1. Joni Mitchell, "Night Ride Home." Greatest ever cameo appearance by a cricket.
2. Cypress Hill, "How I Could Just Kill a Man." All he wanted was a Pepsi.
3. U2, "One." It's kinda like when Obama gets fired up with the flowing rhetoric ... I don't trust it, but I can't resist it. This is the kind of ballad by a too-pretentious band that I should hate. But I can't resist it.
4. John Prine, "It's a Big Old Goofy World." In a perfect world, John Prine would be considered a national treasure. OK, some of us already think of him that way. But it's not a perfect world. Instead, there's a big old goofy man dancing with a big old goofy girl. Ooh, baby, it's a big old goofy world.
5. Boyz II Men, "Motownphilly." Think about that title.
6. Nirvana, "Territorial Pissings." A great band, sounding their most Hüsker-esque. Remember, just because you're paranoid don't mean they're not after you.
7. Guns N' Roses, "November Rain." I really can't stand to listen to Axl Rose's voice ... my problem, not his ... so I'm not a good judge of their music. Slash is good, though.
8. Michelle Shocked, "Come a Long Way." A confession: I don't know what this song is about.
9. Pearl Jam, "Jeremy." In many ways, Pearl Jam is the anti-Guns N' Roses ... they stand for good things, don't write gay-bashing lyrics, they even love Sleater-Kinney. But I don't really care about them. And while I can listen to Eddie Vedder's voice, it isn't my favorite.
10. Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch, "Good Vibrations." Instead of making a career in movies and then cutting the vanity record, Marky Mark started with the vanity record and THEN had the movie career. This is actually a good track, although that's mostly thanks to Loleatta Holloway.