My Alphabet of Songs: I

 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!)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!!
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry – This is such a fun summer song.  And you can’t beat their facial hair.
  8. I Feel Free by Cream – Two words: Eric Clapton.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

And finally,

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.)

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6 thoughts on “My Alphabet of Songs: I”

  1. Of course #1 takes me “back in the day”!! And #9 I hear quite often in Willie’s Roadhouse on Sirius. I love almost all genres of music, so I like your eclectic list. 🙂

    1. Thanks! I like so many different types of music — there’s too much out there to limit yourself to just a few. I blew out my speakers playing this song and a few other ‘driving’ songs a few years back. Turn it UP!
      …But I can’t believe there’s someone else out there who knows Hank Snow. That’s awesome. I think maybe Hank was just a rapper ahead of his time. 😉

    1. Why, thank you very much! I’m so glad you’re enjoying them!
      I like so many different kinds of music, sometimes it’s tough to decide. I have really had fun sharing what’s on my iPod, though. My kids know that when my earbuds are in, Mom’s rockin’ out, so leave her alone! 😉

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