The B List
A Short History of the B List
Every week over 500 songs are
nominated for the current topic at Readers Recommend.
Sifting through these songs to find ten to make the
final playlist is an ominous task. And usually the
writer has to leave out a song he or she loves but, hey,
you're limited to ten songs so what can you do?
The answer, of course, is the B List.
Ten also rans that would have made the list if it was
longer. The B List didn't get underway in earnest until
2007 but has been a fixture ever since (with the odd
occasion when there is no B List - usually because a
substitute writer was filling in.)
The pre-cursor to the B List was a
Favorites List. Dorian Lynskey ran these on three
occasions in 2006. They were, of course, the songs
getting the most mentions in the blog. The three "Favorites"
lists were for
Songs on Jan. 13, 2006,
on June 23, 2006, and
Songs on Aug. 25, 2006. Some of the songs on
those lists also made the final list.
In 2006, Dorian also
issued two B Lists (though it wasn't called a B List at
the time). The very first B List was for
Storytelling Songs on July 21, 2006. The second
one was for
on Oct. 20, 2006.
B Lists became a regular
feature with the topic of
Dates on Jan. 5, 2007. But they still weren't
called B Lists. For the fourth B List for the topic of
Cold on Jan. 27,
2007, Dorian stopped naming the songs in the B List,
just naming the groups. It wasn't until
Songs Recorded for
Movies (May 2, 2007) that he called it a B List
though he was still listing just artists.
It wasn't until
Running (April 12, 2007), that the B List as we
now know and love it came into being - it's called a B
List and it includes both the artist and song title.
The number of songs in the B List has
varied. Often it is ten, the same as the A List. But it
has been as short as two songs (Siblings)
and as long as fifteen (Sexy
Songs). And on one occasion, Dorian was so
overhwhelmed with good song choices that he made not
one, but two B Lists (Trains).
Here's some B Reel Trivia for you:
What song has made
the B List the most often without actually making
the A List?
Which group has made
the B List the most often without ever making the A
Corcovado by Antonio
Carlos Jobim has made the B List three times for
Night & Darkness,
The song as performed by
Jobim along with Astrud
& Joćo Gilberto and Stan
Getz finally made the A List on June 25, 2010 for
Jobim wrote the song.
The most number of
times an artist has made the B List without ever
making the A List is three. This has happened four
times. The artists are Ride, Shack,
Therapy?, and the Walker Brothers.