Most Exclusive Residence for Sale: Ten Songs About Houses. The Parents of Estate Agent Suzy Lamplugh Make An Emotional Appeal for Her Safe Return. This Day in History, 30/07/1986.

1.  The Kinks ‘Most Exclusive Residence for Sale’

(from the album Face to Face, 1966).

2.  Blur ‘Country House’

(from the album The Great Escape, 1995).

3. Shakin’ Stevens ‘This Ole House’

(from the album This Ole House, 1980).

4.  Madness ‘Our House’

(from the album The Rise & Fall, 1982).

5.  The Housemartins ‘Build’

(from the album The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death, 1987).

6.  Talking Heads ‘Burning Down the House’

(from the album Speaking in Tongues, 1983).

7.  Van Morrison ‘Green Mansions’

(from the album Hymns to the Silence, 1991).

8.  Pulp ‘Mile End’

(from the album Trainspotting OST, 1996).

9.  Siouxsie and the Banshees ‘Happy House’

(from the album Kaleidoscope, 1980).

10. The Smiths ‘Back to the Old House’

(from the album Hatful of Hollow, 1984).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

Song for Bob Dylan: Ten Songs Which Name-check Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan Releases ‘Like A Rolling Stone’. This Day in History, 24/07/1965.

1.  David Bowie ‘Song for Bob Dylan’

(from the album Hunky Dory, 1971).

2.  The Who ‘The Seeker’

(single A-side, 1970).

3.  Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins ‘The Charging Sky’

(from the album Rabbit Fur Coat, 2006).

4.  Belle & Sebastian ‘Like Dylan in the Movies’

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

5.  The Auteurs ‘Chinese Bakery’

(from the album Now I’m A Cowboy, 1994).

6.  John Lennon ‘God’

(from the album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, 1970).

7.  T-Rex ‘Ballrooms of Mars’

(from the album The Slider, 1972).

8.  Stephen Malkmus ‘Jo Jo’s Jacket’

(from the album Stephen Malkmus, 2001).

9.  Wilco ‘Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard’

(from the More Like the Moon EP, 2003).

10. Syd Barrett ‘Bob Dylan Blues’

(recorded in 1970).

$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).