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!
Close to You
Here Comes the Sun
Alicia Morton, Audra McDonald, Kathy Bates & Victor Garber
I Can See Clearly Now
Sunshine On My Shoulders
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Walking on Sunshine
Katrina & the Waves
Good Day Sunshine
I Was Made For Sunny Days
John Williams (Fiddler on the Roof)
Another Sunny Day
Belle & Sebastian
Lost in the Sun
Brighter Than The Sun
Chasing the Sunset
Walking In the Sun
Where the Road Meets the Sun
Katie Herzig & Matthew Perryman Jones
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
I'll Follow the Sun
Facing the Sun
Treelight for Sunlight
Honey in the Sun
In the Sun
She & 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. . .
Right? Unbelievable bass throughout the whole thing. Almost silly. Without 60 minutes, never would have known.
Surprise. For such an unbelievably cheesy song, the bass line surrounding the chorus is amazing!
It's My Life
Not 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 4
Take 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 Green
Ned's Atomic Dustbin
Tough 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 Runaround
Ok, not a fair fight. Christopher Squire is ridiculous. God rest his soul.
By the Way
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Flea. Mind blowing. Ask him his inspiration (hint, he is referenced herein)
Sort 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.
This song would be nothing without the sneaky good bass line. Plus, it is a funny song.
I Want You Back
Dude just absolutely kills it on bass while Michael sings it! Is it Tito?
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrel
Have to listen carefully, but the bass line is incredible. The song is great too.
So, not a big Cream fan necessarily, but hard to argue with the bass in this one.
So 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 Fire
A hidden bass gem and a decent song. Listen carefully, Adam Clayton can play the bass (New Year's Day too)
Hand in Glove
Don't normally associate bass virtuosity with the Smiths, but there is sufficiently consistent bass shredding going on here.
Get the dance funk out. So, again, take your pick, but her bassist holds it all together.
You Can Call Me Al
I hate myself for this one. But, it is good. The fact that Chevy Chase gets the video credit is a shame.
Hall & Oates
Some 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)
Again, 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)
There are others, e.g., the Chain, etc., but this subtle bass line is really great. (Have to listen carefully)
Earth Wind & Fire
Take your pick. They just crush it and the bass line really picks up after the first chorus.
Brown Eyed Girl
Another 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 Hot
The Power Station
No 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)
So, 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.
A little surprising and little plodding, but it is there...
Could this song even be made today? Ok, but the bass is awesome.
New Year's Day
The War On Drugs
The 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.
Midnight Train to Georgia
Gladys Knight & the Pips
Rod Stewart (version)
Long Train Runnin'
The Doobie Brothers
Train In Vain
Annie Lennox (version)
The Train From Kansas City
C'mon 'N' Ride It (The Train)
Quad City DJ's
Long Black Train
City of New Orleans
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Barry Manilow (version)
I'm Ridin' This Train
Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
Old Crow Medicine Show
The Jupiter & the 119
The Train I'm On
The Farm Inc.
This is a long, and inevitably ever-growing, list of great songs by great song-writers of the 70s and 80s. There can only be one song by each artist. It is not necessarily the artist's most popular. In general, the artist can't be a flash in the pan. There will be different lists posted here for niche artists that made or continue to influence a genre (e.g. New Wave, Heavy Metal..). Here, it is about the song-writing from arguably the best time period in popular music.