Not much commentary here. I got a little carried away. The price of sobriety? A lot of free time. Don’t worry, I’m not going to analyze every artist on the list. Top 15 will get various favorite shoutouts and from there I’ll pick my spots. Enjoy!
Just like my movie list, the top three to four are virtually interchangeable. That’s Revenge of the Sith, Spider-Man 2, The Winter Soldier and Civil War for your refreshment. (Though that #Infinity list is out of date and a new one with 500 movies now lives in its memory.)
Maroon 5/Adam Levine
The Killers/Brandon Flowers
The All-American Rejects
Bowling For Soup
One Direction/Niall Horan
High School Musical cast/Zac Efron
Fall Out Boy
2. “All In”
4. “You And Me”
3. “In the End”
The Greatest Showman cast
2. “This Is Me”
The winner of the “wasn’t alive for him” category.
The winner of the “wasn’t alive for them” category.
1. “Stupid Boy”
3. “Days Go By”
Jonas Brothers/Nick Jonas
Panic! At the Disco
I always liked Panic! and had appreciation for what they did, but not until their 2018 album “Pray for the Wicked” did I really take notice. Rarely does an entire album deliver like Wicked does.
Cold War Kids
Neither last nor least, “First!”
Sing Street cast/Hudson Thames
Maybe it was being exposed to Richard Linklater’s iconic School of Rock at a young age, but, as I said, I’m a huge fan of 1970s and ‘80s music. It must have been cool to live through that.
#OPINIONALERT: Him or Justin Timberlake is this generation’s “King of Pop.”
Certainly an accomplished musician, but he’ll always be in my heart for Tarzan.
Zac Brown Band/Sir Roosevelt
If the Texas Rangers win, “(You) Like Texas.”
Thirty Seconds to Mars
“Eminence Front” is peak instrumental and is the Dallas Mavericks form of “I Like Texas.”
It’s not just because she’s a Cowboys fan. I don’t think it would suck, but I’m glad to have Kelly in my life.
Just like movies, I definitely appreciate leaving the theater feeling up. But sometimes feeling “down” through music is liberating.
Twenty One Pilots
CeeLo Green/Gnarls Barkley
The Beatles/George Harrison/Paul McCartney
A convenient grouping here because they each warrant their own bullet point, but sometimes we only get by with a little help from our friends.
Weird Al Yankovic
I have a lot of artists listed in this extravaganza that aren’t “real” per se. What is reality anyway? Weird Al’s Star Wars collection is beloved and the force will be with “The Saga Begins.” Always.
Guns N’ Roses
My dad played Johnny Cash CD’s (compact disks for those of you born after 1998) when he drove me places. That was his right to pick the artist and I was in good musical hands. We went everywhere together…
Eli Young Band
As a Jew, i’m inclined to support Sandler’s hilarious Chanukah songs. That, and they really are amazing.
Thank you grandma, for introducing me to your favorite artist.
I’ve visited Boston and, while there, the Bruins won a Stanley Cup. “Tessie” is for the Red Sox but it’s close enough for me to claim some sort of connection to its triumphant Boston roots.
The Temper Trap
Matchbox 20/Rob Thomas
RIP to Chris Cornell, author of my favorite Bond song.
Fountains of Wayne
My friend and I watched the “Stacy’s Mom” music video waaaaaaay too many times.
Boys Like Girls
Tell me the frontman for Carolina Liar is not you-know-who.
I was fortunate enough to go to Africa in 2017. The first thing I packed was “Wavin’ Flag.”
The Kingsman movies are two of my all-timer’s (as you’ll see below), but that damn Merlin scene takes the cake. (Spoiler warning!)
WALK THE MOON
The Lonely Island
SNL skits turned into actual media have produced some popular movies like Wayne’s World and The Blues Brothers but my favorite is Popstar and The Lonely Island group behind it. Whether it’s partnerships with Maroon 5’s Adam Levine or Justin Timberlake, the hits just keep on cumming. (Can I say that?)
One of my personal favorite sports + music moments. (With more to come.)
While we’re feeling the baseball fever, Ian Desmond had perhaps the greatest walk-up song ever.
If not for 2016’s top movie, Captain America: Civil War, maybe I never learn about “Left Hand Free” or even Alt-J. It’s definitely not a recognizable keyboard function. Especially on a Mac, which doesn’t have an “Alt” button. (I just tried “Command”+”J” and it did nothing.)
The Black Eyed Peas/will.i.am
Goo Goo Dolls
The Jackson 5
Steve Miller Band
Carly Rae Jepsen
Whether you know the song or not, you know the sound of “Blitzkrieg Bop.”
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Plain White T's
Hot Hot Heat
One of the sweetest voices in the biz.
I’m the first to admit rap isn’t my favorite genre. Obviously that’s obvious. But that Kendrick Lamar is talented, I tell ya!
Creedence Clearwater Revival/John Fogerty
Where there’s a sitcom war montage, there’s “Fortunate Son.”
Third Eye Blind
Hot Chelle Rae
3 Doors Down
One of my best friends is black and said to me once, “Ace, you know ‘Kick, Push’ isn’t about skateboarding right?” I may be musically uninformed, but I know other things FRIEND.
Lil' Bow Wow
My Chemical Romance
System Of A Down
Electric Light Orchestra
I confess. I like Pitbull. Maybe it’s my Miami roots. I also like Nickelback and a slew of boy bands. Dale.
Big & Rich
BBMak/On the Line soundtrack/Joey Fatone
On the Line is just a dreadful movie, but the music is great. (Given my #4 band, I would think so.)
Not to be confused with the band in the hole…
Five for Fighting
…If there’s a tearjerker of asong at a Bar Mitzvah/wedding, it probably came from 5F5.
Fitz & The Tantrums
Producing a hit song is one thing, but to give sports venues the perfect sound bite is an even great accomplishment.
Little Big Town
Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana
I hear he’s crazy, but I tend to mute celebrities personal lives unless they pull a(n?) R. Kelly. Kanye might be coo coo, but the man is pretty amazing.
The Black Keys
Three Dog Night
Jimmy Eat World
Music and movies are a match made in heaven. James Gunn used music and his “Awesome Mix” tapes to create entertainment magic.
Lucky Boys Confusion
A lot of song lyrics are impossible to comprehend, but “Walkie Talkie Man” might be the winner.
I discovered so much wonderful 1970s music through That 70’s Show. Cheap Trick supplied the iconic opening salvo.
Kings of Leon
The Rolling Stones
Of Monsters and Men
KC and The Sunshine Band
5 Seconds of Summer
Fictional bands still make real music.
Brooks & Dunn
One of very favorite movies with one of my very favorite scenes with one of my very favorite songs. First I was afraid. Sh*t, I was petrified!
Music + sports = emotions…
Motion City Soundtrack
It’s always 5:00 in Margaritaville.
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Run The Jewels
One of the coolest movie trailers ever thanks to RTJ.
People will try to overplay “Sweet Caroline” to death, but I won’t let them.
The White Stripes
The Band Perry
A lot of this list is decorated with music from select video game soundtracks. Chief amongst them are the back-to-back all-time great MVP Baseball 04 and 05. For the Donots, “We (definitely) Got the Noise!”
Foster the People
“Your Love,” my favorite baseball player Frank Catalanotto’s walk-up.
Sing Street is a must-see movie if you like to smile and feel good.
A cover that I actually prefer to the original.
2019 and we still have no clue who let the dogs out.
I’ve got Wiz’s part in Maroon 5’s “Payphone” completely memorized.
Huey Lewis and the News
Got to be one of the most recognizable sounds.
Night. Ranger. Man.
Matt and Kim
My Morning Jacket
It’s a trip, man.
If Friends bombed, would the song go to waste?
Gary Clark Jr.
Viewer discretion advised. I guess.
The Beach Boys
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
The Presidents of The U.S.A.
Cleveland temporarily rocks.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rock 'N Roll Soldiers
Without “American Pie,” aforementioned this would not exist.
Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
Randy Rogers Band
You’ll be seeing more from this show.
The Five Stairsteps
The Hit Girls
Florida Georgia Line
Gang of Youths
Dia Frampton/Javier Colon/Nakia/Terry McDermott/Vicci Martinez/Xenia
My favorite from these “The Voice” graduates is “Stitch by Stitch” from Colon.
Gym Class Heroes
Atomic Otro Way
Boyz II Men
Bell Biv DeVoe
Guided by Voices
Josh Abbott Band
Mumford & Sons
Portugal. The Man
This list has a lot of song producers that don’t really sing, yet are attached to multiple songs that please my inner eardrum.
Death Cab for Cutie
The Edgar Winter Band
Men Without Hats
A Great Big World
Ray Parker Jr.
Earth, Wind & Fire
Songs from movies and TV shows are popular on this list. It still is CinemAce after all!
Average White Band
Blew my mind to find out it was Danny Elfman at the front of this band.
We Are Scientists
Ace of Base
On that same note, this is honestly probably the best installment in the Alien franchise.
Empire of the Sun
Not sure who Zula is, but this song used in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is strangely attractive.
De La Soul
Three Days Grace
Also not really a band or even non-fiction, but I challenge you not to tap your foot to this…
Home Town Hero
“Bring Me to Life” was D.A.R.E.’s song for their “don’t do drugs” program. Add in some strobe lights and scarred for life.
Jay & The Americans
So the most-of-the-times-funny actor Helms isn’t really a singer, but there’s no denying the power of “Stu’s Song” from The Hangover.