Music From The “A-List”! A New Ongoing Celebration Of Music – One Letter At A Time!

Time To Make Some Music – Alphabetically!

I love music, and thanks to my friend “Beetley Pete” from England, there’s a great way to celebrate – one letter at a time! Pete did this “letter by letter” look at music, and I’m going to do it as well…

How it works is simple:

You can use a song that begins with the letter “A” – or you can use a band with that letter, like this:

ABBA – “When I Kissed The Teacher”:

The band name begins with “A” – so check out the pop majesty of this quartet from Sweden, who spoke no english!

Yes, ABBA is terrific, and their music lives on decades later…and if the band’s name doesn’t begin with “A”, then the song must:

The Beatles – “All You Need Is Love”

You get the idea – and if you’ve never seen the fab four singing this song live, here you go – a video seen by the entire world:

Beatles – All You Need Is Love from SimDo on Vimeo.

A timeless classic. Of course, you can see all of The Beatles’ promo videos like this on their blu-ray collection – check out the list of great moments here:

Another “A-List” song comes from one of my favorite bands:

Aerosmith – “Dream On!”

Aerosmith announced their arrival with this amazing song – check out a live version of their first smash hit “Dream On”:

Time to look at a Singer/Songwriter who had some huge smash hits – for others! She wrote big hit singles for Barbra Streisand, The Fifth Dimension, Three Dog Night and Blood, Sweat & Tears!

Laura Nyro wrote the classic song “And When I Die” – check it out, a much more raucous, joyous version than the hit single released by Blood Sweat & Tears:

Nyro was a muse to Todd Rundgren, who discussed her influence on his music many times – see the story here:

As A Todd Rundgren fan, I can share with you one of his most beautiful songs:

“A Dream Goes On Forever” – Todd Rundgren:

Here is Todd’s beautiful ballad, performed live:

This song is from his terrific album “Todd” – see more about it here:

Time now to take you to a decade that featured this look:

“Antmusic” – Adam And The Ants

Here is a “double A” effort, as Adam And The Ants gave us “Antmusic”, with some of my favorite lyrics ever:

“So unplug the jukebox
And do us all a favor
That music’s lost its taste
So try another flavor

Check out the video:

If you love this stuff, click here to see more 80’s music from such classic Artists as A Flock Of Seagulls!

If you are a fan of British music, try the band Athlete – I used to joke that they were for people who found Coldplay too hard-edged…actaully, they are terrific, and here is proof –

Athlete “Shake Those Windows”:

here is the band performing one of their big hits live:

Yes, it’s a bit mellow, but I love how it builds to a crescendo, and I think they are one of the great newer Brit bands – here is a look at other “one word” band from England I love, like Elbow, Doves and more!

Thanks again to Beetley Pete for starting this great exercise in music – Pete posts great stuff about music, movies, and especially walks with his terrific dog Ollie – follow him here:

Let me know your favorite “A” song or Artist!

Categories: 70's Music, Art, Books / Media, Classic Rock, Led Zeppelin, London, Los Angeles, Memoirs, Music, Obscure Music, Talent/Celebrities, The Beatles, Todd Rundgren

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11 replies

  1. Here’s a super catchy one from a class A act, the Apollas – Pretty Red Balloons (1966)

  2. You can’t go wrong with the Beatles! I expect they will show up a lot on your A – Z list! How about this one? Alone Again Naturally. Gilbert O’Sullivan. I rather like it. 🙂

  3. Good to see you embarking on a musical A-Z, John.
    I will pitch in with the great British singer-songwriter Adele Atkins, and her powerful song, ‘Rolling In The Deep’.

    Best wishes, Pete.


  1. Dance To The Beat Of This Great “B” Music! The Musical Alphabet Continues! – johnrieber
  2. Sing Along To These Timeless “C” Songs! Cars, Paul McCartney, The Clash And “Cheeseburgers” Of Course! – johnrieber
  3. Songs In The Key Of “D”! Classic Rock! Iconic Bands! Eagles! Doors! Diamond Dogs! – johnrieber

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