Okay first of all, please don’t get offended by my use of the word “honky”. It’s a stupid word but it goes better with hits than “Caucasian”. Is that settled? Okay good.
So you guys know that I grew up in an uber-WASPy city, right? And growing up I did not listen to hip hop at all. Now that I’m grown I immerse myself in the holy trinity of hip hop, R&B, and reggae (with soca thrown in at Caribana time) but every now and again I have to let my inner White girl out and break out the air guitar. And when I do, these are the songs I rock out to.
2. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
This was always the last song at my high school dances, and so it “moves” me…even though it is not really a romantic song at all.
4. Castles Made of Sand – Jimi Hendrix
This song…is a fucking classic. Classic. And the lyrics are so sad. They touch me.
5. Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
It’s a little trite, but you can’t not love this song. You just can’t.
6. Everlong – Foo Fighters
This to me is the single best example of the greatness of the honky hit. It’s loud but it’s soft and the lyrics just rip your guts out. If you listen to only one song in this post, it should be this one.
1. Ball and Chain – Janis Joplin
I talked about this song extensively on my lovah Lala’s blog. This is the ultimate “that man did me wrong and let me wallow in my misery for a minute” song. Ultimate.
6. LA Woman – The Doors
I always put this on when I’m feeling unfocused. Something about the beat gets me in a zone of intention and productivity.
7. Easy Silence – Dixie Chicks
Blame my years spent in the high school choir, but the harmony on this song just gets me. And it’s a beautiful sentiment.
8. Patience – Guns N Roses
GNR has a lot of epic songs, but this is my favourite. I think it’s the whistling.
10. Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
I can’t really tell you why I love this song so much, but I do. I listen to it every morning.
11. Alive – Pearl Jam
I was really torn between this and Jeremy because they’re both fucking great, if somewhat obvious songs. But this is the one I sing in the shower most often so it wins for that.
Those are my favourites – what about you guys? Do you have a favourite honky hit? Share with me in the comments.