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With yesterday’s musical posturings still fresh in my mind, I decided to go through my CDs and separate the wheat from the chaff. My goal: to define the Top 10 of my life.

Flicking through CDs, furrowing my brow and sighing from time to time, I managed to compile a list that weighed in at 100+ songs. Waaaay too long. I needed to cut the really great wheat from that other wheat — which was still pretty good in itself — to get to the really, really great wheat. 10 really great grains of wheat, to be precise.

To make the cutting easier, I told myself “you can't have more than one song from the same band, no matter how much you love them,” which really only served to make it harder. I had to wave goodbye to some of my favourite songs, and even to some of my favourite bands. As it turns out, there are a lot of bands in my collection that consistently produce great stuff — but nothing that strikes me deep inside the chest, screaming “I am a fantastic song, make me thine” or something to that effect.

In the end, came this list: my can’t-live-without songs. Honestly, some of them have been known to bring tears to my eyes, and the rest send shivers up my spine regularly. I don't care if you don’t like them, you're an asshole, that’s just the way it is. In alphabetical order, I present to you my Top 10.

AFI: Morningstar
the Beatsteaks: We have to figure it out tonight
Garbage: Parade
Jewel: Amen
Massive Attack: Teardrop
NOFX: Total Bummer
No Use for a Name: On the Outside
Propagandhi: Purina Hall of Fame
Sarah McLachlan: Possession
Tool: Parabola