100 songs. 25 years. Lots of bad choices - part II
I'd still like to know what you would pick as the number one song on your own list. As I was thinkign about that, it occurred to me that no "best of" list would be complete without Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart Again. And after thinking about it some more, I feel I can safely say that particular song would, indeed, be number one for me.
Of course, any "best of" list is subjective. Best is in the eye of the reader - or the ear of the listener as the case may be - and often a best of list of one person will be the worst of list of another and never the twain shall meet.
Well, not never. There are some things we can all agree on, right? I hardly think there is anyone who could argue the point for Madonna's ode to her religion-of-the-week, the pointless Ray of Light, for being on the list.
Even if it is number 100, surely in the last 25 years there were at least a hundred songs better than that techno train wreck.
As a matter of fact, I can come up with one for each year that was better than Ray of Light, Like a Virgin, Don't Speak, MMMBop, My Heat Will go On, Baby One More Time, I Don't Want to Miss a Thing, Don't Stop Believing, Are You Gonna Go My Way, Faith, Start Me Up, Iris, All I Wanna Do, I Want to Do, Hot in Here, Jack and Diane, I Can't Go For That, Enter Sandman and Come to my Window, all of which made the list. And these are only fairly popular songs, taken from singles charts for the given years - I didn't even dig into my personal collection. (These are not necessarily the best songs of that year, just songs that are better than any of the tunes listed above and should have had a place on the list instead).
1978: We Will Rock You/We are the Champions
1979: Sultans of Swing (Dire Straits)
1980: You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC)
1981: Say Goodbye to Hollywood (Billy Joel)
1982: Rock this Town (Stray Cats)
1983: Pride and Joy - (Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble)
1984: Sister Christian (Night Ranger) [Ok, not really, but you know my ugly fascination with that song]
1985: In Between Days (The Cure)
1986: West End Girls (The Pet Shop Boys)
1987: Dear God (XTC)
1988: Forever Young (Alphaville)
1989: Paradise City - (Guns N' Roses) [I was thisclose to saying Funky Cold Medina]
1990: Enjoy the Silence - (Depeche Mode)
1991: Wicked Game - (Chris Isaak)
1992: Would - (Alice in Chains)
1993: I Aint Goin Out Like That - (Cypress Hill)
1994: Fell on Black Days (Soundgarden)
1995: Possum Kingdom (Toadies)
1996: In the Meantime (Spacehog)
1997: Touch, Peel and Stand (Days of the New)
1998: Du Hast (Rammstein)
1999: I Am the Bullgod (Kid Rock)
2000: Bye Bye Bye, 'N Sync
2001: Drive (Incubus)
2002: The Whole World (Outkast)
You know, this took me so long to do (in between doing actual work) that I forgot what I was going to say after I compiled the list except that the quality of music on the charts has taken a steep nosedive into an empty swimming pool. That sound you hear is creativity dying a slow, painful death.