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November 16, 2006

Top 50, with Comments

Filed under: Uncategorized — jstreed1476 @ 8:09 pm

Sean posted his favorite songs selected from a list of “500 Greatest” published in Rolling Stone. I’ve done something similar; I selected 10 keepers from each group of 100 (1-100, 101-200, etc)

It was a bit tougher than I thought, but the limits pushed me to choose songs I’d actually keep listening to.

2. Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones (they really knew what they were doing here) 12. A Change Is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke (the loss of Sam Cooke at this point in his career is staggering) 13. Yesterday, The Beatles (overplayed, but also underplayed) 22. Be My Baby, The Ronettes (I love the wall of sound) 23. In My Life, The Beatles (strange song, in lots of ways) 28. (Sittin on) the Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding (grew up loving this one) 39. That’ll Be the Day, Buddy Holly and the Crickets (perfect pop song) 48. All Along the Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix (possibly the artist with the highest batting average) 85. Crazy, Patsy Cline (makes me think of Christmas, somehow) 100. You Can’t Always Get What You Want, The Rolling Stones (ambitious, pretentious, and successful) 

101. Voodoo Child (Slight Return), Jimi Hendrix (man this is an amazing song. de profundis) 109. Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison (I love watching my wife dance to this) 110. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (to Stop Now), Otis Redding (maybe Redding’s best song)1 15. You Send Me, Sam Cooke (smoothest singer ever) 125. Will You Love Me Tomorrow, The Shirelles (I love the wall of sound) 162. Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O’Connor (last great song from her) 169. Losing My Religion, R.E.M. (not their best, just their most popular) 177. Free Fallin’, Tom Petty (should be higher, maybe) 179. Love Will Tear Us Apart, Joy Division (perfect for so-called disaffected college students) 180. Hey Ya!, Outkast (a gold mine of smiles. overplayed, but not its own fault)   

201. Bizarre Love Triangle, New Order (layers of wit) 222. Oh, Pretty Woman, Roy Orbison (no one sounds like Roy) 236. Everyday, Buddy Holly and the Crickets (man, he was good) 255. Heart of Glass, Blondie (epitome of early 80s detachment) 273. Something, The Beatles (startling to me when I first listed to Abby Road in 4th grade) 274. Somebody to Love, Jefferson Airplane (Grace Slick’s potential, realized) 278. Pictures of You, The Cure (their absolute best song, I think) 281. You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Stevie Wonder (placeholder for “Isn’t She Lovely”) 287. Walk This Way, Run-DMC (huge fun for white kids in the 80s) 289. Can’t Buy Me Love, The Beatles (despite the insipid movie of the same name) 

303. Ruby Tuesday, The Rolling Stones (they wrote actual pop songs, too) 304. With a Little Help From My Friends, The Beatles (I liked Joe Cocker’s take at Woodstock, as well ) 316. Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd (mixed-up imagery, but pretty great anyway) 334. Wild Horses, The Rolling Stones (ambitious and pretentious and successful) 335. Sweet Jane, The Velvet Underground (Cowboy Junkies’s version, actually) 337. Beat It, Michael Jackson (first music video I watched for) 356. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Eurythmics (on every 10 minutes that summer. still good) 357. Little Wing, Jimi Hendrix (his prettiest song) 370. The Wind Cries Mary, Jimi Hendrix (his second-prettiest song) 384. Ticket to Ride, The Beatles (early Beatles for grownups) 

401. Tonight’s the Night, The Shirelles (I love the wall of sound) 408. Sweet Emotion, Aerosmith (don’t know why I like it) 427. New Year’s Day, U2 (the one where they suggest instead of explain) 445. Come As You Are, Nirvana (nicely menacing) 449. Penny Lane, The Beatles (blends several Beatles stages) 454. My Sweet Lord, George Harrison (loopy, but fun. where’s “Here Comes the Sun”? did I miss it?) 455. All Apologies, Nirvana (sad) 467. Welcome to the Jungle, Guns n’ Roses (their best song. 10 best of the 80s?) 486. How Soon Is Now?, The Smiths (grim, but compelling) 497. Buddy Holly, Weezer (smarty-pants pop that works)

1 Comment »

  1. love this list, baby! thanks for taking up the torch!

    i pretty much agree with all of the ‘wall of sound’ approbations.

    hmm: ‘Pictures of You’ = best song by the Cure. maybe…

    you introduced me to ‘wish you were here’ and it always makes me think of you and… wish you were here :-)

    one reason i like ‘the wind cries Mary’ is b/c of the folk song ‘they call the wind Mariah’

    Penny Lane and Here Comes the Sun. check. check.

    Comment by Sean — November 16, 2006 @ 11:40 pm

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