Monday, December 6, 2010

Rolling Stone - The Playlist Special (week 1)

In the recent Rolling Stone's The Playlist Issue 50 artists share their personal favorite songs from other artists or genres. As you can see in the cover pictured above, you have Bono pickin' on David Bowie, Arcade Fire's Win Butler on the Boss, Yoko Ono on John Lennon, Dave Grohl on punk (actually, hardcore), and so on. Rolling Stone is weekly online publishing the playlists. I'm weekly spotifyin' 'em. 

Below you find each single playlist from the first week. Advice: listen to it, while reading how each artist motivated its choices (every playlist begins with the link to Rolling Stone's page). Some playlists are greatest hits oriented, some others (Rufus Wainwright on Leonard Cohen, for instance) are based on more obscure songs. All are rather interesting. At bottom, you find the mammoth playlist (including all the single ones). Enjoy!

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Bono: David Bowie
(15 tracks out of 15, bingo!, about 1 hour)
1. Space Oddity
2. The Man Who Sold The World
3. Changes
4. Five Years
5. Life On Mars?
6. Starman
7. Lady Grinning Soul
8. The Jean Genie
9. John, I'm Only Dancing
10. Young Americans
11. Fame
12. Warszawa
13. Heroes
14. Ashes To Ashes
15. Up The Hill Backwars
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0306)

?uestlove: Prince
(7 tracks out of 17, 41,17%, 37 minutes)
1. Baby I'm A Star (studio version)
2. Movie Star
3. Irresistable Bitch / Tricky / Cloreen Bacon Skin
4. Little Red Corvette (dance mix)
5. Lady Cab Driver
6. The Bird (rehearsal demo)
7. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker
8. The Sex of It (Demo for Kid Creole and the Coconuts)

9. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore
10. Erotic City
11. A Million Miles (I Love You)
12. Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)
13. All My Dreams

14. Power Fantastic
15. Shortberry Strawcake
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0307)

Jack Johnson: Bob Marley
(10 tracks out of 10, bingo!, 36 minutes)
1. Mellow Mood
2. Trench Town Rock
3. Concrete Jungle
4. Natural Mystic
5. Three Little Birds
6. Easy Skanking
7. Don't Rock My Boat
8. So Much Trouble In The World
9. Bend Down Low
10. War
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0308)

Jenny Lewis: '70s California Rock
(10 tracks out of 10, bingo!, 31 minutes)

1. John Phillips – Topanga Canyon
2. J.J. Cale – Call Me The Breeze
3. Crosby & Nash – Military Madness
4. Jackson Browne – Doctor My Eyes
5. Little Feat – Willin'
6. Linda Ronstadt – Blue Bayou
7. Harry Nilsson – Me And My Arrow
8. Dory Previn – Coldwater Canyon
9. Warren Zevon – Poor Poor Pitiful Me
10. Gram Parsons – Ooh Las Vegas
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0309)

Dave Grohl: '80s Hardcore
(5 tracks out of 10, 50%, 10 minutes)

1. Naked Raygun – Surf Combat
2. Corrosion of Conformity - Loss for Words
3. Nomeansno – It's Catching Up
4. Void - Who Are You?
5. Black Flag – Room 13
6. Squirrel Bait - Sun God
7. D.R.I. – I Don't Need Society
8. Rites of Spring - For Want Of
9. Husker Du - Chartered Trips

10. Bad Brains – At The Movies
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0310)

Chris Robinson: The Rolling Stones
(15 tracks out of 15, bingo!, about 1 hour)

1. Midnight Rambler
2. The Worst
3. Tumbling Dice
4. Wild Horses
5. Let It Bleed
6. Monkey Man
7. Time Is On My Side
8. Can't You Hear Me Knocking
9. Shine A Light
10. She Smiled Sweetly
11. Jiving Sister Fanny
12. Coming Down Again
13. You Got The Silver
14. Memory Motel
15. Memo From Turner
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0311)

Rufus Wainwright: Leonard Cohen
(10 tracks out of 10, bingo!, 51 minutes)

1. Who By Fire
2. Don't Go Home With Your Hard-On
3. Death Of A Ladies' Man
4. A Thousand Kisses Deep
5. Sisters Of Mercy
6. Chelsea Hotel #2
7. The Future
8. Take This Waltz
9. Bird On The Wire
10. Famous Blue Raincoat
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0312)

Ezra Koenig: UK Pop Hits
(6 tracks out of 10, 60%, 22 minutes)

1. Sugababes – About You Now
2. Cheryl Cole – Fight For This Love
3. Dizzee Rascal feat. Armand Van Helden - Bonkers
4. Magnetic Man feat. Angela Hunte – I Need Air
5. Katy B - Katy on a Mission
6. Blackout Crew - Put a Donk On It

7. Tinie Tempah – Pass Out
8. Tinchy Stryder feat. Amelie – Never Leave You
9. DCUP & Yolanda Be Cool – We No Speak Americano
10. Scooter - The Sound Above My Hair
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0313)

Annie Lennox: Women With Soul
(10 tracks out of 10, bingo!, 34 minutes)

1. Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer
2. Dusty Springfield – I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten
3. Carpenters – (They Long To Be) Close To You
4. Dionne Warwick – Do You Know The Way To San Jose
5. The Supremes – Baby Love - Single Version
6. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Dancing In The Street - Single Version
7. Judy Collins – Farewell To Tarwathie
8. Petula Clark – Downtown
9. Cilla Black – Anyone Who Had A Heart
10. Sandie Shaw – (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0314)

Cee Lo: The Best dirty South Hip Hop
(6 tracks out of 10, 60%, 26 minutes)

1. 2 Live Crew - We Want Some Pussy
2. 8Ball & MJG – Space Age Pimpin'
3. Kilo - The Piz
4. Poison Clan – Action
5. DJ Magic Mike – Feel The Bass
6. Cool Breeze feat. OutKast & Goodie Mob - Watch for the Hook
7. Tela - Sho Nuff

8. Trick Daddy, 3-6 Mafia and others – Stay Fly (remix, different from Cee Lo's choice)
9. Goodie Mob – Cell Therapy
10. OutKast – B.O.B.
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0315)

Peter Wolf: Live R&B Songs
(10 tracks out of 10, bingo!, 48 minutes)

Ray Charles – Night Time Is The Right Time (live at Newport Jazz)
Gene Chandler – Rainbow '65 (live)
Billy Stewart – Summertime (not live, sorry Peter!)
Stevie Wonder – Fingertips Pts. 1 & 2 (live)
Sam Cooke – Bring It On Home To Me (not live, sorry again Peter!)
Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness (live in Europe)
Etta James – Something's Got A Hold On Me (live)
Marvin Gaye – Star-Spangled Banner (live at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game)
The Temptations – Ol' Man River (live)
Sly & The Family Stone – I Want To Take You Higher (live at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair)
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0316)

(11 playlists, 104 tracks out of 127, 81,88%, about 7 hours)
Listen to it on Spotify:
HTTP, URI. (SR0317)


  1. i enjoy dese lists as dint get wat u mean by "Bono: David Bowie" nd "15 tracks out of 15"?

  2. "bono: bowie" means that those david bowie songs were chosen by bono (look here:

    "15 tracks out of 15" means that I found on music service Spotify fifteen of the fifteen tracks included in the playlist (it's rare that 100% of songs are available on Spotify, as you may see in other playlists of this blog)

    actually, i don't know if "15 tracks out of 15" is the right way to tell it. my english is definitely not perfect... :o)

  3. thnx...i wud hv got bono:bowie had i looked at chris robinson:the rolling stones...nt a big bowie fan...
    good job on dese lists...nd d availability of songs..