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Have wanted to do something like this for a while now, and I have been inspired by Krista and Tim. So here we go.

But before we begin, a few disclaimers:

1. This is MY list. Yours might differ slightly.

2. It is by no means definitive and ever-changing.

3. Most of this list will include individual songs, but some will be artists with multiple pieces.

4. Please allow for a small amount of lyrics. It should mostly be one word (usually the title), or a few words (that includes the title), or perhaps a line/verse. But the essence of the song is instrumental.

5. New rules shall be added as necessary.

For the record, I have been into music since I can remember. My mother was a huge Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and Janis Joplin fan. Had an eclectic and somewhat psychedelic record collection growing up. I used to listen to the records and read along with the liner notes. I was a band geek growing up. My brother played the drums. I was a sax player and later picked up the bass guitar. Now I dabble in a little bit of everything. And I've started doing friendly DJ gigs.

And finally, I'm in the middle of a national industry inspection this week. I will do my best to keep up, but no guarantees this week.

 

#100. Press Play - Stone Temple Pilots

One of my favorite intros to an album. TINY MUSIC … SONGS FROM THE VATICAN GIFT SHOP, a record so striking, it seemed surprising that the same band and producer (Brendan O'Brien) that had made CORE and PURPLE were responsible for it.

From the first notes on the album, listeners recognized they were in for something different. The 80-second "Press Play" ventures into cocktail jazz (with O'Brien on electric piano) and sounds/feels/smells like a studio jam that just happened to be captured on tape.

 

#99. Slammin' - Huey Lewis & The News

#98. Miami Vice Theme - Jan Hammer

#97. Hill Street Blues Theme - Mike Post

#96. The River Kwai March - Mitch Miller

#95. Popcorn - Hot Butter

#94. Stranger On The Shore - Acker Bilk

#93. Love Is Blue - Paul Mauriat

#92. Out Of Limits - The Marketts

#91. Dragnet - Ray Anthony

#90. The Stripper - David Rose

#89. Aquarium (from The Carnival of the Animals) - Camille Saint-Saens

#88. The Odd Couple Theme - Neal Hefti

#87. Nadia's Theme (The Young and the Restless) - Barry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin Jr.

#86. The Munsters Theme Song - Jack Marshall

#85. Whale & Wasp - Alice In Chains

#84. Barney Miller Theme - Jack Elliott and Allyn Ferguson

#83. Exodus - Ferrante and Teicher

#82 Hawaii Five-0 - Morton Stevens

#81. Songbird - Kenny G

#80. Take the 'A' Train - Billy Strayhorn & Duke Ellington

#79. What's Happening!! - Henry Mancini (full-length version)

#78. Last Night - The Mar-Keys

#77. Theme from Mission: Impossible - Lalo Schifrin

#76. Harlem Nocturne - written by Earle Hagen and Dick Rogers (performed by The Viscounts)

#75. Batman Theme - Neal Hefti

#74. Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy

#73. Rockford Files Theme - Mike Post and Pete Carpenter

#72. TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) - MFSB

#71. Soul Finger - The Bar-Kays

#70. Fire On High - Electric Light Orchestra

#69. April In Paris - Count Basie & His Orchestra

#68. Perfidia - written by Alberto Dominguez (performed by The Ventures)

#67. Rise - Herb Alpert

#66. Breezin' - composed by Bobby Womack (performed by George Benson)

#65. Sirius - The Alan Parsons Project

#64. Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield

#63. Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller

#62. Hocus Pocus - Focus

#61. Toccata & Fugue in D Minor (BMV 565) - J.S. Bach

#60. Groove Holmes - Beastie Boys

#59. The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) - Yes

#58. Jungle Fever - The Chakachas

#57. Take 5 - composed by Paul Desmond, recorded by the Dave Brubek Quartet

#56. Summer Madness - Kool & The Gang

#55. Baby Elephant Walk - Henry Mancini

#54. Glad - Traffic

#53. Morning Mood - Edvard Grieg

#52. Pipeline - The Chantays

#51. Soul Bossa Nova - Quincy Jones

#50. Also Sprach Zarathustra - Richard Strauss

#49. Love's Theme - Barry White

#48. Soulful Strut - Young-Holt Unlimited

#47. Rhapsody In Blue - George Gershwin

#46. Classical Gas - Mason Williams

#45. Walk Don't Run - The Ventures

#44. Toreador Song (from Carmen) - George Bizet

#43. Mountain Jam - The Allman Brothers Band

#42. Grazing In The Grass - Hugh Masekela

#41. Theme from The Pink Panther - Henry Mancini

#40 Theme from A Summer Place - Percy Faith & His Orchestra

#39. Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson

#38. Peter Gunn Theme - Henry Mancini

#37. Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny

#36. Time Is Tight - Booker T and the MG's

#35. Rumble - Link Wray

#34. Dean Town - Vulfpeck

#33. Third Stone From The Sun - Jimi Hendrix

#32. The Entertainer - Scott Joplin

#31. The Hustle - Van McCoy

#30. Flight of the Bumblebee - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

#29. A Fifth of Beethoven - Walter Murphy

#28. Outa Space - Billy Preston

#27. William Tell Overture Finale - Gioachino Rossini

#26. Yakety Sax - James Q. "Spider" Rich & Boots Randolph

#25. Machine Gun - The Commodores

#24. Eruption - Van Halen

#23. Gonna Fly Now - Bill Conti

#22. Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione

#21. Ride Of The Valkyries - Richard Wagner

#20. Scuttle Buttin' - Stevie Ray Vaughan

#19. The Streetbeater - Quincy Jones

#18. YYZ - Rush

#17. Wipeout - The Surfaris

#16. Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin

#15. Axel F - Harold Faltermeyer

#14. Dueling Banjos - Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell

#13. Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band

#12. John Williams

#11. Rockit - Herbie Hancock

#10. In The Mood - Glenn Miller

#9. Misirlou - Dick Dale

#8. Tequila - The Champs

#7. Hoedown - Emerson, Lake & Palmer

#6. Linus & Lucy - Vince Guaraldi

#5. 5th Symphony in C Minor - Beethoven

#4. Green Onions - Booker T & The MGs

#3. Birdland - Weather Report

#2. Great Gig In The Sky - Pink Floyd

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Looking forward to the inevitable Axel F Theme/Chariots of Fire showdown. And hoping for not too much Yanni.

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Love all the music countdowns coming from all over 👍

As with others, can you place the songs (and links in possible) in the OP - otherwise will be hard to circle back and listen.

Thanks - looking forward.

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I disliked STP when they first came out. It wasn’t until Tiny Music that I really got into them. This album was more Beatlesesque than the previous ones. But since Tiny Music, I’ve been a huge fan. 

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1 minute ago, Dan Lambskin said:

:Star:

The Allman Brothers have a song that can overlap your and his lists.

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I am going to assume this doesn't count classical or jazz music, right?  Just looking at pop/rock?

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Just now, Ilov80s said:

I am going to assume this doesn't count classical or jazz music, right?  Just looking at pop/rock?

Incorrect assumption. Though classical is limited. Otherwise Mozart, Beethoven, and others would be all over it. 

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Just now, Tom Skerritt said:

Incorrect assumption. Though classical is limited. Otherwise Mozart, Beethoven, and others would be all over it. 

:thumbup:   so maybe rock/pop/electronic leaning but not exclusive?

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So many music threads now it’s hard to stay on top of them, but this sounds like a great one! I might not post much but will be happily following along.

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6 minutes ago, krista4 said:

So many music threads now it’s hard too stay on top of them, but this sounds like a great one! I might not post much but will be happily following along.

Look what you started

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1 minute ago, Ilov80s said:

Look what you started

Within every FBG is a music thread waiting to be unleashed.  Who knew?

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7 hours ago, Tin Cup said:

Looking forward to the inevitable Axel F Theme/Chariots of Fire showdown. And hoping for not too much Yanni.

Pretty certain you will not see Yanni on this list. No comment on the other two.

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2 hours ago, krista4 said:

So many music threads now it’s hard too stay on top of them, but this sounds like a great one! I might not post much but will be happily following along.

:tebow:

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9 minutes ago, Tom Skerritt said:

#98. Miami Vice Theme - Jan Hammer

You had to live through it to understand it.

They have a sound effect in this song, repeated a few times over maybe the last 45 seconds or so, that sounds like dropping a marble into a glass bottle. I have always wondered exactly what that sound was.

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5 hours ago, krista4 said:

Within every FBG is a music thread waiting to be unleashed.  Who knew?

Just wait for my top 55 banjo tunes thread. Will make the rest of you look silly.

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2 hours ago, Leroy Hoard said:

Just wait for my top 55 banjo tunes thread. Will make the rest of you look silly.

Pretty sure you could do a top 75 songs commonly sung by groups of drunk guys at a bar. 

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51 minutes ago, Politician Spock said:

Pretty sure you could do a top 75 songs commonly sung by groups of drunk guys at a bar. 

“Friends In Low Places” to the white courtesy phone...

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6 minutes ago, Tin Cup said:

“Friends In Low Places” to the white courtesy phone...

"You've lost that lovin' feeling" is on hold on line 2. 

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4 hours ago, Leroy Hoard said:

Just wait for my top 55 banjo tunes thread. Will make the rest of you look silly.

Well, Leroy - we definitely know that I will look silly... 

...cause when you do this, I promise to put on my overalls & floppy hat & yodel every single one them... 

...and then strategically bomb yous thread with the vids to scare all the crows away... 

...well - except for one certain crow that is. 

OH LOOKOUT! 

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15 hours ago, krista4 said:

So many music threads now it’s hard to stay on top of them, but this sounds like a great one! I might not post much but will be happily following along.

I think the time has come for a music subforum

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13 minutes ago, Galileo said:

I think the time has come for a music subforum

I think it was brought up several years ago, but never gained steam. 

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15 hours ago, Ilov80s said:

Look what you started

Ya, and Krista set the bar high regarding write-ups. Or so I’ve heard—didn’t read them myself.

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#97. Hill Street Blues Theme - Mike Post

Mike Post is quite possibly the most prolific TV theme song composer of all time. Had hits with Law & Order, The A Team, NYPD Blue, CHiPs, The White Shadow, Doogie Howser, LA Law, Magnum PI, Quantum Leap, and many others. Won a grammy at age 23. Also produced Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 and Van Halen III. Putting Hill Street Blues here simply because I always remember watching this show in the early 80's, and the theme song just had a calming effect on the room. A memorable instrumental in my life. Mike Post is so influential, Pete Townsend wrote a song about him for The Who.

Mike Post Theme - The Who

BTW, I'm anxious to get through the first 20-25 songs. These are obviously at the bottom, and as we get higher, the songs will get better.

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18 minutes ago, zamboni said:

One of the best TV themes in history IMO. With the great Larry Carlton on guitar.

And there will be more TV theme songs on this list, including one more from Mike Post.

Up Next: An instrumental composed for a movie from the 1950's. This tune was "whistled" in a classic teen angst movie from the 1980's. And the tail end of this whistled tune from the 80's blended into a Beethoven classic.

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8 minutes ago, Tom Skerritt said:

And there will be more TV theme songs on this list, including one more from Mike Post.

I figured that one would be higher up :D

...

Kind of a shame that so few TV shows have real theme songs any more.

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9 minutes ago, Doug B said:

I figured that one would be higher up :D

...

Kind of a shame that so few TV shows have real theme songs any more.

I like HSB. But to me, the other ones on the list are more iconic and recognizable... at least for us old folks.

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1 hour ago, Tom Skerritt said:

#97. Hill Street Blues Theme - Mike Post

Mike Post is quite possibly the most prolific TV theme song composer of all time. Had hits with Law & Order, The A Team, NYPD Blue, CHiPs, The White Shadow, Doogie Howser, LA Law, Magnum PI, Quantum Leap, and many others. Won a grammy at age 23. Also produced Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 and Van Halen III. Putting Hill Street Blues here simply because I always remember watching this show in the early 80's, and the theme song just had a calming effect on the room. A memorable instrumental in my life. Mike Post is so influential, Pete Townsend wrote a song about him for The Who.

Mike Post Theme - The Who

BTW, I'm anxious to get through the first 20-25 songs. These are obviously at the bottom, and as we get higher, the songs will get better.

Rockford Files theme too, the first time i remember filing a TV soundtrack name.

I was high on coke for most of the 80s, so i simply didn't have that many chill moments. But my best pal moved to Albuquerque the year Hill Street Blues started and was staying at my house while he looked for a place when it premiered. We loved the show & the theme. Once he found a pad, we'd switch off going to each other's house to watch HSB. The host would buy a half gallon of the craziest ice cream they could find, put half of it in a giant mixing bowl for the guest (if we had gfs, they might get a cup) and eat the other half from the tub. The first spoonful would be timed for the theme (and fishtailing squad cars) and it was just bliss. mmmm

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26 minutes ago, Tom Skerritt said:

I like HSB. But to me, the other ones on the list are more iconic and recognizable... at least for us old folks.

No, I meant "I figured the other Mike Post joint you were hinting at would be higher up ... not HSB, but that one" :D 

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2 minutes ago, wikkidpissah said:

Rockford Files theme too, the first time i remember filing a TV soundtrack name.

Nothin' but love ... but :doh: 

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3 minutes ago, Doug B said:

Nothin' but love ... but :doh: 

sry - but that was a different post that i hadn't read when i "spotlighted"

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7 minutes ago, wikkidpissah said:

Rockford Files theme too, the first time i remember filing a TV soundtrack name.

I was high on coke for most of the 80s, so i simply didn't have that many chill moments. But my best pal moved to Albuquerque the year Hill Street Blues started and was staying at my house while he looked for a place when it premiered. We loved the show & the theme. Once he found a pad, we'd switch off going to each other's house to watch HSB. The host would buy a half gallon of the craziest ice cream they could find, put half of it in a giant mixing bowl for the guest (if we had gfs, they might get a cup) and eat the other half from the tub. The first spoonful would be timed for the theme (and fishtailing squad cars) and it was just bliss. mmmm

I really like St. Elsewhere too (NOT a Mike Post theme), and I considered it for this list. But after listening to it after many years, it didn't make the cut.

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#96. The River Kwai March / Colonel Bogey March - Mitch Miller

"The River Kwai March" is a march composed by Malcolm Arnold in 1957. It was written as an orchestral counter-march to the "Colonel Bogey March", which is whistled by the soldiers entering the prisoner camp in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai and again near the end of the film when the bridge is formally dedicated. The Arnold march re-appears (without the "Colonel Bogey March") several times in the film and is repeated at the finale.

The two marches have been recorded together by Mitch Miller as "March from the River Kwai - Colonel Bogey". Due to this, the "Colonel Bogey March" is often mis-credited as "River Kwai March".

The Breakfast Club Cover

 

 

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25 minutes ago, Tom Skerritt said:

#95. Popcorn - Hot Butter (1972)

Lots of boobs and butts in this old video. Not sure if this was an official dance song, and god I hope it wasnt’t. 

I considered spotlighting this in the on hit wonder thread, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it....

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2 minutes ago, badmojo1006 said:

That is very annoying. Both the song and the video

That video is so weird

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9 minutes ago, badmojo1006 said:

That is very annoying. Both the song and the video

It was a little difficult to watch. A lot of quick camera switches. 

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On 4/10/2019 at 7:03 AM, Tom Skerritt said:

Trivia: this song was not part of the script. But the actors had trouble marching in unison, so the director suggested that they whistle a tune to stay aligned with each other. So, one of the extras started whistling "The Colonel Bogey March" (a British marching tune that dates to 1914).

The film's musical director was impressed by the whistling, and decided to incorporate the melody into his own theme song, which was called "The River Kwai March".

So, what you're hearing here is a combination of the two slightly different melodies from "The Coloney Bogey March" (the whistling) and "The River Kwai March" (the horns).

 

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#94. Stranger On The Shore - Acker Bilk

"Stranger on the Shore" is a piece for clarinet written by Acker Bilk for his young daughter and originally named "Jenny" after her.[1] It was subsequently used as the theme tune of a BBC TV drama serial for young people, Stranger on the Shore.[2] It was first released in 1961 in the UK, and then in the US, and reached number 1 in the US and number 2 in the UK.[3]

In May 1969, the crew of Apollo 10 took "Stranger on the Shore" on their mission to the moon. Gene Cernan, a member of the crew, included the tune on a cassette tape used in the command module of the Apollo spacecraft.

The composition has been covered by many other artists, most prominently a vocal 1962 version by Andy Williams, which reached #9 on the adult contemporary chart, #30 in the UK, and #38 on the Billboard Hot 100, and a group vocal version by the Drifters, which reached #19 on the adult contemporary chart and #73 on the Billboard Hot 100. Booker T & the MGs recorded a version on their debut album, Green Onions in 1962.

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On ‎4‎/‎10‎/‎2019 at 10:03 AM, Tom Skerritt said:

Have wanted to do something like this for a while now, and I have been inspired by Krista and Tim. So here we go.

But before we begin, a few disclaimers:

1. This is MY list. Yours might differ slightly.

2. It is by no means definitive and ever-changing.

3. Most of this list will include individual songs, but some will be artists with multiple pieces.

4. Please allow for a small amount of lyrics. It should mostly be one word (usually the title), or a few words (that includes the title), or perhaps a line/verse. But the essence of the song is instrumental.

5. New rules shall be added as necessary.

For the record, I have been into music since I can remember. My mother was a huge Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and Janis Joplin fan. Had an eclectic and somewhat psychedelic record collection growing up. I used to listen to the records and read along with the liner notes. I was a band geek growing up. My brother played the drums. I was a sax player and later picked up the bass guitar. Now I dabble in a little bit of everything. And I've started doing friendly DJ gigs.

And finally, I'm in the middle of a national industry inspection this week. I will do my best to keep up, but no guarantees this week.

 

#100. Press Play - Stone Temple Pilots

#99. Slammin' - Huey Lewis & The News

#98. Miami Vice Theme - Jan Hammer

#97. Hill Street Blues Theme - Mike Post

#96. The River Kwai March - Mitch Miller

#95. Popcorn - Hot Butter

#94. Stranger On The Shore - Acker Bilk

The River Kwai song brought back memories when my sister would sign to that same beat.

Comet..will make your mouth turn green,

Comet..it tastes like gasoline,

Comet will make vomit..so buy some comet and vomit today.

 

 

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