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    by » Sun February 17th, 2019, 22:04

    For a long time I thought about doing a countdown of my all-time favourite songs. The last time I opened such a thread was a long time ago and my taste in music has changed since then - I overplayed many songs I used to like, while (re)discovering and reevaluating many others.

    So I will start with a top 200 countdown, in alphabetical order (it's impossible to rank the songs!), posting one song every couple of days, so hopefully I will be finished by the end of this year!

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    by » Sun February 17th, 2019, 22:05

    Yesss Benny, I’m here for this.

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    by » Sun February 17th, 2019, 22:07

    #1 Toto - Africa

    The first song on the countdown is one of the most iconic songs of the 1980s, a song that I never get tired of, despite the fact that I've listened to it a billion times.

    Other Toto songs I love: 'Hold the Line', '99', 'I'll Be Over You' and 'Stranger in Town'.


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    by » Mon February 18th, 2019, 06:45

    Ooh, this will be fun!

    "Africa" is good!
    Akini's Top 100 Songs of 2019: [125-101]

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    by » Mon February 18th, 2019, 11:15

    I feel like this is a much better was of doing it than my countdown.

    Africa is obviously legendary.

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    by » Mon February 18th, 2019, 13:42

    This will be interesting.

    I like Africa. My favourite is Hold the line.
    I am not trying to seduce you... Would you like me to seduce you? Is that what you're trying to tell me?

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    by » Mon February 18th, 2019, 14:02

    i love that song. I even love the latest cover by Weezer.

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    by » Tue February 19th, 2019, 19:48

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan View Post
    Ooh, this will be fun!

    "Africa" is good!
    Nice to see that you appreciate 'Africa'!

    Quote Originally Posted by Spartan View Post
    I feel like this is a much better way of doing it than my countdown.

    Africa is obviously legendary.
    It's difficult to find the best way to present an all-time countdown.
    Glad we agree that Africa is legendary!

    Quote Originally Posted by Erotica View Post
    This will be interesting.

    I like Africa. My favourite is Hold the line.
    'Hold the Line' is great as well!

    Quote Originally Posted by stevyy View Post
    i love that song. I even love the latest cover by Weezer.
    I just checked out the Weezer cover and it's really good, thanks for helping me discover it.
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    by » Tue February 19th, 2019, 20:04

    #2 Toad the Wet Sprocket - All I Want (1992)

    I like many alternative rock bands like Collective Soul, Live, Gin Blossoms, REM, and Toad the Wet Sprocket. The latter are featured twice on my countdown, their first entry being their first US top 20 single 'All I Want'.

    Other Toad the Wet Sprocket songs I like: 'Walk on the Ocean', 'Fall Down', 'The Moment'.




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    by » Wed February 20th, 2019, 11:41

    What an awful name for a band. The song is good, mainly for the chorus - don't particularly like the vocals on the bridge but middle 8 is good.

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    by » Thu February 21st, 2019, 12:33

    Quote Originally Posted by Spartan View Post
    What an awful name for a band. The song is good, mainly for the chorus - don't particularly like the vocals on the bridge but middle 8 is good.
    I agree that their band name is not great! Thanks for checking out the song.

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    by » Thu February 21st, 2019, 12:39

    #3 Ace of Base - All That She Wants (1993)

    Next up is one of the biggest hits of 1993, a fantastic reggae-pop-dance track. Ace of Base went on to record many other great tunes and are one of my favourite 90s pop bands.

    Other Ace of Base songs I love: 'The Sign', 'Beautiful Morning', 'Don't Turn Around', 'Everytime It Rains', 'Happy Nation', 'Living in Danger', 'Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry', 'Unspeakable', 'Wheel of Fortune'.






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    by » Thu February 21st, 2019, 17:52

    This should be a great list.

    All three songs so far are very good, especially “Africa”, a timeless 80s gem.

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    by » Fri February 22nd, 2019, 07:32

    Dutch singer Salemme did a cover of this Ace of Base's hit in 2009. Her version (my # 22 in Year-end chart) sounds very similar with the original, which was # 1 in my retro chart before.

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    by » Sun February 24th, 2019, 23:07

    I prefer The Sign, but All She Wants Is is still great.

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    by » Sun February 24th, 2019, 23:22

    Didn't know All I want. Even though not totally my cup of tea, still a nice song.

    All that she wants is good and a modern classic. Sure, I love some songs of them much more, but that doesn't change that this is a good song and part of my childhood, the song was so present.
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    by » Mon February 25th, 2019, 12:32

    "All That She Wants" is certainly the highlight of the first three - it's pretty close to my own all-time top 200,
    as are several of the other Ace of Base hits that you mention. It took a while to spread beyond Scandinavia
    - but once it started, there was no stopping it.....

    "Africa" has recently been sampled on a new release by Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, "Selfish". Perhaps they
    were tempted to use it because it's one of a minority of tracks from the early eighties that regularly reappear
    at the top end of I-Tunes charts and in national charts that reflect digital sales of back-catalogue titles. This
    would suggest that quite a few music consumers are still downloading it after discovering it for the first time!

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    by » Mon February 25th, 2019, 19:12

    Quote Originally Posted by tdc2000 View Post
    This should be a great list.

    All three songs so far are very good, especially “Africa”, a timeless 80s gem.
    Thank you Dustin! 'Africa' is timeless indeed.

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    by » Mon February 25th, 2019, 19:14

    Quote Originally Posted by LastDreamer View Post
    Dutch singer Salemme did a cover of this Ace of Base's hit in 2009. Her version (my # 22 in Year-end chart) sounds very similar with the original, which was # 1 in my retro chart before.
    Never heard that Salemme cover before. The only remake I know is the one that Britney Spears did:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tbEHKQp-T4

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    by » Mon February 25th, 2019, 19:14

    Quote Originally Posted by Spartan View Post
    I prefer The Sign, but All She Wants Is is still great.
    Both are great, it's definitely hard to choose the better one!

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    by » Mon February 25th, 2019, 19:16

    Quote Originally Posted by Erotica View Post
    Didn't know All I want. Even though not totally my cup of tea, still a nice song.

    All that she wants is good and a modern classic. Sure, I love some songs of them much more, but that doesn't change that this is a good song and part of my childhood, the song was so present.
    Thanks for checking out 'All I Want'.
    I see 'All That She Wants' as a part of my childhood as well, probably the main reason why I love it so much!

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    by » Mon February 25th, 2019, 19:17

    Quote Originally Posted by CZB View Post
    "Africa" has recently been sampled on a new release by Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, "Selfish". Perhaps they
    were tempted to use it because it's one of a minority of tracks from the early eighties that regularly reappear
    at the top end of I-Tunes charts and in national charts that reflect digital sales of back-catalogue titles. This
    would suggest that quite a few music consumers are still downloading it after discovering it for the first time!
    Thanks CZB! Yes, I have also noticed that 'Africa' appears on the i-Tunes charts from time to time. Didn't know that sample you mentioned!

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    by » Mon February 25th, 2019, 19:22

    #4 Whitney Houston - All the Man That I Need (1990)

    'All the Man That I Need' is the first of several Whitney Houston songs to appear on my countdown. What many people don't know is the fact that it is a cover version, as it was originally recorded by American singer Linda Clifford in 1982. Whitney transformed the song into a fantastic power ballad thanks to her unique vocals.











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    by » Mon February 25th, 2019, 19:41

    I never liked the song, but last year I suddenly started to like it finally.
    I am not trying to seduce you... Would you like me to seduce you? Is that what you're trying to tell me?

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    by » Mon February 25th, 2019, 19:45

    Quote Originally Posted by Erotica View Post
    I never liked the song, but last year I suddenly started to like it finally.
    Better late than never!

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