Music Collection – U to Z & Numbers

We got there in the end! This is the final list of songs I enjoy from my music collection, covering artists beginning with U to Z, and a few beginning with numbers as well.  As before, I’ve been adding the tracks I mention to my Youtube playlist of favourite music, which now has 3,500 tracks for you to shuffle to your heart’s content! 🙂

My favourite artists beginning with these final letters are U2, The Who and ZZ Top:

  • U2 – I have a Greatest Hits collection, and the Songs Of Innocence album that Apple forced all their users to download whether they wanted it or not. That free album wasn’t anything exceptional, but there are quite a few of their more well-known hits that I like, including:
    • Pride (In The Name Of Love)
    • New Year’s Day
    • With Or Without You
    • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
    • Sunday Bloody Sunday
    • Bad
    • Where The Streets Have No Name
    • Beautiful Day
    • One
    • Vertigo
  • The Who – A legendary band, one of my top favourites. Wonderful vocalist, awesome guitarist, superb bass player (often overlooked, listen to Entwistle’s basslines closely) and an incredible drummer, all coming together to produce something truly electrifying and special. I have all their albums and a lot of their DVDs too. Going through by album, favourite tracks include:
    • My Generation – My Generation, The Kids Are Alright, I Can’t Explain, Substitute and Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
    • A Quick One / Happy Jack – So Sad About Us, A Quick One While He’s Away, I’m A Boy, Happy Jack and Pictures Of Lily
    • Sell Out – Tattoo, I Can See For Miles, Magic Bus
    • Tommy – Amazing Journey, The Acid Queen, Pinball Wizard, We’re Not Gonna Take It and See Me, Feel Me
    • Who’s Next – Baba O’Riley, Bargain, Behind Blue Eyes, Won’t Get Fooled Again and The Seeker
    • Quadrophenia – The Real Me, I’ve Had Enough, 5:15, Love Reign O’er Me and Long Live Rock
    • By Numbers – Slip Kid, Squeeze Box, Let’s See Action, Join Together and Relay
    • Who Are You? – New Song, Sister Disco, Guitar And Pen, Love Is Coming Down and Who Are You?
    • Face Dances – You Better You Bet, The Quiet One, Daily Records, Another Tricky Day and It’s In You
    • It’s Hard – It’s Hard, Eminence Front and Cry If You Want
    • Endless Wire – Fragments, It’s Not Enough, Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting and Real Good Looking Boy
  • ZZ Top – I downloaded a boxset of all their albums as it was on sale for a good price, and some of my favourite tracks include:
    • Brown Sugar
    • Francine
    • La Grange
    • Tush
    • Arrested For Driving While Blind (had to mention this, right?)
    • I Thank You
    • It’s So Hard
    • Gimme All Your Lovin’
    • Sharp Dressed Man
    • Legs
    • Can’t Stop Rockin’
    • I Got The Message
    • Concrete And Steel
    • Viva Las Vegas
    • She’s Just Killing Me
    • Trippin’
    • Mescalero
    • Piece
    • I Gotsta Get Paid
    • Chartreuse

DVDs by The Who, consisting mainly of live concerts, plus a couple of documentaries.

CThe Who - Thirty Years Of Maximum R&B - CD Box Set

Screengrab of albums in my iTunes collection by The Who, including studio and live albums.

Other songs I like from my collection are:

  • UB40 – I Got You Babe, Cherry Oh Baby, Kingston Town, Many Rivers To Cross and Red Red Wine
  • UFO – Doctor Doctor
  • Ugly Kid Joe – Everything About You
  • Ultravox – All Stood Still, Dancing With Tears In My Eyes and Vienna
  • The Undertones – Jimmy Jimmy and Teenage Kicks
  • Underworld – Produced a lot of music for the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, much of which is on the Isles Of Wonder soundtrack album. The epic 17-minute track And I Will Kiss, featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie and 1,200 other musicians, is a big favourite of mine. It captured the mood of the industrial part of the ceremony so perfectly, and it’s just an amazing piece of music in its own right. Caliban’s Dream and Always Loved A Film are good tracks as well, among others.
  • Unit 4+2 – Concrete And Clay
  • The Upsetters – Return Of Django
  • US3 – Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)
  • Van Halen – Eruption
  • Van McCoy – The Hustle
  • Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
  • Vanessa Jenkins & Bryn West – Islands In The Stream. Acting as their characters from the sitcom Gavin & Stacey, Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon – with the help of Tom Jones as well – released this song to raise money for Comic Relief.
  • Vangelis – Chariots of Fire. A beautiful track which, in conjunction with The Best by Tina Turner, always makes me think of the Ten Tors event, as explained in a previous post.
  • Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby
  • Vanity Fare – Hitchin’ A Ride
  • The Vapors – Turning Japanese
  • The Ventures – Perfidia and Walk Don’t Run
  • Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff – Dizzy
  • Vikki Carr – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
  • Visage – Fade To Grey
  • The Walker Brothers – The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore
  • Wanda Jackson – Let’s Have A Party
  • Wang Chung – Dance Hall Days, used in the video game GTA Vice City.
  • Wannadies – You And Me Song
  • War – The Cisco Kid
  • Warren Smith – I’ve Got Love If You Want It
  • Warren Zevon – Werewolves Of London
  • Was (Not Was) – Walk The Dinosaur
  • The Waterboys – The Whole Of The Moon
  • Wax – Bridge To Your Heart
  • Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders – Game Of Love and A Groovy Kind Of Love
  • The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
  • Wendy & Lisa – Satisfaction
  • Wet Wet Wet – Love Is All Around Me, Sweet Little Mystery and Wishing I Was Lucky
  • Wham! – Bad Boys, Club Tropicana, Freedom, I’m Your Man and Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
  • Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag
  • Whigfield – Saturday Night
  • Whispers – And The Beat Goes On
  • White Town – Your Woman
  • Whitesnake – Fool For Your Loving, Here I Go Again and Is This Love?
  • Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
  • Whodini – Magic’s Wand
  • Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music
  • Wildchild – Renegade Master
  • Will To Power – I’m Not In Love and Baby I Love Your Way/Free Bird
  • Willie Nelson – Always On My Mind
  • Winifred Atwell – Poor People Of Paris
  • Wizzard – Angel Fingers (A Teen Ballad), Ball Park Incident and See My Baby Jive
  • Womack & Womack – Teardrops
  • The Wurzels – Combine Harvester and Drink Up Thy Zider
  • XTC – Making Plans For Nigel
  • The Yardbirds – For Your Love and Over Under Sideways Down
  • Yazoo – Don’t Go, Only You and Situation
  • Yazz & Aswad – How Long
  • Yazz & The Plastic Population – The Only Way Is Up
  • Yello – Oh Yeah and The Race
  • Yes – Owner Of A Lonely Heart and Roundabout
  • Yngwie Malmsteen – Vengeance
  • Young Idea – With A Little Help From My Friends
  • The Young Ones & Cliff Richard – Livin’ Doll
  • The Young Rascals – Groovin’
  • Yvonne Elliman – If I Can’t Have You
  • Zapp & Roger – More Bounce To The Ounce
  • Ziggy Marley – Look Who’s Dancing and Tomorrow People
  • Zombies – She’s Not There
  • 2 Unlimited – No Limit and Get Ready For This
  • 10CC – Donna, Dreadlock Holiday, I’m Not In Love, Rubber Bullets and The Things We Do For Love
  • 1910 Fruitgum Company – Simon Says

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

  • Union – You Are The Number One, used for ITV’s football coverage of Euro ’92.
  • Vince DiCola – Fanfare From Rocky and Training Montage music from the film Rocky IV.
  • Walter Murphy – Composes all the music for Family Guy, including the theme tune.
  • Ween – Beacon Light, used on the soundtrack of the X-Files movie.
  • The Whip – Used as the theme tune to the Channel 4 series Rude Tube.
  • Winifred Atwell – Black And White Rag, used for the old BBC snooker programme Pot Black.
  • The Wombles – The Wombling Song is the classic theme from The Wombles TV show. But somehow we inherited the album Superwombling from my grandparents, which was a bit random among everything else they had! But it does have fun tracks like the Womble Shuffle and Down At The Barber Shop (Singing In Harmony). The man behind the music is, of course, Mike Batt.
  • X – Crystal Ship, another song from the X-Files movie soundtrack.
  • Zack Lawrence – Peak Performance and Force Field, used for classic gameshows Treasure Hunt and The Crystal Maze respectively. And you can now play The Crystal Maze in London of course. Would love to try that one day.
  • Zone Music – This music library company warrants a mention given that I’m a fan of The Last Leg. On their compilation album Audio Allsorts 4, the first track is called The Power, and it’s used in every episode (around advert breaks and when introducing guests). I’m glad I found it a while back, as it makes a good ringtone! Library music is often used by TV programmes, and those websites have some hidden delights if you’re patient enough to find them. For instance, the Audio Network site has tracks like Downtown Jump (used as the theme to Room 101) and Cold City (used in Red Dwarf: Back To Earth), and the full versions of both tracks are pretty cool.
  • 100% Featuring Jennifer John – Just Can’t Wait (Saturday). This is a cover of the seventies song called Saturday by Norma Jean. This tune was later adapted again by Will Slater, for use on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, which is where most people will recognise the chorus from. Check out the full song though, it’s quite catchy.

And that’s it, finally! Well, I have one more post to make about how I actually organise my music collection, but the lists are done now. They may seem like pointless posts to some people, but I enjoyed going through my collection, and I hope some of my musical tastes coincided with yours or grabbed your interest in some way  I’ll post about new music as and when I get it, and I also intend to go through my DVD collection next, as there’s quite a bit to list there too. It’s amazing how things build up over time!

So if you’ve read through all of these self-indulgent, seemingly endless lists, then you must be crazy – but thank you ever so much! I hope you enjoyed them, and feel free to let me know if you share any of my tastes! 🙂

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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