Before I begin my countdown I'd like to say how difficult it was choosing just ten songs out of the thousands I must have listened to over the years. How was I to base my choices? Melody, lyrics, artist or because the song held a particular significance at some point in my life? In the end I opted for a little of each.
But it was also fun; listening to old records and CDs that had not been out of their sleeves or cases in a few years. Thank you, Alex! Here is my list:
10. One - Johnny Cash (words and music by U2). There was something about the pairing of this song with Cash's aging voice that worked for me and though I've never really been a fan of U2's later songs, the lyrics are inspirational.
9. Electricity - OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark). I've been to many concerts over the years but nothing will compare to the OMD concert I attended in the early 1990s. They are incredible live and if you ever get the chance to see them, go.
8. Could it be Magic - Take That (words and music by Barry Manilow). Even though I don't do boy bands, I'm a huge Manilow fan and this song, covered by Take That in the early 1990s, is my favourite.
7. Smile - Robert Downey Jr. (words by John Turner/Geoffrey Parsons and music by Charlie Chaplin). This is going to sound morbid but I'd like this song to be played at my funeral, because smile is what we should do at times of adversity. If we can't smile or laugh, what is the point of living?
6. Purple Rain - Prince. I just love this song.
5. Solitary Man - Neil Diamond. In truth I could have chosen a dozen Diamond songs, but I loved his earlier songs and this one tops the list.
4. Love is a Battlefield - Pat Benitar (words and music by Holly Knight and Mike Chapman). This choice isn't really about the song itself, it's more the memories it invokes of my sister and I dancing around the bedroom with our hairbrushes and singing the lyrics. Haven't we all done that?
3. Speechless - Lady GaGa. Every time I hear this song I'm inspired to to write. An awe-inspiring song.
2. Sweet Child o' Mine - Guns N Roses. Apart from sheer quality of music and lyrics, this song invokes strong memories of my late teens - friendship, college, young love, and discovering music I'd never even heard of before. I could go on.
Before I announce my number one, I should say it was only ever going to be a David Bowie song. He has been the most influential artist in my life and certainly shaped my musical taste in my teens and early twenties. With songs such as China Girl, Life on Mars, Rock n Roll Suicide, Space Oddity, Young Americans, The Jean Genie, Aladdin Sane, Ziggy Stardust - to name just a few - I could have made my top ten all Bowie. But here it is, my number one of all time:
1. Starman - David Bowie. As a sci-fi geek from an early age, this really was an easy choice for me. Plus Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars is my favourite album. Click on the link and take a listen.
So there you have it - my top ten list. Did you agree or disagree with any of my choices? Did you put your head in your hands and say, why?
I can't wait to read yours, but as there are over 100 bloggers taking part it will take me a while to get around, so please be patient with me.