The 30 Day Song Challenge: Day 29

Today’s category is…

A Song That No One Would Expect You To Love.

Here are the staff picks:

Dan Milliken: “3 Peat” – Lil Wayne

My friends all think I’m a big wimp. They’re right. But I do like Wayne. (Though even in this case, I’m drawn to the vulnerability in the song more than the aggression.)

Tara Seetharam: “Disco Inferno” – 50 Cent

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to most of my friends in real life, but those in the blogosphere probably wouldn’t expect me to love 50 Cent as much as I do. I could list a handful of songs here, but this one is a blast.

Kevin Coyne: “Symphony No. 5” – Beethoven

Best. Intro. Ever.

Leeann Ward: “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” – Jay-Z

I imagine this selection might successfully do the trick of surprising people, but I really do love this song.


  1. Kevin, I love you’re pick :D

    Going with that, my pick would be Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 3”. It helps me think before I have to do an assignment :)

    Actually, I when most people see me they are surprised I listen to country music. Haha.

  2. “If I Didn’t Care” by the Ink Spots was their first big hit in 1939 although the group was formed in 1934. Many of the songs were sentimental ballads which featured what became their signature guitar intro plus a “talking chorus”. The Ink Spots were part of my family’s 78 rpm record collection when I was growing up.

    Some of the other Ink Spots songs I love include “We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)”, “Maybe”, “Do I Worry” (dated with the line “Do I worry, when the iceman calls”), “The Gypsy”, “Whispering Grass”, “To Each His Own”, “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire”, “Until the Real Thing Comes Along”, “Someone’s Rocking My Dreamboat”, “Prisoner of Love”, “Thoughtless” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” and “Address Unknown”. (“My Prayer” I first heard by the Platters probably in the late 50’s.)

  3. I grew up on folk and country so when Steppenwolf’s ‘Born to be Wild’ makes it into the mix eyebrows are raised.

  4. “Monster” – Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, and Bon Iver

    I am a fan of Kanye’s music, and that shocks people. Can’t help it. The man is a genius producer and can really turn a phrase. Nicki steals the show here, but that’s to be expected. Nicki almost always steals the spotlight when she’s involved. Add a verse from Jay-Z plus a Bon Iver hook and you have a genius song.

  5. “Separate Ways” by Journey. My friends and family think I don’t listen to anything but country, so to hear 80s rock playing in my car would blow their minds.

  6. “Children’s Story” by Slick Rick. Better writing and storytelling than most country songs! I like to think that in a different life, ol’ Slick Rick could have been quite the country songwriter…

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