Michele chose “songs about heaven or hell” as the theme for today’s M4, but I’ll be honest: songs about hell bother me. So I’ve foregone songs about hell and instead give you ten songs about heaven, only one of which mentions that other place.
- Three Dog Night, “Heaven Is In Your Mind” A song originally found on Traffic’s debut album, 1968’s Mr. Fantasy. I’ve always preferred the way Three Dog Night does it.
- Bryan Adams, “Heaven” This song was included on his 1984 album Reckless and was the third single from it, and it reached #1 in 1985. It was Bryan’s first #1 hit.
- Heaven Sent commercial I had to include this, because it has one of the greatest lines I’ve heard: “Suddenly, you’re an imp wearing angel’s wings.” Heaven Sent, for those of you too young to remember, was a light fragrance intended mostly for teenaged girls.
- Bob Dylan, “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” From Dylan’s 1973 soundtrack album for Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid. Dylan had a small role in the movie. It was a Top 20 hit in most of the world, reaching #12 in the US (#10 according to Cash Box) and #5 on the AC chart.
- a-ha, “Mother Nature Goes To Heaven” I think the only song by a-ha that I was familiar with was “Take On Me,” and that was more for the videography than the song itself. Nevertheless, they continue to record and appear in concert. “Mother Nature Goes To Heaven” is an album track from their 2009 release Foot Of The Mountain.
- Louis Prima, “Pennies From Heaven” A standard from 1936 that was recorded by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and too many others to name. Louis Prima gives it his inimitable treatment.
- Maurice Chevalier, “Thank Heaven For Little Girls” From the 1958 movie Gigi. Maurice Chevalier was a classic, as was the movie and the song. Just to show you how times have changed, there were several comments on YouTube that suggested it was a song about pedophilia. As my mother (God rest her soul) would say, “Oh, for God’s sake!”
- Chris Rea, “Tell Me There’s A Heaven From Chris’s 1989 release The Road To Hell. I fought with myself over whether to include this, then I realized I couldn’t not include it. It’s a little heavy and a bit of a tearjerker, but a beautiful song nevertheless.
- Fats Domino, “My Blue Heaven” Another standard, this one from 1927. Fats’s version was released in 1957 and was a two-sided hit with “I’m In Love Again”; it reached #19 on the Billboard Top 100 chart (this was before the Hot 100) and #5 on the R&B chart.
- Ozark Mountain Daredevils, “If You Wanna Get To Heaven” From 1974 and their eponymous debut album, it reached #25 on the Hot 100. The line “If you wanna get to heaven, you gotta raise a little hell” is my lone concession to the theme.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for May 27, 2019. Have a good Memorial Day and remember the men, women, and animals who gave their lives for this country.