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The Jahsonic 1000, from “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” to “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng”

Over the last seven years I have been compiling the Jahsonic 1000, a list of thousand songs I would put on a mixtape if mixtapes were that big. I finished the list a while ago but I only recently made it into a YouTube playlist you can listen to here.


The Jahsonic 1000 (2007-15) is a list of 1000 songs compiled by Jan Willem Geerinck. It was started early 2007 as the World music classics category and concluded in November 2015. Every time Geerinck heard or remembered a recording which he thought fit to be in the Jahsonic 1000, he added it to the category. There were no second thoughts.

The list is not hierarchical and needs to be listened to as a gigantic mixtape put on shuffle, or alternatively, played alphabetically.

Neil Young and Lee Perry are the artists with the highest frequency: both are featured 8 times; they are followed by Serge Gainsbourg (6), Stevie Wonder (5), Herbie Hancock (4), James Brown (4), Kraftwerk (4), Nina Simone (4), Peggy Lee (4), Sylvester (4), The Kinks (4), The Rolling Stones (4) en The Velvet Underground (4).


The first song is “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and the last song is “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng”.

The alphabetical arrangement makes for some interesting juxtapositions. “I’m Not in Love” by 10cc is followed by “I’m Still In Love” by Alton Ellis and there are four songs which start with “California”: “California Dreamin’” by The Mamas & the Papas, “California Love” by 2Pac, “California Soul” by Marlena Shaw and “California Über Alles” by the Dead Kennedys.

Three songs start with the phrase “Baby I”: “Baby I Love You So,” “Baby I’m Scared of You” en “Baby, I Love Your Way”. “I Want You Back” and “I Don’t Want You Back” are not far apart, as they are in real life and “Hurt So Bad” and “Hurt So Good” are neighbours. Other neighbours are “Soul Cargo”, “Soul Drummers”, “Soul Finger”, “Soul Fire”, “Soul Makossa”, “Soul Man” and “Soul Sauce.”