OK. Here's another one: Hall and Oates, The Cars and Duran Duran.
Also, I would like a station that only played Depeche Mode, The Cure, The Smiths, New Order (have I mentioned the fact that I love Peter Hook?), Erasure, Yaz, and maybe an occasional Book of Love song. I know what you are thinking, long time PDXers. That sounds a lot like 970 the Beat. YES. YES IT DOES. And if this station could be AM and all dirty and rumbley sounding, that would be terrific. I would listen to it ALL THE TIME.
It might have occurred to you readers that maybe an IPod could create the illusion of these heavy rotation stations. But you would be wrong. Because the IPod, for all the wonderful things it can do for me, cannot recreate the joy of hearing something really great (that I haven't heard in a long time) on the radio (or even in a mix made for me by someone else). The problem with the IPod is that there is no real surprise. I've put everything on there. There is no connection to someone else who thought it might be nice to hear "Institutionalized" or "Gypsy" or "Mr. Brightside". It's like getting a really good present when I'm not expecting it.
In honor of the spontaneity and unexpectedness that sometimes comes from radio, here is my list of best songs to sing along to in the car:
Runners Up: anything by the mamas and the papas (good harmonies), "The Gambler", "More than a Feeling", "Open Arms", "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love", "Livin' on a Prayer", "Don't Talk to Strangers"
10. "Just Can't Get Enough" Depeche Mode (I suggesting singing "Just Can't Get it Up" to the chorus. It is funny.)
9. "Euro-trash Girl" Cracker
8. "Crucify" Tori Amos (actually, it's hard to pick just one--she's just fun to sing along to period.)
7. "Song 2" Blur
6. "Sabotage" The Beastie Boys
5. "Black Dog" Led Zeppelin
4. "Mother" Danzig (Qwanty, I know you know what I mean!)
3. "Good" Better than Ezra (the happiest break up song pretty much ever)
2. "Sweet Child of Mine" Guns n Roses
1. "Self-Esteem" Offspring