Here's to you my little loves …

"Let Down," Radiohead
"Let Him Fly," Patty Griffin
"Let It Be," Nick Cave
"Let It Out," The Hombres
"Let Me," Christine Havrilla
"Let the Day Begin," The Call
"Let the Man Go Through," Soul Coughing
"Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot," Sting
"Let's Be Friends (Skin to Skin)," Bruce Springsteen
"Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
"Let's Get Lost," Chet Baker
"Let's Go Crazy," Prince
"Let's Go for a Ride," Cracker

"Let's Go to Bed," The Cure
"Let's Get It On," Marvin Gaye

Bonus: "Let's Get It On" by Barry Jive and the Uptown Five from High Fidelity. And, since Bruce and Sting are in this list, here's both of them on "The River," which I got to see them do at the late great JFK Stadium during the 1987 Amnesty tour.

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  • daniel

    “Let’s Dance” – David Bowie
    “Let’s Get Lost” – Elliott Smith
    “Let’s Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don’t Think They Heard It All The Way Out In Bushnell” – Sufjan Stevens
    “Let’s Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits” – The Magnetic Fields
    “Let Go” – Frou Frou
    “Let it Die” – Feist
    “Let Me In” – Aaron Sprinkle
    “Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away” – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!

  • Steve

    Cool…I actually saw Bruce Springsteen sing “Stand By Me” with Bono at a U2 concert in Sept. 1987 at JFK stadium. Found a bootleg recording of it online which I throw on mix CD’s every now and then. It was the last show before it was condemned and subsequently torn down. My first and only U2 show. Sigh.
    Also, RE: The Call….missed my one and only chance to see them live because of you Fred. Cornerstone ’98…I worked for you and PRISM all day in the 90+ heat. Was exhausted and laid down to take a nap in the evening, and woke up at 2am. Ran over the the tent they were supposed to be at, and some guys were getting in a minivan. I said “Is The Call concert over?” They said “Yeah….we’re The Call.” What a way to let the day begin. I forgave you, Fred, because at the same festival you introduced me to The Danielson Famile.

  • Professor Fury

    Oh no…not “Let’s Be Friends (Skin to Skin)”! One of the true abominations in an otherwise stellar career. Listen again, if you dare, and tell me it doesn’t sound suspiciously like Color Me Badd’s “I Wanna Sex You Up.”

  • wanderingoutlaw

    “Let It Be” – The Beatles
    “Let It Whip” – Dazz Band
    “Let Me Die in My Footsteps” – Bob Dylan
    “Let My Love Open the Door” – Pete Townshend (I have 2 versions)
    “Let the Bullgine Run” – Roger McGuinn

  • hilker

    “Let’s Go Away for Awhile” – The Beach Boys
    “Let a Man Come in and Do the Popcorn, Pts 1 & 2” – James Brown
    “Let the Wind Blow” – The Beach Boys
    “Let Yourself Go” – James Brown
    “Let’s Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don’t Think They Heard It All the Way Out in Bushnell” – Sufjan Stevens

  • none

    An awful lot today, so I’ll return to the ranking system:
    TOP 10:
    “Let It Be,” The Beatles
    “Let Me Go,” Cake
    “Let Me Live,” Queen
    “Let My Love Open The Door,” Pete Townshend
    “Let Nothing Come Between You,” Warren Zevon
    “Let The Train Blow The Whistle,” Johnny Cash
    “Let’s Face It,” The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
    “Let’s Get Mesolithic,” Eddie From Ohio
    “Let’s Make A Deal,” Dangerman
    “Let’s Spend The Night Together,” The Rolling Stones
    A rather conservative selection, actually; most of these need no introduction. The Zevon tune is probably the best of the best, although you could make a good case for Johnny Cash. I’ve sung the praises of Eddie From Ohio earlier, and they’re in good form on this track. The Bosstones selection is a pretty good one for a non-fan to start with, and “Let’s Make A Deal” is just a fun listen.
    Also eligible: “Let Forever Be,” The Chemical Brothers; “Let Go,” Blue Oyster Cult; “Let It Ride,” Bachman Turner Overdrive; “Let It Whip,” The Dazz Band; “Let Me Be,” The Mighty Mighty Bosstones; “Let Me Be Your Hog,” Weird Al Yankovic; “Let Me Go,” Heaven 17; “Let Me In,” REM; “Let Me Know,” Steve Riley And The Mamou Playboys; “Let Me See,” Morcheeba; “Let Me Tell You About My Boat,” Mark Mothersbaugh (from The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou soundtrack); “Let My Love Open The Door [E. Cola Mix],” Pete Townshend (from the Grosse Pointe Blank soundtrack); “Let The Music Play,” Shannon; “Let’s Dance,” David Bowie; “Let’s Dance,” Stephen Bishop; “Let’s Get Flat,” Jimmie’s Chicken Shack; “Let’s Get It Started,” Black Eyed Peas; “Let’s Get Retarded,” Black Eyed Peas; “Let’s Go,” The Cars; “Let’s Go All The Way,” Sly Foxx; “Let’s Go Sexin’,” James Intveld; “Let’s Have Sex,” Pat McCurdy; “Let’s Kill Saturday Night,” Robbie Fulks; “Let’s Rock,” Smashmouth; “Let’s See Action,” The Who. There’s some good stuff in this assortment, although nothing that cries out for immediate attention.

  • Rob H.

    “Let’s Do This Now” – Korn
    “Let’s Get Retarded” – Black Eyed Peas
    “Lety’s Go Parking Baby, – Caesars
    “Let’s Just Go To Bed” – Stella Soleil
    “Let’s Talk” – DEVO
    “Let Down” – Radiohead
    “Let It Burn” – Bad Religion
    “Let Me Lie To You” – Afghan Whigs
    “Let Me Rock” – X-ecutioners

  • Fred

    Steve —
    Odd that your story about sleeping through The Call at C-stone comes between two mentions of a song titled “I Don’t Think They Heard it All the Way Out in Bushnell.” (Bushnell: Home of Agriculture and Industry — http://www.bushnell.illinois.gov/chamber_home.php.
    I share your tangible sense of concert-regret, though. I was at that U2 show at JFK, but had to catch the last R5 back to school and had to skip out on the final encore. I was walking across the parking lot to the subway when I heard the opening bars of “Stand by Me” and didn’t find out until the next day about who came out to play Bono’s guitar.

  • bulbul

    “Let’s Misbehave” – Cole Porter (or Elvis Costello from that soundtrack)
    “Let Go” – Allison Moorer
    “Let Me Touch You For a While” – Alison Krauss and the Union Station
    “Let There Be Love” – Nat King Cole (or Ol’ Blue Eyes)

  • bulbul

    Color Me Badd’s “I Wanna Sex You Up.”
    Damn you, Professor Fury! I had almost forgot about that infernal tune and now it is bound to stay in my head for the rest of the day! :o)

  • Johann

    I’ll just throw out a few obvious ones that haven’t been mentioned yet:
    “Let Him Dangle” – Elvis Costello: very bitter song, lots of fun
    “Let It Bleed” – The Rolling Stones: Stones at their peak
    “Let Me Put My Love Into You” – AC/DC: another gentle sensitive ballad from Australia’s most famous quintet.
    “Let Them Eat Rock” – Upper Crust: truly a great band, probably unknown outside Boston, but very funny, at least in small doses.
    “Let’s Go Crazy” – The Clash: It’s the Clash. What else do you need to know?

  • mcc

    Let’s get it on – Roni Size
    Let’s not wrestle Mt. Heart Attack – Liars
    Letting the cables sleep – Bush

  • Ray

    Let’s Build a Zoo – St Etienne
    Let’s Get Lost – Elliott Smith
    Let’s Go to Bed – The Cure
    Let Down – Radiohead
    Let Forever Be – The Chemical Brothers
    Let It Be – Beatles
    Let Love Speak Up Itself – The Beautiful South
    Let Me In – REM
    Let The Right One In – Morrissey
    Let’s Have A New Baby Daughter – oh yeah, that’s not a song
    I like this week’s list

  • ChristianPinko

    Let’s have some more Left Behind blogging!

  • Uncle Fister

    I’m pretty sure the name of that Soul Coughing song is actually “Super Bon Bon.”

  • Steve

    Fred wrote: Odd that your story about sleeping through The Call at C-stone comes between two mentions of a song titled “I Don’t Think They Heard it All the Way Out in Bushnell.”
    And Sufjan was mentored somewhat by Danielson…so we’ve come full circle. Can you come full circle in three posts? Full triangle?

  • none

    Let Her Go Down (Steeleye Span, and other folk artists I presume)
    Let’s Go Crazy (Prince and the Revolution)
    Let the Sunshine In (Hair)

  • Steve

    Howabout a couple ripoff money grabbing song sequels:
    Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker
    Let’s Limbo Some More – Chubby Checker
    Let the Day Begin – The Call (Bet this song is great live)
    Let’s Make This Precious – Dexy’s Midnight Runner
    Let Me Tell You About Her – Elvis Costello
    Let’s Not Forget Hawaii – Havalina Rail Company (Ha! The other band I slept through at Cornerstone ’98…almost exact same scenario)
    Let’s Just Get Naked – Joan Osborne
    Let the Train Blow the Whistle – Johnny Cash
    Let The Lower Lights Be Burning – Johnny Cash
    Let That Tape Keep Rolling (’69 Bio Version) – Larry Norman
    Let Mercy Lead – Rich Mullins
    Lets Go Out Tonight – Rick Springfield
    Let It Snow, Let It Snow – Russ Taff
    Let It Snow – Steve Rudolph Trio
    Let’s Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don’t Think They Heard It All The Way Out In Bushnell – Sufjan Stevens (yes, I have this too)
    Let’s Go Forward – Terence Trent D’Arby
    Let Us A. B. C. – Danielson Famile (I swear I wrote all my comments above before checking my song list)
    Let’s See Action – The Who
    Let It Rain – Tracy Chapman

  • Thlayli

    “Let Me Be The One”, Expose

  • Theo

    Let Go – Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers
    Let It Be Me – the Everly Brothers
    Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) – the Hombres
    Let’s Be Natural – the Rutles
    Let’s Go – Rancid
    Let’s Have a Party – Wanda Jackson
    Let’s Stick Together – Wilbert Harrison

  • mmc

    “Let It Down” – George Harrison