he number ten has been a big story this year, and the popularity of that number reached a peak 282 days into the year. According to an article in October 8 2010 edition of The New York Times, over 39,000 weddings too place across the nation on 10/10/10.
To commemorate the occasion, and to prepare to say goodbye to the year, here is a playlist of songs that include the number ten in their titles.
10. Romans 10:9 by The Mountain Goats: Folk-rocker John Darnielle takes on organized religion in this track from The Life of the World to Come, claiming he “Won’t take the medication but it’s good to have around, A kind and loving God won’t let my small ship run aground.”
9. Money, Compliments, Publicity (Song #10) by Todd Snider: This track from The Excitement Plan shows the singer-songwriter comically disagreeing with “A man once said that the pinnacle of success, Was when you finally lost interest, In money, compliments, and publicity.”
8. 3/5 of a Mile in Ten Seconds by Jefferson Airplane: On this psychedelic track from Surrealistic Pillow, Marty Balin starts nearly every line by saying “Do away with people,” whether they be blowing his mind, wasting his precious time, or laughing at his hair.”
7. If Ten Percent Is Good enough for Jesus (It Ought to Be Good Enough for Uncle Sam) by Ray Stevens: The legend of pop humor denounces government spending on this tune, on which he claims “Every time the bureaucrats run out of money, Congress socks it to the working man.”
6. Ten Second News by Son Volt: Jay Farrar: After the demise of Uncle Tupelo Farrar formed this alt-country band. This track from Trace praises rural living, admiring the fact that “When you’re out across the county line, The news travels slower than a ten-second buzz.”
5. Big Ten Inch by Aerosmith: Steven Tyler’s vocals bounce with a ragtime beat on this jaunty track from Toys in the Attic.
4. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out by Bruce Springsteen: Saxophonist Clarence Clemons stands out on this light jazzy tune from the rock classic Born to Run.
3. I Shall Be Free No. 10 by Bob Dylan: Pre-electric Dylan was just as fun as Highway 61 Dylan, as this track from Another Side proves. He takes on Muhammad Ali, Barry Goldwater, a weird monkey-cat, the Dean of Women, and a gal who sticks him “with buckshot when (he’s) nude.”
2. 5:01 a.m. (The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking part 10) by Roger Waters: This title track references Shane, a biker girl, and the Beatles. In the second verse,Yoko Ono encourages the narrator to jump off the window ledge.
1. Ten Cents a Coup by Phil Ochs: The liberal folk singer vehemently, and often comically, protested the Vietnam War and 60s politics in general. On this track from 50 Phil Ochs Fans Can’t Be Wrong, he professes that “It was a used car dealer’s election, and the choice was rather small.”