"One, nothing classical. Two, no blokes ... ."
'So no "Smoke on the Water", no "Waterloo Sunset", ... no "Jeepster"?' I replied.
"It's gotta be all chicks."
1. Tracey Ullman sings "They Don't Know"
This is pure pop pleasure, dating back to 1983. Tracey Ullman never stops being the comedienne, subverting the song even as she delivers it superbly. I liked her "Move Over Darling" too.
2. The Cardigans sing "My Favourite Game"
A Swedish rock band, a delectable Nina Persson in leather trousers - and a jaw-dropping video.
3. Shania Twain sings "Black Eyes, Blue Tears"
OK, Shania Twain may not be Miss Supercool but she so delivers. Her most popular may be "That Don't Impress Me Much" but my favourite is this one, delivered with real conviction.
4. Sheryl Crow sings "Abilene"
Best to start one minute in. So much good stuff to choose from with Ms Crow - this seems a bit more thoughtful than her usual "beer buzz in the morning" persona. Sheryl, I forgive you Lance Armstrong too.
5. Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) sings "Night in my Veins"
This is catchy and deceptive but so dark - you might want to pay attention to the lyrics.
6. KT Tunstall sings "Suddenly I See"
I was torn between "Other Side of the World", "Another Place to Fall" and this wonderful track.
7. The Bangles sing "Eternal Flame"
What sort of feminist name is "The Bangles"? All is forgiven for Susanna Hoffs.
Find somewhere private, crank up the volume (or put on the headphones) and give yourself half an hour of pure pleasure.
De gustibus non est disputandum. Let me know your thoughts in the comments - and if you want the blokes' list ... .