My Favorite Playlists

20 Dec

   Below you will find a few descriptively entitled playlists that I have perfected for myself over the years.  I am in no way claiming these to be definitive lists of any kind, nor does each song contained within a list necessarily fit the technical genre description, but I’m sure you’ll get the gist. 

   Anyway, I’m told I have a fairly good taste in music and the configuring of playlists so I am posting a few of my favorites should anyone find them helpful.  I welcome feedback and am certainly open to suggested additions. Enjoy!

                                RACK PACK ERA

  1. “Fever” Peggy Lee 
  2. “Mack the Knife”  Bobby Darin
  3. “Witchcraft”  Frank Sinatra 
  4. “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head”  Dean Martin
  5. “Come Fly With Me”  Frank Sinatra
  6. “The Best Is Yet to Come” (With Count Basie and His Orchestra) Frank Sinatra 
  7. “The Way You Look Tonight”  Frank Sinatra 
  8. “Luck Be a Lady” Frank Sinatra 
  9. “Lady Is a Tramp” Sammy Davis, Jr.
  10. “The Good Life” (With Count Basie and His Orchestra) Frank Sinatra 
  11. “The Girl from Ipanema” (With Antonio Carlos Jobim)  Frank Sinatra
  12. “Fly Me to the Moon” (In Other Words)  Frank Sinatra 
  13. “Theme from New York, New York”  Frank Sinatra
  14. “The Best Is Yet to Come” (Single Version) Tony Bennett 
  15. “Night and Day” Steve Lawrence 
  16. “Moondance” Van Morrison
  17. “Wives and Lovers” Frank Sinatra


  1. “Your Funeral and My Trial” (Single)  Sonny Boy Williamson II 
  2. “Dirty Low Down and Bad ” Keb’ Mo’ 
  3. “Boom! Boom!”  John Lee Hooker 
  4. “So Many Roads”  Joe Bonamassa
  5. “Dust My Broom”  Elmore James
  6. “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues”  Buddy Guy 
  7. “Love Me Like a Man”  Bonnie Raitt
  8. “The Thrill Is Gone” (1969 Single Version)  B.B. King 
  9. “Born Under a Bad Sign” (Single Version)  Albert King 
  10. “It’s a Man’s World”  James Brown 
  11. “Papa Don’t Take No Mess, Pt. 1” Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s 
  12. “The Firm”  Dave Grusin & Stu Goldberg
  13. “Green Onions”  Booker T. & The MG’s


  1. “Cantaloupe Island” Poncho Sanchez 
  2. “Descarga de Hoy” ¡Cubanismo!
  3. “El Mariachi”  Gipsy Kings   
  4. “Conga” Gloria Estefan 
  5. “Con Sabor Latino” Poncho Sanchez 
  6. “Tu Mira” Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Original Soundtrack)
  7. “Baila Me” Gipsy Kings
  8. “Copa Cabana” Barry Manilow 
  9. “Bamboleo”  Gipsy Kings
  10. “Hotel California” (Spanish Mix) Gipsy Kings 
  11. “Volare”  Gipsy Kings  


  1. “Interstate Love Song” Stone Temple Pilots 
  2. “Desperado” The Eagles 
  3. “In Over My Head” The Fray  
  4. “You and Me Song”  The Wannadies
  5. “Upside Down” Jack Johnson 
  6. “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”  Tears For Fears    
  7. “Simply Irresistable” Ginuwine 
  8. “Tempted by the Fruit of Another” Squeeze 
  9. “Lost Without U”  Robin Thicke
  10. “Never Too Much” Luther Vandross 
  11.  “The Sound of Silence” Simon and Garfunkle 
  12. “Only You” 112   
  13. “Life in Mono”  Mono   
  14. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”  Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  15. For the Cool in You” Babyface 
  16. “Spinning the Wheel” George Michael 
  17. “At Last”  Etta James   
  18. “I’ll Be Loving You Always” Stevie Wonder –    
  19. “Its a Beautiful Day”  U2     
  20. “Touch of Grey”  Grateful Dead 
  21. “More Than Words”  Extreme
  22. “A Summer Place” Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Most Essential Film Scores, Vol. 2 Soundtrack 
  23. “Gimme Shelter” Rolling Stones
  24. “Summer Breeze”  Seals and Crofts   
  25. “Summer Madness”  Kool & the Gang 
  26. “Amber”  311 
  27. “Shadowboxer” Fiona Apple 


  1. “Here With Me”  Dido 
  2. “White Flag” Dido
  3. “All by Myself” Eric Carmen 
  4. “Everybody Hurts” R.E.M.
  5. “Drive”  Incubus
  6. “Adagio for Strings from the String Quartet, Op. 11”  Leonard Bernstein & New York Philharmonic
  7. “Fade Into You” Mazzy Star 
  8. “Time After Time”  Cindy Lauper  
  9. “Life in Mono”  Mono     
  10. “I Can’t Make You Love Me”  Bonnie Raitt 
  11. “I’ll Stand By You”  Pretenders 
  12. “It Must Have Been Love” Roxette 
  13.  “Out of Africa: Main Title Theme”  Carl Davis & Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 
  14. “With or Without You”  U2 
  15. “Come Undone”  Duran Duran   
  16. “Ave Maria” Britten Sinfonia, Ivor Bolton & Lesley Garrett 
  17. “Apoligize: (Remix)  One Republic & Timberland 
  18. “Miserere mei, Deus”  Richard Marlow & The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge Allegri: Miserere Classical
  19. “Theme from Glory”  Glory Soundtrack
  20. “The Trouble With Love Is”  Kelly Clarkson
  21. “Who’s Gonna Drive You Home?”  Cars   
  22. “You Had a Bad Day” Daniel Powter  

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