9. Leah Remini stood out in a beautiful Versace dress.
7. Mariska Hargitay shows of her post baby figure in this Carolina Herrera gown with cascading flowers.
8. Mark Wahlberg
6. Hugh Jackman
5. Taye Diggs
4. Benjamin Bratt
2. Djimon Housou
Hope you enjoyed the list.
Not sure how this came about, but I decided I wanted to do this list. Talking first with Kaida, and then my mom, we came up with a few possibles. As usual, the Internet came through, providing even more. I listened to each of those songs I could find….finally settling on these
Honorable Mention: Casey and the Sunshine Band – Technically not songs with “sunshine” in the title, but such a fun band that I felt they needed a Sunshine Shoutout.
Honorable Mention #2: I Can See Clearly Now (Johnny Nash) Again, no actual Sunshine in the title, but the closing line “It’s going to be a bright (bright!) bright sunshiny day” is so iconic, that I had to mention it as well.
Top Ten Songs with “Sunshine” in the Title
#10 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Fifth Dimension) – I’m not a big fan of this kind of music. Actually, I’ve never seen the value of the entire Hippie movement. These people derailed a war? Anyway, the song’s okay in that “Time Life Music” collection sort of way.
#9 Sunshine Lollypops (Lesley Gore) – I need to learn the lyrics, so I can annoy people with this, which, I’m convinced, is the chief reason for the song.
#8 You are the Sunshine of my Life (Stevie Wonder) – I listened to this quite a few times as I was compiling the list, and it's not as great as the reputation. I think it’s the arrangement. Still, Stevie makes any list he qualifies for.
#7 Good Day Sunshine (Beatles) – My mother calls this “lesser Beatles,” but I guess even Liverpool Minor is enough for us.
#6 Bring Me Sunshine (Willie Nelson) – When I first heard this I was bored, and thought no way. However, over the last week I’ve heard it in my head at least 400 times. Any thing that effective has to have something going for it, so Willie makes the list.
#5 Steal my Sunshine (Len) – Just a great summer anthem. Fairly nonsensical, but what great summer song isn’t? I love the back-beat to this. How soon until P. Diddy can crib it?
#4 Sunshine on my Shoulder (John Denver) – I have this theory that if you go back and listen to John Denver as if all his songs were about drugs, they’ll make more sense. Even here it works…sunshine makes you high? This song is a big hit in our house because when I was a kid my dad was entertaining my cousins and me one day and the song came on the radio. Dad lip-synched all the words, adding funny hand motions. Brought the house down, and is a big Request Number ever since. (Best part: when he actually fake-cries when the sunshine gets in his eyes.)
#3 I’m Walking on Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves) – Probably my favorite of the Sunshine songs, and would have been #2 if I wasn’t threatened. I like it partly because of how upbeat it is (how can you be in a bad mood when listening to this song?), and partly because I use it as a crucial scene in a movie I’m writing, so I always feel this affinity. If you were doing a list of most upbeat songs, this has to make the Top 15 at least, right?
#2 Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers) – Both Kaida and my mother threatened to disown me if this wasn’t #2. (Actually, Kaida said she’s break up with me, while my mom said she’d start patrolling Monkey Barn. They also hate it when I compare them, which I sometimes do as a weapon to stop something I find annoying…hopefully they never compare notes.) I do love this song, although I had no idea it was Bill Withers, whom I’d never even heard until this. I always thought it was James Taylor, much to my embarrassment. The other night Kaida and I listened to over 20 versions of this song, doing a top ten of just that. (The resulting fight was more interesting than our list. I’ll have to write that up some time.) Any way you listen to it, a great song.
And the number one song with “Sunshine” in the title is……
#1 You are My Sunshine (Jimmy Davis) – Simple, classic, unadulterated. Sentimental, but too legendary to be cloying. Bonus points to my dad who knew that Jimmy Davis later became the governor of
The Top Five Things you probably can’t spell, and may not even know, but may indeed want:
Honorable Mention: Autoerotic Asphyxia – Not for everyone, but word on the street is that it can help.
#5 Pubococcygeal Muscle Control – A Kegel party beats a Kegger any day of the week.
#4 Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor – If you need this, we need you to have it!
#3 Sildenafil citrate – I won’t tell if you won’t
#2 Dr. Gräfenberg and his "spot" – Here’s one Doctor’s bill you won’t mind paying!
And the number one hard to spell word you definitely want….
#1 Cunnilingus/Fellatio – I’ll spare you the blow-by-blow, but apparently, this is a very good thing.
I don’t remember how, but the conversation went to words that are hard to spell, and you don’t want ‘em. Eventually we made a top ten list. (Thanks to Kaida for the help.)
THE TOP TEN THINGS YOU PROBABLY CAN’T SPELL (AND DEFINITELY DON’T WANT)
Honorable Mention: Flaccid - Not all that difficult to spell, but men don’t want it, and women don’t want men to get it, or so I’m told.
#10 Tuberculosis – My friend Doc H. had TB; just horrible.
#9 Fibromyalgia – It sounds like you’re eating a lot of bran, but instead you’re just in pain.
#8 Syphilis – On the plus side, it’s sort of a fun word to say.
#7 Hydrophobia – That water’s a scary thing!
#6 Myocardial Infarction – Every time I hear this word is sounds like “Fart”
#5 Carcinoma – Doesn’t he host that late night show?
#4 Gonorrhea – Basically, anything that ends in “rrhea” is not good.
#2 Anhedonia/Anorgasmia – I think I speak for everyone when I say you DEFINITELY don’t want this.
#3 Candidiasis – If you’re brave (and I mean BRAVE), here’s a picture of what it looks like. I urge not to look; it almost unmanned me. (And I ain’t ever baking bread if that’s what’s involved.)
#1 Chlamydia – I put this #1 not only because it’s hard to spell and you don’t want it, but because it’s such a beautiful word. Every time I think about it I get angry the word means something so vile. I say we come up with a new word for Chlamydia, and make the word “Chlamydia” mean something nice, like say that time of night when the sun has gone down and the sky is splashed with the most beautiful colors. Who’s with me?
The Evil That (Some) Men Do:
First, the Pure Evil:
10. The Big Bad Wolf: In the version I grew up with, BBW didn’t just settle for the basket of Grandma’s goodies. The woodsman cut both Red Riding Hood and Grandma from the stomach of the wolf. That’s hardcore.
9. Snidely Whiplash: I swear it’s all in the name. Dudley Do-Right is a hero, and Snidely was meant to tie women to railroad tracks.
8. Iago: Othello’s sidekick, not the parrot. Though Gilbert Gottfried is pretty evil… But seriously, Iago was the trusty sidekick who betrayed and misled the Moor and his wife, Desdemona, leading to their destruction, and ultimately to his as well.
7. Mr. Burns: Stealing puppies to make a suit, the sun-blocker, a teddy-bear named Bobo. The man’s evil knows no limits.
6. Gollum: It takes a special kind of concentrated animosity and malevolence to cross Mordor twice, just to bite off someone’s finger and get his precious back.
5. Dr. Moriarty: Holmes’ foe, not the guy from Law and Order. Holmes, the Victorian Crimefighting Deus Ex Machina, needed a villain capable enough to defeat him, and Conan-Doyle made Moriarty one.
4. Invader Zim: I have never seen anyone undertake the subjugation of the primitive peoples of earth with such utter and complete joy.
3. The Bad/Angel Eyes: The Lee Van Cleef character from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Not everyone has prison-band musical accompaniment when they’re torturing someone.
2. The Black Knight: From Monty Python’s Quest for the Holy Grail. Violent, imposing, and not the sort to let the amputation of the odd limb get in the way of doing evilness.
1. The Devil: From the most loved right hand man of ‘the man’, to the personification of all evil. He wrecked the whole Garden of Eden program with the humans. Wagered over poor old
And the Wishy-Washy:
10. The Beast: He had a pretty good thing going, big house, singing and dancing servants/housewares. Then Beauty had to come along and put bows in his hair and stuff.
9. The Grinch: One little Who-girl, and we go from a heart two sizes too small to Father Grinchmas.
8. Ebenezer Scrooge: Three ghosts, and the greatest miser of all time is terrified into a profound positive life change.
7. The Operative/Shepard Book: Anyone who doesn’t think these two are the before and after pictures of the same person hasn’t bothered to watch Firefly, or Serenity.
5. Viscount Valmont: French Aristocrat Super-Playa goes all soft and mooshy after his conquest of a proper, married woman. Loses in a duel to Keanu Reeves (back in the Bill-and-Ted days, eons before he became Matrix-Boy), and dispenses helpful advice while bleeding to death.
4. King Kong: A blonde actress brings a big strong monkey down to lemur size.
3. Spike/Angel: A blonde slayer brings two big strong monkeys down to lemur size. Angel was bad, but got all depressed when he got his soul back; It wasn’t until he fell in love with Buffy that he actually started being a white-hat. And Spike… well… I guess it just goes to say that if you’re around the same irritating someone long enough, chemistry develops whether you like it or not.
1. Darth Vader: The man who gave us the term ‘come to the dark side’, Darth was about the coolest villain ever. Then he had to go sacrifice himself and save his whiny son from being electro-fried. Sigh.