29) Got to Be Real, Cheryl Lynn: Fun! Happy! Disco!
28 Town Called Malice, The Jam: I found this song through the movie Billy Elliot, and it's great to listen to when you're listless or pissed off.
27) Ain't That a Kick in the Head, Dean Martin: Just because I like the line "Like a sailor said quote 'ain't that a hole in a boat.' What does that mean, exactly? Ah, it rhymes and it's fun.
26) In Your Eyes, Peter Gabriel: Swoon! And it doesn't even have to be played by a guy standing outside your window with a boombox for full effect, especially since your across-the-street, bored busybody neighbors would call the cops on him anyway.
25) Mandolin Rain, Bruce Hornsby: The perfect chill song, and the piano in it just kills me.
24) Rosalita, Bruce Springsteen: You know you are from New Jersey when you know all the words to this epic.
23) Alice’s Restaurant, Arlo Guthrie: Not so much a song as a monologue, but I credit this as one of the big infulences on my writing -- funny storytelling at it's finest.
22) One for My Baby, Frank Sinatra: Because we've all been there. OK, maybe not sitting in a gloomy bar trying to drink someone off your mind with some dude randomly tickling the ivories in melancholy fashion, but certainly feeling that way.
21)Endless Summer Nights, Richard Marx: Shut up. You know you like it too.
20) I Want You to Want Me, Cheap Trick: The live version, of course, and it's the classic singing-along-while-driving-and-getting-pissed-when-you-come-to-a-red-light-because-you-don't-want-to-have-to-stop song.