As previously mentioned, amerindie/college rock (music anyone 40 or near listened to in the ‘80s) was almost completely shut out … and the peeps who contributed to this list are overwhelmingly in that category. No R.E.M, no SY, no Pups, no Huskers, a total SST/Homestead/Touch and Go/Dischord/Twin-Tone no-fer. ‘60s rock is an omnipresent force in our lives, but I gotta admit, I’m flummoxed by the ‘80s. Over the last decade, it’s become the “soundtrack of our lives” as well. I guess there is a difference between Neil Young and the Pixies, Neil friggin charted in the top 40.
Female presence. An alarmingly weak (and I’m being liberal here) 15 songs. The most recent selection is from 1987, The Pogues “Fairytale of New York” featuring vocals from the late Kirsty Maccoll.
Beatles songs= 8
Solo Beatle cuts= zero
39 cuts in our list appeared in the Rolling Stone top 100.
Brits and Yanks split the top 10.
Punk (orig class) . Again being VERY liberal, 4 cuts.
Hip Hop. 1
Breakdown (thankfully not on the list)
apparently there aren’t any killers fans out there
The most recent song is from 1995. It is, however, the amazing Steve Earle song “Goodbye”.
Rolling Stones 7
Bruce Springsteen, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Band
The Kinks, The Clash, David Bowie, Ray Charles, The Velvet Underground, The Who, Patsy Cline, Simon and Garfunkel