Music Collection – M


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 M – one of the busiest letters of the lot, as there’s quite a bit to cover here. 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 nearly 2,000 tracks on it now! 🙂

I have quite a few favourite artists beginning with M – namely Madness, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Monty Python and Murray Gold:

  • Madness – I love this band, they’re awesome. I have all of their albums and some of their DVDs as well. Favourite tracks include:
    • One Step Beyond
    • My Girl
    • Night Boat To Cairo
    • The Prince
    • Baggy Trousers
    • Embarrassment
    • Shut Up
    • It Must Be Love
    • Our House
    • House Of Fun
    • Driving In My Car (and the lesser-known version called Riding On My Bike)
    • Michael Caine
    • Victoria Gardens
    • Wings Of A Dove
    • The Sun And The Rain
    • Uncle Sam
    • Sweetest Girl
    • Lovestruck
    • Drip Fed Fred (with Ian Dury)
    • Shame And Scandal
    • The Israelites
    • Lola
    • We Are London
    • Dust Devil
    • On The Town
    • NW5
    • The Liberty Of Norton Folgate
    • My Girl 2
    • Never Knew Your Name
    • How Can I Tell You?
  • Michael Jackson – I inherited quite a few of his albums from a friend who passed away a few years ago, plus I have a Greatest Collection and a few songs on compilations. Favourite tracks are:
    • I Want You Back (The Jackson 5)
    • ABC (The Jackson 5)
    • The Love You Save (The Jackson 5)
    • Blame It On The Boogie (The Jacksons)
    • Can You Feel It? (The Jacksons)
    • Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) (The Jacksons)
    • Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
    • Rock With You
    • Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
    • Thriller
    • Beat It
    • Billie Jean
    • Bad
    • The Way You Make Me Feel
    • Man In The Mirror
    • Smooth Criminal
    • Black Or White
    • Dangerous
    • They Don’t Care About Us
    • Earth Song
  • Mick Jagger – The Rolling Stones are an amazing band, and I’ll get to them in a later list of course. But I have a Greatest Hits collection of Mick’s solo work (I ought to get his solo albums at some point), with favourite tracks including:
    • God Gave Me Everything
    • Put Me In The Trash
    • Just Another Night
    • Don’t Tear Me Up
    • Charmed Life (I adore the Ashley Beedle remix for this as well)
    • Sweet Thing
    • Old Habits Die Hard
    • Lucky In Love
    • Don’t Call Me Up
    • Checkin’ Up On My Baby
    • The collection also inclues Dancing In The Street with David Bowie, which I mentioned in my D post), and Don’t Look Back with Peter Tosh, which I’ll include on the P list.
  • Monty Python – Love these guys. I have all the TV shows and films on DVD, and their audio albums as well. Favourite songs (some of which are adult in nature if you feel you want to skip this bit) include:
    • Liberty Bell (the march composed by John Philip Sousa, used as Monty Python’s theme tune)
    • Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life
    • Sit On My Face
    • The Lumberjack Song
    • Penis Song
    • Money Song
    • Accountancy Shanty
    • Medical Love Song
    • Every Sperm Is Sacred
    • I Like Chinese
    • Eric The Half-A-Bee
    • Brian Song
    • Bruce’s Philosopher’s Song
    • Knights Of The Round Table (Camelot Song)
    • The Meaning Of Life
    • All Things Dull And Ugly
    • Christmas In Heaven
    • Galaxy Song
    • Spam Song
    • I Bet You They Won’t Play This Song On The Radio
  • Murray Gold – I love his work on Doctor Who and Torchwood, and therefore have all the soundtrack albums for both series, and recordings of the live Doctor Who At The Proms concerts. His music for these shows is so beautiful and exciting, I love it very much – which is why I’ve created a dedicated Doctor Who playlist that includes my favourite tracks (among other things), including:
    • The Doctor Who Theme (obviously) – I like all his versions of this, but my favourites are the ones he did for Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant, and the rock version used for one of Peter Capaldi’s episodes.
    • The Doctor’s Theme
    • The companion’s themes (Rose, Martha, Donna, Amy, Clara, etc)
    • Enemy themes for The Daleks and The Cybermen
    • Westminster Bridge
    • UNIT Theme
    • Doomsday
    • All The Strange, Strange Creatures
    • This Is Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home
    • Song For Ten
    • Love Don’t Roam
    • My Angel Put The Devil In Me
    • Stowaway
    • Song Of Freedom
    • Vale Decem
    • The Sun’s Gone Wibbly
    • I Am The Doctor
    • Melody Pond
    • The Majestic Tale (both versions – The Madman and Idiot With A Box)
    • A Good Man (Twelve’s Theme)
    • Torchwood Theme (the other tracks below are also from that show)
    • Sleepers, Awake
    • The Chase
    • The Mision
    • The Plot
    • Toshiko Sato – Betrayal & Redemption
    • Captain Jack’s Theme
    • Diplomatic Cars
    • Countdown To Destruction
    • Here Comes Torchwood

DVDs by Madness - Do Not Adjust Your Nut (4-disc box set), Divine Madness (their music videos) and Madness At Madstock (live show from 1998)

Screengrab of albums in my iTunes collection by artists beginning with M, including Madness and Manfred Mann.

Other songs I like from my collection are:

  • M – Pop Musik. I have a couple of remix albums of this track as well, some of which are better than others as you can imagine. The Todd Terje remix is one of the best ones.
  • M People – Moving On Up
  • Mac & Katie Kissoon – Sugar Candy Kisses and The Two Of Us
  • Mai Tai – History
  • Malcolm McLaren & The Bootzilla Orchestra – Deep In Vogue and Something’s Jumpin’ In Your Shirt (with Lisa Marie)
  • Malcolm Yelvington – Rockin’ With My Baby
  • The Mamas And The Papas – California Dreamin’ and Monday, Monday. Every time I hear California Dreamin’, though, I always think of the segment from The Sketch Show, which is very funny.
  • Man Parrish – Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don’t Stop)
  • Manfred Mann – Do Wah Diddy, 5-4-3-2-1, Pretty Flamingo, If You Gotta Go, Go Now and Blinded By The Light. For years I only knew the short version of Blinded By The Light, at just under 4 minutes, thanks to compilation CDs, so I was amazed and delighted when I eventually stumbled upon the full 7 minute version, the middle section of which is just incredible. So if you only know the short version, look up the complete track, it’s worth it.
  • The Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life and If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
  • Mantronix – Bassline and Got To Have Your Love
  • Marc Almond – Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart (with Gene Pitney) and Tears Run Rings
  • Marc Cohn – Walking In Memphis
  • The Marcels – Blue Moon
  • Mari Wilson – Just What I Always Wanted
  • Maria Vidal – Body Rock
  • Marietta – Destination Unknown (used in the soundtrack for Top Gun)
  • Marillion – Incommunicado, Kayleigh and Lavender
  • Marilyn Manson – Tainted Love
  • Marmalade – Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da and Rainbow
  • MARRS – Pump Up The Volume
  • Marshall Hain – Dancing In The City
  • Martha & The Muffins – Echo Beach
  • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Dancing In The Street, I Say A Little Prayer, I’m Ready For Love, Jimmy Mack and (Love Is Like A) Heatwave
  • Martika – I Feel The Earth Move and More Than You Know
  • Marty Robbins – The Story Of My Life and Devil Woman
  • Marty Wilde – Donna, Endless Sleep and Sea Of Love
  • Marv Johnson – You’ve Got What It Takes
  • The Marvelettes – When You’re Young And In Love
  • Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Got To Give It Up, Let’s Get It On, Sexual Healing and It Takes Two (with Kim Weston)
  • Marvin Hamlisch – The Entertainer, composed by Scott Joplin, and this version was used in a film called The Sting. I used to play the keyboard a little bit as a kid – I was never great at it, but I was able to play this a bit. It’s a great little tune.
  • Marvin Rainwater – Whole Lotta Woman
  • The Mary Jane Girls – All Night Long
  • Mary Wells – My Guy
  • Matt Monro – Music To Watch Girls By and Yesterday (and the Bond theme noted below)
  • Matthew Wilder – Break My Stride
  • The Mavericks – Dance The Night Away
  • Max Werner – Rain In May
  • Maxi Priest – Some Guys Have All The Luck and Wild World
  • Maxine Nightingale – Right Back Where We Started From
  • MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
  • The McCoys – Hang On Sloopy
  • McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now
  • McGuinness Flint – Malt & Barley Blues
  • Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell, Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, Dead Ringer For Love, You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth and Paradise By The Dashboard Light
  • Mel & Kim – Respectable, FLM and Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)
  • Melba Moore – Love’s Comin’ At Ya
  • Men At Work – Down Under
  • Men Without Hats – Safety Dance
  • The Merseybeats – I Think Of You
  • Metallica – Enter Sandman and For Whom The Bell Tolls
  • Miami Sound Machine – Dr. Beat and Hot Summer Nights (from Top Gun)
  • Mica Paris & Will Downing – Where Is The Love?
  • Michael Holliday – The Story Of My Life
  • Michael Zager Band – Let’s All Chant
  • Midge Ure – If I Was
  • Midnight Star – Midas Touch
  • Mike Oldfield – Moonlight Shadow (it’s worth checking out the extended version of this on Youtube if you’ve never heard it before), and Tubular Bells (I love the version he did for the London Olympics in 2012, featuring part of In Dulci Jubilo as well).
  • Mike Sarne & Wendy Richard – Come Outside
  • Mink DeVille – Spanish Stroll
  • Mitch Miller – March From The River Kwai, also known as the Colonel Bogey March, also known by millions as the tune to Hitler Has Only Got One Ball.
  • The Mock Turtles – Can You Dig It?
  • Modern Romance – Best Years Of Our Lives
  • Modern Talking – Cheri, Cheri Lady
  • The Mojos – Everything’s Alright
  • Mongo Santamaria – Me And You Baby (Picao Y Tostao) and Mama Papa Tu, used on the soundtrack to the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
  • The Monkees – The Monkees Theme, Last Train To Clarksville, I’m A Believer and Daydream Believer. I have a few of their albums that I originally inherited on vinyl.
  • The Moody Blues – I have a Greatest Hits collection, with tracks like Go Now, Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon), Nights In White Satin, The Story In Your Eyes and I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock & Roll Band).
  • Moses – We Just
  • Mötley Crüe – Too Young To Fall In Love
  • Motorhead – Ace Of Spades and Please Don’t Touch (with Girlschool)
  • The Motors – Airport
  • Mott The Hoople – All The Young Dudes and All The Way From Memphis
  • The Move – Flowers In The Rain, I Can Hear The Grass Grow, Blackberry Way, California Man and Tonight. I have a Greatest Hits collection of theirs plus a couple of other tracks on compilation albums.
  • Mr Big – Romeo
  • Mr Mister – Kyrie and Broken Wings, the latter also featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
  • Mtume – Juicy Fruit, yet another song featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
  • Mud – The Cat Crept In, Dyna-Mite,  Hypnosis, Lean On Me and Tiger Feet, one of my all-time favourite tracks. 😉
  • The Mudlarks – Lollipop
  • Münchener Freiheit – Baby It’s You
  • Mungo Jerry – Baby Jump and, of course, In The Summertime, another wonderful feel-good track.
  • Muse – Starlight, which was the happy couple’s second dance at my friend’s wedding reception last year, plus three tracks used in the London 2012 Olympics, namely Map Of The Problematique, Uprising and Survival.
  • Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie
  • Mystic Merlin – Just Can’t Give You Up

As for theme music and songs (apart from the Doctor Who music mentioned above), I also enjoy the following from my collection, which are on my theme music playlist:

  • Madonna – The theme to the James Bond movie Die Another Day.
  • Marc Sylvan – Composed the theme tunes to quiz show Pointless and game show Total Wipeout. Total Wipeout was an enjoyably stupid show, with all those silly games and obstacles, and Richard Hammond’s commentary. Other attempts to match that kind of format since then haven’t worked so well. And I watch Pointless regularly, it’s a very good quiz show. In fact, Richard Osman has Nystagmus like me (and has been in a video about it), as well as being tall, handsome, clever and witty. We have a lot in common, us two. 😉
  • Mark Snow – Composed the tune to The X-Files, called Materia Primoris.
  • Matt Monro – The theme to the James Bond movie From Russia With Love.
  • Michael Nyman – The Heart Asks Pleasure First, from the movie The Piano – which I’ve never seen, but I got this beautiful piece of music on a classical compilation.
  • Mike Harding – Created the music for Danger Mouse, one of the greatest cartoons ever made. Even the recent remake has been enjoyable – the original series will always be the best of course, but they’ve kept to the spirit of the show really well and it’s been very funny.
  • Mike Oldfield – His version of the theme to children’s TV show Blue Peter, and the track Tubular X from the X-Files Movie soundtrack, mixing the X-Files theme with Tubular Bells.
  • Mike Post & Pete Carpenter – The themes to TV shows The A-Team, Magnum P.I., Hill Street Blues and The Rockford Files, none of which I’ve ever watched.
  • Moby – His version of the James Bond theme, used in the film Tomorrow Never Dies.
  • Monty Norman – Composed the original version of the James Bond Theme.
  • Morecambe & Wise – Bring Me Sunshine, the theme song for their TV show.
  • Morton Stevens – The classic theme to Hawaii 5-O.
  • Muff Murfin – The theme song to TV show Gladiators.
  • Music 4 – Created all the jingles and music underscores for the Chris Moyles Show on Radio 1, which were rather good. The Cheesy Songs and other regularly used tracks were as big a part of the show as the man himself.

And to finish this post, a clip that combines two of my favourite things – Dangermouse and the London Underground. It’s a flashmob that was organised as part of the publicity for the relaunch of the show last year. It’s funny to imagine how it must have confused any of the commuters who weren’t familiar with the show!

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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