Niko Heikkilä

Listin’ It Up: The Musical ABC

This week I challenged myself to another hopeless, yet interesting, listing project.

Niko Heikkilä / 27.05.2016 / ☕️ 4 minutes read

This week I challenged myself to another hopeless, yet interesting, listing project. I decided to take a deep dive into my music library and surface with music for all letters – from a regular English alphabet, mind you.

The process grew increasingly tough towards the end, and I could spend the rest aeons of my miserable life switching places and replacing one artist with another, but I feel that, at this point, this list portrays my extensive musical taste most accurately. If you happen to know me well, I think you agree. These tracks contain some of my long-standing favorites and tracks that I have very special memories attached to.

Originally some letters had different tracks and versions but due to ever anguishing Spotify restrictions I gave up and resorted to the best available option. Eternally cursed be the music industry with its regional licensing model.


  • AC/DCLet There Be Rock
  • Adicts, TheSteamroller (My Baby Got Run Over by a)
  • Arcade FireNeighborhood #2 (Laika) (*)
  • Babe RuthThe Mexican
  • Beat, TheMirror in the Bathroom
  • Black Devil Disco Club“H” Friend
  • CamelLady Fantasy
  • Clash, TheThe Guns of Brixton (*)
  • Cure, TheKilling an Arab (*)
  • Damned, TheLove Song (*)
  • David BowieBe My Wife (*)
  • DJ ShadowMidnight in a Perfect World
  • Edgar Winter Group, TheFrankenstein
  • EelsCancer for the Cure
  • Egyptian Lover, TheEgypt Egypt
  • FalcoVienna Calling
  • Flaming Lips, TheDo You Realize?? (*)
  • Future IslandsFall from Grace
  • GanymedWe Like You (The Way You Like Us)
  • Geto Boys, TheMind of a Lunatic
  • GoatDet som aldrig förändras / Diarabi
  • Hassisen KonePelko (*)
  • Heaven 17(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
  • HectorYksinäinen tinasotamies (*)
  • Iggy PopLust for Life
  • InterpolNYC (*)
  • Ismo AlankoKun Suomi putos puusta (*)
  • John MausQuantum Leap
  • Joose Keskitalo ja Kolmas MaailmanpaloHaudan lepoon (*)
  • Joy DivisionShe’s Lost Control (*)
  • KarkkiautomaattiMinne vaan (*)
  • KasevaSyksy (*)
  • Knife, TheSilent Shout
  • LCD SoundsystemUs V Them
  • Led ZeppelinBabe I’m Gonna Leave You (*)
  • Leonard CohenFirst We Take Manhattan
  • Manic Street Preachers4st 7lb (*)
  • Massive AttackDaydreaming (*)
  • Mike OldfieldTaurus II
  • Neil YoungNeedle and the Damage Done (*)
  • New OrderSub-Culture (*)
  • Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsThe Weeping Song (*)
  • OasisWhere Did It All Go Wrong? (*)
  • Orb, TheLittle Fluffy Clouds
  • Patti SmithLand
  • Pogues, TheFairytale of New York (*)
  • PortisheadSour Times
  • RadioheadKarma Police (*)
  • Ramones, TheWe Want the Airwaves
  • RistoUskotko Jeesukseen Kristukseen? (*)
  • SmackSomewhere Out of the Day
  • Soft Boys, TheI Wanna Destroy You (*)
  • SupergrassMoving (*)
  • Tangerine DreamStratosfear
  • Tom WaitsRain Dogs (*)
  • Toots & the Maytals54–46 Was My Number
  • UFORock Bottom
  • Undertones, TheTeenage Kicks
  • U2New Year’s Day
  • VangelisBlade Runner (End Titles)
  • Velvet Underground, TheSister Ray (*)
  • VenomIn League With Satan
  • WeezerNo One Else (*)
  • William OnyeaborAtomic Bomb
  • WipersWhen It’s Over
  • XLos Angeles
  • XTCMaking Plans for Nigel
  • Young Marble GiantsSearching for Mr. Right
  • ZappMore Bounce to the Ounce
  • Zazou BikayeDju Ya Feza
  • Zombies, TheTime of the Season

(*) = lyrically interesting song

But what would be the fun in this if it didn’t contain any competition? Exactly, I am challenging you, the reader, to craft your own list. It does not matter if it’s in plain text, on YouTube, or on Spotify. Be genuine, and add music that means something to you. Below, I have explained the rules I used for this project but you are free to make up your own. Don’t make it too easy for yourself.


  1. One to three artists per letter
  2. One song per artist
  3. No genre, gender, or country limitations
  4. For the first and last names you can decide the position in alphabet; for example, Iggy Pop can reside either in I or P

Once your list is ready, ping back at me on your blog, leave a comment under this post, or mention me on Twitter. Don’t forget to place your own open or targeted challenge as well.



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