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top ten rock songs - HELP - DEADLINE! [updated]

Remember that top ten list of best rock/pop songs of all time that I'm supposed to be completing by tonight to get in on Norm's survey? I'm running out of time. I have edited this list so many times it doesn't even resemble the ten I started out with. This is where I'm at now, after 47 revisions - keep in mind that these are in no way my favorite songs (you can find those here), but what amounts to the best songs, with many factors taken into consideration. One such factor being that I have to swallow my pride and recognize how important/good some of these songs are even if they don't make my list of favorites. [Revised ten times since first posted] My Generation (The Who) Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana) Revolution (Beatles) Good Vibrations (Beach Boys) Sympathy for the Devil (Stones) Welcome to the Jungle (GnR) Kick Out the Jams (MC5) Whipping Post (Allman Bros) Mayonaise - Smashing Pumpkins The Wind Cries Mary (Hendrix) Somehow, in my haste to revise, I obliterated all recent music, save for Nirvana, off the list. Help me out here. There's no saying we can't make this a joint effort. (hoping people are around on a Sunday night before a legal holiday Monday) Update: There will be no arguments of the Smashing Pumpkins song, as it is my belief that Mayonaise is the greatest song ever recorded, anytime, anywhere, any planet. I've included Mayonaise for your listening pleasure, in the radio below.


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I'd replace "Born to Run" with "Fortunate Son" by Creedence

Not a single Beatlesong? I know you're not a big fan, but Christ.

I'm a huge Beatles fan, and I can't think of a song that would go on a list like this.

I like "Gimme Shelter" better than "Sympathy for the Devil" (but Sympathy's got better, make that 'understandable', lyrics).

I'd go with "Manic Depression" before "The Wind Cries Mary".

"Won't Get Fooled Again" is one of the greatest rock songs ever.

Um, no Ramones? or Sex Pistols at least?

I vote that we prune all seven-minute-plus rock dinosaurs from the list. They dominate the classic rock countdowns, so it'd be nice for once to have a top 10 that omits them completely. Nothing against "Layla," but if you're going to have that on there you might as well throw in "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Hotel California," and fucking "Freebird." BARF.

Ok, I can live with that rule. Not the Freebird or Hotel California would ever make my list.

Don't know if it would make my final cut, but I think I'd at least start out with something from Appetite for Destruction on the list.

I know it may not be a 'rock' song in the sense some people might, but 'What's Goin On?' by Marvin Gaye is right up there. I would put that before any Who song, who IMO are the most overrated rock band in the history of rock and roll.

In addition, 'Jailhouse Rock' by Elvis works too. As for the Beatles, 'A Day In The Life' is definitely worthy.

Finally, Pink Floyd anyone? 'Comfortably Numb.'

Queen and/or David Bowie should probably be on here somewhere, or at least considered.

I'm obviously thinking of "Under Pressure", but there's others that would suffice. (Excepting of course, "Bohemian Rhapsody" via the Allah rule).

I can't believe Michele hasn't throw "More Than a Feeling" on there yet.

You know you want to.

Not to be a negative nellie, but that list just doesn't scream "10 best songs ever" to me. Layla- not even the best track on the album. I think I prefer a few Stones and Zeppelin songs over the two on the list. Of course, its all subjective- everyone has their own favorites for whatever reason. So i'll offer mine and see what sticks:

in no particular order:

Traveling Riverside Blues- Zeppelin
Blue Sky- Allman Brothers
Jumpin Jack Flash- Stones
Badge- Cream
Good Vibrations (Michele is dead on with this one- a perfect song)
Peace Frog, Touch Me, The End or several others- Doors (did everyone forget the Doors?)
Dogs- Pink Floyd
Give it Away- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Hey Joe- Jimi

and lastly a personal favorite that probably isn't an all-timer on any list-"Memo from Turner" from the Performance soundtrack

My Top 10 would be quite different, but I don't have a strong objection to anything you have in there. As long as we keep Pink Floyd and The Doors out of the picture, it's all good. ;-)

In terms of slightly more recent stuff, though, possibilities I'd throw out there include:

The Replacements - Bastards of Young
Social Distortion - Ball and Chain
Green Day - Basket Case

Peace Frog, Touch Me, The End or several others- Doors (did everyone forget the Doors?)

The End? No effin way.

Social Distortion - Ball and Chain

I'm partial to Story of My Life, but this isn't a bad pick.

I like "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morrisette so much that I play it several times a day and pump my fist and shout and stomp around the house everytime.

My suggestions?

1.The Jam - A Town Called Malice

2. The Replacements - either Waitress in the Sky, or Bastards of Young

Oh, and Elvis Costello's Radio Radio

I would have to add something by The Stones to the list, even though I'm not a huge fan normally. Jumpin' Jack Flash seems to be a good choice.

I'm not in love with your list, but I would have to include something from The Band. Perhaps The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down or Stagefright.

Replace My Generation with Baba O'Riley, lose the Allman's and you're there.

I like "Pump It Up" best when it comes to Elvis Costello, but your mileage may vary.

Personally, I am inordinately fond of Collective Soul's "Gel", and have to resist the impulse to put it on every single mix CD I burn. If I were to make my own top ten list it'd be near the top, next to No Doubt's "Just a Girl".

Mick Jagger rules so mightely. I just saw him accept a golden globe award and you could just tell he really didn't give a shit he is so above all that BS and he is so above all those loser pipsqueaks in the audience--except Jamie Foxx who is also cool--that I can't help but think that any number of his songs could be on the list. Sympathy is a damn good choice.

What? No Procol Haram? Repent Walpurgis, Boredome or Salty Dog? Wow, they were IT in '69.

I haven't heard that Smashing Pumpkins song in years. Thanks.


I maintain that "Everlong," by the Foo Fighters is the greatest song ever... behind "The Eyes of Texas."

Good reason to leave out the Doors. They are way over-rated, a lot of style and rather little substance.

'Mayonnaise' is okay, but they did it better the first time around as 'Rhinoceros'. Though, if we're gonna do the Pumpkins it should be 'Cherub Rock' just to get a Kevin Kerslake video in there.