Mix Album Challenge #2 - Now With Prize!

As with other mix album challenges, your rules are as follows:

  1. Put together a mix album of songs that meet the challenge criteria.
  2. You must have at least eight songs, and having ten to twelve gets you max credit.
  3. You cannot have two songs by the same artist, although artist cross-pollination is okay (you could have one song by the Beatles and one by John Lennon as a solo artist, but not two by the Beatles.)
  4. The songs must be at least moderately well known; no answers from your brother’s screamo band’s self-released EP that sold 496 copies.

But there’s a new rule: A PRIZE! In every song challenge, if we have at least 20 entries, I will award points to the three posters who in my estimation have put together the best combinations of songs. The judgment is purely subjective, but will be based on having songs from a broad range of pop/rock styles, time periods, and original or smart song choices. Note that I have very broad musical taste and tolerate almost anything. You will not impress me by avoiding popular bands and just going with bands that “didn’t sell out” but using the same acts over and over won’t impress me either. Be funny, be original, twist the challenge a little if you need to.

I’ll keep doing these and the person with the most points after 15 challenges (each thread will be adjudged complete after 7 calendar days, but doesn’t count at all unless there are at least 20 entries) gets a free year of SDMB!

This week’s challenge:

Compile a mix CD of songs with titles that include a number, but NOT the numbers one or two. They can include those digits if they are part of another number; a song entitled “Wilt Chamberlain Had 21,000 Girlfriends” is okay, but “One Is The Loneliest Number” or “Two Hearts” are not permitted.

We did this category before but let’s do it again.

The Seven Angels by Avantasia
Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35 by Bob Dylan
Tres Hombres by ZZ Top
Tres Equis by Cypress Hill
Three Marlenas by The Wallflowers
99 Red Balloons by Goldfinger
Eight Days a Week by The Beatles
867-5309 by Tommy Tutone
100 Bars by Canibus
7 Years by Everlast
100 Years by 5 for Fighting
123 Slam by Guttermouth

1999 - Prince
When I’m 64 - Beatles
Strawberry Letter 23 - Brothers Johnson
At Seventeen - Janice Ian
Thirty Days In The Hole - Humble Pie
25 Or 6 To 4 - Chicago
2000 Light Years From Home - Stones
I’m Eighteen - Alice Cooper
Love Potion #9 - Searchers
16 Candles - Orbison
Eight Miles High - Byrds
Four Sticks - Zepplin

Four Dead in Ohio - CSN&Y
If 6 Was 9 - Jimi Hendrix
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon
Love Potion Number 9 - The Searchers
60 Years On - Elton John & Bernie Taupin
D.C.B.A.-25 - Jefferson Airplane
76 Trombones - Harold Hill & Townspeople
1979 - The Smashing Pumpkins
Sweet Little 16 - Chuck Berry
5 O’clock World - The Vogues
3 Coins in the Fountain - Frank Sinatra
16 Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford

“96 Tears” by ? and The Mysterians
“In the year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)” by Zager and Evans
“Summer of '69” by Bryan Adams
“When Yer Twenty Two” by The Flaming Lips
“You’re Sixteen” by Ringo Starr
“10,000 Days” by Tool
“50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” by Paul Simon
“Three Times a Lady” by The Commodores
“Song #8” by Anal Cunt
“Three Point One Four” by The Bloodhound Gang
“Knock Three Times” by Tony Orlando and Dawn

Am I doin’ right by trying to avoid songs on other compilations?

10:15 on a Saturday Night the Cure
Five to One the Doors
Five String Serenade Mazzy Star
One After 909 the Beatles
2112 Rush (I think this counts despite the ones and twos)
Hey Nineteen Steely Dan
Pigs (Three Different Ones) Pink Floyd (Parentheticals count, yes?)
Take Five Dave Brubeck
Four in One Thelonious Monk
8 Ball N.W.A. (Would Niggaz 4 Life count?)
Three Little Birds Bob Marley and the Wailers
Three Little Words Billy Ray Cyrus (I feel so dirty)

“Three Times a Lady,” The Commodores
“Let the Four Winds Blow,” Roy Brown
“Obviously Five Believers,” Bob Dylan
“Six O’Clock,” The Lovin Spoonful
“7 And 7 Is,” Love
“Eight Days a Week,” The Beatles
#9 Dream,” John Lennon
“Tenth Avenue Freeze Out,” Bruce Springsteen
“7-11,” The Gone All-Stars
“Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon),” The Mamas and the Papas
“Thirteen Questions,” Seatrain

20 Flight Rock – Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen

3/5 of a Mile In Ten Seconds – Jefferson Airplane

49 Bye Byes – Crosby, Stills and Nash

Eight Miles High – Byrds

Three or Four Feet From Home – Quicksilver Messenger Service

Route 66 – Rolling Stones

One After 909 – Beatles

Ninety-Nine and a Half Won’t Do – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Seven and Seven Is – Love

Six Man Band – The Association

Section 43 – Country Joe and the Fish

8:05 – Moby Grape

Three Coins in the Fountain - The Four Aces
Take Five - The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Mambo No. 5 - Lou Brega
7/4 (Shoreline) - Broken Social Scene
I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am - Herman’s Hermits
9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
Morning Train (Nine to Five) - Sheena Easton
Sixteen Going on Seventeen - The Sound of Music soundtrack
39 - Queen
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon
96 Tears - ? and the Mysterians
99 Luftballons - Nena

1959 – Sisters of Mercy
Five Years – David Bowie
Four Women – Nina Simone
Hymn 43 – Jethro Tull
Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
88 Lines about 44 Women – The Nails
867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone
99 Luftbaloons – Nena
1000 Oceans – Tori Amos
A Thousand Kisses Deep – Leonard Cohen

(In that order)

  1. Forty Six & 2- Tool
  2. 12XU- Minor Threat
  3. 23 Years Ago- Paul Westerberg
  4. Four Walls of Raiford- Lynyrd Skynyrd
  5. War at 33 1/3- Public Enemy
  6. 10 Million Ways to Die- Revolting Cocks
  7. 39- The Cure
  8. Nine Million Rainy Days- The Jesus and Mary Chain
  9. No. 13 Baby- The Pixies
  10. 1970- The Stooges
  11. Dream at Tempo 119- Silversun Pickups
  12. 34 Blues- Charley Patton

25 or 6 to 4 by Chicago
Billion Dollar Babies by Alice Cooper
59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) by Simon & Garfunkel
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover by Paul Simon
Funk #49 by The James Gang
Echo Valley 26809 by The Partridge Family
30,000 Pounds of Bananas by Harry Chapin
Seven Bridges Road by The Eagles
Three Coins In The Fountain by Frank Sinatra
1999 by Prince
Route 66 by Nat King Cole
30 Days in The Hole by Humble Pie

How’s this for a twist

Tom Dooley by The Kingston Trio
Signs by 5 Man Electrical Band
Glad All Over by Dave Clark 5
Up, Up & Away by The Fifth Dimension
Never Can Say Goodbye by The Jackson 5
The Look of Love by Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66
Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch by The Four Tops

The “Bands (or related acts) I Will Hopefully Get To See For Free At South By Southwest” Edition

The Breeders - Drivin’ on 9
The Octopus Project - Six Feet Up
The Black Keys - 10 AM Automatic
UGK - 976 Bun-B
Times New Viking - The Early 80’s
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - Eight Days of Hell
Tapes n Tapes - Crazy Eights
Ice Cube - 24 Wit An L
Sonic Youth - 100%
Old 97’s - Four Leaf Clover

Ian and Sylvia: Four Strong Winds
Byrds: 8 Miles High
John Lennon: #9 Dream
Led Zeppelin: Ten Years Gone
Bob Dylan: Rainy Day Women No. 12 & 35
Steely Dan: Hey 19
50 Cent: 21 Questions
James Gang: Funk 49
? and the Mysterians: 96 Tears
Johnny Cash: the Wreck of the Old 97
Rolling Stones: 2,000 Light Years From Home
Glenn Miller Orchestra: Pennsylvania 6-5000

You said the title had to contain a number, right? And we can twist the challenge, right? M’kay…

Sleight of Hand - Pearl Jam
Often - Robbie Williams
I Alone - Live
Intense - Alisha’s Attic
It Won’t Take Long - The Rolling Stones
On My Own (With Reel) - Li’l Wayne
Talking on the Phone - Timbaland
Fast Freight - The Kingston Trio (Ooh, more numbers! Double points!)

Now, I know you were looking for “a broad range of rock/pop styles,” but for some reason, at first, all I could think of was country music. (No, I don’t know why either.) Anyway, after coming up with a few, it became a challenge–how many numbered country songs (or at least, numbered songs by country artists) could I come up with at all? So, here’s some of what I came up with:

Six Pack Summer–Phil Vassar
24 Hours from Tulsa–Gene Pitney
He Would Be Sixteen–Michelle Wright
Twenty Years Ago–Kenny Rogers
My Next Thirty Years–Tim McGraw
9 to 5–Dolly Parton
It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere–Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
Life #9–Martina McBride
Beer Thirty–Brooks & Dunn
Six Days on the Road–the Sawyer Brown cover (1997) of the 1963 Dave Dudley song
18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses–Kathy Mattea

Pulling all of these out of my CD collection:

1: Hymn 43 - Jethro Tull
2: 3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds - Jefferson Airplane
3: Seven Seas of Rhye - Queen
4: Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar - Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
5: Seven Days - Sting
6: 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon
7: 4 + 20 - Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
8: 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) - Simon and Garfunkel
9: 5:15 - The Who
10: Nineteen Forever - Joe Jackson
11: Too Low For Zero - Elton John
12: Gabriel’s Mother’s Hiway Ballad #16 Blues - Arlo Guthrie

Half Man, Half Machine - Goldie Lookin Chain
1,000 Umbrellas - XTC
500 Miles - The Proclaimers
1985 - Bowling For Soup
17 - The Regents
Tom Traubert’s Blues (4 Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen) - Tom Waits
Ol’ '55 - The Eagles
5 Months, Two Weeks, Two Days - Louis Prima
853-5937 - Squeeze
13 Steps Lead Down - Elvis Costello
14th Street - Rufus Waiwright
4 Seasons In One Day - Crowded House

That was fun


1000 Points of Hate-Anthrax
1000 Points of Light-Bruce Dickinson
22 Acacia Avenue-Iron Maiden
24 Hours Ago-Savatge
42nd Street-Golden Earring
5 O’Clock in the Morning-The Donnas
7 Screaming Diz-Busters-Blue Oyster Cult
18 and Life-Skid Row
10th Man Down-Nightwish