You see, they have their listeners create their perfect top-10 playlist, then invite them to the studio to record it and tell the other listners just why it's perfect for them.
Given my role with Butler, the NCAA men's basketball tournament, and the fact that Butler is in said tournament, the station thought it would be a good idea for me to create a special NCAA Tournament edition of "My Perfect 10."
So my dad and I made our way to Indy's Entercom offices and recorded the intros for "My Perfect 10."
You can hear this live, on the air, on Wednesday, March 17th at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, March 21st at 7 p.m.
But, in case you miss it, I've included "My Perfect 10" and the reasoning behind selecting each song, below...
Blue II’s Special NCAA Tournament Edition “My Perfect 10” Playlist – March 2010
10. “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2
The Butler Bulldogs men’s basketball team has achieved a lot in my tenure and even before my time, including a couple of Sweet 16 appearances, several NCAA tournament bids, some conference championships, and most recently, an undefeated run through the entire conference season! And after all of that, we’re still not satisfied. No, until we take six consecutive wins in the NCAA tournament and bring home a national championship, well, we “still haven’t found what we’re looking for!”
9. “I Wanna Be Your Dog” by The Stooges
It’s time to select the teams for your NCAA Tournament bracket, and well, “I Wanna Be Your Dog!” Plus, we’ll need all of the positive energy I can get when the Butler Bulldogs are on the court. So whether you’re a Butler grad or not, we’ll gladly adopt you to the litter, and we hope you’ll have us as well.
UPDATE: No. 9 has since changed to "Hound Dog" by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller and most likely performed by Elvis Pressley. The song may revert back to "I Wanna Be Your Dog" by The Stooges if the station can track down a better quality recording by that time. If not, "Hound Dog" will have to do. And, I suppose it's appropriate given that I am quite the "media hound" this time of year!
8. “Atomic Dog” by George Clinton
“Why must I feel like that? Why must I chase the cat? Nothin’ but the dog in me!” No truer words have ever been spoken, at least in my world. George Clinton knew what he was doing when he wrote this diddy. Heck, Snoop Dogg made a whole career by sampling beats and lyrics from this track. After all these years, it’s still funky and it’s still fresh. So anyway, when someone questions why you picked the Butler Bulldogs to go all the way to the Final Four this year, just tell them, “hey, it’s nothin’ but the dog in me!”
7. “Takin’ Care of Business” by Bachman Turner Overdrive
“Takin Care of Business,” that’s what us Butler Bulldogs do and have been doing for some time now. In the last 14 years alone in men’s basketball we’ve had twelve 20 win seasons (five consecutive), eight NCAA Tournament appearances, two Sweet 16 appearances, three NIT appearances, nine regular season Horizon League championships, six conference tournament championships and now, a 20-0 undefeated record in Horizon League play. We start our practices before the sun comes up and win games by night...”we be takin’ care of business every day!”
6. “Hey Bulldog” by The Beatles
Look no further than the title of this song to understand why it made the list. But, I must say, John Lennon’s barking at the end of the song gets a head tilt and hair raise out of me every time.
5. “Who Let the Dogs Out” by Baha Men
This is definitely the sorriest excuse for a song on this entire list, but I have to include this song in order to appease those cliché types who come to expect such things. If nothing else, it adds some comedic value to the list. I know I can’t listen to it without laughing…no Baha Men, I’m not laughing with you, I’m laughing AT YOU. Did they ever figure out who let the dogs out, anyway? Maybe they let themselves out, ever think of that?
4. “NCAA Basketball Theme” by CBS
Hear this track and you automatically think of March Madness. If this doesn’t get you in the mood to fill out some brackets, skip work to watch some hoops, and root for the underdog (and/or Bulldogs), then nothing will.
3a. “I Gotta Feelin’” by The Black Eyed Peas
We opened the 2009-10 season with the song and we’re going to bring it to a close with this song as well. We had a lot of “good nights” so far this season and we hope that there are just about six more left in us come NCAA tournament time. If you’re a Bulldog, then you’ve just gotta believe that any night we’re on the court, well, then “tonight’s gonna be a good night!”
*3b. “How You Like Me Now” by The Heavy*
The old man and I like to cruise around town together with this song blaring... windows down, sunroof open, seats tilted back, his Ray Bans on, my tongue hanging out...acting like we’ve got all the answers. But come March, when I hear this song I envision winning a National Title and then looking at all the big schools, the so-called analysts, the know-it-all critics and just saying, “how you like me now?”
2. “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses
Lots of reasons to add this to this, perhaps the biggest reason being you can’t listen to it without getting pumped up. Take the reasoning a little deeper and you’ll find that the Butler Bulldogs aren’t unlike the jungle Axel Rose describes. We may look like cute cuddly Bulldogs, a la a pretty serene jungle, but cage us in the confines of a basketball court (especially Hinkle Fieldhouse) and you’ve got another thing coming. “We’re gonna bring ya to your na-na na-na na-na knees!”
1. “The Butler War Song” performed by The Butler University Marching Band
If you’re a Butler grad, student or fan and you know this one, then start clapping and singing along. Remember, “Bulldogs ever do or die!” So be loud, be proud, and GO DAWGS!
*We changed up No. 3 from “How You Like Me Now” to “I Gotta Feelin;” so that we could go with something a little more mainstream. However, you may recognize “How You Like Me Now” from those clever KIA commercials with the sock monkey, robot, etc. Look it up on YouTube.
Again, “My Perfect 10” will air on Indianapolis’ 107.9 FM at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 and again at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 21, 2010.
Also, for more pics and info from my studio visit http://www.my1079online.com/ and click the "GAB" link.
Of course, I had a lot of help with this list which means that a lot of great songs were left off. So, it is my pleasure list all of the other song suggestions that I did not use.
There were some great tracks here, but not ones I decided to select. (In no particular order.)
"True Blue" by Madonna
"Bulldog Skin" by Guided by Voices
“The Best” by Tina Turner
“We are the Champions” by Queen
"Roundball Rock” by John Tesh
"Kick” by INXS
“Me and You and A Dog Named Boo”by Lobo
“Basketball Jones” by Cheech and Chong
“Ain’t Nothing But a Hound Dog” by Elvis
"One Moment In Time” by Whitney Houston
“Old Blue”by The Byrds
"Let's Dance"by David Bowie
"Lean On Me" by The Club Nouveau Version
"We're Not Gonna take it" by Twisted Sister
"Gonna Have a Party" by Alabama
"Don’t Stop Believin’" by Journey
Lose Yourself" by Eminem
"Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba
“Winning” by Santana
“One of the Survivors” by The Kooks
"Your Bulldog Drinks Champagne" by Jim Stafford
"Let’s Get It Started" by The Black Eyed Peas
"Jump Around" by House of Pain
"We Will Rock You" by Queen
"Eye Of The Tiger" by Survivor
"One Shining Moment" by Luther Vandross
"Take It To The House" by Trick Daddy
"Lose Yourself" by Eminem
"Till I Collapse" by Eminem
"Run This Town" by Jay-Z
"Stronger" by Kanye West
"Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes
"Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley
"Big Poppa" by Notorious B.I.G.
"Get Low" by Lil Jon
"Whipping" by Pearl Jam
"1901" by Phoenix
"American Girl" by Tom Petty
"In the Meantime" by Spacehog
"Can't Always Get What You Want" by Rolling Stones
"Can You Hear Me Knocking" by Rolling Stones
"This Time of Year" by Better Than Ezra
"Today" by Smashing Pumpkins
"Remedy" by Black Crowes
"Ants Marching" by Dave Matthews Band
"Big Pippin'" by Jay Z
“All Night Long”by Lionel Richie
"Theme from Hoosiers" - Artist Unknown
"We Will Rock You" by Queen
"You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
"R.E.S.P.E.C.T." by Aretha Franklin
"Get Ready for This" by 2 Unlimited
"The Final Countdown" by Europe
"My Hero" by Foo Fighters
"Learning To Fly" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"Reach For The Sky" by Social Distortion
"No Excuses" by Alice in Chains
"Like a Stone" by Audioslave
"Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check" by Busta Rhymes
"Sure Shot" by Beastie Boys
"The Distance" by Cake
"Song 2" by Blur
"Go With the Flow" by Queens of the Stone Age
"Amber" by 311
"Oceans" by Pearl Jam
"Angels Of The Silences" by Counting Crows
"So What’cha Want" by Beastie Boys
"Pay For What You Get" by Dave Matthews Band
"What’s Left Of The Flag" by Flogging Molly
"It Was A Good Day" by Ice Cube
"Some Might Say" by Oasis
"Everybody Hurts" by REM
"Road Trippin’" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Don’t Take Me For Granted" by Social Distortion
"Misery" by Soul Asylum
"Somewhere" by Soundgarden
"Big Empty" by Stone Temple Pilots
"6th Avenue Heartache" by The Wallflowers
"Say It Ain’t So" by Weezer
"Pay for What You Get" by Dave Matthews Band
"The Best of What’s Around" by Dave Matthews Band
"Breakout" by Foo Fighters
"The Distance" by CAKE
"Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson
"Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" Daft Punk
"Heroes" David Bowie
"I Won’t Back Down" by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
"Jump Around" by House of Pain
"Miracle" by Foo Fighters
"Times Like These" by Foo Fighters
"You’re the Best" – Joe “Bean” Esposito (Karate Kid theme song)
"TNT" by ACDC
“Young Forever” by Jay-Z and Mr. Hudson
“Human” by The Killers
"Rebel Yell" by Billy Idol
"Had a Bad Day" by Daniel Powter
"Sweet Smell Of Success" by Stranglers
"Never Say Yes" by Elvis Pressley
"Blue Suede Shoes" by Elvis
"Winning it All" by The Outfield
"Win in the End" by Mark Safan (Teen Wolf theme song)
"Doggy Dogg World" by Snoop Dogg
"Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen
"Blue" by Eiffel 65
“Diggin’ Up Bones” by Randy Travis
“The Winner Takes All” by Abba
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered”by Stevie Wonder
“Everyone’s a Winner” by Hot Chocolate
“Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen
“Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees
“Dream On” by Aerosmith
"Let It Rock” by Kevin Rudolf
"Lose Yourself" by Eminem
"We Don’t Run" by Willie Nelson
"Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
"Hey Tonight" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Good Vibrations” by Beach Boys
Well, I think that's just about all of them...it's enough anyway. I'm not sure where some people's heads were at on some of those suggestions, but to each their own, I guesss.
I hope you liked "My Perfect 10" and enjoyed the intros for the songs as well. Don't forget, our Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team will be in action on Thursday, March 18th around 5 p.m. (ET) in San Jose as a five-seed playing the 12th seeded UTEP Miners.
Our women's basketball team will be playing in the NIT at Illinois State at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17th.
For more information on the games, viewing parties, etc., visit http://www.butler.edu/alumni/events/athletics.
Happy St. Patrick's Day & Go Dawgs!