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Everybody can sometimes use a pick me up on the way to school or to work.  It is hard to come up with a depressing sunshine song  (although Fiddler on the Roof is close).  So, we play these on just about every morning when we are not feeling all that excited about the day.  And, it works!

SONGARTIST
Close to YouThe Carpenters
Here Comes the SunThe Beatles
Tomorrow (Annie)Alicia Morton, Audra McDonald, Kathy Bates & Victor Barber
My GirlThe Temptations
I Can See Clearly NowJohnny Nash
Sunshine On My ShouldersJohn Denver
You Are the Sunshine of My LifeStevie Wonder
Walking on SunshineKatrina & the Waves
Good Day SunshineThe Beatles
I Was Made For Sunny DaysThe Weepies
Sunrise, SunsetJohn Williams (Fiddler on the Roof)
Another Sunny DayBelle & Sebastian
Lost in the SunIvy
Brighter Than The SunColbie Caillat
Chasing the SunsetImaginary Cities
Distant SunCrowded House
Walking In the SunTravis
Where the Road Meets the SunKatie Herzig & Matthew Perryman Jones
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on MeElton John
I'll Follow the SunThe Beatles
Facing the SunTreelight for Sunlight
Honey in the SunCamera Obscura
Summer SunshineThe Corrs
In the SunShe & Him


To make this (NOT ALL INCLUSIVE) list, the song must demonstrate a mind-blowing bass line of some sort.  It can't just be a simple repeat bass beat, like Seven Nation Army (too obvious).  It does not matter whether it is a famous bass player or a session player. The song also must be fairly decent, if not immediately recognizable.  Above all else, one may not have realized that the awesome bass line was always there. . .

SONGARTIST<15 WORDS
I WonderRodriguezRight?  Unbelievable bass throughout the whole thing.  Almost silly.  Without 60 minutes, never would have known.
Dream WeaverGary WrightSurprise.  For such an unbelievably cheesy song, the bass line surrounding the chorus is amazing!
It's My LifeTalk, TalkNot a big secret, but poor dude is killing it for about four minutes and probably never had a proper gig again in his life.
25 or 6 to 4ChicagoTake your pick, but you played this in your high school jazz band for a reason, with your conductor yelling at the bassist to keep up.
Grey Cell GreenNed's Atomic DustbinTough call between this and Cut Up, but picked this one to meet criteria.  Band had low-octave and high octave bass players.  You can hear both ends clearly.
Long Distance RunaroundYesOk, not a fair fight.  Christopher Squire is ridiculous.  God rest his soul.
By the WayRed Hot Chili PeppersFlea.  Mind blowing.  Ask him his inspiration (hint, he is referenced herein)
Billie JeanMichael JacksonSort of an obvious pick, but who is this and how did they get so lucky?  Beat It, as well. (If only there was some way to find out)
Feel Good Inc.GorillazThis song would be nothing without the sneaky good bass line.  Plus, it is a funny song.
I Want You BackJackson 5Dude just absolutely kills it on bass while Michael sings it!  Is it Tito? 
Ain't No Mountain High EnoughMarvin Gaye & Tammi TerrelHave to listen carefully, but the bass line is incredible.  The song is great too.
BadgeCreamSo, not a big Cream fan necessarily, but hard to argue with the bass in this one.
Higher GroundStevie WonderSo could go with Flea's version just as easily, but let's give credit where credit is due for this mind blowing bass line.
The Unforgettable FireU2A hidden bass gem and a decent song.  Listen carefully, Adam Clayton can play the bass (New Year's Day too)
Hand in GloveThe SmithsDon't normally associate bass virtuosity with the Smiths, but there is sufficiently consistent bass shredding going on here.
Bad GirlsDonna SummerGet the dance funk out.  So, again, take your pick, but her bassist holds it all together.
You Can Call Me AlPaul SimonI hate myself for this one.  But, it is good.  The fact that Chevy Chase gets the video credit is a shame.
ManeaterHall & OatesSome random band-mate got this gig.  A little plodding, but the song does not work without that bass line.
New World Man (Live, Replay X 3, Disc 4)RushAgain, not a fair fight, but the uniqueness of this song and this album (Signals) is that Geddy shreds the melody and harmony on bass throughout.  Plus, it was one of their few top 40 hits (to meet the criteria).  This version (from the Grace Under Pressure tour, has the best sound quality)
Seven WondersFleetwood MacThere are others, e.g., the Chain, etc., but this subtle bass line is really great.  (Have to listen carefully)
Shining StarEarth Wind & FireTake your pick.  They just crush it and the bass line really picks up after the first chorus.
Brown Eyed GirlVan MorrisonAnother sort of obvious bass line, but people get lost in the great lyric and forget the dude pushing the bass clef -all 3 minutes worth.
Some Like It HotThe Power StationNo one is saying that the bassist is great here, but the bass line absolutely is.
Where I End and You Begin (The Sky Is Falling In)RadioheadSo, an uber depressing song, but also a bass playing expose from the get-go.  Listen again at about the 2:50 mark, where the bass takes over the melody underneath it all.
Rebel YellBilly IdolA little surprising and little plodding, but it is there...
China GirlDavid BowieCould this song even be made today?  Ok, but the bass is awesome.
New Year's DayU2Great.
Holding OnThe War On DrugsThe bass line glues this entire, magnificent arrangement together.  David Hartley is not flashy, but an incredibly critical piece to this band's compositions.



The choo choo songs for those of us who ride with those who love to see trains.  Not an all-inclusive list, but these are the ones with which we've become most familiar.

SONGSARTIST
Midnight Train to GeorgiaGladys Knight & the Pips
Downtown TrainRod Stewart (version)
Long Train Runnin'The Doobie Brothers
Love TrainThe O'Jays
Runaway TrainSoul Asylum
Train In VainAnnie Lennox (version)
Peace TrainCat Stevens
The Train From Kansas CityNeko Case
C'mon 'N' Ride It (The Train)Quad City DJ's
Long Black TrainJosh Turner
Night TrainJason Aldean
City of New OrleansArlo Guthrie
Downbound TrainBruce Springsteen
Chattanooga Choo ChooBarry Manilow (version)
I'm Ridin' This TrainMichael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
Sweet HomeOld Crow Medicine Show
RailroadsHolly Williams
The Jupiter & the 119Railroad Earth
Mystery TrainThe Grascals
The Train I'm OnThe Farm Inc.