Short Essays on Favorite Songs, Inspired by Nick Hornby’s Songbook

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To celebrate the release of Nick Hornby’s Songbook, several authors wrote in about their favorite songs.

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“Two-Headed Boy” by Neutral Milk Hotel
by Miranda Glass (1/9/2006)

“Venus in Furs” by the Velvet Underground
by Erich Kuersten (10/6/2005)

Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle.”
by John Harnetiaux (9/28/2005)

Duran Duran’s “The Chauffeur.”
by Jonathan Shipley (9/15/2005)

“Willy” by Joni Mitchell
by Jennifer O'Reilly (9/8/2005)

Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish.”
by Kate Leahy (8/7/2005)

Hank Williams Jr.’s “All My Rowdy Friends.”
by Man Martin (7/21/2005)

“Penny Lane” by the Beatles
by Kevin Lauderdale (5/23/2005)

Piano Concerto No. 3 by Ludwig Van Beethoven
by David Anderson (5/7/2005)

“Red Skies” by The Fixx
by Jeff Podeszwa (4/13/2005)

“One Tree Hill” by U2
by Julie Vick (2/23/2005)

“Wonderful” by Everclear
by Mike Cisneros (2/3/2005)

“Santa Monica” by Everclear
by Jennifer Epel (1/3/2005)

“Blue Flowers” by Dr. Octagon
by Zachary Smola (11/29/2004)

“Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf
by Jenny Klein (10/15/2004)

“Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen
by Jamie Allen (10/7/2004)

“Bathtub Gin” by Phish
by B.R. Cohen (8/19/2004)

“Do You Realize??” by the Flaming Lips
by Ted Jillson (7/21/2004)

Toni Braxton’s “Un-break My Heart.”
by Joy Kawabata (6/29/2004)

“How To Disappear Completely” From Kid A by Radiohead
by Dan Clem (6/23/2004)

“Don’t Give Up” by Peter Gabriel with Kate Bush
by Kevin O. Cuinn (6/4/2004)

“Muzzle” by the Smashing Pumpkins
by Christina Ferguson (5/20/2004)

“Two Step” from The Real Ramona by Throwing Muses
by Jason Korenkiewicz (5/6/2004)

“Death or Glory” by the Clash
by Greg Bellerose (4/28/2004)

Listen to the Lyrics Or Ronald Reagan and James Lourenco: I’m Just Burning Doing the Neutron Dance
by José Avelino Gilles Corbett Lourenço (4/12/2004)

Jonathan Richman, “Roadrunner.”
by Trevor Seigler (3/30/2004)

“Don’t Worry Baby” by the Beach Boys
by Simon French (3/10/2004)

“Everything Is Free” by Gillian Welch
by Susannah Joy Felts (2/15/2004)

“I Never Did Sing You a Love Song” by Maria Muldaur
by Hannah C. Feldman (2/9/2004)

“Hello It’s Me” by Todd Rundgren
by Nessa Burns Reifsnyder (1/12/2004)

Richard Marx’s “Hazard.”
by George Viebranz (12/7/2003)

“Inner Meet Me” by The Beta Band
by Eva L. Elasigue (11/24/2003)

On “Alison.”
by A.D. Hoover (11/10/2003)

“Fame Throwa” by Pavement
by Mark Walters (10/28/2003)

“Sometimes” by James Just Totally Does It for Me
by Mike Kwolek (10/7/2003)

“Get Me Away from Here, I’m Dying” by Belle & Sebastian
by Brett Neely (7/31/2003)

“Achin’ to Be” by The Replacements
by Mark Silcox (7/31/2003)

Reader, Hear Me Yearn: Revolving Paint Dream’s “In the Afternoon.”
by Susan E. Thomas (7/31/2003)

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.”
by Whitney Pastorek (1/21/2003)

“A Whole New World” from Aladdin
by Tommy Wallach (1/21/2003)

This Could Be the Night
by Rose Gowen (1/21/2003)

“Take on Me” by A-Ha
by Sara P. Grady (1/21/2003)

The Church of Johnny Cash
by Elizabeth Miller (1/21/2003)

On “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window.”
by Tom Bissell (1/17/2003)

Messing ’Round With The Best Of Them
by Ben Greenman (1/16/2003)

Every Sha La La La, Every Oh No
by Michelle Orange (1/15/2003)

A Song Familiar Like A Look: Ron Sexsmith’s “Lebanon, Tennessee.”
by Stephany Aulenback (1/14/2003)

“Oh My Sweet Carolina” By Ryan Adams
by Nick Hornby (1/13/2003)

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