Friday, April 29, 2016


For each letter of the A to Z, I'm going to give you a KEYWORD. You post in the comments a song with that word in the title. I will give you one to start (along with a video). If you like, you can go to YouTube and embed your video in the comments, so that readers can also listen to your song. No repeats and only post one song so that everyone can participate. If you're just brimming with songs, come back in a few days and lay it on me! If you want to see who else is participating in the A to Z click here.

You guys did great with the last keyword: Stop. Some of you really wanted to play around with the letter X (and I apologize for not being more obliging by providing the ideal X word... ;). In any event, you know that the rules aren't hard and fast here, so you just did as you pleased and posted a song with X. Or a band that started with X. Whatever. Ha! Anyway, here are the songs you thought of with Stop (or X somewhere) in the title:

Mary: Stop! In the Name of Love by The Supremes
Michele: Stop Stop Stop by The Hollies and Don't Stop by Fleetwood Mac
Rosey: He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones
Jeffrey: Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me (hilarious, btw) by "Weird Al" Yankovic
and Xanadu by OliviaNewton-John
Ericka: Don't Stop Believing by Journey
Alex: Stop The World by Extreme and Xanadu by Rush
Andrea: Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson
Arlee: Dance Stop by Daniel Amos
Holli: Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy) by Rob Zombie
Robyn: Stop! In The Name of Love (again)
Debbie: Stop! by Jon Bonamassa and X Offender by Blondie
Birgit: Xanadu (again)
Dixie: Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Daniel Padilla and Morissette Amon
Stephen T. McCarthy: The X-Ray (El Rayo-X) by David Lindley 
and Stop The World and Let Me Off by Waylon Jennings
Larry: X & Y by Coldplay and Stop Breaking Down by Todd Rundgren
Liza: Stop! In The Name of Love (again)
D.G.: I Can't Stop Loving You by Ray Charles
Cherdo: Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship
Marcy: Crystalised by The XX XX

If you can think of more songs from previous letters and WANT to post them now, feel free to go back and add them:)

It's a new day and a new letter!

What is the KEYWORD?

Obviously year is also okay. Any variation with year as the root is acceptable!

I present to you... This'll Be My Year by Train.

You can comment with a song or insert the video by copy/pasting the code in the search bar. Thanks for playing along!

Special thanks to Arlee Bird and the A to Z team who make this possible!

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
eremy Hawkins @ Hollywood Nuts
Damyanti Biswas @ Daily Write
Heather M. Gardner @ The Waiting is the Hardest Part
Author AJ Lauer
am Brown Margolis @ An Unconventional Librarian
Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing


  1. Simply Red - Holding Back The Years

    STEELY DAN - Reelin in the Years (1973)

    #AtoZChallenge Y is for Yelich-O'Connor

    1. Good ones. Reelin' is the first one that came to my mind too... Love that song!

  2. New Years Day by U2

    In the Year 2525 by Zagar & Evans

    Michele at Angels Bark

  3. Pearl Jam Light Years

  4. Dream Theater's Hollow Years.

  5. Red Rocks is awesome!!
    My pick is:

    Wasted Years by Iron Maiden:

  6. Whoah, these last few letters are tricky all around! Pretty Good Year by Tori Amos

  7. It's a sad song, but I've always loved Mike & the Mechanics' The Living Years.

  8. It's almost over, The A to Z for the year. Isn't it crazy? This is only my second year, but I know many have been doing this for several years now. How crazy is that? About as crazy as me, because I'll probably be doing it for a few more years too. So the perfect song today is...
    Paul Simon - Still Crazy After All These Years
    Hope you don't mind a bit of banter with the song. :)
    One more day. One more day.

    1. No, I like my music with banter.

      Great song choice.

  9. "The Year of the Cat" by Al Stewart.

    1. Running like a watercolor in the rain. Excellent lyric.

      I really like this song.

  10. One of my favorites songs EVER!

    It Was a Very Good Year by Frank Sinatra

  11. I've gotten used to going deep for my picks and this was the first one that came to mind. Good thing since so many of my favorites have already been used.

    Bruce Cockburn "The Coldest Night of the Year"

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

  12. OK, here we go again.... LEE, it's ON! :o)

    From Bruce Blackman, one of my all-time favorite songwriters.


    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground

    1. This is a pleasant enough song though perhaps with not as much lyrical depth as the Cockburn song. Actually I would have expected you to dig back deeper into something like this:

      "The Coldest Night of the Year" by Nino Temple and April Stevens

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Tossing It Out

    2. LEE, that particular recording I used is not really one of my favorites but it's the only one YT had. Apparently Blackman re-recorded the song later, or else he drastically altered the mix and added some string sounds. And it's the later version I like best, as this one sounds a bit dated with the heavy synthesizer sound throughout. I still like it though because I love Blackman's voice. There's a very unique quality to it.

      And lyrically he doesn't do deep stuffs. The songs are mostly light and fun with extremely catchy melodies. I truly think he's a Pop music mastermind.

      Here's one of his newer recordings that I really love, and I think you'll dig it, too. It's got a really neat "Old School" feel to it. And, hey, it mentions "STUCKEY'S". Don't tell me you've never eaten at a Stuckey's during any of your many road trips!

      I love EVERYTHING about this song. But he's recorded so many great ones. Terrible that he's mostly unknown.

      (Link...>>) JIM'S CAFE

      OK, below I've posted...

      "THE VERY MOST... COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR", and you know there's no topping "THE VERY MOST"? Right? The very most is as low as cold gets, like, "DOWN TO ELEVEN BELOW". (Beware of the loud, high-speed guitar shredding in this!)

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

    3. Ooo, Stuckey's--pecan logs, divinity fudge, so much good stuff. I used to beg my dad to stop at Stuckey's when we would travel, but he never would because he knew what we wanted. ON the other hand, if my mother was in charge of the trip we would stop. She loved the divinity.

      I haven't seen many Stuckey's on the roads I've traveled in recent times. There have been a few, but not like I used to see.

      I did enjoy the Starbuck recording. Actually it did have some unique lyrics. I was just joking with you. Although I do prefer the version of same titled song by Nino and April over the Very Most. They were similar but the duo has such a classic late 50's early 60's sound.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Tossing It Out

    4. LEE, I could be all wet on this but I believe STUCKEY'S was a franchise of the South, so you undoubtedly saw more of them out Tennessee-way, and in those lower states.

      There were a few here out West, because I remember passing some on our family road trips. I think we may have had a breakfast or two at a Stuckey's, but I didn't know nuttin' 'bout the pecan logs and divinity fudge.

      It figures though that Bruce Blackman would mention a Stuckey's and not, say, Denny's or Village Inn, etc. Because Blackman is very much a Southerner. Remember his mention of "Ol' Miss" in his most famous song 'MOONLIGHT FEELS RIGHT'?

      BTW, that last one I posted by THE VERY MOST? Ughh. I never heard of them before but the name seemed like a way to win "The Battle Of The Cold Nights". That was pretty bad though, and I wasn't taking that one seriously. Ha!

      ~ D-FensDogG

    5. STMcC, I think you are correct that Stuckey's was primarily a Southern franchise, but I just don't see them on my trips like I used to remember them. Most of the ones I've seen in recent years are in NC. I've seen some crumbling abandoned ghost Stuckey's in West Texas and there may still be one in AZ along the 10, but that may be abandoned as well.

      Since when I'm traveling I try to make my pitstops at the big truck stations like Pilot and such since they typically have bigger better restrooms and cheaper gas. So I'm no longer on the lookout for Stuckey's. And since it's my dime and not my father's, I don't go out of my way for pecan logs and divinity. Stuckey's was never known for nice clean restrooms and though you could get good pecan logs in the store you might find a nastier sort of log on a restroom visit there.

      I'm thinking that Blackman might have also used the Stuckey's reference not only because of the prevalence of the chain on the highway, but also because of the musicality of the name itself. Stuckey's has better metrical quality than Denny's or Village Inn. Gosh, has anyone ever used either of those in a song lyric?

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Tossing It Out

  13. Queen One Year of Love...


  15. First I thought Al Stewart, then Tori Amos, then Paul Simon, then Mike & The Mechanics, then Bruce Cockburn...guess you really gotta get up early for this thing.

    Here's one I was surprised had not been named...


  16. I don't know about "Years" but I choose "Happy New year" by ABBA

  17. Late again and my choice was already taken. Oh well, how about some Uriah Heep?

  18. 2000 Light Years From Home -The Rolling Stones

  19. I haven't been following the rules and offering fresh songs. I've just been trolling to find songs I need to add to my playlist. It is so great for that!!

  20. Ziggy Stardust was my favourite album of his.

    "Five Years" - by David Bowie

  21. I tried to comment on all of your posts, but Blogger kept hanging up on me. I'm crossing my fingers that this one goes.

    This song is sad, but I really like it.

    I heard this for the first time on The Voice recently. I really liked it!


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