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A year to the day from when DNTO brought up the subject of a Pop Culture Blind Spot, recent conversation has indirectly reminded me of the subject again. I have many, but one that bugs me is pop music. When somebody asks me what my favourite band or singer is, I always draw a blank. I can’t even articulate what my taste is.

Part of the problem is that I’m never up to date on current music. I don’t have MTV or Much Music and the only radio I listen to is CBC Radio One (thus the DNTO reference). If CBC plays it and I happen to both hear and remember the name of the artist or song I like by the time I get to my computer I’ll make a note of it. Otherwise, even if it’s at the top of the charts, there’s a good chance I haven’t heard of it, or if I have, that it doesn’t appeal to me.

I have no particular loyalties to genres or artists. And while I tend not to like Pop or R&B, there are still a few songs that catch my ear. But even if I love a song there’s a good chance I won’t know who sings it or be able to identify anything else of theirs. My taste change so much that there’s no point in even trying to say what they are. I have a few favourite Top 40 type songs when I’m in the mood for them, but I’m just as likely to put on some Disney songs or a Dvorak Symphony.

I did try, though. I went through my playlist of about 2650 songs and, although I like all of them from time to time, I picked out the top 5% or so that really are my favourites, or that I at least have a reason for enjoying. They come with a disclaimer: I reserve the right to not like any of these songs at any time, and there may also be many that I love but just didn’t feel like tolerating today when I made the cut. So, for the record:

    Anastasia – Reminiscing With Grandma
    Anastasia – Finale
    Cats – Mr. Mistoffelees
    Evita – You Must Love Me
    Jesus Christ Superstar – Heaven on Their Minds
    Jesus Christ Superstar – Pilates Dream
    Jesus Christ Superstar – King Herod’s Song
    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Joseph Megamix
    Julian Lloyd Webber – Variations 1-4
    Marti Webb – Tell Me On a Sunday
    The Phantom of the Opera – Think of Me
    The Phantom of the Opera – Angel of Music
    The Phantom of the Opera – Masquerade / Why So Silent
    Arrogant Worms – I Am Cow
    Avenue Q – It Sucks To Be Me
    Avenue Q – Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist
    Avril Lavigne – I’m With You
    Avril Lavigne – Why
    Julie Delpy – An Ocean Apart
    Julie Delpy – A Waltz for a Night
    Ben Folds – Fred Jones, Part 2
    Ben Folds – The Luckiest
    Ben Folds Five – Brick
    Ben Folds Five – Evaporated
    Ben Folds Five – Kate
    Ben Folds Five – Magic
    Ben Folds Five – Steven’s Last Night in Town
    Blink 182 – Adam’s Song
    Blink 182 – I Miss You
    Bob & Doug McKenzie – Take Off
    Christmas In The Country – Good King Wenceslas
    John Denver & the Muppets – The Christmas Wish
    John Denver & the Muppets – The Peace Carol
    John Denver & the Muppets – When the River Meets the Sea
    The Muppet Christmas Carol – It Feels Like Christmas
    Cirque du Soleil – Alegria
    Cirque du Soleil – Rain One
    Anton Dvorak – I. Adagio
    Anton Dvorak – II. Largo
    Anton Dvorak – III. Scherzo
    Anton Dvorak – IV. Allegro con fuoco
    Beethoven – Sonata Pathetique – 2nd Movement
    Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 – 2nd Movement
    Debussy – Clair de lune
    Edvard Grieg – Hall of the Mountain King
    Eric Satie – Gymnopedie I and II
    Gustav Holst – I. Mars, The Bringer Of War
    Gustav Holst – IV. Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jollity
    Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D
    Rachmaninov – C Sharp Minor Concerto
    The Magic Flute – Queen of the Night Aria
    Aladdin – Friend Like Me
    Aladdin – Prince Ali
    Beauty and the Beast – Belle
    Hercules – Go the Distance
    Hercules – Zero to Hero
    Hercules – I Won’t Say I’m in Love
    Hercules – The Gospel Truth
    Lilo & Stitch – He Mele No Lilo
    Mulan – Be a Man
    Newsies – The World Will Know
    Pocahontas – Steady As The Beating Drum
    Pocahontas – Just Around The Riverbend
    Pocahontas – Savages (Part 1)
    Pocahontas – Savages (Part 2)
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame – The Bells Of Notre Dame
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Out There
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Heaven’s Lights Hellfire
    The Lion King – Circle of Life
    The Little Mermaid – Poor Unfortunate Souls
    Dragon Ash – Grateful Days
    Dragon Ash – See You In A Flash
    Dragonheart – Finale
    Enya – Flora’s Secret
    Fraggle Rock – Let Me Be Your Song
    Fraggle Rock – Our Melody
    Fraggle Rock – Goodbye
    Fraggle Rock – Sunlight And Shadow
    Fraggle Rock – Why
    Fraggle Rock – Bring Back the Wonder
    Fraggle Rock – Friendship Song
    Fraggle Rock – Follow Me
    Fraggle Rock – Here to There
    Glay – WE ALL FEEL HIS STRENGTH OF TENDER
    Goldfinger – January
    Goldfinger – Tell Me
    Great Big Sea – Boston and St. John’s
    Great Big Sea – The Mermaid
    Great Big Sea – Wave Over Wave
    Green Day – Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
    HUSKING BEE – The steady-state theory
    High School Musical – What I’ve Been Looking For
    Jimmy Eat World – hear you me
    Jimmy Eat World – if you don’t, don’t
    Josh Groban – Remember When It Rained
    Les Miserables – At The End Of The Day
    Les Miserables – Who Am I
    Les Miserables – On My Own
    Liz Rigney – If You Were Mine
    Liz Rigney – Kerry Dancing
    Liz Rigney – MacPherson’s Lament
    Liz Rigney – Red Petticoat
    Lord of the Dance – The Lord Of The Dance
    The Fellowship of the Rings – Concerning Hobbits
    Donald Swann – Bilbo’s Last Song
    Donald Swann – I Sit Beside the Fire
    Man of La Mancha – I Don Quixot
    Man of La Mancha – It’s All the Same
    The Mikado – I am so Proud, If I allowed
    The Mikado – On a tree by a river a little tom tit
    Moulin Rouge – Closing Credits Bolero
    Moulin Rouge – Come What May
    Moulin Rouge – Elephant Love Medley
    Moulin Rouge – The Show Must Go On
    Moulin Rouge – Your Song
    Julian Lennon – Cole’s Song
    The London Metropolitan Orchestra – An American Symphony
    The Prince of Egypt – Deliver Us
    The Prince of Egypt – The Plagues
    Regina Spector – Apres Moi
    Rent – Seasons Of Love
    Rip Slyme – 135BPM
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Science Fiction Double Feature
    Savage Garden – Two Beds and a Coffee Machine
    Dana Glover – It Is You (I Have Loved)
    Jason Wade – You Belong To Me
    Shrek – True Love’s First Kiss
    Sowelu – Rainbow (original mix)
    StudentRick – Meet You Halfway There
    The Corpse Bride – Tears To Shed
    The Corpse Bride – The Piano Duet
    Titanic – Hymn To The Sea
    Treble Charger – Just What They Told Me
    Yann Tiersen – Le moulin
    Yann Tiersen – Sur le fil
    Yanni – Aria
    Yanni – Reflections Of Passion
    the flaming lips – yoshimi vs. the pink robots
    HY – AM1100
    Jon Brion – Over Our Heads
    Of Montreal – Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games
    Andrea Boccelli – Conte Partiro
    Audrey Hepburn – Moon River
    Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton – You Don’t Own Me
    Bill Withers – Lovely Day
    Britney Spears – Toxic
    CBC – Hockey Night in Canada (2000)
    CBC Television – Olympic Theme
    Cat Stevens – Morning has Broken
    Charm – Diamond Song
    Douglas Adams – Titania’s Theme
    George Westerholm – Trevor
    Hawksley Workman – A Moth is not a Butterfly
    Hot Hot Heat – Talk to Me, Dance With Me
    Incubus – I Miss You (Acoustic)
    Irish Decendants – Barretts Privateers
    James Blunt – Goodbye My Lover
    Jeremy Fisher – High School
    Kermit The Frog – The Rainbow Connection
    N.E.R.D – She Wants To Move
    Nelly Furtado – Powerless (Say What You Want)
    Original Cast – Open the Window
    PDQ Bach – Beethoven’s 5th Symphony
    SHS Concert Choir – In Flanders Fields
    Sarah Mclachlan – When She Loved Me (Toy Story 2)
    Sufjan Stevens – Chicago
    The Go! Team – Ladyflash
    Wuthering Heights – Main Theme (Piano Version)
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