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100 Greatest Songs of the Past 25 Years

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Vh1.com has released it’s “100 Greatest Songs of the Past 25 Years”. Amongst the artists to make the grade were a few of my favorites, including Nirvana, Sinead O’Connor, and R.E.M.

Sinead in the top 20? Weird.

How does your list compare to their top 20 picks?

20. You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC

19. Fight The Power Public Enemy

18. Losing My Religion R.E.M.

17. Photograph Def Leppard

16. Don’t Speak No Doubt

15. Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) Pink Floyd

14. Nothing Compares 2 U Sinéad O’Connor

13. Waterfalls TLC

12. You Oughta Know Alanis Morissette

11. Jump Van Halen

10. Like A Virgin Madonna

9. Every Breath You Take The Police

8. I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston

7. When Doves Cry Prince

6. Walk This Way – (with Steven Tyler/Joe Perry) Run-D.M.C.

5. One U2

4. Lose Yourself Eminem

3. Sweet Child O’ Mine Guns N’ Roses

2. Billie Jean Michael Jackson

1. Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana

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  • http://vikingpundit.blogspot.com Eric Lindholm

    VH1 should get some self-respect and stop whoring themselves out to these “Top” shows. For God’s sake: “Don’t Speak”?!? “Waterfalls”? Awful.

  • http://beatsandrants.easyjournal.com Trent

    This list is bogus!

    “Lose Yourself” by Eminem at No. 4? C’mon now.

    My only problem with this list is . . . why does it have to be so contemporary?

    I think Marvin Gaye‘s “What’s Going On?” should be the No. 1 song . . . if not, at least, in the Top 10. Aretha Franklin‘s “Respect” is a top go-getter in my opinion. There’s no Stevie Wonder song on the list. No Elvis Presley.

    C’mon now. I know that they are trying to attract a youthful crowd with these “Top” shows, but how about some intergrity here with these lists.

    VH1′s Greatest Lists are the greatest pieces of pop-culture crap on television right now.

  • Aaron

    To be fair, the reason Gaye, Franklin, etc. aren’t there is because these are the “top” songs of the last 25 years.
    But it’s still an utterly pointless exercise. I couldn’t even claim to list my top 20 songs. Stay tuned to VH1 all next week while they count down the songs from number 100, and further prove that Alice Cooper and Henry Rollins are always available to comment on anything.

  • http://www.temptationwaits.com visualsimplicity

    Sweet Child O’ Mine? Hello? November Rain anyone?

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Well, nobody’s going to be real satisfied, but a lot of these choices are really bogus. The Run-DMC pick really sucks donkey balls- they merely ruined a perfectly good song. TLC? Def Lepard- puh-lease!

    However, the good side is that this kind of exercise gives an excuse for dropping in ideas in forums just such as this. To that end, let me add just a few obvious candidates that deserve listing:

    Crowded House- “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (HUGE omission)

    Sinead O’Connor – “Just Like U Said It Would B” “Fire on Babylon” “Ode to Billie Joe”

    Paul Simon – “Boy in the Bubble” “Graceland” “Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes” “The Obvious Child” “Adios Hermanos” “Late in the Evening” “Old”

    Elvis Costello – (We’ll leave out ’77 as borderline on the time frame)- “Radio Radio” “Lipstick Vogue” “Little Palaces” “Peace, Love and Understanding” “When I Was Cruel #2″ “Shipbuilding” “Hurry Down Doomsday” “Pills and Soap”

    Prince – “7″ “Raspberry Beret” “Sign O the Times” “Kiss” “1999″ “Bambi”

    Junior Brown- “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead” “Highway Patrol”

    Beastie Boys – “Sabotage”

    Thomas Dolby – “Hyperactive”

    Cyndi Lauper – “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” “Time after Time”

    Bruce Springsteen- “Adam Raised a Cain”

    LL Cool J- “Mama Said Knock You Out” “Going Back to Cali”

    Macy Gray- “I Try”

    Warren Zevon- “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” “Detox Mansion”

    Stevie Wonder- “Skeletons”

    Bob Dylan- “Neighborhood Bully” “I Believe in You” “Every Grain of Sand”

    George Jones- “He Stopped Loving Her Today”

    Jane’s Addiction- “Been Caught Stealing”

    Rickie Lee Jones- “Last Chance Texaco”

    Richard Thompson- “Shoot Out the Lights” “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” “Al Bowly’s in Heaven” “When I Get to the Border”

    Steve Earle- “Copperhead Road” “Nothing But a Child”

    The Clash- “London Calling”

    OK, I’ll stop. The bad side is that I’m going to be thinking all day of all the things I should have also included. Oh, well.

  • Devo

    I nominate “One” by Metallica, “Just Barely Breathing” by Killswitch Engage, “Sober” by Tool, “To Bid You Farewell” by Opeth, “Pull Me Under” by Dream Theater, “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd, and “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2, but who the hell am I? Just a sad little man with taste…

  • Red

    I completely disagree. As I kept reading the list I only became more and more disappointed. When I saw the #1 pick I just about threw up. How on earth are they judging these? By depression factor?

    Actually, a few were okay. “Jump” by Van Halen was a good choice. Also, “Shook Me All Night Long,” “Losing My Religion,” “The Wall,” and “One.” The rest are terrible. Also, I’m not sure if “One” was the best U2 song.

    My favorite would be “Piano Man” by Billy Joel. I can’t remember if that was in the last 25 years.

  • someone

    i like billy joel and a lot of artist and they put a few songs on their that weren’t bad but cmon people what about the stones, zeppelin, the eagles, jeeze none of the greats or even near the top and thats sick. stairway to heaven, hotel california, too many stones songs to count. they could do i just called by stevie wonder, walking in memphis, and a bunch of other fantastic songs but eminem. oh yeah thats a keeper for the ages. that song will be an endless classic. (for those of u who don’t get it im being sarcastic) im not sure if those were in the past 25 years but if it is vh1 should really put a little bit of though into their selections.

  • jim

    From REM – Shakin’ Through is much better.
    From the Police – Canary In A Coalmine and Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.
    I don’t like Sinead O’Connor.
    U2 – Beautiful Day, Gloria, Unforgettable Fire, All I Want Is You.
    Pet Shop Boys – Money, West End Girls,It’s A Sin.
    Depeche Mode – Can’t Get Enough.
    Ministry – Cruelty Mix, Everyday, Work For Love.
    New Order – Ceremony, Blue Monday, etc.
    OMD – most of their stuff.
    Talk Talk – Most of their stuff.
    Elvis Costello – I’ll Wear It Proudly, Indoor Fireworks, Veronica, Peace, Love, and Understanding, Radio, Radio, King Of America, Brilliant Mistake, Pump It Up, etc.
    Asia – Don’t Cry, Heat Of The Moment.
    King Crimson – Elephant Talk
    The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry, The Forest, etc.
    Tears For Fears – Watch Me Bleed
    INXS – Black and White
    Woodentops – History
    The Kinks – Paranoia
    Pete Townsend – Give Blood
    Ozzy Osbourne – No More Tears
    Scorpions – Winds of Change
    The Indigo Girls

  • Julian

    Ok what is this love for nirvana, “it smells like teen spirit” is on every top ten list i’ve seen. It is not a great song and there are many other classics that blow it out of the water. Think deeper into rock music like Jimmy Hendrix, The Who, The beatles, ect..

  • daz

    Are you guys serious, are you reading the title of the list – last 25 yearsa… Elvis died 30 years ago folks, think about it… as for Nirvana – whilst not a huge fan can appreciate that they sparked a movement in music all on there own, how many others can say that and for that they deserve the top spot, leave personal taste out of it for a moment and look at the bigger picture

  • http://www.robot-of-the-week.com Christopher Rose

    daz, er, Elvis isn’t in the list and only one commenter mentioned him…

  • daryl d

    “Waterfalls” belongs in the list! Why out of all the Madonna songs did “Like A Virgin” make it? “Like A Prayer” is more appropriate. “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt? Who came up with this list?

  • http://kt kt

    Fuck U guys move no doubt to number one!!!!

  • Annie

    just 10 of some of my favorites

    1- harvest moon- neil young
    2- hurrican- bob dylan
    3- blowing in the wind- bob dylan
    4- patio lanterns- kim mitchel
    5- hey jude- the beatles
    6- stairway to heaven- led zeplin
    7- redemption song- bob marley
    8- sex, drugs and rock and roll- guns and roses
    9- sweet mary- equalizer
    10-imagine- john lennon

    oh and
    11- true love way- kings of leon
    12- fans- kings of leon

  • matt kelley

    Dude under me your pretty ignorant. “Lose Yourself”, was an incredible song. It has some of the most powerful lyrics I have ever heard. But anyway, why does your opinion matter, your probably extremely rock n’ roll biased.