Monday, January 24, 2011


I just noticed this today, but I just HAD to participate!

Rules of the blogfest:

"Music moves us. It inspires us! Now, tell the world YOUR ten favorite songs of all time. The Song, the band – why does it move you?"

To see a list of all the other participants in Alex J. Cavenaugh's Music Blogfest, click here

So, just to warn you, my taste tends to be a tad eclectic.  As you're listening, you might wonder how the same person could like all these different songs, but I assure you, I have my reasons!  :)

1. Favorite Romance Song: In This Life, by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
This song is one of my favorites because it's the song my husband picked for our first dance together at our reception.  He completely surprised me with it, too!

2. Favorite Battle Scene song: O Fortuna
I've literally looked for this song for years.  Every time I heard it in a movie, I always wished I knew the name.  Well, I found out just a few weeks ago and my battle scenes thank me! (by the way, this one is the shortened version)

3. Favorite Kick-butt song (and yes, this is different from battle scene song because this is appropriate for non-battle type situations that are equally kick-butt): The Beautiful People, by Marilyn Manson
This one has become a favorite since I started writing MORCAH.  If you are trying to write dark, this is the song to listen to.

Warning:  I didn't realize this before actually reading the lyrics, but there are some swear words in this.  So if there are kiddos who read this blog, or even anyone who might be offended, I suggest you not hit the play button on this song.

4. Favorite '80s song: Sweet Dreams, by Eurythmics
Okay, how can you not love this??  It's got a great beat and,'s got a great beat!  Okay, yes the lyrics are cool, too.

5. Favorite Party Song: Celebration, by Kool & The Gang
Again, how could you not love this? Every time I hear this, I just HAVE to dance. :)

6. Favorite bring-you-almost-to-tears Song: House of the Rising Sun, by The Animals
My parents were hippies (the real kind, not the drugged-out stereotypical kind portrayed by the media), so I grew up loving a lot of this kind of music.

7. Favorite Song From a Movie: The Last March of the Ents from LOTR
There's just so much hope portrayed in this song.  I love it!

8. Other Favorite Romance Song: I Need a Hero (from Shrek 2)
This is my song to Gorgeous because, well, he's my hero.  :)

9. Favorite Techno Remix Song: Phantom of the Opera
This needs no explanation.  Just listen. :)


10. ANOTHER Favorite Song From a Movie: Dancing in the Streets All Night, by Robbi Rob (from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures
When I took ballet in college, my partner and I choreographed a song to this.  I've always loved this song.  It's so beautiful, and it's in my favorite movie of all time.

Well, I hope you guys enjoyed my selections!  Now I'm off to see all the other posts in the blogfest!  Have fun!


  1. You know the cool thing about this list? I hadn't heard a lot of these before--thanks so much for introducing me to some of your favorite tunes!

  2. You're welcome! :)

    And yeah, this list doesn't even begin to cover all my favorites, but it's so hard to narrow it down! There should be a top 100 list! But then, that would be VERY long and we'd probably be at this blogfest forever. :)

  3. *does happy dance cuz recognizes many songs on list*

    Great list!

  4. Great work Em! Lots of awesome choices here.

  5. best reference to film...
    what a great selection of music
    thanks for the melody's,

  6. house of the rising sun just missed my list!!! ugh! i like that bill and ted song- never heard it before. i didn't know what o fortuna was by title- but ohmygoodness- I LOVE THAT SONG!!! ohno! what did they do to the phantom!!??!?!? :P and your romantic song is sooo sweet! and LOTR soundtrack is SO BEAUTIFUL!!! :) lots of great picks em! you put them together superfast!!! :)

  7. What a fun list! I love that you put the Shrek song in here, I loved that Bonnie Tyler song!

  8. Everyone needs a kick-butt song! And congratulations - first Bill & Ted mention of the day.
    Thanks for participating.

  9. Great stuff! And, like you, my tastes are utterly eclectic. It's cool to see I'm not alone.

  10. I love the way you broke it down! Great list! :D

  11. Wow, great selections. LIke the way you put this together.

  12. oh, I love how you made ten categories :) And I love Israel's cover of OVER THE RAINBOW!

  13. Great list, Emily.

    I have eclectic tastes too which I think is always a good thing because it means that a person is constantly exposing themselves to new things and new perspectives.

    O Fortuna is a great piece of music! and you're right that it's one of those pieces that everyone recognises but doesn't know the name too. Thanks for letting me know it's name!


  14. Great selection I know many and the ones I did know are favourites, especially The House Of The Rising Sun.


  15. The Beautiful People does indeed kick butt! And LOVE Sweet Dreams - great list! Thanks for sharing ~ :)

  16. Great, great list. Israel's song is so beautiful. What a light he was.

  17. Awesome list! I love the Eurythmics!!!!! And Celebration is a fantastic song! I hadn't heard the techno of Phantom before - it's awesome - thanks!

  18. Dang; I could be here all night listening to your choices. Some of my Favs also - though they didn't make my top ten list.

    Oh man, why do I have a day job . .


  19. Fabulous list!! I love O Fortuna - totally agree that it's a great battle song. I listen to it when I write a fight scene (along with a few picks off 13th Warrior and Fellowship of the Rings soundtracks). In Time is a GREAT song as well. That triggers some fun college memories!

  20. "House of the Rising Sun" by the Animals wsa the first 45 I ever bought when I was in 7th grade. By the way, a 45 was a record with a single hit on it in case you're too young to remember.

    Make sure you check my Wednesday post!
    Tossing It Out

  21. The Animals, of course! I like the themes you chose for organising your list.


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