These Go To Eleven — Mary Dixon’s 11/11/11 Playlist

No, we don’t ever get tired of cranking it up on the XRT Morning Show. But some songs are special. Some songs go to eleven. Here are mine. What are yours?

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1. “Born In The USA” – Bruce Springsteen

The original has been blasted through the speakers of many a political campaign that didn’t really pay attention to the lyrics. In honor of our veterans on this eleventh day of the eleventh month, a blistering acoustic version:

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2. “Rolling In The Deep” – Adele

It worked for Mayor Rahm Emanuel before he ran the Chicago Triathlon. It works for my daughters. It works for me. Turn it up. Sing along. Loud.

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3. “Lonely Boy” – The Black Keys

I think this guy has stolen some of my moves …

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4. “Hammond Song” – The Roches

Soaring, swooping harmonies. Heartbreakingly beautiful.

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5. “Transcendental Blues” – Steve Earle

Something about the drone of the guitar and the way Steve’s voice cuts through just gets into your head. And it sounds really good when it’s loud.

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6. “Moonlight Mile” – The Rolling Stones

This song starts and you start nodding along to the persistent groove and the next thing you know, you’re riding in a tour bus with a bunch of shaggy Brits and it’s late at night with a head full of snow.

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7. “Ready To Start” – Arcade Fire

This just makes you want to run, fast, but not so fast that your ear buds fall out or something.

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8. “Jigsaw Falling Into Place” – Radiohead

When I hear this, I can picture the boy and the girl and the bar. And there’ s loud music and they’re kinda yelling in each other’s ears. Or I see the guys with helmet-cams.

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9. “Today” – Smashing Pumpkins

From the first riff, you reach for that volume knob and turn it UP. Even the grumpiest rock star can not resist.

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10. “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That” – Robert Randolph and the Family Band

It don’t matter. No, it don’t.

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11. “How Soon Is Now?” – The Smiths

He wanted to be loved. But he also wanted to be heard. And they sound especially good loud.

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