Music Collection – B

I’m going through my music collection to list many of the artists and tracks I like, so you can see the variety of things I enjoy, and this time I’m moving on to the letter B. I’m continuing to add the tracks I mention to my Youtube playlist of favourite music, which you can shuffle to your heart’s content. 🙂

My favourite artists beginning with B are The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Blondie and Brian May:

  • The Beach Boys – I only have compilations, but one of them is the 5-CD box set Good Vibrations: 30 Years Of The Beach Boys, which has lots of their hits, album tracks and some fascinating demos and session recordings. Favourite tracks include:
    • Surfin’ USA
    • Fun, Fun, Fun
    • I Get Around
    • When I Grow Up (To be A Man)
    • California Girls
    • Help Me Rhonda
    • Barbara Ann
    • Wouldn’t It Be Nice?
    • God Only Knows
    • Good Vibrations, one of the greatest songs of all time.
  • The Beatles – I was thrilled when they finally published the box set of their albums on iTunes, and promptly treated myself to it. I also have the 1+ Blu-Ray of their videos. So many classic tracks by an iconic group which are extremely hard to narrow down, so here are 20 of my favourites:
    • Love Me Do
    • A Hard Day’s Night
    • Can’t Buy Me Love
    • Help!
    • Yesterday
    • Hello, Goodbye
    • All You Need Is Love
    • Come Together
    • Something
    • Let It Be
    • From Me To You
    • She Loves You
    • I Wanna Hold Your Hand
    • Lady Madonna
    • Hey Jude
    • Get Back
    • I Feel Fine
    • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    • We Can Work It Out
    • The Long And Winding Road
  • Blondie – I have quite a few of their studio and live albums, and a few DVDs too. Favourite tracks include:
    • Hanging On The Telephone
    • One Way Or Another
    • Sunday Girl
    • Heart Of Glass
    • Dreaming
    • Atomic
    • The Tide Is High
    • Call Me
    • Maria
    • Good Boys
  • Brian May – I’m a big Queen fan, and I love Brian’s solo work. So I have the albums Back To The Light, Another World and Live At The Brixton Academy. Favourite tracks include:
    • Back To The Light
    • Too Much Love Will Kill You
    • Driven By You
    • Last Horizon
    • Let Your Heart Rule Your Head
    • Business
    • On My Way Up
    • Another World
    • His cover of the Rocky Horror song Hot Patootie – Bless My Soul
    • His superb performance of God Save The Queen on the roof of Buckingham Palace for the Party At The Palace, a concert celebrating the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

DVDs by The Beatles (1+, featuring their music videos) and Blondie (Greatest Video Hits, Live At The BBC and Live By Request)

Beach Boys Good Vibrations Box Set, containing 5 CDs with classic hits, demos and session recordings, and an extensive book.

I also have quite a few albums by Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Bad Company. They’re both great bands, but they don’t beat my favourites listed above:

  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive – I have a greatest hits compilation and 4 of their studio albums. Favourite tracks include:
    • Roll On Down The Highway
    • Takin’ Care Of Business
    • You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.
  • Bad Company – I have most of their studio and live albums. Favourite tracks include:
    • Can’t Get Enough
    • Feel Like Makin’ Love
    • Shooting Star

Screengrab of albums in my iTunes collection by artists beginning with B, including The Beatles, Belouis Some, Ben Foster, Blondie, Bon Jovi and Brian May.

Other songs I like from my collection are:

  • The B-52s – Love Shack and Funplex. I have a few of their albums. They’re not up there with my most favourite artists, but they are fun.
  • B Bumble & The Stingers – Nut Rocker. Classic tune. Even Radio 1 plays it – they use it as their song for people who are on their way home, getting people to call in and sing “My name is … and I’m going home” to the tune.
  • Babe Ruth – Wells Fargo. I have a few of their albums. Again, they’re not one of my favourite ever artists, but they’re still alright.
  • Baby D – Let Me Be Your Fantasy
  • Babybird – You’re Gorgeous
  • Baccara – Yes Sir, I Can Boogie
  • The Bachelors – The Sound Of Silence
  • Bad English – I have their Backlash album, with tracks like Time Stood Still and The Time Alone With You.
  • Bad Manners – Can-Can and Lip Up Fatty
  • Bad NewsSpoof band featuring the sadly missed Rik Mayall, with tracks like Bad News, Hey Hey Bad News and their cover of Bohemian Rhapsody.
  • Baddiel & Skinner with The Lightning Seeds – Three Lions & Three Lions ’98. I’m not a football fan, but I still like the song.
  • Baltimora – Tarzan Boy
  • Bananarama – Cruel Summer, Love In The First Degree and Venus
  • The Band – The Weight and Rag Mama Rag
  • Band Of The Irish Guards – I inherited a vinyl album called Marching With The Beatles, who do some great versions of tracks like Help!.
  • The Bangles – Manic Monday, Walk Like An Egyptian and Eternal Flame, one of my favourite ballads ever.
  • Banned of St Trinians – Up And Away, We Got The Beat, I Can Get What I Want. Call it a guilty pleasure if you like, and it’s not just because of the uniforms. They’re not an amazing group by any means, but I still enjoy these catchy songs from St Trinian’s 2 nonetheless. I enjoyed that film and the first one too. I’ve not seen the older films.
  • The Barracudas – Summer Fun
  • Barry Blue – Dancing On A Saturday Night and Do You Wanna Dance?
  • Barry Manilow – Copacabana and Mandy
  • Barry Ryan – Eloise
  • Barry White – Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe and You’re The First, My Last, My Everything
  • Bay City Rollers – Bye Bye Baby and Saturday Night
  • B B & Q Band – On The Beat
  • Be-Bop Deluxe – Ships In The Night
  • The Beastie Boys – (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)
  • Beautiful South – A Little Time, and their cover versions of You’re The One That I Want, Livin’ Thing, Don’t Stop Movin’ and Don’t Fear The Reaper
  • Bedrock – Heaven Scent. I first heard the POB Seismix version of this on a CD that came free with a newspaper I think. I like both of these mixes, it’s a very catchy beat.
  • Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love? and Stayin’ Alive
  • Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth and (We Want) The Same Thing
  • The Bellamy Brothers – Let Your Love Flow
  • Belouis Some – I have their first 2 albums, my favourite tracks being Some People and Imagination.
  • Ben E King – Stand By Me
  • Benny Hill – Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West). A member of staff at my school introduced us to this, loved it ever since.
  • Bernard Cribbins – I have a Greatest Hits album of his, including Hole In The Ground and Right Said Fred.
  • Berri – Sunshine After The Rain
  • Bert Weedon – Big Beat Boogie
  • Better Than Ezra – One More Murder. Somehow I have the soundtrack to the first X-Files Movie without ever having seen it. But that’s how I know this song.
  • Big Audio Dynamite – E=MC²
  • The Big Bopper – Chantilly Lace
  • Big Country – In A Big Country
  • Bill Haley & His Comets – Rock Around The Clock, See You Later, Alligator and Shake, Rattle And Roll
  • Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine, Lean On Me and Lovely Day
  • Billie Jo Spears – What I’ve Got In Mind
  • Billy Bragg – A New England
  • Billy Fury – Halfway To Paradise
  • Billy Idol – Hot In The City, Mony Mony, Rebel Yell, Sweet Sixteen and White Wedding.
  • Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas – Bad To Me and their cover of Do You Want To Know A Secret?
  • Billy Joel – My Life, Uptown Girl, Piano Man and Just The Way You Are. The latter is particularly poignant to me, as it was the closing song played at my father’s funeral.
  • Billy Lee Riley – Flyin’ Saucers Rock ‘N’ Roll and Red Hot
  • Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run), Get Outta My Dreams, LOD (Love On Delivery), Love Really Hurts Without You and When The Going Gets Tough
  • Billy Paul – Me And Mrs Jones
  • Billy Ray Cyrus – Achy Breaky Heart
  • Billy Squier & Freddie Mercury – Lady With A Tenor Sax and Love Is The Hero, a couple of wonderful and rare tracks I have from the Freddie Mercury Solo Collection boxset.
  • B J Thomas – Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
  • Black – Wonderful Life
  • Black Box – Ride On Time
  • Black Lace – Agadoo. Nothing wrong with a bit of cheesy pop now and again.
  • Black Sabbath – Paranoid
  • Black Slate – Amigo
  • Blackfood Sue – Standing In The Road
  • Blancmange – Living On The Ceiling
  • Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
  • The Bluebells – Young At Heart
  • Blur – Song 2 and Parklife
  • Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley
  • Bob & Earl – Harlem Shuffle
  • Bob & Marcia – Young, Gifted & Black
  • Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues
  • Bob Marley – No Woman, No Cry
  • Bobbie Gentry – I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, even if I keep hearing “he’ll never bone ya” (instead of phone). I’ve always heard it that way, and Peter Kay confirmed it in his hilarious misheard lyrics routine.
  • Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett – Monster Mash
  • Bobby Bloom – Montego Bay
  • Bobby Brown – Two Can Play That Game
  • Bobby Goldsboro – Summer (The First Time)
  • Bobby Hebb – Sunny
  • Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy. I used to have the Big Mouth Billy Bass novelty toy that sang this song.
  • Bobby Vee – The Night Has A Thousand Eyes and  Take Good Care Of My Baby. I also have a copy of the album Bobby Vee Meets The Crickets, as we inherited it on vinyl, so he can be heard performing tracks like Peggy Sue, and a nice job he does too.
  • The Bodysnatchers – Let’s Do The Rock Steady
  • Bon Jovi – Blaze Of Glory, Keep The Faith, Bad Medicine, Runaway, You Give Love A Bad Name, Wanted Dead Or Alive, Livin’ On A Prayer and You Had Me From Hello (a lovely song I was introduced to when a group played it in the church at my mate’s wedding last year). I only have the Slippery When Wet album and a Greatest Hits compilation, but I am tempted to get more of Bon Jovi’s albums at some point.
  • Boney M – Megamix
  • Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than The Speed Of Light, Total Eclipse Of The Heart, Holding Out For A Hero and It’s A Heartache. I have a copy of the Faster Than The Speed Of Light album, probably when it was sold cheaply at some point. And it’s not a bad album to be fair.
  • The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band – I’m The Urban Spaceman
  • The Boo Radleys – Wake Up Boo!
  • Booker Newberry III – Love Town
  • Booker T & The MG’s – Green Onions
  • The Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays and Rat Trap
  • Boris Gardiner – I Want To Wake Up With You
  • Boston – Amanda and More Than A Feeling
  • Bow Wow Wow – C30, C60, C90, Go
  • Boy George – Everything I Own
  • Boys Don’t Cry – I Wanna Be A Cowboy
  • Boys Town Gang – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
  • Boz Scaggs – Lido Shuffle
  • Bran Van 3000 – Drinking In L.A.
  • Brass Construction – Movin’
  • Bread – Make It With You
  • Brian Hyland – Sealed With A Kiss
  • Britney Spears – Baby One More Time. I could deny I have this, but I got it on a school disco compilation, it is a catchy track from my teenage years, and it does have that very memorable video, so I won’t shy away from including it.
  • Broken English – Comin’ On Strong
  • Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
  • Bros – When Will I Be Famous?
  • Brother Beyond – The Harder I Try and He Ain’t No Competition
  • Brotherhood Of Man – Save Your Kisses For Me
  • Brothers Martin – The Missionary. This track caught my attention while watching season 1 of Chuck, a brilliant show.
  • Bruce Channel – Hey Baby
  • Bruce Hornsby & The Range – The Way It Is
  • Bruce Springsteen – I have the Born In The USA album, with tracks such as Born In The USA, Cover Me and Dancing In The Dark.
  • Bryan Adams – Run To You, Everything I Do (I Do It For You) and Summer Of ’69
  • Bryan Ferry – Let’s Stick Together
  • Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up and Land Of Make Believe
  • Buddy Holly – That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy!, Peggy Sue, Rave On and Heartbeat
  • Buddy Knox – Party Doll
  • The Buddy Rich Big Band – And The Beat Goes On
  • The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star
  • The Buoys – Give Up Your Guns
  • Burt Bacharach – I’ll be listing songs I like by relevant artists as and when they come up, many of which I have on a Burt Bacharach Greatest Hits collection, so he deserves a mention in the list at least. He has written some classic songs without a doubt.
  • Burt Weedon – Guitar Boogie Shuffle
  • Buster Poindexter – Hot Hot Hot
  • The Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)?
  • The Byrds – Mr Tambourine Man and Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)

As for theme music and songs, I also enjoy the following from my collection, which are on my theme music playlist unless otherwise specified:

  • Barenaked Ladies – Their theme song to the excellent sitcom The Big Bang Theory. I didn’t realise it was a full song for a while, then I loved it when I heard it.
  • Barry Gray – Composed themes for shows like Joe 90, Stingray and Thunderbirds. I didn’t watch those shows a lot, just the odd episode here and there, but they are good themes.
  • Barry Stoller – Composer of Offside, the iconic theme to football show Match Of The Day.
  • Ben Foster – Composed the music for Torchwood and orchestrates the music on Doctor Who. I’ve added some of the Torchwood tracks to a Doctor Who playlist i’ve put together, such as The Chase, Captain Jack’s Theme and the main Torchwood theme, among others.
  • Berlin – Take My Breath Away (Love Theme from Top Gun)
  • Big George Webley – The theme song to comedy news quiz Have I Got News For You. I discovered the full version of the tune on the BBC’s World Of Sound album, it’s very catchy.
  • Bill Conti – The theme to Cagney & Lacey. Not a show I’ve ever seen, but it is a well-known theme.
  • Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life, the theme to Dirty Dancing, a film I’ve never seen.
  • Billy Goldenberg – The theme tune to Kojak, another show I’ve never watched.
  • Billy Idol – The theme song from Speed, one of my favourite films of all time, even if it also had one of the worst sequels ever.
  • Billy Taylor – I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free, used as the theme for the Film… series on the BBC.
  • Bob Morgan – Marguerite, used as the theme for the gallery on children’s art show Take Hart.
  • Booker T & The MG’s – Soul Limbo, used as the BBC’s Test Cricket theme.
  • Boots Randolph – Yakety Sax, the theme tune for The Benny Hill Show.
  • The Boyfriends – Size Ten Shuffle, the theme tune for Paddington.
  • Brian Bennett – Holy Mackerel, the theme to the BBC’s Rugby coverage.
  • Brian Fahey – At The Sign of The Swinging Cymbal, the Pick Of The Pops theme.
  • Bud Flanagan – Who Do You Think You Are Kidding, Mr Hitler?, the theme to the wonderful sitcom Dad’s Army.
  • The Bum Notes – BB’s Blues & Last Night, the opening and closing themes to classic sitcom Bottom, starring the late, great Rik Mayall, and his equally great comedy partner Ade Edmondson.
  • Burt Rhodes – The theme tune to sitcom The Good Life. I love that show, though I also love Vyvyan’s reaction to it in The Young Ones as well.

And that’s it for B. I’ll leave you with that classic Vyvyan moment until I move on to C for the next list. 🙂

Author: Glen

Love London, love a laugh, love life. Visually impaired blogger & Youtuber with aniridia & nystagmus, posting about my experiences & adventures.

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