Monday, August 20, 2007


Here it is kids!

First of all, nice work Jack compiling the numbers. The top 100 (well, 102 with the tie for 100). We had to disqualify “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” cause it was released in 1949 (you’re welcome Mr. Townshend). And thanks to all who participated. An overview will be posted tomorrow. Please feel free to discuss.

1) “Like a Rolling Stone” Bob Dylan
2) “I Want to Hold Your Hand” The Beatles
3) “Satisfaction” The Rolling Stones
4) “Tangled Up In Blue” Bob Dylan
5) “Thunder Road” Bruce Springsteen
6) “Waterloo Sunset” The Kinks
7) “Walk Away Rene” The Left Banke
8) “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Nirvana
9) “A Day in the Life” The Beatles
10) “God Only Knows” The Beach Boys
11) “Fortunate Son” Creedence Clearwater Revival
12) “Sympathy for the Devil” The Rolling Stones
13) “Good Vibrations” The Beach Boys
14) “Atlantic City” Bruce Springsteen
15) “Louie Louie” The Kingsmen
16) “Train in Vain” The Clash
17) “What’s Going On” Marvin Gaye
18) “Layla” Derek & the Dominos
19) “California Dreamin’” The Mamas & the Papas
20) “Born to Run” Bruce Springsteen
21) “The Weight” The Band
22) “Sweet Jane” The Velvet Underground
23) “Yesterday” The Beatles
24) “The Tracks of My Tears” Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
25) “In My Life” The Beatles
26) “You Really Got Me” The Kinks
27) “Heroes” David Bowie
28) “In the Still of the Night” The Five Satins
29) “Baba “O’Riley” The Who
30) “I Saw Her Standing There” The Beatles
31) “Summer Wind” Frank Sinatra
32) “Jolene” Dolly Parton
33) “How Soon is Now” The Smiths
34) “The Harder They Come” Jimmy Cliff
35) “Then He Kissed Me” The Crystals
36) “Let’s Stay Together” Al Green
37) “Don’t Worry Baby” The Beach Boys
38) “Complete Control” The Clash
39) “Crying” Roy Orbison
40) “She Said She Said” The Beatles
41) “Jumping Jack Flash” The Rolling Stones
42) “Positively 4th Street” Bob Dylan
43) “It Makes No Difference” The Band
44) “Mack the Knife” Bobby Darin
45) “When Doves Cry” Prince
46) “I Fought the Law” The Bobby Fuller Four
47) “Summertime Blues” Eddie Cochran
48) “Gimme Shelter” The Rolling Stones
49) “Paint it Black” The Rolling Stones
50) “The Girl from Ipanema” Getz/Gilberto
51) “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” The Shirelles
52) “Georgia on My Mind” Ray Charles
53) “Maybellene” Chuck Berry
54) “Crazy” Patsy Cline
55) “All Along the Watchtower” Jimi Hendrix
56) “Superstition” Stevie Wonder
57) “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” Frankie Valli
58) “Your Cheatin’ Heart” Hank Williams
59) “What’d I Say Parts I & II Ray Charles
60) “I Want You Back” The Jackson 5
61) “Who Knows Where the Time Goes” Fairport Convention
62) “River Deep, Mountain High” Ike & Tina Turner
63) “Mr. Tambourine Man” The Byrds
64) “You Send Me” Sam Cooke
65) “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On Jerry Lee Lewis
66) “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” Crosby, Stills & Nash
67) “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” Richard Thompson
68) “Pale Blue Eyes” The Velvet Underground
69) “Fairytale of New York” The Pogues
70) “Eleanor Rigby” The Beatles
71) “Feel a Whole Lot Better” The Byrds
72) “Ticket to Ride” The Beatles
73) “Neither One of Us (wants to be the first to say goodbye)” Gladys Knight & the Pips
74) “Sultans of Swing” Dire Straits
75) “It’s the Same Old Song” The Four Tops
76) “Fight the Power” Public Enemy
77) “Just What I Needed” The Cars
78) “Desolation Row” Bob Dylan
79) “Be My Baby” The Ronettes
80) “Stairway to Heaven” Led Zeppelin
81) “This Must Be the Place (naïve melody)” Talking Heads
82) “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” The Band
83) “America” Simon & Garfunkel
84) “Can’t Hardly Wait” The Replacements
85) “Under My Thumb” The Rolling Stones
86) “Papa was a Rollin’ Stone” The Temptations
87) “Bohemian Rhapsody” Queen
88) “Goodbye” Steve Earle
89) “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay Otis Redding
90) “Eight Miles High” The Byrds
91) “Society’s Child” Janis Ian
92) “A Case of You” Joni Mitchell
93) “Bridge Over Troubled Water” Simon & Garfunkel
94) “Me and Bobby McGee” Janis Joplin
95) “I Fall to Pieces” Patsy Cline
96) “Won’t Get Fooled Again” The Who
97) “The Witch” The Sonics
98) “Beast of Burden” The Rolling Stones
99) “Powderfinger” Neil Young
100) (tie) “You Shook Me All Night Long” AC/DC, “Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio” The Ramones, “Space Oddity” David Bowie


no one asked me for my list said...

Bohemian Rhapsody???? Please!!!!

godihateyourband said...

my mailbox is open ...

sdanehy said...

My vote for two worst songs on the list: Just What I Needed (#77) and You Shook Me All Night Long (tie #100).

rip shaughnessy said...

Hey, those songs are good. There are ones here way worse than those. At least those two are over in a few minutes.

godihateyourband said...

Now we're getting somewhere ... the list is littered with bad cuts.

in lala land said...

True. Are you sure we all got the same assignment??

Jimmy Eight Cats said...

I have to agree with Rip here. I wouldn't pick those as the worst songs out of a list that not only includes "Stairwaway to Heaven" and "Bohemian Rhapsody"(both bands recorded songs worthy of this list, which these high school prom themes aren't), but also two, count 'em, two songs from "Who's Next" while not a single song that can be found on "Meaty Beaty, Big and Bouncy".

"Just What I Needed" is a perfect example of the Car's alternate universe of AM pop, while "You Shook Me All Night Long" is the greatest heavy metal single of all time, bless Mutt Lange.

godihateyourband said...

trollin at the bottom ... "beast of burden" and "powderfinger" perplex me. one's a decent enuff cut (sorry glimmer twins), but neither is in either act's top 25.

glenn said...

Bohemian Rhapsody! Apparently Wayne and Garth both had it as #1 on their lists.

glenn said...

Why do people like Tangled Up In Blue so much? Shelter From the Storm, Idiot Wind, and Simple Twist of Fate are all better songs on the same album. Never mind songs from other albums!

rip shaughnessy said...

because it's really long

sdanehy said...

Rip is right. What happened here is that I had already completely discounted a # of songs (and we all seem to know which ones) before posting my two worst. However, still not sold on Just What I Needed or You Shook Me... being top 100 picks despite coming from reputable bands.