Top 50 Favourite Songs: Chuck Eddy


Chuck Eddy’s Top 50 ballot, submitted to Rolling Stone. See also Chuck’s comments on his list at Eliminated for Reasons of Space, his recently created blog that is becoming a massive archive of his published work.


1. Funky Four Plus One – “That’s the Joint” (1980)
2. Pere Ubu – “Final Solution” (1976)
3. The Sweet – “Ballroom Blitz” (1975)
4. Teena Marie – “Square Biz” (1981)
5. Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girls” (1986)
6. William DeVaughn – “Be Thankful For What You Got” (1974)
7. Trickeration – “Western Gangster Town” (1980)
8. The Cellos – “Rang Tang Ding Dong (I Am the Japanese Sandman)” (1957)

9. Off – “Electrica Salsa (Baba Baba)” (1986)
10. Thin Lizzy – “The Boys are Back in Town” (1976)
11. Brenton Wood – “The Oogum Boogum Song” (1967)
12. Skatt Bros – “Walk the Night” (1979)
13. Althea and Donna – “Uptown Top Ranking” (1978)

14. The Stooges – “1969” (1969)
15. Desmond Dekker & the Aces – “Israelites” (1969)
16. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band – “Night Moves” (1976)
17. Donna Summer – “I Feel Love” (1977)
18. The Spinners – “They Just Can’t Stop It (Games People Play)” (1975)
19. Rammellzee & K-Rob – “Beat Bop” (1983)
20. Swingin’ Medallions – “Double Shot (of My Baby’s Love)” (1966)
21. Anne Murray – “Snowbird” (1970)
22. Telex – “Moskow Diskow” (1979)
23. The Diamonds – “Little Darlin’” (1957)
24. Alice Cooper – “Teenage Lament ’74” (1973)
25. Dev – “In My Trunk” (2011)

26. Shannon – “Let the Music Play” (1983)
27. Dionne Warwick – “Do You Know the Way to San José” (1968)
28. Boney M – “Rasputin” (1978)
29. Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes – “Bad Luck” (1975)
30. Terri Gibbs – “Somebody’s Knockin’” (1981)
31. Tavares – “It Only Takes a Minute” (1975)
32. John Cougar – “Jack and Diane” (1982)
33. The Fleetwoods – “(He’s) the Great Imposter” (1961)
34. Geto Boys – “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” (1991)
35. Smokey Wood and the Modern Mountaineers – “Everybody’s Truckin’” (1937)
36. Merrilee Rush & the Turnabouts – “Angel of the Morning” (1968)

37. Dion and the Belmonts – “I Wonder Why” (1958)
38. Harmonica Frank Floyd – “Rockin’ Chair Daddy” (1954)
39. John Fred & His Playboy Band – “Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)” (1967)
40. Nena – “99 Luftballons” (1983)
41. Gibson Brothers – “Cuba” (1979)
42. The Boomtown Rats – “Rat Trap” (1978)
43. Babe Ruth – “The Mexican” (1972)
44. Freddie Cannon – “Palisades Park” (1962)
45. Maze featuring Frankie Beverly – “Golden Time of Day” (1978)
46. Mott the Hoople – “All the Way to Memphis” (1973)
47. The Holy Modal Rounders – “Euphoria” (1964)

48. B-Rock and the Bizz – “MyBabyDaddy” (1997)
49. The Osmonds – “Crazy Horses” (1972)
50. The Music Machine – “Talk Talk” (1966)


Chuck’s comments at Eliminated for Reasons of Space.


8 thoughts on “Top 50 Favourite Songs: Chuck Eddy

  1. Wow. Strangely lacking in modern country (whatever that even is). No Big & Rich??

  2. Not strange at all. I like some of it a lot. (And sure, “Save a Horse [Ride a Cowboy]” might rank among my favorite songs of the ’00s, if I ever listed those.) Doesn’t make it my favorite music ever.

  3. Hey Chuck, Telex Mowkow Diskow is a delightful discovery.

    Likewise, the Althea & Donna tune. Should be on Steve McQueen’s Lover’s Rock soundtrack of reggae London circa 1980.

    And thanks for the blog link. Love cherry picking your lists. Be well.

  4. What I’m puzzling over on Chuck’s list is what he notes in his comments (at his blog) are the two old songs that are “somewhat racially insensitive. Okay, probably very…” I assume “Rang Tang Ding Dong” is one, but the other? Harmonica Frank?

  5. Scott, maybe “The Oogum Boogum Song”? (Altho both “Final Solution” and “Ballroom Blitz” could be seen as insensitive, no?)

    Chuck: I’ll never understand your love for “The Mexican.” Great sample source (four/five seconds worth?), sure. Otherwise… I don’t get it.

  6. D’oh! The second questionable song on Chuck’s list is obviously “Everybody’s Truckin’”, which flagrantly makes use of the term “darkies.”

    (Oh, and listening one more time I believe I finally grokked what I can’t stand about “The Mexican”: It’s those accursed twin lead guitar parts. Urgh. Maybe Thin Lizzy could get away with that shit, but these guys ain’t no damn Thin Lizzy.)

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