Favorite Songs - Friends of the Phonograph




Rank Song Title Artist/Group Selected By
Silent Sunlight Cat Stevens Doug Boilesen
("What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding Elvis Costello Doug Boilesen
Imagine John Lennon Doug Boilesen
Beyond the Blue Emmylou Harris & Patty Griffin Doug Boilesen
Before Barbed Wire George Winston Doug Boilesen
Across the Universe The Beatles Doug Boilesen
Hope has a Place Enya Doug Boilesen
A Widow's Toast Neko Case Doug Boilesen
What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong Doug Boilesen
Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78, R.176:3. Maestoso-Allegro Saint-Saëns Doug Boilesen
Message in a Bottle The Police Doug Boilesen (1)
God Only Knows The Beach Boys Nick Jester
Let’s Go Crazy Prince Nick Jester
Strawberry Fields Forever The Beatles Nick Jester
As Stevie Wonder Nick Jester
Maybe I’m Amazed Paul McCartney Nick Jester
Knights in White Satin Moody Blues Larry Wilcox
Unchained Melody Righteous Brothers Larry Wilcox
Smooth Operator Sade Larry Wilcox
Satisfaction Rolling Stones Larry Wilcox
Gimme Some Lovin' The Spencer David Group Larry Wilcox





Penelope (wife of Ulysses) stained glass window, Edison's Glenmont home, West Orange, NJ

Mr. Edison in the music room at Orange, NJ Laboratory selecting songs to potentially be recorded, 1922





Top Fives by Topics

Rob's Top Fives from "High Fidelity"


LIST: Barry and Dick's Top Five songs about death, 'a Laura's Dad tribute list'

'Leader of the Pack', the Shangri-Las;

'Dead Man's Curve', Jan & Dean;

'Tell Laura I Love Her', Ray Peterson;

'One Step Beyond', Madness;

'Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald', Gordon Lightfoot.

Barry briefly included 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' by the Rolling Stones but then ruled it out because of its appearance in The Big Chill.



LIST: Rob's Top Five side one, track ones

'Janie Jones', The Clash;

'White Light / White Heat', Velvet Underground;

'Smells Like Teen Spirit', Nirvana;

'Let's Get It On', Marvin Gaye;

'Radiation Ruling the Nation', Massive Attack.



LIST: Rob's Top Five angry songs about women

Rob never finishes this list: 'You kind of have to start with Elvis Costello, but where?'



LIST: Songs Rob would like to have sung at his funeral

'Many Rivers to Cross', Jimmy Cliff;

'Angel', Aretha Franklin;

'and I've always had this fantasy that some beautiful, tearful woman would insist on "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" by Gladys Knight. But who would that woman be?'



LIST: Rob's Top Five Desert Island

'Sin City', Flying Burrito Brothers;

'New Rose', The Damned;

'Hit It and Quit It,' Funkadelic;

'Shipbuilding,' Elvis Costello;

'Mystery Train,' Elvis Presley;

'Spaced Cowboy', Sly and the Family Stone;

Which is actually six, but Rob finds this list almost impossible to complete, and subsequently asks if he can change it.

"Feel Good" Playlist

Sally Forth, June 20, 2020 by Francesco Marciuliano & Craig Macintosh

Candorville, January 25, 2020, by Darrin Bell

Bizarro, October 19, 2020 Courtesy Wayno & Piraro

LIST: DB's Top Ten Radio Songs

Radio Ga Ga, Queen, 1984

On the Radio, Donna Summer 1979

Radio, Radio, Elvis Costello, 1978

Video Killed the Radio Star, The Buggles 1980

Turn on the Radio, Reba McEntire 2010

Radio Nowhere, Bruce Springsteen 2007

That's Why God Made the Radio, The Beach Boys 2012

Turn on your Radio, Harry Nilsson 1972 (which also includes the lyrics "Turn on your record player, Listen to my song")

Radio Head, Talking Heads 1986

The Spirit of Radio, Rush 1980

You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio, Joni Mitchell 1972











LIST: DB's Top Five Telephone Songs

Telephone Line, Electric Light Orchestra, 1977

Call me, Blondie,

Hanging on the Telephone, Blondie, 1980

The Call, The Pretenders, 1980

Call me back again, Wings, 1978

The Royal Telephone, Rev. Sister Mary Nelson, July 21, 1927 (Spotify from Memphis Gospel 1927-1929)





Kaj's Divorceaversary Playlist: Anniversary of a Divorce

"Something" (and the Our Song phenomenon)

Lincoln Journal, Gary Trudeau, 1994







Top Five Hospital Chartbusters

Courtesy Ambassador Cards - Hallmark c 1985

Doc Around the Clock

You're So Vein

Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole I.V.

Fun, Fun, Fun Till the Nurses Take the Bed Pan Away

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie Open-in-the-Back Gown Thingie




The Ohio State University Libraries Spotify Cartoon Related Playlists

Here is their May 2020 Spotify Playlist Link and below their text for this playlist! - Courtesy of OSU and Billy Ireland Cartoon Library


At a time when comics were king, musicians wrote songs about characters like Barney Google, the Kewpies, Alley Oop, and Snuffy Smith; and some of the most prominent jazz musicians gave us beautiful instrumental pieces like “Mutt and Jeff,” “Ignatz’s Brick,” and “Happy Hooligan.” Some particularly famous comic strips, like “Pogo” and “Li’l Abner,” were the basis of entire albums and Broadway musicals!

We hope you’ll enjoy another comics and cartoon-art inspired Spotify playlist by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

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FAVORITE ALBUM COVER ART - Friends of the Phonograph

(It's about the art - it doesn't have to be your favorite album)

There are thousands of album covers that could be displayed. The following are favorite album covers selected by Friends of the Phonograph (in some cases with referenced personal explanations for their selection).

Album Title Illustrator / Artist / Record Label Artist/Group Selected By
Let it Bleed Designed by Robert Brownjohn; cake baked by Delia Smith, Decca ©1969 Rolling Stones FOTP Editor (1)
Justin Carroll - Illustration / Art Direction: Dianne Marie Kaylan / Capricorn Records, Inc. ©1979 Compilation album Doug Boilesen (2)
Déjà vu Gary Burden - Art Direction and Design / Atlantic Recording Corporation, ©1970 - Presswell Press; Gold imprinted on a textured, faux-leather gatefold cover. "Old timey" looking photograph of the band is pasted on front cover. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Kaj Keister
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Art work: Madame Tussauds, Assemblage; Jann Haworth, Assemblage, Set Designer, Sleeve; Marijke Koger, Design, Artwork; Simon Posthuma, Design, Artwork; Peter Blake, Painting, Artwork; Michael Cooper, Photography. ©Parlophone 1967

The Beatles Voted #1 All Time Greatest Album Cover by Rolling Stone readers, June 15, 2011. See NPR's "Why The 'Sgt. Pepper's' Cover Art Matters As Much As The Music.
Sky Blue Sky Illustrated by Nathaniel Murphy, ©2007 Nonesuch Records Wilco Nick Jester (3)
Abraxas Art work: Mati Klarwein; Columbia Records ©1970. The art originates from the 1961 painting "Annunciation" by Klarwein (4). Santana Greg Henry
Blood ©2015 Warner Bros. Records - Warner Music UK Ltd. Lianne La Havas Richard Bissell
Nevermind Art Direction/Design by Robert Fisher ©1991 DGC Records Nirvana Ryan Jester
Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet Art Direction/Design by Mike Doud; Artwork by Cindy Marsh ©1982 RCA Victor Rick Springfield Laura Jester
Hejira Cover design by Joni Mitchell, Art Direction: Keith Williamson ©1976 Asylum Records - "The portrait of Mitchell on the front cover was taken by Norman Seeff and the other photographs were taken by Joel Bernstein at Lake Mendota, in Madison, Wisconsin, after an ice storm." - Wikipedia (Gatefold photograph also inside album of Mitchell skating on Lake Mendota) Joni Mitchell Bev Jester


See PhonoBook's Album Covers for books with comprehensive looks at the best cover art of their generation along with those dedicated to specific LP themed cover art (e.g., automobiles, country music, etc.).




Sky Blue Sky by Wilco