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What Was Your First Favorite Song?

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Two of the last shows I have covered for Rocks Off, Elton John and George Strait, had set lists full of classic songs that I have been humming and tapping my toes to since I can remember. With careers with such longevity, both artists have touched generations, with their music getting passed on to the next generation.

For a lot of people, "Bennie and the Jets" was their first favorite song. Many of us in Houston knew the words to "The Fireman" before we could read.

This all got me wondering what everyone else's favorite first songs were. Which songs did they hear and go "That's mine"? Or rather, which song could they agree on with their parents, since those people are our first musical channels?

So I asked the Rocks Off Facebook family which songs lit their fires all those years ago. I think the oldest song on here is Jimmy Dean's 1961 single "Big Bad John," a worthy first favorite song if there ever was one, and damned fine tune even in 2013.

The song, written by Dean and Roy Acuff, is like a short story. Your favorite song as a kid usually tells some sort of story it seems, since you are still being weaned on fairy tales and fables. There is probably some sort of college thesis waiting to be written on that.

A tale about a giant miner being buried alive in a mineshaft is cool at any age, though.

The most obscure seems to be "Wanted" by The Dooleys, who I guess you could call a British ABBA.

My dark-horse favorite on this playlist seems to be "C Is For Cookie" by none other than the Cookie Monster.

As for my first favorite song, it was Peter Gabriel's 1986 cut "Sledgehammer" from the album So, which I am sure was sold on me through its groundbreaking music video. The director, Stephen R. Johnson, naturally also worked on a few episodes of Pee-Wee's Playhouse.

Just looking at it, how could a three-year-old not like that clip? On top of that, the song is a delight to dance to on a table at the local Pizza Hut, or clad in only a pair of Underoos in the middle of the family living room on a Saturday afternoon.

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