1. The Beatles, “Yellow Submarine.” What can be said about this song that has not been said 7 billion times in the past? Sure, those seeking deeper meaning have always pointed out its apocalyptic undertones, of people living in submarines after the Cold War suddenly heated up and the only way to avoid blisters and roving bands of cannibalistic mutants is to live underwater, presumably harvesting krill or plankton to keep your shipmates from envisioning you as having a roasted turkey for a body.
But I digress. All I know is that my son, Sam, was having a bad morning today — screaming his perfect little head off on the way to daycare/work. He only quieted down while “Yellow Submarine” played. Those guys knew how to make the kiddies happy and blow the minds of their parents/older siblings.
5. Princess Superstar, “Wet! Wet! Wet!” — Concetta Kirschner has a mouth about as clean as gas station plunger, but because Princess Supe (and her testosteroney colleague, MC Paul Barman) never moved beyond cult status, parents groups never rose up against her, thereby securing Platinum sales and enough bling to spangle Long Island. She’s also now 36, which makes her Jean Stapleton in hip-hop years, and makes her two and half times as old as Miley Cyrus, so the music industry’s already got her on the (Logan’s) run.
10. Ivy, “Digging Your Scene.” This is a cover of an over-electrified 1986 hit from the Blow Monkeys — you know, that kind of kitchen-sink production in which the mixer threw so many synth lines into the arrangement that it made people both twitch uncontrollably and buy parachute pants? Well, Adam Schlesinger, Dominque Durand and Andy Chase did it French Pop style, which perfectly rectifies a pretty great song about dangerous coupling.