Music Collection – L


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 L. 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 1,500 tracks on it! 🙂

My favourite artists beginning with L are Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd. They are two of the most legendary and personal favourite groups of all time, with Stairway To Heaven and Free Bird being two of the most epic and amazing songs ever made, among other masterpieces by both groups. So I make no apologies for choosing 25 songs by each!

  • Led Zeppelin – I have all their albums and DVDs, with favourite tracks including:
    • Good Times Bad Times
    • Dazed And Confused
    • Communication Breakdown
    • Whole Lotta Love
    • Heartbreaker
    • Ramble On
    • Immigrant Song
    • Since I’ve Been Loving You
    • Black Dog
    • Rock And Roll
    • Stairway To Heaven
    • When The Levee Breaks
    • The Song Remains The Same
    • Over The Hills And Far Away
    • No Quarter
    • The Ocean
    • Houses Of The Holy
    • Trampled Underfoot
    • Kashmir
    • Achilles Last Stand
    • Nobody’s Fault But Mine
    • In The Evening
    • All My Love
    • We’re Gonna Groove
    • Darlene
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – I have most of their albums and quite a few live DVDs as well, with favourite tracks including:
    • I Ain’t The One
    • Tuesday’s Gone
    • Gimme Three Steps
    • Simple Man
    • Free Bird
    • Sweet Home Alabama
    • Don’t Ask Me No Questions
    • Workin’ For MCA
    • Call Me The Breeze
    • Saturday Night Special
    • On The Hunt
    • Whiskey Rock-A-Roller
    • Gimme Back My Bullets
    • Double Trouble
    • Searching
    • What’s Your Name?
    • That Smell
    • I Know A Little
    • You Got That Right
    • Good Thing
    • That’s How I Like It
    • Red, White And Blue
    • Lucky Man
    • Simple Life
    • Last Of A Dyin’ Breed

DVDs and Blu-Rays by Led Zeppelin (including 2-DVD set and Celebration Day) and Lynyrd Skynyrd (including Free Bird The Movie, Live From Steel Town and Vicious Cycle Tour)

CD box sets of Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd, plus live CDs by Led Zeppelin called How The West Was Won and Celebration Day.

Screengrab of albums in my iTunes collection by artists beginning with L, including Led Zeppelin, Lonnie Donegan and Lynyrd Skynyrd

Other songs I like from my collection are:

  • La Bionda – One For You, One For Me
  • The La’s – There She Goes
  • LaBelle – Lady Marmalade
  • Lady Gaga – Bad Romance and Love Game. There are also some fun mashups of Lady Gaga tracks with other songs out there, such as Love Gamebusters, which mixes Love Game with the Ghostbusters theme by Ray Parker Jr, or Smooth Romance, which mixes Bad Romance with Smooth by Santana, among others.
  • Laid Back – Sunshine Reggae
  • Larry Graham – Sooner Or Later
  • Larry Greene – Through The Fire, used on the Top Gun soundtrack.
  • Larry Williams – Bony Moronie
  • Larry Wu – Let Me Show You
  • Laura Branigan – Gloria and Self Control
  • Leila K – Got To Get
  • Lene Lovich – Lucky Number
  • Leo Sayer – Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance), One Man Band, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, More Than I Can Say and Thunder In My Heart (including the Meck remix)
  • Leroy Van Dyke – Walk On By
  • The Lettermen – The Way You Look Tonight
  • Level 42 – Lessons In Love
  • Light Of The World – I Shot The Sheriff and London Town
  • Lighthouse Family – High and Lifted
  • Lightning Seeds – Marvellous and Ready Or Not
  • Lillo Thomas – Sexy Girl
  • Limahl – Never Ending Story
  • Linda Ronstadt – When Will I Be Loved? and Don’t Know Much (with Aaron Neville)
  • Linx – Intuition and So This Is Romance
  • Lionel Richie – Running With The Night
  • Lipps Inc. – Funkytown
  • Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World
  • Little Eva – The Loco-Motion
  • Little Feat – Rag Mama Rag
  • Little Richard – Long Tall Sally, Lucille, Rip It Up and Tutti Frutti
  • Little River Band – It’s A Long Way There, Lonesome Loser, Reminiscing
  • Livin’ Joy – Dreamer
  • Living In A Box – Blow The House Down, Living In A Box and Room In Your Heart
  • Lloyd Price – Stagger Lee
  • Loleatta Holloway – Love Sensation. This track has been sampled by many artists for use in their own work, particularly by Black Box for their hit single Ride On Time, for which Holloway’s vocals were not credited, leading to a lot of controversy at the time.
  • Londonbeat – There’s A Beat Going On
  • Long Tall Ernie & The Shakers – Do You Remember?
  • Lonnie Donegan – A legend of his era, I have a greatest hits compilation, with tracks including Lost John, Cumberland Gap, Puttin’ On The Style, Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour?, My Old Man’s A Dustman, Lively, Michael Row The Boat Ashore, Lumbered, Pick A Bale Of Cotton and World Cup Willie.
  • Lonnie Liston Smith – Expansions
  • The Look – I Am The Beat
  • Loose Ends – Hangin’ On A String and Magic Touch
  • Lord Rockingham’s XI – Hoots Mon
  • Los Bravos – Black Is Black
  • Los Del Rio – Macarena. A very cheesy song, but it was big in my childhood and is admittedly catchy. I never did learn the dance for it though (because I never wanted to!), so I was thankfully never able to embarrass myself doing it in discos!
  • The Lotus Eaters – The First Picture Of You
  • Lou Bega – Mambo No. 5
  • Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side and Perfect Day. The BBC’s version of Perfect Day, featuring a multitude of different artists, was very good as well. It was originally used to promote the BBC’s music services, and was then released as a charity single.
  • Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World, plus another track used in a Bond film, as noted below.
  • The Love Affair – Bringing On Back The Good Times and Everlasting Love
  • Love Grenades – Tigers In The Fire, yet another track I found via TV show Chuck.
  • Love Sculpture – Sabre Dance
  • Loverboy – Working For The Weekend and Heaven In Your Eyes. The latter was used in the soundtrack for Top Gun.
  • Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer In The City. I also love the cover version by The Gutter Brothers as well, which was used in the Miami Twice feature length special of Only Fools And Horses.
  • Lowland – Their beautiful, chilled-out, orchestral cover of Children by Robert Miles. Well worth a listen.
  • Luke McDaniel – Huh Babe and My Baby Don’t Rock
  • Lulu – Shout and The Man Who Sold The World
  • Luther Vandross – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now and Never Too Much
  • Lydia Murdock – Superstar
  • Lynsey De Paul – Sugar Me

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

  • Lalo Schifrin – The classic theme to the TV show Mission Impossible. This is a brilliant piece of music, and is unusual in that it’s in 5/4 time – which means, unlike a regular song where there’s 4 beats to a bar, or a waltz that has 3 beats per bar, this track has 5. Or certainly the original version does – the modern movies haven’t always stuck to that, which is a shame.
  • Laurie Holloway – Composed the theme to the gameshow Blind Date.
  • Laurie Johnson – Composed many of the most memorable theme tunes of all time, for shows including The Avengers, The New Avengers, The ProfessionalsAnimal Magic (entitled Las Vegas, it’s a tune I guarantee you’ve heard somewhere, it gets used in all sorts of random things), This Is Your Life (entitled Gala Performance) and Whicker’s World.
  • Leftfield – Phat Planet, used as the theme for the Guinness adverts.
  • Len Stevens – Composed News Scoop, the original theme for BBC sports show Grandstand back in 1958.
  • Les Reed – Created the themes for TV series The Saint and Dr Finlay’s Casebook (the latter entitled A Little Suite).
  • Leslie Statham – Composed the original, lesser-known theme for the football show Match Of The Day (entitled Drum Majorette).
  • Lisa Lougheed – Performed Run With Us, the brilliant theme tune to classic cartoon The Raccoons. It was released as a single from her album Evergreen Nights, with its own music video. Such a great song.
  • Lorne Balfe – I have a track called My World by this artist on a TV themes compilation. It’s a beautiful piece of music, but I have no idea what it was used as the theme for, and it’s not on Youtube. All I can find out easily is that it was on a mini-album called KPM Emotions, which you can hear (along with many other tracks) on his website. He’s a big composer it seems, having created music for a lot of films – some of which are well-known, but I haven’t seen any of them personally.
  • Louis Armstrong – We Have All The Time In The World, used in the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
  • Lulu – Her theme to the Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun.

And to finish this post, here’s a group called Lucky Uke doing a ukulele-basd cover of Slade’s Cum On Feel The Noize. No idea why they decided to be naked to shoot the music video (don’t worry, you don’t see any rude bits), but it’s a catchy interpretation of the song.

Author: Glen

Vsually impaired, with Aniridia & Nystagmus. I'm a fan of Doctor Who, classic sitcoms, Queen and 60s-80s rock & pop. I like to blog about my experiences as a disabled person, and about the things I enjoy in general.

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