There are so many great songs out there. Sometimes it is fun to sit down and play music trivia freestyle. For instance, try to think of songs A-Z with women’s names in the titles. Or, try to put together a list of songs with the word “Baby” in the title. It’s fun. Then, when you go look on the internet for the ones you can’t figure out, you find that there were way better ones than you remembered. It makes you feel stupid on the one hand, but it also reminds you that there is SO much music out there, and that maybe you ought to go crank up the stereo and listen to some. Here are ten songs, back from ten, that feature the number, and are also great. It was harder than you think to put this list together.
10. Ten Cent Pistol – The Black Keys
Five time Grammy award-winning duo The Black Keys hail from Akron, Ohio. This song was track nine on their 2010 album Brothers. The album went gold, and the band appeared on Saturday Night Live on January 2011. We’re waiting with baited breath for news of a new album.
9. Nine in the Afternoon – Panic! At The Disco
A band that has gone through several members since their inception in 2004, Panic! At the Disco manages to create catchy, hook-y tunes that draw fans from bands like Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, and Paramore. This song was the first single released from the 2008 album Pretty.Odd. If you love it, you can play it on Rock Band 2. Plus, how fun is this video?
8. Eight Days a Week – The Beatles
Bummer YouTube didn’t have a real recording of The Beatles performing “Eight Days a Week,” a song that appeared on the December 1964 album Beatles for Sale. Written by John, the title was apparently taken from one of Ringo’s many malapropisms. Widely covered, it would have been easier to post the video for the Supreme’s version, or even one of the many Beatles tribute bands. Would you have known the difference? Of course you would have.
7. 7 – Prince
This was a hard choice. There are a LOT of good songs with the number seven in the title. “Seven Bridges Road” by The Eagles, “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes, “Seven Wonders” by Fleetwood Mac, and the list goes on. This song, however, a track off of the 1992 album Love Symbol Album, sticks in one’s head when one hears the number seven. Does it not?
6. 6 Months – Hey Monday
Hey Monday is Cassadee Blake Pope, Mike Gentile, Alex Lipshaw, and Patrick McKenzie. The band has been around since March 2008 when Pete Wentz heard a demo of theirs and showed some interest. This song, written by Cassadee Pope, is the final track on their first album, Hold on Tight.
5. 5 Years – Bjork
Again, a hard choice, but when in doubt, go with Bjork. This song, off her 1997 album Homogenic, is a less-known song than some others from that album, like “Joga,” “All is Full of Love (Howie’s version),” and “Bachelorette,” but is still awful darn good.
4. Four Sticks – Led Zeppelin
Again, it’s a bummer YouTube doesn’t have the actual footage of this, but just look at the pictures and listen to the song, darnit. The song, off of the fourth album, is called Four Sticks because John Bonham actually played the drums with two sets of drumsticks. How absolutely full of badass is that? This recording you hear is from the only time it is known for sure that the band played the song live. Copenhagen, 1971. Good times.
3. 3 Libras – A Perfect Circle
A track from the only A Perfect Circle album that your humble editor thinks is worth a darn, 3 Libras was a single that even got its own video (seen above) and despite the band’s certain pretensions and oddities, it is a good song that merits a spot. But for those of you who find this pick totally unacceptable, this is for you:
2. Two Coins – Dispatch
Somehow this sort of turned out to be an emo-ish list. Sorry about that, folks. Actually, no I’m not. This is a nice song by a now-defunct indie band that will likely be doing a reunion tour in June 2011. Buuuutt, in case you don’t like it, here is one you will:
1. One – Three Dog Night
You might argue, “No!” “U2′s ‘One’ is the best ‘one’ song!” Or perhaps you would invoke The Metallica So That I May Be Sucked Back Into That Band After A Ten Year Hiatus. Three Dog Night, however, is still playing chili cook-offs and outdoor festivals, performing this song just as well (well, almost as well) as they did in 1969. Want to argue? Hit the comments.