Prince Charming: Ten Songs About Princes. A Worldwide Television Audience of 700-Million Watch Prince Charles Marries Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. This Day in History, 29/07/1981.

1.  Adam & the Ants ‘Prince Charming’

(from the album Prince Charming, 1981).

2.  Manic Street Preachers ‘Charles Windsor’

(from the Life Becoming A Landslide EP, 1994).

3.  Madness ‘The Prince’

(from the album One Step Beyond, 1979).

4.  Rufus Wainwright ‘Rebel Prince’

(from the album Poses, 2001).

5.  Placebo ‘My Sweet Prince’

(from the album Without You, I’m Nothing, 1998).

6.  Amy McDonald ‘Poison Prince’

(from the album This Is the Life, 2007).

7.  Spin Doctors ‘Two Princes’

(from the album Pocket Full of Kryptonite, 1991).

8.  Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine ‘Prince in A Pauper’s Grave’

(from the album 30 Something, 1991).

9.  Queen ‘Princes of the Universe’

(from the album A Kind of Magic, 1986).

10. Keane ‘The Frog Prince’

(from the album Under the Iron Sea, 2006).

Born to Run: Ten Great Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Moments. Happy Birthday to Patti Scialfa, 61 Today.

1.  Bruce Springsteen ‘Blinded By the Light’

(from the album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., 1973).

2.  Bruce Springsteen ‘Tenth Avenue Freeze Out’

(from the album Born to Run, 1975).

3.  Bruce Springsteen ‘Badlands’

(from the album Darkness on the Edge of Town, 1978).

4.  Bruce Springsteen ‘Hungry Heart’

(from the album The River, 1980).

5.  Bruce Springsteen ‘Born to Run’

(from the album Born to Run, 1975).

6.  Bruce Springsteen ‘Born in the USA’

(from the album Born in the USA, 1984).

7.  Bruce Springsteen ‘American Skin (41 Shots)’

(from the album High Hopes, 2014).

8.  Bruce Springsteen ‘The Rising’

(from the album The Rising, 2002).

9.  Bruce Springsteen ‘Dancing in the Dark’

(from the album Born to Run, 1984).

10. Bruce Springsteen ‘Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)’

(from the album The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, 1973).

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).

The Love Cats: Ten Songs About Cats. Happy Birthday to Jim Davis, Creator of Garfield, 70 Today.

1.  The Cure ‘The Love Cats’

(from the album Japanese Whispers, 1983).

2.  Pink Floyd ‘Lucifer Sam’

(from the album Piper at the Gates of Dawn, 1967).

3.  Tom Jones ‘What’s New Pussycat?’

(from the album What’s New Pussycat?, 1965).

4.  Stray Cats ‘Stray Cat Strut’

(from the album Stray Cats, 1981).

5.  Squeeze ‘Cool for Cats’

(from the album Cool for Cats, 1979).

6.  David Bowie ‘Cat People (Putting Out Fire)’

(from the album Let’s Dance, 1983).

7.  Urusei Yatsura ‘Hello Tiger’

(from the album Slain by Urusei Yatsura, 1998).

8.  The Rolling Stones ‘Stray Cat Blues’

(from the album Beggars Banquet, 1968).

9.  Janet Jackson ‘Black Cat’

(from the album Rhythm Nation 1814, 1989).

10. The Kinks ‘Phenomenal Cat’

(from the album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, 1968).

Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors: Ten Songs About Hospitals. The UK Labour Government Publishes Plans to Revolutionise the NHS. This Day in History, 27/07/2000.

1.  Editors ‘Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors’

(from the album The End Has a Start, 2007).

2.  The Modern Lovers ‘Hospital’

(from the album The Modern Lovers, 1976).

3.  The White Stripes ‘St. James Infirmary Blues’

(from the album The White Stripes, 1999).

4.  The Lemonheads ‘Hospital’

(from the album Car Button Cloth, 1996).

5.  New York Dolls ‘Pills’

(from the album New York Dolls, 1973).

6.  The Rolling Stones ‘Sister Morphine’

(from the album Sticky Fingers, 1971).

7. Cold War Kids ‘Hospital Beds’

(from the album Robbers & Cowards, 2006).

8.  Eels ‘Hospital Food’

(from the album Electro-Shock Blues, 1998).

9.  10cc ‘The Hospital Song’

(from the album 10cc, 1973).

10. David Bowie ‘All the Madmen’

(from the album The Man Who Sold the World, 1970).

Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow: Ten Songs About Ice and Snow. Happy Birthday to Christopher Dean, 57 Today.

1.  Led Zeppelin ‘Immigrant Song’

(from the album Led Zeppelin III, 1970).

2.  My Bloody Valentine ‘Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside)’

(from the album Isn’t Everything, 1988).

3.  JJ72 ‘Snow’

(from the album JJ72, 2000).

4.  Tori Amos ‘Icicle’

(from the album Under the Pink, 1994).

5.  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ‘Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow’

(from the album No More Shall We Part, 2001).

6.  Fleet Foxes ‘White Winter Hymnal’

(from the album Fleet Foxes, 2008).

7.  Kate Bush ‘Under Ice’

(from the album Hounds of Love, 1985).

8.  Belle & Sebastian ‘The Fox in the Snow’

(from the album If You’re Feeling Sinister, 1996).

9.  British Sea Power ‘Oh Larsen B’

(from the album Open Season, 2005).

10. Pink Floyd ‘The Thin Ice’

(from the album The Wall, 1979).

Too Much Too Young: Ten Songs About Pregnancy and Childbirth. Victoria Gillick, A mother of 10, Fails to Prevent Doctors Prescribing Contraception to under-16s Without Parental Consent. This Day in History, 26/07/1983.

1.  Squeeze ‘Up the Junction’

(from the album Cool for Cats, 1979).

2.  Morrissey ‘Pregnant for the Last Time’

(single A-side, 1991).

3.  The Specials ‘Too Much Too Young’

(from the album The Specials, 1979).

4.  PJ Harvey ‘C’mon Billy’

(from the album To Bring You My Love, 1995).

5.  Manic Street Preachers ‘Life Becoming A Landslide’

(from the album Gold Against the Soul, 1993).

6.  The Smiths ‘This Night Has Opened My Eyes’

(from the album Hatful of Hollow, 1984).

7.  Sex Pistols ‘Bodies’

(from the album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, 1977).

8.  Madonna ‘Papa Don’t Preach’

(from the album True Blue, 1986).

9.  Pulp ‘Little Girl (With Blue Eyes)’

(single A-side, 1985).

10. REM ‘Me In Honey’

(from the album Out of Time, 1991).

It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It): Twenty-Two Great Rolling Stones Moments (One Song from Each Album). Happy Birthday to Mick Jagger, 72 Today.

1.  The Rolling Stones ‘Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)’

(from the album The Rolling Stones, 1964).

2.  The Rolling Stones ‘Off the Hook’

(from the album The Rolling Stones No.2, 1965).

3.  The Rolling Stones ‘I’m Free’

(from the album Out of Our Heads, 1965).

4.  The Rolling Stones ‘Under My Thumb’

(from the album Aftermath, 1966).

5.  The Rolling Stones ‘Back Street Girl’

(from the album Between the Buttons, 1967).

6.  The Rolling Stones ‘2000 Light Years from Home’

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

7.  The Rolling Stones ‘Sympathy for the Devil’

(from the album Beggars Banquet, 1968).

8.  The Rolling Stones ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’

(from the album Let It Bleed, 1969).

9.  The Rolling Stones ‘Brown Sugar’

(from the album Sticky Fingers, 1971).

10. The Rolling Stones ‘Shine A Light’

(from the album Exile on Main St., 1972).

11. The Rolling Stones ‘Angie’

(from the album Goats Head Soup, 1973).

12. The Rolling Stones ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)’

(from the album It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll, 1974).

13. The Rolling Stones ‘Fool to Cry’

(from the album Black and Blue, 1976).

14. The Rolling Stones ‘Miss You’

(from the album Some Girls, 1978).

15. The Rolling Stones ‘Indian Girl’

(from the album Emotional Rescue, 1980).

16. The Rolling Stones ‘Start Me Up’

(from the album Tattoo You, 1981).

17. The Rolling Stones ‘Undercover of the Night’

(from the album Undercover, 1983).

18. The Rolling Stones ‘One Hit (To the Body)’

(from the album Dirty Work, 1986).

19. The Rolling Stones ‘Slipping Away’

(from the album Steel Wheels, 1989).

20. The Rolling Stones ‘Out of Tears’

(from the album Voodoo Lounge, 1994).

21. The Rolling Stones ‘Anybody Seen My Baby?’

(from the album Bridges to Babylon, 1997).

22. The Rolling Stones ‘Streets of Love’

(from the album A Bigger Bang, 2005).

I Don’t Have the Map: Ten Songs About Islands. Bonnie Prince Charlie Lands on Eriskay, Hebrides in the Last Jacobite Rebellion. This Day in History, 25/07/1745.

1.  Blondie ‘Island of Lost Souls’

(from the album The Hunter, 1982).

2.  Idlewild ‘I Don’t Have the Map’

(from the album 100 Broken Windows, 1998).

3.  Pixies ‘Isla de Encanta’

(from the album Come On Pilgrim, 1987).

4.  Madonna ‘La Isla Bonita’

(from the album True Blue, 1986).

5.  Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton ‘Islands in the Stream’

(from the album Eyes That See in the Dark, 1983).

6.  Weezer ‘Island in the Sun’

(from the album Weezer, 2001).

7.  Billy Bragg ‘Island of No Return’

(from the album Brewing Up With Billy Bragg, 1984).

8.  Beach Boys ‘Kokomo’

(from the album Still Cruisin’, 1989).

9.  Lou Reed ‘Coney Island Baby’

(from the album Coney Island Baby, 1976).

10. Mull Historical Society ‘Mull Historical Society’

(from the album Loss, 2001).

Celluloid Heroes: Ten Songs Which Name-check Actors and Actresses. Happy Birthday to Woody Harrelson, 54 Today.

1.  Madonna ‘Vogue’

(from the album The Immaculate Collection, 1990).

2.  James ‘Just Like Fred Astaire’

(from the album Millionaires, 1999).

3.  John Cale ‘Leaving It Up to You’

(from the album Helen of Troy, 1975).

4.  Gomez ’78 Stone Wobble’

(from the album Bring It On, 1998).

5.  The Kinks ‘Celluloid Heroes’

(from the album Everybody’s in Show-Biz, 1972).

6.  Lou Reed ‘City Lights’

(from the album The Bells, 1981).

7.  Kim Carnes ‘Bette Davis Eyes’

(from the album Mistaken Identity, 1981).

8.  Ultrasound ‘Kurt Russell’

(B-side of the single Best Wishes, 1998).

9.  R.E.M. ‘Man on the Moon’

(from the album Automatic for the People, 1992).

10. Gil Scott-Heron ‘B-Movie’

(from the album Reflections, 1981).