My Brain (Is Still) on Shuffle

March’s Mental Music Month was so much fun, that I’m bringing it back for May. So May is More Mental Music Month.  (And Alliteration Month!)

Here’s the twist: instead of just the first song that pops into my head, I will be documenting *all* the songs that pop into my head for each day, with updates posted throughout the day.

Songs marked with an asterisk were songs I had heard but stayed in my head afterward. The rest were completely unprompted and random. Now let’s really see how music-addled my brain is:

May 20
Billy Joel, “All You Wanna Do Is Dance”
Foreigner, “Urgent”
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Highway Chile”
Tom Petty, “Free Fallin'”
Steely Dan, “Here at the Western World”
Mos Def & Talib Kweli, “Respiration”
Heart, “Magic Man”
The Four Tops, “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)”
Toto, “Africa”
Patrick Hernandez, “Born to Be Alive”
Motley Crüe, “Kickstart My Heart”
G. Love & Special Sauce, “Cold Beverage”
The Dead Milkmen, “Surfing Cow”
Eddy Grant, “Electric Avenue”
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, “Into the Great Wide Open”
The Killers, “Shadowplay”
Golden Earring, “Radar Love”
The Who, “My Generation”
Phil Collins, “Against All Odds”
Terrence Trent D’Arby, “Wishing Well”
The Who, “I Can See For Miles”
The Spinners, “Working My Way Back to You”
DMX, “Get At Me Dog”
Kelly Clarkson, “Since U Been Gone”
Beastie Boys, “So What’cha Want”
The Killers, “Somebody Told Me”
The Killers, “Mr. Brightside”
Rick Springfield, “Jessie’s Girl”
Steely Dan, “Gaslighting Abbie”
Debbie Deb, “When I Hear Music”
Black Sabbath, “Paranoid”*
The Beatles, “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”
The Cardigans, “Never Recover”
CeCe Peniston, “Finally”
Notorious B.I.G., “Big Poppa”
Nerf Herder, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Theme*
Tears For Fears, “Mad World”
Tears For Fears, “Head Over Heels”
Midnight Oil, “Mountains of Burma”
Midnight Oil, “Bedlam Bridge”
Midnight Oil, “Forgotten Years”
Londonbeat, “I’ve Been Thinking About You”
Smashing Pumpkins, “Hummer”
Black Sabbath, “War Pigs”
The Sundays, “Life & Soul”
The Beatles, “Martha My Dear”

May 21
Kelly Clarkson, “Since U Been Gone”
Fine Young Cannibals, “She Drives Me Crazy”
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, “Go Daddy-O”
Aerosmith, “Dude Looks Like a Lady”
Vanity 6, “Nasty Girl”
De La Soul, “Me, Myself and I”
The Beatles, “You Won’t See Me”
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, “Get Over Here”
The Cardigans, “Never Recover”*
Steely Dan, “Here at the Western World”
“The Colbert Report” Theme
“The Mighty Heroes” Theme
The Changes, “Water of the Gods”
The Smithereens, “A Girl Like You”
USA for Africa, “We Are the World”
Kiss, “Crazy Crazy Nights”
Alice in Chains, “Man in the Box”
Kiss, “Rock and Roll All Nite”
311, “Down”
Gang Starr, “Royalty”
Modest Mouse, “Missed the Boat”
Gin Blossoms, “Hey Jealousy”*
Tears For Fears, “Head Over Heels”
Queen, “Bicycle Race”
Digital Underground, “Doowutchyalike”
Cold War Kids, “Hang Me Up to Dry”
ABBA, “Money Money Money”
Jackson Browne, “Somebody’s Baby”
Dave Grusin, “Mountain Dance”
Primus, “Shake Hands with Beef”
“One” (from A Chorus Line)
Heart, “What About Love”
George Harrison, “What Is Life”

May 22
The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Summer in the City”
Billy Joel, “Stiletto”
Beck, “Where It’s At”
Simply Red, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”*
The Beatles, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)”
Del Amitri, “Roll to Me”
Ronny & the Daytonas, “G.T.O.”
David Bowie, “Rebel Rebel”*
The Killers, “Somebody Told Me”
Tahiti 80, “Fun Fair”
Donna Summer, “She Works Hard for the Money”
Michael Jackson, “Bad”
Deniece Williams, “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”
Eric Clapton, “Old Love”
Mungo Jerry, “In the Summertime”
Guns ‘N’ Roses, “Night Train”
Jane’s Addiction, “Stop”
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, “Don’t Do Me Like That”
Quiet Riot, “Cum on Feel the Noize”
Quarterflash, “Harden My Heart”
Los Lonely Boys, “Heaven”
Jackson 5, “ABC”
Blur, “It Could Be You”
The Sundays, “24 Hours”
Company B, “Fascinated”
Amii Stewart, “Knock on Wood”
The Beatles, “Don’t Let Me Down”

May 23
Donna Summer, “Last Dance”
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, “I Hate Myself for Loving You”
Radiohead, “High and Dry”
The Dead Milkmen, “Stuart”
Guns ‘N’ Roses, “Mr. Brownstone”
The Beatles, “Don’t Let Me Down”
The Cardigans, “Never Recover”
The Beatles, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, “Go Daddy-O”
The Beatles, “You Won’t See Me”
Nerf Herder, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Theme
Boz Scaggs, “Lido Shuffle”
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, “My Hometown”
Bon Jovi, “Runaway”*
Rush, “Superconductor”
Amii Stewart, “Knock on Wood”
The Lemonheads, “Into Your Arms”
Faith No More & Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., “Another Body Murdered”
Donna Summer, “This Time I Know It’s For Real”
Rick Derringer, “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo”

May 24
Edgar Winter Group, “Frankenstein”
Golden Earring, “Twilight Zone”
Midnight Star, “No Parking on the Dance Floor”
Yes, “Roundabout”
ZZ Top, “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide”
The Supremes, “Come See About Me”
Warrant, “You’re the Only Hell Your Mama Ever Raised”
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, “Badlands”
R.E.M., “Texarkana”
Porno For Pyros, “Pets”
Billy Idol, “White Wedding”
Baltimora, “Tarzan Boy”

May 25
R.E.M., “Try Not to Breathe”
James Taylor, “Sweet Caroline”
The Shirelles, “Mama Said”
Coldplay, “In My Place”
Orleans, “Still the One”
Led Zeppelin, “Black Dog”*
Rod Stewart, “Forever Young”*
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, “Born to Run”
Amii Stewart, “Knock on Wood”
Junior Senior, “Move Your Feet”
Dead Or Alive, “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”
Cameo, “Candy”
Montell Jordan, “This Is How We Do It”*
Tony! Toni! Toné!, “Feels Good”
Rush, “Force Ten”
Van Halen, “Dancing in the Street”
Hall & Oates, “Private Eyes”
Bertie Higgins, “Key Largo”
Experience Unlimited, “Da Butt”
Christopher Cross, “Sailing”
The Go-Go’s, “Vacation”
Devo, “Whip It”
Elton John, “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues”
Kool & the Gang, “Celebration”
Kenny Loggins, “Danger Zone”
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
Steely Dan, “Gaslighting Abbie”
Dexys Midnight Runners, “Come On Eileen”

May 26
Nirvana, “In Bloom”
Melissa Etheridge, “I’m the Only One”
Steely Dan, “Gaslighting Abbie”
Electric Light Orchestra, “Livin’ Thing”
New Edition, “Candy Girl”
Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney, “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”
Action Set, “The Arrest”
Radiohead, “High and Dry”
The Ides of March, “Vehicle”
The Supremes, “Come See About Me”
The Sundays, “24 Hours”
Radiohead, “The Headmaster Ritual”
Ashford & Simpson, “Solid”
The Smiths, “Panic”
Rush, “Force Ten”
Gin Blossoms, “Found Out About You”
Debbie Deb, “When I Hear Music”
Barbra Streisand, “Memory” (from Cats)
Kenny Loggins, “Footloose”
Velocity Girl, “Marzipan”
The Breeders, “Divine Hammer”
Ludacris, “Southern Hospitality”
Kiss, “Room Service”
Warrant, “You’re the Only Hell Your Mama Ever Raised”

May 27
Stevie Wonder, “I Wish”
The Cardigans, “Never Recover”
Aerosmith, “Cryin'”
The Grateful Dead, “Casey Jones”
AC/DC, “Hells Bells”
Foreigner, “Head Games”
Steely Dan, “Reelin’ in the Years”
Soundgarden, “Unshined”
Kiss, “100,000 Years” (live)
Gin Blossoms, “Found Out About You”
R.E.M., “Stand”
The Sea & Cake, “Parasol” (live)*
Beck, “New Pollution”
Earth, Wind & Fire, “Let’s Groove”
Nirvana, “On a Plain”
Pretty Poison, “Catch Me (I’m Falling)”
Amii Stewart, “Knock on Wood”
Nirvana, “Serve the Servants”
Steely Dan, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”
Howard Jones, “Everlasting Love”*
Madonna, “Holiday”*
The Muppets, “Mahna Mahna”
Filter, “Hey Man, Nice Shot”*
Lionel Richie, “Running with the Night”

May 28
Donna Summer, “This Time I Know It’s For Real”
Rod Stewart, “Maggie May”
Black Moon, “I Got Cha Opin”
Amii Stewart, “Knock on Wood”
Hall & Oates, “Private Eyes”
The Beatles, “Happiness Is a Warm Gun”*
Tony! Toni! Toné!, “Feels Good”
Lakeside, “Fantastic Voyage”
Midnight Star, “No Parking on the Dance Floor”
Paul McCartney & Wings, “Coming Up”
Living Colour, “Burning of the Midnight Lamp”
ABBA, “Money Money Money”
The Commodores, “Brick House”
The Beatles, “I’m So Tired”
Ludacris, “Southern Hospitality”
Blue Öyster Cult, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”
The Dead Milkmen, “Surfing Cow”
George Benson, “On Broadway”
Heatwave, “Boogie Nights”
Billy Joel, “Only the Good Die Young”
Blue Öyster Cult, “Burnin’ For You”
Rickie Lee Jones, “Chuck E’s in Love”
“The New Tic Tac Dough” Theme
Bon Jovi, “Bad Medicine”
The Ides of March, “Vehicle”

May 29
Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, “Devil with the Blue Dress On/Good Golly, Miss Molly”
Rush, “Stars Look Down”
Steely Dan, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”
Beck, “Where It’s At”
“Greased Lightning” (from Grease)
ABBA, “Money Money Money”
Howling Bells, “Low Happening”
Rage Against the Machine, “Year of tha Boomerang”
Eric Clapton, “I Shot the Sheriff”
Big Rock Candy Mountain“*
Ren & Stimpy, “Happy Happy Joy Joy”
Stevie Wonder, “I Wish”
King Harvest, “Dancing in the Moonlight”
Rage Against the Machine, “Sleep Now in the Fire”

May 30
Walter Murphy, “A Fifth of Beethoven”
Steely Dan, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”
The Guess Who, “No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature”
The Emotions, “Best of My Love”
Blind Melon, “No Rain”
The Pointer Sisters, “I’m So Excited”
Midnight Star, “No Parking on the Dance Floor”
Stevie Wonder, “Overjoyed”
Red Orange Morning, “Oh”
Biz Markie, “Just A Friend”*
AC/DC, “Back in Black”
The Pointer Sisters, “He’s So Shy”*
Velocity Girl, “57 Waltz”
Aerosmith, “Walk This Way”
Richard Marx, “Should’ve Known Better”*

May 31
John Lennon, “Nobody Told Me”
Kiss, “I Love It Loud”
Neil Diamond, “Heartlight”
The Bee Gees, “Jive Talkin'”
Michael Jackson, “Bad”
The Meat Puppets, “Backwater”
The Doobie Brothers, “Black Water”
Aerosmith, “Back in the Saddle”
The Who, “My Generation”
The Pointer Sisters, “He’s So Shy”
B.J. Thomas, “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song”
The Emotions, “Best of My Love”
Rufus & Chaka Khan, “Tell Me Something Good”
Mr. Mister, “Broken Wings”
Eric Carmen, “Make Me Lose Control”
Stan Bush, “The Touch”
Aerosmith, “Walk This Way”
The Pointer Sisters, “Neutron Dance”

The archived list is here. (Or click the “Shuffle” link at the top of the page.)

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