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Because I'm a little bored, and this sounds like it might be fun. From [livejournal.com profile] caper_est:

Instructions

1. Open up your music player. Hit shuffle.
2. Record the first few lines of the first 20 songs that come up that do not give away the name of the song. Skip instrumentals, but don't skip the embarrassing ones.
3. Make hapless LJ denizens guess the song names and artists. Google is cheating. For musical songs, the name of the musical is acceptable in place of the artist.
4. Least hapless LJ denizen wins admiration.

1. Hey now everybody now, hey now everybody, hey now everybody now.
2. I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me.
3. How I remember sleepless nights, when we would read by candlelight.
4. I am sitting in the morning at the diner on the corner.
5. I heard a sound. I turned around. I turned around to find the thing that made the sound.
6. All the people are so happy now, their heads are caving in. I'm glad they are a snowman with protective rubber skin.
7. Asked the girl what she wanted to be. She said, "Baby, can't you see?"
8. The world is treating me bad.
9. All dressed up, with nowhere to go.
10. Well, I was born an original sinner, I was born from original sin.
11. I used to see in my reflection a hundred broken hearts.
12. You know you made me cry. I see no use in wondering why.
13. What would you think if I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and walk out on me?
14. I walk the streets alone. On feeble bones I ride. My sins are etched in stone. I got no place to hide.
15. Nobody knows what it's like, to be the bad man. To be the sad man.
16. Got a little black book with my poems in, got a bag with a toothbrush and a comb in.
17. I never should have traded you. Is there anything, anything I can do to start to try and make amends?
18. "There must be some way out of here," said the joker to the thief.
19. It won't be easy. You'll think it strange, when I try to explain how I feel.
20. I was working all night in my office, when a man I had recently killed called me up from the phone near my building, so I looked out the window at him.

My music runs a lot to instrumentals -- #20 here is #94 on the player. (I did have to skip over some that had a title drop early on.) I counted "Evolution of the Daleks" and "Duel of the Fates" as instrumentals, as I didn't care to try to transcribe their lyrics phonetically.
From: [identity profile] kip-w.livejournal.com
2. Norwegian Wood (Beatles)
7. Baby, You Can Drive My Car (Beatles)
13. I Get By With a Little Help from My Friends (Beatles)
15. [[I can hear it in my head, but I'm not hearing a title.]]
18. All Along the Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix)
From: [identity profile] davidgoldfarb.livejournal.com
On #15 you just needed to listen in your head for about 3 seconds longer!

#18 is by Dylan, Hendrix only covered it. My version is the Bear McCreary cover....

Date: 2011-11-15 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiger-spot.livejournal.com
Argh, I know 4. I could hum it for you; bouncy little thing. What the heck is it called?

15 is Behind Blue Eyes, but the version I know starts with No-one instead of Nobody, so maybe that's a different artist's cover.

Date: 2011-11-16 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] davidgoldfarb.livejournal.com
Oops, no, that's my error in transcription.

Date: 2011-11-15 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imnotandrei.livejournal.com
(skipping the ones already listed in the comments when I posted)

4. Suzanne Vega, Tom's Diner
5. TMBG, part of "Fingertips"
6. TMBG, Nothing's Gonna Change My Clothes
10. the Eurythmics, Missionary Man

Date: 2011-11-16 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sturgeonslawyer.livejournal.com
1. Hey now everybody now, hey now everybody, hey now everybody now.

TMBG, "Fingertips"

14. I walk the streets alone. On feeble bones I ride. My sins are etched in stone. I got no place to hide.

Green Day, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"

16. Got a little black book with my poems in, got a bag with a toothbrush and a comb in.

"...when I'm a good dog, they sometimes send me a bone in." Pink Floyd, "Nobody Home."

20. I was working all night in my office, when a man I had recently killed called me up from the phone near my building, so I looked out the window at him.

TMBG, "Turn Around."

Date: 2011-11-16 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] davidgoldfarb.livejournal.com
You are wrong about #14.

Date: 2011-11-16 04:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aedifica
1. One of the short clips on Apollo 18, TMBG
2. Norwegian Wood, the Beatles
4. Tom's Diner, Suzanne Vega
5. Another clip from Apollo 18
6. Gah! I can sing the whole first verse, but I can't remember the title. Pretty sure it's from TMBG's self-titled album.
7. Drive My Car, the Beatles
10. Something by the Eurythmics, I think--I can hear Annie Lennox singing it in my head. Missionary Man, maybe?
13. A Little Help From My Friends, the Beatles
15. Behind Blue Eyes, and I can never remember who sings it
18. All Along The Watchtower, and I don't know whose version you have, but my favorite is Michael Hedges'
20. Turn Around, TMBG

...he had the same obsequious manner that was the reason I had had him killed, so to calm my nerves I sang this song to him over the phone: "Turn around, turn around, there's a thing there that can be found. Turn around, turn around, it's a human skull on the ground. Human skull, on the ground, turn around!"

I was out by myself in the graveyard, I was doing an interpretive dance, when the ghost of my dance instructor pushed me down into an open grave...

...and I can't remember the next line, so I'll stop there. I don't usually recognize nearly so many songs on these!

Date: 2011-11-16 07:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] davidgoldfarb.livejournal.com
#6: Right. [personal profile] imnotandrei has the correct title.
#15: The Who.
#18: The version with sitar in that Bear McCreary did for Battlestar Galactica. (Me <-- Geek.)

#20: And as dirt rained down she played a xylophone, and sang me this song: (chorus)

Date: 2011-11-16 05:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caper-est.livejournal.com
#1: Cyndi Lauper, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

The other ones I got were #4, #10, #13,

and #18-I-know-this-it's-oh-wait-I-know-this-so-well-but-I-don't-know-the-ruddy-answer-aaargh!

Date: 2011-11-16 07:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] davidgoldfarb.livejournal.com
Sorry, the other posters are right about #1 and you are wrong.

Date: 2011-11-16 09:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caper-est.livejournal.com
Meh. From a hat full of stars to a goonie not good enough, in one swell foop!

Date: 2011-11-16 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] davidgoldfarb.livejournal.com
And the ones not answered:

#3: "Amid the Falling Snow", by Enya
#8: An old and somewhat obscure Beatles song called "Misery".
#9: "Dead Man's Party", by Oingo Boingo. I'm a bit surprised nobody got that one.
#11: I'm not at all surprised nobody got this one: the title is "Always", and it's from a self-published album by a fellow I knew in high school named Ezra Barany.
#12: Another obscure early Beatles, "Not A Second Time"
#14: "Stolen Prayer", by Alice Cooper, from the concept album he did with Neil Gaiman
#17: "Trader Boy", by Tapping The Vein, from the Neil Gaiman tribute album called Where's Neil When You Need Him?. (This particular song was inspired by The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish.)
#19: "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" -- I have the Sinéad O'Connor version.

Date: 2011-11-24 05:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] womzilla.livejournal.com
For #9, I couldn't stop thinking of Meat Loaf & Jim Steinman's "All Revved Up and No Place to Go", even though I knew that was wrong. (That starts "It was a hot summer night and the beach was burning.")

Date: 2011-11-24 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] womzilla.livejournal.com
That's a lot of TMBG for such a small sample. Of course, Apollo 18 is something like 36 tracks by itself, half of them from "Fingertips".