Top 50 Favourite Songs: Tom Lane

Rolling Stone’s latest list was an update on their 500 Greatest Songs Ever (last published in 2004). As I did with their 2020 all-time albums update, I’ve decided to list my own favorite songs. While I wasn’t a voter, those who did all received a ballot with instructions to rank their favorite songs from 1-50. Unlike that ballot, I’ve left mine unranked. Thirty-two of my … Continue reading Top 50 Favourite Songs: Tom Lane

Top 50 Favourite Songs: Jack Thompson

I looked it up and the Rolling Stone greatest song list top ten had four songs by Black artists on their 2010 list; now, six songs, including the top three spots (and, coming out of nowhere, “Fight the Power” at 2), on the 2021 list. I remain at four. But I applaud their wokeness. And must admit I still find this “greatest” songs question fascinating: … Continue reading Top 50 Favourite Songs: Jack Thompson

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 … Continue reading Top 50 Favourite Songs: Chuck Eddy

Top 50 Favourite Songs: Tim Powis

I only saw the Rolling Stone list for the first time today (October 12). What alerted me, a couple of weeks ago, to its existence was Robert Christgau and his wife Carola Dibbell’s ballots, which they posted on Christgau’s And It Don’t Stop blog around when the Rolling Stone list was published. (I always find individual lists more interesting than general ones.) As with the … Continue reading Top 50 Favourite Songs: Tim Powis

Top 50 Favourite Songs: Kevin John Bozelka

1. Europe’s Society Orchestra: “Down Home Rag” (Victor, 1914) – Vernon and Irene Castle won’t dance, don’t ask them. 2. Nelstone’s Hawaiians: “Fatal Flower Garden” (Victor, 1930) – The folk process preserved on shellac. An obscure Alabama duo forget crucial verses of the centuries-old “Sir Hugh” tale and lay down the weirdest dispatch from the Old, Weird America. 3. Lil McClintock: “Don’t Think I’m Santa … Continue reading Top 50 Favourite Songs: Kevin John Bozelka

Top 50 Favourite Songs: Anthe Rhodes-Liuzzo

Beatles, “Let It Be” (1970) John Lennon, “Imagine” (1971) Rolling Stones, “Angie” (1973) Rolling Stones, “Time Waits For No One” (1974) Bob Dylan, “Mr. Tambourine Man” (1965) The Velvet Underground, “Rock and Roll” (1970) Lou Reed, “Walk On The Wild Side” (1972) Fred Neil, “The Dolphins” (1966) Tim Buckley, “Once I Was” (1967) Van Morrison, “Astral Weeks” (1968) Richie Havens, “Follow” (1966) Joan Armatrading, “Down … Continue reading Top 50 Favourite Songs: Anthe Rhodes-Liuzzo

Top 50 Favourite Songs: Ioannis Sotirchos

1977-2011 I’m not here to argue what does/doesn’t constitute a genuine single, radio hit, focus track, what have you. Basically, what I most wanted to honor, as such, is the reality of actually lived pop pleasure in my own humble—and relatively conscious—existence. Hence, my decision to limit myself to singles that had some kinda genuinely profound influence on my listening time, thought processes, etc. at … Continue reading Top 50 Favourite Songs: Ioannis Sotirchos