Music Collection – J

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 now I’m up to the letter J. As before, I’m adding the tracks I mention to my Youtube playlist of favourite music, which you can shuffle to your heart’s content. There’s now over 1,000 tracks on it! 🙂

My favourite artist beginning with J is Judas Priest. I have a boxset of their albums and some of their DVDs, with favourite tracks including:

  • Rocka Rolla
  • Last Rose Of Summer
  • Beyond The Realms Of Death
  • Delivering The Goods
  • The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown)
  • Breaking The Law
  • Living After Midnight
  • Heading Out To The Highway
  • The Helllion & Electric Eye
  • You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
  • Love Bites
  • Turn On Your Lights
  • Turbo Lover
  • Private Property
  • Come And Get It
  • Johnny B Goode
  • Hell Patrol
  • Revolution
  • Angel
  • Redeemer Of Souls

Judas Priest - The Complete Album Collection - CD Box SetScreengrab of albums in my iTunes collection by artists beginning with J, including John Williams and Judas Priest.

Other songs I like from my collection are:

  • J Geils Band – Centerfold and Freeze-Frame
  • Jackie DeShannon – What The World Needs Now Is Love and Bette Davis Eyes (famously covered by Kim Carnes in the 1980s)
  • Jackie Wilson – Reet Petite, (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher and I Get The Sweetest Feeling
  • The Jackson 5 / The Jacksons – I’ll save these for when I list Michael Jackson for M.
  • Jackson Browne – Doctor My Eyes
  • Jaki Graham – Breaking Away, Round And Round and Set Me Free
  • The Jam – Going Underground, A Town Called Malice and That’s Entertainment
  • James Brown – Living In America, Get Up Offa That Thing and Sex Machine
  • James Last – I’ve ended up with a lot of his material through vinyl records and CDs that I’ve inherited, evidently my relatives were big fans! I wouldn’t count him among my top favourite artists, but he is good at what he does, and it is fun to hear his orchestral interpretations of songs I know, such as Cecilia, Born Free, Dancing Queen, The Winner Takes It All, Mamma Mia, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Yesterday and Greensleeves.
  • James Ray – I’ve Got My Mind Set On You
  • Jamiroquai – Cosmic Girl
  • Jan & Dean – Surf City
  • Jane Wiedlin – Rush Hour
  • Janis Joplin – Mercedes Benz
  • Jeff Beck – Hi Ho Silver Lining, Where Were You? and I’ve Been Drinking (with Rod Stewart) I’ve just discovered through Youtube that Hi Ho Silver Lining was first released by a group called The Attack, but Jeff’s version is better known because it went into the charts first. And having now heard The Attack’s version, I still much prefer Jeff Beck’s instead.
  • Jeffrey Osborne – Stay With Me Tonight and Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right, both tracks featuring Brian May.
  • Jeffster – Fat Bottomed Girls. Jeffster are a fictional covers band, consisting of Jeff and Lester from the TV show Chuck.
  • Jellybean – Jingo and The Real Thing
  • The Jellybottys – Peter Cushing Lives In Whitstable. A completely silly song, but it came to the attention of a big audience when Alan Davies brought it up on the game show QI.
  • Jennifer Rush – I inherited her self-titled album on vinyl, with songs like Madonn’s Eyes, Ring Of Ice and The Power Of Love.
  • Jermaine Jackson – Do What You Do
  • Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off
  • Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls Of Fire and Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
  • Jesse Green – Nice And Slow
  • Jesus Jones – Real, Real, Real
  • Jesus Loves You – After The Love Has Gone
  • Jet – Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
  • Jethro Tull – Living In The Past
  • Jewel Akens – The Birds And The Bees
  • Jigsaw – Sky High
  • Jim Croce – I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song
  • Jim Gilstrap – Swing Your Daddy
  • Jimi Hendrix – Foxy Lady and Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
  • Jimmie Rodgers – Kisses Sweeter Than Wine and English Country Garden
  • Jimmy Cliff – Wonderful World, Beautiful People, Reggae Night and People
  • Jimmy Dean – Little Black Book
  • Jimmy James & The Vagabonds – Now Is The Time
  • Jimmy Justice – Ain’t That Funny
  • Jimmy Ruffin – Gonna Give All The Love I’ve Got and What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted?
  • Jimmy Somerville – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
  • Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers – I have a few compilations by this medley-making group, with mixes including Swing The Mood, That’s What I Like, Rock ‘N’ Roll Party, Rock ‘N’ Roll Beethoven and Glenn Miller Medley
  • Joan Armatrading – Drop The Pilot
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Love Rock & Roll
  • JoBoxers – Boxerbeat and Just Got Lucky
  • Jocelyn Brown – Love’s Gonna Get You. If you know The Power by Snap, part of that track is sampled from this, and they’re not the only artist to have borrowed from it.
  • Joe Brown & The Bruvvers – Picture Of You
  • Joe Cocker – Delta Lady, With A Little Help From My Friends and Up Where We Belong (with Jennifer Warnes)
  • Joe Jackson – Is She Really Going Out With Him? and Steppin’ Out
  • Joe Satriani – Surfing With The Alien. Always feel inclined to do air guitar to this track, it’s just awesome.
  • Joe South – Games People Play
  • Joe Walsh – Rocky Mountain Way
  • Joey Dee & The Starliters – Peppermint Twist
  • John Farnham – You’re The Voice
  • John Fogerty – Rockin’ All Over The World. It was a long time before I realised the Status Quo song was a cover of this. It’s a pretty cool version too.
  • John Fred & His Playboy Band – Judy In Disguise
  • John Lennon – Imagine, (Just Like) Starting Over and Woman
  • John Leyton – Johnny Remember Me
  • John Miles – Music
  • John Paul Young – Love Is In The Air
  • John Waite – Missing You
  • Johnny & The Hurricanes – Red River Rock and Reveille Rock
  • Johnny Bristol – Hang On In There Baby
  • Johnny Burnette – Dreamin’ and You’re Sixteen
  • Johnny Cash – Ring Of Fire
  • Johnny Clegg – Scatterlings Of Africa
  • Johnny Dankworth – African Waltz
  • Johnny Hates Jazz – Shattered Dreams
  • Johnny Kidd & The Pirates – Hungry For Love, I’ll Never Get Over You and Shakin’ All Over
  • The Johnny Mann Singers – Up, Up And Away
  • Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now
  • Johnny Otis Show – Willie And The Hand Jive
  • Johnny Preston – Running Bear
  • Johnny Tillotson – Poetry In Motion and Talk Back Trembling Lips
  • Johnny Wakelin – In Zaire
  • Jon & Vangelis – I’ll Find My Way Home
  • Jonathan Butler – High Tide
  • Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – Egyptian Reggae
  • José Feliciano – Light My Fire
  • Journey – Any Way You Want It, Don’t Stop Believin’ and Who’s Crying Now?
  • Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
  • Judy Clay & William Bell – Private Number
  • Junior – Mama Used To Say
  • Junior Walker & The All Stars – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
  • Justin Hayward – Forever Autumn

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

  • Jack Elliott & Allyn Ferguson – The theme to TV show Charlie’s Angels.
  • Jack White & Alicia Keys – Another Way To Die, the theme to the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. It’s not one of the better, classic Bond themes though.
  • The Jam – News Of The World, the theme to comedy news panel show Mock The Week.
  • James Aldenham – The Journey and Just A Minute. These two tracks were an integral part of my childhood, as they were used to fill the gaps between programmes on ITV Schools when it moved to Channel 4. The Journey in particular is a beautiful 6 minute piece when heard in its entirety. Most fascinating of all, though, is that the name James Aldenham is a psuedonym – the composer is actually Brian Bennett from the Shadows! You can download these tracks and find out more about schools programmes in the UK on the Sub TV website.
  • Jan Hammer – The main theme tune and Crockett’s theme, from the TV show Miami Vice. I’ve never seen the show, but Crockett’s Theme is one of my favourite themes of all time.
  • Jay Gruska – Wrote the theme tune and other music for Lois And Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman, a great TV show.
  • Jeff Beck – Star Cycle, used as the theme for music show The Tube.
  • Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl? This is the theme for the BBC stand-up comedy show Live At The Apollo (though it’s replaced with a different tune on digital repeats).
  • Jim Noir – My Patch, used as the theme to Radio 4 comedy quiz show The Unbelievable Truth.
  • Joby Talbot – His version of Journey Of The Sorceror, the title theme to the movie of Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.
  • John Barry – Composed a lot of music for the James Bond films, including On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and the 007 theme. He didn’t compose the actual James Bond Theme that everybody knows though – that was Monty Norman. John Barry also composed the themes used for TV shows Juke Box Jury (called Hit And Miss) and The Persuaders, and the movie The Magnificent Seven.
  • John Cafferty – Hearts On Fire, used in the movie Rocky IV.
  • John Patrick – The theme to classic darts game show Bullseye.
  • John Sullivan – Wrote and sang the theme tunes, as well as the writing the episodes, for Only Fools And Horses and Citizen Smith.
  • John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – Songs from the film Grease – Greased Lightning, Summer Nights, You’re The One That I Want and The Grease Megamix.
  • John Williams – Composed the music for the first 3 Harry Potter films, which I have all the wonderful soundtrack albums for. Favourite tracks by John include Harry’s Wondrous World,  Hedwig’s Theme, Reunion Of Friends, Buckbeak’s Flight and Mischief Managed! He is also the composer for the Star Wars films, from which I have the Star Wars Theme and The Imperial March in my collection.
  • Johnny Keating – The theme tune from TV cop show Z Cars.
  • Johnny Pearson – Composer of many British TV themes, including ITV News At Ten (entitled The Awakening), All Creatures Great And Small (entitled Piano Parchment) Superstars (entitled Heavy Action) and Captain Pugwash.
  • Jonathan Sorrell – The theme tune from the classic gameshow You Bet! Loved that show as a kid.
  • Julian Nott – The theme music for Wallace & Gromit.

While searching Youtube for this post, I stumbled across the 12-inch extended version of Crockett’s Theme by Jan Hammer, a mix I never knew existed. It was already a beautiful track, and this longer version is even better with the little extra touches it includes. So I’ll use that to finish this post with. 🙂

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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