Listin’ It Up: The Musical ABC

This week I challenged myself to another hopeless, yet interesting, listing project. I decided to take a deep dive into my music library and surface with music for all letters – from a regular English alphabet, mind you.

The process grew increasingly tough towards the end, and I could spend the rest aeons of my miserable life switching places and replacing one artist with another, but I feel that, at this point, this list portrays my extensive musical taste most accurately. If you happen to know me well, I think you agree. These tracks contain some of my long-standing favorites and tracks that I have very special memories attached to.

Originally some letters had different tracks and versions but due to ever anguishing Spotify restrictions I gave up and resorted to the best available option. Eternally cursed be the music industry with its regional licensing model.


  1. AC/DCLet There Be Rock
  2. Adicts, TheSteamroller (My Baby Got Run Over by a)
  3. Arcade FireNeighborhood #2 (Laika) (*)
  4. Babe RuthThe Mexican
  5. Beat, TheMirror in the Bathroom
  6. Black Devil Disco Club“H” Friend
  7. CamelLady Fantasy
  8. Clash, TheThe Guns of Brixton (*)
  9. Cure, TheKilling an Arab (*)
  10. Damned, TheLove Song (*)
  11. David BowieBe My Wife (*)
  12. DJ ShadowMidnight in a Perfect World
  13. Edgar Winter Group, TheFrankenstein
  14. EelsCancer for the Cure
  15. Egyptian Lover, TheEgypt Egypt
  16. FalcoVienna Calling
  17. Flaming Lips, TheDo You Realize?? (*)
  18. Future IslandsFall from Grace
  19. GanymedWe Like You (The Way You Like Us)
  20. Geto Boys, TheMind of a Lunatic
  21. GoatDet som aldrig förändras / Diarabi
  22. Hassisen KonePelko (*)
  23. Heaven 17(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
  24. HectorYksinäinen tinasotamies (*)
  25. Iggy PopLust for Life
  26. InterpolNYC (*)
  27. Ismo AlankoKun Suomi putos puusta (*)
  28. John MausQuantum Leap
  29. Joose Keskitalo ja Kolmas MaailmanpaloHaudan lepoon (*)
  30. Joy DivisionShe’s Lost Control (*)
  31. KarkkiautomaattiMinne vaan (*)
  32. KasevaSyksy (*)
  33. Knife, TheSilent Shout
  34. LCD SoundsystemUs V Them
  35. Led ZeppelinBabe I’m Gonna Leave You (*)
  36. Leonard CohenFirst We Take Manhattan
  37. Manic Street Preachers4st 7lb (*)
  38. Massive AttackDaydreaming (*)
  39. Mike OldfieldTaurus II
  40. Neil YoungNeedle and the Damage Done (*)
  41. New OrderSub-Culture (*)
  42. Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsThe Weeping Song (*)
  43. OasisWhere Did It All Go Wrong? (*)
  44. Orb, TheLittle Fluffy Clouds
  45. Patti SmithLand
  46. Pogues, TheFairytale of New York (*)
  47. PortisheadSour Times
  48. RadioheadKarma Police (*)
  49. Ramones, TheWe Want the Airwaves
  50. RistoUskotko Jeesukseen Kristukseen? (*)
  51. SmackSomewhere Out of the Day
  52. Soft Boys, TheI Wanna Destroy You (*)
  53. SupergrassMoving (*)
  54. Tangerine DreamStratosfear
  55. Tom WaitsRain Dogs (*)
  56. Toots & the Maytals54–46 Was My Number
  57. UFORock Bottom
  58. Undertones, TheTeenage Kicks
  59. U2New Year’s Day
  60. VangelisBlade Runner (End Titles)
  61. Velvet Underground, TheSister Ray (*)
  62. VenomIn League With Satan
  63. WeezerNo One Else (*)
  64. William OnyeaborAtomic Bomb
  65. WipersWhen It’s Over
  66. XLos Angeles
  67. XTCMaking Plans for Nigel
  68. Young Marble GiantsSearching for Mr. Right
  69. ZappMore Bounce to the Ounce
  70. Zazou BikayeDju Ya Feza
  71. Zombies, TheTime of the Season

(*) = lyrically interesting song

But what would be the fun in this if it didn’t contain any competition? Exactly, I am challenging you, the reader, to craft your own list. It does not matter if it’s in plain text, on YouTube, or on Spotify. Be genuine, and add music that means something to you. Below, I have explained the rules I used for this project but you are free to make up your own. Just don’t make it too easy for yourself.


  1. One to three artists per letter
  2. One song per artist
  3. No genre, gender, or country limitations
  4. For the first and last names you can decide the position in alphabet; for example, Iggy Pop can reside either in I or P

Once your list is ready, ping back at me on your blog, leave a comment under this post, or mention me on Twitter. Don’t forget to place your own open or targeted challenge as well.


The title of the list is contains a pun in Finnish, let’s see who finds it first.

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