Mighty Life List
Feb 10 2011

Listen to 1,000 New Songs? Check.

We did it!

About a year ago, I added “Listen to 1,000 New Songs to my Life List, and started in. You guys sent me music, I listened to a lot of Pandora, and ten months later here we are. This project has enriched my life, so I’d like to do something on the site with music from now on, I’m just thinking about the best way to do it — please let me know if you have ideas in comments. For now, here’s a list of all my favorites over the past year.

These are my top ten:

1. All Summer from Best Coast, Kid Cudi and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam
2. Home from Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
3. Hand Me Down from Visqueen
4. Invincible from OK Go
5. Dominos from The Big Pink
6. Like a G6 from Far East Movement
7. When the Night Comes from Dan Auerbach
8. Dirty Laundry from Bitter:Sweet
9. Make You Feel My Love cover from Adele
10. Those to Come from The Shins

And here are the rest of the songs I linked to over the course of the 1,000 Songs Project. I’ve bolded more favorites:

I and Love and You from The Avett Brothers
I Thought of You Last Night from Jeri Southern
Him from Lily Allen
Vanilla Twilight from Owl City
Listomania from Phoenix
La Alergía from Very Be Careful
The High Road from Danger Mouse and James Mercer on the Broken Bells Album
Young Forever from Jay-Z and Mr. Hudson
Hologram from Katie Herzig
Safety in Numbers from Stars of Track and Field
Horchata from Vampire Weekend
Book of Love cover from Nataly Dawn
Oh Yeah! from Housse De Racket
Boy (extended mix) from Book of Love
Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) from Kid Cudi, MGMT, and Ratatat
Two Weeks from Grizzly Bear
Undercover Martyn from Two Door Cinema Club
Brand New Shoes from She and Him
Let Me Down Easy from Bettye Lavette
San Francisco from Brett Dennen
5 More Minutes Please from Meghan Smith
Balloons from The Postmarks
French Navy from Camera Obscura
Away with Murder from Camera Obscura
How You Like Me Now from The Heavy

I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked from Ida Maria
Meet Me In The City from The Black Keys
Runaway from the National
God Help the Girl from God Help the Girl
Do You Love Me from Amanda Jenssen
Destroy Everything You Touch from Ladytron
Idlewild from Julia Kent
You’re Not All That (Feat. Jessica Darling) from The Herbaliser
Ik wil alleen maar zwemmen from Spinvis
Not California from Hem
Ce Jeu from Yelle
Comme des Enfants from Couer de Pirate
Robots from Dan Mangan
Cavalier Eternal from Against Me!
Welcome Home from Radical Face
Summer Sun from Koop
Swim from Surfer Blood
Summertime from Josh Rouse
Catch the Sun from Doves
Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap
Know How by Kings of Convenience
The Great Escape from The Rifles
Call and Response from Or, the Whale
My Good Gal from Old Crow Medicine Show
Laundry Room from The Avett Brothers
White Winter Hymnal from Fleet Foxes
Steady Rollin’ from Two Gallants
No Ceiling from Eddie Vedder
So Bad from Arum Rae
Air Plane from Local Natives
You and I from Ingrid Michaelson
In My Cup from Richie Loops
Samson from Regina Spector
Le Moulin from Yann Tiersen
Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk from Rufus Wainwright
Rhythm of Love by Plain White T’s
I don’t know from Lisa Hannigan
There is a Light (but it’s not for everyone) from Rae Spoon
You Turned my Head Around from Dean & Britta
I Sing I Swim from Seabear
Quiet from Non Tiq
Don’t Save Me from Marit Larsen
Cry Me a River from Julie London
Bag of Hammers from Thao with the Get Down Stay Down
I know how you are going to die tonight. from Chris Bathgate
So Sleepy from Fiona Apple
God Loves You Micheal Chang from Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele
Modern Man from Arcade Fire
Good Enough from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Come Alive from Janelle Monae
Shine On from Seth Bernard and Daisy May
There’s An Arc from Hey Rosetta!
Conversation 16 from The National
Summer Special from Land of Talk
Ambling Alp from Yeasayer
Trashcan from Delta Spirit
Don’t Bother Me from the Blakes
Dirty City from Kids and Animals
Roll Away Your Stone from Mumford and Sons
Nothing Else Matters covered by Lissie
The Start of Something from Voxtrot
Just Impolite from Plushgun
Help, I’m Alive from Metric
Lauren Marie from Girls
Fix Up, Look Sharp from Dizzee Rascal
Oh My God from Ida Maria
Lost Cause from Beck
Don’t Stop from Brazilian Girls
Wish Someone Would Care from Irma Thomas
The Garden from Mirah
The Weather from Built to Spill
Acts of Man from Midlake
Little Bit of Feel Good from Jamie Lidell
Such Great Heights cover from Iron and Wine
You’re Gonna Miss Me from Lulu and the Lampshades
Rolling in the Deep from Adele
Be My Thrill from The Weepies
Lover Gone from Peggy Sue and the Pirates
The Rhythm You Started from Sophie Madeleine
Clementine from Sarah Jaffe
One Day from Sharon Van Etten
Smoke a Little Smoke from Eric Church
Before I’m Old from Fictionist
Bullfighter Jacket from Miniature Tigers
Big Jet Plane from Angus and Julia Stone
Holding Us Back from Katie Herzig
Via Con Me from Paolo Conte
I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know from Donny Hathaway
Two of Those Two from Maria Taylor
Doo Wah Doo from Kate Nash
That Day from The Villagers
Firework from Katy Perry
It All from Lou Rhodes
Capturing Moods from Rilo Kiley
Black and Yellow from Wiz Khalifa
Sugar from Dan Wilson

Thanks again for your emails, comments, and mixtapes over the course of the project. The CDs you’ve made me have been particularly touching. I like you.

And again, let me know if you have an idea of what you’d like to see in as a music feature on Mighty Girl from here on out.

31 Responses to “Listen to 1,000 New Songs? Check.”

  • MainlineMom aka Sarah Says:

    What a GREAT list!! I’m always hunting down new music and based on your faves I can tell we have some similar tastes and will go through those I don’t know and check them out :) So hey…thanks.

  • Melanie Says:

    Wow! When you started this one, I totally thought it would take you years to finish (I am admittedly terrible at math). Good on you. Maybe this means I can manage this one too… :)

  • Carson Says:

    If you liked that Hem song, be sure to check out their first album Rabbitt Songs. Beautiful from start to finish. A great story behind it too – http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hem_(band)?wasRedirected=true

  • Miss B Says:

    Perhaps you could link to an artist with a Kickstarter project in the works every month. With the kind of numbers you must get every day, you would surely end up helping a bunch of musicians/bands/&c. a crazy huge amount.

  • Georgina Says:

    What a great idea! This reminded me of the Guardian’s <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/series/1000-songs-everyone-must-hear"1000 songs everyone must hear – which I’ve still yet to do! Might be a good starting point!

    How did you keep track of the songs you’d listened to? Do you think you’ll do it again?

  • Elly Says:

    Woo! Congratulations on checking this one off! I love finishing items that require a little bit of commitment and persistence. Good for you, hey :)

  • Tina Says:

    Fantastic! I am so excited you posted the whole list! I love music, but I always seem to be the last to hear about the newest bands so anything about new music would be great.
    Best,
    Tina

  • Hannah (Culture Connoisseur) Says:

    That is a fabulous top 10! Keep pushing on. Isn’t it wonderful that there’s always so much more great music to be had? One of the best things in life, if you ask me.

    Congrats!

  • Heather B. Says:

    Yay, you loved You and I! That makes me happy.

    Also my favorite stations on Pandora are Duffy, Feist and Adele. Duffy is my absolute favorite, I think you’d dig it.

  • boredmando Says:

    Loved these posts! Just the other day I had an hour drive home from dropping off my parents at the airport at 3am, and I was just willing the radio to play “Home” by Edward Sharpe the whole time. Just before I turned into town, it came on! So good.

  • Liz Says:

    Congrats! I can’t tell you how much better my playlists are thanks to your project. Thank you for sharing so many great songs with us!

  • Kathleen Says:

    Very nice! Now off to iTunes, I’m gonna be awhile.

  • natasha Says:

    Congratulations! I love music but find it hard to keep up with everything out there! Thanks for the last ten months!! Keep it up.

  • Contessa Says:

    Thank you for publishing this list and adding the links! I am really enjoying browsing the “greatest hits.”

  • 101 Things Before You Die Says:

    I should probably do this myself as I’m just not a big music fan. If I forced myself to listen to some new stuff, I’d at least broaden my horizons. Congrats!

  • Jessica Says:

    Wow! Congratulations!!

  • sugarleg Says:

    rad and inspiring per usual.

    two ideas for you:

    since I am old and nostalgic for the magic of the mix tape (and yes, it made me smile to every Friday to see “Friday Mix Tape”) and all the fraught angst of making the choices and song order and timing and could hit the pause button in JUST the right place???!!? oh it was the best. how about having some kind of Mix Tape submission spot? perhaps ask who it is for, or the occasion, or theme and then readers can post and share.

    the other idea is also reader driven, and totally stolen from my favorite DJ in San Diego when I was in college (go Aztecs). Mike Halloran on 91X used to do this daily feature where listeners would send in three songs that they would take with them on a deserted island and he would play for them, BUT he would read the letters (pre-email, so cute) on the air that he had handpicked himself. they were these beautiful little windows into souls of music lovers, people who would take the time to tell a sad story or share something poignant, or ask for help through songs to say sorry, it was AWESOME. maybe you can do a feature like that here!!

    happy Friday and thanks and congrats. so much good tunes here.

  • Funnelcloud Rachel Says:

    Wow! This is impressive! I see a lot of my favorite bands on your list (and a lot of new bands to check out!)

  • Megan G. Says:

    Against my better promises to myself, I have become the bristly ‘I don’t understand what the kids are listening to’ adult. Continuing this somehow on your site could be a public service. Now please excuse me, as I need to flip the Andy Williams record.

  • Jae Says:

    Yay! Dirty Laundry is one of my all-time favorites, too!

  • Jo-Anne Says:

    Thank you to you for sharing all this amazing music!

    There’s one song I remember finding via your Friday’s lists and I can’t find it now! All I remember is that it’s a woman singer, and the entire video is of her singing late at night, alone, in a hotel room…

  • KK Says:

    Any chance someone could publish it as a mix on iTunes so it would be easy to buy the songs?

  • alison Says:

    That whole Edward Sharpe album is great.

  • Sheila Says:

    I so loved your Friday Song List. You introduced me to many new artists and songs. thank you.

  • Sarah Says:

    Is this a playlist on some music site somewheres? How often do you see live music and what type is it usually?

  • Aisha Says:

    Maybe you could do a collab with Pandora, with links to your current favorite stations? Or Grooveshark, have everyone share their current playlists?

    I guess, to me, you’d want something where people could easily share music without actually doing that whole file sharing thing. I feel like there is a good PR/advertising person associate with one of these sites that would love helping you continue this project. I’d love some kind of playlist that I could go to, instead of having to click through to every video/file. Maybe a ‘Maggie Plugs You In’ weekly, with a short list of songs you’ve been grooving on. (Sorry I’m tossing ideas out there like this, I tend to brainstorm when given a prompt…)

  • Kimberly Says:

    Jo-Anne, you may be thinking of Make You Feel My Love by Adele (listed as #9 on Maggie’s Top Ten).

  • Jo-Anne Says:

    Kimberly, you are fabulous! Thanks so much for findingit for me!

  • Amy Says:

    Wheeee!!! I can’t wait to dig into some of those songs I missed the first time around.

  • Meri Says:

    Hey there! I’m so happy to find your blog- I’m always looking for new music to download and this looks like a pretty good list to start with :)
    Cheers lady!
    Meri
    merigoesround.blogspot.com

  • schmutzie Says:

    8tracks.com let’s you put together embeddable playlists with whatever image you want behind them. It’s one way to go.