On.. music

Resuming the 30-day writing challenge and the title is now about something I’m best at. Err.. i think i’ve moaned enough about my lack of this being best-of business, but I’ll just amuse myself by choosing to write about music. It’s something i love, something i’m pretty good at (i can sing and dance decently but DH beats me hands down on encyclopedic musical knowledge).

I’ve decided on my top 30 best songs. They are:

Niza’s top songs of all time

  1. Let’s get it on – Marvin Gaye
  2. Virtual Insanity – Jamiroquai
  3. Wake up Boo – Boo Radleys
  4. In my life – The Beatles
  5. Rock with you – Michael Jackson
  6. Let’s stay together – Al Green
  7. In my place – Coldplay
  8. Just the way you are – Billy Joel
  9. One flight down – Norah Jones
  10. Road trippin – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  11. Change – Daniel Merriweather
  12. Rock your body – Justin Timberlake
  13. Are you in – Incubus
  14. Viva la Vida – Coldplay
  15. Waiting on the world to change – John Mayer
  16. Livin on a prayer – Bon Jovi
  17. Need you tonight – INXS
  18. Till there was you – Beatles
  19. If you leave me now – Chicago
  20. Human Nature – Michael Jackson
  21. Love Foolosophy – Jamiroquai
  22. Kissing a fool – George Michael
  23. Maybe I’m amazed – Paul Mccartney
  24. (Just like) starting over – John Lennon
  25. Water runs dry – Boyz II Men
  26. God only knows – The Beach Boys
  27. California Dreamin – The Mamas and The Papas
  28. Give me one reason – Tracy Chapman
  29. Can I walk with you – India Arie
  30. Fly me to the moon – Frank Sinatra

Notice that there are no Malay songs yet. I say yet because I do, indeed, love Malay songs but somehow i tend to categorize them differently to English songs and they require a certain type of mood to enjoy (especially the classic rock kapaks) like when I am missing my home town and family. I’ll do a top 30 Malay songs soon.. err or at least a top 20. Or 10. Is this a racially blasphemous thing to say? I will rephrase and say I love Malay songs but especially those form the last decade or so. I am also officially in love with the latest batch of young Malay singers who are singer-songwriters who are very, very good indeed such as Yuna, Aizat, Faizal Tahir (well at least he writes some lyrics i think – and he’s a born performer) and Ana Raffali.

I am also thinking about music today because I just created my itunes account and purchased songs for the first time (i’m building a playlist on my iphone for my top 30). I know, i know – why buy when you can just download for free? I have nothing to defend myself on but I will say that a primary motivation (other than just having gotten my paycheck) is that iTunes is soooo… easy to use and clicking on the songs  (while in denial because I’m not really seeing that I’m paying for them) is kinda addictive. Anyway, i’m not buying all cause I know DH has some of them already on his iPod and i’ll just go and nick his later.

Back to work for now.. with the hope that I can get some work done so i’ll be able to start building my top 30 Malay playlist on my tea break soon..

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