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And now, the tunes that had the biggest impact on my ears and brain last year.
As I alluded to in an earlier post, it's a pretty weird list. Some entries may
have you wondering if this is really me posting..to be honest, I'm not entirely sure myself.
At any rate, a couple more trivial tidbits before we get started...there are NINE remakes
on the list...I don't have the actual figures to back it up, but I'm pretty sure that is,
by far, a Boneys record. And finally, there are 2 songs by an ex-Beatle...and 2 songs
by the OFFSPRING of ex-Beatles! Hmmmm...who could THEY be?? Read on, and find out...


This year, for my Top songs of the year, I'm only going with 80. By the time I got
to around the mid 80's, I found there were just not enough tunes standing up to the
rigid Boney standards...fine songs, mind you, and placed on my iPod, just not Boney material.

And so we start with #80:


80) (You Will) Set The World On Fire-David Bowie


From Bowie's 1st album in almost forever comes this rocker. Welcome back, Ziggy Stardust.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exU3Fg1Pl-4


79) Your Gravity-Adam Daniel

If you followed my Boneys play-by-play over the years, you'll recall that I'm a sucker for
swoony falsetto-laden choruses outta the 60's playbook. Here's a midtempo number with that formula.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOE9xsEN4c4


78) In Your Blue Eyes-Justin Hayward

The most recognizable voice of the Moody Blues does a solo turn here with this sunny tune.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djd-e5BzWvg


77) Ever Loved Once-Blitzen Trapper

Music to tie-dye your shirt by.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax6PdHEg5fA


76) Sing Loud-Alpha Rev

As you'd expect of a song with this title, it has an anthemic, coming down from the
mountain vibe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGhMMpzIkm0


75) Young At Heart-David LaBrel

A power-poppin' goodie that'll make you feel 16 again

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfZZUwZjWLw


74) Another is Waiting-The Avett Brothers

Another fine offering from these expert practioners of Americana music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LndPQw0-lA


73) Wisteria-James McCartney

The youngest of Paul & Linda's offspring rocks out here. Most of the standout tracks on
his "Me" album are the softer ones..this being the exception.He may not have the outstanding
voice of his dad, but he does know how to write a melody.
On the link below, please note that the tracks are listed in a box in the middle, to the
right of the picture of the album cover. sCROLL DOWN to Wisteria and press play arrow.

http://www.airplaydirect.com/music/JamesMcCartneyME/


72) Didn't Mean To Fall In Love-Boston

One of the last couple of tracks that vocalist Brad Delp recorded before his death.
Yes, he died in 2007, but Boston takes forever between albums. This one trades on the riff
from "More Than a Feeling, although it is a quieter song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4obU7gXZ4o


71) Third Man-The Duckworth Lewis Method

Side project from Pugwash (an obscure Irish band but a T-Bone fave) frontman Thomas Walsh.
Very ELO-ish.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEs5Bmc16YA


70) Away We Go-Prince of Spain

Don't know much about this act. Got the song as part of a free label sampler.
Nice modern pop song with a hummable melody.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLPkSDilUxQ


69) Don't Grow Up Too Soon-Candle Thieves

Sweet song written from the perspective of a soon-to-be-dad.
Unfortunately I could only find a partial cut of the tune:

http://www.mp3mixx.com/song/candle_thie ... n-44005922


here's a live acoustic version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aHFUk_XL0A


68) I Had Me A Girl-The Civil Wars

Wow. A raw, open wound of a song. Seriously, this one slaps you upside the head.
Powerful stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZANAhnPDZk



67) Amelita-Court Yard Hounds

Two-thirds of the Dixie Chicks. The sisters step out without their lead singer,
and dang, do they sound good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg4nbT_v7Xg


66) Rebel Beat-Goo Goo Dolls

Pop-Rock call to arms from these Buffalo boys.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUi8gQPsMdw


65) Bonfire Heart-James Blunt

When taken in small doses, he can be quite enjoyable. This melody sticks with you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1j1qwQQ8-Q


64) The One You Should've Let Go-The Lone Bellow

Lively Americana bopper.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxa_TqXgWHA


63) Annie's Song-Brett Dennen & Milow

With apologies to John Denver fans, I find the original to be insufferable.
In this remake, found on an interesting tribute album called "The Music Is You" (which
also features a power pop version of "Looking For Space" by Lemonheads frontman Evan
Dando!) a simpler, soft but peppy arrangement brings out a sweet innocence in the lyrics
that captures that optimistic "I'll love you forever" spirit of the early stages of
a love affair.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-C10vIehUK8


62) All Better-Mayer Hawthorne

First of 3 tunes from a very good album. This one is a change-of-pace ballad
that strays from the jazz/R & B sound of most of the album. Hell, he sorta sounds like
Harry Connick Jr. in spots here!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dRcJVxfAT8


61) Boomerang-Barenaked Ladies

BNL also places 3 songs on my list. Here's the first. Pleasantly poppy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6_SbPyxIYE


#60-#41 coming up....

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60) Sugar On Top-The Dirtbombs

Calling All Cowbells! (and woodblocks, and marrocas, and every other percussion
instrument in the Band Room)...a 60's style rave up scores. Plus, ya gotta love
the band's name!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBqDDRDMz1s


59) House By The Sea-Moddi

Quiet, lovely tune.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX5FpPP4TSA


58) Little Green Honda-Tyson Leslie

Loud, noisy guitars and another melody outta the 60's playbook.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJHczmyKOq4


57) My True Story-Aaron Neville

A remake of what is quite possibly my favorite doo wop song ever (the original
was by the Jive Five). Neville's heavenly falsetto serves it well. Surprisingly,
this link was the best I could come up with.

Track two.
https://play.google.com/store/music/alb ... t5zv6bjjnm


56) Mandolin-Wyatt Funderburk

Another 60's inspired power-popper.

http://wyattfunderburk.bandcamp.com/track/mandolin


55) Stranger-Amos Lee

A perennial Boney winner. This one's a funky lil' thang.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpRz1rEH6wA


54) Believe It Or Not-Mike Ruekberg

Otherwise known as the theme from "The Greatest American Hero". Taken from
the 70's soft rock tribute lp (see the Boneys albums of the year thread). I like
this better than the original version...

http://monstersofliterock.bandcamp.com/ ... -it-or-not


53) A Tattered Line of String-The Postal Service

Side project of Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie, this is actually a new song
recorded for a reissue of an older album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2xNj630NBU


52) The Exit-J. Scott Bergman

Stark, haunting yet pretty melody.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDgvzf0CV6U


51) Make Believe-Lisa Mychols

Perfectly captures that early-60's girl group sound. Leslie Gore would be proud.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S7LfpAcTT4


50) Let Me Roll It-Teddy Thompson.

Thompson had the #1 spot on the Boneys chart a couple of years ago. Here he remakes Sir Paul's
"Band on The Run" track for an album of Americana artist reboots. I especially
like the guitar work.

http://myfreemp3.eu/music/Teddy+Thompso ... Me+Roll+It


49) Marianne-Corin Ashley

If you had played this for me and told me it was a lost Badfinger track, I wouldn't have
batted an eye,. Remarkable.

https://myspace.com/corinashley/music/s ... -102115023


48) Preacher-One Republic

The anthemic type of track they are usually good at.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87brb1K5jag

47) Fired Up-Hanson

This is the third album in a row that I've liked. Time to face it..those "Mmmbop" boys
grew up...and got damn good. This song has a killer guitar lick, and it rocks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUzyo6UJ1lc


46) Into The Light-Alfa 9

Jangle pop. Think mid-60's Byrds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17JVoz8iKi4


45) Symphony Lane-Five For Fighting

Pretty melody, lushly orchestrated.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2xw-MiJ__c


44) Records In Bed-Band Of Heathens

Midtempo easy-rocker extolling the virtues of those luscious stacks of vinyl.

Sorry, the best I can do is this incomplete live video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0XAD1JS ... 3W7zXCM6I_

43) Devils 'N Darlins-Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project

Title track from the side project of the Collective Soul project. No nonsense,
no frills, all rockin' goodness on this number.

http://thesweetteaproject.bandcamp.com/ ... -darlins-2


42) Take This Dirty Water-Elton John

Tempo reminiscent of "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" matched to an early
Elton feel stylistically makes for a winning combination.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2GWJ8ENYGY


41) The Wire-Haim

The handclap/footstomp/bass drum of the Eagles' "Heartache Tonight" meets some clever
female vocal interplay.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TffpkE2GU4


The Top 40 is next....

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Into the Top 40 we go...


40) The Legend of Josi & The Juke-The 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco

You wouldn't expect some guys from The U.K. would be dead ringers
musically for Steely Dan, but just listen to this:

http://the1957tail-finfiasco.bandcamp.c ... i-the-juke


39) Pour A Little Poison-David Ford

A rowdy little tune, loose & fun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GerXa-W7LAM


38) All Things Must Pass-The Liar's Club

Outstanding remake of the title tune of George Harrison's classic album.
Nice harmonies..

https://myspace.com/liarsclub2006/music ... -102658824


37) Two Fingers-Jake Bugg

He's an Englishman who has been compared to a young Bob Dylan.
I'm not hearing it myself. This song (which strays outside his folky comfort zone
and therefore not representative of his usual style) DID catch my ear.It's a bouncy
tune about knocking back a few.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9XwFecNXyU


36) Tomorrow Is Another Day-The Candle Thieves

Gentle 60's "Sunshine Pop" that channels The Association, Beach Boys, and the like.
A short sample clip is the best I could come up with:

http://www.mp3mixx.com/song/candle_thie ... y-44005873


35) Get The Girl Back-Hanson

A raucous R&B styled burner with some kickass horn action.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh8mQU-tNyM


34) Let It Go-Adele Dazeem...er...I mean, Idina Menzel

Broadway-styled showstopper from the Disney movie "Frozen". Academy Award winner for
best song from a movie. Menzel sings the heck out of it. That's M-E-N-Z-E-L, Travolta.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moSFlvxnbgk


33) Buried-Family Of The Year

Supplants "And When I Die" as the happiest song about dying that you're liable to hear.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3xwlLeK8ng


32) Frozen In Time-Street Corner Symphony

A capplela group that did well on the TV show "The Sing-Off". Unfortunately, this 30
second clip gives you neither the full chorus, nor the full dynamic range of the song.
Some mighty impressive vocal arrangements to be heard here.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00COE ... s_tlw_trk6


31) Sunshine-Court Yard Hounds

Those (ex?) Dixie Chicks are back again with this sprightly kiss-off to a Debbie
Downer type.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC5ouOML7G4


30) Satellites-James Blunt

Blunt's second entry on the list.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyLQjMC2Q38


29) The Stars Are Out-Mayer Hawthorne

Another artist who's been listening to some Steely Dan records. Stevie Wonder's been
on the turntable, too...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSEZ4iGU2w4


28) Brave-Sara Bareilles

This probably would've landed higher on the list had I not heard it 154,786 times in
commercials and such. Sorry, Sara...it IS a good song, I just need a break from it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUQsqBqxoR4


27) Queenie Eye-Paul McCartney

The lyrics in the chorus are stupid (they come from a schoolyard game Macca played as a young
lad), but the melody is just eerie enough to make it interesting to listen to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CfLUmVso30


26) Benny Rise and Shine-1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco

Well, this sucks..apparently this is no longer available..at least until it's reissued
in an expanded edition. No soundbite to be found. You'll just have to take my word for it-
if you like Steely Dan, you'd like this jazz-pop delight. I'll try to keep an eye out for
the reissue in the meantime.


25) We Don't Talk Anymore-Michael Carpenter

Another item from the #3 album (see Boneys album thread) covering 70's easy rock hits.Love this
one by the Aussie power-popper. Punches harder than the original.

http://monstersofliterock.bandcamp.com/ ... lk-anymore


24) Sad Angel-Fleetwood Mac

Lindsey Buckingham takes the lead on this uptempo outing.
Time was, F. Mac releasing new music was a major event. In 2013, hardly anybody knew that the
4 song disc this comes from even existed. Check those grey hairs, everyone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrRhMI22-UI


23) Counting Stars-One Republic

Hearing/seeing this on VH-1 for 6 months cost this one a higher ranking, in all likelihood.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT_nvWreIhg

22) If So-Atlas Genius

Uptempo modern pop nugget with fluid guitars and a stick-in-your-head melody.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi3Gv1udO5Y


21) Did I Say That Out Loud?-Barenaked Ladies

Hear this pop gem once and you'll be humming this all day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIhFrzZPCfg


Next up are the big guns. There WILL be some surprises...

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Into the home stretch we go! Fasten your seat belts..

20) Reach Out Richard-Mayer Hawthorne

Another Steely Dan inspired song. 70's R & B influence also in play.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5tPP04FalQ


19) A Town Called Jubilee-Elton John

Vintage Elton. Would not have sounded out of place on "Tumbleweed
Connection".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiIjn7EBJdM


18) Going To Birmingham-Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project

I'm reminded of The Travelling Wilburys here. It's got that "End Of The
Line" feel to it.

http://thesweetteaproject.bandcamp.com/ ... rmingham-2


17) Someday-Julian Lennon

To answer the question "Whatever became of Julian Lennon?", he's been making
good music that nobody hears. This is one of two songs newly recorded for the
reissue of his most recent album, Everything Changes (2011). It has Aerosmith's Steven Tyler on
background vocals, and you will hear elements of John, Paul AND George here.
I will also say that, had I known of its existence at the time, Everything Changes
would have won a Boney for 2011.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOSyjiMmsxY


16) She's My Girl-Five For Fighting

The melody is so endearing that I am forgiving the occasional goofy lyrics ("She's
better than ice cream, I know you know what I mean").

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKRFrLzxuZA


15) Little Black Dress-Sara Bareilles

That 60's girl group sound again. Maybe a Dusty Springfield vibe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0z64rwqhnw


14) Beautiful-Parthenon Huxley

This guy has been dancing around the perimeter of success for years, but it has eluded
his grasp. This song displays the evidence that the guy can craft one hell of a melody.

30 second clip: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BV8 ... s_tlw_trk6


13) Wagon Wheel-Darius Rucker

I am not a big fan of the music found on the current country music stations. Every
now and then, however, something does catch my ear, like this good-natured remake of a
song by the Old Crow Medicine Show by the former Hootie & The Blowfish frontman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvKyBcCDOB4



12) New-Paul McCartney

OK, let's be upfront: this is no "Hey Jude" or "Yesterday" but after 52 years of making
records, Sir Paul is still capable of writing a memorable melody. And that's pretty
impressive. This has a "good Day Sunshine" feel to it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkbbP0ozyMs


11) Come To Me-Goo Goo Dolls

This is a really sweet song. Makes me want to propose to Nancy and renew our vows just
so we can play this song at the ceremony..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8VMYLniuDk


10) Popular Song-MIKA w/Ariana Grande

Heavens to Murgatroid! There's a Nickolodeon star (Sam & Cat) in my Top Ten! Can't help
it..she joins MIKA on this song, built around the melody of the chorus of "Popular" from
the Broadway musical "Wicked". It's irresistable to my ears, and the video is a riot..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmcdLOjGVzw


9) On And On-The Sonic Excutive Sessions

From that 70's Songs remake album again. It's an update on the Steven Bishop hit. When
those layered harmonies kick in on the bridge and continue on the last verse, this is taken
to another level and blows away the original/

http://monstersofliterock.bandcamp.com/track/on-and-on


8) I'll Bet On You-Toad The Wet Sprocket

The group that took its name from a Monty Python sketch returns after a long absence.
This has elements of that "California Sound" and features some nice background vocals
to counterpoint the lead voice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kkh1_sM-sNU


7) Chasing The Sun-Sara Bareilles

My favorite track from "The Blessed Unrest". There's a note that she hits in the chorus
that doesn't go where I expected it to, and that one interesting note makes the song for me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFFberbflbU


6) Odds Are-Barenaked Ladies

First time I heard this, it didn't leave my head for days. BNL is good at that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Sw9Fh6uk4Q


5) Roar-Katy Perry

Good Lord, what's happened to me? I never in a million years thought she'd get a Boney
at all, much less one this high. Can't stand her, to be honest. So I can't tell you why this
song got me where the others missed, it just did. Undeniably catchy. I may need therapy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CevxZvSJLk8


4) Every Man Should Know-Harry Connick Jr.

Imagine Sinatra crooning a 60's R & B ballad and you get an idea of what's happening
here. Really, though, this is a beautiful song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OzE1fk-T9Q


3) Get Lucky-Daft Punk

OK kids, here it is. I could try and save face by saying that there's a
lot of Stevie Wonder here, and if you dropped in a kickass horn section it could pass
for an Earth, Wind & Fire song (and I am proud to be a fan of both artists), but I must
face facts..this would be right at home on a 1978 dance floor tucked in between Gloria
Gaynor and The Trammps. Yes, folks, it's true. For all intents and purposes, this is a
D-I-S-C-O song, and I likes it!! There's some nice guitar interplay here, and the damn
thing is infectious. I think I was sold on it when I saw them perform it on the Grammys.
When the aforementioned Stevie Wonder joined in, and stapled his song "Another Star" to
this one, I was hooked...pretty much waving my hands in the air like I didn't care...sigh

The vocal is by Pharrell Williams, currently monopolizing the charts with "Happy".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5EofwRzit0


2) Pompeii-Bastille

Tribal chants and a wall of percussion sounding like the USC Marching Band Drum Corps.
Oh, and a catchy, exuberant chorus. What's not to love?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F90Cw4l-8NY


1) SAFE AND SOUND-CAPITAL CITIES

THAT TRUMPET...OR THAT SYNTHESIZER THAT SOUNDS LIKE A TRUMPET..I STILL AM NOT 100%
SURE, SINCE PRETTY MUCH EVERY OTHER INSTRUMENT HERE IS BASED ON A KEYBOARD....WHATEVER
IT IS, IT CARRIES WHAT IS ALREADY A PRETTY NIFTY TUNE INTO A GREAT PIECE OF POP. I HAVE
PROBABLY HEARD THIS SONG 11,453 TIMES THANKS TO ITS PLACEMENT IN A TV COMMERCIAL AND ON
HEAVY ROTATION ON VH-1, AND I AM STILL NOT SICK OF IT. PRETTY GOOD EVIDENCE TO LEAD ME
TO CONCLUDE THAT IT'S MY FAVORITE SONG OF THE YEAR..


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47dtFZ8CFo8



Thus comes to an end this year's installment of the Boneys. Lord willing, they'll return
next year....hopefully earlier than May, though...

Hope you'll discover something you like, and as always, I encourage your feedback on anything
you liked here, or what you liked in 2013 that was NOT on the list.

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Wow... I really thought I would recognize more since 2013 was undoubtedly the year I paid attention to (and liked) more new music than any other since my 80's heyday. But I only got 6 here... 5 from the Mecca soundtrack. The only non-Mecca song I recognize is what I figured the disco song had to be... "Get Lucky". I don't see how anyone could not possibly like that song.

And of course I wasn't really expecting you to include that other song Pharrell Williams was involved in (which is my clear cut #1), but maybe a tiny part of me was holding out for it...

For full disclosure, here is every Mecca song (that I recognize) that has ever been ranked in the Boneys:

2013:

#28 - Brave - Sara Bareilles (Fall 13)
#23 - Counting Stars - OneRepublic (Winter & Summer 14)
#13 - Wagon Wheel (!!!) - Darius Rucker (Fall 13)
#5 - Roar - Katy Perry (Winter & Summer 14)
#1 - Safe & Sound - Capital Cities (Winter & Fall 13, Winter 14)

2012:

#54 - Anna Sun - Walk the Moon (Summer & Fall 13)
#40 - Demons - Imagine Dragons (Fall 13, Winter 14)
#30 - Stubborn Love - Lumineers (Summer 13)
#26 - She's So Mean - Matchbox 20 (Winter 13)
#21 - On Top of the World - Imagine Dragons (Winter & Summer 14)
#17 - Everybody Talks - Neon Trees (Summer 13)
#16 - Hall of Fame - The Script (Fall 13, Winter 14)
#15 - Lover of the Light - Mumford & Songs (Who can keep track?... Mumford's all over the Mecca CD and their crap all sounds the same to me)
#13 - Between the Raindrops - Lifehouse with Natasha Beddingfield (Winter & Summer 14)
#11 - It's Time - Imagine Dragons (Summer 13, Winter 14)
#7 - I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons (See above)
#4 - Home - Phillip Phillips (Summer 13)
#3 - Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen (Summer 13)
#2 - Ho Hey - Lumineers (Summer 13)

Special nod to #41 - Just Breathe - Willie Nelson (The Pearl Jam version was on the Summer 13 CD)

2011:

#26 - Set Fire To The Rain - Adele (Winter 13)
#16 - Keep Your Head Up - Andy Grammer (Winter & Fall 13)
#10 - Brighter Than The Sun - Colbie Callait (Winter 13)

2010:

#56 - Rhythm of Love - Plain White T's (Winter 13, Winter & Summer 14)
#2 - Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars (Winter & Fall 13, Winter 14)

2008:

#64 - 1,2,3,4 - Plain White T's (Winter 13)
#42 - Love Song - Sara Bareilles (Winter 13, Winter & Summer 14)
#1 - Viva la Liva - Coldplay (Summer 13)

2007:

#2 Girls in Their Summer Clothes - Bruce Springsteen (Summer 13)

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This is a great lineup -- thanks!

I recognized several because of regular airplay courtesy of RadioDude, then looked in on a few more based on your description -- wow! I'll try to get to all of them soon.

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Looks and sounds great.

I would put Safe and Sound even more firmly in the disco category than Get Lucky -- more repetitive, and more of that annoying backbeat that elektronika has now adapted for their own purposes. And I do think the solo is a synthesizer -- they're so good these days that it's difficult to tell the difference without doing a Fourier transform, but this one just sounds too bright to be an actual trumpet.

Great to see and hear the Boneys again.

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You are the best!

I am STILL obsessed with "Chasing the Sun" (I know the note you mean and I can't hit it unless I drop the whole song an octave) but yeah, "Brave" needs a little space.

I am heading out of town for a few days but will dive into this list with all paws when I get back.

Thank you for keeping so many of us fresh!

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#2 Pompeii can be added to the Mecca list. My radio station just started playing this song this week, giving me a title to go along with the familiar Mecca earworm that's been on the last two if not maybe the last three CD's....

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For what it's worth, "Didn't Mean To Fall In Love" was on Boston's Corporate America album in 2002. This version is from the Life, Love & Hope album that has a ton of re-mixed and re-fiddled-with tracks, cause Tom Scholz is never done with a track.

I didn't care for this album much, but I will give it a few more listens. I don't know why it bothered me that there were five lead singers, and I never really have gotten into any tracks with women lead singers for them even though I wanted to. I know it's a Brad Delp adoration thing, but I liked Fran Cosmo OK, too, and he's not on this one.

Every track reminds me how much Boston is about Scholz, which is too bad in some ways. He just is such a perfectionist that no one can stand to work with him for very long.

I know Delp's voice would probably have changed by now and maybe he wouldn't still be hitting all the high notes, but I still miss him.

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Get Lucky hit me the same way. The first time I heard it I was like, "Is this a long lost disco hit? Why don't I remember it?" Then found out it was new. Puts me in the mood to move!

Just discovered Pompeii recently - very catchy. Has a sort of 80's feel to me.

<3 Counting Stars. Can never seem to get tired of it. Brave, OTOH...like it, but yeah, give it a rest.

But Katy Perry??? tsk tsk! :wink:


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But Katy Perry??? tsk tsk! :wink:


I know, I know...and after the way she crucified "Yesterday" on that Beatles tribute show, I go and give her number 5... :oops:


Believe me, I am ashamed of myself, but honesty was promised.

The embarrassment continues..I recently heard..and rather liked...a song called "Story Of My Life"..THEN I find out it's by One Direction...ONE-FREAKIN' DIRECTION!!!! I am apparently turning into an 11 year-old girl!!!!!!


I gotta go listen to some Steely Dan or Van Morrison or something...quick!

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For what it's worth, "Didn't Mean To Fall In Love" was on Boston's Corporate America album in 2002. This version is from the Life, Love & Hope album that has a ton of re-mixed and re-fiddled-with tracks, cause Tom Scholz is never done with a track.

I didn't care for this album much, but I will give it a few more listens. I don't know why it bothered me that there were five lead singers, and I never really have gotten into any tracks with women lead singers for them even though I wanted to. I know it's a Brad Delp adoration thing, but I liked Fran Cosmo OK, too, and he's not on this one.

Every track reminds me how much Boston is about Scholz, which is too bad in some ways. He just is such a perfectionist that no one can stand to work with him for very long.

I know Delp's voice would probably have changed by now and maybe he wouldn't still be hitting all the high notes, but I still miss him.


Didn't realize that the song was a re-do...Corporate America went in and out of my ears the first time I heard it. To be honest, this was the only song I came close to liking on the new album. The rest is pretty bleh.

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Wow... I really thought I would recognize more since 2013 was undoubtedly the year I paid attention to (and liked) more new music than any other since my 80's heyday. But I only got 6 here... 5 from the Mecca soundtrack. The only non-Mecca song I recognize is what I figured the disco song had to be... "Get Lucky". I don't see how anyone could not possibly like that song.

And of course I wasn't really expecting you to include that other song Pharrell Williams was involved in (which is my clear cut #1), but maybe a tiny part of me was holding out for it...

For full disclosure, here is every Mecca song (that I recognize) that has ever been ranked in the Boneys:

2013:

#28 - Brave - Sara Bareilles (Fall 13)
#23 - Counting Stars - OneRepublic (Winter & Summer 14)
#13 - Wagon Wheel (!!!) - Darius Rucker (Fall 13)
#5 - Roar - Katy Perry (Winter & Summer 14)
#1 - Safe & Sound - Capital Cities (Winter & Fall 13, Winter 14)

2012:

#54 - Anna Sun - Walk the Moon (Summer & Fall 13)
#40 - Demons - Imagine Dragons (Fall 13, Winter 14)
#30 - Stubborn Love - Lumineers (Summer 13)
#26 - She's So Mean - Matchbox 20 (Winter 13)
#21 - On Top of the World - Imagine Dragons (Winter & Summer 14)
#17 - Everybody Talks - Neon Trees (Summer 13)
#16 - Hall of Fame - The Script (Fall 13, Winter 14)
#15 - Lover of the Light - Mumford & Songs (Who can keep track?... Mumford's all over the Mecca CD and their crap all sounds the same to me)
#13 - Between the Raindrops - Lifehouse with Natasha Beddingfield (Winter & Summer 14)
#11 - It's Time - Imagine Dragons (Summer 13, Winter 14)
#7 - I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons (See above)
#4 - Home - Phillip Phillips (Summer 13)
#3 - Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen (Summer 13)
#2 - Ho Hey - Lumineers (Summer 13)

Special nod to #41 - Just Breathe - Willie Nelson (The Pearl Jam version was on the Summer 13 CD)

2011:

#26 - Set Fire To The Rain - Adele (Winter 13)
#16 - Keep Your Head Up - Andy Grammer (Winter & Fall 13)
#10 - Brighter Than The Sun - Colbie Callait (Winter 13)

2010:

#56 - Rhythm of Love - Plain White T's (Winter 13, Winter & Summer 14)
#2 - Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars (Winter & Fall 13, Winter 14)

2008:

#64 - 1,2,3,4 - Plain White T's (Winter 13)
#42 - Love Song - Sara Bareilles (Winter 13, Winter & Summer 14)
#1 - Viva la Liva - Coldplay (Summer 13)

2007:

#2 Girls in Their Summer Clothes - Bruce Springsteen (Summer 13)



Wow.. I didn't realize I'd been doing this that long. Thanks for the recap.

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The embarrassment continues..I recently heard..and rather liked...a song called "Story Of My Life"..THEN I find out it's by One Direction...ONE-FREAKIN' DIRECTION!!!! I am apparently turning into an 11 year-old girl!!!!!!



I'm not surprised since that song seems to be typical of a lot of your Boney songs. It's a pretty good song (though I'm in oversaturation mode with it given having to hear it constantly on the radio and at Mecca)... but I still prefer one that's more 1D's standard fare... "What Makes You Beautiful"....

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#40 - Demons - Imagine Dragons (Fall 13, Winter 14)


Another song I can never get tired of. 8)


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vettech wrote:
But Katy Perry??? tsk tsk! :wink:


I know, I know...and after the way she crucified "Yesterday" on that Beatles tribute show, I go and give her number 5... :oops:


Believe me, I am ashamed of myself, but honesty was promised.I gotta go listen to some Steely Dan or Van Morrison or something...quick!


Forgiven - we all have our guilty pleasures (I actually find myself singing along to it, even though I desperately don't want to). :lol:


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T_Bone0806 wrote:
The embarrassment continues..I recently heard..and rather liked...a song called "Story Of My Life"..THEN I find out it's by One Direction...ONE-FREAKIN' DIRECTION!!!! I am apparently turning into an 11 year-old girl!!!!!!




I just figured out what song you're talking about. Dagnabbit, I like that song too!! UGH!!!!! :oops:


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