Recently Hanson asked members of their fan club to choose their Top 25 songs from their albums (+ b-sides). Since they didn’t include any of the members only tracks, this was a lot easier than I expected, but still not entirely too easy to put together. I decided to “go with my gut” and put my list together as quickly as possible because I knew if I sat around debating any of the tracks, I’d never finish!
How I came to my concussions:
I put all the songs into an excel spreadsheet, and then quickly made a column next to them where I ranked them by “Yes”, “No” and “Maybe”. Yes were definitely belonging in my Top 25, No definitely didn’t and maybe I could be swayed either way.
After my first run through, I ended up with 35 songs on my Yes/Maybe combined.
I then went through the Maybes and again ranked them Yes/No. This landed me with a top 24! So close! So I went through the maybes that became No and grabbed on more to round out my list.
There has been some debate as to whether or not we should include MMMBop on our lists – but I felt that I had to. Without it, who knows if we’d all be here, you know? We also don’t know what the list is going to be used for – and I’d totally pick different songs if I was picking for a setlist base or if I was picking for songs I want to know more about how they were written or songs I am playing for someone who has never heard Hanson before or songs for a greatest hits… but I tried to combine a little of all of those lists because we weren’t given too much specific direction on what this list would be used for, if anything. (And then the guys went and posted in a newsletter they were surprised a couple weren’t in the running and I have a feeling that may end up skewing the results on people who voted after that newsletter…) I’m not sure if they will ever let us see what the list ended up being – but I know there was no song on more than 58% of the lists at the time Leigh decided to share some stats with us on Hanson.net – and no song had no votes at all. Very interesting!
And if you want to really torture yourself – I have the best of the rest up on Hansonstage which is the members only / random HNet tracks. Voting for that ends in a couple of days and I still havent managed to pick my own top 25 yet!
Here’s what I ended up picking:
A Minute Without You
And I Waited
Dying To Be Alive
Give A Little
In The City
Lost Without Each Other
Lost Without You
Scream And Be Free
Where’s The Love
With You In Your Dreams
You Can’t Stop Us