July 2, 2008

In praise of "List of the Day"

there is this sweet place that is like outlook for blogs - simple name really, called "bloglines". I punch in who I like and it keeps me updated for any new postings by my faves. One favorite I have is called "List of the Day". http://listoftheday.blogspot.com/

One of his(her?) articles discusses the recent Rolling Stone article about 40 songs that changed the world. I've posted the list here - as Mr./Ms. Listie explains - the magazine has reasons....but I formed my own. Like them, love them, hate them - I'm sure everyone has an opinion. (I thought it was tres cool that Dylan made the list TWICE)

1. Elvis Presley - "That's All Right"
2. Ray Charles - "I Got A Woman"
3. Chuck Berry - "Maybelline"
4. Bob Dylan - "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"
5. The Kingsmen - "Louie Louie"
6. The Ronettes - "Be My Baby"
7. The Beatles - "I Wanna Hold Your Hand"
8. Martha and the Vandellas - "Dancing In The Street"
9. The Rolling Stones - "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
10. Bob Dylan - "Like A Rolling Stone"
11. The Beatles - "Strawberry Fields Forever"
12. The Velvet Underground - "Heroin"
13. Aretha Franklin - "Respect"
14. Jimi Hendrix - "Purple Haze"
15. Led Zeppelin - "Whole Lotta Love"
16. James Brown - "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine"
17. Marvin Gaye - "What's Going On"
18. John Lennon - "Imagine"
19. David Bowie - "Ziggy Stardust"
20. Bob Marley - "I Shot The Sheriff"
21. Joni Mitchell - "Help Me"
22. Bruce Springsteen - "Born To Run"
23. Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"
24. The Ramones - "Blitzkrieg Bop"
25. The Sex Pistols - "Anarchy in the UK"
26. Donna Summer - "I Feel Love"
27. The Sugarhill Gang - "Rappers Delight"
28. Black Flag - "TV Party"
29. Michael Jackson - "Billie Jean"
30. Prince - "When Doves Cry"
31. U2 - "Pride (In The Name Of Love)"
32. Madonna - "Like A Virgin"
33. Run DMC and Aerosmith - "Walk This Way"
34. The Cure - "Just Like Heaven"
35. Guns N Roses - "Sweet Child O' Mine"
36. Public Enemy - "Bring The Noise"
37. Dr. Dre - "Nuthin' But A G Thang"
38. Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
39. Britney Spears - "Baby One More Time"
40. The White Stripes - "Fell In Love With A Girl"

Personally, I think the list fizzles when it lists Britney over some other bubble gum pop...well, the list really fizzles because it allows bubble gum pop (period). And maybe Kurt is rolling over in his grave being just above Britney. There are some glaring omissions to me. Say, hmmmm - Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Otis Redding, Blondie. I'm sure I could come up with some others. But these songs changed the face of music for their times.

Songs that changed my world?

1. Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Simon & Garfunkel
2. Suspicious Minds - Elvis
3. I Wanna Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
4. Maggie May - Rod Stewart
5. Pride (in the Name of Love) - U2
6. Respect - Aretha Franklin
7. All Along the Watchtower/Knockin' on Heaven's Door/Lay Lady Lay
8. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynard Skynard
9. Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
10. These Arms of Mine - Otis Redding
11. What's Going On/Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye (I couldn't decide, sue me)
12. Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
13. Heart Shaped Box - Nirvana
14. Everlong - The Foo Fighters
15. So Far Away - Carole King
16. Rain - Patty Griffin
17. Hurt - Johnny Cash's cover of NIN
18. Under the Bridge - RHCP
19. Low - Cracker
20. One - U2 (yes, I had to close with them too!!!!)


  1. Hmm, the Nirvana right above Britney Spears irks me too. I'm also questioning the Public Enemy choice. Wouldn't 911 is a Joke be better? Where's Ice-T, Iron Maiden and Ozzy? They may not have had the best songs, but they sure did get people worked up and changed lots of things, you know, like adding warning labels and not being able to buy shit if you're under 18.

  2. ohhhhhhhhhhh, good point! and for that - what about East Coast vs. West Coast?

    And I forgot Clapton on my list. damn.


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