Listener Picks: Songs You Turn Up To 11

Play associated audio

It's finally here. November 11, 2011. Nigel Tufnel Day. The only day of the century that rocks hard enough to be turned all the way up to 11. In its honor, we picked 11 songs that make us want to turn our amps all the way up. As Bob Boilen tells Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, a song best heard extra loud can come from just about any genre, as long as it obeys just one particular law: You like it when you hear it, but when you turn it all the way up, it moves you in some visceral way.

On Monday, we asked you for the songs that move you to crank the volume, and you sent in thousands of suggestions. Many of them were heavy enough to satisfy Spinal Tap's own patron saint of excessive volume, like Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" or AC/DC's "Highway to Hell." Other songs with multiple nominations included "Baba O'Riley" by The Who, "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd and "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys. And though many of the selections are of at least the same vintage as Spinal Tap itself, some newer musicians got in on the action; Adele, Foster the People, My Morning Jacket and The White Stripes all got multiple nods. To the readers who nominated "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" By Rod Stewart, "50 Ways To leave Your Lover" by Paul Simon and "Closer To Fine" by Indigo Girls, we'll just say we understand. Not everybody liked all of our picks, either.

We could go on forever, but instead, we'll leave you with a few undeniable eardrum busters, and direct you to a Spotify playlist of 550 songs compiled from your own nominations, just in case you want to crank the volume all day.

Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit


Not My Job: Comedian Carol Burnett Gets Quizzed On Cougars (The Cats, Of Course)

In the 1970s, families would sit down together every Saturday to watch The Carol Burnett Show. The first five seasons of the legendary variety show are now out on DVD.

Time To Pursue The Pawpaw, America's Fleeting Fall Fruit

Ever seen a pawpaw in the supermarket? Didn't think so. Ohioan Chris Chmiel wants to change that by growing and promoting this seasonal, mango-like fruit that's native to the U.S.

An Evangelical Leader's Changing Views On Gun Ownership

As legislators fail to find solutions to mass shootings, Evangelical Minister Rob Schenck thinks religious groups have a part to play in educating people about guns and their relationships with them.

This Week In Data Collection News, And The Privacy Paradox

As California tightened its digital privacy protections, news involving Google, Pandora and other firms highlighted the way companies increasingly rely on data about their users. How much do we care?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.