Seaside Rendezvous: Ten Songs About the Seaside. The Historic Grand Pier in Weston Super-Mare Burns Down for the Second Time in Eighty Years. This Day in History, 28/07/2008.

1.  Morrissey ‘Everyday is Like Sunday’

(from the album Viva Hate, 1988).

2.  Rialto ‘Summer’s Over’

(from the album Rialto, 1998).

3.  Queen ‘Seaside Rendezvous’

(from the album A Night at the Opera, 1975).

4.  The Ordinary Boys ‘Seaside’

(from the album Over the Counter Culture, 2004).

5.  The Beautiful South ‘Oh, Blackpool’

(from the album Welcome to the Beautiful South, 1989).

6. Luke Haines ‘Bugger Bognor’

(from the album Das Capital, 2003).

7.  Chas & Dave ‘Margate’

(from the album Joblot, 1982).

8.  Led Zeppelin ‘Down by the Seaside’

from the album Physical Graffiti, 1975).

9.  The Who ‘Sea and Sand’

(from the album Quadrophenia, 1973).

10. Suede ‘By the Sea’

(from the album Coming Up, 1996).

$1,000 Dollar Wedding: Ten Songs About Weddings. Prince Andrew Marries Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey. This Day in History, 23/07/1986.

1.  Gram Parsons ‘$1,000 Dollar Wedding’

(from the album Grievous Angel, 1974).

2.  Rolling Stones ‘Dear Doctor’

(from the album Beggar’s Banquet, 1968).

3.  Johnny Cash ‘Jackson’

(single A-side, 1967).

4.  Billy Idol ‘White Wedding Pt.1’

(from the album Billy Idol, 1982).

5.  Radiohead ‘A Punch Up At A Wedding (No No No No No)’

(from the album Hail to the Thief, 2003).

6.  The Ronettes ‘Chapel of Love’

(from the album Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes, 1964).

7.  Morrissey ‘Kick the Bride Down the Aisle’

(from the album World Peace is None of Your Business, 2014).

8.  The Screaming Blue Messiahs ‘Watusi Wedding’

(from the album Totally Religious, 1989).

9.  The Auteurs ‘Wedding Day’

(B-side of How Could I Be Wrong?, 1993).

10. The Beatles ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’

(single A-side, 1969).

Panic in Detroit: Ten Songs About Detroit. Aretha Franklin is Arrested in Detroit for Creating A Disturbance. This Day in History, 22/07/1969.

1.  The White Stripes ‘The Big Three Killed My Baby’

(from the album The White Stripes, 1999).

2.  Alice Cooper ‘Be My Lover’

(from the album Killer, 1971).

3.  Blondie ‘Detroit 442’

(from the album Plastic Letters, 1978).

4.  David Bowie ‘Panic in Detroit’

(from the album Aladdin Sane, 1973).

5.  MC5 ‘Motor City is Burning’

(from the album Kick Out the Jams, 1969).

6.  Johnny Cash ‘One Piece At A Time’

(from the album One Piece At A Time, 1976).

7.  Martha Reeves & The Vandellas ‘Dancing in the Street’

(from the album Dance Party, 1965).

8.  Patti Smith ’25th Floor’

(from the album Easter, 1978).

9.  ELO ‘All Over the World’

(from the album Xanadu, 1980).

10. Marvin Gaye ‘Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)’

(from the album What’s Going On, 1971).

I Predict A Riot: Ten Songs About Riots. Six Days After African-American James Powell is Shot by Police Lieutenant Thomas Gilligan, Sparking the Harlem Riot, the Bedford YMCA, Brooklyn Hosts a Meeting of V.I.P. of Black organizations with Captain Edward Jenkins, Commanding Officer of the 79th Precinct. During the Day, They Look at Plausible Explanations for the Riot and Also At Lieutenant Gilligan’s Case. This Day in History, 21/07/1964.

1.  The Clash ‘White Riot’

(from the album The Clash, 1977).

2.  Kaiser Chiefs ‘I Predict A Riot’

(from the album Employment, 2005).

3.  The Mothers of Invention ‘Trouble Every Day’

(from the album Freak Out!, 1966).

4.  David Bowie ‘Black Tie White Noise’

(from the album Black Tie White Noise, 1993).

5.  Arctic Monkeys ‘Riot Van’

(from the album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, 2006).

6.  Sonic Youth ‘Teenage Riot’

(from the album Daydream Nation, 1988).

7.  The Stone Roses ‘Bye Bye Badman’

(from the album The Stone Roses, 1989).

8.  The Wailers ‘Burnin’ and Lootin’

(from the album Burnin’, 1973).

9.  Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ‘Ohio’

(single A-side, 1970).

10. The Doors ‘L.A. Woman’

(from the album L.A. Woman, 1971).

10 Dollar: Ten Songs About Prostitutes. The Dismembered Body of Swedish Prostitute Catrine de Costa is Found in Stockholm, the Findings Later Led to a Trial That Ended in a Mistrial for Two Accused Doctors. This Day in History, 18/07/1984.

1.  Manic Street Preachers ‘Yes’

(from the album The Holy Bible, 1994).

2.  MIA ’10 Dollar’

(from the album Arular, 2005).

3.  Queen ‘Killer Queen’

(from the album Sheer Heart Attack, 1974).

4.  Ryan Adams ‘Tina Toledo’s Street Walkin’ Blues’

(from the album Gold, 2001).

5.  Small Faces ‘Rene’

(from the album Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake, 1968).

6.  The Police ‘Roxanne’

(from the album Outlandos d’Amour, 1978).

7.  Tom Waits ‘Christmas Card from A Hooker in Minneapolis’

(from the album Blue Valentine, 1978).

8.  The Pogues ‘The Old Main Drag’

(from the album Rum, Sodomy & the Lash, 1985).

9.  Lou Reed ‘The Kids’

(from the album Berlin, 1973).

10. Arctic Monkeys ‘When the Sun Goes Down’

(from the album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, 2006).

I’m Going to Spain: Ten Songs About Spain. Adolfo Suarez Becomes Premier of Spain. This Day in History, 03/07/1976.

1.  The Clash ‘Spanish Bombs’

(from the album London Calling, 1979).

2.  Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe ‘Barcelona’

(from the album Barcelona, 1988).

3.  The Jimi Hendrix Experience ‘Spanish Castle Magic’

(from the album Axis: Bold As Love,1967).

4.  The Business ‘Spanish Jails’

(from the album Saturdays Heroes, 1985).

5. The Stranglers ‘Spain’

(from the album Aural Sculpture, 1984).

6.  Sylvia ‘Y Viva Espana’

(single A-side, 1974).

7.  Madonna ‘La Isla Bonita’

(from the album True Blue, 1986).

8.  Morrissey ‘The Bullfighter Dies’

(from the album World Peace is None of Your Business, 2014).

9.  The Fall ‘I’m Going to Spain’

(from the album The Infotainment Scam, 1993).

10. Manic Street Preachers ‘If You Tolerate This, Your Children Will Be Next’

(from the album This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours, 1998).

Cosmonaut No. 7: Ten Songs About Cosmonauts and Astronauts. Three Russian Cosmonauts are Found Dead in Their Soyuz 11 Space Capsule After It Made What Looked Like a Perfect Landing in Kazakhstan. This Day in History, 30/06/1971.

1.  Scarfo ‘Cosmonaut No. 7’

(from the album Luxury Plane Crash, 1997).

2.  Pixies ‘Planet of Sound’

(from the album Trompe Le Monde, 1991).

3.  Rolling Stones ‘2000 Light Years From Home’

(from the album Their Satanic Majesties Request, 1967).

4.  Arcade Fire ‘Neighborhood #2 (Laika)’

(from the album Funeral, 2004).

5.  Amanda Palmer ‘Astronaut’

(from the album Who Killed Amanda Palmer, 2008).

6.  David Bowie ‘Space Oddity’

(from the album David Bowie, 1969).

7. Belle and Sebastian ‘A Space Boy Dream’

(from the album The Boy With The Arab Strap, 1998).

8.  Elton John ‘Rocket Man’

(from the album Honky Chateau, 1972).

9.  Black Sabbath ‘Into the Void’

(from the album Master of Reality, 1971).

10. Ian Brown My Star’

(from the album Unfinished Monkey Business, 1998).

Sharpen Up the Knives: Ten Songs About Knives. The Night of the Long Knives, Adolf Hitler’s Violent Purge of His Political Rivals in Germany, Takes Place. This Day in History, 30/06/1934.

1.  Puressence ‘Sharpen Up the Knives’

(from the album Only Forever, 1998).

2.  Black Veil Brides ‘Knives and Pens’

(single A-side, 2009).

3.  Dire Straits ‘Six Blade Knife’

(from the album Dire straits, 1978).

4.  Therapy? ‘Knives’

(from the album Troublegum, 1994).

5.  Bobby Darin ‘Mack the Knife’

(from the album That’s All, 1959).

6.  Radiohead ‘Knives Out’

(from the album Amnesiac, 2001).

7.  Beirut ‘Forks and Knives (La Fete)’

(from the album The Flying Club Cup, 2007).

8.  The Decemberists ‘Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)’

(from the album The Crane Wife, 2006).

9.  The Long Blondes ‘A Knife for the Girls’

(from the album Someone to Drive You Home, 2006).

10.  Morrissey ‘Smiler With Knife’

(from the album World Peace is None of Your Business, 2014).

South American Getaway: Ten Songs About Central and South America. The US Congress Passes the Spooner Act, Authorising Theodore Roosevelt to Acquire Rights from Colombia for the Panama Canal. This Day in History, 28/06/1902.

1.  Burt Bacharach ‘South American Getaway’

(from the album Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid OST, 1969).

2.  Roxy Music ‘Amazona’

(from the album Stranded, 1973).

3.  Drugstore ‘El President’

(from the album White Magic for Lovers, 1998).

4.  Luke Haines ‘Our Man in Buenos Aires’

(from the album 21st Century Man, 2009).

5.  Rolling Stones ‘Indian Girl’

(from the album Emotional Rescue, 1980).

6.  Kirsty MacColl ‘England 2 Colombia 0’

(from the album Tropical Brainstorm, 2000).

7.  Big Audio Dynamite ‘Sambadrome’

(from the album No. 10 Upping Street, 1986).

8.  Madonna ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’

(from the album Evita, 1996).

9.  The Clash ‘Washington Bullets’

(from the album Sandinista!, 1980).

10. Guillemots ‘Sao Paulo’

(from the album Through the Windowpane, 2006).

Nothing But Flowers: Ten Songs About Plants and Flowers. Chlorophyll ‘A’ synthesised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This Day in History, 27/06/1961.

1.  The White Stripes ‘Blue Orchid’

(from the album Get Behind Me Satan, 2005).

2.  Mazzy Star ‘Blue Flower’

(from the album She Hangs Brightly, 1990).

3.  REM ‘Lotus’

(from the album Up, 1998).

4.  The Jam ‘English Rose’

(from the album All Mod Cons, 1978).

5. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds ft. Kylie Minogue ‘Where the Wild Roses Grow’

(from the album Murder Ballads, 1995).

6.  Paul Weller ‘Sunflower’

(from the album Wild Wood, 1993).

7.  Pulp ‘Weeds II’

(from the album We Love Life, 2001).

8.  Rolling Stones ‘Dandelion’

(B-side of We Love You, 1967).

9.  Talking Heads ‘Nothing But Flowers’

(from the album Naked, 1988).

10. Elvis Costello ‘Good Year for the Roses’

(from the album Almost Blue, 1981).