Friday, May 11, 2007

50 Songs for the 32nd State

Today is a noteworthy day for both music and history. The history part is because of the fact that, on the 11th of May, 1858, Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. state.

So, we, the MFR staff, have compiled a wonderful, Minnesota mix of the 50 best songs to ever come out of Minnesota.

This is also the prelude to the amazing dawn of our world-destroying Podcast that will begin next week, and will air weekly.

Artist - Album - Song
1. The Replacements - Tim - "Bastards of Young"
2. Husker Du – New Day Rising - "I Apologize"
3. Lifter Puller - Fiestas and Fiascos - "Space Humping $19.99"
4. Prince - Purple Rain – “Purple Rain”
5. Paul Westerberg – Come Feel Me Tremble - "Making Me Go"
6. The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls In America - "Massive Nights"
7. Haley Bonar - Lure The Fox - "Ransom"
8. The Soviettes - The Soviettes LP - "Tailwind"
9. P.O.S. – Audition
10. Bob Dylan - Love and Theft – "Mississippi"
11. The Replacements - Tim - "Kiss Me On the Bus"
12. Husker Du - New Day Rising - "New Day Rising"
13. The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday - "Multitude of Casualties"
14. Mouthful of Bees - The End - "The Now"
15. Tapes ‘n Tapes – The Loon - "Cowbell"
16. Low - Things Lost In The Fire – "Like A Forest"
17. P.O.S. - Audition – “De La Souls”
18. Cloud Cult – They Live On the Sun - "Fairy Tale"
19. The Replacements – Tim - "Waitress In the Sky"
20. The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America - "You Can Make Him Like You"
21. Atmosphere - God Loves Ugly - "Give Me"
22. Hockey Night – Keep Guessin' - "Grim Break"
23. The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls In America - "Party Pit"
24. The Replacements - Let It Be - "Unsatisfied"
25. Prince - Purple Rain – “Let's Go Crazy”
26. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited – “Queen Jane Approximately”
27. STNNNG - Dignified Sissy - "New National Anthem"
28. Babes in Toyland – Fontanelle – "Bruise Violet"
29. Tapes 'n Tapes - The Loon - "Crazy Eights"
30. Heiruspecs - A Tiger Dancing - "Work"
31. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
32. Jayber Crow - The Farmer and the Nomad - "Eugene, Oregon (Manifest Destiny)"
33. A Night in the Box - The Hustler, The Prayer, The Thief - "Tom Sawyers and Lawyers"
34. Dillinger Four – Situationist Comedy - "Fuzzy Pink Hand-Cuffs"
35. Tapes 'n Tapes - The Loon - "Just Drums"
36. The (Olympic) Hopefuls - The Fuses Refuse to Burn - "Drain the Sea"
37. Soul Asylum - Hang Time
38. Tapes 'n Tapes - The Loon - "Manitoba"
39. Bob Mould – Workbook
40. Husker Du - Metal Circus – "Real World"
41. Lifter Puller – Fiestas and Fiascos - "Lake Street Is For Lovers"
42. Husker Dü - Zen Arcade
43. Cloud Cult - Advice From the Happy Hippopotamus
44. The Suburbs - Love is the Law
45. Lifter Puller - Half Dead & Dynamite
46. The Bad Plus - Give – "Iron Man"
47. Semisonic - Feeling Strangely Fine - "Closing Time"
48. Halloween, Alaska- Halloween, Alaska - "The Four Corners"
49. Sugar - Copper Blue – "Hoover Dam"
50. Fitzgerald - Raised By Wolves – “Bloody Stumps”

(MFR Staff)



Blogger Chris said...

Thanks! Hey, for some reason, your blog title is really messed up in bloglines right now - it started a few days ago.

6:57 AM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Very nice selections, particularly "Space Humping". That song is quite wonderful.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Cool list, but: no love for the Jayhawks and/or Golden Smog? Nor for the (much underrated) Honeydogs?

12:51 PM  
Anonymous David Fucking Rocks said...

Ben - good call on the Jayhawks. I knew I was forgetting something important.

My votes - Blue, Somewhere In Ohio, Waiting In The Wings, Nothing Left To Borrow

1:35 PM  
Anonymous ian said...

oh man, the jayhawks. im surprised that they didnt make it either.

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Autumn said...

I know you're trying for Indie High-Brow, but come on... where's "Runaway Train"?! How could you neglect that grunge ballad soothed many an angst-ridden soul, Minnesotan or otherwise?

2:52 PM  
Blogger Ian said...


2:57 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

"runaway train" probably saved my life

3:04 PM  
Blogger Peter said...


3:04 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

Yay Autumn!

Aren't we all a key that could use a little turnin'?

3:24 PM  
Anonymous krist said...

great list.

no brother ali??

next one?

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Andrea H. said...

there is way too much neglect for low on this list, imho, but good choices all the same.

12:21 AM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

So, there's like 30 bands on this list of 50, and lots of those bands are related to each other (Husker Du/Bob Mould/Sugar, Hold Steady/Lifter Puller, et al).

Methinks the list does not have wide enough representation.

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A night in the box?
youve got to be kidding me.

11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahem...Trip Shakespeare??!

4:27 PM  
Anonymous robert said...

Holy hell... I thought you were stealing my 50 states project! I'll get back to MN and give you some credit for some of these..... here's the post i did on MN on my old blog.

We'll get back there.... slow and steady wins this race.

Rob @

11:32 AM  
Anonymous fnordboy said...

woke up in the grass with the assless chaps, indeed.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you don't have motion city soundtrack !!!! seriously. seriously? that is horrendous. I am ashamed for you. that list is incomplete without "Better Open the Door".

12:07 AM  

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