As long-time readers know, I have a lot of digital music, split about evenly in two collections, classical music and non-classical music. I listen to an average of 10 hours each and every day. Common questions I get about music include:
- Who’s your favorite group?
- What’s your favorite song?
- What’s your favorite album?
My favorite group by far is The Beatles. One might think, then, that my favorite song and favorite album might also be by The Beatles. I’m not sure, but The Beatles do have several songs and albums in my Top 20.
I listen to my non-classical music in chronological order, and each time I start over, I decided to determine my favorite song and my favorite album. By the time I finish the Sixties, I have given up.
I am in 1975 right now, and I think I did determine what is my favorite year. It’s 1971. I have jumped ahead and looked at the upcoming years, but once we get out of the Seventies, the amount of music in each year starts decreasing significantly.
Here is a list of albums in my 1971 collection:
- First Album – ZZ Top
- Salisbury – Uriah Heep
- Chicago III – Chicago
- Paranoid – Black Sabbath
- Crazy Horse – Crazy Horse
- Love It To Death – Alice Cooper
- The Yes Album – Yes
- Percy – The Kinks
- Aqualung – Jethro Tull
- Manna – Bread
- Sticky Fingers – The Rolling Stones
- The Doobie Brothers – The Doobie Brothers
- Survival – Grand Funk
- Bloodrock 3 – Bloodrock
- Thirds – The James Gang
- Songs For Beginners – Graham Nash
- Ram – Paul & Linda McCartney
- L.A. Woman – The Doors
- Indelibly Stamped – Supertramp
- Every Good Boy Deserves Favour – The Moody Blues
- Fireball – Deep Purple
- Master Of Reality – Black Sabbath
- Who’s Next – The Who
- April Wine – April Wine
- Harmony – Three Dog Night
- Look At Yourself – Uriah Heep
- Imagine – John Lennon
- Electric Warrior – T Rex
- American Pie – Don McLean
- Other Voices – The Doors
- Distant Light – The Hollies
- Meddle – Pink Floyd
- Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be – The Sweet
- Sittin’ In – Loggins & Messina
- Led Zeppelin IV – Led Zeppelin
- Nilsson Schmilsson – Nilsson
- Fragile – Yes
- E Pluribus Funk – Grand Funk
- Madman Across The Water – Elton John
- Killer – Alice Cooper
- Trafalgar – Bee Gees
- For Ladies Only – Steppenwolf
- Straight Up – Badfinger
- The Electric Light Orchestra – The Electric Light Orchestra
- Wild Life – Wings
That’s 29 hours, 48 minutes, and 23 seconds of music. Takes me three days to listen to it.
If I did the A/B, A/C, A/D, A/E test, I’m pretty sure Led Zeppelin IV would come out on top for 1971. After that, #2 probably would be between Paranoid – Black Sabbath, Ram – Paul & Linda McCartney, L.A. Woman – Doors, Who’s Next? – The Who, and Killer – Alice Cooper. I can’t decide. See? That’s why I give up.
As far as favorite songs for 1971, do I give it to Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin, Imagine by John Lennon, or Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who? What about How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? by the Bee Gees? Locomotive Breath by Jethro Tull? Without You by Nilsson? Day After Day by Badfinger? I give up, again.
In light of what happened in the presidential election last Tuesday, perhaps a couple of songs and song titles have a message: Imagine, Stairway to Heaven, and Won’t Get Fooled Again. Here they are:
Imagine by John Lennon
Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who