My Top 10 Favorite Songs by Sonata Arctica …

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun Nov 15.

10. A Little Less Understanding, off Talviyo (2019).


9. Black Sheep, off Silence (2001).


8. Cloud Factory, off Pariah’s Child (2014).


7. The Harvest, off Unia (2007).


6. White Pearls, Black Oceans Pt II, off The Ninth Hour (2016).


5. Victoria’s Secret, off Winterheart’s Guild (2003).


4. Wolf and Raven, off Silence (2001).


3. Destruction Preventer, off Ecliptica (1999).


2. Don’t Say A Word, off Reckoning Night (2004).


1. Full Moon, off Ecliptica (1999).

My Top 10 Favorite Songs by Kansas Part 2 …

meaning the post-first exit of Steve Walsh: Vinyl Confessions (1982) onwards to today.

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun Nov 08.

10. Silhouettes in Disguise, off Power (1986).


9. The Song the River Sang, off The Absence of Presence (2020).


8. Ghosts, off In the Spirit of Things (1988).


7. We’re Not Alone Anymore, off Power (1986).


6. With This Heart, off The Prelude Implicit (2016).


5. Rainmaker, off In the Spirit of Things (1988).


4. Icarus II, off Somewhere to Elsewhere (2000).


3. Play the Game Tonight, off Vinyl Confessions (1982).


2. Incident on a Bridge, off Drastic Measures (1983).


1. The Absence of Presence, off The Absence of Presence (2020).

My Top 10 Favorite Songs by Serious Black

Top 10 Favorite Songs by Serious Black.

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun Oct 25.

10. The Witch of Caldwell Town, off Magic (2017).


9. High and Low, off As Daylight Breaks (2015).


8. Castor Skies, off Mirrorworld (2016).


7. When the Stars Are Right, off Suite 226 (2020).


6. I Can Do Magic Magic, off Magic (2017).


5. I Seek No Other Life, off As Daylight Breaks (2015).


4. State of My Despair, off Mirrorworld (2016).


3. Way Back Home, off Suite 226 (2020).


2. Listen to the Storm, off As Daylight Breaks (2015).


1. Fly On, off As Daylight Breaks (2015).

My Top 10 Favorite Songs by A.C.T.

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun Oct 18.

10. A Truly Gifted Man, off Circus Pandemonium (2014).

9. A Supposed Tour, off Imaginary Friends (2001).

8. Wailings From a Building, off The Last Epic (2003).

7. Hope, off Silence (2006).

6. Waltz With Mother Nature, off Today’s Report (1999).

5. Meet the Past, off Rebirth (2019).

4. Svetlana, off Imaginary Friends (2001).

3. The End, off Circus Pandemonium (2014).

2. Take It Easy, off Imaginary Friends (2001).

1. The Ruler of the World, off Rebirth (2019).

My Top 10 Favorite Songs by Voyager

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun Oct 11.

10. The Morning Light, off V (2014).

9. Cosmic Armageddon Part 1, off Element V (2003).

8. This Gentle Earth, off Ghost Mile (2017).

7. Falling, off Univers (2007).

6. Common Ground, off I Am the Revolution (2009).

5. Sober, off Univers (2007).

4. On the Run From the World, off I Am the Revolution (2009).

3. Lost, off I Am the Revolution (2009).

2. Cross the Line, off Univers (2007).

1. Fire of the Times, off The Meaning of I (2011).

My Top 10 Favorite Songs by Kansas (orig. Steve Walsh era 1974-1980)

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun Oct 04.

10. No One Together, off Audio Visions (1980).

9. Hopelessly Human, off Point of Know Return (1977).

8. Belexes, off Kansas (1974).

7. People of the South Wind, off Monolith (1979).

6. Icarus – Borne on Wings of Steel, off Masque (1975).

5. On the Other Side, off Monolith (1979).

4. Questions of My Childhood, off Leftoverture (1976).

3. Journey From Mariabronn, off Kansas (1974).

2. Miracles Out of Nowhere, off Leftoverture (1976).

1. Song For America, off Song For America (1975).

My Top 10 Favorite Songs by Black Sabbath – in the Ozzy era

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun Sept 27.

10. The Wizard, off Black Sabbath (1970).

9. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, off Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973).

8. Under the Sun, off Black Sabbath IV (1972).

7. War Pigs / Luke’s Wall, off Paranoid (1970).

6. Symptom of the Universe, off Sabotage (1975).

5. Never Say Die, off Never Say Die (1978).

4. Supernaut, off Black Sabbath IV (1972).

3. Children of the Grave, off Master of Reality (1971).

2. Black Sabbath, off Black Sabbath (1970).

1. Megalomania, off Sabotage (1975).

My Top 10 Favorite Songs by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun Sept 13.

10. I Believe in Father Christmas, off Works Vol II (1977).

9. Lucky Man, off Emerson, Lake, and Palmer (1970).

8. Gone Too Soon, off (In the Hot Seat 1994).

7. Tarkus, off Tarkus (1971).

6. Hoedown, off Trilogy (1972).

5. Take A Pebble, off Emerson, Lake, and Palmer (1970).

4. Still … You Turn Me On, off Brain Salad Surgery (1973).

3. From the Beginning, off Trilogy (1972).

2. Pirates Works, Vol I, off (1977).

1. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Pts 1/2, off Brain Salad Surgery (1973).



Perhaps I cheat by combining these into one song, but hey, they’re Part 1 and Part 2!

My Top 10 Favorite Songs by Nightwish

…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun Sept 06.

10. Noise, off HUMAN II NATURE (2020).

9. Walking in the Air, off Oceanborn (1998).

8. Bye Bye Beautiful, off Dark Passion Play (2007).

7. I Want My Tears Back, off Imaginaerum (2011).

6. Endless Forms Most Beautiful, off Endless Forms Most Beautiful (2015).

5. Come Cover Me, off Wishmaster (2000).

4. Ghost Love Score, off Once (2004).

3. Alpenglow, off Endless Forms Most Beautiful (2015).

2. Last Ride of the Day, off Imaginaerum (2011).

1. Dark Chest of Wonders, off Once (2004).

My Top 20 Favorite Songs by YES, in 2 Parts…

Part 1: “Short” (less than 7 minutes); Part 2: “Long” (more than 7 minutes)

Yes, I include ABWH in this list. “A rose by any other name…”

Top 10 Favorite Songs by YES That Are 7 Minutes or Less


…as played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun Aug 30.

10. Changes, off 90125 (1983).

9. Face to Face, off The Ladder (1999).

8. Time and a Word, off Time and a Word (1970).

7. Hold On, off 90125 (1983).

6. I See You, off Yes (1969).

5. Into the Storm, off Fly From Here (Return Trip) (2011).

4. Lift Me Up, off Union (1991).

3. The Meeting, off ABWH (1989).

2. Does It Really Happen?, off Drama (1980).

1. Parallels, off Going for the One (1977).

Top 10 Favorite Songs by YES That Are 7 Minutes or More


…as NOT played on Mostly Metal, 103.1FM, Valparaiso, IN the week of Sun Aug 30,
because it would take too damn long!

10. Ritual, off Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973).

9. Mind Drive, off Keys to Ascension / Keystudio (1996).

8. Machine Messiah, off Drama (1980).

7. Sound Chaser, off Relayer (1974).

6. Heart of the Sunrise, off Fragile (1971).

5. Brother of Mine, off ABWH (1989).

4. I’ve Seen All Good People (*), off The Yes Album (1971).

(*) I rounded up to 7 minutes for this one, it belonged in this group more than the other.

3. And You and I, off Close to the Edge (1972).

2. Roundabout, off Fragile (1971).

1. Yours Is No Disgrace, off The Yes Album (1971).