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Alternates to the Rolling Stone Top 500

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Rolling Stone just released a criminal list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. Sure, nominate “Like a Rolling Stone” as your #1 why don’t you? Great song, but there’s an all too easy reference to the mag’s own name. Plus, “Hey Jude” is not the best Beatles song. Not even close.

Even if you just go by the “popular” songs i.e. songs that were singles rather than album tracks, it’s easy to make a list of songs missing from the Rolling Stone Top 500. I love the 60s, but you’re telling me there were 10 times more great songs written then than in the 90s (rough count: 50s – 70+ songs, 60s – 200+ songs, 70s – 140+ songs, 80s – 50+ songs, 90s – 20 songs, 00s – 3 songs)? Pshaw. Since there was serious discounting of songs from the 80s onwards, it was easy enough to come up with some quick nominees from that time frame:

The White Stripes “Fell In Love With a Girl”
The La’s “There She Goes”
Oasis “Wonderwall”
The Violent Femmes “Blister in the Sun”
a-ha “Take On Me”
Depeche Mode “Enjoy the Silence”
Massive Attack “Unfinished Sympathy”
Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come On Eileen”
Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under the Bridge”
The Bangles “Manic Monday”
New Order “Blue Monday”
Elastica “Stutter”
Portishead “Sour Times”

As for 50s-70s songs that they missed, again trying to just list singles:

The Jam “A Town Called Malice”
Smokey Robinson “Tears of a Clown”
The Supremes “You Can’t Hurry Love”
Martha and the Vandellas “(Our Love is Like A) Heat Wave”
Solomon Burke “Got to Get You Off My Mind”
The Jackson 5 “ABC”
The MC5 “Kick Out the Jams”
Dusty Springfield “Son of a Preacher Man”
Edwin Starr “War”

Good God, y’all. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

Taken from the daryl sng blog and Delta Sierra Arts

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  • Eric Olsen

    Daryl, I’m no sure I’d put all of yours into my own list, but I agree they are all super and interesting songs, excellent food for thought. For Depeche I think I’d go with the effervescence of “Just Can’t Get Enough” over the brooding of “Enjoy the Silence,” but they way underrepresent techno-pop, that’s for sure.

  • Eric Olsen

    Can’t argue with “Monkey” but how could they leave off “Here Comes Your Man” for the Pixies (just saw them last night)

  • You saw the Pixies last night? I’m seething jealous.

  • Eric Olsen

    yeah, very strange time warp but great show (although the sound was iffy since it was a college basketball gym), all the “hits” and everyone sang and played very well. I forgt what a great drummer Dave is. We got a CD of the show too, which is a great idea – had to wait around an extra half-hour or so but well worth it. Will be writing a review today or tomorrow.