FUV Essential Songs: Staff Picks

Our listeners voted on the songs they can't imagine living without, so we also asked our DJs to cough theirs up too.

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Claudia Marshall | Julianne Welby | Darren DeVivo | Dennis Elsas | Corny O'Connell | Rita Houston | Russ Borris | Pete Fornatale | Vin Scelsa | John Platt | Bob Sherman | Sarah Wardrop | Seamus Blake | Kathleen Biggins | Maggie Dolan | Maura Monahan | Meaghan O'Rourke | Rich Conaty

Claudia Marshall

FUV Weekday Morning Host

Some of my Essentials:

  • "Mercury Blues" - David Lindley
  • "Faded Love" - Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
  • "Twistin' The Night Away" - Sam Cooke
  • "So Very Hard to Go" - Tower of Power
  • "Since You've Been Gone" - Aretha Franklin
  • "American Tune" - Paul Simon
  • "These Foolish Things" - Billie Holiday
  • "It's A Shame" - The Spinners
  • "Summer's Here" - James Taylor
  • "If I Only Had a Brain" - Arlen/Harburg
  • "Low Rider" - War

Julianne Welby

News & Public Affairs Director/FUV Weekday Morning Host

  • "The Bike" - Amy Correia (It's in my head every time I go for a ride)
  • "The Mayor of Simpleton" - XTC (Such wit!)
  • "Gouge Away" - Pixies (all the elements of great Pixies songs)
  • "Misunderstood" - Wilco (because Jeff Tweedy shouts like Black Francis)
  • "Whippin Piccadilly" - Gomez (How much fun do these guys have in the studio?)
  • "The National Anthem" - Radiohead (was hooked the moment I first heard it, still am)
  • "America the Beautiful" - Ray Charles (the all-American best version there is)
  • "Duncan" - Paul Simon (brings me back home to childhood)
  • "In Dreams" - Roy Orbison (from the Patron Saint of the Welby family)
  • "In My Life" - The Beatles (about as sentimental as I'll ever get)

Darren DeVivo

FUV Weekday Host

This week's essentials:

  • "No Matter What" - Badfinger
  • "God Only Knows" - the Beach Boys
  • "Rain" - the Beatles
  • "Ride Captain Ride" - Blues Image
  • "25 Or 6 To 4" - Chicago
  • "Part 1 - Acknowledgement" (from A Love Supreme) - John Coltrane
  • "Build Me Up Buttercup" - the Foundations
  • "Reflections Of My Life" - Marmalade
  • "The First Circle" - the Pat Metheny Group
  • "Echoes" - Pink Floyd
  • "Go All The Way" - the Raspberries
  • "Hello It's Me" - Todd Rundgren
  • "Something In The Air" - Thunderclap Newman
  • "I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You" - Tom Waits
  • "Little Lamb Dragonfly" - Paul McCartney and Wings

Dennis Elsas

FUV Weekday Host

Alphabetically by artist - ten songs that are Essential to my love of the music that I play on the radio:

  • "Wouldn't It Be Nice" - The Beach Boys
  • "I Want to Hold Your Hand" - The Beatles
  • "Rock & Roll Music" - Chuck Berry
  • "Like a Rolling Stone" - Bob Dylan
  • "Don't Be Cruel" - Elvis Presley
  • "Go All the Way" - Raspberries
  • "Satisfaction" - Rolling Stones
  • "Be My Baby" - Ronettes
  • "Born to Run" - Bruce Springsteen
  • "Won't Get Fooled Again" - The Who

Corny O'Connell

FUV Weekday Host

  • "Moonlight Sonata" - Ludwig van Beethoven
  • "So What" - Miles Davis
  • "Twist and Shout" - The Beatles
  • "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" - Otis Redding
  • "Me and Bobby McGee" - Janis Joplin
  • "Rock Steady" - Aretha Franklin
  • "Simple Twist of Fate" - Bob Dylan
  • "Come a Long Way" - Michelle Shocked
  • "Sweet Old World" - Lucinda Williams
  • "Deeper Well" - Emmylou Harris

Rita Houston

Music Director/The Whole Wide World Host

How do I define essential songs? Well, the songs I know every single word to....the songs that can turn my mood around instantly...the songs that spark the memories surrounding them, and finally the songs that I hope get played at my funeral.

  • "The Weight" - The Band
  • "Soul Rush" - Nicolai Dunger
  • "Cheek to Cheek" - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
  • "Gloria" - Patti Smith
  • "Famous Blue Raincoat" - Jennifer Warnes
  • "If Dogs Run Free" - Bob Dylan
  • "For the Good Times" - Kris Kristofferson
  • "Hello in There" - John Prine
  • "Marrakesh Express" - Crosby Stills and Nash
  • "You Make Me Feel So Young" - Frank Sinatra
  • "What A Wonderful World" - Louis Armstrong
  • "Me Gustas Tu" - Manu Chao
  • "Love is Everything" -Jane Siberry
  • "Beyond the Sea" - Bobby Darin
  • "Sin City" - Flying Burrito Brothers

Russ Borris

Assistant Music Director, FUV Weekday host

  • "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" - Otis Redding
  • "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" - Bob Dylan
  • "Folsom Prison Blues" - Johnny Cash
  • "Fourth of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" - Bruce Springsteen
  • "I Am...I Said" - Neil Diamond
  • "Margaritaville" - Jimmy Buffett
  • "Solitude" - Black Sabbath
  • "The Sound of Silence" - Simon & Garfunkel
  • "Tom Traubert's Blues" - Tom Waits
  • "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" - Nirvana

Pete Fornatale

Host of Mixed Bag

I could live with these twelve (or should I say I couldn't live without these twelve):

  • "American Pie" - Don McLean
  • "Born to Run" - Bruce Springsteen
  • "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Simon & Garfunkel
  • "Good Vibrations" - Beach Boys
  • "Light My Fire" - The Doors
  • "Like a Rolling Stone" - Bob Dylan
  • "My Girl" - The Temptations
  • " Rock Around the Clock" - Bill Haley & the Comets
  • "Satisfaction" - Rolling Stones
  • "The Wanderer" - Dion
  • "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" - Righteous Brothers

  • Plus all the rest I couldn't fit in!

Vin Scelsa

Host of Vin Scelsa's Idiot's Delight(R)

  • "Stand By Me" - either Ben E. King or John Lennon version
  • "Midnight Train To Georgia" - Gladys Knight and The Pips
  • "God Bless The Child" - Billie Holiday
  • "Rock & Roll" - The Velvet Underground
  • "Someone To Watch Over Me" - numerous versions
  • "Something's Coming" - Larry Kert, original production of "West Side Story"
  • "Series of Dreams" - Bob Dylan
  • "Alone Again Or" - either Love or Calexico version
  • "A Love Supreme, Pt. 1: Acknowledgment" - John Coltrane
  • "Ring of Fire" - Johnny Cash

John Platt

Marketing & Communications Director/Sunday Breakfast Host

  • "In My Life" - The Beatles
  • "My Father" - Judy Collins
  • "God Only Knows" - The Beach Boys
  • "Like a Rolling Stone" - Bob Dylan
  • "Born to Run" - Bruce Springsteen
  • "America" - Simon & Garfunkel
  • "The City of New Orleans" - Steve Goodman
  • "The Urge for Going" - Tom Rush
  • "Moondance" - Van Morrison
  • "Lover Man" - Billie Holiday
  • "Bird on the Wire" - Leonard Cohen
  • "Gentle Arms of Eden" - Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer
  • "I Shall Be Released" - The Band
  • "All the Things You Are" - any version

Bob Sherman

Woody's Children Host

  • "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" - Pete Seeger
  • "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" - Pete Seeger
  • "Circle" - Harry Chapin
  • "Pass the Music On" - Tom Chapin
  • "I Give You the Morning" - Tom Paxton
  • "Christmas in the Trenches" - John McCutcheon
  • "Streets of London" - Ralph McTell
  • "Wimoweh" - The Weavers
  • "If I Had a Hammer" - Pete Seeger
  • "Freedom Trilogy" - Odetta

Sarah Wardrop

Music Interview Producer

Whether or not the songs hold a significant place in music history (or my history), all of them made a quick jump onto my iPod. Which, I suppose, is a new way of defining "essential"!
Alphabetically by artist:

  • "Up On Cripple Creek" - The Band
  • "Hallelujah" - Jeff Buckley
  • "You Had Time" - Ani DiFranco
  • "Please Forgive Me" - David Gray
  • "Devotion" - Indigo Girls
  • "Devil May Care (live)" - Diana Krall
  • "On The Way Up" - Peter Mulvey
  • "Alex Chilton" - The Replacements
  • "Look At Miss Ohio" - Gillian Welch
  • "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing" - Stevie Wonder

Seamus Blake

Mile Failte host

I have listed just four songs from singers/groups which would have name recognition (of sorts) for the greater WFUV audience. The range of the songs' lyrics stretches from serious to romantic to humorous.

  • "Bata is Bothar" - John Spillane
    It means literally "Stick and the Road" or figuratively "Hit the Road"
  • "An Cailin Deas Og" - Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh [of Altan]
    An English language version of the same song, "The Pretty Young Girl" (which is what the title in Irish means), is sung by Dolly Parton on the same CD, Altan's The Blue Sky.
  • "Maith Dhom" - Colm O Snodaigh [of Kila]
    The lyrics were written by a major Irish language poet, Mairtin O Direain. The title means "Forgive Me."
  • "An Ciarraioch Mallaithe" - Seamus Begley and Mary Black
    The title of the song means "The Damned Kerryman" (who have a reputation like Texans of being blowhards).

Kathleen Biggins

A Thousand Welcomes Host

  • "Brid Og ni Mhaille" - Altan
  • "Mairin de Barra" - Seamus Begley
  • "You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time" - Luka Bloom
  • "Ar Bhruach na Carraige Baine" - Seamus Begley; Martin Hayes
  • "Willie O'Winsbury" - Dick Gaughan; Richard Thompson
  • "The Forger's Farewell (a/k/a "Erin the Green")" - Dolores Keane; Frank Harte
  • "Four Green Fields" - Tommy Makem
  • "Tinkerman's Daughter" - Niamh Parsons
  • "As I Roved Out" - Planxty (Christy Moore's and Andy Irvine's versions)

Maggie Dolan

Ceol na nGael Co-host

  • "When New York Was Irish" - Erin's Pride
  • "Wild Rover" - The Dubliners
  • "Tim Finnegan's Wake" - The Clancy Brothers
  • "Raglan Road" - The Chieftains
  • "To America We Go" - Ashley MacIsaac
  • "Geography" - Heidi Talbot
  • "She Was the Prize" - Gaelic Storm
  • "Up The Kingdom" - Deirdre Reilly
  • "The Kerry Dances" - The Irish Tenors
  • "If I Should Fall From Grace With God" - The Pogues

Maura Monahan

Ceol na nGael Co-host

  • "Dancing At Lughnasa" - Bill Whelan
  • "I Know My Love" - The Chieftains With The Corrs
  • "Blackbird" - Sharon Shannon
  • "Ships Are Sailing" - Eileen Ivers
  • "Riverboat Set" - John Whelan
  • "Fremont Center/The Vornado/Minutemen" - Liz Carroll & John Doyle
  • "The Newry Highwayman" - Solas
  • "Whelans/Wonders/Sean Bui" - Seanchai
  • "Mellie's Delight" - Mick McAuley
  • "Kalyana/Above In The Garret/Leckan Mo" - Lunasa

Meaghan O'Rourke

Ceol na nGael Producer

My Top 10 Celtic Songs:

  • "Arthur McBride" - Paul Brady & Andy Irvine
  • "Do You Love an Apple?" - Bothy Band
  • "Snakes" - Susan McKeown & The Chanting House
  • "Cunla" - Planxty
  • "Truth Calling" - Capercaillie
  • "Maria's Wedding" - Black 47
  • "What's Closest to the Heart" - Cathie Ryan
  • "Sleepy Maggie" - Ashley MacIsaac
  • "Feel So Near" - Dougie MacLean
  • "Haunted" - Shane MacGowan & Sinead O'Connor
  • "The Whole of the Moon" - The Waterboys

Rich Conaty

The Big Broadcast Host

Here are ten records I'd be lost without. Most fall within the timeline of The Big Broadcast, but there are a few less than 65 years old! Okay, two.

  • "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans" - Frankie Trumbauer Orchestra
  • "Do Something" - McKinney's Cotton Pickers
  • "Some Of These Days" - Cab Calloway Orchestra
  • "I'm a Ding Dong Daddy (from Dumas)" - Louis Armstrong Orchestra
  • "The Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia" - Boswell Sisters
  • "Love Locked Out" - Al Bowlly & Ray Noble Orchestra
  • "St. Louis Blues" - Cliff Edwards & Eton Boys
  • "Blue Skies" - Benny Goodman Orchestra
  • "Skyliner" - Charlie Barnet Orchestra
  • "It's Been a Long, Long Time" - Bing Crosby & Les Paul Trio