After several years as an iPod user, I’ve discovered that it’s especially fun to listen to the songs in alphabetical order. This yields a semi-random arrangement from which themes and patterns occasionally emerge (groupings of love songs, for instance, or blues songs). And then sometimes you just hit sweet spots that, for one reason or another, are particularly satisfying, such as the one you will hear if you click on the word “PLAY” below. This sequence occurred about halfway through the letter “I.”


The playlist is after the jump:

I Want to Be Loved Muddy Waters
This is technically “I Want to Be Loved #2,” from the 1977 album Hard Again. #1, from 1955, sounds like this:

I Want You The Troggs
This is basically the same song as “Wild Thing,” but amazingly even cruder. There’s no incongruous flute solo to lighten things up, just a few slamming chords and — to steal a phrase from Richard Hell — “a huge warehouse of hope to fuck.” It seems more likely to frighten than seduce, though I guess sometimes that works too.

I Want You (She’s So Heavy) The Beatles
“Wtf that outro riff!!!!!! this is early DOOM METAL.” —YouTube commenter “ihatedrugs2246”

I’d Have You Anytime George Harrison
“Its creation occurred during a period when Harrison had outgrown his role in the Beatles and Dylan had withdrawn from the pressures of fame to raise a family. ‘I’d Have You Anytime’ is recognised as a statement of friendship between the two musicians, whose meetings from 1964 onwards resulted in changes in musical direction for both Dylan and the Beatles. The song reflects the environment in which it was written, as Harrison’s verses urge the shy and elusive Dylan to let down his guard, and the Dylan-composed choruses respond with a message of welcome.” —Wikipedia

I’ll Be Your Lampshade Beulah
“It is usually customary for the life of the party about the middle of the evening to put a lampshade on his head and give an impersonation of [Scottish soprano] Mary Garden, after which he tells a joke that is not meant for mixed company. But he leaves the host and hostess wondering whether the success is wroth the damage done to the lampshade, which will never looks the same.” —Baltimore Evening Sun, 1928

I’ll Be Your Mirror The Velvet Underground
This is some nice visual accompaniment:

I’ll Take You Home The Drifters
“The three golden eras of the Drifters were the early 1950s, the 1960s, and the early 1970s (post-Atlantic period). From these, the first Drifters, formed by Clyde McPhatter, were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as ‘The Drifters.’ The second Drifters, featuring Ben E. King, were separately inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as ‘Ben E. King and the Drifters.’ In their induction, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame selected four members from the first Drifters, two from the second Drifters, and one from the post-Atlantic Drifters.” —Wikipedia

I’ll Take You There The Staple Singers