Solo artist, humanitarian, and former Eurythmics’ frontwoman Annie Lennox spoke to Desert Island Discs‘ Kirsty Young about her eight most beloved songs of all time. Check out the full audio interview, which originally aired on BBC 4 in May 2008. Don’t miss Lennox’s reflections on her top track selections below, as well as a custom Spotify playlist!
ANNIE LENNOX’S DESERT ISLAND DISCS.
1) GLEN CAMPBELL–”WITCHITA LINEMAN”
“When I hear this track I go to a place in Aberdeen called the Beach Boulevard, and I remember that street and singing that song over, and over and over again. It’s a classic. It’s…very hard to put into words, but that kind of sadness, that melancholy – it’s a story about a person’s life, and somehow I simply identify with this guy driving these long distances across a landscape.”
2) THE BEATLES–”PENNY LANE”
“The Beatles are absolutely intrinsically a part of my life, and I think Penny Lane has all the characteristics of everything that The Beatles had to offer, and still offer in the most incredible sort of classic way.”
3) CLAUDE DEBUSSY–”SYRINX”
“It’s exquisitely played by James Galway”
4) TRAFFIC–”HOLE IN MY SHOE”
“It really sums up the time – that kind of, exotic thing that I think I thought London would be, but maybe never really was.”
5) ARETHA FRANKLIN–”I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER”
“This is probably one of my favorite songs of all time, ever and ever. I adore Aretha Franklin’s voice, and the arranging and songwriting skills of Burt Bacharach are just phenomenal – really hugely special, and right from the beginning of this song it just takes you into this special place that it is.”
6) THE BLUE NILE–”A WALK ACROSS THE ROOFTOPS”
“They are an extraordinary phenomenon. The people that love The Blue Nile will relate to this, because we’re almost like a little cult. We wait for years for Blue Nile records to come, and occasionally they do.”
7) ANTONIO VIVALDI–”THE FOUR SEASONS – WINTER – 1st MOVEMENT”
“I love Vivaldi. I love all this kind of early music. I love Couperin and Purcell and Mozart and Handel…”Winter” from “The Four Seasons” is exquisite…it’s quite exquisite.”
8) OTIS REDDING–”(SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY”
“This is just a classic. I mean, this is just perfect. “Dock of the Bay”…that’s another one of my all time favorite songs…”
All Annie Lennox quotes taken from original BBC 4 Desert Island Discs interview.