Song of the Day #3,370: ‘Take On Me (Extended Version)’ – A-Ha

Kicking off Week Three of the 30 Days Music Challenge, we arrive at ‘A Song That You Never Get Tired Of.’ We’ll have to forgive the grammar, and imagine that we’ve been asked to come up with ‘A Song Of Which You Never Tire.’

I only had one choice for this category, and it didn’t matter that I’d featured the song twice already. A-Ha’s ‘Take On Me’ is on the short list of my favorite songs ever precisely because I am never not in the mood to hear it.

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Song of the Day #3,369: ‘Tears of Rage’ – Bob Dylan

A nice Random Weekend selection today from Bob Dylan’s album The Basement Tapes, which was released in 1975 but largely recorded in 1966. Dylan was backed by members of The Band on many of these songs, which were recorded in various homes in Woodstock, New York.

‘Tears of Rage,’ the closing track of Disc One, was written by Dylan and Richard Manuel. It is widely interpreted as an indictment of American materialism in the aftermath of the Vietnam war.

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Song of the Day #3,368: ‘Possession (Piano Version)’ – Sarah McLachlan

Today’s Random Weekend selection is the best-known song from one of the best albums of the 90s, Sarah McLachlan’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. This is a bonus track, a piano and vocals version of lead single ‘Possession.’ It strips away the glorious production of the original but is no less powerful. Maybe more so.

McLachlan wrote this song in the voice of an obsessed fan, something she unfortunately had plenty of back in the day.

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Song of the Day #3,367: ‘One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)’ – Frank Sinatra

After trotting out the songs that make us happy yesterday, you might have predicted that today’s installment of the 30 Day Music Challenge would call for ‘A Song That Makes You Sad.’

As a self-professed lover of melancholy music, I have no shortage of songs to choose from today. Many of my favorite artists (think Aimee Mann and Belle & Sebastian) are known for writing sad songs. But I decided to reach back to a classic from well before my time.

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Song of the Day #3,366: ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling (Live)’ – Eagles

We go from songs about drugs and alcohol to a much nicer topic on Day Nine of the 30 Day Music Challenge. Today’s task is to name ‘A Song That Makes You Happy.’

If you had told me six months ago I’d be choosing an Eagles song for this category, I would have called you crazy. Back then the band would more likely show up under ‘A Song You Think is Overrated’ or ‘A Song By a Popular Band You Dislike’ (those aren’t real categories, as far as I know, but they could be).

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Song of the Day #3,365: ‘Needle in the Hay’ – Elliott Smith

Things turn a bit darker on Day Eight of the 30 Day Music Challenge, as we are asked to come up with ‘A Song About Drugs Or Alcohol.’ Sure, there are plenty of fun drinking songs, but my mind went immediately to more cautionary tales.

No artist in my music collection is more appropriate for this category than Elliott Smith, whose heroin addiction informed so many of his songs.

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Song of the Day #3,364: ‘Honeymoon’ – Lana Del Rey

Day Seven of the 30 Day Music Challenge is a fun one: ‘A Song To Drive To.’ So many ways to go with this.

My initial thought was a song that you play while driving fast down an open road in broad daylight. A couple of thematically and musically appropriate choices came to me right away: Rihanna’s ‘Shut Up and Drive‘ and Sing Street’s ‘Drive It Like You Stole It.’ Another obvious one is a song I consider the epitome of open road tunes, Tom Petty’s ‘Runnin’ Down a Dream.’

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