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March 18, 2009 5:07 AM   Subscribe

Those of Love(+), those of Sex(+), those of Hearbreak(+), those of People and Places (+), those of Politics and Protest (+). The Guardian's journalists purloin you with "1,000 Songs You Must Hear". The plus links lead to people's outraged suggestions of those that are missing from each category. Perfect for when 10, 100, 500 or 3,000 are just the wrong numbers.
posted by rongorongo (20 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
Love? Fuck yes.
posted by turgid dahlia at 5:13 AM on March 18, 2009


The Guardian's journalists purloin you

I do not think it means what you think it means.
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:16 AM on March 18, 2009 [4 favorites]


Lists like this do a great job of taking something that is pleasurable and turning it into work.
posted by jbickers at 5:21 AM on March 18, 2009


Pour Some Sugar On Me?
posted by munchingzombie at 5:35 AM on March 18, 2009


Hell, I'm going one-up them all and publish my "8 Million Songs You Must Listen to Before You Die", including the whole iTunes store. Then I'll publish my "Places You Must Go Before You Die (If You Don't Want to Feel Hopelessly Out-of-touch and Unhip)", which will just be an atlas. And each book will come with a certificate that allows the owner to feel smug.
posted by outlier at 5:48 AM on March 18, 2009 [3 favorites]


I keep trying to favorite the comments in your post but I get taken to pages full of surprised and disappointed people instead of adding to my favorites.
posted by cimbrog at 5:49 AM on March 18, 2009 [2 favorites]


Coming soon:

1000 Songs Arbitrarily Selected By Robots

1000 Songs Chosen By People You Wouldn't Trust To Cross The Road With Any Degree Of Reliability

1000 Songs You Have To Pretend To Have Heard Already

1000 Songs You Should Imply That You Liked Before Your Friends Did

1000 Songs That Will Make You Throw Your Newspaper Across The Room In Fit Of Rage, Shouting Something Along The Lines Of "They Don't Even Know Who Captain Beefheart Fucking Is."

1000 Songs That, Simply By Appearing In This List, Are Forever Tainted By Association With Music Journalists

And, finally,

1000 Songs That Once Lived And Now, Pinned To A Board In A Tawdry Weekend Supplement Are Now As Ashes In The Wind, You Fucks.
posted by Jofus at 6:10 AM on March 18, 2009 [8 favorites]


it's unfortunate that the only way you can listen to the songs in the article is via some program named Spotify that is "invitation-only" - unless you want to send them money for a "premium account"
posted by jammy at 6:20 AM on March 18, 2009


Can I ask why People and Places (+) and Politics and Protest (+) had a space before the opening bracket and the other three didn't?
posted by tellurian at 6:20 AM on March 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm actually enjoying the lists immensely. Thanks for the post.
posted by Navelgazer at 7:00 AM on March 18, 2009


tellurian: In linguaphysics, "People and Places" and "Politics and Protest" bind tightly to each other, pushing the (+) to a higher orbital.
posted by fleacircus at 7:12 AM on March 18, 2009 [2 favorites]


Aren't these lists usually just a tacky ploy for traffic/revenue, as their arbitrariness is guaranteed to generate just the kind of cheap outrage that makes people forward/post them far and wide?
posted by anazgnos at 7:21 AM on March 18, 2009


They are also a sure-fire comment generator because people cannot resist gracing the world with their all-important opinion: "OMG I can't believe they didn't include x on that list! No wai!"
posted by ND¢ at 7:30 AM on March 18, 2009


See also "OMG I can't believe they put x on that list! No wai!"
posted by ND¢ at 7:31 AM on March 18, 2009


I wish there were a list of 1000 Songs That I May Choose Never to Have to Be Subjected to Again During My Entire Lifespan. Actually, let me revise that list upward ..... way upward.
posted by blucevalo at 8:43 AM on March 18, 2009


Help! I'm being purloined!
posted by koeselitz at 9:05 AM on March 18, 2009


Pour Some Sugar On Me?

Yes, but the Taylor Swift + Def Leppard version. Don't miss the dueling guitar & violin.
posted by signal at 9:13 AM on March 18, 2009


it's unfortunate that the only way you can listen to the songs in the article is via some program named Spotify that is "invitation-only" - unless you want to send them money for a "premium account"


Spotify is brilliant and I commend it to everyone here. I got an account without an invite, too. Just fill out here.

Basically it looks like a standard media player, iTunes say, but lets you stream music...legally (ad supported, or you pay and get rid of the ads). Huge range of tunes. Some strange omissions, but a lot of fairly obscure stuff as well as the obvious mainstream artists.
posted by Infinite Jest at 12:57 PM on March 18, 2009


Well, the torrent should be out in a couple days.
posted by benzenedream at 1:53 PM on March 18, 2009


Aren't these lists usually just a tacky ploy for traffic/revenue, as their arbitrariness is guaranteed to generate just the kind of cheap outrage that makes people forward/post them far and wide?

I was a bit for hesitant about posting the links here for that sort of reason. I think a good portion of people are genuinely irritated by the lists being too long, short, catholic, clicky, mainstream, predictable or avant-garde. But I am the sort of sad person who actually spent hours wading through the listings collecting a playlist of stuff I wanted to listen to and reading a little more about tracks I already knew. So the post was for any others like me; but the rest of you are all welcome as long as you don't mark the covers or talk over the endings.

And I had to show off my great command of English of course.
posted by rongorongo at 4:35 PM on March 18, 2009


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