Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have a guest, but most of the time it’s just me. The rest is up to you, our friends and readers! Fire up the media player of your choice and share the first five random track of your shuffle in the comments.

The Five:

“Motorbreath” by Metallica (from Kill ’em All, 1983)

Good morning to you, too! Holy shit, if that isn’t a kick in the pants, I don’t know what is. I’m not kidding when I say that I just about jumped out of my chair. Kill ’em All is not my favorite Metallica record, but its definitely Top 5.

“Say Those Magic Words” by The Birds (from Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From the British Empire and Beyond, 1964-1969 (disc 2: Volume 2), 2001)

Jump back, now! A different era’s rave up, but equally effective. The four on the floor drum beat would be perfectly punk in another decade (or two.) This is another one from the dark recesses of my library. Heck, I can’t say that I’ve ever heard this before!

“Armenia City in the Sky” by Sugar (from A Good Idea, 1992)

This tune swings a whole lot harder than the usual Bob Mould tune. It’s also noisy as all get-out; complete with a trainwreck of an ending.

“Everlong (acoustic)” by Foo Fighters (from Greatest Hits, 2009)

“If everything could ever feel this real forever / If anything could ever feel this good again”

“I Feel for You” by Chaka Khan (from Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan, Volume One, 1996)

The rare occasion where the cover absolutely owns the original, Chaka’s take on the Prince-penned tune sounds as if it were custom fit for the vocalist. Melle Mel dropped the verse that every good boy from 1984 can recite to this day, and Stevie Wonder added his signature harmonica and a sample of his “Fingertips, Part 2” to ensure that this one was an instant classic.

What’s on your shuffle today?