It’s been quite a busy summer, and I’ve left you all hanging with J songs. Now I’m back — with a whole new batch of songs that start with K! Won’t you join me?
1. Killer Queen by Queen – this is one of those ‘turn it up’ songs when it comes on the radio. My #1 favorite by Queen, hands down. Perfume came naturally from Paris (Naturally)/For cars she couldn’t care less/Fastidious and precise…
2. Kodachrome by Paul Simon – bouncy, fun pop song, typically vivid lyrics — what’s not to like?
3. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan – I’m not a huge fan of Dylan’s voice, but his songwriting skills are unparalleled. My favorite version of this is the one by Eric Clapton, but it’s been covered by numerous artists.
4. Kick it Out by Heart – another rocker by those Wilson Sisters. Mr. Stuck considers it ‘his’ song after a friend told him “crankin’ it up in a school zone” brought him to mind.
5. Kashmir by Led Zeppelin – there is so much to this song…hard to explain why I like it, when I’m not much of Zep fan. First of all, I love the meter; the time signature of this song is intriguing. The chord progression, the otherworldly quality of the vocals and the strings, interesting guitar tuning — it all combined to make a richly complex piece of music. It is the quintessential Led Zeppelin song, in my opinion — masterful, long (8 1/2 minutes), and a showcase of the various talents of the band. The lyrics have a mystical quality, but this is not a ‘sing-along’ song.
6. Kiss From a Rose by Seal – from the Batman Forever soundtrack; I love Seal’s voice and the waltz tempo. It won Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Grammys in 1996.
7. Karma Chameleon by Culture Club – Boy George was quite a fixture on 80’s MTV and I enjoyed his ‘out there’ look and the band’s danceable pop. Every day is like survival/You’re my lover, not my rival.
8. Keeping the Faith by Billy Joel – Joel is really good at that ‘nostalgia’ thing. He writes catchy tunes with great lyrics that bring back memories. This one is a fun one. Ain’t it wonderful to be alive/When the rock ‘n’ roll plays…?
9. Kentucky Rain by Elvis Presley – this one got a lot of airplay in the 70’s, when I heard it on our local AM station. Not one of his big hits, but I like it.
10. Kokomo by the Beach Boys – it just makes me wish I was retired somewhere on a beach with a cabana boy bringing me my cocktails. I love me some Beach Boys!
11. King of the Road by Roger Miller – another one of the songs from my childhood. This song won 5 Grammys in 1965, and was designated a Grammy Hall of Fame song.
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