Cole Porter in 1936, and so masterfully done by Frank that it became one of his iconic songs. This is a great version, live at the Sands in ’66.
12. I Will by The Beatles – I consider this one of the simplest, sweetest love songs ever. Sir Paul knows how to write love songs. And Happy (belated) Birthday to him! (He’s 71.)