The Friday Five (Plus Six): Your “-est” Songs

Is everyone as glad as I am that summer’s over? Okay, it’s still hot here in Northwest Georgia, but the National Weather Service promises cooler weather for next week, and I for one can’t wait.

I decided to gather your song suggestions after the most recent Stream of Consciousness Saturday, where the prompt was “-est” and I created a list of songs that had a word with “-est” in them. I couldn’t come up with more than five; you came up with eleven, including a couple that didn’t exactly fit the theme, but I included anyway.

Best of Me – David Foster (Pat) Actually, my sister-in-law Annette came up with this one and the next. There are a couple of versions, one by just Foster and one with Olivia Newton-John. I chose the latter because, well, Olivia Newton-John.

Save The Best For Last – Vanessa Williams (Pat) The deposed Miss America actually ended up having more of a career than her successor, whose name escapes me…

Sweetest Thing – U2 (Pat) What can be said about U2 by someone who doesn’t like them?

Wild Wild West – Will Smith (Kip) From the movie of the same name, starring Will, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, and Salma Hayek. They’re rerunning the TV show on MeTV Saturdays at 6 PM Eastern; since we go to Mass at 5 PM and our priests tend to get diarrhea of the mouth, I usually miss it…

Nobody Does It Better (Baby You’re The Best) – Carly Simon (Kip) Technically, the song doesn’t fit the theme, but I’ll make an exception because it’s the theme from a James Bond movie (The Spy Who Loved Me with Roger Moore as 007) and, well, Carly Simon.

The Ballad of Irving (The 142nd Fastest Gun In The West) – Frank Gallop (Kip) This song starts with an introduction by Dr. Demento, which might be all you need to know about this one…

The Coldest Night Of The Year – Bruce Cockburn (Arlee) I had never heard of Bruce Cockburn until Arlee started suggesting songs by him, and I’m glad he did.

What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life – Frank Sinatra (Uncle Jack) A standard, lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman and music by Michel Legrand, written for the 1969 film The Happy Ending.

Best Of My Love – The Emotions (Joey) Was the basis for a recent Battle of the Bands, unless I’m mistaken.

Jazzman – Carole King (Dan) From the Tapestry album, so it works… I chose a live version of this because Carole King is fun to watch. Kind of reminds me of Gilda Radner…

One (Is The Loneliest Number) – Three Dog Night (Ghostmmnc) It’s actually just “One,” but I like the song, okay?

That’s your Friday Five (Plus Six) for September 3, 2016. I’m off to take a nap now…

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Author: John Holton

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15 thoughts on “The Friday Five (Plus Six): Your “-est” Songs”

    1. Never thought of that. To listen to some stations you’d think the only songs she ever did were “Smooth Operator” and “Sweetest Taboo.” I had her first album, and there were several songs that I thought would catch on, like “Your Love Is King” and her cover of “Why Can’t We Live Together.” Beautiful woman with a great voice.

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  1. “The Sweetest Thing” was probably the only song on your list that I know/like. When I saw the theme for this post I immediately thought of Foo Fighters’ “Best Of You” and The White Stripes’ “The Hardest Button To Button” there’s probably a lot more I’m not thinking of!

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  2. Great tunes!
    You don’t like U2? I can’t even with that, hm?
    I like the rap, real rap, version of Wild, Wild West with Kool Moe Dee. I bet you like that less than U2.

    I hope you had a nice nap 🙂

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