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).

This Woman’s Work: Ten Great Kate Bush Moments. Happy Birthday to Kate Bush, 57 Today.

1.  Kate Bush ‘Wuthering Heights’

(from the album The Kick Inside, 1978).

2.  Kate Bush ‘Wow’

(from the album Lionheart, 1978).

3.  Kate Bush ‘Babooshka’

(from the album Never For Ever, 1980).

4.  Kate Bush ‘Sat in Your Lap’

(from the album The Dreaming, 1982).

5.  Kate Bush ‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)’

(from the album Hounds of Love, 1985).

6.  Kate Bush ‘Experiment IV’

(from the album The Whole Story, 1986).

7.  Kate Bush ‘This Woman’s Work’

(from the album The Sensual World, 1989).

8.  Kate Bush ‘Rubberband Girl’

(from the album The Red Shoes, 1993).

9.  Kate Bush ‘King of the Mountain’

(from the album Aerial, 2005).

10. Kate Bush ’50 Words for Snow’

(from the album 50 Words for Snow, 2011).

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).

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).

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).

Teenage Riot: Ten Great Sonic Youth Moments. Happy Birthday to Thurston Moore, 57 Today.

1.  Sonic Youth ‘Teenage Riot’

(from the album Daydream Nation, 1988).

2.  Sonic Youth ‘Sugar Kane’

(from the album Dirty, 1992).

3.  Sonic Youth ‘Death Valley ’69’

(from the album Bad Moon Rising, 1985).

4.  Sonic Youth ‘Disappearer’

(from the album Goo, 1990).

5.  Sonic Youth ‘Expressway to Yr. Skull’

(from the album EVOL, 1986).

6.  Sonic Youth ‘Bull in the Heather’

(from the album Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, 1994).

7.  Sonic Youth ‘Little Trouble Girl’

(from the album Washing Machine, 1995).

8.  Sonic Youth ‘Schizophrenia’

(from the album Sister, 1987).

9.  Sonic Youth ‘Sacred Trickster’

(from the album The Eternal, 2009).

10. Sonic Youth ‘Sunday’

(from the album A Thousand Leaves, 1998).

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).

$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).

Tempted: Ten Songs About Affairs. Happy Birthday to Monica Lewinsky, 42 Today.

1.  Pixies ‘Bone Machine’

(from the album Surfer Rosa, 1988).

2.  Pulp ‘Pencil Skirt’

(from the album Different Class, 1995).

3.  The Smiths ‘William, It Was Really Nothing’

(from the album Hatful of Hollow, 1984).

4.  Bob Dylan ‘Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)’

(from the album Blonde on Blonde, 1966).

5.  Squeeze ‘Tempted’

(from the album East Side Story, 1981).

6.  Jimi Hendrix ‘Hey Joe’

(single A-side, 1966).

7.  Dolly Parton ‘Jolene’

(from the album Jolene, 1974).

8.  Whitney Houston ‘Saving All My Love For You’

(from the album Whitney Houston, 1985).

9.  Connie Francis ‘Lipstick on Your Collar’

(single A-side, 1959).

10. Tindersticks ‘No More Affairs’

(from the album Tindersticks, 1995).