At a recent graduation party in my neighborhood, a piece of our small talk centered on a comparison of music today with that of several decades ago. While most of the adults agreed that 70s and 80s music was far superior, we could not reach a consensus as to the best artists.
I spent several minutes trying to convince (without immediate access to the internet) Helen from across the street that she was erroneous in her reference to her favorite song of that era. That Hall and Oates hit she had mistakenly called “Kiss on My Lips.”
My assertion was proven correct when someone with a Smart Phone googled the duo to find that the song was indeed called “Kiss on My List.” Then I began brainstorming other song titles that fit the formula of “_____ on My _____,” and here are the best ten among them.
“Sugar on My Tongue” by Talking Heads: Although left off of the alternative group’s fascinating debut ’77, this track was thankfully included as the final song in the 2005 re-issue.
“Heavy on My Mind” by Scott Miller: The former V-Roy’s front man has established a superb solo career in alt-country, and this poignant tune comes from his latest album Big Big World.
“Sunshine on My Shoulders” by John Denver: Cliff DeYoung had more immediate chart success with his cover of this tune, but the one by its writer and originator has endured.
“Gentle on My Mind” by Glen Campbell: This timeless ballad is one of the many Jimmy Webb tunes the Rhinestone Cowboy turned into gold.
“Living on My Own” by Ambrosia: The combination of David Pack and Joe Puerta is so precious here on the One Eighty album that the song sounds like something Hall and Oates might have done.
“Georgia on My Mind” by Ray Charles: This soulful number is one of the most well-known in the soul sing’s catalog, a serious complement to the classic “Hit the Road Jack.”
“Tears on My Pillow” by Little Anthony and the Imperials: Many artists have covered this standard, but none has done it better than the version by the do wop group.
“God on My Side” by World Party: Karl Wallinger’s alt-rock band were at their peak on Goodbye Jumbo, which contained this tune along with “Put the Message in the Box,” “Is It Too Late?” and “Way Down Now.”
“Monkey on My Back” by Aerosmith: This tune is the standout track from Pump, which served as something of a comeback for Steven Tyler and his rock group.
“Lines on My Face” by Peter Frampton: The original Frampton Comes Alive omitted this track, but it was a huge reason fans bought the 25th anniversary deluxe edition.