The Best Song In The World Today

The Best Song in the World Today!

On to something new for BPP listeners — though long time blog readers may have already read this feature. Today was the first day we tried it on the radio.

When the Bryant Park Project was in its infancy we had an idea to present what we called, "The Best Song In The World Today." The premise: We play a song that we consider the best song in the world today, chosen simply because we had a radio show and we loved a song.

We still like the notion of "Best Song In The World," but it's one of the ideas that fell by the wayside as we were building the show. So, today, we return to that original idea and try to build upon it.

We're opening up "Best Song In The World Today" to everyone. You can use any reasoning you want to justify making your song the best song in the world, but you MUST justify it. The song could be 20, 30, or 40 years old, or it could have been released yesterday — but you have to give us a reason other than "it's a really cool song." That said, if it's a really cool song, we might just play it any way.

I'll start: My best song in the world today? Roxy Music's "Love Is The Drug."

A little background on why I picked a 32-year-old song for the "Best Song." When I was a kid growing up in Arizona, I used to run a radio station out of the bedroom I shared with my sister. The station could be heard by me, my sister and, if I was lucky — depending on how loud I turned up my cassette player — in the hallway outside of my room. The format was eclectic — a mix of my mother's Sister Sledge and Whisper's albums as well as K-Tel records my parents used to buy me — lots of Kajagoogoo and Rufus & Chaka. Seventies art rock wasn't on my playlist — and to a 10 year old's ear, most of Roxy Music's catalogue was pretty much unlistenable. But for some reason — this song, "Love Is the Drug," crept in to heavy rotation.

So, I'm listening to a podcast from the BBC the other day and I hear a remake of this song. It's a BBC Radio One recording. The station is celebrating 40 years on the air and they got 40 artists to remake some of the most popular songs of the past 40 years. One of those 40? "Love Is The Drug." When I heard this, it totally transported me to my bedroom in 1985 and I immediately put it back into heavy rotation — this time on my iPod. Here it is, remade by Kylie Minogue and Producer Calvin Harris, it's as delicious and campy as the original.

"Love Is the Drug." A hit in 1975. A hit on my zero watt radio station in 1985. And the best song in the world, your turn. Post below, or email us bryantpark at npr dot org.



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My BSitWT has been around for a while, but it's two for the price of one. I'm not crazy in love with mash-ups in general, but when they work really well the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts. I think this is often most striking when artists of vastly differnet styles or genres are put together.

And so I give you the aptly titled Stroke of Genius (Christina Aguilera vs. the Strokes).

Sent by Maura | 11:38 AM | 11-9-2007

My BSitWT? Easy. "What a Fool Believes", by the Doobie Brothers. It has nothing to do with the lyrics, which I don't remember anyway. It's just that the song sounds happy, happy, happy. Sunny day in April after 6 months of winter happy. On the way to the golf course happy. Your wife coming home from work happy. Friday afternoon with no take-home work in the briefcase happy.

Sent by Bob | 12:44 PM | 11-9-2007

Jonathan Coulton, "Skullcrusher Mountain."


Sent by Ed | 5:50 PM | 11-9-2007

OK, you ast fer it:
T'day- "Like A Star" Corinne Bailey Rae
T'morrah-"Sweet Love" Anita Baker
D'day aft'r dat- "Fallin'"Alicia Keys
D'day aft'r dat- "Landed" Ben Folds Five
'n'D'day aft'r dat- "At Seventeen" by Janis Ian
'n'aft'r dat- "Beyond the Sea" by
Bobby Darin
An' da 2-fer-1 weeken' speshul-
"Night Train" & "Higher Love" by
Steve Winwood
N'joy yer week. See ya nex' Friday

Sent by charles kean | 11:07 PM | 11-9-2007

So many options, so little time. Today in heavy rotation on my iPod is Barry Williams Show by Peter Gabriel, various versions. Now as to why, it just makes me chuckle.

Sent by Bradford Benn | 12:53 AM | 11-10-2007

Boy meets boy, boy loses boy... but boy oh boy was it good for that brief moment it lasted. Absolutely doomed to failure from day one; we both knew it. But still a shame it had to end. Got some good laughs and good stories though.

A good song to 'center' and move on with, my BSitWT is...

Unkle feat. Ian Brown - Reign

Sent by Brian | 2:44 AM | 11-10-2007

Today my votes would be for "Elephant Gun" by Beirut and "Every Single Line Means Something" by Marnie Stern. My subjective reasons are the following:

For "Elephant Gun"
1. It makes you feel happy to be alive.
2. Amazing orchestration and highly engaging lyrics and vocals.
3. You can listen to it an endless multitude of times and still love it.

For "Every Single Line Means Something"
1. Complex, messy, and sublime modern soundscape.
2. Ambiguous yet strangely profound lyrics and vocals.
3. Same as #3 for "Elephant Gun."

Legit Links (From South by Southwest Music Festival 2007) :

Sent by Will G | 12:12 PM | 11-10-2007

charles kean -- we may have been seperated at birth. higher love by winwood is brilliant!!!!

Sent by Matt Martinez | 10:30 AM | 11-11-2007

Mines "Story of my Life" by Social Distortion

It so captures the sorta transition I'm going through as a college student, plus its got a great guitar part and chorus

Sent by corbin greene | 7:52 PM | 11-11-2007

forgot a link to story of my life

Sent by corbin greene | 7:54 PM | 11-11-2007

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