Over the years, Paul asked me to make him compilations of music. Actual shiny CDs of music: this was before the days of Spotify playlists (although I imagine had music streaming services been around then, he would still have wanted CDs).
He wanted the first compilation to be named Hooch Highs '69. If you've watched Paul's TedxGWU talk, you'll know the reference, and the 4-CD compilation was indeed filled with music from the late 60s/early 70s, when Paul was in Vietnam. Here is the tracklist:
CD1 01 Magical mystery tour – The Beatles02 I feel free – Cream03 Lay lady lay – Bob Dylan04 Expecting to fly – Buffalo Springfield05 Truckin’ – Grateful Dead06 Om – The Moody Blues07 Guinnevere – Crosby, Stills and Nash 08 Backstreet girl – The Rolling Stones09 Whole lotta love – Led Zeppelin10 Hurdy gurdy man – Donovan11 Strawberry fields forever – The Beatles12 Echoes – Pink Floyd13 Today – Jefferson Airplane14 One is the loneliest number – Three Dog Night15 Nights in white satin – The Moody Blues16 All things must pass – George HarrisonCD201 The day begins – The Moody Blues02 To love somebody – The Bee Gees03 The fool on the hill – The Beatles 04 White room – Cream05 Wooden ships – Crosby, Stills and Nash06 Magic carpet ride – Steppenwolf07 Girl from the North country – Bob Dylan with Johnny Cash08 Stairway to heaven – Led Zeppelin09 Take a pebble – Emerson, Lake and Palmer10 Eyes of a child – The Moody Blues11 Something – The Beatles12 Green river – Credence Clearwater Revival13 In-a-gadda-da-vida – Iron Butterfly14 Lady Jane – The Rolling Stones15 Let it be – The BeatlesCD301 Come together – The Beatles02 Tuesday afternoon – The Moody Blues03 Witchy woman – The Eagles04 Broken arrow – Buffalo Springfield05 Our house – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young06 Atlantis – Donovan07 Dear diary – The Moody Blues08 Speak to me/Breathe – Pink Floyd09 Thank you – Led Zeppelin10 Because – The Beatles11 Dr. Livingstone, I presume – The Moody Blues12 Black magic woman – Santana13 White rabbit – Jefferson Airplane14 Hey Jude – The Beatles15 White bird – It’s a Beautiful Day16 The end – The DoorsCD401 Imagine – John Lennon02 Helplessly hoping – Crosby, Stills and Nash03 Holiday – The Bee Gees04 Sunshine of your love – Cream05 I want you (She’s so heavy) – The Beatles06 Kind woman – Buffalo Springfield07 Are you sitting comfortably? – The Moody Blues08 Lucky man – Emerson, Lake and Palmer09 Purple haze – Jimi Hendrix10 Sun king/Mean Mr. Mustard – The Beatles11 Can’t find my way home – Blind Faith12 Timothy Leary is dead – The Moody Blues13 Tonight I’ll be staying here with you – Bob Dylan14 Light my fire – The Doors15 Time has come today – The Chambers Brothers16 Here comes the sun – The Beatles
Paul was not particular about the running order, but he did want the compilation to end with "Here comes the sun." I think we understand what that says about his nature, and belief in resilience.
The second compilation he asked for was on the occasion of his 60th birthday in 2007. Thus, the compilation was titled Sixty Candles, and played at the celebratory party. Unlike Hooch Highs, which focuses on music from a few years, Sixty Candles was more wide-ranging, and spans the decades. The songs from the mid-80s especially reminded him of his world travels. It's of course not exhaustive; Joni Mitchell is not very heavily represented, though Paul loved her, because he tended to listen to the entirety of her albums.
CD101 Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler (1962)02 The lion sleeps tonight - The Tokens (1961)03 The name game - Shirley Ellis (1964)04 It's my party - Lesley Gore (1963)05 With a little help from my friends - The Beatles (1967)06 You've got a friend - James Taylor (1971)07 California dreaming - The Mamas and the Papas (1965)08 Hotel California - The Eagles (1976)09 Every breath you take - The Police (1983)10 Dancing in the dark - Bruce Springsteen (1984)11 Travelin' man - Ricky Nelson (1961)12 Peace train - Cat Stevens (1971)13 At 17 - Janis Ian (1975)14 I am woman - Helen Reddy (1972)15 Girls just want to have fun - Cyndi Lauper (1983)16 Dancing queen - ABBA (1976)17 Angie - The Rolling Stones (1973)18 Rocky mountain high - John Denver (1973)19 Ode to Billie Joe - Bobbie Gentry (1967)20 The house of the rising sun - The Animals (1964)21 Saying alive - The Bee Gees (1977)CD201 Town without pity - Gene Pitney (1962)02 Hurt so bad - Little Anthony and the Imperials (1965)03 Blue velvet - Bobby Vinton (1963)04 Crazy - Patsy Cline (1962)05 Time in a bottle - Jim Croce (1973)06 Dust in the wind - Kansas (1977)07 I got you babe - Sonny and Cher (1965)08 Groovin' - The Rascals (1967)09 Red red wine - UB40 (1983)10 Heart of glass - Blondie (1978)11 I can see clearly now - Jimmy Cliff (1993)12 Holiday - The Bee Gees (1967)13 Because - The Beatles (1969)14 Love me tender - Elvis Presley (1956)15 We've only just began - The Carpenters (1970)16 We are the world - USA for Africa (1985)17 One night in Bangkok - Murray Head (1984)18 Precious - Annie Lennox (1992)19 Back street girl - The Rolling Stones (1967)20 Summer breeze - Seals and Crofts (1972)21 Maggie May - Rod Stewart (1971)22 Where have all the flowers gone? - The Kingston Trio (1961)23 Blowin' in the wind - Peter, Paul and Mary (1962)CD301 La la means I love you - The Delfonics (1968)02 I just called to say I love you - Stevie Wonder (1984)03 When I'm sixty-four - The Beatles (1967)04 When I need you - Leo Sayer (1977)05 Crying - Roy Orbison (1961)06 You're so vain - Carly Simon (1972)07 Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1983)08 Cherish - The Association (1966)09 Woodstock - Joni Mitchell (1970)10 The sound of silence - Simon and Garfunkel (1965)11 Chapel of love - Dixie Cups (1964)12 Baby love - The Supremes (1964)13 Soldier boy - The Shirelles (1962)14 Everybody plays the fool - The Main Ingredients (1972)15 Teach your children - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (1970)16 It's now or never - Elvis Presley (1960)17 Lay lady lay - Bob Dylan (1969)18 We are family - Sister Sledge (1979)19 It's raining men - The Weather Girls (1982)20 Torn between two lovers - Mary MacGregor (1976)21 Sailing - Christopher Cross (1980)22 Wonderful tonight - Eric Clapton (1978)CD401 Mr Tambourine Man - The Byrds (1965)02 You are the sunshine of my life - Stevie Wonder (1973)03 (Sittin' on) The dock of the bay - Otis Redding (1968)04 I'm sorry - Brenda Lee (1960)05 Where the boys are - Connie Francis (1960)06 Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet (1977)07 Lady Jane - The Rolling Stones (1966)08 Today - Jefferson Airplane (1967)09 Truckin' - The Grateful Dead (1970)10 The good, the bad, and the ugly - Ennio Morricone (1968)11 Another one bites the dust - Queen (1980)12 Situation - Yazoo (1982)13 Bette Davis eyes - Kim Carnes (1981)14 These boots are made for walking' - Nancy Sinatra (1966)15 Louie Louie - The Kingsmen (1963)16 Hey Paula - Paul and Paula (1963)17 Aquarius/Let the sunshine in - The Fifth Dimension (1969)18 Lean on me - Bill Withers (1972)19 One more night - Phil Collins (1985)20 There's never a forever thing - a-ha (1988)21 Good vibrations -The Beach Boys (1966)22 I'm into something good - Herman's Hermits (1964)23 Xanada - Olviva Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra (1980)
More recently, he also loved bellowing, at the top of his lungs, "Uptown girl" (usually with the word "girl" replaced) right into the faces of his dogs -- first Duke, later Baxter. But I don't know if this means that the Billy Joel song was an actual favorite; it certainly wasn't Duke's (Baxter was mostly mystified).
I resemble Paul, rather surprisingly, in that I too am not a music streaming user. If anyone is and wants to re-compile the above into Spotify playlist(s), I'll be happy to add and embed those playlists to this post.