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stop, collaborate and listen: the 500 songs, my edition

I told you. It's not even the end of November and the end-of-year lists are coming at us like gunfire. Rolling Stone once again subjects us to an all-time album list, this time going for 500. Not content with just making the a pretentious list of complete albums, they've also compiled the 500 greatest songs of all time. bq. ROLLING STONE called on rock stars and leading authorities to list their fifty favorite songs, in order of preference Like I've said before, people lie when they make these lists. No one is going to admit to the editors of RS magazine that they really, really liked Who Let the Dawgs Out. Instead, they'll replace it with some incomprehensible Bob Dylan song that they know they are supposed to like. Maybe I'm just hopelessly clueless as to what makes a great song. One of my most hated songs of all time, Hotel California pops up at number 49. It's long, boring and filled with nonsense. If that's the criteria then why didn't MacArthur Park make the list? Honestly, I prefer a 500 songs list that has Jay Z's Big Pimpin as number four. Now there's a song. I was going to do a long rant here about how much I hate Rolling Stone and their lists. Instead, I'll just go ahead and make my own to prove how much better my list is. Or something like that. So, just for the hell of it, I give you my personal list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. Feel free to discuss, diss, make fun or add on your own. (Half hour later) Ok, I'm only at 52 77 here. It's taking a while. So I'll put them up a little at a time and I'll use your suggestions to possibly add onto the list. Maybe we can make a list of our own to rival/compare to Bubba's. I'll also put up a radio later on with some of the songs. Update - Made it 100 so far! I think I'll stop there for now, as those leaves aren't going to rake themselves. Update 2: The list was getting too long, so I made a separate page for it. I'm up to 140. This is hard, man. I don't think I can make it to 500. 500 (maybe) favorite songs of ASV
In no particular order, except in the order that they came into my head, my (eventual) 500 favorite songs. Starting with the obvious, to people who know me. 1. Night Ranger - Sister Christian 2. Nine Inch Nails - Something I Can Never Have 3. Faith No More - A Small Victory 4. Cheap Trick - Surrender 5. Toadies - Tyler 6. Tom Robinson Band - 2-4-6-8 Motorway 7. Brand New - I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spin Light 8. Tool - Jimmy 9. Type O Negative - Black No. 1 10. Mr. Bungle - Retrovertigo 11. Stabbing Westward - I Donít Believe 12. Wu-Tang Clan - Protect Ya Neck 13. Far - Waiting for Sunday 14. Led Zeppelin - Trampled Under Foot 15. Nick Cave - Straight to You 16. U2 - Out of Control 17. Anthrax - Iím the Man 18. Smashing Pumpkins - Mayonnaise 19. John Williams - Imperial Death March 20. Beastie Boys - Paul Revere 21. Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees 22. Penguins - Earth Angel 23. Alice in Chains - Would 24. Incubus - Certain Shade of Green 25. Cream - Sunshine of Your Love 26. David Bowie - Space Oddity 27. Foo Fighters - Hey, Johnny Park! 28. Kiss - Rock and Roll All Night 29. Van Halen - Running With the Devil 30. The Who - A Quick One While Heís Away 31. Iron Maiden - Two Minutes to Midnight 32. Faith No More - RV 33. Metallica - Battery 34. Misfits - Last Caress 35. Deep Purple - Highway Star 36. Slayer - Angel of Death 37. Pantera - Five Minutes Alone 38. Byrds - Eight Miles High 39. Black Flag - TV Party Tonight 40. Godfathers - Birth School Work Death 41. Flock of Seagulls - I Ran 42. Split Enz - I Got You 43. Vanilla Fudge - You Keep Me Hanginí On 44. Weezer - Only in Dreams 45. Pink Floyd - See Emily Play 46. Foghat - Slow Ride 47. Ice Cube - We Be Clubbiní 48. Clutch - Spacegrass 49. Yardbirds - Train Kept aí Rolliní 50. Count Five - Psychotic Reaction 51. The Jam - Down in the Tube Statio at Midnight (I canít believe thatís on the above linked list - itís possibly one of the greatest songs ever recorded and I donít know many people who know it) 52. Butthole Surfers - I Had a Dream Last Night 53. Scorpions - No One Like You 54. Def Leppard - Bringing on the Heartbreak 55. Twisted Sister - Burn in Hell 56. Neil Young - Like a Hurricane 57. Fugazi - Waiting Room 58. Graham Parker - You Canít Be Too Strong 59. Dead Milkmen - Watching Scotty Die 60. NRBQ - Me and the Boys (I have the sudden urge to launch into a ďstories from my youthĒthing every time I think of this song) 61. Down - Stone the Crow 62. Mad Season - River of Deceit 63. Candlebox - Left Behind 64. Sarah McLachlan - Possession (the whole album should be on this list) 65. Aphex Twin - Come to Daddy 66. Ministry - Stigmata 67. Vision of Disorder - Jada Bloom 68. Marilyn Manson - Dope Hat 69. 10cc - Iím Not in Love 70. Miracles - Love Machine 71. Commodores - Brick House 72. Brothers Johnson - Strawberry Letter 23 73. The Manhattans - Kiss and Say Goodbye 74. Soft Cell - Say Hello, Wave Goodbye 75. Beck - Soul Suckiní Jerk 76. Grateful Dead - Box of Rain 77. Jimi Hendrix - If 6 was 9 78. Elton John - Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding 79. Howard DeVoto - Rainy Season 80. Freur - Doot Doot 81. King Diamond - One Down Two To Go 82. Nsync - Itís Gonna Be Me (shut up. Just shut up) 83. Oasis - Champagne Supernova 84. Green Day - Hitchiní a Ride 85. Slipknot - Wait and Bleed 86. Machine Head - Old 87. Soundgarden - Drawing Flies 88. Quicksand - Thorn in my Side 89. Helmet - Unsung 90. The Clash - Radio Clash 91. Buzzcocks - What Do I Get 92. Husker Du - New Day Rising 93. The Specials - Gangsters 94. INXS - Need You Tonight 95. Propagandhi - Middle Finger Response 96. Lagwagon - Know it All 97. NOFX - Freedom Like a Shopping Cart 98. Johnny Cash - 13 99. Danzig - Going Down To Die 100. Todd Rundgren - Hello, Itís Me The rest are here


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I nominate Elton John's All The Girls Love Alice.

I love The Jam! Tube Station is great, as is David Watts, Start!, Goin' Underground, Eton Rifles, Bitterest Pill, Absolute Beginners, Beat Surrender, Town Called Malice, etc, etc.

I also love Style Council's Every Changing Moods. Damn, Paul is a great songwriter.

I like RS's invocation of "leading authorities." This is a list of favorites. It's not "The 500 best examples of musicianship" or "The 500 best produced tracks." So how does one become an authority on likin' stuff?

I got my B.S. in Likin' Stuff from I Like U.! And a Masters in Making Lists About It.

Nominating Beck's "Where its at." Original sound, top forty hit, and it never gets old. oh yeah...

HF- I opted for Soul Suckin Jerk instead. But I have no steadfast rule about including artists more than once.

Duran Duran, "Rio". That has to be pretty hard for some folks to admit!

I love the toadies. everytime I put their cd in the player, it stays there for weeks on end. it's effing awesome.

well damn. I really have nothing to add, 'cept "Flood of Sunshine" by the Posies and maybe "Mother Messiah" by Bullet LaVolta and a couple of others, because you've already got a shitload of the ones that i would add. "12 Days of Wind", Mind Over Four, and i couldn't say my favorite Toadies song... maybe "heel". Throw in "All your fault" and "Do for Me" by the Burden Brothers. "Out the Window" by the Violent Femmes. That's all I can think of. Ooh.. "Gypsy Rose" by Ratt. "Boogie Shoes" by KC and the Sunshine Band. :P

So I open up my Real Player and dontcha know that Rolling Stone 500 is sitting on the front page along with, gack, cough, jeez-oh-pete, Rolling Stone 500 RING TONES. The "Best 500" of all time converted and diluted to Ring Tones? Which came first I wonder and who's funding this promotion?

Anyway, here are some of my picks, just off the top of my head, in no particular order:

UK Squeeze - Annie Get Your Gun
Nick Lowe - Crackin' Up
Elvis Costello - Radio Radio
Elvis Costello - Oliver's Army
Queen - Radio GaGa
Meatloaf - Paradise By the Dashboard Light
Joe Jackson - Is She Really Goin' Out With Him?
Bruce Springsteen - It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City
The Beatles - Rocky Racoon
Bob Seger - Night Moves
John Mellancamp - Cherry Bomb
The Runaways - Cherry Bomb
Patti Smith Group - Dancin' Barefoot
Lou Reed - Berlin
Horselips - Phasers on Stun
Billy Thorpe - Children of the Sun
Walter Carlos - Sonic Seasonings
The Doors - Riders on The Storm
OMD - Electricity
Depeche Mode - Somebody
Neal Young - Cortez the Killer
Neal Young - Sugar Mountain
Nils Lofgren - Walkin' Nerve
Nils Lofgren - No Mercy
Guns n Roses - Welcome to the Jungle
Fleetwood Mac - Sara
Fleetwood Mac - Big Love
Santana - Supernatural
Bonnie Raitt - Love Me Like a Man
REO Speedwagon - In My Dreams
Roxy Music - Over You
Roxy Music - Angel Eyes
Supertramp - Logical Song
Blondie - Rip Her to Shreds
Blondie - Atomic

Heh, "Hello It's Me" sorta stands out on that list. If you get a chance, check out the original version from the first Nazz album--sounds like HIM on quaaludes.

I do think this is more of a "personal favorites" list, which is somewhat disguised by the 100 different bands (I think) listed. You'd have to poll an awful lot of Pink Floyd fans to find anybody else who thought "See Emily Play" was their greatest tune. ;)

I could never make it to 500. I have something like 60 songs on my 5-star list on iTunes and about 300 rated 4-stars and above. A lot of them aren't even rock songs. I have Patti Lupone singing Cole Porter's "I Get A Kick Out of You" rated 4 stars.

Song I'd be most unlikely to admit to Rolling Stone that I have on my top list: "Mockingbird" by Carly Simon and James Taylor.

Loving the Radiohead on the list. I think that Ben Folds is sorely missing, some of his songs are awesome; brilliant lyrics, catchy tunes, and all around great musicianship.

And I know it's kind of pop-y, but try Come On Eileen by Save Ferris.

lastly, Bohemian Rhapsody, by Queen.

No other suggestions I can think of.

Frankly, I'm surprised you even let me into your house. ;)

1. Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters
2. How can you have overlooked Billy Squier?! Everybody Wants You would be my choice.
3. Dishwalla's version of It's Going To Take Some Time
4. Golden Earring - Twlight Zone

Better stop before I say something about NSYNC. Oops, I did it again.

Um... I guess there's no room on this list for Charles Mingus here, is there? Such a pity.

Haitian Fight Song - Charles Mingus (f**k ya!)
Sweet Jane - Lou Reed
Rock and Roll - Lou Reed
Let's Go - Ramones
Brand New Cadillac - Clash
Velouria - Pixies
Burning Down the House - Talking Heads
Moonlight Mile - Stones
Jackie Wilson Said- Van Morrison
Glad Tidings - Van Morrison
Big Mouth - Smiths
Screamers - Ian Drury
Blank Generation - Romeo Hell
Liar - Henry Rollins

Oh crap.
This could go on forever.

I think there is a big generation gap going on since a lot of the songs on your list I have never heard of. I will admit to being more aware of the music of the 60's,70's and early 80's since that was my era but it looks like your list is slanted to your era. I will however use your list to add to my collection and that way I can better appreciate some of the music I missed as I was aging.

I did however notice you put Earth Angel and some older songs on the list which I actually have 45's of.
Great songs but you list does seem to be weighted to more recent stuff.

T.Rex - I Love to Boogie (I just get happy whenever I hear it)

And for a completely different genre ...
Alison Krause's version of I'll Fly Away.

What!!?? No Stone Temple Pilots ?? Interstate Love Song or Vaseline will surely get consideration, no?

Timmre, exxxcelllent list, IMO.

the 'greatest' song of all time is that which affects the most people the most.

Obviously, that song is 'Walking on Sunshine'

... it been on television and/or radio damn near continuously since it wormed its way into the collective consciousness.

Other than that, there are no '500 greatest songs' everybody has 8-10 songs that they would inflict on other people if asked to ... the rest are songs they tolerate.

(Was) Not Was - having four of the songs I would inflict on other people.

No Beatles. This is some kind of sick joke, right?

I actually did something even crazier: I made a list of my favourite 2,003 songs of all time...and counted them all down on my local radio station, 40 songs a week, all year long in 2003. (Yes, I'm nuts. Yes, the man who owns the station is nuts, too.)

The list used to be available on-line; I'll put it back up if anyone really wants to see it...

Whoa! SOD ? Is that the same Stormtroopers that I'm thinking of ?

One of the most under-rated songs is "Tempted" by Squeeze. Don't laugh, just listen to it.

Piffle. What does Rolling Stone know about anything anyway? Virginia Plain by Roxy Music is the best song ever.

I subcribed to Rolling Stone for a single year when I was in high school. I think I actually read the first three or four - who needs some pompous twit in LA telling you what music is good?

They still print Rolling Stone?

Anything by the Violent Femmes? Blister in the Sun? Add it Up??? American Music??

Blue by The Jayhawks
Run away Train by Soul Asylum
Ohio by The Pretenders