If you were limited to a playlist of only 10 tracks that you could listen to what would they be?

There is a radio programme in the UK called desert island discs. During the programme a celebrity is asked if they could only take 10 music tracks with them to a desert island what would they be. So want to play? Let’s hear what great tracks forum members would take with them?

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Fall on Me (REM)
Old Home Place (JD Crowe & The New South)
Take It with Me (Tom Waits)
How I Spent My Fall Vacation (Bruce Cockburn)
If I Needed Someone (Beatles)
God Only Knows (Beach Boys)
Into the Mystic (Van Morrison)
The Lee Shore (Crosby/Nash)
The Carpenter (Avett Bros.)
Looking into You (Jackson Browne)

Those might change tomorrow.


Off the top of my head, without much rumination and in no particular order:

Summertime (Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald; Porgy & Bess)
Take Five (Dave Brubeck; Time Out)
So What (Miles Davis; Kind of Blue)
Turn the Page (Bob Seeger and the Silver Bullet Band; Live Bullet)
Pictures at an Exhibition (Modest Mussorgsky; Any Orchestral Arrangement - don’t recall a favorite performance at the moment…)
Walking in Memphis (Mark Cohn, Marc Cohn)
Since the Last Time (Lyle Lovett; Joshua Judges Ruth)
Beast of Burden (The Rolling Stones; Some Girls)
Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison; Blowin’ Your Mind!)
Lucy Mae Blues (Buddy Guy; Blues Singer)

I’ll channel Mr. Burgess here and say, “these might change tomorrow”.

Good idea for a thread OP.


This will be a good thread for reference material

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Reference music, I hope, not reference audiophile sounds.

I find many albums people identify as reference material to consist only of audiophile sounds.

Taste differs.

In no particular order.

Sting - Little Wing 5:04
Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights (New Vocal Version) 4:57
Dire Straits - Telegraph Road 14:20
Marillion - This Strange Engine 15:35
Supertramp - Brother Where You Bound 16:27 (I REALLY hoped David Gilmour was gonna replace Roger permanently…)
Soft Machine - Out Of Season 5:32 (A masterpiece & a drummers nightmare)
Elton John - Ticking 7:34
Tears For Fears - Woman In Chains 6:29
Belfast Child - Simple Minds 6:38
In My World - Moody Blues 7:18
11 - Because I’m on Spinal Tap Island…
IQ - Sleepless Incidental 6:23 (yet another great tune that shifts back & forth from major to minor chords in the same key & complex time signatures)

Note some of those long times … you’re on an island… maximize your listening time…! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
By the way - how am I playing these songs on my lil island…? :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

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The Mystic’s Dream, Loreena McKennitt
The Lark Ascending, Vaughn Williams
Fountain of Sorrow, Jackson Browne
No Ordinary Love, Sade
All Along The Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix
You Shook Me, Led Zeppelin
Gayne Suite Ballet, Khachaturian
Homeland, Tingstad & Rumbel
Last Great American Whale, Lou Reed
Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd
Yulunga, Dead Can Dance

Okay, I cheated, that’s 11. :slight_smile:

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Well since someone is limiting me they clearly deserve the sadistic torture in this comedy bit song selection. Human brains can’t stand limits. Plus this is a good chuckle.

OK so I forgot to add mine. Here they are…

Waterfall - 10 cc from “live and let live” album
Woman to Woman - Shirley Brown
Moondance - Van “the Man” Morrison
Crying Shame - The Teskey Brothers
Don’t let it bring you down - Neil Young
Me myself I - Joan Armatrading
Sunday Blood Sunday - U2
Alive and Kicking - Simple Minds
18 till I die (Unplugged) - Bryan Adams
Arial Boundaries - Michael Hedges

And having posted that 10 there are another 10 that I realised I missed off the list. Darn this is hard!!! So much good music!

These will make a very interesting playlist to sort thru and use for seed in finding other “new to me or forgotten” music

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Yes, mine were chosen strictly for artistic content, not sound quality in any way.

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Where content and quality meet is a darn fine intersection and it does happen sometimes.

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I agree but pure musical enjoyment is the first order of priority in choosing this list. After all on your desert island you will probably only have access to your tracks via a personal portable device - that might be the subject of another thread on which personal audio player you would load the tracks onto.

Exactly what is was thinking

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Telegraph Road - Dire Straits
You’d be so nice to come home to - Art Pepper
Aja - Steely Dan
Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor - Saint Saens
Gringo - Little Feat
Waltz about whiskey - Mandolin Orange
Summertime - Doc Watson and David Grisman
Friend of the Devil - Garcia and Grisman
School - Supertramp
Thick as a Brick - Jethro Tull

some great tracks there @terzinator
how could I miss Telegraph Road, Aja, School and Thick as a Brick off my list?

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Given the ones you’ve chosen that I know, I will surely listen to the ones I don’t. Thank you!

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