‘Be Sweet’ by Japanese Breakfast Leads Our Top 20 Songs with a Directive

It turns out that modern music is full of directives. Bands and artists are often giving us commands, or maybe (such as in the case of Japanese Breakfast) something more like strong suggestions.

Either way, ‘songs with a directive’ was the theme of this this month’s Colorado Sound Top 20. And we got some really fun choices.

The Top 20 was voted on by you, our members and listeners. All directive songs that made our Top 20 this month are below, with the name of the artist.  

1 Be Sweet Japanese Breakfast 11 Don’t Give Up Peter Gabriel
2 Come As You Are Nirvana 12 Feed The Tree Belly
3 Good Kisser Lake Street Dive 13 Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick Ian Dury
4 Come On Up To The House Tom Waits 14 Get Off This Cracker
5 Fight The Power Public Enemy 15 Dance To The Music Sly & The Family Stone
6 Roam B-52s 16 Step Right Up Tom Waits
7 Get Up Offa That Thing James Brown 17 Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around Steve Nicks & Tom Petty
8 Let’s Dance David Bowie 18 I Wanna Be Adored Stone Roses
9 Push It Salt N Pepa 19 Know Your Rights The Clash
10 Tie Your Shoes Widespread Panic 20 Call Me Blondie


Japanese Breakfast’s “Be Sweet” topped our list this month – you can watch a video for the song above. 

Bubbling just under were songs by Nirvana, Lake Street Dive, Tom Waits, and Public Enemy. (Watch the video for “Fight the Power,” which was directed by Spike Lee.)

And at Number 13 was this groovy little ditty by Ian Dury an the Blockheads: 


And then watch for our next Top 20, which we will announce in early September. It’s going to be a fun one!